Friday, May 25, 2012

Creating is an Intergral part of my life

Sometimes when my crazy life takes over, I don't get time to create and I have to remind myself that it's good to take time out for me. Between my husband and boys and work and taking care of an aging parent...I sometimes get lost in the shuffle. The only person that can really do anything about it is ME. I can't blame it on whomever or whatever because I have the power of choice. So tonight I'm reminding myself that I have a choice. A choice to slow down and smell the roses. A choice to let the house go and relax for a change as going 100 miles per hour doesn't do any good for my family and certainly not me. I have to remind myself that a treat once in a while just tastes good, even though I choose to eat organic, gmo free foods for the most part. And that if I can't get organic potatoes because Safeway has been shorted since February isn't the end of the world. I decided that if my plants were going to get bitten by frost I wasn't going to make myself crazy by covering and uncovering them every day. I'll just go buy more plants if I have to.

I have a love affair with paint. I must have been a painter in a previous life as I dream of painting and I can smell the paint in my dreams. Paper crafting is kind of like painting but only with paper. I love it just as much as painting  and whatever else is on my table, ceramics, canvas, bird houses....

I love to create in the kitchen and I love to eat what I create. My son is gluten free so I bought some books on baking without gluten...haven't had time to create the recipes, but my son has...and he's a darn good cook. Sometimes it's OK to let others create around you as you get the effect of creating...

I got a new Canon T3i with points and even though I said I'd never go digital....well, I'm a liar. I got frustrated trying to get my film developed at the Superstore in Moose Jaw, they no longer do film in one hour and had to send it away. That frustrated me. So I went digi and fell in love with photography all over again. I've loved sharing the sunset photos and horse photos and plant photos and any other photos I've wanted to share....

So tonight, I'm relaxing with a good book on painting....and that's OK too...

Monday, May 21, 2012

Finishing up bird house projects

I had base coated a bunch of bird houses, just never finished the details. I chose an indoor/outdoor craft paint for this house. There are three coats on this house and two coats of outdoor satin finish on top of everything.
This is the other side of this bird house. My husband is going to nail it to the top of a post.
A bird house I picked up at Michaels a while back. It's painted with three coats of black and gold from the Patio Paint brand. I love this brand as the colors do not fade with the sun. Two coats of Folkart satin outdoor finish coats everything. Except the bird perch and the inside of the hole. If those are painted, the birds can't get a grip because the paint is slippery. The pattern on this bird house is from the book "Beginning Khokhloma" a style of Russian folk art. I haven't painted in a while and my hand isn't as steady and I definitely need new brushes. I soooo love to paint!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Best intentions

So I started this blog with the intention of crafting more. Spring has hit and I've been outside and loving every minute of it. They're announcing rain for the better part of the next week so I should have some time to craft. Spring and Summer are always super busy for me. I have a brand new E2 that I've taken out of the box but as yet to fire up and use. I have new Spellbinders dies still in the packages just waiting to be run through my cuttlebug. And oh, a new flower cart for my cricuts.  No time, no energy. Some nights it just feels good to sit outside and breathe the fresh air. Been cooped up so much this past winter that I just can't stay inside. So, hopefully this weekend, I will craft and there may actually be something more on this blog.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Following the blog challenge...

Sometimes, when I follow directions for a challenge on the circle blog, I find they ask for a lot of things incorporated into the card. I guess I'm more of a simple crafter and this card just seems busy to me. Embellishing the cuts with ink helps of course. Maybe it will look better in the morning. My corner rounder was being difficult tonight and chewing up my I'll have to get a new one of those! The swirly cuts are from French Manor and the bird cut...I'm not sure, it was a left over.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Amazing Grace

I made this card a while back for my mom's friend who lost her son. I found music for Amazing Grace online and printed it on grey card stock. The piano keyboard cut is from Quarter Note cartridge. I made a lace boarder with a Martha Stewart punch and printed out the words Amazing Grace on some card stock and cut it out to fit the card. The only embellishment is a purple flower with a black brad for the center.

Paper Pups for a Special little boy

I created this banner for a little boy's birthday as he's spending it in the hospital. It was suppose to be a card, but I couldn't make up my mind which paper pup to use, so I used all the ones I liked and put it in a banner. This is totally out of my comfort zone as I've never made a banner before. I hope he likes it.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Every Day Paper Dolls card

I created this card from Every Day Paper Dolls. The hair is from the Raggedy Ann cut. The face, I hand drew after searching on the net for faces of scarecrows. The flower I believe is from Walk in My Garden. The decorative punch is from Martha Stewart. I really had fun creating this card for a Circle Blog Challenge!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

My first mixed media

I created this for a challenge on the Cricut Circle Blog. I painted the canvas with acrylic paint. Then I made various cuts, the ornate ones from Ornamental Iron II. I love that cart! It hangs in my craft room. It looks a lot better in real life as some of the cuts are doubled and raised with sticky squares to keep it in place.

Yarn thief!

Sometimes when I'm working on a project, I get interrupted by a yarn thief! Zoe loves to steal the yarn that I'm using on a project. I can often come home after work and find her hoarding my currently used ball of yarn. Crazy little dog!

Hand made Knifty Knitter blanket

This took me a whole winter to knit up in long panels on my Knifty Knitter purple long loom. There is no wrong or right side with Knifty Knitter looms, it looks good on both sides. I used just the regular stitch that is included with the looms. This is the video I used to sew everything together:

This was a graduation gift for my girlfriend's son. He loved it! I don't think it turned out too bad for a first crack at it with a Knifty Knitter.

An unhappy poodle that looks GOOOOODDDD!

Another poodle sweater I finished at Christmas. It's bulkier and she doesn't like it. I find with this pattern that if it's really cold outside, as it gets where we live, the sweater doesn't cover her chest  and she's cold. We don't take her out very much in the winter, just too cold. She's only 4-5 pounds soaking wet, so we tend to be very careful with her. Our solution has been to put a sweater on and then wrap her in a blanket until we get to the car. Kind of defeats the purpose of the sweater.

Good for my ego

I logged on one morning to find that I had been chosen Project of The Day on the Cricut Circle blog! Man, was I an excited woman! You'd think that I'd won a Million dollars! Of course I had to take a picture of my computer screen. My guys just shook their heads and laughed. They just don't get Cricutitis! 

Cricutitis - An infection of the Cricut...

Yup, I think that's exactly it, because once you've been bitten, it's hard to get rid of the bug (er bugs, depending on how many bugs you have!)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Quarter Note Cricut Cart....One of my FAVS

I had made a bunch of these piano cuts for a sympathy card a while back. I had trouble getting the right size for the card. So when there was a challenge on the Cricut blog, I pulled out my misfit cuts and came up with a quickie card. I think it turned out pretty good. Love the Quarter Note Cart! The music paper was printed on card stock off the net and I cut a piece to fit the front of the card.

A love affair with yarn

I have a habit of picking up yarn at garage sales. I have garbage bags full of colorful skeins just ready to be used and fabricated into wonderful blankets. I love making blankets the most. This one is crocheted and I love how funky it truly is. I never have trouble finding homes with my handmade blankets. My new E2 has arrived and I can't wait to cut fabric with it for a jean quilt. For me, jean quilts just remind me of my Memere Anna who loved making quilts out of pieces of jeans, overalls and clothing that was worn at the knees. Nothing went to waste at her house as she raised a large family during the Depression. I find it relaxing to sit in front of the television and creating with yarn. Since making this blanket, I have added Knifty Knitter looms to my creative arsenal. Love those looms!

This is my poodle Zoe for whom I created this cute little dog sweater on one of the Knifty Knitter looms. It was easy and I just so enjoy working on those looms. It's nice to relax with a Knifty Knitter loom in my lap.


As I start to get more confidence with my scrapbooking, I decided I wanted one place to put all my projects. Not only do I scrapbook but I love photography, painting, crochet, sewing and knitting. Just about anything crafty I do will appear on this blog. I love creating funky and different and bright colors. So when I found the bright orange background, I just thought, that is sooooo me! 

Welcome aboard and thanks for following my creative meanderings....