ABC – Always Be Crafting

I 100% fall into the female stereotype of enjoying crafts.  I’m also genetically predisposed to it – both Mumsy and her Mumsy are/were crafters.  Grand-Mumsy was so good at knitting and crocheting that she could do it without looking, while reading a book!

Here is a list of some of my favorite craft activities:

  • Knitting:  No duh.  I explained that in my last post.  Still holds true.  Knitting comes most easily to me, within reason.  I’ve only ever knit rectangular things, and I’ve only ever used circular needles.  Straight needles feel very foreign to me.  One day, if I’m feeling brave, I may attempt to make a sock.
  • Jewelry: As with knitting, Mumsy taught me how to make jewelry.  My favorite thing to make is earrings – especially Christmas themed ones.  I am such a sucker for earrings that look like Christmas lights!  The other cool thing about making jewelry?  I can apply the same skills to fix/modify jewelry that I own or purchase.  Like changing out the earring wires for sterling silver when the ones I bought are made of nickle and make my ears itch!
  • Needlepoint:  I’ve only done a couple of needlepoint crafts before, and never anything complicated.  I’d say behind knitting, this is the next craft I want to adventure out into more.  I really want to make one of those cute tissue box covers!  I know, I am just the coolest person ever.
  • Painting Miniatures:  Nerd warning for this one.  I’m talking about painting pawns for the characters I play in Pathfinder.  Actually, Mumsy taught me how to do this one too, and then I taught The Boyfriend.  I’d say he enjoys this craft more than me, but it is absolutely a satisfying activity.  You just have to make sure you are using small enough paint brushes!
  • Rug Hooking:  I tried this for the first time last year, and was very satisfied with the results.  It is basically paint-by-numbers with yarn to make a rug.  I think the best thing about this type of craft is that it is very forgiving.  If you make an error, it is easy to correct, and it doesn’t require a large amount of precision to make the end result look good.  The only thing I didn’t enjoy was binding the ends after I’d finished the rug.  I cheated and used iron-on rug binding.

Making this list has reminded me of at least three different craft projects that I’ve started but have not yet finished…. Guess I know what I’m doing after posting this!

Happy Crafting!

Ms. B.


My Plan to Survive 2018 – Knitting & Pathfinder

Gotta say, 2018 has been a bit rough so far….

Let’s start with our car being SET ON FIRE on NEW YEAR’S EVE by some nice people playing with fireworks.  Yup.  Not Joking.  Here’s a picture:

No, really.  That’s our car.

Needless to say, that caused an interesting beginning to the new year!  One might say we started the new year with a BANG!!!  Get it!?!  Wanna guess how many times that joke has been made now? A lot.

On the plus side, no one was injured, and we got a new car!  With seat warmers!  I will never go back to a car without them.  Even when summer comes around I plan on blasting the AC but sitting on a toasty seat!

Looking back, the rest of the year hasn’t been that bad.  Just normal life stressors.  So much to do, so little time!

Anyway, the two things that I’m relying on to keep me sane, as explained in the title of this post are knitting and Pathfinder.

Mumsy taught me to knit when I was a kid, and I never really stopped.  If you’ve never knitted before, I recommend giving it a try.  There are countless instructional videos available online to help you get started.  Back to the point though, knitting is making me especially happy this year!  It’s an activity that requires brain power, but not too much.  Plus, I love the act of creating something, especially something that can have a practical use, like a blankie or a scarf (I only knit square/rectangular things).

If you don’t know what Pathfinder is, you are missing out!  You’re also obviously not a nerd like me.  Or at least not a TTRPG nerd.  TTRPG stands for Tabletop Role Playing Game, in case ya didn’t know.  Pathfinder is a TTRPG.  Isn’t learning fun!  So, I play Pathfinder, along with Boyfriend and Mumsy.  We sit around with some other close friends and roleplay to tell an exciting fantasy story.  It’s all the fun of acting without the pressure of auditioning!

This post feels a bit scatterbrained, but I’m just gonna go with it.  Conclusions:  Life can be hard, but you gotta find the Happy!  Right now, for me, that means knitting and Pathfinder.  Creating something with my hands, and playing pretend with friends.  Sounds pretty good to me.

Much Love,

Ms. B.