Monday, August 11, 2014

Led Zeppelin (or U2 or anyone you like) Pincushion

Led Zeppelin pincushion:

-Need an old t-shirt
-Cut two squares and sew together, leave two inches open for stuffing with fiber fill.
-Sew up the open seam and you're done :)


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Spring Fling Tee

Good afternoon-I would like to share with you what I am currently working on. Its a tee shirt to wear over a tank or my swimsuit. Its summer, and I am ready to get some sun! Here is the back of the shirt which is very lacy. I am in the process of blocking it-can be a tricky process but worth it because the material is easier to sew later on. As I work on getting the front piece done, I will be posting more pictures soon. The pattern is very easy-I found it on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/breezy-t. I think I am going to make several more because its such a fun pattern! Enjoy the rest of your day and always craft your heart out.

Blocking the back piece

Close up of the arch lace pattern

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Finished My Hibiscus Afghan

Good afternoon! I have finished the huge afghan I have been working on for two years-so happy to see the finished result. I am so proud of my accomplishment, took forever to crochet with sc each hexagon together in strips. The final afghan had 107 pieces-much more than I have ever made for an afghan; usually I only make huge granny squares. Hope this brightens your day! Have a great Wednesday!



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

New Bead Store in Baton Rouge

Hello all-
I recently learned that there is a new bead store in Baton Rouge-Cajun Bead Crafts. They want me to showcase some work and hopefully teach beading! Please like them so they can get business on their Facebook page! Thanks so much.

Divine Lime

Cajun Bead Crafts

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Busy As a Bee Working on Flowers and Life

Hello everyone! I have not posted in so long. I have been extremely busy finishing my Master's degree in digital media design. I cannot believe I am finally in the home stretch! One month to go and   what a long trip it has been. This month I compiled a video to present a campaign project and I have learned the basics of After Effects. Now I am really inspired to create craft videos with what has been an amazing experience. At first I did not know any video software except iMovie-I was pleasantly surprised when I learned After Effects in only a few days! Stay tuned-there will be a video series on YouTube for some of my free patterns! I plan on doing video tutorials when I graduate from Full Sail University while I am waiting to get job offers.

What have I been working on? If you know me, I am a multitasking crafty lady and have been working on several projects simultaneously. I have also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, so I have not been working on my afghan as much. I do find that it keeps my mind busy and prevents me from being depressed-how could you be depressed with such joyous colors?

The main project I am working on is the hibiscus afghan I have posted on ravelry.com. Its been a work in progress since last year but I think I am finally starting to see it come together beautifully. I decided to rip out the green edge and use white because I felt that there was too much going on-too many hippie colors! The pattern for this afghan is found on ravelry.com- http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/african-flower-hexagon-crochet-tutorial. Its a wonderfully easy pattern that provides beautiful results! The possibilities are endless and it is so much fun. I have been putting hexagons together slowly as I went and its shaping up to be an awesome afghan thus far.


Before-too much green! 

After-two rounds of white yarn for a modern look
I now have done 7 rows, here is what it looks like.




Here's a chart I made in Illustrator to track my progress and see how many more flowers I would have to make.




Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Three Chords and the Truth

Hello again, its been a long time since I've been on here. I have been working on my Master of Fine Arts in Media Design at Full Sail University and I have to tell you its been a great experience. I received A's in all of my courses thus far and am excited for the months to come. Through my undergraduate study in writing, I have only touched the surface of media design. This year I hope to gain a better understanding of how it works and express myself through art like never before.

I have not had much of a chance to knit, crochet and whatnot since I enrolled at Full Sail in January. But I am considering creating patterns based on famous rock groups such as U2, R.E.M. and classic rock such as Pink Floyd. After looking for patterns on Ravelry, I realized that there was a great lack of designs for the avid rocker. I listen to music pretty much 24-7 and would love to sell patterns based on my love of song. This is my little side-project for when I am not doing homework. I also plan to play my guitar more-purchased a red guitar last year and haven't had much opportunity to create songs. That is subject to change because I am feeling incredibly creative lately. More to come stay tuned!

"All I got is a red guitar, three chords and the truth". -U2

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Letting Go of Another Good Friend

Sad news, my friends-I have to give my cat, Miss Olive a new home. I have been seeing an allergist for the past couple of months. I had allergy testing last week and found out I am deathly allergic to cat dander. This means I have to find Olive a new place to be loved. She was my whole world! I am so sad and really trying to keep it together. You know what they say about grief-its very sneaky! I think I am okay most of the time then it hits me and I start crying my eyes out. I need you to tell your friends about Olive and get the word out that she needs a new momma or daddy. She is the sweetest, most affectionate cat I have had and I still love her to bits but I am so sick. I will be posting here on the blog but I will need some time to recover. If you have been keeping up with my posts, you know that my best friend Karl passed away last month. So its been a rough Thanksgivng and Christmas for me and my family. Everyone adores Olive-I have no doubt she will be in a great home and will be happy anywhere she lives. Please take the time to tell your friends who live near Davenport, FL about an awesome cat that needs new love. Thank you so much and have a blessed holiday! 






If anyone would like to adopt Olive and lives in Davenport, Florida or surrounding areas, please message me. My email is linnymichelle83@yahoo.com. She is free and there is no fee to adopt. Olive is a black and white short-hair calico. She is about 3 and a half years old. She also has been spayed and is a sweet girl! I cannot have her because I am very allergic to her dander-please be kind and tell your friends about her. She needs a good, loving home! ♥

Friday, December 7, 2012

Crafting is My Best Friend



Hi guys, I'm back! Its taken me a month to get my emotions back to normal. I was and still am in shock and felt devastated. I will always miss my bestie but I think I will be okay. Just wanted to touch base with you on how I'm doing and what I'm working on. I have so many unfinished projects-its crazy! I am crocheting Christmas gifts (no peeking!) and decorated the tree. Thanksgiving was awesome, the turkey was delicious and I am so grateful this year for my family and friends-without them I wouldn't be the same. Now I try to count my blessings every day. My best friend's death inspired me to carry on and be good to others. He would want me to be happy and gracious and I know he is smiling upon me.

It seems like crafting is my best friend right now. I have been busy crocheting numerous items and hope to finish them soon. I really hate it when you have ideas and designs in your head and you can't share them because you don't want to spoil the surprise on Christmas morning! Its really hard keeping my mouth shut! I have a craft area-not a craft room, and that makes it difficult for me to make things in secret. Its an open room that flows into a living room space. I love the natural light that comes in through the skylight. I have to wait for people to leave before I start working on presents! Oh the challenges of keeping secrets!

How do you keep your family and friends from finding your homemade gifts? Do you have a special drawer or closet you keep stuff in? I can remember snooping as a kid and feeling guilty for peeking. When I was about ten years old, I found out Santa was not real because I recognized my grandmother's handwriting on the tags. My earliest Christmas memory was when I was 2 years old and I saw all the presents under the tree. I was told my eyes lit up like lightbulbs and that I threw a tantrum because I had to wait to open presents until after the big dinner. I would love to hear your Christmas stories! This is my favorite time of year-a time for gifts, counting your blessings, and remembering those people who made your life so much fun. I will be working on my projects but I will never be too busy to read your messages! Hope you are enjoying the winter season so far. Happy crafting!


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Learning to Live Without You

To my readers:

Yesterday was such an emotional day. My best friend Karl passed away Monday night at the age of 29. He had spina bifida and his body was severely immobile. He was paralyzed from the waist down and it was often difficult for him to do anything. Yet he remained so positive and strong throughout his hardships. My heart is broken and I have been crying for two days already. I know that in heaven, he is watching out for everyone and he is walking happily. I probably won't be posting too much soon because of this tragedy but I will be dedicating a pattern to him. Hope you are well and continue living life to the fullest. We are only on this Earth a short time, so we must make the most of it and bring positivity to the world. Always tell your friends and family you love them and make time to tell them what they mean to you.

 God bless, Lindsay

Monday, November 5, 2012

WIPS and Crafting During Hurricane Sandy

Rainbow Ripple Blanket



Hello everyone! Hope you are all doing well.  I've been working on projects with lots of colors in them lately. Ever since Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the upper east coast, I have been feeling a bit depressed. Its hard to watch the news as people are suffering and you can't help them.

I always try to think of things in a positive way, but this time there's just no getting around it-you can't change Mother Nature. So I prayed for people to be safe and hoped for them to have brighter days ahead. What else is there to do? Worrying definitely does not help-this is the time to turn to a higher power and pray for those who are helpless. I really hope everyone who has been affected by this tragedy takes solace in God protecting them in times of trouble. My thoughts go out to all the families who lost loved ones, its so sad. I saw a double rainbow last week and I took it as a sign that things were going to get better. Rainbows, to me, have always symbolized new hope and brighter roads ahead. This was my inspiration for the afghan pictured above.

On a lighter note, I decided to make afghans for people who have nothing. I have been doing some charity crochet for several months and am trying to fill up a box to take to a church. I have made three blankets so far and plan on making many more. I love doing things for the homeless and underprivileged. It makes me feel like a truly good person. You should try it-caring feels awesome! I have read the stories about the joy people get when they receive their blankets, made by a stranger who cares. Its so heartwarming.
  
 I have many works in progress and I have been starting to think about charity and Christmas gifts. I have been very busy crocheting and playing with my Fimo clay. I would like to show you what I have made so far!

The first item is a rainbow ripple granny afghan for charity. I found the pattern on Project Linus' website, http://www.citiusa.com/grannyripple.html. Its a wonderful and easy pattern and you can make it in two different sizes. I went with the baby size because I am focused on making baby blankets. They need a warm hug!


In between crocheting blankets and knitting my foliage shawl, I made some really cool polymer clay! I have temporarily halted the production of my shawl because of the small needles-it takes forever to knit it and I'm finally getting to the lacy part.



Stacking the Fimo coins in a rainbow scheme
After it went through the extruder, I cut and stacked sticks of cane together tightly.


 It was so much fun trying out the extruder cane from my favorite clay site, Polymer Clay Central. The process was very different from anything I tried with clay before. You cut little circles out of several colors of clay, stack them on top of each other and put them into a square-shaped extruder disk. I'm still in awe of the look of my design because it really was effortless.







I then sliced reduced new cane with my tissue blade.




I decided I wanted the design to be on a shawl pin, so I stacked two pink circles and made a clay ravioli by sandwiching squares together.

Cutting a square for the foundation

I sliced thin pieces of cane and stuck them on the pink clay with my fingers, covering both sides.



Cutting a square again :)



Finished piece of clay
Rolling it out to an even thickness


Cutting the piece into a circle

Stick the circle on the skewer and bake it.
 I glazed it with clear nail polish on both sides-fabulous!

Used the leftover clay for many projects,
including a ring.

Other Projects

Enchanted Pendant, dusted
with glitter and eyeshadow in
 a deep luminescent blue-I love how this turned out.

   

Metallic Flower Pendant, made from
a Wilton gum paste mold















Ocean Waves Pendant,  clay
wrapped around a vintage rivoli crystal




Another hairstick/shawl pin made with
 an entirely different cane.
 Love the result of this one-can't wait to experiment with metallic clay or transparent clay! 






  I hope you enjoyed the presentation of the many projects I have been working on. I have more clay things done, but unfortunately I cannot show you until I get more glaze. I'm not too fond of Pledge Future floor polish. Its sticky and runny! I like the nail polish but it only comes in little bottles. I need to take a trip to Walmart and get some polyurethane or something that isn't as sticky. Maybe even clear gloss spray paint-anything is better that Future! Well, you never know until you try new things if they're gonna work for you or not. Until I get better gloss, I hope you take the time to try out some of my free patterns and remember-be crafty, its in your nature!










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