Goodbye, San Francisco

Hey everyone! We are officially living in Illinois! We’re still waiting on the moving truck to get here with our things, so for the time being we’re in a very nice “corporate housing” apartment. Things are getting closer to normal, but I told my husband I will feel a lot better once our belongings are in the same state as we are. :) And unpacked. And organized. And I really miss my Keurig. I had to remind myself how to use a conventional coffee maker!

Being in this state of limbo makes me a little homesick for California, so I thought it would be fun to share (or re-share) some of my favorite pictures of our time there.

The Bay Area will always be one of my favorite places, but I’m excited to go on new adventures here in Chicago!

What I’ve Been Up To Lately

Since I’ve put a hold on jewelry making and general crafting until after our move (one week from tomorrow!), I’ve been doing a lot of knitting and crochet. It’s easier to pack in my suitcase than Mod Podge. :) Also, since we’re not exactly used to the colder temps in Chicago (especially when we were apartment hunting!), I thought we could all use some new hats and things.

Here are some Instagram pics of my latest projects, followed by a link to the pattern:

I actually finished this scarf before we knew we were moving, but I had to share it because I love how bulky and cozy it is!

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Basketweave Scarf

Once I knew we were moving and that we’d soon be apartment hunting, I quickly crocheted hats for Penny and myself.

I used the leftover yarn from her mittens so they would match.

I used the leftover yarn from her mittens so they would match.

Child’s Hat

I decided not to wear it slouchy like the pattern shows.

I decided not to wear it slouchy like the pattern shows.

Allston Unisex Super Simple Slouchy Hat

I used the rest of that gray yarn to knit some fingerless gloves. This was my project in the hotel room when Penny was napping.

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Ribbed Fingerless Gloves

Not wanting to leave my husband out, I crocheted him some fingerless gloves using this pattern and some bulky charcoal gray yarn. But I didn’t get a picture of them before he left for Chicago again. :( I did, however, get a picture of this hat I made for him with the same yarn, which I’m saving for his birthday on Wednesday (shhhh…don’t tell him!). Now that it’s not quite so cold in Chicago, I don’t know if he’ll get a lot of use out of it right now, but at least it will be ready when he needs it!

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Watch Cap

And because I was in a hat-making mood, and I really wanted a slouchy hat, and I’ve kinda been procrastinating on getting things ready for the move, I used some spare yarn to make this cute slouchy beret.

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Slouchy Beret

I think today I might actually take a break from knitting and get some stuff organized for the move. :)

Don’t Forget!

Only one week left to take advantage of my moving sale! After that, the shop will be closed until our stuff arrives in Chicago (and I actually unpack it). All you have to do is use coupon code MOVING30 to save 30% off your order! And since most of my items are under $20 (most are in the $10-$15 range), that makes for some pretty affordable jewelry. So if you want to get some fun new pieces for spring, or stock up on some gifts for upcoming birthdays/holidays, make sure you check out my shop this week!

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Favorite Friday: Knitting Needle Carrying Case

Time for a Favorite Friday! With all the traveling I’ve been doing lately, it occurred to me that I needed a case for my knitting needles. I already have a little pouch for my crochet hooks, but my knitting needle collection has been growing exponentially (thrift stores are a great place to find them for cheap!), and they were getting a little out of control.

So I turned to Etsy to look for a nice handmade case. I found exactly what I was looking for at Birdcage Designs! There are tons of fabric patterns to choose from, and I ordered this adorable Russian nesting doll pattern with red lining:

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This case was affordable, well-made, and it’s perfect for all my knitting needles! It would also be great for crochet hooks, paint brushes, or other arts and craft supplies. And it rolls up so it won’t take up too much space in my suitcase when I travel, not to mention being a nice tidy place to keep my needles when I’m at home.

If you need a place to keep your knitting needles or other craft supplies, make sure you check out Birdcage Designs on Etsy!

Craft Table/Workspace

It seems kind of silly doing this post now, since it will all be packed up two weeks from Friday (yikes!), but I wanted to share my completed-ish craft table/workspace. You’ve seen me work on it step by step, and now you get to see the whole thing!

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Ta da! When my husband gave me this table for Christmas, I thought for sure that six feet would be way too big. But it’s turned out to be just the right size! I’ve got plenty of room for all of my organizers and space to craft and make jewelry…

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And I even have enough room for my laptop, so I can go nuts with the multitasking.

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And of course my knitting basket is right below the table, in case I get bored with all the jewelry making and Etsy listing editing.

Since I’ve taken a break from crafting and jewelry making, Penny has commandeered it as a place to put her toys, but after the move it will be restored to its original DIY glory.

In case you missed them, here are the projects I did to organize and accessorize:

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Craft Table Organization

DIY Mason Jar Lamp

DIY Mason Jar Lamp

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Labels and Storage

What do you think?

Chicago Apartment Hunting Trip

I’m glad to be back in California after spending last week in freezing temperatures! We had a successful apartment hunting trip and we got to spend some time exploring our future neighborhood and where my husband will be working. But it was cold. It even snowed a little on Tuesday! Definitely not something we’re used to. It was Penny’s first time seeing real snow, and even though there wasn’t much on the ground, she had so much fun running around and making a snow angel. I think we’ll like our new neighborhood; we’ll be walking distance from the library, a park, Chipotle (love their barbacoa tacos!), a HUGE antique mall, and lots of other shops and restaurants. Oh and of course a Starbucks. :) I’m still sad about leaving the Bay Area, but at least I’ve got some things to look forward to.

Here are some pics from our trip, mostly taken from Instagram:

And don’t forget about my moving sale on Etsy! Coupon code MOVING30 will save you 30%!

Moving Sale!

Hey everyone! While I’m hanging out in O’Hare Airport waiting for my plane, I thought I’d type up a quick post to share a fun event in my Etsy shop: a moving sale!  I really don’t want to have to take a bunch of jewelry with me to Chicago when we make our final move (besides, you know, my own gigantic collection), so I’m lowering the prices on my already affordable items! Just use coupon code MOVING30 to save 30% off your purchase. This is a great time to stock up on some fun springtime jewelry!

The coupon code applies to everything, including my sale items, but does exclude shipping costs. So I guess not everything. But you knew what I meant. :)

Stay tuned for a post next week on our Chicago trip!