Patterns, Patterns, and More Patterns!!

The last month has been a creative roller coaster over here. I released two new patterns, and I am working on sending my third to testers as we speak. I have loved every second of it. Here are the two released ones as well as the newest one!

Lovely Hearts Blanket

Lovely Hearts Blanket

You can find the pattern for the Lovely Hearts Blanket here

Flowery Friend

Flowery Friend

You can find the pattern to the Flowery Friend here

And introducing, the Lovely Hearts Wrap! This pattern will be super versatile! It allows you to make a cape, neck wrap, scarf, belt… the options are endless!

Lovely Hearts Wrap

Lovely Hearts Wrap

 

Which one is your favorite? Tell me in the comments!

More Designing!

I can’t believe that my second original pattern is out to testers! I am loving the ability to work up my own ideas into completed pieces, and even more the fact that I get to share it with fellow crochet people. It has been such a humbling and exhilarating  experience. I already have a ton of new ideas for new designs, and I look forward to a summer full of new patterns!

In the meantime, let me introduce: Flowery Friend!
She is a cuddly flower, perfect for those new squishy babies in your life. She stands at 15″ tall, so it will grow with baby, being their first and closest friend.

While we wait for the testers to work their magic, here is a picture! Featured image

I’ve been bit by the designer bug…

… and the effect has been fast and furious.

I have been working on this pattern for weeks. Finally, as of today, the pattern is getting ready to go out to testers. Ever since I learned to crochet, I have always wondered what it would feel like to create my own design, what it would feel like for people all over to create something of my own invention. I have spent weeks counting stitches, frogging and remaking the rectangles, looking for the perfect combination to create the perfect pattern.

Featured imageToday, I finally put out a tester call. I am ready for judgment time; for other crochet enthusiasts like me to look at my work and give me their feedback; from someone outside my overthinking brain to count the stitches I spent months counting myself, to read my instructions and tell me if the maniacal ramblings that go on in my head make sense for someone else. For someone to validate my wish to become a crochet designer.

Now, I wait. I wait for the brave souls who will test this pattern for me. While, to some, this may be just a blanket, this is a stepping stone for me, a beginning of new things, of better times to come.

Will you wait with me?

Happy Hump Day!

its the middle of the week, and I have been working on this blanket non stop. I’m really happy with the colors and how it’s coming out! And, as it’s always the case when I make a new blanket, it’s turning out to be one of my favorites. 

What are you creating this week??

The Best Things in Life are Free!: YSL Mascara Review

I received Yves Saint Laurent newly redesigned mascara complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. They say the best things in life are free, and this mascara may just live to that standard.

Featured imageI am very particular to which mascara I’ll use. I absolutely love Younique’s Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes ($29), but I can’t wear them everyday, so I have to pick a mascara that will give me enough volume for my lashes to show, but not too much so it gives me a more natural look. Until today, I have been using Light’s, Camera, Lashes 4-In-1 Mascara by Tarte ($20), and I have to say, It would be pretty hard to match that one in my book. However, I have found YSL to be a fair contender.

Here are a few things about YSL’s mascara that I particularly love (and trust me when I say, I am picky enough that the word “love” doesn’t come out very often):

Scent
You read that right. This mascara has a beautiful scent to it. I am not really used to my makeup smelling delicious, so this was a very pleasant surprise!

Variety of Colors
Influenster sent me the mascara in “High Density Black”, which is a good thing, since I am not huge about color mascara. However, this one comes in 6 different, very pigmented colors, which is great because it makes it a very versatile line.

Formula
The new formula is enriched with B5 Vitamins, which makes my lashes not look so dry and clumpy, which is often a problem for me. I also found that my lashes kept their volume for a while without smudging, which was super nice, especially since I tested it while walking in the rain!

Featured imageBrush
The brush is made of nylon fibers rather than the thicker stuff I have found in some of the drugstore brands I’ve tried. I have found that it gives my itty bitty lashes a pretty decent amount of volume, and the color spreads fairly even.

Bad news: This mascara isn’t perfect, so here’s the downside…

Curl
It has none. Unless you use a curler prior to applying, you’ll most likely end up with straight lashes, which isn’t a great look.

Layers
If you want that false lashes look that the mascara is supposed to achieve, you’ll need at least 2 layers of this mascara. You have to wait for the first one to dry, and then reapply. I have never had this issue with my Tarte or Younique mascaras, so this was a huge let down.

Removal
I think this mascara takes “waterproof” a little too seriously. I use Dior Instant Eye Makeup Remover ($30), which is amazing, and I never have to use more than one cotton pad to remove my eye makeup, but YSL is the exemption. There is some serious effort needed to get all of it off.

Overall, I’d give this mascara an A-. While there are certainly more pros than cons to it, I think the lack of curl to it is a huge issue (for me at least). I have super short, straight lashes, so while it gives me some serious volume and depth, It takes some extra time to do, which isn’t what I am used to with my Tarte mascara.

YSL’s new mascara can be found at Sephora for $32

Hello Peoples!

Featured imageI guess it was only a matter of time until I tried the blogging thing. I’ve been wanting to start this for a while, but caring for the to
ddler, keeping up with my crochet business, and starting as an Independent Younique Presenter, has been keeping me either very busy, or very tired, which makes it kind of difficult to actually sit down and get this blog going.

With the “No Day But Today” mentality (and my love of Broadway showing), here I am. There is no real topic to this blog. So, be prepared to hear about anything and everything that comes up, from crochet to makeup to food to incessant rambling, that’s what I am here to dish out!

Trying to decide on a first topic is hard, so I’ll be freestyling this up until I get my groove…

Buckle up, friends, because life is about to get Craftyful!