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It’s been a long time in the making. Some of you may remember a post I did about this about a year ago. But I finally have my very own etsy shop. Well, two actually.  One for my knitted items (scarves, cowls, hand warmers and the like). And the other for my scrapbooking embellishments (journaling spots and fabric embellies) Since wordpress doesn’t allow Flash, I made my own little  buttons which are on my sidebar. You can check them out there, or here and here

Check em out! Let me know what you think. Wish me luck!!!

Here are some photos that James took of my inventory. Isn’t he fantastic?


Due to the fact that I have a lot of scrapbooking stuff (and also because funds were tight) I haven’t purchased any new items for a few months now. The other day I made this layout using only the bits and bobs that were floating around on my desk. I didn’t cut anything down – even the watercolor paper was already cut to the perfect size!

All I did was add paint and the numbers. So easy, I wish it was always like this 😉

I think I can go for a very long time without buying any scrapbook products, save for things like glue etc. It feels wonderful. I sold some things on ebay. And I’m giving away a lot of stuff to people with kids. I want to do without the clutter that having this many “hobbies” brings. I was so tired of the 50 million UFO’s, the storage on the floor, the shelves jammed packed with stuff I never used.My room is looking better and better everyday.

And hopefully, the last of many hats. This one for my mom (terrible picture, I know)

..and the only prescription is more hats.

Apparently, that’s all anyone wants these days. I made two more hats for someone, then I made a hat for James’s little cousin, and now my mom wants a hat… Phew.

In the meantime, I am finally, finally, making stock for my etsy shop! I believe I talked about this some few millenia ago.

But maybe I want to show you what’s been keeping me away from my bloggity. Here are  a few pictures of the costumes I designed and built for Pride and Prejudice (was it really last semester). I co-designed Elizabeth, Jane and Lydia (yes, in the play there are only 3 sisters, and that is not the only horrific bastardization that Helen Jerome took upon herself)

Lydia, Elizabeth, Jane

Lydia, Elizabeth, Jane

Colonel Fitzwilliam, Elizabeth

Elizabeth, Darcy – the proposal

E and Lady Catherine De Burgh – I so love that pinafore

The kiss – you can’t see the dress, but this picture is pretty amazing

Oh, and happy happy New Year!!!

This is a baby sweater I knitted for one of my dearest and oldest friends, Kathleen. She had a baby boy, Isaiah, a few months ago, and I finally got this thing done! It’s so cute, I wish I could make one for myself 🙂



I love knitting small things. They go by so quickly and before you know it, you’re done!

For about a year now, I’ve been wanting to knit myself a tam (see sidebar crafty things to do) But I never got around to it because I didn’t have the yarn or the right sized needles. I finally found this pattern – perfection!

Lace patterns have always been frustrating and a little frightening for me. But once I understood what was going on, it was so easy!


this is what it looked like a few days ago




Complete with yarn swift and Tibetan prayer flag 🙂

For those of you who don’t know, I am completing my second year in costume design. I spent the  bulk of the summer sewing clothes for myself, and for my sister’s birthday, she requested  a cloak to go with her Renaissance Costume. Here it is:



It’s a fully lined, forest green wool cloak. It’s beautiful, if I do say so myself 😉 Up next, I am finally, finally going to make and finish that tam I’ve been wanting for the last year!

I’ve finally caught up on my gossip girl – phew! I love chuck “bass-tard” as B calls him. (Did you know that “B” was the nickname that Faith used to call Buffy – but she hated it) This show is so great. Do you think there are really people who live like this? That there are a bunch of Upper East Sider, 16 year olds right now who are pissed that there is a show that makes fun of them??

In other mews…look what I made!

A sweater vest that’s too short, accents my scoliosis and makes me look pudgy. Ribbing around the waist – not my friend.  (notice the strategic arm & camera strap placements) I suck at knitting. I think I need to stick to scarves. And socks. My socks are pretty darn good. I just don’t have the heart to frog it and just do it in stockinette, but I think I should. Any advice, knitters?

Here’s a few things I made the other day while watching the Tony’s (Yay Patti LuPone – I worship you!!!)

This was a fun little pic James took of me. It has this really cool lens flare in the corner (you can barely see it  here)

My sister sent me some goodies and some pictures of the  kids.  Look at Sean trying to pull a funny face 🙂

I made this mini too. I had so much fun making it. It’s Words I Love. I’m going to fill it with fun words that I find.

Been knitting some socks. This is the third (and last) pair I’ve made. Since it’s now 90 degrees again. I’ve finally figured out how to keep the seams from creating that huge ladder when you knit on db pointed needles. They are really easy to make – from the Knit Scene Fall 07 issue.  My knitting group helped me to understand short rows and wrapping stiches.

It’s so hot here again. I guess I should get used to it. It’s going to be 90 degrees in the Philippines too. And rainy. I’d forgotten how much I loved warm showers. We are leaving on Thursday and get to the PI on Saturday. That’s one long flight, huh? 🙂 I don’t know if I’ll be able to blog much before then. And hopefully there are some accessible internet cafes there. TTFN!

My good friend Heathyr is going to be a mommy very soon, so I made these for her baby shower. Booties and a matching little hat. Aren’t they the tiniest things you ever saw?

Have any of you seen There Will Be Blood? Wow. What can I say about Daniel Day Lewis that hasn’t already been said? He is phenomenal. This movie is so intense. It’s not what I thought it would be, but it was still amazing. James keeps saying the above quote now. It’s kinda funny, out of context.
I have been promising you a RAK for a while now.We haven’t had a RAK here at oranginadreams in a loooong time. So, here we go.

One day, I decided to take every project that I never started and place it in the middle of my room. The pile was enormous!! Apparently, when it comes to crafts, my eyes are bigger than my proverbial stomach. I kept about half and the rest I’m giving away. I have several prizes up for bid.

1) an unused Life’s Journey 12×12 scrapbook


2) A Making Memories frame kit


3) 7 skeins of yarn. The color is a little off (those dark blue ones are actually a royal purple)


4) a wood album and matching frame, laser engraved


5)11 patterns. There are some cute crafty ones, some cute little outfits


6) an 8×8 scrapbook, matching papers and an album


So what do you have to do to win these lovely items?? Well, I have decided to start an etsy shop!! Mainly I’m going to sell hand knitted scarves. I’m terrible at naming things, it would take me weeks to come up with a name that I could decide on. So help me out! I need a name! Something fun, catchy, whimsical. If you leave a comment, let me know if you are a sewer, knitter or scrapper. Plus there will be extra goodies for you, too!!

Thanks for helping me out!

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2010 crafty:

  • curtains
  • 9 layouts
  • 1 knitted hat
  • 2 potholders
  • 2 mini collages
  • 2 cards
  • 2 knitted cowls
  • 2 knitted scarves
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