Ye Olde Sewing Machine

Handmade Infinity Scarf - The B Life
Handmade Infinity Scarf - The B Life
Handmade Infinity Scarf - The B Life
Infinity Scarf - The B Life

This post isn't about what you may think. Normally I would spend time convincing you why you should buy the things I make - you know, advertise, flaunt, gloat, all that jazz. But today I have a confession to make.

Before this weekend, I'd never used a sewing machine. 

I know, I know. You're all reading this, gasping, and wondering how the heck I have the patience to sit and HAND SEW everything. Truth be told, Gilmore Girls helps. And most of the time, my needlework was down to an art form. 

But this weekend, I learned how to thread a bobbin. I learned (read: fought a terrible battle) the ins and outs of threading a sewing machine needle (and breaking one while sewing the sequin scarf - sorry, Oma, I'll replace your needles). I spent an hour on Wiki-How - because no Grandma still has their sewing machine instructions - learning how to work the bugger. I confess this: I still don't know how I finally got the bobbin thread to loop. I'm convinced it was luck more than understanding, but I'll take it.

Don't worry though, I'm incredibly selective with which items go on the shop rack. I would never put anything up that didn't have a perfect seam, or careful stitching. I even tossed a scarf this weekend because the sewing machine had a minor meltdown and ate a sequin. 

The art of infinity scarves is something I am learning. And I love it. Textiles are fun. Ordering lovely, handmade fabrics are a blast. I still adore my crocheting, and I will continue to whip up blankets and mittens, but with spring months fast approaching (and all they include - craft shows, market days, and new seasonal colours) I'm starting to stock. 

Goodness, I love creating things. 


I love neutrals. I love decorating with them. I love wearing them. And I love crocheting with them. The beautiful thing about neutrals is that they match with absolutely everything. 

How wonderful, then, that grey came in style a couple years ago with the desire to turn everything fresh, and clean, and farmhouse-y. If you have had the luxury of seeing my kitchen, you'd know that my favourite colour combinations are grey, buttermilk, and a lovely, deep, barn-red (To be honest, my kitchen is a bit of a mess right now, so we'll just go with whatever Pinterest image floating through your brain). 

Anyways, this lovely scarf hit the Etsy shop yesterday. I'd love to send it off to a loving home - you're loving home, if you'd let it. 

After all, neutrals are in. 

That Rose-y Slouch Hat

Striped Crochet Slouch Beanie

I'm pretty satisfied with all I've been able to accomplish this week while I've been off from my regular job. Today features another lovely crochet adventure - this pink striped slouch hat. It's also available for sale; you can find it here. 

Learning curves are fun, aren't they? For instance - I've discovered that iron-on decals are a fickle bunch, and although I've found a very interesting tutorial on how to print directly on to fabric, I've not had a chance to try it, and so instead, there has been much effort in proper ironing techniques. Too little pressure and the darned decals don't stick, too much, and the buggers stick to the iron and not the fabric.

There's also the fun lesson of learning how lovely expensive yarns are. Let me tell you, when it comes to yarns, you just cannot cut corners on quality. The cheap Red Heart yarns just do not hook up (hehe) as nicely as a good hand-spun yarn.  

Lesson learned, past Brittany, lesson learned.

Anyways, all that is to say that I've added this hat to my listings, and I'd also love you to stop on by to Z&B Creative's Facebook Page. Give us a like, and let me know if there is anything I can make you. I do so love yarning about.

'Til next time, friends. 

The Etsy.

I've finally done it. I've reopened and restocked the Etsy Shop. It's gotten a new look, a new name, and has been given a fresh batch of goodies that I cannot wait to begin shipping out. My crochet and knitting needles have been going non-stop, and I'm looking forward to creating beautiful items. I even have some lovely hand-spun yarn which I cannot wait to turn into a lovely creation. 

Custom orders are encouraged, and I'd love to create a beautiful scarf or hat or blanket just for you. So go on and visit the shop. Share it with your friends, and visit it often. There will be so many goodies added in the coming months.

How do you get there, do you ask? Go ahead and click the OUR SHOP icon at the top of the page, or the E below my signature, or click HERE

Sock Monkey Crochet Blanket

It's a new listing on Z&B and let me say, I am pretty excited about this blanket. It started as a granny square, and then evolved into a granny stripe, and then ended up as the most adorable sock-monkey looking blanket. It could also be construed as being inspired by a pair of Roots socks, which would also be awesome, because let's face it, who doesn't love a pair of Roots boot socks, am I right?

Completing something that I am excited to ship to someone else is an exciting feeling, and I can't wait until this beauty finds a home. 

Don't forget to click the 'Our Shop' icon up at the top to see the other items for sale, and don't be afraid to email me if you'd like to make an inquiry or order something custom.

Happy 2016, all! Hope you're able to complete a whole bunch of cool projects on your list, too. 


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