What I’m loving right now

Okay, this is me being a big fat copy cat. 😽 I follow a few other blogs that do this feature and I thought I would get in on the fun!

I usually try to shove the things I love down everyone’s throats on Instagram but here is a consolidated version with some extras I probably haven’t shared!

A Court of Thorns and Roses Series

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I seriously cannot get enough of this series. IT IS SO GOOD. Honestly, one of the best series I’ve read in a while. I’m a huge fantasy fan so this meets the mark with Fae Realms, supernatural powers, and conquering your own demons.  The entire series is amazing each book better than the last. At the end of book 2 I got up, walked over to the dude and said ‘THAT BOOK WAS SO GOOD. OH MY GOD, OH MYYYYY GOD” I then proceeded to tell him the plot, but I couldn’t there is just so many backstories, and the book unfolds with them all. It’s just great. This is going down in my hall of fame (my place for books that get read over and over).

GAH I JUST LOVE IT.

Ello Camping Mug

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This is the second year that Target has carried this mug from Ello.  Last year I treated myself to a pink version and use it all the time.  I went back a few weeks after the initial purchase to get another, since I now have reached the stage in my life where I buy multiples of things I love, and they were gone. I was sad, but eagerly awaited this summer season to see if they would return. THEY DID!

Keeps things cold or hot for hours. Plus the handle is made from cork. The top never leaks and I love the camping enamel finish. Got the teal the second time around.

MillaMia Yarn

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Lois introduced my to MillaMia last year (she made those amazing Christmas ornaments for everyone) and then got me a bunch of it to make cowls for shopghostfaceknitter.com. I had a bunch left over from then and am now making the So Faded sweater with the surplus I had. But I LOVE this yarn. I’ve found it on loveknitting.com for $3 a skein and bought a whole bunch more in green, purple, and grey to make another So Faded sweater in the near future.  They have a bunch of free patterns available here. Try not to giggle like an idiot at the baby stuff.

Vintage Pattern FREE-FOR-ALL

I’ve been getting tagged a lot lately (thank you for those who have) in the huge public online release of both vintage knit and sew patterns.  SO AMAZING. Especially considering that people ask for a lot of money for vintage patterns.

South Hampton’s Knitting Reference Library

Free Vintage Knitting

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Vintage Patterns Wikia

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CHIA + FLAX SEEDS!

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The dude brought home this chia + flax seed mix a while ago and I have since re-purchased multiple bags of this. I just love it. It feels like a treat! It’s been a huge staple for me since giving up processed sugar for good plus with the Omega-3s! It’s a great treat.

What are some things that you have been loving?

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1947 Vogue V9126 Dress Pattern

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I did a little selfish sewing last week.  Finally caught a tiny respite from the great baby making of 2017 😉 JK I love that all of you are having babies because baby stuff is my favorite kind of crafts to make.  However, I had another 1940s ball to attend so instead of buying my dress this year I decided to make one that was more traditional (less ‘retro’ stereotypical).  This is the Original 1947 Design of Vogue V9126 Dress Pattern.  Available at Vogue Patterns or Joanns.  I picked up this pattern for $5 on one of the ‘sale days’ at Joanns.

I know that Joann’s is sort of the anti-craft movement for a lot of people. I happen to find it really convenient, affordable and they do have a pretty nice selection of fabric, yarn, supplies. Plus and this is why it’s so hard to say no to Joann’s they always have a coupon(s) to use.

But I digress. I found the pattern and the Fabric (50% off that) at Joanns and decided to make this for the ball.

Specs on Time/Cost

  • Total Time: 7 hours including finishing
  • Toal cost: $45

Supplies List:

Random Comments about pattern:

  • The collar took quite some mulling over. It was not easy to create shape for that just from ‘folding it over.’  I ended up hand sewing the lapels to each other in the front to give it the shape I wanted.
  • The waist was too small for only a short bodice zipper – I had to let out the waist by 3 inches to get the waist over my shoulders (I’m not that big there). If I make this again I will put in a zipper that extends down thru the waist so that I can just zip it up and keep the shape once on.
  • Bust was taken in considerably. I used the 36in bust – (I’m a 34in) and it was like a burlap sack – I ended up taking in the pleats so significantly it was starting to distort the shape on the bodice. If I make this again I will use smaller bodice all together and then gather skirt in back if necessary.

Anyways enough of my bemoaning about having a small bust and big shoulders 😉

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the bodice and skirt connected by front feature

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Juanita Tolve’s Hawaii brooch ❤ 

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All and all it was a super fun, cute dress. I’ll be making more in the future!

 

Bathroom Before & After

So this is A LONG TIME COMING I’m pretty sure I’ve been promising the before and after here for months…. well it’s FINALLY HERE!

Boy oh Boy was this bathroom a project. When I first started this ‘mini-refresh’ I thought it would be new paint and a shower curtain………

Here’s what I really ended up doing:

  1. Removed shower stall
  2. Re-did all caulking
  3. Restored Window
  4. Restored Medicine Cabinet
  5. Painted walls
  6. Painted vanity
  7. painted heating vent
  8. Replaced toilet
  9. Deep Cleaned
  10. Changed cabinet hardware
  11. Replaced broken soap dish tile
  12. Repaired vanity drawers
  13. Lined vanity drawers

It took ~30 full hours to restore all these items over the course of 4 weeks.  I had to sand and strip almost every surface to remove rust, paint, caulking, and calcium build up from the untreated well. Well enough chit chat – PICTURES!

BEFORE:

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just grimy – shower stall covered in calcium – toilet filled with rust and calcium

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mmm moldy calcuim

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rusted out window in the shower

Please feel free to go shower now after you’ve looked at all of those grimy/nasty pictures.

and now…. drum roll please!

AFTER

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I made the shower curtain from IKEA fabric.

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I chose a light mint green and I love it. 
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this cabinet is one of my favorite things. 
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I worked so hard on this damn rusted window – just need to fix the cracked sill. 

Lemon Cake Tissue Box Cover

Welp. I am one of those retro-crochet ladies now. I’m obsessed with the kitchy and the rather 50s-70s crochet patterns. I know loads of people actually hate crochet because of the toilet paper covers, the bathroom doilies, and the tissue box covers. Well sadly for those people, I am about to make a shit-load of that stuff.

Twinkie Chan really got the ball in motion for this new cult obsession and I think it will only get worse from here. There are coasters, covers, afghans, dustruffles, all sorts of things to crochet….

Anyways, here is my first attempt at the tissue box cover cake. Enjoy.

xxx
GFK

Ghostface Get-ups…

The Blog challenge: Outfit post! Show us your favorite or your usual get-up!

I guess I have a unique style. Some say retro/rockabilly/vintage I say it’s a ghostface thang. Here are some of the latest outfits/looks I’ve been sporting. I feel like Beeker… memememememememememe.

some hair.

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anti-hair/coldweather meanmuggin ghostface

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Photo BLAST Weekend Update

Jeez I didn’t blog for 2 days and I felt like a ‘blog-poser.’ BUT I was super busy and honestly, I didn’t want to write about what the daily blogs were. I’ll post another later Monday to get back on track with the October Daily though.

So if you follow my Instagram some of these will be familiar, but there’s some newbies in here too.

I bring the ghostface to ghostfaceknitter - pre-Michael's run.
I bring the ghostface to ghostfaceknitter – pre-Michael’s run.
If you're not playing Bitstrips....this photo should change your mind.
If you’re not playing Bitstrips….this photo should change your mind.
The best Ginger Ale I've had. Brunch at Lula's
The best Ginger Ale I’ve had. Bruch at Lula’s
Moroccan Coffee Glass.
Moroccan Coffee Glass.
Boris and my KVLT hoodie. They regrammed it on Instagram and Twitter!
Boris and my KVLT hoodie. They regrammed it on Instagram and Twitter!
Put up retro/vintage curtains - the Controller okay'ed them.
Put up retro/vintage curtains – the Controller okay’ed them.
Yarnbox and Fiberhound delivery came!
Yarnbox and Fiberhound delivery came!

I’m going to make this with it:

Shibui Mix Array – AMAZING.

Also you can download this pattern and more FOR FREEEEEEEEE here.
My DH4L homegirl's tribe. And KVLT hoodie.
My DH4L homegirl’s tribe. And KVLT hoodie.

Saturday Morning face rubbing on my new Orange Goblin tshirt.
Saturday Morning face rubbing on my new Orange Goblin tshirt.
Then my buddy Ronnie Baker (instagram: ronniebakertattoo) started my giant General Cos portrait on my leg.
Then my buddy Ronnie Baker (instagram: ronniebakertattoo) started my giant General Cos portrait on my leg.

WHERE’S THE CRAFT?

I know what you’re thinking… where are the crafts?!

Well oddly enough I have been covert-crafting. This means I’m making gifts! Therefore I cannot post what I’m up to on here as it would ruin the surprise! Duh!

But I will share the next big knit project I’m about to start. It’s 100% selfish knitting. I found a marvelous pattern book of vintage knits a few weeks ago and have been going gaga over this sweater. The Perfect Christmas Jumper by Susan Crawford. You can buy the pattern for exclusively this, or her book Vintage Gifts to Knit is available for purchase and download.

The reindeer body is worked in intarsia whilst while the legs and antlers are done in fairisle.
The reindeer body is worked in intarsia whilst while the legs and antlers are done in fairisle.

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You know GFK will pop this pose the ENTIRE time I wear this.
You know GFK will pop this pose the ENTIRE time she wears this.

I know isn’t it AMAZING? I’m going to do a ‘plain’ version without the reindeer to start. I got all the supplies and am ready to start it probably this weekend. I always enjoy ‘working’ the pattern first before I dive into the ‘real project.’ Kind of like a Muslin for sewing. I’ll post progress here. I’m hoping to bring this with me to the MIDWESTKNITFEST – who knows maybe I’ll go full on knitter-machine and be able to work on one with the reindeer pattern there instead. Basically Susan Crawford is a vintage knitting GODDESS. Check out more of her work on her website.

Would you wear a Christmas ‘jumper’ like this? What does everyone think about the sleeves/shoulder area on this garment?

DUN DUN DUN.

xoxo
GFK