Projects ~ Yoda Hat

Yoda Hat

My latest project is this adorable Yoda hat. A few weeks ago, I was approached by someone and they asked if I could make one for them to give as a gift to a friend. I’ve never made something like this, and have to admit that I was both nervous (mainly because of the braids, which I have always failed at) and up for the challenge.

I’ve been wanting to expand my skills beyond standard hats, scarves, and shawls for quite some time but just haven’t bothered to. So, I went out online and looked for pattern ideas and got busy watching tutorial videos because this hat was made using techniques I’ve never attempted.

My first hat, while not bad for a first try was not up to my liking as something that for one was a commissioned piece, and two as something being purchased and given as a gift. So, back to the drawing board I went and I learned to do seamless crochet joins (goodbye ugly travelling line). After I finished the main body of the hat and earflaps, it was time to tackle the braids. Let me tell you, braiding yarn proved to be much easier for me than braiding hair!

I was really happy with the way that the hat looked after all the ends were woven in. Then, it was time for the ears. On the first hat, the ears that I had made were on the small side, not to mention they were on the flimsy side. So, for the second set of ears, I doubled my strands of yarn, and voila…firm ears which were easily shaped. These puppies have some body to them. The final step was attaching the ears, which I was admittedly worried about because spatial perception is not my strong suit…I know…an artist with poor spatial perception…such is the story of my life. 🙂

As you can see in the photo, the ears went on just fine. This hat is adorable. I am going to be moving on to attempt some other projects which will allow me to build even more skills. I’m looking forward to it and will be sharing as items are completed. After working on the hat for two weeks though, I think I just might be ready to take a little break and get into some of the art ideas that have been floating around in my brain for a little while.

Plus, I’m working on a shared story with my best friend Tabitha over at Sisters Of Wyrd, and it’s my turn to write the next installment. This is something we’ve been talking about doing for ages and we’re finally doing it. If you enjoy strange, dark stories, head on over and check it out. We aren’t on a schedule (because we both buck that sort of thing) but please subscribe if you like what you see over there to get notifications of new content.

One last thing before I go. I want to thank all of you for sticking with me while I was on an unscheduled break from things. Things have been on the difficult side in the past year and now that 2017 (the bastard) is over, I’m looking forward to a smoother and more productive 2018.

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Glimpse Into My Day

Today has been a wonderful day of happy surprises and beautiful things. First and foremost, my best friend from way back in the fifth grade is having a VERY special day today and I couldn’t be more tickled. Only thing that would have made it better would be if I could have been there .

Before my day got started I had a few conversations with friends both old and new, as well as getting to hear a voice that always makes me smile while having coffee.

My day is being spent gloriously happy. I’m editing my poetry book.

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I got an early delivery of a massive amount of acrylic paint to further explore my newfound painting method, which someone was sweet enough to surprise me with. I have more paint sitting here which was gifted to me by my sister, but I won’t be unboxing that until she is here visiting. Can’t wait to see them! Last night I came across a fantastic sale on canvases and ordered a batch of 20- 16×20″. So, be prepared to see a lot of new art posts in the near future.

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Last but not least, I ordered some flowers last week from a local florist and she called to let me know that they were in. I’ve been craving a big bouquet of peonies and hydrangeas for the past few years and decided to treat myself.

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Now that I’ve gotten all of the deliveries in the door, it’s time to get back to editing. Just thought I’d share a glimpse of my day with all of you. Hope that you are having some happy moments of your own today.

This Week’s Creative Projects

This week, I’ve been able to work on and finish a few creative projects. The first is another mandala, which was inspired by Julie Gibbons’ free 5 Days of Mandala Magic workshop. The second is a dream board made for this month’s full moon which was a few days ago.

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The Next Chapter

September has been flying by. I’ve been writing and sketching the month away. While the schedule has been a bit grueling, it has been a lot of fun. Last year, I was pretty non-involved in the annual October-long horror blog which my dear friend and I began years ago, due to the illness and passing of my father. Admittedly, I retreated from life for a while. She was kind enough to fill in the gaps for me, and I’m thankful. Fortunately, I can report that I am doing much better than I was at this time last year.

Writing scary or creepy stuff is so much fun for me, that I wasn’t about to let another year go by without diving in all the way. A good bit of the month of October is going to be otherwise busy around here, so I’ve doubled my efforts, and in addition to the content that I post here,  I’ve been channeling my inner psycho and writing ahead for Sisters In The Shadows. Granted I’d have been juggling both sites in October too. I just wouldn’t have had to be quite so regimented in my writing schedule. It’s coming along very well, and I’m really looking forward to my October, both in the online and real worlds.

Of course, those of you who have been following along have been seeing my 29 Faces fun which I’ve been posting each Wednesday and Thursday throughout September. While I’m about ready for that particular challenge to be over, I have had the realization that this is going to open up two days on the blog which I’m going to need to figure out how to fill. In my mad dash to keep caught up with all of my projects this month, it didn’t even enter my mind to think of something to take the place of 29 Faces. Thankfully I’ve got about two weeks to figure that out, but I admit that panic is setting in slightly.

While I realize that I have no one to answer to but myself, I have set the goal of posting something here five days per week. I’d like to keep to keep that goal. So, over the next week I’ll be brainstorming to come up with something to fill the gap and getting to work on it, as I won’t have the time to sit and write as much as usual for a good part of next month.

As if all of this weren’t enough, I’ve decided to partake in NaNoWriMo again this year. Since I finished my novel, “Twisted Faith”, few months ago, I’ve had ideas bouncing around in my head for a sequel. What better time to kick it all off than National Novel Writing Month, which is in November? This will make the third time which I’ve taken up the challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I’m looking forward to beginning the second installment of the series.

Now, I’d like to ask for your input. How do all of you feel about short stories…and by that I mean flash fiction? I’d like to do a bit more of that here, but wish to keep it on the brief side for both your sake and mine. Please take a moment to comment and let me know what you think.

Thank you for sticking around as I follow my muse…wherever it chooses to lead…you never know what will pop up around here. Neither do I. What fun!

 

Art Play

This week I’ve been making finishing touches on two pieces that I painted a while back. They’re almost complete now. With the leftover paint, I’ve started a new journal page. Looks like I’ll be working on filling some of the background pages in soon. The last thing I did was a quickie Angel sketch. Below are the pics of everything.