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this is not a re-post

I made a second blooming flower cushion (pattern here):

blooming flower 2 front

blooming flower 2 back

And I did a better job on the zipper this time — it’s neater:

blooming flower 2 zipper

And I’ve been feeling much better, thanks everyone for the kind words and encouragement, it really made me feel happier!  I’m totally over it.

My exit exam was today, so that was intense.  I felt better learning that you can make under 70% and still pass, and if you just fail one or two sections on the exam you can re-take them.  All is not lost.  It was a really sucky test though — lots of stuff on there that our teachers never covered and I never read in any of our books.  Pretty rough.  I don’t even know when the results will be available, so it’ll be an anxious time for my classmates and me until we learn if we pass or not.

I’m just unwinding at home now, staring at my lovely cushions side by side:

blooming flowers

Yay!  And I’ve STILL got yarn left!  I’ve only run out of 2 colors, so I can make a few more little things.  I AM running out of Chris’ T-shirts…

Well, thanks for stopping by, and thanks again for your support and thoughtfulness!  You guys are the best!

cushion ta-da and ooey gooey feelings

blooming flower complete front 2

 

Ta-da!  I finished my cushion (pattern here)!  I did end up using 5 of Chris’ T-shirts to stuff it — I was too antsy to wait for an actual pillow form in the mail.  It turned out great — it’s nice and firm and only a little lumpy, but you can kinda just mush it into shape and it’s lovely and supportive!  Here’s the back:

blooming flower complete back

 

I used the same color sequence as the front because it would have bothered me if it was different.  I used all 17 colors from the Deramores Lucy Pack leftovers (from this blanket), and I still have enough yarn to probably make another cushion!  Next time I get this pack I will not skimp on blanket size — one pack is probably enough to cover a double bed!

blooming flower complete front 1

 

About dem feelins.  I’m definitely down today, and I know exactly why: another one of my college best friends and roommates has passed me over as a bridesmaid in their wedding (for a total of two).  I know it’s impossible to fit in a zillion bridesmaids and I’m probably just being overly sensitive, but I really thought that I mattered a lot more to these two girls than I apparently do.  They matter a lot to me, which is why I’m feeling unwanted and disliked.  Am I not a good friend?  I try to be a good friend to almost everybody, even people that I don’t particularly like but can tell that they need someone.  I don’t even think I’m getting an invitation from one of these girls (although again I tell myself that they can’t fit a zillion people in their church and they have to limit guest lists).

I’m consoling myself with the fact that I’ve made a couple of new friends lately and of course I’ve got my best friend and boyfriend, Chris.  He always makes me feel better when I’m down, and I’m very thankful for him.  I also made a list of 10 things that make me happy:

  1. reading
  2. knitting/crocheting
  3. Dr. Pepper
  4. my boyfriend
  5. my dog
  6. my family/my boyfriend’s family
  7. the friends that I do have
  8. comfy pajamas
  9. good music/TV shows
  10. pretty things in nature, i.e. flowers, ocean, fields

I can keep going, but 10 is enough to make me smile.  And I hope those girls don’t read this post… I don’t think they read my blog…

Well the feelings are out, I’m done.  I feel a little better just getting it out.

Thanks for stopping by, I’ll be more positive next time! :)

told you I procrastinate…

Here’s the proof.  Today I did this:

blooming flower back

 

It’s the back to my blooming flower cushion, the pattern for which is here.  I made the whole back today, stitched it to the front, and I attempted my very first zipper-on-a-crocheted-item:

blooming flower zipper

 

It’s a little uneven looking when it’s unzipped, but for a first try I’m very satisfied.  Still don’t have a stuffing for it though… I’m considering some of my boyfriend Chris’ white T-shirts because they’re already in the house and available… now the question is whether to tell him that I’ve used them for stuffing or just pretend that they’re lost.  Hmm…

oh dear…

It’s amazing how much crafting one can get done when there is something massively important looming closer and closer that you don’t want to prepare for.  Like studying for my school exit exam.  Look what I made today:

flower cushion front

 

It’s the front for the blooming flower cushion from Attic24.  I know, I know, I copy her stuff a lot.  Well, I had the leftover Stylecraft Special DK yarn from my last blanket, and it’s a cute fun pattern, so why not?  It’s been in my Ravelry queue forever, and I was reminded of the pattern by Rachel’s recent post on her own lovely finished cushion.

I’m dissatisfied with the picture — it looks so dark — but our apartment windows let in minimal light and it’s nighttime anyway.  I was just too excited with this project to wait until tomorrow.  Plus, tomorrow, I may have the back done and the whole thing sewn together to show you.  We’ll have to see… I REALLY need to study more.  I also need to find something to fill the cushion with.  Our Hobby Lobby doesn’t have round pillow forms and my LYS doesn’t carry them either.  Maybe old T-shirts, if the T-shirt colors don’t show through the yarn.  Or maybe a square pillow just stuffed in.

Also, does anybody have any ideas about how I could easily make this cushion cover removable?  The pattern instructs for it to be completely stitched up around the pillow form, and that might not be best since I have a boyfriend and a dog (meaning I have to wash things a lot).  Adding buttons unobtrusively might be difficult though, I just don’t know.  Or instead, do you just throw your cushions and covers alike into the washer?  If I could throw it into the washer whole, it wouldn’t matter.  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

lots of things

I’m gonna make this:

with this:

And that’s not all!

I’m going to use this:

to make my boyfriend a huge 28″ x 28″ cushion/pillow for his beanbag.  He wanted manly colors and didn’t care what yarn I use, so I got Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn”  in blues and orangey-reds, with some neutral thrown in there.  Can’t wait to get started!

  

  

My boyfriend’s garden is growing like crazy, but mine is staying small and easy.  The third picture is lavender, and the other ones are all succulent varieties.

And I got a new book from Target:

Here are some of my favorite pictures from it (click to enlarge):

              

Aren’t they gorgeous?  Makes me want to decorate!

That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by!

update

My Kitty Ripple #1, which is to be donated to PetSmart for their kitties up for adoption, is halfway done.  It’s a little small, but I only bought 2 skeins and this is one of them:

There’s more green in the pictures than is showing up, for some reason, but it does have lots of reds/pinks.

I’ve also got a knitting update: my Hermione hat is coming along nicely:

And the desk that I took these pictures on is new!  I got some new furniture this week, and I’m going for the whole “shabby chic” or “cottage” style, as well as affordability and functionality.  I think I’ve done a good job, so I’ll share with you:

Here’s our new IKEA couch that I got on Craigslist.  I think I’m going to dye the off-white slipcover, because with a dog and a boyfriend it’s not going to stay off-white for very long.  This couch is replacing two old nasty couches, freeing up space and looking nicer.

This new yellow-green side table is beside the new couch, and it replaced a black plastic/metal table.

We needed storage and I had no place to do my homework except spread out on the couch, where the dog loved to walk all over it.  Now, we’ve solved those problems and added a durable and adorable desk to our living room!  I love the teal top!

I had to purchase a light yellow chair for the desk because we don’t have any chairs small enough to fit under it.  I’m hoping to crochet a cushion for the chair soon!

Tomorrow I’m going to pick up a hutch, as well, to replace our DVD stand that’s falling apart and an ugly cabinet we’ve been keeping by the door.  I’m excited about it — I’ll show you next time!

That’s all for today, but hopefully I’ll have more yarny progress soon!  Thanks for stopping by!

color inspiration

Have you ever visited design-seeds.com?  They have so many color palettes that it might seem impossible to look through them all.  But I did (it took hours), and I came up with a few favorite palettes for colorful crochet projects!  From potholders to cushions to afghans to wall hangings, I feel like these color combos are perfect for anything yarny, and I want to know which ones you like best!  Here we go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what do you think, do you have a favorite?  The challenge for me will eventually be finding a company that has all the colors for one of these palettes in their yarn selection.