Thursday, November 6, 2014

I guess this is goodbye, but not forever!

This post has been bouncing around my head for a little while now. I've known for a long time that I've needed to write it but I just couldn't find the words.

As of Dec 1, 2014 String With Style will be shut down. As many of you know I have been looking for real, viable income for a long time. I started by selling my crochet work made from my own patterns, which led me to blog about them and continue to design more. I have really enjoyed it. Having an outlet for my creative side and friends to share crochet with has meant the world to me! It has given me confidence and taught me so much about myself. But the pattern writing income just kept hitting this plateau. I couldn't seem to get past it and while the money was nice it wasn't worth the hours I was putting in. So that's when I opened a second blog this spring. I was hoping to run them side by side and talk about more of my interests and family life. But a new blog is terribly hard to get off the ground. I had forgotten that! Then I found Jamberry. Again, I thought I could just run them side by side and glean income from both but Jamberry FAR exceeded my expectations! The very first month my Jamberry income beat my blogging income. It has continued to do so even with the fall and winter coming on and crochet season hitting hard! I can't continue to run both businesses when it just isn't worth my time to be blogging and missing out on the income that I could be getting from Jamberry. And I can't just leave it open and do nothing with it. I would feel like I was neglecting it and failing because I wasn't working it anymore. That might sound ridiculous to some of you but it's how my brain works.

So the decision has been made, String With Style will close. I will leave my patterns up through the rest of this month. I highly recommend that you scoop them up now if you want them. I will be removing everything at the end of this month.

Thank you all so so much for all your support and love over the last 2 years. I never thought what I did was that special. You all have made me realize that I matter and I hope you know that to at least one stranger on the internet that you have never met - YOU MATTER!

If you want more information about what Jamberry is I'd be happy to talk to you about it. My website is still linked at the top of the site and of course you can email me. The String With Style email address will be closing too at the end of the month so make it quick! ;)

I had a farewell giveaway on Facebook but no one ever claimed the fingerless gloves I was giving away. I am going to throw them in as a surprise gift to one of my winners this month. (I do a giveaway in my Jamberry FB group every month.) You are welcome to come join us!
(The pattern I used was the Johnny Fingerless Gloves from Sincerely Pam.)
I would hate to say goodbye forever so here are the ways you can still follow me. Of course I will still be sharing yarn stuff and pattern recommendations. Crochet could never leave my life forever!

FB page: Jamin Manis, Lead Consultant, Jamberry Nails
FB group: Jamin Manis Customers
Twitter: @lovinlaublivin
IG: @jaminmanis

Thank you again for everything! I hope you all have a wonderful yarn season!!!! We all love it when it gets cold!

Be happy!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

How to - Wind a Hank Into a Ball Without a Ball Winder or a Swift

Don't you just love all the lovely hanks you can find all over the internet! I love that so many moms have found ways to work from home and the yummy yarn that they spin and dye just makes me drool!!!!! BUT if you don't have a swift and a ball winder to wind the hanks into cakes then you can have a serious mess on your hands! Knotted, tangled yarn messes are avoided at all costs around this house! GAH!!! They take forever to fix!

I have a yarn ball winder and my 4 yr old makes a pretty good swift but sometimes the situation isn't perfect to wind up an entire hank. We were outside the other day, I was crocheting, my girls were playing and I ran out of yarn. I needed to wind up the next hank but no one was really in a "sit still and help mom" mood and honestly I was comfortable enough that I didn't want to get up and walk in the house and wind up the hank anyway, but I DID want to keep crocheting - dilema!

I decided to try something. When my 4 yr old acts as my swift all she really has to do is hold her hands apart. I figured I could probably get my knees far enough apart. And it isn't a requirement to use a ball winder, you can wind balls by hand. I've done it for years and I'm sure you have too! Here are some pictures to walk you through step by step how I went from hank to ball in about 10 minutes!

The hank I am using is from Expression Fiber Arts. She makes GORGEOUS yarn!!!

 First we start with the hank.

You will need to unwrap it and it will become one big circle. Drape that over your legs and pull your knees apart so that the yarn is tight. Cut off any scrap yarn that has been used to secure the ends of the hank. 

 Take one end and wrap it around two fingers a few times.

 Slide the yarn off your fingers, pinch it flat and begin wrapping the yarn around it. Keep going and it will grow and grow into what will become your ball.
 Then your ball will begin to grow and grow! Make sure you keep the yarn tight around your knees and don't let it slide off more then one strand of yarn at a time.

 Pretty soon you'll be here! A big beautiful ball of yarn that you can crochet or knit from with ease and no mess! Yay!!!!!!

Now you don't have to worry about buying and storing all that extra equipment! You've got everything you need with you wherever you go!

Be Happy!!

(In the pictures I am wearing the June Hostess Exclusive and Diamond Dust Jamberry Wraps. My Jamberry website is linked up at the top of this webpage under my banner logo.)
If you liked this tip there is a great one about using stitch markers HERE!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday in Style - Curtains

What do you have crocheted decorations do you have in your house? I LOVE crocheted curtains!!! Love, love, love, love, LOVE them!!!! I love the vintage look, the "I did this myself for my house" look, all of it, it's amazing! Are you ready to be inspired? Let's go!
Free and paid patterns are included.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Salted Caramel Delight Shake

It has been soooooo hot here lately! We definitely need a cool down treat! How about you?
A couple months back I had a friend mention on fb that she had just made a salted caramel shake for dessert. Needless to say - and she had my attention!! Ingredients? Time? Delicious-ness rating from 1 to sugar coma? Mmmmm I had to try it! She listed all the ingredients but couldn't remember exactly how much of what she used because she would add a little more of something till it was just right.

Well I played around with it a little bit until I found the perfect concoction for us - The Salted Caramel Delight Shake. I really hope you like it too! It's basically only the best dessert you will ever have. True story!

This is seriously one of my absolute favorite treats. It is so quick to make and perfect for a cool down on a warm summer evening. Just the right amount of sweet and salty this Salted Caramel Delight Shake recipe will hit the spot!

Here you go!

Salted Caramel Delight Shake

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Saturday in Style - Spa Day

We have A LOT going on in July! Just always is a crazy month for us for some reason. When we get that busy I always need just one day to sit and relax and do nothing! Just in case you need a pampering day to rejuvenate you for the rest of your summer, here are a bunch of patterns you can use.