09 December 2014

Finding my craft

I like being crafty but finding the craft that feels like my craft has just not happened thus far.   I did cross stitch for awhile before growing bored with it.  I did some chainmail for awhile before my hands said nope.  A miscellaneous craft here, a miscellaneous craft there.  Although I am a total newbie at the moment, I think Needle Tatting could become my craft.    Still, I'll try other crafts that I stumble upon if they appeal to me, hence today's mail.  Soutache cord from  Etsy seller: BazarDekoracji.    After watching soutache tutorials on YouTube, I knew I had to at least try the craft.  I discovered there aren't many retailers that deal with soutache cords here in the U.S. as it seems to be a much more popular craft elsewhere.  So of course, I ran to Etsy to search.  Actual attempts at projects will probably have to wait until after the holidays.  December is always a crazy month.  Hubby's work tries to finish up projects.  Hubby has volunteer work.  Our anniversary.  I really don't have the beads I'd want to practice (really only have seed beads on hand where I'd want some larger beads to play with).  Once life and the finances of the season settle down, this is what's next in the must try department.  Until then I'll be practicing tatting some more.

First tatted necklace

Still need to iron and starch it.  Not perfect, but for my first necklace, I'm happy with it.

20 September 2014

First finished tatting project

Finally finished my first (complete) tatting project.  I'd practiced the knots and a attempting to follow patterns but hadn't actually managed to make a project until now.  Also, the whole the cat loves yarn / thread didn't help.  Anytime I tried to start something, there she was, like magic.

Pattern from: http://www.instructables.com/id/Tatted-Square-Border-Bracelet/?ALLSTEPS

09 August 2014

Feminine products freebie followup

So three of the cloth liners I ordered have arrived (two of the freebies from my last post as well as a set from an eBay seller).  As pictured here - the top black print liner was a set of 6 8" Charcoal Bamboo liners from the eBay seller frank3102.  The yellow and green liner is the GladRags ColorLiner freebie in their Buttercup print.  And finally the kitty cat is the Party In My Pants freebie - I got the Demi Liner.

My initial thoughts are as follows, I might update this post or make new ones as I use them more often. 

First the one from the eBay seller - I paid $21.99 for six with free shipping.  There were multiple prints to choose from but I got all six in this black print.  After pre-washing them, I wore them for a day.  Initially I hated the PUL backing.  Although very little of the backing touches your skin, the little that does just annoyed me.  Also I am used to paper liners that vary from paper thin to eh, average disposable liner.  They tend to be shorter.  I think my issue with the PUL turned out to be more just an adjustment from that to this.  I don't think I'd order 8" liners anymore but these do seem perfect for cup backup.

Next up the GladRags.  I pre-washed these at the same time as the eBay ones.  I am totally in love with the size and feel of these.  Still, overall, I just wasn't impressed.  I didn't really scrutinize these prior to washing, but after one wash the stitching around the edge of the liner was not looking so good.  The pictures aren't the greatest quality, but you can hopefully see the threads (serged edges) are already falling apart and I've not even worn this one yet.  

Which brings me to why I wore the eBay Bamboo liners first - they actually dried in the dryer.  I had a fleece blanket, the 6 eBay liners, and this liner in the washer and dryer.  Everything got dry -- except these, these were still soaked.  It took most of the next day for them to just air-dry in my bathroom.

I doubt I'll buy any more of these. I guess I just feel like if I am trying a product via a freebie (+shipping) they're trying to show me why I should buy their product, and this sample just didn't make me believe that they'll hold up for any length of time.  We'll see. 

Next up was the Party In My Pants -- it's like they know me.  They sent me a black cat print.   I got their Demi Liner which is a 7" liner.  Unlike most other brands this one  3" vs. the usual 2"-2 1/2" across (when snapped).  So far I love the size and prints of these, though if I decide to order these I'll likely just go with the mini liner or small pad (same length as this but 2" wide.  I'm leaning toward ordering more of these, though they're not the cheapest, I do like how thin the are.  They do seem to shift a bit (probably a combination of the thinness and Nylon backing.  Gonna try it a little more before deciding whether or not I'll buy. 

Here's Lunapad liner (after a few washings).  Soft.  The perfect size for a liner.  Did start to pill early.

Also in the non freebie department is the liner from Padtastic on Etsy.  These are by far my faves so far.  After several washings they're not pilling.  Great stitching.  The right size (though I might prefer a slightly wider wing - just personal preference  these fit okay).  Most comparable with the Luna liner.  Not the cheapest (that'd be the eBay cheapies) but much cheaper than the brand names and made as well or better.

I put the Etsy (Padtastic) liners at my #1, followed by Party in my Pants, luna, eBay, and lastly Glad Rags.  I can't speak to any of the companies pads, these are just the liners and just my preference.  

All done with the girlie stuff for now.  Back to crafty stuff, soon'ish.

03 August 2014

Girlie stuff, including freebies.

So I mostly took a break from practicing tatting this week due to too many things to name but defective fire alarms, fridge dying, hand issues, etc might have played a role in my slackerdom.  I did find other ways to spend my time - online window shopping for girlie items (people who squirm at words like: period, cramps, menstrual cups, etc should probably go away for now, sorry).

A few months ago I decided to try a menstrual cup.  After asking around online, I decided to give the Si-Bell a shot.  It's Italian and not readily available in the U.S. so I ordered it from the UK.  My first days with it were a challenge.  There's different folds to get the darn thing in you, there's leaks, there was me thinking I just wasted some money.  Months later I do occasionally still have those moments. I think it's because the Si-Bell is fairly soft and my body is fairly difficult any chance it gets.  Trying to open it is either super easy or "I hope you've got an hour to sit on the toilet while I consider getting into place and opening for you" tough.  I decided I should probably find an alternative cup that is a little firmer for those tricky days...

Then I got sidetracked by fabric pantyliners.  I know, I know, GROSS!  I kind of feel that way about pads - disposable or fabric.  I hate pads.  Pantyliners though, eh, they're mostly just back up and daily waste.   I don't mind trying those in fabric but some can be spendy and who knows if I will like them.  But oh look, several of the bigger names in this market offer freebies (you do pay shipping).

The first I found was Party in my Pants aka PIMPS (yeah some people might get all blech over that name, but I don't mind it) and I now have a $3.99 sample on the way.  Although they're kind of spendy  compared to some I have found, I kind of hope I love them.  They appear to be quite thin and yet absorbent.   I'll gladly pay a few extra bucks to stock up if they're all I hope them to be.

Next up is GladRags - their shipping + handling costs are a little more than the PIMPS but still pretty decent at $5.95.  After going around and ordering nearly free pantyliners, I realized I might want a small pad for cup backup on heavy days, so this brand intrigues me in that their pads are pockets so you can add inserts if you need more protection.  The pantyliner won't tell me if this is useful as it doesn't have the inserts option, but if I like the liner I'll be more inclined to try their small pads.

Finally was Luna Pads - shipping on this one was $5, my understanding is they also send you a $5 off coupon for your next purchase -- so if you like them you basically get that $5 back though you'll be spending it at their store.  The idea of their pads fascinates and terrifies me.  The liner is your standard cloth liner.  Their pads are made the same way but with straps toward the front and back of the pad area where you can add liners.  If the quality of the liner is good, I might try a small pad but that front strap is right where I tend to need coverage -- so I am really back and forth over that concept.  We'll see if I fall in love with the liner enough to try a small pad.

And about the time I got done searching for these freebies, MeLuna sent me an email announcing that their cups are now in the USA and they're having a giveaway on FB.

I'll make another girlie posts once these items arrive and I have something to say about them besides "Go get your freebies!"

29 July 2014

Still practicing needle tatting

I think I finally mastered the part of tatting that terrified me... Tatting around a plastic ring.  Yay!
Also practicing following patterns:
And attempted a heart, but of large yarn so I could see what I was doing:

11 July 2014

More practice needle tatting

Getting a bit better.  Need to practice... A lot.  Still picked this up when knitting and crochet were not working out.