The Wannabe Craftster

The Highs and Lows of a Fashionista and Craftster Wannabe


Anyone who knows me well knows that I don’t do yellow.  I don’t wear it, and I don’t choose it for anything, ever.  It doesn’t look good on me at all; I’m not the pretty, delicate china-doll type.  It might also have SOMETHING to do with the fact that in all the YEARS my mother was redecorating/remodeling the house, she finally got to MY room and refused to let me have pink.  (Okay, I know I just gave you the mini-speech about not being a china-doll, but I just wanted it, see?)  She said I could have yellow or white.  Being totally OVER her white obsession (and all the nurses in white I saw constantly because I was always sick and getting shots), I chose yellow.  She immediately amplified the yuck factor with deep green shag carpet.  She got the idea out of a Sears catalog model room.  ‘Nuff said?  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

But, yellow was one of the weapons in her arsenal that she used to annihilate any sense of style I was developing independently of her.  Not that I’m bitter, cause I’m not.

But doggone it, between Erica B. (Hook & Needles) and my wonderful and good friend who is putting some serious yellow in her gorgeous house, it’s beginning to get to me.  I still won’t wear it.  Still doesn’t look good on me.  And, I won’t decorate my house with it due to childhood trauma.  But…..

I bought some.  In fact, I bought a lot.  Since I made a lap blanket for my dad that seemed to really impress my mother, I decided to make one for her, too.  I don’t necessarily think she’s the crochet type, but she had a grandmother who could crochet and tat, and she didn’t get any of her beautiful work when she passed on.  I don’t claim to do beautiful work, but I’m going to do this for her.  I just have to choose a pattern from one of the best things I ever bought at Goodwill.

The only question is……which pattern?

I’ve been leaning towards this one, but……my guess is that it might be heavy.  My mama lives in Mississippi, and although we used to know what winter was down there, we don’t anymore!  I do not recall hearing her complain of being cold since she went through the change.  Hmmmmm.

This is totally my style.  But, I can’t say that it is close to hers.  I just don’t know.  She has surprised me within just the last few years.  Went out and bought herself satin sheets, for instance.  Said she’d always wanted them.  I never would have guessed that.  AND, she let Sissy make her pillows, a canopy and duvet with material that had……gasp…..palm trees on it!!!!!!!!   Come to think of it, this doesn’t seem nearly so much of a gamble in comparison.  What may be the deciding vote is the issue of weight.  This looks a little lighter than the other.  Still……I’m undecided.

In other news…….

A W*(#mart find.  Darn you, dollar table!  Seriously, once financial security is ours, we fully intend to shop local and independent…….absolutely!  For now, I have to do what I have to do.  I need new clothes, and I mean to learn to sew, so…….

I do have to be honest about my purchases.

But, I especially love this one.

I did find a site online of a local who provides fabric.  If we do well…sorry, when we do well financially, I’ll be giving her some business.  Take a look-see.  Maybe you can give her some now.


July 26, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I have that same Reader’s Digest Guide! I bought it new in 1986. I haven’t used it much but it is always comfortingly there, for when I eventually take up needlepoint or some such thing.

    Comment by Julia | July 29, 2008 | Reply

  2. I love mine. The instructions are much clearer to me than the little Learn to Crochet guides I used to buy at the TG&Y. And, maybe, there’s a chance I’ll take up needlepoint, too. 🙂

    Comment by odumnobles | July 29, 2008 | Reply

  3. Well I can see how yellow and avocado green would be traumatic, but it’s so cheery and happy! Glad it’s growing on you.

    Comment by Dacia | August 1, 2008 | Reply

  4. It was seriously awful!!! But, my sister used the same two colors (different shades and certainly different painting techniques) to decorate a room fit for a magazine. So, I KNOW it CAN be done!! lol

    Comment by odumnobles | August 1, 2008 | Reply

  5. THAT BOOK IS A GOLDMINE. It’s like the source of all knowledge. I recommend the RD Complete Guide to Sewing. I got it on Amazon Marketplace for like 2 cents plus shipping. It’s very helpful if you want to sew garments. It’s very useful!

    Comment by erin | August 2, 2008 | Reply

  6. I’ve got that one, too!! Perfect condition! Half-Price Books here in Austin had it for a very, very good price and I snagged it! I first ran across the RD’s books at the library years before buying used books was so popular. SO helpful.

    Comment by odumnobles | August 2, 2008 | Reply

  7. How can you not like yellow? We need to keep working on that, sans the green shag.

    Comment by Sonia | August 2, 2008 | Reply

  8. I really need to find a copy of that book 🙂

    Comment by Jillian | August 10, 2008 | Reply

  9. It’s the one I refer to time after time. I highly recommend it!

    Comment by odumnobles | August 10, 2008 | Reply

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