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!

Don't forget to visit my Etsy, Ravelry, Craftsy and Facebook pages!

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??

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I Got Married!!!!

After four and a half wonderful years of dating, my love and I finally got married in the middle of July! That's what has been keeping me away from blogging for so long...planning a wedding! I wanted to share some photos of the evening with all of you, courtesy of Jared Ropelato Photography!

We had a photobooth and it turned out to be a big hit!

What's a party without YMCA?

Cha Cha Slide 

For our wedding favors we used Jelly Belly - Belly Flops. Everyone took their box! I kind of wish we had some leftover :-D

I made my own wedding program fans.

I ordered this shirt from Etsy - GiftsbyEthix. It says Bride on the front in rhinestones. I got similar shirts for the bridesmaids. They fit wonderfully!

Escort Card Tree. I DIY'd this one too.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

We Got a Grant!! - American Marketing Association Collegiate Chapter

I'm so proud to announce a project that I've been working on for the last few months. This semester I've been so fortunate to be part of the American Marketing Association Collegiate Chapter at American River College. I was elected to Executive Vice President and also was the chair of a great project that we were awarded a $5,000 grant for!!

The Business Education Statewide Advisory Committee (BESAC) has a pool of funds that they use to award grants to college business clubs every year. One of our advisors, Don Carlson, was the Chair of BESAC this year and got our club involved in a project. Our project was to show the benefits of having a business club on all Community College campuses in California. For reference, there are 112 Community College campuses in california, and only ONE, yes ONE, has an American Marketing Association club. A handful have DECA, SIFE, and FBLA. That's not nearly enough to make an impact!

To start off our project, we created a survey that was sent to all 112 colleges, as well as the national and regional chapters of the clubs such as AMA, DECA, SIFE, and FBLA. The survey was to find out how many people were in business clubs in college, and of those, who found the clubs to be beneficial to their careers. 

We had about 52 individuals complete the survey, with half of those individuals having participated in a club while in college. Of those 26, 70% found the clubs, and the skills they acquired while participating in the clubs, to have benefited their professional careers. 

We then looked into some projects that business clubs from around the county participated in, and how those activities helped to mold the students into better business leaders. 

On Friday, we attended the event and had a table similar to a tradeshow booth. You can't see the boards behind us very well, but they look great! There is a bio board that has the biographies of each member of the team. Then there is another board that has some of the flyers that our chapter has created over the past couple of years. 

We created a presentation and presented our findings to the BESAC and CALBC groups on Saturday. We got a lot of great feedback on the presentation and the message we are sending. The message being, all community colleges need to have business clubs on campus. We even got some of the professors to be interested in being the advisors for the clubs. That will be the biggest hurdle, getting the advisors for each club. Most teachers are so overworked and find it hard to devote even more time to other activities like starting a new club. Hopefully we can help find ways to make the time commitment of the advisors to be manageable!

If you would like information about our presentation, or would like information on how to start a club on your campus, please contact me!!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Mini Vacation Trip To Vegas - Day 2

If you are looking for Day 1, click here!

Day 2 we woke up around 8 and got ready. We went to the hotel marketplace where they had a lot of options for breakfast. Jeremy and I both had the biscuits and gravy, which was very yummy! 

 We only had a couple of hours until our timeshare presentation at 10am so we just lounged in our room after breakfast until then. I won't bore you with the details of the timeshare presentation but it lasted a good 2.5 hours, well after our lunchtime! And no, we didn't not buy a timeshare.  

After the timeshare presentation we walked over to Circus Circus and ate at Rock and Ritas again (it was THAT good). After lunch we walked outside to where the open top bus tours leave from. I would highly recommend doing this. There are two bus lines, red and blue, and each one goes to different parts. The cost for a 24 hour pass for 2 people was about $70 and you can ride either bus lines. We didn't get to the blue one but next time we will! 

The red bus line takes you around the casinos and has a tour guide talking about the history of Vegas, the casinos, and the future plans. Our first tour guide was kind of loud and annoying, but luckily we didn't stay on that bus for long.

We didn't realize it when we started the tour, but the bus doesn't stop at every casino. It makes periodic stops and you can get off to explore or get back on if you are done walking. We got off by the new Hilton holtel that was the Aria hotel, near Planet Hollywood. I was adamant about wanting to see the Hard Rock Hotel and that was the closest stop. It was about a mile walk from where we got off to the Hard Rock Hotel. It was worth it. I got my t-shirt (I collect hard rock shirts from places I've been). 

By the time we got back to the bus, it was getting dark. We got really lucky and caught the very last bus of the evening. This bus took us all the way to the end of the strip where the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign is.

We couldn't get off the bus to take any pictures because there was a quite large wedding party. Not my ideal spot for a wedding but hey, whatever floats your boat!

Next we drove past the wedding chapels. Surprise! Another wedding was happening!

We didn't get a chance to stop at any of the wedding chapels. Maybe next time!
The bus started to make it's way back to the other end of the strip, and it was so cool because all of the hotels and casinos were lighting up since it was getting dark. 

The Luxor was one of my favorites. It has the hieroglyphics copied from King Tut's tomb on the sides. The light shooting out from the top of the pyramid can be seen as far away as Los Angeles! 

The New York New York was also very pretty when it was lit up. It's a toss up on if we would stay here, or stay at the Luxor the next time we visit. We didn't get to go into either of them while we were there, just drove by on the bus.


The MGM Grand was just meh in this picture. We didn't realize how pretty it was until we were flying out Saturday night. When it is lit up fully, it is emerald green. Like in the Wizard of Oz. It was stunning. I unfortunately didn't get a photo since when we were taking off we had to have our electronics off. 

What's this? A Hard Rock Cafe less than a quarter mile from one of the bus stops? DOH! We walked 2 miles to and from the hotel when we could have just gone to the cafe on the strip. I say it was still worth it. Jeremy would tell you a different story!

 This was an interesting building. It is going to be demolished soon since it wasn't built with the proper materials. It will be neat to see what goes there in it's place.

 Harley Davidson!

Lady Gaga stays at the Cosmopolitan. Fun fact: The employees at that hotel were protesting because the Cosmopolitan is not unionized. 

The Flamingo! I loved how the entrance looked when it was lit up. 

Wynn and Encore. Wynn has the only ferrari dealership in all the casinos. You have to pay $10 to get in to even look at them.  

Finally the tour ended back at Circus Circus. We walked over to the mall area and after much debating on where to eat, we settled on Stripburger.

The nacho fries were outstanding. Highly recommend! 

After our dinner we went over to Circus Circus and won some money! Let me rephrase, I won some money. Jeremy lost.