Tag Archives: Work at home mom

House Cleaning Challenge: An Update

12 Jan

HouseChallengeMy intention as to work on the entry way, lists have been made, it has been marked on my calendar.  In true procrastinator style I haven’t really begun on the project at hand.  Instead I have cleaned and organized the bathrooms, pantry, and fridge.  Its still a step in the right direction.  I have begun a different way to compost.  Instead of throwing it in a big pile of dirt, I have added all of the kitchen scraps into one container which makes a bacteria soup that will cook down faster and will make our composting much more efficient.  So far it is working REALLY well.

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I’m hoping the entry way will happen by the end of the week so I can still meet my goal.  How is everyone else progressing?

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House Cleaning Challenge

8 Jan

I’ve previously written about moving into a new house right before we had the baby.  I brought my baby home to a mess and it has continued to spiral out of control, SERIOUSLY!  B doesn’t feel like he needs to pick things up because the house is already a wreck, I’m one handed 90% of the day because Tiffany hates to be put down meaning I’m facing a very overwhelming battle!  But today I have decided NO MORE!  This house will get organized!!  I will be taking on one area of the house every week.  During that week I will deep clean, organize, and set up some sort of plan too keep it that way.  I would love to have others join me and link up so we can share ideas and discuss what is or isn’t working.  This week I will start with the entry of our house.  Stay tuned for what I come up with.

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What Goes into a BraggAbout Creation?

9 Dec

I was recently asked about the reason to shop handmade.  I think the best way to answer that question is to understand the process of creating a handmade piece.  I’m going to walk you through the steps of making the latest BraggAbout Creation.

Step 1: Get Inspired

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Regardless if inspiration comes from a skein of yarn, a photo, or a conversation there is always some sort of inspiration behind a great piece.  The latest inspiration was from Pascha from The Posh Blog.  She sent me the above photo and asked if I could create something similar.  Of course my answer was YES!  We then discussed price range, color, fiber choices, and changes that she wanted.

Step 2: Find the Perfect Yarn

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I went to 4 or 5 stores and took an insane amount of photos before we were able to decide on a yarn that would be soft, chunky – yet not to hot, machine washable, and grey.  While this process has become much more difficult now that I have a 2 month old, it is still so much fun.

Step 3: Create Pattern

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All of the pieces I make are ONE of a kind patterns.  Nothing is ever written down, I simply decide on shape and then begin knitting.  What you purchase from me will have a similar feel but it will be customized to its owner.  I am a firm believer that if you are supporting me I will be making sure no one else ever has the same thing as you.  I recently collaborated and purchased a “custom” headband for Tiffany, the owner then made and sold MANY more, and a woman that was in a similar circle of friends with ended up buying one without knowing where I had bought mine.  I was SO disappointed!  That is the reason all of my pieces are different.

Step 4: Reassess Pattern

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This step is made much easier for me because I am engaged to an artist.  We are always discussing lines and continuity of the piece during the production of any of our art.  I redid the bottom of this cowl 6 times before I decided on the “bamboo” stitch.  I wanted something linear with a little curve to it.  This was a new stitch for me, and it has inspired a new cowl that I will be working on after the Holidays.

Step 5: Fill with Baby Snuggles

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This one is really happening during the entire process.  My sweet baby will probably be a master knitter before she starts school.  I like the owner to know how much love was put into what I am making them, and I love taking 500 pictures of my daughter.

Step 6: Take Photos

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Since I primarily sell online I have to convey the essence of my piece, and also make sure that the customer is pleased with what is being sent.  I always take photos to make sure that they are pleased before I mail it off.  In Pascha’s case she didn’t want the neck to be as big as the photo, so I had to confirm that this was fitting her vision.  Thankfully it was!  Currently this cowl is packaged and ready to be shipped off on Monday.

Have you ever had a custom piece created for you?  If so what was it and were you happy with the results?  I love collaborating on different knits.  If you have an idea you want made send an email to the BraggAbout Creation’s Etsy or Facebook page!