Sunday, November 24, 2013

Estate Sale Finds 11/23 - Monet and BSK Signed Brooches, Reclaimed Hand Painted Shadow Box

I've started going to estate sales each weekend. It's so much fun! My parents come with me sometimes and find some great items. I've been mostly looking for craft items and vintage jewelry. This weekend I found some great treasures including an awesome hanging shelf with a mirror that was hand painted. It's a bit beaten but still looks really cool.

I also found some neat vintage brooches. Two of them were signed, one by Monet and one by BSK.

Vintage BSK Strawberry Brooch

Vintage Monet Gold Tone Brooch
I also got some adorable mini clay pots that I haven't taken pictures of yet. Overall, definitely a great haul. I'm pretty excited at refurbishing the mirrored shadow box. The hand painted trim is so pretty so I think the only thing to do is replace the rest of the wood and stain it. Pretty easy project!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

How Did You Spend Labor Day Weekend?

Did you know that Labor Day was originally intended as a holiday to honor the social and economic achievements of American workers. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday September 5, 1882 in New York City, according to the plans of New York's Central Labor Union. It didn't become part of a three-day weekend until 1884 and wasn't a national holiday until 1984 when Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September a legal holiday.

Today, there are so many activities that individuals, couples, families, groups, etc. participate in during the Labor Day weekend. Moviegoing is one of the most popular activities - it gets people out of the heat, is relaxing, and let's face it, there are tons of great movies to see! The Butler is one of the popular ones for adults with Planes being huge for children and families. 

Some people may be laboring this weekend, instead of relaxing! According to the Business Journal of Philadelphia, up to 50% of people in the US are either working, or looking for a job this weekend. Two years ago we installed pavestone at my parents new cabin in Lake Almanor. Boy was that fun! Is the sarcasm that obvious? Really though, it turned out great and it was the best weekend to get it done! We had our whole family there, drank some beer, and got it done. This weekend is a great time to finish up painting, moving, renovations, gardening, etc. 

Labor Day weekend brings around some really great sales, if you are into shopping (I'm looking at you, ladies!). Michael's craft shop is having a store-wide 20% off sale. My plan is to head to Michael's on Monday, but I'm sure that the items I'm looking for are going to be all sold out, or have limited colors left. Urban Outfitters is bringing everything in the store down by 30%! J Crew Factory is 40-50% off on items in store and online! This weekend is also a great time to buy a car. There are cash incentives, extended warranties, upgraded options, etc. depending on the make and model of car. Chevrolet is having some great deals going on throughout the weekend.

If you're like me and my family, you enjoyed some time on the lake water skiing and wakeboarding. We drove up to my parents cabin at Lake Almanor on Friday and while it's been a bit chilly in the mornings, we've gotten some great, flat water. Saturday night we bbq'd chicken and hamburgers, Sunday night my mom made some tri-tip, and Monday we'll be back at home and will do something easy for dinner. The hamburgers were made with a burger press that I got my brother Tim for his birthday. They were the perfect shape and size. We also got him some burger starter which tasted so delicious! 

When we weren't on the lake we were napping or just hanging out relaxing. I tried to get some knitting in, but somehow managed to fall asleep instead. Besides getting behind on my knitting project, it was great! We all needed the break from reality for a weekend and even though going back to work on Tuesday will be tough, we'll be energized and ready to tackle the week!

So what did you and your family do this weekend? Did you enjoy a delicious barbecue, some beer, and maybe a dip in the pool? What about a weekend at the lake enjoying some wakeboarding? Did you do some shopping and find some great sales? Tell me about your weekend!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Test Knitters Needed - Alligator Beanie!

Hello blogging world! I have the beginnings of a wonderful pattern, and now it's needs to be tested out by you!

I have three sizes that I would like tested, more sizes to come later.

Sizes currently:
3-5 months
6-12 months

If you are interested in being a test knitter please send me an email -

I'd love to get this tested and rolled out by the middle of September so I need my testers all lined up by September 6 at the latest!

These are my finished beanies.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Dragon / Lizard / Alligator Tail Beanie for Baby

I just finished creating this beanie (and pattern) for a friend who is soon to be auntie! It was so much fun to experiment with this pattern and see what worked and what didn't. I chose to create my own pattern for this because there aren't a whole lot of options on Etsy or just from using google search. There are a few crochet patterns, but unfortunately I don't know how to crochet! I'm working on the final touches of the pattern and will have that up soon in my Etsy, Ravelry, and Craftsy shops.

I am super excited and proud of this pattern and beanie! It turned out super adorable. It's perfect for the alligator themed baby room and wardrobe! I've made two variations so far, the first picture is the alligator version with two rows of fins. The second picture (below) is the classic dinosaur or lizard tail, with one row of fins. 

Now I'm working on getting the pattern set for all of the different measurements for babies, children, and of course adults, because we all need a dragon or alligator tail beanie in my opinion!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Tyrian Slouchy Beanie

I've got three more weeks before classes start so I'm hoping to knock out a good chunk of my xmas presents for friends and family, and add a few more pieces and patterns to my small Etsy shop!

I finished this Tyrian Slouchy Beanie a long time ago, but never wove in the ends. I had forgotten about it until a couple weekends ago when I was searching for some missing knitting needles.

I wish I remembered the pattern I used too! I'm trying to recreate something similar so I have it on file and don't lose it again. I could sure use some tips on how to keep patterns organized!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Oversized Slouchy Beanie Knitting Pattern - Free!!

I created a new pattern! This one is free since it hasn't been tested by anyone but me. Any feedback would be much appreciated!

I created this beanie for a friend of mine who has a pretty large dome (25 inches!!!). The beanie measures 21 inches in circumference when laying flat, but has a crapton of stretch to it. I kind of like it on me, even though it is pretty big. It's comfy and isn't too tight so I won't get a headache when I wear it - which is always a good thing! I do fear that a gust of wind will come along and take my beanie with it.

Anyway, on to the part you have all been waiting for - the pattern!

Oversized Slouchy Beanie

Approximately 140 yards of Caron Simply Soft (Grey Heather)
US Size 7 circular needles (16 inch)
US Size 10 circular needles (16 inch)

1”=5 stitches on size 7 needle

Using size US 7 circular needles, cast on 108 stitches (multiples of 4) for a
circumference of 21 inches. This beanie is very stretchy and fits larger heads.
It’s very loose on a petite head.

Place Marker and join together to knit in the round.
Rounds 1-4 - *K1, P1, repeat from *

Change over to US 10 circular needs to start Pattern:
Round 5 - *K2, P2, repeat from *
Round 6 - *K1, YO, K1, P2, repeat from *
Round 7 - *K3, P2, repeat from *
Round 8 - *K3, P2, repeat from *
Round 9 - *K3, pass the first stitch over the last two worked stitches, P2, repeat from *
Repeat rounds 5-9 a total of 6 times, or more if you want a longer beanie. 6 times will make a 9 inch tall beanie when complete.

Start decreases.
Round 1 - *K6, K3tog, YO, repeat from *
Round 2 and all even rounds - Knit around
Round 3 - *K5, K3tog, YO, repeat from *
Round 5 - *K4, K3tog, YO, repeat from *
Round 7 - *K3, K3tog, YO, repeat from *
Round 9 - *K2, K3tog, YO, repeat from *
Round 11 - *K1, K3tog, YO, repeat from *
Round 13 - *K3tog, YO, repeat from *
Round 15 - K2tog around.
Cut yarn leaving a 12 inch tail. String the tail through the remaining stitches and weave in the ends.

Machine wash warm, gentle cycle.

YO - Yarn Over to increase by one stitch
K2tog - Knit 2 stitches together to decrease by one
K3tog - Knit 3 stitches together to decrease by two

Copyright Sara Marie Creations, 2013. Pattern not for distribution or resale. Finished objects using this pattern can be sold, but please reference back to Sara Marie Creations in your listing. Thank you and happy knitting!

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Malabrigo Yarn

My husband is the best. For his job he goes to people's homes and does energy audits. He was at a nice woman's home doing his audit and noticed that her 3-car garage was filled 3/4's of the way with tubs and tubs of yarn. He mentioned that I love to yarn and got into a conversation about knitting, etsy and yarn. 

He gave her the link to my etsy shop so she could see what types of things I like to knit. She went to one of her many tubs and pulled out this amazing skein of malabrigo yarn for me. 

I am still in shock that she gave a complete stranger a very nice, and gorgeous, skein of yarn! It's so pretty that I don't even want to knit anything with it. I just want to look at it!

Any suggestions on what I should knit? It's 210 yards of worsted weight. I'm thinking a beanie or a cowl. Maybe the Madelinetosh Honey Cowl that I knit for my grandma a while back??