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Other Crafts: Tie Dye!

Sometimes I venture out and do other things besides yarn things. Haha. Although, right now, it seems it’s still fabric related.

My boyfriend did some laundry and something bled, so this particular shirt became a slight pink color in some spots. It’s actually really hard to tell in the pictures. Anyway, he thought it would be best to tie dye it to fix the problem, so that’s what I spent this morning doing.

At first, I was just thinking a nice red dye color, but it is after Independence Day, so guess what? 70% off all red, white, and blue related items!Β To make it better, this kit was the first thing you see in the front of the store!

YES! It came with some star stencils, red and blue dye, and then this white glitter.

So, then I tried it.

I thought it might be fun to make a flag pattern. They did give me all the stuff for it. (The shirt looks totally white here, but it’s really slightly pink.) The stencils are stickers and you stick it to the shirt, and then spray the dye around it. This was the easy part. The stripes were more complicated.

I wanted to avoid dying the sloth and turtle in the middle, so I did my best to do a weird bunching of the fabric to avoid any problems. Afterwards, I strayed the red on. I used a lot of red. Most of the bottle is gone! (The kit says it makes up to 8 shirts! Am I doing it wrong?!)

When you’re doing this, you might end up thinking, “Did I just murder someone?” The red really gets everywhere. In fact, I thought it might have become a disaster, but then I removed the elastics.

The sloth took a little damage, but not too bad! A good way to spend my morning! πŸ™‚



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Stitch Fix #4

As much as I love Stitch Fix, this one was a complete fail! 😦

Stitch Fix is a personal styling box, where by paying a $20 styling fee, you will get 5 items in the mail to try on in the comfort of your own home and then you can buy the pieces you love. You fill out a very detailed style profile, so that the stylist can pick good pieces for you, but that didn’t work out for me this time.

stitch fix #4

Starting from the top left:

Elizabeth Geo Print 3/4 Sleeve Dress– Great pattern! Reminds me of this jacket that my mom had in her closet from the 80s. It draped a little loose, so I tried it with a belt, but the pattern and the belt didn’t really work out. Also, it cost $128! Out of my price range right now.

Farah Fit & Flare Striped Dress– This was a great dress. I love everything about it- the color and the cut! I probably would have kept it, but it was pretty tight around the chest and middle area. I could zipper the dress just fine, but it was definitely too tight.

Jessabelle Geo Knit Tank– Felt too casual. Also, I wasn’t getting into that low scoop neck line. I’m standing as straight as possible in that picture, so it doesn’t fall any lower.

Natasha Front Pocket Sleeveless Blouse– Just like in the Geo Knit Tank, it was a LOW cut shirt. Once again, standing as straight as possible to avoid it from falling down too low. It was a little big. Other than that, I love the teal color, the fabric (super light), and the fake pocket design. It’s a perfect work shirt, and casual enough for the weekend too!

Eric Lace Detail A-line Jersey Dress– I loved this dress! I even included a detail of the sleeve- the lace detailing is so beautiful! I decided not to keep it, because I already have a few black dresses and it was slightly higher than I was willing to pay ($118).

Overall, I kept nothing. Oh well, you win some, you lose some. Hopefully, next time will be better!

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#63 and Stitch Fix

Hello! Last Saturday, I visited my family for the Lunar New Year (Year of the Horse, if you’re curious), and only ONE family member called me fat! Woo! This is an achievement! I wouldn’t say I’ve lost any more weight then the last time, but I’m definitely glad no one said anything. Did I tell you when I visited my grandparents in China, that my grandpa told me I should lose 10 MORE pounds? Sometimes I think about starving myself, but then I think again.

Now, moving on, first, I do actually have a whole lot of squares completed. I’m in the 70s now, but for some reason, I’ve just been procrastinating on posting them. However,the current square I’m working on, I just haven’t had time to finish all week. This weekend I’ll hopefully be able to catch up some more. I also have some requests for projects, so I should probs be working on those too. For now- EVENTUALLY.

63. Random Patches: I like how this ends up looking, but I’m getting really sick of these single crochet blocks. They make really nice designs and all, but they’re so tedious. For a more positive outlook on this- isn’t it pretty? It’s a super colorful square!
random patches

Next, I’ve do this clothing subscription box as I’ve mentioned before called Stitch Fix (please use my referral link if you’d like to join?), which for a $20 styling fee will send you 5 items that you can try on in the comfort of your own home, and then you can buy these items if you’d like or send them back at no extra charge. It is a little pricey for the items (you can say “cheap as possible” and they’ll usually listen- min. ~$35), which is why the last time I got a box was in September. They always send really unique items, so I love showing them off! Here’s what I got this time:

stitch fix febThis time, I changed my shirt size from a size M to a size S, and it sort of worked.Β  We can start with the top left corner.
Blue Baltimore Chevron Striped Knit Shirt: I love this shirt, but it cost $48, and for such a simple shirt that I feel like I could also get at Old Navy or Kohl’s, I just couldn’t justify it- PASSED.
Green/White Trinidad Chevron Striped Henley Blouse: It’s a really light shirt. It fits nicely, and the pattern is nice too! It’s also $48, but the material seems nicer and ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. I guess, if I can’t have one chevron shirt, I’ll take the other! – KEEPER.
Red Toulouse Collared Wrap Dress: I took this out of the box, and instantly fell in love, and so so so much wanted to keep it even for $68. Too bad it was a little bit too small in the chest area. That button was really threatening to pop when I was taking the picture. Hahaha. – PASSED.
Pink Selfridge Cowl Neck Long Sleeve Top
: Last time they also sent me a shirt like this and I really liked it, but maybe I just can’t pull them off. The shape just makes me look like I have a big tummy, and it’s REALLY loose, even for a small. – PASSED.
Brown Sanchez Large Wristlet: For comparison of how large it is- my hand. Yeah, I’m not carrying that thing around. – PASSED.

So, overall, I kept one thing, but it’s so fun to do!

Anyway, have a Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow/today (whenever you’re reading this)! Check out these cupcakes I made for my coworkers tomorrow:
valentine's cupcakesThey make heart sharped marshmallows! So cute, right? Chocolate cupcakes with strawberry frosting!

Now, hopefully, more yarn in the future! πŸ˜€


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Uh.. In the Meantime, Stitch Fix?

Tangled Yarn

Slowly, very slowly, a cowl is being formed, and the tangled mess is going away. Just a minor problem. Heh…oops.

As a good distraction from the mess I’ve been watching Numb3rs, which is such a good show! Also, I got a Stitch Fix!

Stitch Fix is a personal stylist program, where you pay $20 for a styling fee, and then you fill out a very detailed profile about yourself and sizes and preferences, and they’ll send you 5 items, which you can try on and buy or send back within 3 days. (Major run-on sentence.) Like going to a store without having to go to a store!

This is my second one, and I was pretty happy with it. As long as I like one thing from the box, I think it’s worth it. I’d requested a long sleeve dress and a cardigan and fall clothes for this box.

hijinks crochet stitch fix

I only kept two items. Starting from the top left corner:

First, this white blouse just wasn’t doing it for me. It’s sheer (I never really know how to wear them properly) and the cut felt like it made my torso look really short.

Second, the striped/dotted dress, also wasn’t feeling it- too much going on at once, which was disappointing because I really wanted a long sleeve dress! 😦

Third, completely fell in love with this sweater. I don’t usually do horizontal stripes, but I loved how it looked and the color and the hearts around the collar.

Fourth, I really liked this top, the color (bright red) and the style is amazing, but it was a little loose, so I sent it back.

Lastly, this simple black cardigan- adored it and kept it.

Stitch Fix can be expensive, but I requested to keep my items under about $65 this time, so it was pretty good. This is definitely something I can afford once in a while, not all the time, but I love it! πŸ™‚

Now, on to more untangling!


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CAL #45 and Wantable Intimates Box!

Some pretty good news today: I got my Wantable Intimates Box in the mail! πŸ˜€

But first, here’s the CAL square that I’ve just completed.

45. Steps: This is another picture type pattern composed entirely of single crochet. They are my two favorite colors together in one square. I like how it looks, but I had a little trouble carrying yarn over. In the end, I liked how this turned out.


πŸ™‚ The next few squares look more interesting than single crochet squares. I’m excited!

Wantable is a subscription service that does jewelry and makeup boxes already, and they just launched this new intimates box. I already get enough makeup boxes and I’m not the biggest jewelry wearer. I have been looking for more clothing/other thing boxes lately, so when this news showed up I was thrilled. I usually get nervous if things don’t fit me, but they have a good return policy.

It cost $36 per box if you get a subscription, but for a single box it cost $40.

So, I filled out a thing about what I like, what I don’t like, and what my sizes are. In the end, I just didn’t want any accessories (so, no boob tape and bra clips), but I was game for everything else. This was the box I got:

wantable intimates #1

It got a little beat up in the mail, but everything inside was fine. I got four things:

1. Coobie Thin Strap Cami in Seaform (Retail value $20)
2. Coobie V-Neck Lace Trim Bra in Heavenly Pink (Retail value $22)
3. Izabella Rib Tight in Dark Grey (Retail value $19)
4. Odetta Bikini (Can’t find the price?)

The Coobie stuff is really comfy. The bikini is really cute, and it feels really silky. The tights are great for the coming of fall! I really happy with everything. I think I’m going to keep subscribing! Also, for everyone thinking about it, you can skip boxes on Wantable if you can’t afford it that month.

Until next time! πŸ™‚


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