Slacker Extraordinaire

December 7, 2010 at 4:38 pm

So yeah, I’ve been busy… Between Gabe, job, laundry, cleaning, and the holidays I feel like I’m in a vicious cycle of never-ending chores. And Gabe can’t mix me cocktails yet to make the time pass easier, so I’ve been sort of a mess. I have all these ideas floating around in my head and a couple of hack projects I’ve been dying to post about, but naturally the baby comes first. So I’ve had […]

Adventures in Cloth Diapering

November 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Most of my friends and family said “Yeah, good luck with that!” But I knew I wanted to at least TRY using cloth diapers. I seem to remember a similar response when I said I didn’t want any pain-killer drugs during labor and delivery — and that worked out just fine for us, thank you very much. :) There were a lot of reasons why I didn’t want to use disposables: cost being a major […]

Baby Craft

March 13, 2010 at 12:42 am

I’ve been sooo busy with regular work/freelance work, personal drama, among other things that I haven’t really had the time to get my craft on. There hardly seems to be an end to this madness in sight. And I’m jonesing really badly for some fun craft action. But I’ve got my sights on an upcoming book that releases in April, and just in time for me and the Sprout. It’s called Handmade Beginnings by Anna […]

Making Use of Scraps

November 9, 2009 at 12:48 pm

So I have this luscious piece of scrap wool from a hat I made FOREVER ago. I don’t even have the hat anymore since it was slightly small to fit my head AND my bushy hair. I recently rediscovered it in my scrap bag and I’ve wanted to do something special with it ever since. I thought a skirt would be just the thing, but there’s not even enough to do that! Perhaps I could […]

I Did It!

November 2, 2009 at 11:21 am

I thought posting every day for the month of October was going to be impossible, but somehow I managed to find something to say for 31 days! I suppose if I was going to start participating in NaBloPoMo, I’ve already missed the first day, so I’m just going to chill and post as often as I can, just to keep up some momentum. Seriously, October was a huge accomplishment for me and I had a […]

Butterick 6582

September 17, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Dear Retro Butterick Pattern #6582, I had such great plans for you. You were going to make me look so fabulously Mad Men. But when it came down to it, you didn’t make me look anything but misshapen. Poo. Regards, Vanessa If you follow my twitter feed, you might have seen my note that said, “Grrr. 95% finished with a dress I’m supposed to wear to a wedding next week. A. It’s HUGE. B. I […]

Crochet Madness

July 21, 2009 at 10:21 am

For the past month or so, I’ve been juggling freelance, slacking off, and a large crochet project. Since the cat is out of the bag (i.e. the gift has been given to its new owners) I can post about my crochet madness. I made a large afghan for my friends who are getting married in September. Mom helped me pick out a pattern that is relatively simple for my beginner skills. And let’s face it, […]

Grandma Would Be Proud

June 2, 2009 at 5:58 pm

With all this free time on my hands I’m catching up on various craft projects I’ve wanted to do for a long time! Here’s the low-down on what I’m doing. I bought some clearance fabric at Jo-Ann at least a year ago, and have been too busy lazy to make anything out of it until now. I picked up a simple pattern —Vogue #8495—, and made this cute blouse. I also used it as an […]


January 14, 2009 at 2:54 pm

I am an idiot. I was in Wegmans perusing the magazine section and like a moth to the flame I was drawn to Interweave Crochet: the winter 2008 edition. The sweater on the cover of the magazine called to me; I wanted it. And with the little knowledge I have of crotchet, I thought it looked easy enough, so I bought the magazine. Now, I’ve crocheted a few things in my life (mostly granny squares), […]