Autumn destruction and constructions

This is one side of the MomCave aka my craft room. My oldest daughter gave me the mini-fridge you see with the dry erase board attached. I needed to make room underneath for it. My youngest girl wanted her desk in her bedroom, so that helped a bit because I was able to move the tool box over, creating space. Those posters are coming down on their own, so I will frame them before putting them back up.

Getting rid of clutter is also on the list of focus for this month. I have a lot of supplies but have a hard time finding them. I love the dollar store for storage baskets. I picked up a few of the medium ones (blue ones on bench) which will help with seasonal supplies such as ornament balls and deco mesh rolls.

My main motivation? Honey set aside a nice cash egg for my birthday this year. I can do whatever I want with it. Go out to eat? Go out of town for the day? Go antiquing? Go craft shopping? Put it aside for whenever I feel like shopping? He told me it was for me to spend however I wish guilt-free. I haven't really bought much in crafting supplies because I'm not working right now. While we are fine as is, I feel that if I'm going to spend money in a type of frivolous manner, I should contribute more to the day to day expenses. I'm not a fan of shopping in general, but craft shopping, I love to do this. To have ideas sprout to life in my mind while I browse craft shops makes me so happy. So in order to buy more supplies, I have to make room. I can't just leave them in a clutter mess, still in the shopping bags to be forgotten until the cleaning bug bites again. Or worse, while in the middle of a project and I'm looking for something I need but can't find it. It's also a good time to take inventory of what I have so I don't end up buying more of what I don't need.

Here's Butters and his chair that he has claimed and started destroying. He likes to climb up on it and bark at anyone passing by the window. Now that he has a perch, he's spending most of his day in here. He only chews on the top of the chair, so with a chair cover it should be easy enough to disguise the damage. The chair is very comfortable for me to sit in for long periods of time. I'm short, but in this chair my feet can rest on the ground without my legs falling asleep from lack of circulation.

My sister-in-law stopped by today and brought me these as a treat from a yard sale she was at. There are a bit of vintage threads there, ranging in sizes from 30 to 8. The small ball of J&P Coats is a nice light brown color. It's like a light coffee color. I have the tatting project in mind for it already. 

For this year I think I'm going to go antiquing with an early dinner to celebrate. Just the thought of treasure hunting seems like so much fun that I can't wait to do it. While at Costco I found they had their winter candies out. I picked up this box for $9. I was going to get several more, but refrained. That's too much sugar for me now, after changing my diet. One or two at most is all I can tolerate before I feel like I need to drink a gallon of water to equalize.

Snapping threads on my Lost Souls

I'm planning on focusing on the Lost Souls Shawl by Maryetta Roy, for this month. It's being worked in size 10 Aunt Lydia's crochet thread with a size 1.75 MM hook. I began this a while ago, but kept putting it off, treating it as a cool down project rather than a regular work. That giant ball of crochet thread I purchased at Joann's Fabrics and Craft store with their 60% off coupon. It was roughly $8 USD, a great deal of thread for the money. Their app informed of another 60% coupon and that's what triggered the memory of this WIP project. I had the intentions of finding out how large of a shawl I can make with that ball. Each little skull motif is 6 x 7 inches. After going back to YouTube to watch the video tutorial, I found that Maryetta had designed another pattern with this skull pattern, this time a rectangle stole. YouTuber Jonna Martinez is the one working up the patterns.

The idea struck that it would make a wonderful purse, after being lined, to match the shawl. It was the perfect shape, rectangle and I can make it a traditional type of purse or backpack with it. I cut off the working thread from the ball and began making a base using the stitch counts given for the original stole. I really hope I can get the bag finished in time to show it off on my birthday this month.

The length is 11 inches and I think the width will eventually work out to 3 or 4 inches. Not a very big bag, roughly the size of standard binder, but it will be good enough for the small amount of items I usually carry around with me. 

I actually saw a finished Lost Souls shawl at my fair this year. I thought I snapped a picture of it but I couldn't find it. It was worked in yellow yarn and had received a blue ribbon. I was a bit excited to recognize a project that I'm familiar with. Does anyone else get "fan-girl" like this? Seeing a craft project you've tried, or put on your to-do list, or even just admired, in person.