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Happy New Year My Basted Friends!

4 Jan

New year! New ambitions, aye?

Well let me be that typical lazy blogger and say for one:

(or at least I say I will…)

I am going to try to make some changes. I didn’t do too bad off last year. I lost weight, which I gained back. Oops. I did blog a little bit more, but not enough for my liking. I created my new etsy shop!


On Viva La Stitches, I have 4 items for sale.

4X4 custom

Kinda silly, but hey! They are there! I have plans of what to add onto the store. Some original pieces will be fun! I know I need to add so many things on there. However holiday hours at my work kicked my ass. Not enough alcohol could make up for 4am wake up calls!

With that, I promise to post more tutorials! Since my wedding was mostly DIY I will be making posts relating to those. I have the mini-veil tutorial one, but my wedding based tutes are seriously lackin’! I’m also sure I still have a 3rd installment of knitting gauge waiting to be written. Oops. Okay, that’s it! I am seriously putting some focus on this blog!

I also plan to be more organized. That includes tearing out and re-doing my closet! That should be fun. My whole life needs organization. I have all the apps and planners to do that. I have the resources..and some money to help with my physical things. And I have all the supplies in the world to make millions of product for Viva La Stitches! Now time to just do it!

I would like to thank everyone for their everlasting support! I truly appreciate it! All the follows, likes and comments I’ve gotten brighten up my days immensely!

Now to drink more coffee and Bailey’s while I make a way too long To-Do list!




|Shop Review: Knit Fit|

21 Sep

Lately I have been running on overdrive and having a real hard time with life in general so I decided that Bry & I were going to play hookie one day with my sister-in-law and nephew and head to Solvang. After we walked around for a bit we headed to grab some lunch. We’re sitting there and across the street I see a store called ‘Knit Fit’ and immediately decide we need to go over – I am so glad we did!

I walk into the shop and am faced with a wall of knits. Amazing ones. And darling little knit projects. And imported WOOL FELT PIECES! Around the corner is bolt after bolt of some of the most fun, delicate, and awesome fabric I have ever seen; and I work in a fabric store! There are books galore with knitting patterns, sewing patters, knit and sew how-tos, projects, and more. Cute little finished pieces, cute little everythings. As Samantha and I wander a bit more the kiddos are running up to us asking if they could finger paint. After a reassuring nod from the very helpful store owner, they run off in excitement as she follows them. After browsing a bit more, we decide to head over to see what the kids were up to and the sweet lady set up a table with washable finger paints and a big piece of butchers paper and theyre stenciling and painting. Oh, but this is an every day thing as we had just entered the KIDS CRAFT SECTION of the store with tons of amazing projects for kids and families to do – even eco-friendly ones. {Which I am soooo crazy about!} After grabbing some things here and there and the kiddos getting up to wash their hands, I asked if she had classes. She does. A whole flier full of em. Flier and business card in hand, kiddos artwork drying on her table, and purchases made, we headed out to a few more shops before coming back for the kids painting. Walking in for a second time was still amazing shock for me as the shop is just so artfully maintained and carefully thought out. After purchasing little felt leaves for my knit projects, a pair of imported, handmade maryjanes for Bry, and the kiddos creating their very own masterpiece, I walked out craving more. Plus the owner {ack, I forget her name! I’m horrible with names} was just sweet, helpful, awesome, caring, and passionate about the shop – what more could you ask for? Knit Fit gets two ups from me and I can’t wait to get back there.

Visit their website here!

Knit Fit

473 Atterdag Road

Solvang, CA 93463

{Entrance on Copenhagen}




Happy Crafting!


|Ashley Hosts Craft Night|

8 Aug

For quite some time now I’ve been wanting to host a craft night at my place. After months of trying and coordinating, finally I was able to have one! Four lovely ladies came over and we got to crafting, laughing, eating, drinking, and havin’ fun.

I set out some things for all us girls to craft and a few things that I wanted to work on personally as well as some snacks I made and wine. Crafting can work up an appetite you know! I had wood pieces, stencils, paints, feathers, suede lace, lace, buttons, elastic, hair clips and more for us to use. We created mostly hair tassels and headbands, but I was able to create a fabric birdie and a recipe board for my kitchen. Two of my girlfriends brought their babies so they were a little consumed with keeping them occupied, but had fun none-the-less.

Here are some of our creations from that night:

Front of recipe board

Back of recipe board

Fabric birdie I created for a customer

I am going to try and make this a once a month thing so us ladies can all get together and get our craft on. All of my friends have since thanked me for letting them share the fun and for meeting new people {none of the girlies that came had ever met before}…. thats a win for me!

Happy Crafting!


|Easter Crafts|

22 Mar

Easter is one month away! So now is a perfect time to get started on crafting D.I.Y. Easter projects – it will save you money and your family will be able to have that crafting time together as well.

All of this week, each evening when I get home from slinging diapers at my day job, I am going to sit down with Bry and do a different Easter craft to get us prepared for Easter. I will also be giving out other ideas that we might not be doing and great places to find Easter stuff.

One great store to visit is Michael’s Arts & Crafts. They have a nice selection of Easter crafts at very, super affordable prices. And did you know… they have 40% off coupons every time you purchase something so you can save even more! Bry and I visited Michael’s last week and picked up a neat foam Easter egg decorating kit, which we will be working on tomorrow night.

Visit Michael’s site to look at ideas and products they have available for all your crafting needs – it’s definitely a great place to start.

Happy -almost- Easter & Crafting!


|Wow mom, you got those on the first {second} try this time|

20 Mar

Yes, that’s right… we attempted to retry the two craft fails from two weeks ago and after finding two very good tutorials on Youtube {how did I miss them before?}, I figured them out – first try!

The first craft we retried was the weaving loom. I was determined to figure it out and searching through video after video I finally found one. I searched ‘how to finish a weaving loom’ and came across this video.

This lady is hardcore playin her Radar Love – Golden Earring music while weave looming away. But it was informational and helped me cast off and finish what was going to be a sitting craft fail.

Check out our awesome finished pot holder!

Bam! Look at that. Done.

Bry did the entire weaving, I just casted off when she was done.

After dominating the loom, I diverted our crafting attention to the lanyard keychain. We didn’t even get to start that because I just couldn’t remember how to. So again, Youtube tutorial searching began.

I came across this cute little video tutorial by a girl around Bry’s age. Again, how in the world did I miss this one the first time? She was very informational and the camera angles were super important – I actually need to see what is going on!

I started {yay, I actually started it!} the lanyard and did a few rows then showed Bry what to do and she picked it right up. We traded off; her doing a few rows, then I do a few rows. That way we both wouldn’t tire of it and our hands wouldn’t cramp up.

Close to being done

It’s a really relaxing craft. I can actually sit and watch a movie with Bry while doing it and not feel like I can’t get it done like how it is when I’m sewing. Eventually after trading off so many times, we finished it!

It feels good to know that I didn’t let two small little things stop me from finishing a craft project. And in a way it teaches her that failure is not an option! Bry plans on giving the little lanyard keychain to her teacher 🙂

I was able to pick up these two crafts for pretty cheap. The weaving loom I got at Walmart for under $10 and I also got some extra craft loops so we can make many more projects. {Walmart’s site doesn’t list the weaving loom set and craft loops that I bought so I linked you to the same through Amazon}

The lanyard keychain set I actually got at The Dollar Tree! We could probably make about 15 lanyards with how much craft lace that was included – for only $1! {The Dollar Tree doesn’t have a listing for what we picked up so I liked you to an Ebay listing. It is not the same brand, but it’s the same thing anyway}

Remember, even if you feel defeated, keep trying and you will soon conquer that crafting battle and create some awesome stuff. Plus, crafting is so cheap! I mean lanyard sets for $1?!?!

Happy crafting!


Blog Faves

20 Mar

In celebration of National Craft Month, we want to be able to share with you some handy, dandy craft blogs. Right now it is past midnight and I have a little bit of free time to sit down and blog this while Breana is off dreaming about her wedding and honeymoon and all kinds of delight, so please check back for more links to craft blogs – she probably has 100 more than I do!

Some of these blogs are ones found looking for tutorials, information on new crafts to try out, or are participating heavily in National Craft Month. Hopefully you can find at least one of these sites helpful in your craft endeavor – which you should be doing since its National Craft Month!!!

Craft Gossip
Fave Crafts Blog
Easy Kids Crafts
Craft Mafia
Modern Quilt Love
Bolt Neighborhood
Offbeat Bride
A Stitch in Dye
Angry Chicken
The Crafty Crow

Hope you all are keepin’ up on your crafting! Please comment and let us know what your favorite crafty blogs are.

Keep on craftin’!


Michael’s Celebrates National Craft Month

14 Mar

Here is what’s happening at Michael’s Craft stores around the nation for National Craft Month:

March 19 – The Knack Family Event {While supplies last} – ages 3 and up

  • Make it and take it – clay pot and saucer {with purchase of materials}. Turn a clay pot into a giant decorative cupcake. 10am-Noon

March 20 – Bead Event {While supplies last} – for adults

  • Make it and take it – a ‘sea breeze necklace’… starts at 1pm {with purchase of pendant}
  • Free demo – ‘pearl cluster earrings’… starts at 2pm
  • Make it and take it – ‘bracelet’… starts at 3pm
  • Free demo – ‘twist tie flower ring’… starts at 4pm

March 26 – FREE Scrapbook Page & FREE Shadowbox Demo {While supplies last} – adults only

  • Make the most of your memories with a stylish make it and take it scrapbook shadowbox. 10am-Noon

March 27 – The Knack FREE Family Event {While supplies last} – ages 3 and up

  • Make it and take it bottle caps. Design your own creation! 1-3pm

All month long Michael’s is offering a complete acrylic painting class for 40% off! See store associate for class date & times.

All month long Michael’s is offering scrapbooking classes for 40% off! See store associate for class date & times.

You can visit Michael’s to view more event details and see photos of the crafting events listed.