Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Peacock Tales

Hi everyone!

A while back I got a paper mache book box. It sat there and sat there and sat there because, quite frankly, I had no idea what the heck to do with it.

I started by rolling old book pages...think I did about 20+ of these:

I got the idea to line the outside where the "pages" of my book would go with these rolls. After that, I had no clue what else to do...I finally decided to go for an aged look so I covered the outside in gel medium, then painted it, added mist and then sewing pattern paper (a technique I learned from Julie).

Monday, February 27, 2012

I Interview a Crochetbug

Hi everyone!

I have a special guest here today at Just Add Glitter and Stir. I "met" this awesome gal through Ravelry and quite honestly, have been (not in the illegal way) stalking her ever since. She's an amazing crocheter and someone that I really look up to when it comes to the hooks. She's a North Carolina girl like me, she's the reason I bought a portable washer for felting and if she suggests a book or pattern I will probably end up getting it. Yes, I am a total fangirl.

She was nice enough to let me interview her so let's get to it! Please help me welcome Leslie from Crochetbug!

The Crochetbug herself, Leslie

Tell us a little bit about yourself

At this point in my life, I am a stay-at-home person, and I enjoy it thoroughly. Most of my adult life when I have worked it has been either as temp in an office or as an adjunct teaching introductory composition to college freshman who would rather be doing something else. Suffice it to say that my work outside the home has never been how I define myself.

I have three children whose ages range from 29 to 14, and they have managed to keep me pretty busy over the past three decades. My husband takes care of all of the technical things related to my blog, and is very supportive of my crochet. I have an MFA in fiction writing from Warren Wilson College, but for the most part, I'd rather crochet.

The African Flower Soccer Ball, made to mark the 2010 World Cup.

Why did you start crocheting? How did you learn?

I can't isolate the moment that it happened, but at some point, shortly before the birth of my third child, I decided that I absolutely had to learn how to crochet. I'm not really sure why I felt so compelled, but I did, and a fabric store was giving away "free" hooks one morning, and I made sure I got there in time to get one.

Before I got "bitten" as I think of it, I had met someone in Omaha who had taught herself thread crochet using a book, and initially, I tried to teach myself. My efforts at self teaching did not work out as I had hoped, but after my third child was born, he was given a gift that was crocheted; I prevailed upon the woman who made it, Edith Proctor, to teach me.

What do you like best about crocheting?


Really, I like all of it. I like the texture, I like the portability of it, I like the colors you can use, the shapes you can make. I like it that I am only bounded by my imagination and the time available.

The bag is made using the African Flower motif and is based on the Mamy bag by Cecile Franconie

What are your favorite things to crochet? Do you have any favorite colors that you always reach for when starting a new project?

Looking at the stuff in my house, I would have to say, I enjoy really big projects that has some kind of intricacy to them. I particularly seem to be drawn to large projects that require lots of piecing. While some people find piecing tedious, I like the way a large project comes together, almost like a puzzle.

I also like making totes and bags of just about any kind as they can be used to house at least some fraction of my vast stores of yarn.

As for yarn colors, I tend to go for a rainbow of brights, just this side of neon, but I try to incorporate as many colors as I can into my work.

Leslie's "Pixelghan", a 41x41 afghan made up of individually crocheted little squares

Are there any crocheters or pattern designers that inspire you?

There are lots of wonderful crochet designers, but my absolute favorite is Anne Halliday. I first came across her work when I bought the book "Decorating with Crochet," at a used bookstore. The book is definitely one that I consider for my desert island picks, which is a game I play in which I try to figure out which three crochet books I would take with me if I were to find myself exiled to an island that had unlimited yarn and crochet tools (as well as chocolate and coffee), but nothing else.

Do you have a favorite crochet tool or yarn that you just can't live without?

I would have to pick the Clover bent-tipped yarn needles. They have transformed my crochet. I first bought them when I was working on a project composed of 41x41 1.75" squares. There was a lot of joining to be done and 3,362 ends to be woven in. I kept misplacing my yarn needles. I finally bought a set of the Clover needles because they came in a chibi, and I was hoping that the little plastic container would save me from losing so many needles.

I don't know that it was the container, but I stopped losing the needles, I think I kept better track of the needles because of their superior performance. I don't know what it is that makes them so wonderful (they seem to be made of aluminum and are much lighter than any other metal yarn needles I have used), but they were, for me, life changing as I no longer shied away from weaving in ends.

Tons of ends to weave in!

What would be your advice to someone interested in learning to crochet?

Crochet is a journey, not a destination, and you can't expect your work to be exactly the way you want it when you first start. Crochet is much easier to master if you are able to adopt a mindset that every stitch is an opportunity to learn instead of judging yourself for not getting it the way you think it should be on the first try.

My next piece of advice would be to persevere. You will eventually get to where you want to go, you just might not get there the way you expected to.

Leslie's vanilla textured square afghan

The internet has provided new ways for crocheters all over the world to connect. Has the online crochet community influenced you or your crochet in any way?

It sure has. When I first started to crochet, I lived in a very isolated and rural community, and the internet made me aware of a lot of the things that could be done with crochet that I hadn't yet tried.

There used to be a website called seafour (or maybe sea4), and it was, at the time, the most complete list of links to free patterns available on the web. Sadly, the woman who created it died while scuba diving as the result of a blood clot that formed while she had been flying to her scuba diving destination. She was amazing, and I think she probably is one of the reasons that crafters have taken to the internet as she opened so many doors with her work.

Close up of vanilla textured square afghan

If you could only crochet one thing/pattern for the rest of your life, what would that be?

If just one pattern, I would probably have to go with grannies as you can make them in a variety of shapes, and they can be used to make coats, scarves, hats, blankets, skirts, slippers, bags, belts, placemats, doggy beds, rugs. So if I did find myself on that fantasy desert island without having had a chance to grab my three books, I could still get started on crocheting myself all the gear of life -- maybe even a yurt.

Thank you so much for the interview, Leslie! Make sure to leave some love for Leslie in the comments and go check out her blog,

Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Night Fab Five

Hi everyone and welcome to another Friday Night Fab Five where I list 5 things I'm digging this week!

1. Small Potatoes Do Art

Small Potatoes is a short that's on the Disney Channel. They did one about art that I thought was really cute.

2. Philadelphia Indulgence Cream Cheese

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So, apparently Philadelphia is now making chocolate cream cheese in milk chocolate (yay!), dark chocolate (YAY!) and white chocolate (BOO!*) varieties.  After trying it on's pretty good.  It's creamier than cream cheese, doesn't have a strong cream cheese flavor...It's almost like a really thick pudding type texture.  It's chocolate so I'm cool. :D

*White chocolate is NOT chocolate. There, I said it.

3. Blythe Dolls

Blythe, a toy that lasted *maybe* a year in the 1970s is back with a bang as these (now way expensive) dolls are getting customized by artists (just take a gander on Flickr.)

4. Kitschy Crafts

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Kitschy Crafts takes a look back at all of those kitschy craft items that were (and still are) AWESOME. It also includes some how to's. Love this book!

5. Water For Elephants

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I finally got a chance to see this movie and it was darling! I like Reese Witherspoon anyway and it was a very sweet love story. Now I need to snag the book...

And there you have it! What are your favorites this week?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

It Might As Well Be Spring

Hi everyone!

So, am I the only one experiencing nutso weather this *quote* Winter *unquote*? I often complain around this time of year that I'm ready for Spring and it looks as though someone is listening because the weather has been crazy this "Winter". It's been sunny and warm, cold and rainy, hot cold hot cold, I feel like it's a total Katy Perry song this year. The trees in my yard are already starting to bud and like I said on Twitter yesterday, I'm afraid my kids will learn about seasons in History class.

Anyhoo, I decided to Spring it up and crocheted the Crocheted Stash Basket pattern from Purl Bee. I've made this bag a couple of times before and love it.

So I tried to get all creative and mimic grass, sky and clouds with the body of the bag and then crocheted some simple flowers and put them all over it. SPRING!

I also finished Jocelyn's cloche (I love hooking this pattern too!) that she won during my Three Not Four Year Blogoversary giveaway.

So in honor of this fake Winter-sort of Spring, here's "It Might As Well Be Spring" from 1945's "State Fair"

Have a great day!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Jane Gets A Life

Hi everyone!

I was lucky enough to be one of 1,000 artists who snagged a spot in the Art House Co-op's 4x6 Exchange where you create a flat 4x6 card and send it to them. Yours goes off to a participant and you get one in return from someone else. Very cool little exchange and for whatever reason, inspiration smiled upon me and I'm already finished with mine. (I so love when that happens!)

You couldn't used anything three dimensional which is tough for me, I love my little bits and bobs that stick out a mile wide on my projects but I've decided that 2012 is all about trying new things - creatively speaking. So I jumped on signing up for this swap before thinking it through and for once was rewarded for leaping before looking. lol

I have no process pictures to show you but here's the short version:

-Cut cardboard to 4x6
-Mod Podged on a book page
-Added mists and inks
-Covered in a layer of beeswax
-Added inks to lady, words and lace trim
-Used toilet paper roll, wine cork and Distress Crackle Paints for embellishment

(I got the woman from a vintage ad and the words from a children's book page from our ACME Kit.)

Done and done! I hope whoever receives this likes it! I can't wait to see what comes to my mailbox in return. :D

Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday Night Fab Five

Hi everyone and welcome to another Friday Night Fab Five where I list 5 things I adore for the week. Let's jump right in:

1. Bein' Quirky With Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel hosted this past Saturday Night Live and "Bein' Quirky With Zooey Deschanel" was my favorite skit. Unfortunately I don't think this video can be viewed by those outside of the US. Boooo NBC! Still a great skit though. :D

2. Doodle Jump

Doodle Jump is an addictive game that I play on my phone...constantly. Jump as high as you can while avoiding monsters, black holes and alien abductions. Bigger time spender than Pinterest.

Speaking of Pinterest...

3. This Sign

I originally found this on Pinterest and followed it around till I found out it is for sale here. This sign was meant for me. Finishing things is a big character flaw of mine. I remember this one time when I

4. Music from Strawberry Shortcake

Okay, so having two daughters means that we get pretty girly around here. Toot is currently obsessed with Strawberry Shortcake and the new SSC Bitty Berry Adventures is a cute show with surprisingly addictive music that, although it gets lodged in your head like music from most kids shows, it doesn't make you want to rip your ears off.

5. Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation is a brilliant NBC comedy starring Amy Poehler and an excellent supporting cast. If you aren't watching it, just do it. Episodes are available on Netflix. Might I suggest Season 3's "The Fight"?

And there you have it, another Friday Night Fab Five for the ages! What are your favorites this week?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

No, You Prove YOU'RE Not A Robot, Captcha

Hi everyone!

I don't usually post on Thursday and chances are this post will get buried between yesterday's post and tomorrow's Fab Five but I just couldn't take it anymore!

You know, I'm all for letting a blogger, on any platform, do what they need to do to get their blog the way they want it. You want to blare music? Fine. You want to add 1,000,000 blinkies and buttons in your sidebars? Fine. You want to talk about something cool without linking to it and force me to spend three hours on Google looking for what you were talking about? Fine. You want to moderate your comments? Fine. You want to make me enter a captcha when I leave a comment?


Actually, in reference to Blogger specifically, it hasn't been that bad. Enter some word and I can get on with my blog visits, okay sure. BUT something has happened recently to make me lose the few marbles I had left in my quest to visit and comment on as many blogs as I could.

Blogger has made their captcha harder and I don't mean in the fun "That's what she said" sort of way. I mean they saw how painful it was for me to enter in a simple word multiple times before getting it right and decided it was so hilarious to see me cry that they made it TWO words you have to enter and most of the time they're beyond comprehension. Are robots really that much of a threat? Even Cylons turned out okay in the end.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Baby Love, Sushi Love

Hi everyone!

If you will indulge me, I have some pictures for you today. :) I felt the need to post some, especially of Zippy, primarily because I still have not scrapped a single picture lately and I'm trying to assuage some guilt. Ha!

First of all, I realized that I never posted this video from December 2011 when I went to check on the girls during their "nap" and noticed that Toot's toys were gone and so was Zippy:

Next, Zippy turned 9 months old this month, what the heck?! Slow down, Time, quit making my babies grow up...

Also, Toot loves having her picture taken with "Baby Sister" so I thought I'd share one with you:

Earlier in the day yesterday, Toot and I went outside to take some pictures, here's one of her:

In other news, we don't do too much for Valentine's Day but the husband did take me out for a darling sushi dinner last night. One of the rolls we got was their "Valentine Roll" which not only was tasty but also came in the shape of hearts with pink wrappers instead of the traditional green or black:

Cute and Delicious
I hope y'all are having a great week so far! I'll see you on Friday for another Friday Night Fab Five! :D

Monday, February 13, 2012

Three Maiden Ladies

Hi everyone!

I have a new project to show you, a wall hanging I made using a tin sign I got on clearance from Hobby Lobby. Y'all know how much I *love* stalking the thrift stores and clearance aisles for cheap signs, frames and such to make over and I got lucky finding this tin sign with hooks already attached to the back to hang on the wall. (Longest sentence ever.)

I recently got the "Fashionista" paper pack from Graphic 45 and used that as the inspiration for this project. The biggest reason for starting this project was that I got some new inks that I'd like to use in my Sketchbook Project but since I'm a total ink noob I wanted to practice on something else first. So this thing was inked within an inch of its life. I started by inking these laces pieces my mum-in-law gave me:

Lace Pieces Pre-Ink

I ended up using the circle pieces as a stencil with Distress Stickles because they didn't turn out quite right. lol But let me tell you, inks are SO much fun to play with, even if I did end up spraying myself in the face once...okay, twice.

I got lucky with the line of text which I found in one of my old books, "Three maiden ladies who have lived impeccable lives..."  Unfortunately I added a layer of beeswax which made the paper transparent so the words are a little harder to read now.

I had a lot of fun on my "Ink Adventure" with these three maiden ladies!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday Night Fab Five: Trailer Me This Batman

Hi everyone!

First of all, how about a big round of applause for Kate Gabrielle of Scathingly Brilliant for my snazzy new look. What do you think??? Kate was a doll to work with and I HIGHLY recommend her services if your blog needs an overhaul. I just love my new look, it's kitschy, it's pink and it's glittery. Just like me. :P Thank you Kate!!!

Welcome to another Friday Night Fab Five where I list 5 things I love for the week. This week I decided to share some movie/TV trailers which I'm really excited about. There's nothing like a good trailer to get you pumped up for a new feature...

1. Pixar's Brave

I am SO excited to see this movie, the trailer looks gorgeous and the heroine is just darling. Look at that hair! *love*

2. Game of Thrones Season 2

A new trailer for season two which starts April 1st. Wooooooooooo and hooooooooooo! This looks so awesome!

3. The Hobbit

I love Lord of the Rings, books and films but the Hobbit holds a special place in my heart. I reread it at least once a year and parts of it still creeps me out. I cannot tell you HOW excited I am that Peter Jackson is back in Middle Earth and making The Hobbit.

4. The Avengers

I'm not rabid about comic book movies in general but I loved the first Iron Man and really enjoyed Captain America. So I'm open to The Avengers which starts both Iron Man and Captain America and Samuel L. Jackson. Done and done. Speaking of movies based on comic book characters...

5. The Dark Knight Rises

Oh my. I didn't think anything could top the last Batman movie but this trailer makes me think otherwise. The scene with the football field collapsing is creepy indeed...Can't wait!

And there you have it, another Friday Night Fab Five for the ages! What movies or upcoming TV shows are you looking forward to?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Hi everyone!

Toot is three years old going on thirty and with great power comes great responsibility. Wait, that's Spiderman. Scratch that. Anyhoo, Toot says or does things and I'm at a loss to know where the heck she got them from. Her father. I'm going to say her father.

So here's a slice of my life with Toot:

-Is it ever a good thing when your 3 year old runs out of her bedroom, where she's suppose to be taking a nap, and says, "Everything under control!"

-Speaking of naps, I walked into her room one day, where she was supposedly napping and she was sitting calmly on her bed reading a book. With no pants on.

Me: Where are your pants???
Toot: Mommy, I change my Pull-Up!
Me: That's great honey...Wait, what's that smell?
Toot: Mommy, I poop on carpet.

I'd like to note on the following picture that I had NOTHING to do with the bucket:

A sweet conversation between mother and daughter:

Toot: Mommy, I LOVE YOU!
Me: Aw, honey! Thank you for saying that, it makes Mommy very happy!
Toot: Mommy?
Me: Yes, my darling?
Toot: I got poop.

And for the finale: Toot and I were getting the oil changed in the car and were in the waiting area. Anytime we find ourselves in a room with strangers, forced to be together while we all wait on something, Toot takes it as an opportunity to entertain the inmates with a dance.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Smash It All

Hi everyone!

So one of my Fab Fives last week was Smash Book. I've done a couple of pages and thought I'd give you a peek. Sometimes I think creative types can become frustrated or overwhelmed by the amazing amount of tools, techniques and supplies available for projects. I further think this can be made worse by the internet which provides extremes between availability of inspiration and tutorials to time wasted surfing around and the feeling that what you make will never measure up to anything out there. It's amazing the pressure we can place on ourselves when doing something in the name of "enjoyment" or "relaxation".

All that load of crap to say that I decided that this Smash Book o' mine would be fun, that I would use a minimal amount of supplies for each page and that I would work on each page less than 10 minutes. My seemingly lackadaisical approach may show its slip but hey, I'm having fun and nuts to the rest of it.

Anyway, I'll shut up now so you can peruse the pages...

So this is my first page, I knew I wanted to add the yarn band since it said "Full O Sheep" which I think is hilarious. I found the chick in a magazine and loved her. *rwor* P.S.-This book really is full of sheep BTW.

This page came with the donkey and mouse talking to each other but I found this ad for Tiffany and changed what the mouse was saying to fit my own brand of humor. That is a big darn ring and it does look like it's going to crush these poor animals. Or probe them.

Here's me trying to wax philosophical. Aren't I the deep one? This page makes me feel like I should be sitting in a Starbucks, writing bad poetry on my laptop while Tweeting how lame my parents are on the cellphone they're paying for.

Toot helped me out with the one. Handprint, Tolkien quote. Bada-bing bada-boom. Done.

Easy enough, right?  Now, you can go crazy with technique and artistic bliss which I think is awesome. But sometimes the simple process works too.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Friday Night Fab Five

Hi everyone!

Welcome to another Friday Night Fab Five where I list 5 things I like, adore or think are cool for the week.  Another random collection for this week, is there any other kind? Here we go!

1. Smash Book

I just recently discovered Smash Books although they've been out since last Spring. And I love them. Hardcore. See, when I was younger I used to cut up magazines: pictures, quotes, words, ads I liked and make collages from them. Smash Book brings me back to that feeling and I just love it. They're perfect for people that aren't sure they're "crafty" but want to have a little notebook to fill with ideas and pictures. They're also good for people that trick them out with all sorts of creative whatevers but I really love them for their simplicity. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the glue stick/pen combo the books come with (also available separately in different colors), genius!

2. Creepy Ad Guy Returns

Okay, remember this Friday Night Fab Five where I found that creepy guy's picture along with an ad for Moms to go back to school? (Which just makes no sense on so many different levels.) Well, he's back and wants to give you a school grant!

Go back to school or I'll kill you.

Seriously, who is this, where did they get this picture and why do they think it'll encourage me to go back to school?! Unless he'll kill me if I don't, is that it?

3. Crochet on TV!

I've talked about spotting crocheted items on TV before, no matter how much I'm into a show or movie, if something crochet pops up, I perk up like a dog that's just heard a car pull in the driveway and immediately reach for my camera. I love seeing crocheted stuff on TV but imagine my joy when I saw characters actually crocheting on this week's episode of "New Girl":
Crochet Time on New Girl
*happy dance* "Crochet Time" they called it and I love love love it!!!!!

4. Thrift Store Finds

I found this darling upon visiting a new thrift store. Isn't she darling?! She's got a new home in my craft room. :D

5. Fujifilm INSTAX Instant Photo Camera

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Okay, so I don't have this yet but I reallyyyyyy want one! Wouldn't this be perfect to take pictures for my Smash Book? Someone go tell my husband!

And there you have it, another Friday Night Fab Five for the ages! What are your favorites this week?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Now What?

Hi everyone!

So I mentioned The Sketchbook Project in this past Friday Night Fab Five. I've been following it for a year or so now. Some of my favorite artists such as Frieda Oxenham, Lenna Young Andrews and Jo Urbani have all participated in the past and have created stunning sketchbooks. (P.S.-If you're not following their blogs already, get your tail over there tout de suite.)

Anyhoo, I was reading up on the new Limited Edition Sketchbook Project (meaning they're limiting it to 5,000 artists for this one) and decided what the heck, I can do this! Maybe a year ago I wouldn't have this much confidence but right about now I'm thinking I could use a challenge and try some new techniques. I really want to get better on the mixed media front this year and something like this could give me the incentive and creative energy to do it. Plus, I can go to the Arthouse Co-op in New York and visit it whenever I want.

So it was with this plucky spirit that I paid my entrance fee, gave them my address and sat back, satisfied with my initiative and impressed by my own sense of kick butt-edness. But then it showed up:

It came to my house. Staring at me. Daring me to glue crap in it. Mocking me with it bareness. Taunting me with its due date of April 30th. Oh.Snap.

Here's what I do when I need to get a project done and have no idea what the heck I'm doing: I go into my stash and start throwing things in a box:

And I go shopping:

This project will either be a fantastic success or a glorious failure. Either way, they're getting this book back, 100% finished.