Sunday, February 5, 2012

Good Grief Charlie Brown!

Have I ever been a stranger.  I do apologize, but I've hinted before at the fact that I'm an elusive blogger.   I'd love to be that blogger who has endless ideas and great ways to share them with the world.  I have the ideas, but they somehow get all jumbled up in my brain, and I get stage fright or something.  It's a bit overwhelming really.  It's not that I haven't been crafting,  because believe me I have, I just don't feel inspired to photograph and write about what I'm up to.  That sounds bizarre eh?  Then why did I start a crafting blog?

Blogging is a great way to connect with like minded people.  I draw inspiration from my favourite blogs and sort of get to know the bloggers themselves.  I find myself referring to them in conversations with friends and I'm never sure how to address them.  Since I've never met them in the flesh, and really haven't had a spoken conversation with them, I find it hard calling them my friends.  At the same time, I know so much about them and their family and their world, that how could I not call them my friends?  Weird eh?  I usually DO refer to them as 'my friend', but it always feels a bit weird.

The truth is, I started Wave Kaia a few couple years ago when I realized that due to the nature of my job I would be home quite a bit.  I needed something to keep me busy while waiting for calls for work.  It served me well and I have learned so much about crafting over the years.  I even managed to earn a little bit of money in the process.  I have to say though, I never felt able to jump right into Wave Kaia and give it a real shot because I was taking my other job seriously.  How can you be successful when you have to take steps back all the time?  On the one hand I wanted lots of orders to come in from my Etsy shop, on the other hand I was petrified that I'd have too many orders and wouldn't be able to keep up.

Time has passed and my employment has become full-time which means that I no longer have time for Wave Kaia sadly.  I knew this time would come, and I'm ok with it.  It was a great couple years of my life and so rewarding to see that folks really do dig my creations.  Wave Kaia on Etsy is going to be taking a nap for a while, I hesitate to completely shut it, but I'm not updating regularly.  I'd love to have another go at it, but at the moment it's just not possible, so we'll see what the future brings I guess.

Even though Wave Kaia will no longer have a presence on Etsy, I'd still like to maintain this blog.  Just little updates here and there about what's inspiring me, what I've been creating, and some bits and pieces about my life.  I hope I still have a few followers despite my long absence from this space.  I will really try to check in more often as I'd love to keep in touch with you all and hopefully inspire in return.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Makin' Stuff

When summer time rolls around, it seems that I disappear from this space.  Summer is too short for me, and it leaves me with little time for computers and updating.  So having said that, I apologize for the absence.  Despite neglecting my blog however, I have managed to create and craft often.  As you know from previous posts, I've learned to crochet which is portable.  I brought my crochet case and yarn with me on every car trip, camping trip and picnic at the park.  Here are some of the fruits of my crochet labor.

a peek at my granny stripe blanket

I also managed to get a little bit of sewing in there too.  I made a batch of little peasant dresses for The Extraordinary Baby Shoppe, and they've all sold but one - my favourite one to boot.   These little cuties weren't quite ready in time for that batch, but I'll be adding to this collection for next year.  I used a basic pillow case dress tutorial that I found on-line and unfortunately did not bookmark it and have forgotten where.

12 months

6 months

I sewed up a couple cell phone/iphone covers and I intend to make some more.  I used this tutorial but omitted the ring.  

These little legwarmers are being sent out in the mail this week to a dear friends daughters.  She just gave birth to her second daughter and her first is almost 3.  I can't wait to see how the leg warmers look on the baby.  I used this pattern.  Fall is just around the corner...

4T (photo won't flip for some reason)
3 months

And as if I didn't already have enough to keep me busy with sewing, crocheting, working full-time, photographing everything, I have fallen hard for embroidery.

This project tempts me.  I recently bought a small piece of fabric from the same designer and it's too cute.  Not sure what I'll do with it yet, but it's there in the back of my mind and when inspiration comes, I'll be ready.

Someday, I'll do what all of my crafting/blogging idols are doing and post a tour of my studio type of thing, but  until then I'll leave you with a glimpse of my crafting space as it usually looks - a tad cluttered and a pinch messy.

Happy crafting.  I'll try harder to pop in with updates more often.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Summer Time Rolls....

Making new friends at the Lake

Is she really 4?

Water play

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My Gilligan...  LOL

Monday, June 27, 2011


These days I just feel like swimming in colour.  I don't remember a time in my life when I've enjoyed colours as much as I do right now.

I've been finding clever ways of organizing all of my threads and bobbins.  All that colour shouldn't be hidden in containers, no?  It should be up on the wall and displayed as art!

The thread rack idea was taken from this tutorial on the Sugar Bee Crafts blog.  Isn't that clever?  The frame was a garbage day find.  I was on my way home from dropping Aemilia off at daycare and saw it.  Immediately I had this project in mind.  It was a bit of a team effort, as Marco helped with the cutting of the pegboard and the sanding and gluing of the dowels.  What a fun, inexpensive way to store/display/organize your thread spools.

Oh and the painting.  I can see why kids want to cover themselves up with paint.  This girl likes to get her hands right in there.  How does that feel?  Orangy?

To me, all of this colour is inspiring and it screams SUMMERTIME!!!

I'll have to remember to pack the paints for our camping trip in July.  Unfortunately the threads will stay home, but I think I'll pack myself some spools of yarn and a few crochet hooks for that relaxing time after a swim.  

I've recently acquired a new digital SLR camera.  A gently used Nikon d70S that my good friend Anne of AMB Photo no longer needed.  I know it came from a loving home.  Anne shot my wedding actually.  For years I've been shooting on a point and shoot, and have been able to capture amazing photos, but my first batch of photos from the Nikon were stunning in comparison.  I have been trying to read up on how to get amazing shots, and have been playing around with editing software, but I think I need to get myself to a workshop in order to achieve better results.  I have no aspirations of becoming a photographer, I just want to be able to document my life through photos, and perhaps put some shots in frames.  There is no shortage of inspiration out there though.  It seems that with the advances in tech with cameras and editing software's, professional quality is almost achievable.  As if my hobby plate wasn't full enough already with sewing and crocheting...  :)

What do you shoot with?  What is your favourite lens?  Do you bring your crochet needles with you when you go camping?  

Wednesday, June 15, 2011