Sunday, February 7, 2016

Weekly Wrap-up (February 7, 2016)

Well, this was a boring week :)

Blog Posts
February Focus Projects - I only posted once this week, to share my focus projects for the month.  

Interesting Stuff I Found on the Internet
I have not spent much time on the internet this week, no time to find cool stuff.

Most Popular Instagram Post
Another kitty picture.

A photo posted by Lisa (@lalocadesigns) on

Link-ups I Participated in
No challenges or link-ups this week

How did your week go?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February Focus Projects

One of my big goals for 2016 is to choose three focus projects each month: one personal, one gift, and one to sell. 

Here are my focus projects for February 2016.

Personal Project:  Repair and Adjust some jewelry

This photo shows only two of the jewelry pieces that I need to repair/adjust.  A link broke in one bracelet and the other lost its dangle.  I also have another bracelet that broke at the clasp and a fourth that has always been a little too small.  I plan to fix all four bracelets and any other jewelry pieces I can find around the house.

Gift Project:  Cardigan for my sister
photo from Interweave

I am leaning towards the Nova Cardigan from Interweave right now, although I am not sure that I can finish it in a month.  I will do my best because I think she will love it.

Professional Project:  Complete my wips
The same project as last month, I know, but I want to continue working on it.

What are you working on this month?  Have you knit the Nova Cardigan?  What do you think of the project?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Monthly Check-in

Most Popular Blog Post
Peek in my Sketchbook #9 was my most viewed and commented on post this month.  It was linked up with three different challenges which probably helped bring more visitors to my site.  

Most Popular Instagram Photo
My most popular Instagram photo this month was my cat with a beer.  
A photo posted by Lisa (@lalocadesigns) on

Challenges and Link-ups I Participated in
Journal 52
Creative Every Day 2016 - I participate on Instagram
Art Journal Journey
Project 365(366) - I take a picture every day and post it on Instagram
Diva Challenge 249 and 252

January Focus Projects
Personal Project: Alicia Legwarmers
Gift Project:  Necklace
It's not done yet :(

Business Project:  Complete the projects
I'm still working on this one, but I did get started.

Year-long Goals Progress
1.  Each month, choose three projects to focus on: one personal, one gift, one to sell
I chose three projects.  I focused on those projects.  I did not start any others :)

2.  Each month, choose one project from my Pinterest boards
I did not make progress on this goal this month.

3.  Each week, stick to my blogging schedule: Tuesday Tips and Tricks, Thursday Peek in my Art Journal, Friday FO
Each week I posted at least 2 of my 3 weekly posts.

4.  Teach a crochet class
No progress yet.

5.  Send all birthday gifts on time
Um...yeah.  I have one birthday I have to deal with in January, and it always sneaks up and surprises me.  Always.  No matter how prepared I am in advance, I am still surprised when the date suddenly arrives.  Needless to say, the gift was late :)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A Peek in my Art Journal: Link-up #12

This week I decided that it was time to try drawing faces, so I did a quick Google image search of some characters from tv shows I like and saved them as reference images to start my practice.  This week, I have been trying to draw Dean from Supernatural, played by Jensen Ackles.  The first attempt, on the left, looks kind of like Dean but has no nose.  The second, on the right, has a nose but looks nothing like Dean. And I don't think that the proportions are right in either one.  Oh well, I will keep trying until I get it right.
Diva Challenge #252:  Tangle within a tangle
The Diva challenged us to use a tangle as a string this week.  I used Showgirl as my string and filled it with Riverstones and Fleavy.  Then I pulled out my new colored pencils and added some color.  I really like it.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Weekly Wrap-up (January 24, 2016)

A new feature on the blog:  Every week I am going to share a quick update on my week.

Blog Posts
A Peek in my Art Journal:  This is the 11th time that I have posted this link-up opportunity
FO: Alicia Legwarmers:  My second FO of the year is my favorite so far.

Interesting Stuff I Found on the Internet
Starting a handmade gift closet - this post could not have come at a better time for me.  I have decided that everyone gets a handmade gift this year and I made a goal to have all birthday gifts delivered on time.  Unfortunately, I am already failing at this.  Today is my BIL's birthday, and his gift is still sitting in my house.  Ooops!  Oh well, I will send it tomorrow; it's not too late.  I hope that having a gift closet will help me get more gifts sent on time.

Most Popular Instagram Post
A picture of my cat got the most likes this week.  She is 17 years old and diabetic, and such a cutie.
A photo posted by Lisa (@lalocadesigns) on
Link-ups I Participated in
I added my Week 2 & 3 photos to the Journal 52 Facebook Group

How did your week go?

Friday, January 22, 2016

FO: Alicia Legwarmers

Pattern:  Alicia Legwarmers
Hook:  H
Yarn:  Pinguin Eclat

Modifications:  Added single crochet edging to top and bottom in coordinating color, completed shell edging in coordinating color, did not add buttons.

This pattern was very easy, and I like the final product a lot.

In progress

And now for the badly-lit action shots....
 I like to wear them all slouchy around my ankles.
 They are a little too loose to wear pulled up.
Have you ever tried this pattern?  What did you think?

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Peek in My Art Journal Link-up #11

This week I have three new pages to share.

The first page is my first attempt at drawing realistic eyes.  I used a Youtube video by Art ala Carte as a guide.  I think some of them turned out really well.  The second one from the top is not great, in my opinion.  
This second page is a collage of things I am welcoming into my life this year, things I am saying yes to.  I did not look for specific words.  I just tore out the words that I found in magazines that called to me.  Looking forward to some red carpet treatment :)
 Project 52: Week 3
David Bowie died.  I was looking for a way to remember him when this prompt came along.  The lyric that kept singing in my head was, "...under the moonlight, the serious moonlight..."  I decided to use the opportunity to practice my new eye-drawing skills, but forgot to pay attention to any other anatomy.  I still really like it.