Thursday, December 27, 2007

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday!

I did!
My boyfriend's gift to me was this little guy:

My new assistant, Poochie.
He is quite possibly, the sweetest creature I have ever come across.

We adopted him today and he has been constantly showering us with kisses and snuggles from the moment we got into the car. He is such a snugglebutt. I fell in love with him instantly.

It has been a relaxing and happy week!

I bought some cool crochet and sewing books for myself and am looking forward to trying out some new ideas in the New Year!

Hope you all enjoy the rest of the holiday season!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

I should be getting my labels in the mail today or tomorrow...

I'm very excited!

Today is a big day.
Big show.
Big fun.


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I've decided that it is time to finally preen through my Flickr photos.
This is a monstrous task.

But I've been meaning to do it for a while.


Tonight is rehearsal for my band's SHOW on Thursdee.
It's going to be really fun. Three female-fronted projects and some bonus collaborations. I'm giddy. I have to find something to wear.

Monday, December 17, 2007

I am... so... sick... of snow.
Seriously... every NJ winter that I experience reminds me that I'm really ready to move to warmer pastures.

Ok. Complaining quota = filled.

I was able to get some more scarves done this weekend and I'm really happy with how they turned out. These guys are special-order, but I'm hoping that they will generate some commission orders.

Also, once the Holiday orders are filled, I think I'm going to make one for myself. Believe it or not, I don't have one of my own! It's time.

Here is the lovely Esmeralda modeling my two latest creations:

In other news, I think I'm ready to venture into the world of clothing. I saw this adorable knit skirt at a store I like and thought, "I can make something like that!"

So, I shall.


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

So, it's an exciting day here at Sparkletree.
In addition to the arrival of Esmeralda, I finally took some pictures of the handmade decorations I made for my Christmas tree.
I didn't have any ornaments, so in keeping with my Handmade Pledge, I took some yarn, buttons and plastic beads and got to work. I think they look cute. The tree is very sparkley.

The purple picture you see is my purple fish handbag. I'm not sure if I'm going to list it or not. I may have to just try it out for myself as a prototype.

Then I had to practice the piano because we're playing a brand new song at our show on 12/20! Yay!
A few days ago, B* sent me a cryptic email asking whether I could receive UPS deliveries. When I told her I could, she sent me a shipment confirmation that an item would arrive today.

As I climbed the stairs to my house I saw a box that was practically as tall as me! I was mostly excited... and a little scared, knowing B*s occasionally twisted sense of humor. I pulled the box inside, half expecting her to pop out of it... when lo and behold... I found this lovely little lady:

I had been pining for a dress form for months!
Isn't she great???

I have named her Esmeralda and she will be modeling all things Sparkletree from now on! Today, she's modeling a (reserved) child's scarf.

So, a million thanks to B* and warm welcome to Esmeralda!


Monday, December 10, 2007

I think I'm gonna make cookies.

IT'S FREEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! So, you should come.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Q: What's better than spending a gray winter day in your toasty little bedroom, with yarn and paper and colored markers strewn about your bed, eating whole grain waffles and sipping English Breakfast tea, while watching crocheting tutorials?

A: Nothing.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

I almost forgot to mention.
Emily August of GoGoDistro has inspired me to take a two month pledge to not purchase anything "new".

The pledge is as follows:
I, Christina, pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 months. I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovated, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftyness brings!

I'm nervous because I'm not much of a sew-er. (Hahahah... I almost wrote "sewer"...)
But there's nothing like baptism by fire, right? And I really need to stop buying so much crap.
I'm pretty psyched about this.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Has anyone else read this book?

I just got it today and can't wait to eat it up!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

I've been feeling pretty yucky today. I woke up with a sore throat and sore everything. Plus, our heater is broken so only two rooms are warm. Ugh!

So, I'm camped out in front of the TV with our portable heaters running full steam. I made the cat a sweater. I think that makes me at least 30% creepier.


I think he looks handsome.

Stay warm, everyone!

Friday, November 30, 2007

The handbag handles came in yesterday from Diddee Dits. They look great and the seller was a real pleasure to work with. She kept in touch and shipped super-quickly. Be sure to check out her shop. She's got some absolutely adorable kids' hats (this one's my favorite) and pretty printed bags.

Of course, I dove right in and attached one set of handles to a handbag I'd been crocheting. I think it looks really good. I'll post some pictures up later today.

In other news, I've decided that I'm going to buy handmade for the majority of my Christmas shopping. I'm going to start making my list now!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

My hand-bag handles are on their way. I can't wait!
I'm at a little bit of an impasse though with one of my bags.
To line or not to line... that is the question.

A lined crochet bag makes more sense, but I feel like the lining takes away from the flexibility of it. Maybe I'm just doing it wrong.

Who knows.

In other news, I ran across this blog today.
I thought the drawings were lovely.

Speaking of drawings, I need to get cracking on making a flyer for my band's next show.
Flyer? Flier?
I like "flyer" better.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Here is the pillow I made for my cousin's baby!

Also, I'm in the process of putting up a new scarf and bag on Etsy.

The ear-warmers are coming, too... I just have to muster up the energy to take pictures of them!
I just ordered some vintage plastic purse handles from Etsy.
They are EXACTLY what I was looking for.
I can't tell you how excited I am about this.