Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Finished Grandpere's rocking chair

My grandpere's rocking chair, about 100 years old, is finally finished. I did some digging and found a photo of it's original condition. It had no paint or finish on some parts of it. At some places, it looked like the chair had had stripper left on it and the wood looked like it had been eaten. I did the best I could sanding and more sanding. I rinsed the chemical off carefully with the car wash, let it dry really well and sanded some more.




Here is my chair finished. I'd say it's a massive improvement.



A bit of a closer look at the fine detailed carving.



I started applying the gel stain with an old rag, let it dry completely and applied a second coat. It was relatively smooth so I applied one coat of urethane varnish. Let it dry completely and lightly sanded the whole chair and then wiped it down completely to remove all the sanding dust. One final coat of urethane varnish was once again applied.
It's been a long and drawn out process but so entirely worth it.

I have never had so much trouble cutting out a chicken with my E2

Today, my wonderful E2 decided to drive me crazy. I first called Provo Craft and had to update my E2. The young lady that first spoke to me assured me that my beautiful machine would not bite the dust with an update. I could not get the update to work. Called PC again and got another rep who walked me and my son (remember I am techno challenged) through getting the update to work with my Norten antivirus. Seems there's been a Norten update that messes with PC's update program. Got that updated. Then I reset my machine. Still my cricut would cut across my cuts when moving from one place of the cut to another. One more time, I called PC and we figured out that my blade housing was defective. I took my blade housing out of my pink E and popped it into my E2. Voila, my beautiful machine was making perfect cuts again. PC is sending me a new blade housing in  a couple of days. I am a happy camper.

This layout was inspired from a pin on Pinterest. Of course it looks nothing like the original pin, but I'm quite pleased with this layout. Darn chicken gave me grey hair to cut out!

Two photographs of farm related activities are on their way from the photo processor. I've been trying to use more prints on my layouts because, well, I have lots of stacks of prints that I have to start using. This layout is simple but I'm pretty pleased with it.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Let's try it with a new video from the Purling Sprite

After much frustration, I looked back at the printed directions I had found on the Simplicity Creative Group website (see link below). There are three different directions one can use. Since I did not have the proper spool loom and the flower loom with the pegs removed did not work, I was ready to try another way. The directions stated that this same scarf could be created on a long loom or a round loom. The directions were not very clear for my older brain. So off I went to Youtube once again and I searched making this scarf on the long loom. The Purling Sprite came to my rescue and then I finally understood the directions. And yes, I'm really pleased on how this scarf is turning out! 

Long loom scarf directions
(video link)



 Before starting to knit, I found that I had a wrong and right side to my yarn, most scarf yarns don't have that but this one does.
 Be careful if your yarn has a right side or a wrong side to it. For mine, I had to start on the opposite side of the loom to make sure that the pattern was on the outside of the scarf.
 Turning the corner...

My scarf well under way. I do change my stitches to the opposite side before I stop so that when I pick up my knitting once again, I am ready to go. This is a bit more work than working in the round, but still works pretty slick. Better than using knitting needles. Off to finish my Ruffle Scarf...

Frilly Scarf made with KK flower loom disappointment


I thought I had bought all of the Knifty Knitter looms. *sigh* I guess I missed one, the Knifty Knitter spool loom. Of course that's the one I needed for the Frilly Scarf I wanted to make. The video (below with link) recommended that particular loom but also suggested the flower loom using only six pegs. So I went with the flower loom with six pegs instead. As I was winding it, it became more and more difficult to put a loop onto the peg. I used Patons Pirouette which is a gorgeous yarn to work with. Maybe another brand would work on the flower loom with only six pegs, but this one does not.  I'm searching for the Spool Loom and yes, I did find one on a web site, but it costs $27 to ship it....really???? Give me a break. I'm looking at other options....stay tuned!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Ruffle Scarf

My poor blogs have been badly neglected. I was surfing Youtube today, looking for a video on how to make those ruffle scarves on my knifty knitter looms and came across one video:

Youtube ruffle scarf video

I am anxious to try it, so I bought a ball of Patons Pirouette scarf yarn and hope to sit down and try it within the next week.

I also found this written link:

Ruffle scarf pattern on Knifty knitter looms

I have been wanting to make this scarf but all I had was the how to with knitting needles which I do not like using. Can't wait to try these!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A spectacular card website for safekeeping

There are some things that just need to be shared. Check out this incredible website:

Card making website

The intricacy is incredible. I especially love her all white cards. I HAVE to make some of these! Wow wow wow!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Loom knitting website for safekeeping

I was on Pinterest this morning and came across a pin for loom knitting. So of course I pinned it and then I proceeded to check it out. This page:

Loom knitting link

Is packed with really good links to wonderful tutorials, video, to get you started on loom knitting. I'm putting it on my blog to share and for safekeeping for me.

Go ahead, take a look...you may get the bug!

Monday, November 12, 2012

You'll never look at a rock in the same manner again!

I was cleaning in the basement and came across my basket of painted rocks that I use to use as examples when I taught painting to my kid and granny classes. I thought I'd share them with you today.

I have all of Lin Wellford's rock painting books. That lady literally rocks! I love all her creations and I love that anybody can paint on rocks. When I was teaching beginner painting, I found that rocks were a totally friendly medium to use. They were free and thus people were not intimidated if they made a mistake. Of course with paint, mistakes are simply painted over...no sweat. Teaching rock painting gave my students confidence in their new skills and gave them the courage to try more conventional works of art like painting on canvass.

 I always started with painting turtles. The rock shapes for turtles were easily found and they are pretty basic. My kids and granny students alike loved starting with these.


Snakes were next on the list and my students chose the whimsical snake pattern or the realistic snake pattern. I'm not a snake fan, so whimsical it was for me.
The kids caught on quickly, so I always had extra projects for them to work on while we waited for those to finish the "class" project like the snake.
More ideas for extra projects.
These were the two rock examples I used to teach fur. First, we started with the hedgehog and then we progressed to the baby chick.
These two projects were specifically for the boys in the class. The girls of course could paint these too.
If I could find enough flat rocks, we painted fish on both sides of the rock. It gave practice to my students to line the painting from the first side to the second side of the rock.

When my students, had enough experience, they got to tackle a cat rock with all that lovely fur.
Then, we finished off the classes with a cow rock.

We used the Patio Paint brand paints that do not fade as quickly, if at all when put outside. It is important to note that before painting the rocks, they should be base coated with a spray primer called Kiltz. Now in Canada, we can no longer get that product, so currently I use Zinsser brand for all of my priming. It's a really sticky primer so that your project shouldn't peel. Of course the rocks have to be washed and completely dried before painting.

There are now other rock painting books besides Lin's. They all have their purpose. I still love her books the best, she's an awesome teacher and author. And no.....I have never met the lady.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Rocker is in Primer stage

My husband says he found this guy sitting on the rocker, reduced to bones because he's been waiting that long for this chair to be finished. Funny guy. The chair is in the primer stage and I ran out of primer. I used the primer in spray bomb format for a smoother coverage. It's Zinsser brand primer that covers anything coming through your top coat as it blocks whatever is underneath. There were a few splotches of paint left on the chair seat that I could not get off. Because this is an outdoor chair, I'm not that fussy over it being perfect and it's going to have a chair cushion on top of it anyways. So now that I have a second can of primer, I'll be painting the underside and some of the places on the chair that were missed. I'm going to really appreciate it when this chair gets finished. The final coat of paint will be the Tremclad brand that I will apply with a small roller. Probably paint a couple of coats, we'll see how it pans out. Hopefully get to it this weekend to finish it off. As for the antique chair, it has half a coat of stain on it so far. I'm getting there...seems to be a long drawn out process. Can't wait to have them done so I can start on my next project!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Cool storage for my Copics and Spectrum Noir Markers

I've discovered Pinterest. Yeah, I'm addicted. But in my defense I have found crafting heaven. Anyways, as I was surfing and checking out other people's pins, I came across this pin to store artist markers.
So I went to the local hardware store and bought a $30 wine rack and placed plastic beer cups where the bottles should be and then, I filled the cups with my markers. Totally awesome! The best part, I'm organized and my markers are beautifully displayed! Yeah Pinterest! :-)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Getting the hang of my juicy markers

I finally got my markers that were back ordered from Custom Crops. I'm playing. I am just getting use to how juicy these markers really are. I find that the color combos blend well but they are not what my artist eye wants to see. I was playing with some of the pinks and I find them gawdy a bit. Now the problem could just be me not knowing how to use these markers. I think I'm Copic handicapped because I want to use them like my Copics and they simply aren't a Copic. I certainly need more practice. Both Copics and Spectrums are alcohol based but different. I prefer the Copic rosy skin tones and yet the Spectrum skin tones are OK. The makers come in 6 packs and three markers are on the cool side and the other three are on the warm side. I happened to mix them up by accident (the lightest shade in the skirt belonged to the other set)...yeah don't do that. I should have checked my markers, although I shouldn't have to do that, for dryness. I found another marker that was dry, so that made my pink blouse go funky because I had to use one from my Copics to finish off the blouse. The two types blended OK. I had trouble with the hair because of the juicyness of the markers. I will try another stamped image tomorrow with other colors. I think I just may need practice. 

So why did I buy Spectrums even though I had Copics? Copics are expensive and I did not buy the refillables. Spectrums are refillable and are much more economical. I did not have all the color families in the Copics, the Spectrums came in sets with warms and cools in the set. 

There are several good videos on Crafters Companion website:

Spectrum videos

They also have worksheets that teach you how to color images:

Spectrum Downloads

I also found this young lady on Youtube. She's amazing. Too bad, she's only done two videos:

Great Youtube video    Second Youtube video

I'm going to keep practicing with my Spectrums because I want to give them a really good chance. If others can create beautiful blended images with them, I should be able to also. I just have to remember that they do not blend like copics because they are more fluid. That's the key. Back to practicing....

Monday, September 17, 2012

Back orders! Still waiting for the remainder of my Spectrums...

I have my new smooth paper, I have my Spectrum Noir how to DVD, but the Spectrums from Custom Crops are still on back order! That means all my new cool stamps are on the back order order. *sigh* I did play some tonight and I love the new paper that Spectrum Noir suggests for their markers. It definitely works great with my Copics. I'm going to watch my how to DVD because I know there's a different technique to the Spectrums than the Copics. I've just been picking all my veggies in the garden and really haven't had much time to play. I'm anxious for fall work to be done so I can create. Laying in bed and dreaming about creating just doesn't cut the mustard for me. I think some of my orders coming from the US are on a slow boat to China, because some of my orders have been ordered three weeks ago. I really wish there were more distributors in Canada for the crafting supplies that I've been ordering from the US. Ah well a wee bit more patience....

On the bright side, I've been working on those rocking chairs....stay tuned! 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Spectrum Noir vs Copic Markers

First of all, I'll be honest with you, I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to artist quality anything. I like to buy the best to achieve the best results. That's why I bought copics and that's why I liked them even before I even tried them, because they were good quality. My opinion of them has not changed. Along with quality comes the price. 

I've been hearing more and more about Spectrum Noir markers. So I ordered 4 sets to try them out. I have run out of the nice smooth paper one needs for coloring with alcohol markers so I'm using 110 lb Robert Bateman artist quality paper, nice and smooth but I still get some bleeding (not smooth enough) So ignore the bleeds until I get the right paper.

I started with stamping some Tildas with Memento Tuxedo black ink. Now, because of the limited palette I have of Spectrums, I can't do a complete comparison, but it will be close enough. I started out with the greens. One of my markers was dry, right out of the box. The markers are stiffer to pull off the caps than the Copics. I don't really mind that because I always like to check and make sure the marker caps are on tightly anyways. So I started to lay down the color and blend. I liked the firm tip of the Spectrums and I found that the color blended easier than the Copics. I was pretty surprised at that. The brush tip from the Copic markers took me a long time to master...well I haven't used my Copics all summer and so it was like starting from square one again. The Copics took longer to blend the colors. Both markers bled over the lines with this paper, one as bad as the other.

I have the non refillable Copics. I bought them because they were in a set and I had a descent variety to try them out. The refillable Copics are more expensive. What intrigued me about the Spectrums was that they were refillable and much less expensive than the Copics. I had to try them. Do the Spectrums deliver like the Copics? I think they just might, with some practice and and the right paper. Are they a descent alternative to Copics? I think they are. 

I just ordered more Spectrums on sale so that I had more to play with and test drive.

The Tilda on the left was colored with the Spectrums. I was pleased with the skin colors. I had no pinks to put blush on her face. My brown palette is on it's way so I could not color her hair. One of the green markers that I wanted to use was dry so I only had two colors  to blend with instead of three like I did with the Tilda on the right. Once I get the right paper, the blending should go a lot better.

So, my verdict is that I'm still a snob and the jury is out until I get the right paper that should be here at the end of next week. The Spectrums are definitely still not out of the race. Remember, I'm not an expert and I need to practice but once I get some practice again, I think the Spectrums might be a cheaper alternative. It's almost like comparing ginger ale to champagne....

The question really should be, once you have the right paper and some practice, will you be able to tell the difference?

I can't wait for my paper to arrive to test drive the question!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Taking stamping to a whole new level

I don't stamp much, but I'd like to try. So I usually cruise the net at night after a long day and I look for tutorials for all kinds of artwork and crafting. Last night I was looking for stamps in particular. Still waiting for the Spectrum Noirs to show up from Custom Crops. I do have Copics and like them but I find them expensive for what I want to do with them. I'm also fussy about my stamps. I have some Tildas and love those, I've also added some Penny Black stamps, Inky Impressions stamps and Stamping Bellas. So I went on a hunt to find some good tutorials about stamping and coloring these particular stamps. I found a lot more and some awesome tutorials! So for safekeeping, I'm adding the links here:

http://stampinginspiredby-tutorials.blogspot.ca/
http://pennyblackinc.wordpress.com/category/instructional-videos/
http://www.spectrumnoir.com/
http://www.scrapbitz-tutorialsandtemplates.blogspot.ca/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkV0iOBerFo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xrSjRUcE9c

The last two links for Youtube videos are awesome! This girl is talented and yet she only has two videos out which is a shame. Anyways, enjoy the links.

While away camping, I did have time to actually stamp a whole bunch of images from my current stamps to color later. Like when it rains. Right now, there's not a cloud in sight and I'm busy gardening and picking and freezing produce. So when things calm down and it rains, I'll be ready to color!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Came across this Bench I painted for my God daughter

I found the pattern for this cute little bench in a magazine and painted it for Christmas for my God Daughter several years ago. Unfortunately, the winter scene on the back of the bench is not very clear as the flash washed out the colors. Since then, I've acquired a digi camera (after vowing never to buy one!) and love how one can see immediately the photos.  I'd like to paint this again one day. This is one of the things I want to do again, paint. I have a love affair with paint, I love everything about it. My God Daughter is going into Grade 6 this year, how time flies, I painted this when she was just a little gaffer.

I'm trying to slow my life down a bit so I can actually create once again. We were out camping last week and I saw a woman toting a rag jean blanket to the campfire and I thought, I miss sewing and making quilts especially. So when I slow down the work part of my life these are some of the things I want to create again. I love scrap-booking, genealogy and anything creative! It's just a part of me.

Friday, August 24, 2012

I'm a copic marker fan


So when I saw that Custom Crops carried Spectrum Noir markers for a fraction of the cost, I decided to order four sets and take them for a run. They are on their way out to me in Canuck land as we speak. In the mean time, I went checking out various reviews. This is where it gets a bit interesting. Most of those that bought Spectrum Noir markers were already proficient with Copics. I don't know about you but, it took me a while to get the hang of blending with the Copics. What really made me scratch my head with the comparison was that those reviews that I saw had hardly used the Spectrum Noir markers. To be fair, one would have to practice for a bit longer than one or two stamped images to really make sure one was being fair in the assessment. The difference between the two markers mainly is the brush tip of the Copics over a solid tip of the Spectrums. That brush tip gave me grief until I got use to it. What if I don't like the Spectrum Noir markers? I'll use them up and then I'll continue to buy copics. In the mean time, I'll give them a fair chance once I get them. They'll arrive here in about two weeks, takes time to get through Customs.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Photo Corners

These are from the digi cart called Photo Corners, I think. I made up sheets of them on my gypsy and most of them were good. The fourth cut on my gypsy was horrid to cut and so I just chucked it all in the garbage. I tried a new blade and my mat was fairly sticky but not overly. The three in the photo cut nicely for the most part. I cut them at 1.5 inches and I really like that size. I have two more kinds to cut, but I simply ran out of gas after a full day at work. I'm pleased with what I have so far.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Cricut bookmarks

I never thought I'd be able to make these bookmarks. First of all, I'm not really good with the gypsy, secondly, I'm a chicken.

These are some of the free downloads I've been cutting all afternoon. I'm pleased how well they cut. I did try them with different papers and the thicker card stock cut better. I've cut a variety of sizes and colors but they are not finished yet and have been put in baggies for a rainy day, as I'm running out of time to cut everything I wanted. The projects will wait to be put together later...for now I'm back to cutting cutting cutting!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Making myself learn the gypsy

I've been a Circle member on the Provo Craft boards since the beginning. This year, the Circle has changed dramatically and we've had some new things offered to us as members. For the month of August only, we are allowed to cut the digi mini carts (for lack of a better word) for free. Man, now I had to learn the gypsy because there are a few cuts I really wanted. So last night I sat down and made a list. It was much easier to look at them in CCR, the on line program but easier to cut with the gypsy. I refused to let  my fear of that machine get me. Watched some good videos on Obsessed with Scrapbooking blog with Joy and started to place images on the mat ready to cut. I cut about 36 bookmarks last night and then I started putting on the mat 3D trees. I think I just fell in love with the gypsy that Ive struggled so much to learn! Tonight, I'm going back to placing more cuts on the mats in my gypsy. Can't wait to cut again. Geez, now I think I'm hooked...took me long enough!

Monday, August 6, 2012

I'm a great one for starting all kinds of projects!



But finishing is another thing altogether. So, I decided to finish all those started projects one at a time. This is one of them, been crocheting it for over two years, mostly during the winter months. I have stopped twice to make two other afghans for special people. So last night, while watching the Olympics, I decided to finish the last three rows. Then while everyone was having showers, I tied the fringe on both sides and cut them all to 5 inches in length. For a change, I am keeping this one as I usually give away my blankets. My poodle on the other hand, thinks it's "hers" and has already set her mark by pulling a few yarns with her toe nails...which I will be fixing shortly...

My aunt Alice gave me the pattern and it's called Navaho Blanket. She made hers with all left over yarns, which was right up my alley as I always buy bags of left over yarn at yard sales. Over the years, I have acquired bag fulls of baby yarn and decided to use some of them up for this blanket. I used three strands of baby yarn at a time and crocheted in various colors in the amounts I had. There was no rhyme or reason to how the colors were chosen, I just continued to crochet with what I had available.

This blanket is one of my favorite ones, it's nice and thick and warm! Gonna pop it into the wash and then it will be ready for cool winter evenings while I'm watching TV!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

It's just too hot to create!

We don't have air conditioning. Not that it matters, the heat seems to be sucking the energy out of me during the day at work. I have been watering in the garden every morning and picking and freezing all kinds of vegetables. The little bit of creating I've been doing is in the kitchen. I had really delicious raspberries and my son wanted some dairy free home made ice cream. I found a recipe on the net for raspberry ice cream made with coconut milk. So we made up a batch and the boy thought that he'd died and gone to Heaven. Tonight we made a chocolate orange ice cream. I don't think we will ever buy ice cream again!

So my afghan that I have 3 rows left on it to finish, sits in the rocking chair waiting for the weather too cool. My rocking chairs need to be sanded outside or in the garage and they too are waiting for the weather too cool. The flies are horrendous and the horses and dogs are suffering so we fire up the bug zappers every night and plug them up because we have sooooo many flies and mosquitos. The horse flies are the size of rockets!

The extent of my crafting? Well, I ordered a few more carts from cricut.com and bought more paper (shhhhh don't tell everyone how much I really have!) I bought new blades for my cricut too....oh and some mats. I'm hoping to have time, once the garden slows down to create once again.

A bit more than 20 drops of rain at a time would help my crafting greatly!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Pierre and Hermine





This is a layout I've been working on for a couple of weeks. There are three different paper prints used. I made boarders to separate the papers with a Martha Stewart punch and then I put their names on a name plate from a Spellbinders die. I believe the papers are from K & Company. The frames are from one of my favorite Cricut cartridges, Fancy Frames...love that cart! Perfect for Heritage layouts. I do believe these are the only two photos I have of these people, so I had to dress them up a bit.
I think it was Ancestry.ca that I had a subscription to this winter, from there I could get access to online records. For some reason, they would not print nor could I take a print screen of the page. So I took out my trusty digi camera and took a photo of the computer screen. This particular page records my great Grandparents marriage. The bar on the left of the page is to translate and write up what it actually says. Because the handwriting is not the best, I have to do some checking to make sure the names and places are spelled correctly. Heritage albums are a labour of love for me.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Not quite ready to paint yet!

So I took both chairs to the garage and took a really good look at both of them. Still had a few touch ups in the stripping department to do. I'd rather take the time to see if I can get that paint off, than to have the new coat peeling. So back to the stripping drawing board for this afternoon and then, a pressure wash to get all the chemical off. Meanwhile, I have an old table that needs to have a strip job too so I can use it in my living room. Not sure if I want to tackle that today. I think I'll stick to the two rockers and finish them. Yeah, sounds like a plan.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Chair facelifts Part 2





My Grandpere's chair stripped to the best of my ability. It really is in pretty good shape considering it's over 100 years old. It has character like extra nails where it's fallen apart before and the two screws that hold the arms in place are not the same and the arms are not in the correct places. One of the spindles holding one of the arms is much smaller than the others.



The seat has a splice in it, which we couldn't see before because it was covered in a dark brown color of something or other.



The back of the chair is still remarkably well preserved in it's design. Quite amazing....



This is a view from the back of the chair, again you can see the splice in the seat of the chair. It looks rather odd.



This is my garage sale chair. We've determined it's not all made of the same wood. No matter how much stripper we put on the chair seat, we could not take the finish off in about a third of the seat. There are a few places elsewhere on the chair that we are unable to take the finish off.



The spindles cleaned up really well. The arms of the chair seem to be made of some other type of wood.
The back view of the chair, it cleaned up pretty good. 

The next step is to let both chairs dry out for the next week. Then both will be lightly sanded in preparation for their new finish. The garage sale chair will be painted in white to protect the wood because it will be outside on the deck. It rocks really nice and smooth and just perfect for my short legs. 

We are really thinking over how to refinish Grandpere's chair. We want to be able to see the design better, but we also have to take into consideration the seat that has a splice in it. I think I'll research photos of antique chairs to give me ideas....

Garage sale rocking chair and My Grandpere's rocking chair





My mom's neighbor had this rocking chair for sale in her garage sale. Nobody had picked it up after 3 days of being out there. Got it for $10. Wooohoooo! It's good and solid, needs to be reglued and refinished. I wanted it for my deck because rocking chairs just go on front porches for evenings....




It's on it's way to a new life. Im trying out two different kinds of strippers. A paint on one and a spray on one.


This is my Grandpere's rocking chair. It is over a 100 years old. Not sure what my uncle did to it, but it was ugly when I got my hands on it. I started stripping it this winter but the fumes were too much.




It has beautiful intricate designs and I love it! It is solid but the rockers are worn. That's OK, I want it to be who it is. I can't wait to finish stripping it...it's work! Hopefully I can finish stripping these two chairs today!

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!