Saturday, December 28, 2013

Provo Craft Knifty Knitter Patterns link

I stumbled on this link by accident, you can still print out all the Knifty Knitter patterns that use to be accessible through the updated website. Now the patterns are

Provo Craft Knifty Knitter patterns

Denim Style Bernat favorite yarn to work with so far!

I made a touque for my husband for Christmas. Haven't picked up a crochet hook for a long time. My mom taught me the basics when I was a kid, but that was a very long time ago.

This pattern was fairly easy to work up. If I couldn't remember how to do a stitch, all I did was search it on Youtube. This particular yarn is acrylic/cotten blend, which I love. This pattern and yarn makes a nice thick touque. I love how it turned out!

Touque pattern

My husband has been wearing it around the farm and loves it because it's nice and warm. 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Fixing your own zippers tutorial!

Best thing I've found on the net this week! You can fix your own zippers! I've bookmarked the page and also the page to buy the kits. If you have kids, this will save you money!

Nancy Zieman video link

To find the video, scroll down to almost the bottom of the page.

Link to purchase kits

I'm ordering some of the kits today! Stumbled across this how to on Pinterest. Yeah, I love Pinterest!

My husband had three broken zippers, he fixed two out of the three last night. The other one, I need parts for. So, I'm ordering this morning!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Desk re-do

 This is the dresser I started with. I wanted to change it into a telephone desk. The mirror was broken on the original piece, so this suited my purpose perfectly.
 The veneer on the top of the desk was brittle and ruined before I got my hands on the desk. I chipped away and peeled away the veneer a chunk at a time. Then I sanded down the two sides.
 Because I didn't want to strip the piece of the finish, I used TSP cleaner and wiped it all down, taking the shine off so that the primer could adhere to the piece more easily. I used Zinsser primer, a stain killer so that the finish (whatever it was) would not bleed through. I applied one coat. Zinsser is a bit runnier than some primers but it really does stop the bleed through of the previous finish not to come through. Love this stuff!
 I removed the handles on the drawers and spray painted them with a flat black in the Tremclad line. (I did wash them down with soap and water and had them dry completely before painting). It did a beautiful job on the old handles. I did spray them two coats to make sure I had really good coverage.
Then, finally I applied 3 coats of Beauti-Tone Designers Series Cabinet and Furniture paint. The color I chose is Barrington Passage.  Love this acrylic paint! My favorite paint to use on painted furniture! Easy to use and it makes me look really really good. The paint was allowed to dry completely before applying the next coat.

 Because I'm using such a vibrant color, I had to make sure to paint around the drawer openings so that when the drawers of the desk are closed, that the color matches the drawers. Otherwise, you would see a crack of wood color all the way around.
 This is the finished product and I love it! The actual color is much darker but photographing with the flash has made it much lighter than it really is. Great little desk!

Owl Lovey

I've always wanted to make one of these. Now you can too, because there's an awesome video on that you can crochet along with. I did use an "H" hook for the whole owl, the other hook she used in the video was a bit large for my liking. I did make it in Owl colors, next time, I'll be more adventurous and use pink or purple or blue or green.

Here's the link on Youtube:

Lovey video part 1

Lovey video part 2

Easy and step by step! If I can do can you!

Monday, November 25, 2013

A few more dog hats...

Just because I like how they turned out!

A bit too large for the poodle. She's starting to be a bit of a ham! Who knew modelling was in her future???

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Creating a cute dog hat

We don't take the poodle out very often, but during Winter when it's -30, she wears her dog sweater and we wrap her up in a warm blanket. For cooler days she just wears her sweater leaving her little head exposed. I haven't crocheted in ages, so I doubted my abilities to follow a pattern. I could not find any free patterns to make that I liked so I bought and downloaded this pattern and gave it a whirl:

Crocheted Dog hat pattern

This pattern was fairly easy to follow and when I couldn't remember how to make a stitch I quickly searched  and continued to create. The only part of the pattern that confused me (and it doesn't take much) were the directions on how to make the pom pom. After I made them I knew I was not doing them correctly, so once again, I searched it on and found a really good and simple how to:

How to make a pom pom link

On the second hat, I decided to try my hand at a crocheted heart and found some pretty good directions here:

Crocheted heart instructions

I did have to take apart my first try and redo it but it came out quite nicely in the end.

A few more links that may help you:

Working in yarn ends

How to do a half double crochet

How to triple crochet

Changing Yarn color

How to double crochet

How to chain

How to single crochet

Here's my poodle modeling:

Sunday, August 4, 2013

First layout I create this summer

I decided to start scrapbooking our Summer holiday trip from last year. My husband and I are great enthusiasts for museums and this one was a museum we had been wanting to see. I always photograph the info plaques because then, I can just use those as my journalling if I want. This layout does have a journalling box, but as usual, I like to think about what I want to write for a couple of days. Unfortunately, this museum was closed on the day we went to see it.

All cuts are from Oh Canada Cricut cartridge. Love this cart! The beaver was finicky to put together but was well worth the work..he's pretty darn cute.

Hmmmmm what else can I create today?????

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Free yarn patterns on the net

I often can be found at the local second hand store looking through their vintage patterns. Found some timeless pieces that are on my list to create, one of them being a Mickey and Minnie Mouse doll. 

If you have the patience there are wonderful free patterns for just about everything on yarn manufacturer's websites. Here are a few links:

If I find something I like, I print it right away. Too many times I have book marked it or pinned it and when I go to find that same pattern, it's gone. Case in point, Provo Craft had wonderful loom knitting patterns on their website. They no longer sell the Knifty Knitter and so took all the wonderful patterns down, which is a shame. I love my looms! So print those important directions! 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Mysterious photos, detective work

This is the only photograph in my Grandmere's collection that has my Uncle who passed at the age of 5. Initially, I received a huge box of photos in relatively good condition stored in bread bags that had not been washed before using. Still bread crumbs in the bags and the photos were not damaged.

I could not find the negatives for this particular set of photos. It finally clued in when I read what was written on the back of the photo:

It is written in French and gives the name as simply Miss Vaudry and her address. It instructs to separate my Uncle and place him in a Vignette. The costs of the photos are listed as $3.00 and $15.00. I wish it also had the photograph shop name. My Great Aunt Laurette must have taken the photo as she was included in some of the shots. Mystery solved! I am so lucky to have such a precious photo!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Digital Scrapbooking

I said I would never do it. But time has a way of rearranging what one does. I wanted to create a memory book that I could share with my family members. My cousin Rose introduced me to Storybook Creator. It took me 6 months to order it and another year for me to try it. It has had it's moments but I am creating what I envisioned for my Heritage albums. It's not paper crafting by a long shot but it is acceptable. The program is easy to use once you get the hang of it. Too bad the company is in trouble right now. These are the two digi layouts I created, I'm quite happy with them!

The digi paper line I'm using is Sweethearts, I think.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

New card using the Cuttlebug!

I'm mainly a big Cricut user but sometimes, they just don't have what I need in a cut. So I have bought a few dies for specific cuts to use in my Cuttlebug. This card uses 2 Cuttlebug folders, one for the 3/4 front page and the second for the inside page. The flower is a Sizzix cut from their beautiful die called Tattered Florals. Then I found this video that takes this cut to a whole new level.

Tattered florals tutorial on Youtube

The inside button of the flower is just a thin strip of light cardstock cut about a quarter inch wide and a couple inches long. I then cut thin strips along the length of it, rolled it up around a toothpick, glued the end to the roll and then glued this tube to my flower. Once the glue was dry I pressed back the little cuts to make the middle of the flower.

The leaf is a new die by Cottage Cutz. I bought a butterfly die and leaf die because they are very pretty. I went to their website and watched a video on how to use them in my Cuttlebug. I tried paper, thin cardstock and thick cardstock...all with the same results, the die does not cut through or evenly. I tried researching my problem but I just can't find much info on the die itself. Just to make sure, I tested some of my Spellbinders and Sizzlets to make sure it wasn't my Cuttlebug, it wasn't. First time I have so much trouble cutting with a die in my Cuttlebug...never had a problem before.

Anyways, I really like how it all came together, thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Saving the baby

This was taken just a few hundred feet from where I work. I love photography! This beautiful baby barn owl suddenly disappeared this week....I had just taken a bunch of photos on Saturday night. It fell down three stories and was found unhurt. We tried calling the conservation officer and got no answer. So one of the girls at work was putting her in a kennel and bringing her to a farm that had an unused barn. Don't know if they will save her. Her twin and mother disappeared. We can't even get up there to check to see if they left or somebody was cruel and killed them. We just don't know. In the meantime, we will keep an eye out for the other two and try to save the baby that fell....

Friday, June 7, 2013

Knifty Knitter Raffia Flowers

I was surfing Pinterest this morning and found this pin (see link) on using the flower loom to make raffia flowers. I have made the flowers with yarn and ribbon but never raffia. What a great idea! Just had to pass this onto my readers! I see new door wreaths in my future for the fall! Now I just have to find some colored raffia!

Make raffia flowers with the knifty knitter loom

Monday, May 20, 2013

Front Door Wreath

I've been wanting to create my own wreath for my front door. I've seen a lot of beautiful wreaths on the net created by talented artists. I really love burlap and so I wanted burlap roses on my wreath. I started by buying a roll of 4 inch burlap in a craft store. Then, I searched Youtube for a how to on making ribbon roses. I started by folding over my burlap lengthwise so that it was about 2 inches wide. Then I had my glue gun close by and started creating as described on the video.
Rose how to video

I found some raffia that I had bought twenty years ago and cut off a length, tied a knot in the middle and glued it to my grape vine wreath. Next, I glued a cluster of three burlap roses on top of the raffia knot. I wanted to incorporate a Canadian flag and the smallest I could find was 9 inches by 18 inches. (I had seen a wreath somewhere on the net that had a wreath decorated with several small flags). There was no doweling in my craft box so I improvised and used a knitting needle as the flag pole.  I glued everything down with my hot glue gun.

I'm really pleased how this turned out. It will be interesting to see how it holds up in the prairie wind....

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Making blender soap

My mom use to make her own laundry soap all the time when I was growing up. Then, when I had kids of my own, I bought a book on making my own soap by Ann Bramson. The laundry soap would be made in 5 gallon pails with a long wooden spoon to stir. Tracing of the soap could be quick or it could take an hour or more. The same went for the hand soaps and hair soap I made from the recipes in Ann's book. It all depended on the type of oil and the temperature of the lye mixture. 

When I came across soap recipes with a blender (not a stick blender, ever, by the way), I printed everything I could find on the internet including recipes. The recipes were a lot smaller. The how tos had photos which helped a lot. 

So today, I decided to try the hair soap recipe. I followed the directions I got off of this website: Blender soap (recipes)
 Directions (to make the soap)  I had all my protective gear on and proceeded to follow the directions step by step. Tracing of the first batch took 10 seconds flat, if that long. I had to hurry to put the soap mixture into the molds before it set. I have never ever had the reaction happen that quickly. The website was correct on that point. Then I tried the Gentle Baby Soap recipe. It took a bit longer to trace, 30 seconds, because it's all oils. This one poured nicely into the molds. I had so much fun that I made another batch of each. 

You can tell that the soap is starting to trace because the blender starts to work harder. That was my sign that it was time to pour. Now I have to wait for 24 hours before cutting and then I set the cut bars out to cure for three weeks before using. I can't wait!

I worked in my garage with the door open because the lye fumes are very strong. To make soap I prefer to be outside or in the garage with the large door open. I am always clothed from head to toe with rubber gloves and safety glasses. Lye burns badly, one must take all the safety precautions and make sure not to breathe in the fumes. I also always have a pail of fresh water right beside my working area just in case there's a spill or splash.

If one takes all the precautions, soap making is really fun and enjoyable!
 The above photo is of the Gentle Baby Soap Recipe.
The soap in the molds, is the hair soap recipe. 

All my soap batches are currently covered with a sheet of wax paper and then covered by several layers of a blanket. This helps the soap continue to progress. Keeping it warm by slowing down the heat loss prevents the soap from separating. 

I am also going to head to the Good Will tomorrow to buy some used glass square casseroles to use as molds the next time I make soap. I don't like using metal or aluminum, I prefer glass. 

Anyways, this is how I spent my Mother's Day! I loved every minute of it! Have a great one!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Rock Princess card

I'm trying to use cartridges that I've never made a cut from. I have no girls in my household so using this cart was a treat. This is for a very special young lady for her birthday. She's a preteen so I'm sure she will love this card with this cut from the Cricut cartridge Rock Princess. Printed background paper is from K & Co. The glitter paper is a left over and had no marks on the piece I had left...and it cut beautifully in my Cricut. I like simple cards. Several levels of the card are pop dotted to raise parts of the image to give it depth. I did ink the top of the heart to again give it some depth.

Stepping Out of my comfort zone

I am attempting to make better cards. Making cards stresses me out. I'm not sure why, they just do. So I am making myself make more of them to get me use to it. I have also been buying more stamps and markers.
The stamp is a new one from Our Daily Bread Designs. I have always loved the chalkboard look and they have a wonderful new line of chalkboard stamps. I just needed to reink my Momento stamp pad and my ink miraculously I stamped really doesn't look this faded on the card...I think it was the flash on my camera.

Anyways, print paper is from K & Co as is the bling flower. I did emboss with my Cuttlebug on the black mat I made with my Lacy Labels on my Cricut. Ribbon, is from Michaels in the bargain bin.

Yeah! I have a new card for my stash!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Another card...

Been saving this special lady for a special card. I'd colored the image this past Winter with my Spectrum Noir markers and think she turned out pretty good. The paper choice is from one of my favorite stacks, Best of K & Company stack. I was going for a Spring look with some vibrant paper...just right for the special recipient!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Groovy Times layout

This is a layout I created for a 5 X 7 black and white photo of my boys. The love cut is from the Cricut Cartridge Groovy Times. The premade dimentional flowers are from K & Co. The printed paper is from the paper stack, The Best of K and Co. At the bottom of the layout is a small box for journalling after I've thought about it for a bit. The edges of the printed paper have all been inked with Cat's Eye inks, my favorite. Because I'm using a black and white photo, I needed lots of color to offset the lack of color in the photograph. 

Every time I use my Cricut, I fall in love with the system all over again. Easy to cut, beautiful images on the (ahem) 60 plus carts that I own. This system just plain makes me look good. I hope my guys like it!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Two fast and easy scarves!

The link I posted yesterday was for making these scarves with a crochet hook. The lady on the Youtube video said I could easily make one scarf in 30 minutes. The knitted scarves take 4 hours to make. So while watching Dancing with the Stars, I set out to see how fast I could make one with my crochet hook. I made the blue one first with a size N crochet hook. I made it with 14 stitches on the hook as she described it on the video. It took me 45 minutes flat to make one. I was pretty impressed and so was my husband. The scarf is very full but a tad on the short side. I had another hour of Dancing with the Stars to watch, so I made the pink one. This time I used 12 stitches in total on the hook. Again, finished it in 45 minutes. The scarf was longer, which I wanted but a bit on the thin side. Out of the two, I think that I would enjoy wearing the fuller blue one. 

It was quick and easy, which I love because I'm always busy and short on time. I still enjoyed making one on the knifty knitter and if time wasn't always so short, I would prefer my scarf on the knifty knitter. BUT for me, right now in my life, fast and quick wins!

Oh I used Patons, Pirouette scarf for each scarf.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Ruffle Scarf using Crochet hook video! Wow wow wow

 Here is the Youtube video for making a ruffled scarf with a crochet hook:

Ruffle scarf using crochet hook video

Make it in 30 minutes flat. I am so making this! Knitting can take up to 4 hours! I just had to pass this link on from a message board I read! This lady is a genius! I've bookmarked her web site to check out later.

You are going to love her video and will make scarves for everyone you know!


Friday, April 5, 2013

Awesome desk restoration!

I inherited several nice old pieces from my uncle that belonged to my grandparents. They have been good sturdy pieces of furniture but they are tired looking. So again, I went to Pinterest and surfed refinished furniture. Some pieces I came across looked gorgeous, others, not so much. But then I came across this little gem:
If you scroll down the blog page linked here:
Desk inspiration
You will find the beautiful desk inspiration! It's the rusty orange/red one with the typewriter on it.

I looked at a lot of antique shops to find a similar luck. So, I had a good sturdy desk in my craft room and it needed a makeover.

I started by washing it down with TSP cleaner because I didn't want to strip the piece down to the wood. I was going to paint it anyways so that step was unnecessary. I rinsed off the TSP cleaner really well. TSP cleaner dulls the shine and lets paint adhere better to the finish.

Then I took out my Zinsser primer. In Canada, new environmental regulations were passed and my favorite primer was now no longer being made and so I had to find something new. I chose the Zinsser primer because it does not allow bleed through as it has a stain blocker in it. It did definitely block some of the previous finish from coming through, but not the ink. I gave that spot a couple more coats just to try and block the ink, it still came through. Not a biggie because, the final coat of black will cover it and so it won't show. The Zinsser primer was runny and so even after I painted it and cleaned up the paint runs, I'd come back to find more (too late, of course). Live and learn and getting to know this product. Probably my problems were more due to user error than anything. This particular product was also fast drying...which can be a good thing if you are a pro, but for me, just learning, it didn't help my cause so much.  Next time I think I will go back to a thicker primer that doesn't have the fast drying properties until I become a better painter at least.

Once primed, I painted the whole desk with three coats of Beautitone Designer Series Cabinet & Furniture paint (Canadian Brand). I loved the color in the original inspiration and after much detective work found out it was a Sherwin Williams color (SW6608 Rave Red) that had some Umber put into it, it never stated how much. So I had the color name and used the system to color match at Home Hardware and added 1/48 of the paint tint H (which is Umber). I only needed a quart of the paint to refinish the whole desk. After painting it three coats, I still had a third of a can left.

I let it dry completely for a week and then measured and taped off a section of the top of the desk with painter's tape. I went over the inside edge of the tape several times to seal the edge so that no black paint would bleed. (I had a few tiny spots of bleed when I pulled off the painter's tape but it wasn't too bad.) Once again, I had a quart of Beautitone Cabinet and Furniture paint in black. With a small roller, I rolled on two coats. Once the paint was dry, I slowly pulled off the painter's tape. Then once again I left the black paint dry for a week.

The final decorative scroll work done in Beautitone white paint was a little bit more fun to do. First, I went onto Youtube and found some of Donna Dewberry's how to videos on her painting technique. These are the ones I watched:

scroll work video      More scroll work video

I then went and practiced loading my brush and did some practice strokes to get the hang of it. It was only after practicing that I attempted to paint the very simple scroll pattern onto the top of my desk. Just in case I messed up, I had an old wet rag ready to wipe off my messed up scroll work. And yes, I did use it more than once. I did water down the white paint slightly to make it flow better. When the paint started to drag, I would go and wash off my palette and brush and start again adding a drop or two of water depending on how much paint I had on my palette.

This is my finished product and I'm so pleased with it! This beautiful new desk will now hold my Cricut cutter in my scrapbooking room. It is a major improvement over what it looked like before. It's not a perfect job, but I am very pleased with how it turned out.

Before the great transformation:

After the great transformation:

Really cool video on doing pop outs with Nestabilities and your Cuttlebug


I just had to share this with all of you. Simple idea with wonderful instructions for making pop outs with your Nestabilities and your Cuttlebug. There is also a neat idea for storing them that I will probably do myself.


Monday, March 25, 2013

I'm really loving my Rock a Blocks!

I'll be the first to admit, I have trouble stamping an image that doesn't go crooked. I have to do a few practice runs before I get it right. Lots of ladies on the Cricut board mentioned these Rock a Blocks for stamping. I was cruising the clearance items a while back on a website and came across some of these Rock a Blocks dirt cheap, so I added them to my cart and just had a chance to try them out a couple of weeks ago. They are sooooo awesome! My cling stamps work wonderfully with them. My stamped images work out for me 9 times out of 10, I don't know why I waited so long! Just thought I'd pass on the info for those who are interested!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Adult Coloring Pages

 Cruising along Pinterest, I came across this amazing pin:

Adult coloring pages

I went to look just out of curiosity and found a ton of info along with lots of videos. Going back to check this out's a treasure!

Again, this is for me! But I will share with you all! :-)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Another Youtube video for a rainy day!

This stitch changes color on a double knit.

This is for me :-)

Nothing like a Snow storm to get creativity flowing!

I have pinned a lot of cards for inspiration from Pinterest. This is one of them. When my creativity is low, I pick easy things to make, then I don't get overwhelmed. This is not exact to the original card.

The heart was cut from Groovy Times and it was pop dotted onto the card. The paper used was from The Best of K & Company the papers in this stack. I used embroidery floss from the dollar store to decorate.

Been a while since I made any cards. My card making skills are slowly improving.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Sometimes treasures find you....

I love old furniture. When my Uncle went into the nursing home, my cousin gave me the furniture in the house....after I found out he didn't want it that is. You see, most of this furniture belonged to my grandparents. It's a good thing my Uncle was a pack rat because he had wonderful things that he had kept alive and well during his lifetime. For me, it was family furniture and it had historic and sentimental value. And yes, Pinterest gave me umpteen ideas on how to refinish all these lovely pieces.

Of course having quite a few pieces to refinish hasn't stopped me from hitting the second hand stores or the pawn shops. About three weeks ago, I left my husband at the chiropractor's for his appointment and ran across the street to the Pawn Shop. Of course I found a couple of pieces and told the owner I'd be back with my husband. Well, after his appointment, my husband was in no shape to go treasure shopping and so we left for home an hour and a half away.

Today, we were back in the city and that Pawn Shop was at the top of my list. I really went back for this cute little rocking chair but I had also looked at this unusual fold down table that was really unstable and had seen better days. My husband looked at the table and told me it would be a beautiful piece once re-glued and stabilized with new hardware. The pawn shop owner told us the table was a gate leg table and upon looking closer, I finally saw it's real potential. It was certainly made of good wood as the darn thing was heavy! My poor little rocking chair had a couple of really poor paint jobs. Originally, it had been varnished and then it had a bright blue coat of paint on top of that and then some poor soul had painted it dark brown on top of that but had not primed it first and so in the places that it had been scratched, you could see the bright blue.

Luckily, the owner was looking to clear out the old furniture as he had sold out and the new owner did not want to sell used furniture, which was a shame. We got a good deal on both pieces and brought them home in our SUV.

 The table is missing a leaf or maybe two, but my husband says that once we know what kind of wood it is, he can fabricate some leaves to fit the table if we want to extend it. If only this old furniture could talk! It just needs to be stripped to see what kind of wood it is!
I love the wood worked pattern on this old rocking chair! It's low to the ground, but has no arms and from what we can see, never had any arms! The rockers are in mint condition so that means it hasn't seen all that much use.

More projects on my hit list for the summer and fall...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Blanket is finished with a few modifications...

I'm not sure what it is with me and patterns, I know how to read a crochet pattern but the last two patterns I've made, there have been modifications to them made by me. The knitting part of the blanket went off without a hitch but the crochet boarder, well, I had to reduce the amount of single crochets drastically.

This is my finished blanket with the crochet trim, still needs to be washed. I love how it turned out. 
 This is a close up of the boarder I did on the underside. The single crochet I did between the knitted rows turned out beautifully and stabilized the blanket edges really well. The pattern called for two single crochet stitches in each space between the rows and that was way too much, made the blanket edge really bulky. Of course the yarn I used is super thick and works wonderfully with the Knifty Knitters. Even with only one single crochet per space, that became bulky also and so then when that happened, I'd skip a single crochet stitch in one of the spaces between the rows. I then totally skipped the shell edge that was called for, the blanket already looked wonderful!

I can't wait to mail it!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Still loving my KK looms

This is a special baby gift for a great niece or nephew. I've been working at it for almost a month and I'm just over the half way mark. I don't always have time to create hand made pieces, but this winter, I am determined to finish this beautiful soft blanket for the new baby. 

I used my long blue KK loom and worked it around. So what you see in the photo is only half the width. This is not a double sided blanket. The edges of the blanket will be stabilized with a crochet boarder. The yarn is a luxuriously soft yarn by Bernat called Baby Blanket. It's really lovely to work with. Here is the link:

Baby blanket pattern

If you look closely, the knitting is nice and even and the knitting just feels sooooo soft. I love how I can pick up my looms when I'm relaxing after a long day at work and just create something so beautiful. I'm always on the hunt for new looming patterns with easy to understand instructions. Of course Youtube has lots of wonderful how tos and Pinterest is also a great resource. 

I'm so glad I picked up these looms!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

My crocheted flop

I have been pinning on Pinterest like mad. So, I took out my crochet hooks and decided to create myself a new pair of slippers. This is the pattern I chose:

Slipper pattern

I bought the cotton yarn, had my Youtube handy for the short videos on how to crochet the stitches that I use to know how when my mom taught me. It's been a few years!

I navigated the pattern really well. I was pretty proud of myself! As I was creating it, I thought that the slipper was huge...but I often panic for I told myself to relax and finish it and then try it on. Holy smoly!

Dh told me, don't put a flower on it, it should fit me. Yeah, really? It slipped off his foot too. I made a Medium size...or so I thought...but it's actually Monster size. Real funny. I wanted to leave a comment on the pattern page, but there was no place to do it. 

Nice pattern...if I was an elephant!

 Back to the drawing board!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Making Bows and Youtube

I'm heading off today to the local second hand store to buy various sizes of forks to make bows. I searched it on Youtube and it is super easy for a gibbled woman to handle.

Making bows with a turkey fork:

Making bows with a kitchen fork:

Using the Bow Easy:

I have rolls upon rolls of ribbon beautifully displayed in a drawer and that's where it usually stays. Now, Im going to pretty up my cards and layouts with handmade bows. Yes, I can do it and so can you! :-)

I have as yet to find a place that I can order a bow easy from, but there's nothing stopping me from making my own template with the sizes that I prefer for my projects. I do think though, that the way to go is with the forks, easier to put between your knees as you watch TV. So glad I found these this morning!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Chalkboard art on cards

I found some links to this on Pinterest and fell in love with it. Then I found this wonderful video! Again, this is for me, save to do later! But I'm willing to share. This video is awesome and very well done!


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Great loom knitting site for safekeeping

 Found this on Pinterest this morning and I don't want to lose it. Just posting for me for safekeeping! :-P

Monday, January 7, 2013

Keeper of the Photos

Last winter, I spent the whole winter scanning all the heritage photos from both sides of the family. I had started the winter before but had not completely finished. Since then, I have acquired a few more and need to scan those in order to get organized. I have an Epson V500 photo scanner that my guys bought me for Christmas a couple of years ago. Best scanner on the market. It has come down 50% in price since we got ours. It comes with a Photoshop Elements version also...that I have no idea how to work...but again, another thing to learn.

Our family photographer retired and was selling all the negatives from our professional photos over the years. My high school graduation, our wedding, family photos of our little family....I bought them all. Then last fall, when my mom found more old photos again, we came across a family photo that had been taken when I was about 18. I didn't remember even being in that photo. Then we started putting the pieces together and figured out that they had been taken at my brother's wedding. I called up our retired photographer and asked if I could purchase the wedding negatives as my brother was divorced and deceased. He sold them to me for $25. I got them later that week, what treasures we found! I scanned all the negatives and tried my best to start scrapping them but my life is so crazy! So I decided to use the Creative Memories program called Storybook Creator, that my cousin Rose had talked me into purchasing, to create a memory album that I could get printed. At first, I was intimidated and watched all of the how to videos on their website. I did start, but my fear of failure got to me and I put it aside. Several months later, now in January, I decided a couple of nights ago to give it a whirl one more time. I watched the videos and then I started to play with the program. It wasn't that bad. It took me two days and two evenings, but I finished the album. Clicked onto their website to order one copy in the 12 X 12 format, then I saw they had a sale...gets better and better. When I was in the order process, I saw that I could also get 8 X 8 albums with my 12 X 12 format. I had initially started with the  12 X 12 format and wanted to change the size but I couldn't figure it out. So I called my mom and asked her if she wanted a copy and ordered two more for my boys. Done deal. I went to bed and had a great sleep, no longer worrying how I was going to get all these photos cataloged and documented. My mom is 85 and the last of those who would know who these people were and their stories. I have both sides of my family to document and then I'm starting to collect for my husband's side of the family. I have some, but not a whole lot.

What I'm trying to get to is this: Sometimes life is crazy and all the wonderful things we want to do, get lost in the shuffle. Sometimes one has to understand that one is only human. I'm a busy girl with a busy life. Even though I love paper crafting and tons of other creative things, I'm just too busy right now. So, for now, the Heritage albums will be quickly done up to preserve names and dates and some stories. I can redo them in paper when I'm not so crazy busy. That's the plan.

In all honestly, this has taken a huge weight off of my shoulders. Once these digi albums are done, I can go back to creating with paper and love it again. No more stressing about what is most important to do first, I'll be scrapbooking with real photos and paper with no more stress, the way I've enjoyed it when I started.

For me, the love of photos and paper just meet up together in my happy place and once the old photos have been taken care of, I will be returning to my happy place and loving it once again!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Slow and Steady wins the race

I have been surfing Pinterest for scrapbook pages. I have pinned quite a few for inspiration. The one thing I cannot do is flower up a boy's layout. Just can't do it. That really is not a problem because I have tons of Cricut carts with tons of images I can use.

All cuts on this layout are from Elmo's Party cartridge. There is room on the left for two birthday photos. Elmo and the cake cuts are cut at 3 inches. I have to say, the cake was quite the job to cut and put together. Happy Birthday is cut at 1.5 inches. Journalling, I leave for several days later. I like to think about what kind of memory I'm leaving my boys. Although, I really enjoy some of the over the top layouts I've seen on various internet sites, I have to say, I love a simple does not over power the photos as they are what the layout is all about.

So, it's January 1st and this is my first layout of the year...I'm setting the tone for the remainder of the year...lots of scrapbooking!

Happy New Year! :-)