Star Wars Graphgan

This was my first attempt at a graphgan. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. It also didn’t take as long as I thought it would. It did take me a little over 3 months, but I made a C2C blanket at the same time, and I moved during this time as well. So, if I had worked on it continuously I don’t think it would have taken 3 months.

Here’s where I found the pattern for this graphgan. It was a combination of these two graphgans. “A Galaxy Far Far Away” & “Stars Wars Blanket”. They used the same graphs so it was easy to just combine the patterns.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/a-galaxy-far-far-away

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/star-wars-blanket

For my first attempt I think it came out pretty well.

 

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What I learned: Use the same brand of yard of yarn for every graph. I used Red Heart super saver & Red Heart with love. I was hoping to make the graphgan slightly softer by using what I could of the Red Heart with Love. However, it didn’t work out that way. The Red Heart with Love is slightly thicker, so those graphs came out slightly bigger than the ones done just with Red Heart. In the end when I was putting it together some of the graphs wouldn’t line up nice and neat because of the size difference in the graphs. It was more noticeable to me.
Also, I wish I could have found some softer yarn to do this graphgan in. The graphgan came out a little on the heavy size because of the type of yarn I used. I think the graphgan would have came out a little heavy anyways cause of all the yarn it took to make it. But I think the Red Heart added to the weight.

Overall I was pleased with the outcome, and hopefully my nephew will be as well.

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Hallway Make Over

We decided that the wood in the house had to go. So, its all being painted white! (Except the kitchen cabinets of course) So, here’s pics of our hallway before and during painting. I think the hallway looked a little drab, dull, & boring with the wood.  The white it making it come alive!

After all the trim and doors were white we decided to paint the lower half of the wall. The upper half has a cool wall paper with ivy on it & has kind of a texture shaping it like bricks. That’s staying for now.

We wanted to bring out more of the green from the ivy into the rest of the hallway, so we choose a light, fun green for the lower half of the wall. I think the colors all together make the hallway pop. It looks so bright & fun! We also changed out the light covers.
All the pictures on the hallway walls are our extended family. I love having pictures up for every to see.

Office Make Over

We have been doing more painting. This time my office. It started out a pale yellow with an ugly flowery border. (See pics below. First picture is from the listing, before we bought the house. But it shows the color of the room. ) Now it is bright teal with white trim. The closet had older bi-fold wooden doors, that are now gone! We hung a cute purple curtain over the closet opening that just pops with the teal walls. My homeschooling supplies are all organized on shelves inside the closet, my crafting shelves are in the room, all my pictures are up on the walls and my office/craft room is now complete.

 

 

Eric’s Cosplay/Halloween Costume

My creative son created his own Cosplay/Halloween costume this year. He is a character of his own design. We got most of the items for his costume from Goodwill. He can continue to wear it after Halloween for any cosplay/Anime events he attends. He also entered a costume contest as a local comic store that he frequents & he won! He was so excited! He took some pictures with one of his close friends as well as someone who came into the comic store dressed as one of his favorite characters, Dead Pool.