Friday, June 29, 2012

I am NOT a collector!

I love retail therapy. BUT I always make sure it's for stuff that I'm going to use. Cricut.com had a good sale on two carts I've been wanting. Well, I've always been a sucker for Sesame Street, already had the first cart put out and Elmo's Party...today I got SS Seasons and I think it's an absolute treasure! I know that the cuts are finicky with lots of layers BUT I made a layout for my youngest son and used an Oscar on it and he absolutely loved it! It was soooo worth seeing his appreciation! So when Seasons came on special...well...it was all about my son! Of course I had to buy it for HIM :-P

October 31st has been on my list for a long time. I don't know how many times it's gone into the cart and out of the cart. I had two really special photos taken of my son and his little cousin on Halloween with their Great Grandmother in the nursing home. This cart fit the bill for what I needed to make this layout spectacular. I am super pleased with both purchases! 

Did I mention that my flower cart is still sitting on my table unopened? Sad I know. I find that summer is super busy with just being outside and enjoying life and living. Scrapping is saved for rainy days and non working days and scrapping in between the loads of laundry days. I find that I design in my head a wonderful layout, match all of the papers and then...it sits on the scrap table until my energy catches up. Sometimes that takes weeks!  But eventually, I catch up and sometimes *gasp* I scrap a whole day!

So I do eventually use all of my goodies and carts and machines...in God's time of course, because He ultimately has the last say in what I do with my days!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

One of those layouts that just come together at the last minute...

This layout was for my youngest son and his fashion sense. He always had something on backwards or upside down or inside out. It was painful to watch him put on his shorts backwards and his dad use to cringe. Not much has changed, as long as he's clean he's good to go! I used the Cuttlebug on the letters to give them some texture. And Oscar comes from the Sesame street cartridge. As for the plaid cut, this layout's been sitting on my scrap table way tooooo long and I don't remember what cart I used, maybe Lady Labels...I'm not sure.

Paper paper paper!

On Wednesday, I walked into HomeSense and walked out with seven stacks of paper! There is another one that does not appear in the picture...a huge brick of Bazzil cardstock! HomeSense just has the most affordable paper anywhere! You just never know what they're going to have on their shelf...it is soooo much cheaper than Michaels. Same pad of paper is almost always half the price. If it rains today, Ill be in my craft room this afternoon! Love this new paper! It was like Christmas! I have a new flower cart just waiting to be taken for a spin!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Finishing projects

I have lots of wonderful and bright ideas as an artist. Yes, that's what I'm calling myself....an artist. Why? Because I'm always creating something. Always creating something tends to make me start works of art but not finish them. Hard to imagine, I know! So last night I took out an afghan that needs 6 rows to be finished. Yup, been sitting on a chair in my living room waiting to be finished with just six rows. I finished 1 row last night while watching Master Chef. I've been collecting yarn it seems like forever and I had tons of baby yarn in various colors. So, in order to use the yarn, I crocheted a blanket with three strands at a time and it created a nice thick warm blanket in pastels. My poodle in her crazy little mind thinks it's hers. I even had to wash it because she dragged her chew sticks onto it and settled in for a good chew and slobbered all over the blanket. So I washed it again. Then I placed it on a chair she doesn't like so I can actually work on it while it was clean. I usually give my blankets away as gifts, but this one because it's so nice and soft, I'm keeping for me, just because. I'm allowed to keep some of my works of art, don't you think?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Birthday Card for my Girl

My God daughter's birthday is tomorrow, so tonight I created a special card just for her. I dusted off my Cuttlebug and opened my brand spanking new package of Spellbinders Shapeabilities Pendants In Spades. I cut the die out of foam I'd picked up at the dollar store to add dimension. Then I took out my copics and colored a Tilda...my favorite stamp. The sentiment and the inside of the card is computer generated. I added a flower because I like them and I hope she does too! I am not a card maker but I make a special effort when it's for somebody I care deeply about.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Site chock full of information

Last week I joined allfreeknitting.com. Over the years, I have joined all kinds of sites for various crafts and usually after I get the information I need, I unsubscribe. This site is loaded with info and patterns, I'm going to be staying for a while. The patterns are gorgeous and useful. Oftentimes, there's a lot of ugly patterns on these free sites. Not this one! Just an awesome site that you should check out!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rock star gnome!

I saw this on the net while surfing and had to create one! Here are the before and after pictures:




I had a heck of a time finding a gnome period. This guy I picked up at Wally World for not too expensive. He wasn't what I was looking for, but he'd do.
I fabricated the guitar out of a tube of indoor/outdoor polyfilla. It was not a fun product to work with and would not smooth out, even when partially dry. It is what it is. By the way, the rake is inside the guitar. Then I looked for photos of the band members of Kiss on the net and painted with patio paint accordingly. Three coats of all paints with three coats of Patio Paint sealer. He will be placed in a sheltered area in one of my gardens. I'm still looking for the perfect gnome to make a Gene Simmons.....

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Treasures at the Vintage store

Just down the block from where I work, there's a vintage store which I really really love. I don't get to go shopping there very often...but this morning I did. I was looking for knitting patterns that I could adapt to my knifty knitters. This is what I found:





The first mini book I found was the Doorstop Critters one, I fell in love with the hen and her chicks. It's a crochet pattern, which I know how to do. Price: $1 Then I found the lacy pattern book called Sentimental Shells that I thought would be beautiful as gifts once made up...various crochet patterns. Price: $1. I thought that I'd really gotten a great deal!



Next, I found this folk  art painting book by one of my favorite folk art painters. Price: $3 By now I'm thinking I've had a really productive morning.
In the third one foot high pile I came across the Pooh crochet book...boy was I excited! Right underneath it was the Mickey and Minnie pattern. Now, I was way over the moon! Both were $1 each. I love vintage stores and garage sales! Well worth going shopping and digging!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Double Twisted Rib Stitch video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2yB7cc-MxA

One more link for me!

This one's for me!

I wanted to learn how to cables on my Knifty Knitters and I found another Youtube video to help me learn how. I know I won't have time to do this up until the fall, but I wanted to save my link somewhere so I wouldn't lose it. I have a habit of putting things in a really safe place. So what better place than my blog?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csMP_Zt95YI

Round loom changing colors

Just a quick note on changing colors on a round loom. I found this well explained video made by Isela on Youtube. Love Youtube!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl72E34RaYY
I had trouble understanding this with Isela's books. The video helps an awful lot.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Treasure on Youtube

Tonight, I've been surfing Youtube for loom knitting videos. I came across a wonderful channel put out by GoodKnitKisses. I love love love her videos! She not only has wonderful and clear easy to understand how to's on her videos, she has an array of yarn how to's. If you've ever wanted to crochet, she has videos for that. I am really really impressed by her loom videos. Really impressed. Why you ask? Because they are slow and easy to understand. My not so young but interested mind, loves easy to understand. Go and check her out!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

One more ball of yarn...

I was shopping at Wally World for yarn for my new Knifty Knitter project. I bought this pattern from Herrschners http://www.herrschners.ca/zoomimage.aspx?pid=159589 (link) and I'm going to try to adapt it on my looms. The only color I could not get was light sage in the style "comfort" in the Red Heart line. So I'm going to hit another Wally's on Thursday to try and find this color...if I can't Herschners is getting a call as I can't find it on their website. *sigh* The problems one has when you live in a rural area. I really love this blanket and I'm determined to create it. I want to create it double sided  on my KK looms. Last time I knitted up one of these blankets, it wasn't nearly as fancy and it took me a whole winter! Luckily, my girlfriend's son loved it!