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Amber AKA the Crochet Fiend....
31 July 2016 @ 11:37 pm
Interested in commissioning me to make you a blanket or another crocheted goodie? We can talk. I've only recently started opening myself up to the possibility of doing commissions within the fandom. I love to share my love of crocheting with others, but I've always just done when the need/want arose. So, I've been thinking for a while and here's what I have.
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Amber AKA the Crochet Fiend....
09 September 2014 @ 03:55 pm

Just a quickie... http://youtu.be/zNBSd_y6vbg

 
 
Amber AKA the Crochet Fiend....
23 May 2014 @ 10:30 pm

Spending the better part of two days with jem_endured_fit has been so awesome

Today we walked nearly 6 miles all over Chicago.

I totally got sunburnt on my face and the tops of my arms. *sigh because I totally brought sunscreen and left it in the hotel*

But we got to see the Navy Pier, Buckingham Fountain, one of the Chicago Public Libraries, Millennium Park, many universities, lots of people, ice cream, and Starbucks.

We also hit the Magnificent Mile on our way back. Didn't do any shopping. But that's not really why we are here. ;)

Did I mention we did this all on FOOT!!! Go us!!!

For dinner we went to Epic Burger... Which was a place we went to when we came here for Terminus.

This has simply been just a fabulous time with one of my most favorite people in the world.

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Amber AKA the Crochet Fiend....
21 May 2014 @ 02:25 am
Maybe...

Could have something to do with the fact that I moved quite a bit of furniture around today...and I plan to move more ....when I wake up...

Course that means I have to go to bed...and right now, I'm thinking I have to hunt down my Wizard Rock CDs that somehow didn't make it to my current laptop....

In other news, just a couple more days until I see my bestie, jem_endured_fit!!!!
 
 
Amber AKA the Crochet Fiend....
01 March 2014 @ 02:53 am
SO...first...

Still staying up far too late...but couldn't seem to sleep without tattling on myself...so here goes...

Today, Mom and I had a "mommy and me" day.  This is a bit of a running joke as Mom and I already spend LOTS of time together (hello, we live together and are pretty close)...  However, I had today off for Saturday, and she took today off to run some errands.

Originally, she was just going to take an hour or two this afternoon to take the boys the vet for their annual check ups... But I convinced her we needed a Mommy and Me day...

So, we both did some sleeping in. Well, I wouldn't call her sleeping in (6:30 am) my sleeping in (10:30), but we both got some rest. Then we hit the town. We ran a few errands, did some shopping (she still had some gift cards from graduation and xmas), and got lunch together. If you are friended to me on FB, you may have seen my post today as I added photos...

I think Mum and I are convinced we will need to do this again some time....and soon.  The funny thing is, in our quest to do things, I asked before lunch if we could go by the quilt shop on the north end of town. Never mind that I had no NEED of fabric after my shopping excursion a couple of weeks ago....  But Mom was agreeable, so we went after lunch.

While there, I fondled several pretty fabrics, and contemplated getting a couple of fat quarters...when Mom pointed out something to me....  Sesame Street fabric!!!  And I don't mean character fabric...although they had that too. But this was the Sesame Street SIGN....and honestly, it was PERFECT for backing material. Know why? I'm not a fan of Elmo, and most of the multi-character fabric I had found so far was focused on him. (I'm a child of the 80's, BEFORE Elmo really hit...)

Anyway, after using my handy dandy app (thanks ofenjen) on my phone, I probably WAY over estimated  my fabric needs... (basically, I haven't decided yet how I'm piecing the blocks together and things like sashing and borders...) So, I bought 5 yards....  Three hours later, I discovered that instead of charging me $10.65/yd for the fabric, I got charged $11.65/yd for the fabric. Well, crap. That really sucks.  I had a good long think about it.

Mostly because I was a bit miffed I got overcharged...but had to decide if $5 and change was REALLY worth going back to the store. You see, It's probably no more than 10 miles away (if that...), but it was going on 2 hours AFTER I made my purchase that I figured it out. I had come home, changed into comfy clothes, and basically settled myself for being home for the rest of the night.  And really, by that time, I would have had to change again, drive out there in Friday afternoon traffic, with the fabric AND the receipt, to embarrass the really nice lady who I'm sure just made a mistake, and battle the Friday afternoon traffic to go back home...all for $5... It would cost more in gas, really, right? (maybe not, but still).  And because the receipts are like JoAnn's where there's a bit of inventory control (sku numbers and the like), it's not like I can go the next time I am out that way --which could be a month or two from now-- and say I bought that fabric then because they have no way of knowing if I was being honest...  So yeah, SO not worth going back. Just a bit aggravating I didn't notice it before.

I talked it over with my mom and aunt...and we decided I would have bought the fabric anyway if it was the higher price...and I finally let the struggle go.

Because I was so inspired by my purchase, I came home and started getting fabric cut and chosen for the next few blocks I'm working on.  I think I have about 3 left of the AYW blocks and 9 Sesame Street blocks, and of course, 9 PPV blocks...

Then I can start figuring out what colors I want to get of Fairy Frost so I can make a Twi-quilt. Because REASONS!
 
 
Amber AKA the Crochet Fiend....
27 February 2014 @ 01:59 am
Made a purchase just for me today...

I did not buy a backup sewing machine...

I purchased a new iPod classic. My last one, Emmett, is full on dead. Not vampire dead, but dead dead dead. He put in a good 5 years, so I'm not very upset. I went and bought myself a replacement tonight. Had the darnedest time trying to find one. My local walmart did not have them on Monday when I went by...  Tonight, the other walmart and target BOTH failed me. I ended up at Best Buy (which I never have good experiences with...)...and bought one of their last two...which leads me to believe they are either phasing them out...or getting ready to update them. I don't regret my purchase in any way. I need the larger amount of space for all the audio books I have. I use it mostly when sewing...and I like having a choice of books to listen to... ;)  Tonight, I got Monkeyman set up and I'm enjoying him.

I need to make lists for finishing up stuff this week. :)

And I NEED to go to bed. :)
 
 
Amber AKA the Crochet Fiend....
24 February 2014 @ 02:55 am
I'm supposed to get my tax refund back soon just checked, it's there!!!... and while I have no...definitive plans for it... I generally like to buy myself something special with it...

Maybe I need to buy myself a second sewing machine? Nothing special, just a machine that I can haul around if I ever get around to having a sewing group... I mean, maybe it's putting the cart before the horse, but I don't know that I would want to haul around my expensive (to me) Janome that's about a year and a half old...

You see, when I wanted to buy myself a new sewing machine, I went to a local place here that's got this FANTASTIC reputation for sewing machines and repair.

I had taken some of my blocks to show them what I did mainly with a machine and how my then machine was acting (the thread tension was completely screwy)... I thought perhaps it would have been better to have my current machine looked at. I had gotten it second hand from a coworker of my mom's who said it belonged to her father before he passed. It was probably about 10 years old...and it was a Singer...

But I really wanted something new and something I could grow into...and I was afraid my old machine wasn't going to work for me for much longer... The light had gone out...and I thought maybe I needed a new bulb...but every once in a while, it would pop back on...meaning it had a short...

I told them my budget was around $300-400...  The first machine they showed me was like $1500....which I could have KILLED them for as it was a GORGEOUS machine. But I felt like I was on one of those home shows where you tell them your price range and they show you your dream house and tell you how it's SO FAR out of your budget...  Yeah. So I was disheartened at first...

Then they showed me a Janome 525 Sewist... They even let me demo on a machine there. Unfortunately, it was around $600....which was REALLY still out of my price range...

HOWEVER, they looked at the pics I had taken of my machine and offered me $100 off the price of the Janome if I traded in the Singer....  And even though $500 was still out of my planned range, I could buy it...so I did... And I LOVE my Janome... (it also turns out that I may have been threading the bobbin wrong on the old machine, but I will never know now....)

The problem I've discovered since is that I had kind of planned to use that as my back up machine....for things like this...for when I wanted to haul around a machine...

I know there is a machine in the garage. My parents gave it to me for my 16th birthday.  But it's been in storage for about....15 years...maybe longer...I have no clue if it will even work...and it wasn't a pricey machine to begin with...and hell, I don't even know where it is in the garage...

So after all that rambling...what do you lot think? Is it silly to want a back up machine (less than $200) for the *someday* that might never happen...  I know a few of you would tell me to check the thrift shops...but I have to admit, I wouldn't know the slightest about pricing and if it was a good used machine or if it needed fixing....which is why I would look into getting a new one....  Maybe I need to just keep my money for now and if the opportunity comes up, I will be ready....
 
 
Amber AKA the Crochet Fiend....
24 February 2014 @ 02:33 am
However, I thought it best to stay up and update my phone and iPad because of that stupid recent report of stuff being accessible. Hope this is a fix and not a band-aid....

In other news, got some more stitching done this weekend, but not any crochet...which means tomorrow, I will crochet. I also need to get more done on the AYW so that I can stay caught up...I think I only have a few blocks left. I know that I don't NEED to be so far ahead, but I feel....compelled? to do so....because I know I drove ofenjen nuts when we first started tossing about the idea....  I think I even broke her brain because of it. (Don't worry, it was just a flesh wound...)

Been feeling restless at night lately...like I don't want to play games on my ipad or read...I think that means I want to write...and to be honest, it's been so long, I'm not sure there are any stories...  Well, there are, kind of the same ones that circle my head all the time...I'm just not good at getting them OUT...

I do have good news...seems my door is now latching on its own again. Which means the jerks, I mean, my cats can't let themselves in anymore!!! Hope we can keep it that way...

Mom asked me what I was going to do when I got done with AYW...and I told her go back to working on my Sesame Street quilt...and continue testing the PPV for Jen...  Then maybe I can plan my next quilty adventure... I have two ideas I want to do right now....maybe 4...  MAKE ALL THE QUILTS!!!

Read a good article on selling handmade goods this morning. Made a lot of sense but failed to account for people who don't understand why you have to price stuff SO MUCH HIGHER than Walmart...which is my fight. *ugh*  Which reminds me...I MUST crochet this week. :)
 
 
Amber AKA the Crochet Fiend....
20 February 2014 @ 01:57 am
This time I blame my cousin, B. He sent me a message a couple of hours ago, apologizing for the late hour, but wanting to know if I would share a link to family tree stuff. I wasn't asleep or anything, so I just gave him my login and password to my ancestry acct... I like sharing family tree stuff...  And he's...19 (I think)...so I love that he has even a little interest in it. But that got me up and playing on my computer because I wanted to see how much I had on his mom's side (his dad is my mom's brother). Which led to me being up and answering comments...and watching youtube.

Currently, I'm also listening to it storm outside...because it isn't bad enough that we had a snow storm on Monday...but now it's supposed to rain all day Thursday...which means the snow should melt some...but where will all the water go. We are currently under a flood watch because of this rain...I am just hoping that we don't get a lot of water in the basement because of it...you know?

Anyway, I think I'm sufficiently tired enough to try sleeping again...
 
 
Amber AKA the Crochet Fiend....
19 February 2014 @ 12:13 am
Everyone thinks I'm nuts at work.

Because I told them about my shopping adventure from Monday.

I swear....none of them have the spirit of the crafter finding a good deal.

I mean, I know the thrill of the hunt is like CRACK for me....but that's why I work in libraries. That's essentially my job. I FIND stuff for people all day....books, movies, magazines, audio books, history, fiction, non-fiction, religion, science, obituaries of long dead relatives, and whatever else you can think of...

And these people I work with, have that same interest (well, most of them do)...but GEEEEEEZZZZZZ...tell them you go out in a snowstorm for fabric...and you're Nutso McScrewloose.

*shakes head*

No crafts for them then. *makes out Royal Decree*

This weekend, I should consider doing some cleaning up in my rooms...get stuff put away and the like.

OOoooh...today? One of my friends, who I haven't seen in AGES, was texting with me today, and she mentioned seeing the pics of my AYW blocks on FB, and she wants to learn how to do it!!! *flails* It would be awesome if she really got interested in it, because I would LOVE having at least ONE local friend who would understand where I'm coming from with this....

Also? Am off this weekend, so plan to work ahead some more on AYW...and maybe start building my top....

*yawns again....and decides to skip off to dream land*