Finally: My New Website

I have finally done it and created my website. Now I have a hub to link all of my shops and social media accounts.
In the interest of time, I used a template from W3School, an online tutorial page for web development. It’s a lovely recourse and their templates are free to use.
At some point I will make it all my own design, but with a little babe time is sparse ๐Ÿ˜€
So, without further ado, check out my page:ย http://www.livelovemaria.com/

Un-Thread – TGIF

This truly is an un-thread. I am trying to make sense of this tangled mess of thoughts about blogging and other social media.
So what happened?

The progression of thoughts – to whom it may concern:

I had a baby. Yep. If you have kids that may say everything right there. Now, it has been 9 months, so it’s old news. But it is getting more and more time intensive. Do I miss the days I could just feed and lay her back in the crib, ha!
She now is crawling, pulling herself up and teething which makes her sleep worse. Overall that means she needs more of our time and attention.
I tried doing something while she is playing in the living room. Nope! I got like 1 minute, then she will be across the room  trying to eat dog toys or cords.
Her room is safer but of course she does not want to be in there if I am not, and I am limited in the resources I can use.
I am trying to interest her in being in the high chair for a while and play while I draw at the kitchen table.
Though, I really cannot complain. My husband, who is taking care of her during the day when I work, is also spending time with her at night and making dinner so I can get some art done.
Speaking of art: this leads to the news. I have done about half of Inktober and that really got me excited about doing art again.
As usual I have grand plans, which are likely too grand for the amount of time I really have for art in a day. I have to use the weekends in the morning.
But I am determined! I have even set up a Patreon page for my art.
Check it out:

All good and well, but this is really where my dilemma starts: what to write where and how often?
Between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and now Patreon besides this blog, I am at a loss.
At the moment, my plan kinda looks like this:

  • Patreon: I will post my WIP art, sketches, behind the scenes thoughts, which I won’t put anywhere else. Any finished pieces a few days before elsewhere and offer special prices ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Instagram: Any of my finished art pieces a few days later than Patreon. But I also use this for other pictures like my crafting, photos of nature walks, etc.
  • Twitter: Same as Instagram, but some random funny thoughts and retweets, of course.
  • Facebook Page: I really don’t know about this one. It feels awkward to post there. Maybe just finished pieces and shop links.

So this leaves me with figuring out this blog. I know I am kidding myself if I think I can post something multiple times a week, but maybe I can at least get 3 to 4 posts into a month.
Topic-wise I am thinking of these:

  • 1 Craft post about any sewing, crochet or other crafty things. This means Thread Thursday is gone for now, because I just don’t have enough time.
  • 1 Nature photo post
  • 1 Summary post of all the art I did that month. I may make this 2 posts depending on how it going. 

I am known for lofty goals, so we will see. Please bear with me ๐Ÿ˜‰
Oh yeah, and I am also working on a webpage. It’s gonna be pretty simple, and really just a hub to connect all the links.

So that’s my plan. I hope you come back next week for a new post, and below all of the Inktober drawings I made. Let me know which one you like best.

Thread Thursday: Sweater Weather

I finally finished a chrochet project again AND started Inktober.
We had family visiting for the first week of October and I got nothing done. But that is totally ok, because I had a wonderful time hanging out with them.
We did a lot of walks in nature โค

The crocheting I did, is a warm sweater for my little girl. I got some wonderful yarn through a craft party and chose a maritime theme. I pretty much just made up the pattern as I went. The sweater has buttons on the shoulder, but the neckline is so big, it fits over a big baby head without opening the buttons. The arms seem a little short and I may need to add some cuffs at some point. But that is no big deal. I also tried it on my little girl right away, and it fits!

Hoping to get some more inktober in today and another crafty project before next Thursday. Fingers crossed.

Thread Thursday: I’m dy(e)ing – too much pink!

This post is not about sewing or crochet but it is related in a way. I have received many baby clothing items as a hand-me-down, which I am very grateful about.

It has allowed me to save so much money. I have added a few items that I made myself but the bulk is used from friends or family <3 o:p="">
However, there is one big issue I have. I think this does not relate to hand-me-downs in general but the whole girlโ€™s clothing industry.
There is just SO MUCH PINK! And not even different pinks, no, most of it is the same two shades of bright dark pink or very light pink.
I have kept a few pink items although I really do not like the color much. However, there were so many pink items that I sorted out 3 bags and decided to dye them different colors.
I chose a teal, a navy blue and a Bordeaux red. I may sort through one more time for a green bag at a later point.
I used RIT liquid dye and already dyed one batch with the teal in the machine. But then I ran out of salt and bleach (of course).
So, I am continuing the dyeing later today and add pictures later. I think with the teal it worked out pretty well. In the pictures, you see the โ€œbeforeโ€ for the red and blue, and the โ€œafterโ€ for the teal.
I forgot to take a โ€œbeforeโ€ picture for the teal batch.
What do you think?

Next week I will hopefully finally be able to show you the finished crochet sweater I am forming on.

Thread Thursday: Rompers vs. Robes

 

 

 

Ha! Again it is Friday, and I am posting my Thread Thursday post. I just got done with this piece and it was just way too late to write the post last night.
This one is a little up-cycle project, and I am making another one this weekend.
We got some baby robes (or however you call them) which always just slid up when Baby was wearing it. Probably because she is already too mobile but she wears a 3 month old size ๐Ÿ™‚
So all I did was used a long-leg romper that fits as a measure for the length of the torso and then just cut out a piece in the middle to make legs. I used a strip of old T-Shirt as the binding tape and added some metal snaps. And Voila, a romper! Super easy! It took me one afternoon – maybe 2 hours?
As I said, I am making one more. Otherwise I am still crocheting the sweater and I am finishing some small Waldorf dolls I started in a craft event at GenCon.
I will try to post the next Thread Thursday actually on a Thursday, LOL.

Sunday Impressions: Afternoon Walk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The late afternoon, before sunset, is really the best time for a walk. The sun makes everything look so pretty. I guess that is why they call it golden hour. You can see I love flowers and playing with my new(ish) Canon.
We walk the dogs and baby. It is very relaxing and we get some fresh air. It seems the dogs and we need this, or you can tell the onset of cabin fever ๐Ÿ™‚ Everyone gets grumpy.
I am half looking forward to the change of the season and half the time it makes me sad.
I will miss the sun and long days the most, that wonderful bright summer energy. When the days get shorter, everything seems so gloomy. Makes me want to just curl up in a blanket. And I regret not using the pool as much as I should have. Maybe we need to jump in one more time to say goodbye.
However I love all of the seasons, and Fall especially. The beautiful colors of the leaves, teas and pumpkin spice, sweaters, scarves and boots, the fresh breeze, Thanksgiving and Halloween. What is not to love? Makes me always so reminiscent of my childhood. But then even in winter’s gloom we can make it so cozy and nostalgic with Christmas decoration. The wonderful lights brightening the dark season, fun in the snow and peppermint hot chocolates. Ahh, I am so happy I can now re-live all the fun by making the seasons special for my child. And in spring we will go on cabin adventures. I have a plan, and will tell more in a future post.
In other news, we tried a week of Blue Apron. It is a service that sends you all the ingredients for a certain amount of meals, based on which subscription plan you chose. We did the 3 meals for 2 people version. I think it’s a neat idea, especially if you are not very versed in cooking and have little time to get the ingredients. It is however a little pricey for us at the moment at around $60, which makes it $10 a meal a person. Maybe we will come back it in the future.
I hope you enjoyed my Sunday Impressions, this time actually posted on a Sunday lol.

Thread Thursday: Tiny Frogs

 

Wait, it is already Friday and I forgot to post my Thursday post. Yikes.
Well, better late than never ๐Ÿ™‚ And the same goes for the little onesie I made.
Months ago I started cutting the pieces for this adorable little wrap onesie and now I finally finished it. As expected it is now too small for my baby to wear ๐Ÿ™
But that is ok, as I have multiple friends who are pregnant or have younger babies.
I used the fabric of a pajama pants my friend didn’t want anymore.
Unfortunately, I cannot give you the link to the pattern because the site seems to be gone.

Now that the weather is getting more fall-like, I am working on a crochet sweater for my little one.
I got my hands on some nice merino wool in great off white and blue. I likely have it done for next week’s post.