Color Me Reckless

Color Me Lately

Color Me Lately, What I'm DoingLisa Seyfried

Oh wow what a crazy few weeks it's been!! I feel like I've been running every which way and doing 17 things all at the same time.  I kept telling myself, 'Just make it to May! Things will calm down then!' which of course they haven't! Here's a snapshot of my life lately:

Craft show

My craft show set up - Color Me Reckless

I did my first craft show! I was at the DC Meet Market last Saturday.  It was a beautiful day and there were lots of people at the market.  Unfortunately, those lots of people didn't all stop at our booth. We only had a few sales, but I learned so much about doing a show.

Etsy store

Color Me Reckless - Soap Saver Bag

Color Me Reckless - Coaster Set

I spent a lot of time updating and refining my Etsy shop this weekend.  There are a ton of new items in the shop! Beautiful coasters, napkin rings, face scrubbers, and soap saver bags are all new.  Keep an eye out for new washcloths to do up in the next few days too!

Creative Bug course

Creative Bug Branding Series Course

Aside from all the crafting that's been going on, I've been taking a few courses! One is this Creative Bug class on Building a Creative Brand.  I'm really behind on it, but so far it's been really good.  I just finished the episode about writing a business plan.  Thankfully, my business plan draft was pretty close to what they recommend, but I definitely need to work on budgets and that kind of thing more.


And of course, I'm keeping up with creating new products! I have a list of things to create just for the summer that I think will be amazing and I'm so excited to start working on them all.

Here's to growing!

What to be When I Grow Up

LifeLisa Seyfried

I've been thinking a lot about what I want to be when I grow up lately.  Partly because there has been some upheaval in my work life recently, and partly because I'm starting to feel a bit like I'm drifting.  My NewsFeed shows me that several friends have given up their jobs to go back to school full time, and others are branching out on their own with their first businesses. I know that I want to work for myself - I'm tired of being on someone's timetable and working on someone else's dream.

I know that I want to be creative in this venture. I love my work, I love creating something everyday, I love dreaming up new ideas that will make people smile.

I know that I want to be able to set my own schedule and work from home when I choose. I want to be able to pursue other passions (like comics and potentially more school) at the same time. I would love to work in my pajamas as much as possible.

I know that I want to throw out the rules of what a 'career' is and make something up that makes me happy to spend the time doing it each day. I don't care if it doesn't mean I can retire after 30 years at the same company, I want to be happy doing what I'm doing.

I know that I want to be able to travel, go to conferences (or cons, whatever), and get to meet other people like me. I want to be a part of a community of people who want to constantly grow and learn.

Basically, this boils down to owning my own business of some kind. But owning a business takes a lot of work - especially in the beginning when you have to make sure to set everything up correctly.  It's scary, and it's time-consuming.  Even in the baby stage my little business is at right now, it's time consuming.  How to work two jobs that pay the bills and make time for what I love?

Part of me wishes I could tell me at 20 that this is what I would want to be doing at 27, so that me at 20 could plan a bit better. Or at least save a bit better, maybe take out less student loans.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

My current workspace - deep in product making mode!

Color Me Lately

Crochet, Life, What I'm DoingLisa Seyfried

Here's a snapshot of what's been going on in my life lately: Color Me Lately Reading - Color Me RecklessLook! It's not a mystery! Ok, he's a mystery writer. BUT! This one is not a mystery.  I've read his Ladies' Detective Agency series and I'm not a huge fan of them.  I love his non-mystery writing so much more.  This series, his 44 Scotland Street series, and his Corduroy Mansions series are my favorites.  Whenever I see a new one at the library, I snatch it up.

Craft show readiness - Color Me RecklessI've been working hard on getting ready for the craft show! Last night, I laid out everything I had ready to go so I could get a sense of what was left to work on. There is a lot left to work on. But I feel good about how many things are finished or are works in progress.

Works in Progress - Color Me RecklessSee? Lots of works in progress on my coffee table at the  moment.  These will all become soap saver bags. Eventually.

Studying - Color Me RecklessStudying for the Food Manager Certification Exam.  I got a new job at a candy store (as the Assistant Manger! Woo! I'm a grown up!) and the state of Virginia requires that anyone works comes into contact with food much be certified. Which means I will be spending my next few weeks studying how hot meat must be to serve to customers. Even though I work at a candy store.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins - Color Me RecklessI have been craving muffins lately! So I finally went out and found a recipe (ok, fine, I bough a mix) and made myself some for breakfast this morning. Possibly the best part of having days off during the week.

Healing - Color Me RecklessMaybe the muffin craving is coming from needing comfort food. I think I have taken more medicine in the past month, than I have in the last few years. My thumb has been sore from all the crocheting (hence the wrap) and my teeth have been a mess. I had a crown put in a few months ago and something went wrong and it's continually hitting the bone in my jaw and causing all sorts of pain. (Seriously, I handled the pain from wisdom teeth better than this. This is just awful.).  But this should soon go away with some scheduled (minor) surgery. Yay!

So that's been my life lately. What's on your camera?






My First Craft Show!

Crochet, LifeLisa Seyfried

I've been a bit absent the last few weeks here on the blog, but it's been for a great reason.  I got into a craft show! I'll be selling Color Me Reckless items at the DC Meet Market on May 3.  I'm so excited! But since I got the news a few weeks ago, it has been nonstop making items and running through checklist after checklist of everything I'd need for the show.

Craft Show Madness - Color Me Reckless

You can see that my workspace has exploded just a bit! But amid all the mess of yarn ends (and the Greek Square Blanket in the background!) there are great items happening! I set a goal for myself to make 500 items.  So far, with one month to go, I've got 50. So that might be a bit of a reach, but I think I can make it!

Craft Show Madness - Color Me Reckless


See? The items are coming together! You can see my new labels in some of the soap saver bags. So pleased with how those came out!

I'm hoping that this leads to more shows and more exposure - I would love to be able to make this my living someday. Wouldn't that be great?

What I'm Doing

Life, What I'm DoingLisa Seyfried

What I'm Reading

What I'm Reading - Color Me Reckless

I'm a big mystery lover. 5 out of 6 of these are mysteries, which is less than normal (I'm trying to branch out a bit). I've read the bottom three so far.  I watched all of Inspector Alleyn on Netflix, and it inspired me to pick up Ngaio Marsh's books.  I had tried to read her before and didn't get through it, but now I'm zipping through her books. A good rival for Agatha Christie, I think.

I just started on Due or Die and I'm thrilled to discover the amateur detective is also learning to crochet! What a great surprise.

What I'm Working On

My New Project - Color Me Reckless

This is a new project, just for me.  I wanted to work with just a single color doing a new stitch pattern.  This will  be a yellow baby blanket, using a triangle stitch.  So far, I am loving the new stitch.  It's fairly easy and I love the way it's lacy without being too loose - there's still some weight to the fabric.

While I was at Michaels picking up this yarn, a woman stopped me and said 'You look like you know what you're doing - where can I find knitting needles?' Kind of made my day to look like an expert in yarn crafts!

What's New To Me

Picking Up the Xbox Controller Again - Color Me Reckless

Alright, so this isn't new to me, but it's being picked up again after a long hiatus.  Husband made the controller for me as a Christmas present a few years ago, and I love it.  Granted my Xbox skills are limited to Lego games, but I'm totally ok with that.  Currently playing Lego Marvel.  While I loved the old Lego games that didn't talk, this game is great! The comments are really funny, the plot lines are intricately woven to include any and all Marvel Universe characters, and the game play is pretty good.  My only complaint? I still get stuck on jumping challenges, and I wish there were less things to jump across.

What I'm Learning

What I'm Learning - Color Me Reckless

That's right! I'm learning how to build a website from scratch AND attempting to learn some business techniques.  I've put myself on a one chapter a day schedule (failed at that for most of last only about 7 chapters behind?) and have been enjoying it! I've got some really great ideas for things to add/re-do on this site and I can't wait to get to the end of the book and actually play around with what I've learned.

Who'd have thought I'd be reading about business??!


Craft Day Workings

Crochet, LifeLisa Seyfried

I think I've mentioned before that my friends and I get together for a craft day about once a month.  We all bring a project, open a bottle of wine, and spend the next few hours chatting and crafting. Craft Day Food - Color Me Reckless


I'm absolutely obsessed with my friend Anna's serving ware (is this a thing? I mean the chip bowl and the blue bakeware behind it).  So brightly colored and always filled with yummy food.  I'm convinced the goodness is because of the bowl. I won't lie, I totally copied her and registered for some of the same set for our wedding.

The weather this past weekend was absolutely gorgeous! Warm and sunny, such a nice change from the deary cold we've been having.  We opened up the windows and let that beautiful fresh air in.

Usually during our craft days, the women craft while the men play Xbox or do other manly things.  Not sure why it breaks down like this, as the men are fairly crafty themselves. I guess maybe it's a male bonding thing? This time, however, they made beer!

Craft Day Beer Making - Color Me Reckless

Craft Day Beer Making - Color Me Reckless

Craft Day Beer Making - Color Me Reckless

Craft Day Beer Making - Color Me Reckless

It seems that the only pictures I managed to take well were of the beer making process! So all I have to show for the craft projects part is a before picture of  my yarn...

Pre-Project Yarn Stash - Color Me Reckless


...which didn't come out super great.  I snapped it in a hurry to get out the door, but at least you have an idea of my color palette for this project! It will eventually be a wedding blanket for a friend getting married this summer.  It's the exact opposite of the design I planned to do, and I love it. I'll do a picture wrap up of it here soon.

Do you craft with a group of friends?

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You Can Now Order a Custom Blanket!

Crochet, LifeLisa Seyfried

I am so so pleased to be able to announce (although if you've been on Facebook, you've seen this announcement already!) that you can now order a custom blanket right from this website! This is something that I have been wanting to do for a long time now, and finally got everything to work right on the site to be able to announce it! Making blankets for people is something that I truly love doing, and now this will make it even easier.

There will be lots of changes as I refine the process and play with the organization of the page a bit over the next few weeks, but the bones are there and ready for orders :)

If you see any problems with it, please leave a comment on this post, and I'll make sure to fix it ASAP.


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Cuddling Under Blankets

CrochetLisa Seyfried

The eastern bit of the US has had a good bit of winter storms lately.  Although, in Virginia, we've had less snow than the rest but got a good helping of polar vortex to go with it.  It makes it really difficult to go to work when you have to bundle up in every layer possible just to walk to the bus! If only teleporting was invented yet... The good news is that I've had a lot of time to work on some crochet projects!

Latest Projects - Color Me Reckless

My crochet mood blanket is coming along nicely.  30 squares really makes it seem like a blanket and less like a bunch of squares stitched together! I'm really loving how the colors are coming together on that one.

The blanket for the guest room is also coming along.  This one I do in spurts because it's hard to keep my attention on just the two colors, over and over.  But I love the feel and weight of it.

My family came to visit this last weekend, and it made me realize how few blankets I actually had in the house! So I started on a new diagonal blanket, using up some of my medium weight yarn. I love the colors and how they seem to come together.

I've been working on the Moogly crochet along - my first square came out well, but the second one is a bit...ripple-y.  I think I have a few extra stitches in there that will require some puzzling out.  I've learned through this crochet along that I make really small, tight stitches! I've had to add a few rows to each just to make them come out the right size.

Finally, I've had time to work on items for my Etsy shop! I have some new soap saver bags and a few new face scrubbers to get photographed and written up for the shop.  I love how quickly these all work up - the only downside is then having to wait for the right light to photograph them!

Have you been working on anything new because of the weather?

Becoming a Rebatched Soap Master

SoapmakingLisa Seyfried

Originally posted on Herban Lifestyle.  Reposted here with their permission.

Here in the Herban Lifestyle Workroom, we have lots of bags of soap ends and pieces sitting around, waiting for us to do some wonderful with them.  I did some research on how to rebatch our soap - ‘rebatch’ means to basically melt down the soap and re-mold it as something new - and found a ton of information.  Site after site told me different ways to rebatch, each site claiming their method was the best.

In the end, I picked two recipes that were fairly close, combined them into my own method, and got to work experimenting.

First Batch of Rebatch Soap - Herban Lifestyle

My first batch turned out great! It melted down really well, it molded really well, and it looks really pretty.

Second Batch of Rebatch Soap - Herban Lifestyle

My second batch didn’t turn out quite so well.  It’s a little lumpier, a little cracked, and just not as pretty looking. I am chalking this up to attempting to double the recipe and the soap not liking that.

I do think that this recipe will  turn out well again if I keep it in small quantities.  The first batch was enough for three heart soaps, and the second batch made enough for five heart soaps.

To make rebatched soap:

You will need a glass measuring cup, or other microwave safe bowl, grater, your soap, 1/4 cup of water. Ingredients for Rebatched Soap - Herban Lifestyle

1. Grate 4 cups of soap in a glass or microwave safe container.  The smaller pieces the soap is in, the better it will melt.

 Grated Soap - Herban Lifestyle

2. Add ¼ cup of water to the grated soap.  Don’t stir it in yet.

3. Microwave for 2 min and stir.  Repeat this process until the soap becomes slightly translucent and takes on the consistency of mashed potatoes.

Melted Rebatch Soap - Herban Lifestyle

4. Glob into mold with a spoon.  Fill to the top, then bang the mold on the counter to get all the air bubbles out.  Then squish the soap down with your fingers (you might want to wear gloves for this) to make sure the soap gets into all corners of the mold.

Molded Rebatched Soap - Herban Lifestyle

5. Cover the mold with a towel or cloth and let sit for 24 hours.

6. Unmold after 24 hours, let sit out for one week to cure.  One week is probably more time than the soap needs to cure, but just to be safe, I’d go with one week.

This is the rebatch method that worked best for me.  I have a feeling that everyone has their own method that works for them, with whatever kind of soap they are rebatching.  I'd really like to try adding some essential oils or some pigments in my next batch! Have you rebatched any soap?  What method do you use?

New Projects!

CrochetLisa Seyfried

I re-discovered how much I love to make blankets! I know, I know. I make a lot of blankets.  But I realized that I have never really made one for me! So I started thinking about what to make for me.  I decided to make a blanket for the guest bedroom.  It has really pretty red and white curtains, so I picked similar shades and got to work! New Project - Color Me Reckless


I love the colors.  At first, I was just going to leave them white-edged, but I really love the red around the outside. Especially, once they all got put together:

New Project - Color Me Reckless


What new projects are you starting the new year off with?

New Year, New Goals

LifeLisa Seyfried

It's that time of year again. The time for making new goals and dreaming big dreams of what the year could hold for you. This year, instead of making some lofty resolutions about running more or eating better, I decided to make concrete goals for myself.  Here's what I came up with: 1. Approach local shops about selling my crochet pieces in their store. I promised my mother-in-law I would do this, and I really mean to do it.  I've always been afraid to take this step - afraid that people won't think my work is good enough.  But working on pieces the past few months, and with some encouragement from my boss, I'm ready to try to do this.

2. Find what works in my Etsy shop and what makes me really happy to make.  I  have a hard time keeping my Etsy shop up to date, and remembering to market the items in it.  I think it's because I'm a big scaredy-cat (see above!) and because it's one more site to manage.  I need to make a plan and stick to it when it comes to the shop.

3. Connect with more local artists. All of my goals for the year involve taking steps outside of my comfort zone and being brave with my work.  I want to meet local artists who are doing similar things/at similar places in their work.  I'm on the list for a few crafty meet-ups in my area, but have yet to work up the courage to go (what if everyone at the meetup agrees that I can't crochet?? Serious scaredy-cat issues here!).

4. Learn more HTML and Photoshop. I want to be able to have designed my own site, and I want to be able to make my photos look amazing.  I have a few books on both of these topics, but I might try to take a class in them as well.  Always up for more learning!

What are your crafty New Year's Goals?

Thanksgiving Round Up

CrochetLisa Seyfried

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday.  It's generally the first time in a few months that my family gets all together (ok it's still tied to memories of going home from college after a long fall semester - and being almost done with classes. The calm before the storm), and now that I'm older, it's a great relaxing weekend.  I love that my family spends the day together, eats late, and then plays games into the night.  I love that the center of the holiday isn't the food, but the people. I'm pretty sure we could eat peanut butter sandwiches and it would still be my favorite holiday! Here's what I don't like about getting older - now I'm old enough to have my own household and so I am asked to bring something to Thanksgiving.  In any other family, this would be fine, but my family consists of several really really good cooks. So I bring wine and feel inadequate.

And then I realized that I could bring something else - something crafty that wasn't food! Here's a smattering of the amazing Turkey -themed crafts I've found.  I hope I have time to make one of them!

Turkey Amigurumi From Red Heart Yarn

 1. Tom Turkey from Red Heart. This is just too cute. I love how jaunty he looks!

Gobble Coaster from Yarn Pixie


2. Gobble Coaster from Yarn PixieI love the idea of crafty coasters for Thanksgiving.  I think it adds some fun to tables that are usually laid with the best dishes and fancy things like butter knives.

Cute Turkey by Teri Crews

3. Cute Turkey by Teri Crews. I love this little guy! So small and cute.  He'd be great to give to a small child on Thanksgiving!

Turkey Coaster by Craft Passion

4. Turkey Coasters from Craft Passion. Another spin on the Thanksgiving coaster. These also double as ornaments, so if your host is one who has their tree up already - this is perfect!

Crochet Pumpkin Pie from Crafty is Cool

4. Pumpkin Pie from CraftyisCool. If you don't want to make a turkey themed item, how about this adorable pie?

Turkey from Fiber Flux..Adventures in Stitching

5. Turkey from FiberFlux What I love most about this little guy is that he's not orange! So nice to see a Thanksgiving item in a different set of autumn hues.  Also, he's adorable.

I hope you're as inspired as I am to make something different this year for Thanksgiving!



The Soul of a Crafter

Crochet, LifeLisa Seyfried

IMG_1776 There is something great about spending a few hours on the couch and coming away with something beautiful like a baby blanket.  Each stitch gets imprinted with the memory of what I was doing.  I have blankets that I made in college as grad school as stress relievers, and I remember the book I was reading at the time, or the class I was taking, or the conversation I had with a friend during it.

I can look at all these beautiful things around my house and remember when and why I made it. We have bits of our wedding decorations scattered around the house - each one brings back the beautiful memories of making it with Husband, and seeing it all together on our wedding day.  It's a greater reminder of those moments than the pictures are, and it's a great marker of the things that Husband and I can do together.


I make a lot of things that just stay in piles around the house, or stay unfinished because some new idea took hold.  I love these projects. I love that my house is filled with these fabrics filled with memories. And I love that I can pull out that unfinished project and make something new, with new memories.

Last week, during our Craft Day, a friend and I were talking about how we have so many unfinished projects, and how, when we sit down to work on one, a new idea crops up and takes hold. I have to put down what I'm doing to run after that idea, chase it down, sketch it out, whatever it is. It's like there's too much creative energy, and it just spills out over the top.

Hiking in Appalacian Trail

I love it. And I love that that is spilling over into other crafty things, expanding my outlets. It's a beautiful thing.


Organizing and Catching Up

Crochet, LifeLisa Seyfried
I love October. So many yummy fall flavors and scents.  It gets me in the mood to do some new creative projects and to clean up my space.  I started working on crochet beaded necklaces, which, for me, meant sorting out the knot of embroidery floss I had wound up in a ball.

So I repurposed some mini clothespins from the wedding and found a way to sort through it all! The little scraps ended up on the little pins, and the bigger pieces are on the medium size pins.  They look so cute in the little glass jar.

In other news, I went to visit my sister in New Jersey and we went apple picking! I love picking the apples fresh from the trees and then coming home and making something yummy out of them.  This batch I made into homemade applesauce in preparation for getting my wisdom teeth out yesterday.

Apples to become Applesauce

I've made applesauce a few times before, but this is by far the best batch I've made.  It's so sweet and tangy and the same time, with just the right amount of cinnamon.  I only wish I had made more!

Apples who didn't make the cut

These apples are just for eating - too tart for applesauce.

Amidst all of this, I've made significant progress on my baby blanket.  It's just about halfway! I think I will be able to make my Nov 30 deadline with ease.

Baby Blanket halfway done!

And I made socks! I've always wanted to try to make socks, and I found a relatively simple pattern and got to work! The only thing I don't like about crochet socks is that they take a long time to make...But I really like the finished product.  I might have to buy some more sock yarn and make some more. Christmas presents perhaps?


What have you been up to in October?

September Blanket Challenge Wrap-Up

Crochet, LifeLisa Seyfried

So the challenge for myself kind of worked and kind of... didn't. It worked because I finished up one blanket, and got so much further on a second.  It failed because I started two new blankets. Pre-September challenge, I had 3 blankets in progress. Post-challenge I have 4 in progress and 1 finished. What I'm excited about though, is the wealth of creativity that came out of September.  I was focused on blankets and so I came up with a lot of ideas for future blankets, learned some things I want to do, and some things I don't want to ever do, and generally brainstormed new things.  I bought myself a sketchbook to try and capture those things!

New sketchbook

In other news, my crafty friends and I went to Crafty Bastards in lieu of our craft day this month.  Crafty Bastards is a DC based craft show held in Union Market.  It's huge.

I've been years in the past, and have found lots of great stuff.  This year, however, I didn't find as much great stuff? Most of it seemed to be the same as last year - which is fine, but I found the people I love last year and now buy from them on Etsy.  I'd like to see new things please! I did find this adorable buttons and Pincushion from Namoo - I fell so in love with these!Namoo Buttons


October Inspiration

CrochetLisa Seyfried

The thing I love most about the fall weather is the chance to wear boots again.  I love boots.  On those freezing cold days where you need layer after layer just to walk to the bus stop in the morning, I really love my boots.  What I don't love is wearing knee socks, jeans, and boots all day.  Talk about over-doing it! But I couldn't think of another way to add a bit of warmth to the part of my leg that is exposed between the end of the boot and the start of the coat. Until I discovered boot cuff. Wooo! What an awesome discovery.

Here's  my inspiration for the fall:





Craft Day Loveliness

LifeLisa Seyfried

I love a good craft day. And my absolute favorite is getting to sit around and craft with some of the best ladies.  We try to get together for a craft day every few months or so.  We all bring a different craft and sit and drink wine, eat food, and work on our projects.  It's like the old fashioned quilting circle, but with 4 different projects happening at once. All the remnants of our crafts

I love that these days become a chance to try something new.  I am a crocheter, it's my go to craft.  But last weekend, I opted to try my hand at modpodge-ing some Altoid cases to turn them into business card holders.  Turns out, I love modpodge!

My new card cases!

Here's a snapshot of what the other ladies were working on:

Plate painting!


Wreath Making!


Do you have a craft group?

Busy, Busy, Busy, Bee

LifeLisa Seyfried

Wow September is going fast! And I'm somehow managing to keep up with it all and my goals of finishing some of these blankets! Last weekend, it was my birthday, and Husband and I did an electric run with some friend.Here's a picture of us playing with the glowsticks, post run:



And here's us running through the black light tunnel:image (1)

See how much fun we are having? The run really was great, and it was an awesome way to start off the new year for me.  This might  become a new thing for me!

Aside from that, I have been kicking but at the Blanket Challenge! I pulled out some of the old ones and got to work remembering what on earth I was doing in them, and I am so close to finishing the one for my friend.  I really think if I hunker down, I could finish it this weekend.

I Hearby Declare September as Blanket Month!

CrochetLisa Seyfried

I like to start things. In particular, I like to start making blankets. There's something about gathering the yarn, deciding on a pattern, getting to work, and seeing that tiny blanket grow with each square or row you stitch. My problem is that I get to a certain point, usually about a quarter of the way through, and my motivation vanishes.  It's not as exciting when you can't see the growth as much. It's not as thrilling when you are stuck doing row after row for this unending monster.

So. I am declaring September to be my 'work on all current blankets in progress' month.  Hopefully this will force me to get it together and finish one of them!

Here are the three I have going right now:

This one has little basketweave squares. It's about half way finished, and I got stuck when the thrill of using up the yarn in my stash ran out. Folded Blanket

This one was me learning how to do hexagons.  I made a bunch really quickly, and then got tired of making the same thing over and over. The funny thing is that this yarn was previously used in a granny square blanket that I am pulling out to make these hexagons.  Something about this yarn is giving me a massive mental block about finishing something!

Hexagon Blanket

And this last one is a blanket for a friend that was going so well the first day! I had made 7 of the 24 required squares before I checked the gauge and realized I was 18 inches short! Ugh. So I had to undo the 7 made squares and start redo-ing them bigger.  Talk about motivation sucker.

Square Stitch Blanket

So that's where I'm at right now.  Hopefully, when I check back in at the end of the month, there will be at least one done!