Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Comfy Toes! The Lizzie Slippers

Need a quick little crochet project? Try these Lizzie Slippers by Lisa Gutierrez. Each one took me about on hour, but if you are a better crocheter than I am, it would probably take you a little less time. I kept pausing to watch whichever Supernatural episode I was currently on, so that added to my time just a bit. The trim didn't come out as neat as I would have wanted, but I think that will be solved by the next pair I make. I mean they are so cute, I need them in different colors right? I am such a sucker for round toed flats, so these slippers suit me right to the ground. I made them with some cheap Vanna's Choice yarn as they were my first attempt at the pattern (I always use cheap yarn for first attempts) and I wanted them to be machine washable. The next pair might be made out of some soft mohair that I have though, just for the luxury factor.

I can't believe a month has went by without me posting. It has been a literal whirlwind at work, and it won't stop for about another month. I am taking some days off this month for both the Night Vale Show in Nashville (this Monday, OH MY GOD), and my mom's visit in mid-April. Of course, both these times away from work coincide with large projects happening at the store, so that means the time I am at work this month will be packed full with training the new OPS manager I promoted, doing leadership training with my whole management team, and keeping all the operational tasks on track until the new OPS can take over for me. Things should slow down a bit for me in May, but of course, that means I am just going to take something else on right?

Right. As of right now, I am planning to start studying for the February 2016 TN Bar Exam starting sometime in May. It might seem a little early to start, but I also want to make sure I give myself time to have actual days off from both studying and work a couple times a month, and I know studying will be a challenge through the holiday season. Plus, I have to go through the entire application process again, which is a good couple weeks of document and information gathering. Thankfully I saved everything from my MS Bar application, so it won't take quite as long.

Better to be over prepared than under prepared yes?

Also, with everything going on, posting will continue to be sporadic, but you can always find me on my crafty tumblr blog as well. I'm a little more active over there :)

In other news, I also have a scrap page fermenting on the table.

What's up with you?

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Springing Ahead with Sunny Herb Garden & Mandarin Soaps

A couple new soaps went up in the shop today!

Sunny Harb Garden w/ Zeolite Clay and Green Tea Extract

Mandarin Oasis with Ground Loofah

Both soaps were made with the same basic recipe (at the end of the post). I love the Sunny Herb Garden. The clay gives it a very light exfoliation that feels amazing on my winter-dry skin. Just enough to scrub. And the scent, while light in the finished soap, really seems to blossom in the shower, adding a nice light scent to my skin. My husband even remarked how nice it smells. The soap itself, when used, is creamy and soft feeling. I honestly thought about taking it out of my shop so I could keep it all :) I think this will be a go-to recipe for me, it is the third time I have made soaps with it, and I love every single one.


  • Avocado Oil - 10%
  • Castor Oil -5%
  • Mango Butter - 5%
  • Coconut Oil, 76 degrees - 20%
  • Palm Oil - 30%
  • Rice Bran Oil - 30%
  • Superfat - 10%
Also, I have started a craft tumblr with the same name as this blog. So if you are on Tumblr, check me out HERE. It will see more updates most likely than this will, as tumblr is my go to relaxation site. This is NOT my account that is covered in Sherlock, Night Vale, and other geekiness, so no worries about that.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Excuse the Short Absence

Work is crazy busy between my OPS manager going on maternity leave, me taking on her workload in addition to my own, and the weather. I am working longer days and sometimes 6 days a week, so my crafting has taken a backseat momentarily.

I'll be back soon :) Hope everyone is warm, safe, and has a fun project or book to read!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Business Update: New Items in the Shop

A few posts ago I mentioned I was planning on adding a few things besides soap to the line-up in my Zibbet shop. Yesterday I added my soy candles and soy melts, in 2 scents, Driftwood and Green Tea with Lemon Grass, and they are already selling. Outside of Zibbet, I am also doing candles and matching soaps for bridal party gifts for a co-worker, and making essential oil based soap for John's mom.

 I'm not saying that business is booming, but I am slowly picking up more customers here and there, mostly custom orders.

Green Tea and Lemongrass Soy Candles
I am also test driving some bookmarks I made yesterday. I love the way they came out, especially the Alice in Wonderland one. My original idea for the store was to offer multiple, small, giftable items, normally running under $20. I am making small runs of various things, and seeing what grabs peoples interest and what just sits there. Part of me wants to make a zillion things because I just know they will sell, but I promised myself to take my time, see what I make, and then see what people like. Some things will sell well, other's won't. This is the time to see what works for me and the shop.

Alice in Wonderland Inspired 
Put a Bird On It!

Cherry Blossoms
Tea Time
If you like the bookmarks, I plan on having them in the shop this weekend. As of right now, I have only made one of each, but will make more, similar ones, if these sell. I will be sending out a newsletter the day I post them for sale, and you can sign up, if you want, for the newsletter on my Facebook page for the store, or just like the page. I post all new items there as well.

Stay warm my friends!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Digi Scrapping! A Few Pages from Xmas Presents

Every year I make my Mom a few digi pages with pictures from the past year. Digi pages are a lot easier to mail up to her, and I don't have to worry about all the embellishments falling off in transit. These are the pages I sent up to her this year.

The pictures, with the exception of the bottom one, are from Mom's visit (the week of the tornado) last April. The one of just me is one of her favorites of me, taken at the American Pickers store in Nashville, and the one of her (which she would hate knowing is on here) was her first time at the Nashville Flea Market. She was 100% in her element. I can't wait to see where we go this April when she comes back down.

The bottom one is a little tribute page to Piggy, our dog that we lost in September. It's still hard for me to look at pictures of him, and I cried making this page. God, I miss that little ball of fur and love.

Made with Beyond Measure by One Little Bird Designs

Made with Autumn Frost by Sahlin Studio

Made with One Moment by Rosey Posey

Made with Julep by Gennifer Bursett

Made with Heartbeat at My Feet by One Little Bird

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

What a Weekend!

My best friend John came down this past weekend for a surprise visit. We haven't seen each other since I graduated law school in 2012. He and I are very close. We have been best friends since 1994 (I was 16, he 18), and known each other since 2nd grade. We each have a box of letters from the other one, every single note and card and whatnot we have written to the other since we became besties. He is the Grace to my Will, the Patsy to my Edwina, and the Michelle to my Romy. The best part of the entire visit was Sunday. We spent the day making soap, drinking hot tea, and watching Supernatural. Quiet, relaxed, and just enjoying the fact the other person was in the same room breathing. He calls me the love of his life, the feeling is mutual. Thankfully my husband completely understands, most likely because he had the joy of John living with us for the first half of our relationship. God, Hayden is such a lucky guy!

The other awesome part of the weekend is that it was the 5th annual Fiber Fest. I got some more fiber to spin up, although I have to admit I haven't really been spinning since last year pre-depression. In fact a few months ago I was sorting through all my craft supplies and found the fiber I bought last year. I had completely forgotten about buying anything there last time. But, now I have a lovely basket of gorgeous colored fibers just begging to be made into equally lovely yarn. The whole basket is a starbursts of whites, deep blues, earth tones, pinks. Just looking at the bags makes me smile.

I do apologize if this post is a bit rambley (is that even a word?). I am running on fumes right now. Work is very busy task wise. One of the managers under me, who is in charge of all the operational tasks is very pregnant, and the poor thing can barely get around the store. So, that means I am doing all of my administrative tasks, plus all the operational things like brand updates, floor sets, markdowns, and the like. That means I am coming home and almost falling asleep if I sit still too long. Still, I promised myself I would get creating and blogging again, so I hope to have another post up this weekend. Type at ya soon!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

No Posts Till Next Week

Hello! Just a note to say I'll be back next week. I have a super special out of town visitor coming to see Hayden and I this weekend, AND it's the annual Knitting and Fiber Festival.

I'll be back soon with something to blog about :) Have an awesome weekend!
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