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:

www.bernat.com

www.sugarncream.com

www.patonsyarns.com

www.redheart.com

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.