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how many tries does it take?

Hi all!  How many tries does it take for you to create something you love?  Can you complete a card or a tag in one sitting or do you change things around often?  Today I wanted to share the process I went through in creating a simple tag.  It was the tag that I made to go along with my crocheted octopus in my previous post. See the tag behind the octopus?  Looks pretty simple, right?  I didn't even have to color the images.  I just stamped them in colored ink but it took me much longer than I thought it would. Try #1.  I thought I wanted to use this cardstock that had the small specks of color in it so I stamped my octopus image on it twice.  And it had to be more than once because "octopi" is plural, right?  I couldn't just stamp it once cause it would be kind of grammatically off.  Yeah, I think my mind is a little picky at times. But then I had a scrap piece of kraft cardstock and I stamped the blue octopus on it and liked it better so I switched to kr

you octopi my heart!

Hello!  Did you notice I changed the look of the blog?  Thinking I wanted a change especially since it's the new year and still January, and I noticed lots of things like my bloglist was really out of date.  I guess people don't blog as much as they used to, myself included. Today I have this cute amigurumi octopus to share!  Isn't it adorable?  This is from a pattern by the Left-Handed Crocheter you can find HERE .  She has lots of photos of different octopus she has made and they are all adorable!  I made mine on the smaller size but she also has a pattern for a huge one which I may try at a later time. You can also prop him up on his legs!  I made him using Caron Simply Soft yarn and a 2.75mm hook. Also made this tag to go along with him.  The stamps are from Lawn Fawn and the tag itself is from My Favorite Things and Mama Elephant.  Really a mish mash of dies and stamps. Here they are together!  A cute little gift to present to someone.  Thanks for st

last 2018 calendars!

Yay, I finally finished using up all my 2018 calendars from Taylored Expressions.  I swear every year I buy calendars and tell myself to start early.  But the calendars usually just sit on my desk for a good few months before I even open them to make a calendar!  Though I think I did better this past year than previous years.  This year instead of just being motivated, I need to be more disciplined!  I need to finish goals and check off my to do list even if I don't feel like doing anything.  I guess that is the trap you fall into when you work at home and work for yourself.  Here is the first batch of dog calendars I made using Mama Elephant's new dog die.  You can make a lot of different kinds of dogs with the die but I chose to make a simple one because I procrastinate too much.  Here is a close up.  I think he is still pretty cute being a simple dog. This is my second and last batch of calendars.  I used one of the dogs from Mama Elephant's Dog Agenda stamp

first post of 2018!

Hi all!  Happy New Year!  Even though it is almost the end of January already.  I'm still trying to get my motivation back after the long holiday break I took in December.  I have mental lists of things I'd like to finish and things I need to start.  I still have calendars to make!  I think that is something that will never change. This is a snowman I crocheted in December following a pattern by Holly from Storyland Amis .  She has some cute patterns in her shop!  I've bought up a whole bunch of her Christmas ones but have not finished them all.  This was the first one I tried and her patterns are simple to follow and there are lots of photos!  I like when there are lots of photos. He is a little larger than the amigurumis I usually make.  I tend to make smaller things because I'm kind of impatient.  But this guy came out pretty cute!  His hat and scarf comes off too!  So you could make a whole other color combo too.  I added fringe onto his red scarf. I als