Sunday, September 27, 2015

Patchwork Quilt

At the end of July I started on this quilt.  I worked for about a week sewing most of the days to get the 12 main blocks done.  I guess I felt I had accomplished enough and I put aside and my focus went to genealogy for a month or so with some success taking one line back a couple of generations.  I decided this week that I needed to finish the top.  I want to start working on Christmas cards and I don't want to risk getting something on the fabric while it sits waiting for me to get back to it.  

I still need to quilt and bind it but the top is done and I'm happy about that.  Now to start those Christmas cards. 
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Wood Snowmen

Thought I'd share a quick, inexpensive and easy craft today.  The snowmen are kind of cute to add as a decoration in the winter.  I need to swap out the hats and scarves because they don't match and I would like some brighter colors, but you get the idea. 

The wood for the snowmen is 1-1/2" x 1-1/2".  The tall snowman is 11-1/2", the middle snowman is 9-1/2" and the smallest is 8-1/2".  A quick coat or two of white paint on the wood.  

Once the paint is dried, you can decorate the bottom with buttons, use felt for the scarves and the hats are baby socks!  The two smaller snowmen have the toe of the sock and the tall one has the leg part of the sock.  Gather it at the top with an elastic and use another elastic to secure it to the wood and roll the sock up a little for a brim.  The middle snowman has a bead glued on for an embellishment.

The face is done primarily with markers.  The cheeks used actual blush with Q-tips to apply.  A white pen to add highlights to the eyes. 

I would recommend having the hat on when you start the face.  I think all of my faces could have been a little higher.  Something you really only notice if you are taking a good look at them though. ;)
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Christmas Swap

I turned on my laptop to upload these cards and could find the pictures.  I waited another day . . . or two to take the pictures in daylight.  Night time pictures never seem to do justice.  I must not have uploaded them from my memory card the first time because I now have to sets of pictures. haha

I want you to take a good look at the penguin panel.  You can see a notch in the black cardstock.  That panel holds a gift card!  So stinkin' awesome!!
by Anita Watson
Stamps:  Snow Place, Versatile Christmas
CS:  Pool Party, Basic Black, Shimmer White
Ink:  Basic Black, Soft Sky, White Craft, Real Red
Misc.: Snow friends framelit, softly falling EF, 1/8" real red ribbon

by Christa Greaves
Stamps:  Lots of Joy
CS:  Old Olive, Crumb Cake, WW, Gold Glimmer
Ink:  Old Olive
Misc.:  Dimensionals, WW 1/4" cotton ribbon, confetti stars border punch, 1" square punch, Christmas Greetings thinlit

by Catie Palmer
Stamps:  Patterned Pines
CS:  Mellow Moss, Old Olive, WW, Cherry Cobbler
Ink:  Memento Black, Pear Pizzazz
Misc.:  Rhinestones, epoxy shape stickers, enamel dots

by Debbie Peterson
stamps:  White Christmas
CS:  Soft Sky, WW
ink:  Memento Black, Soft Sky, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight
Misc.: white baker's twine

by Ellen Boyle
stamps:  Cozy Christmas
CS:  Mossy Meadow, Real Red, VV, Home for Christmas DP
ink:  Mossy Meadow
Misc.: lucky stars EF, 1/8" gold ribbon

by Terri Tank
stamps:  Lots of Joy, Sassy Salutations
CS:  WW, crumb cake, cherry cobbler, merry moments DP
ink:  crumb cake, cherry cobbler, old olive
misc.: brights, neutrals & regals candy dots

by Theresa Lukes
stamps:  Festival of Trees
CS:  Pool Party, Island Indigo, VV
Ink:  Stazon White, Mellow Moss
Misc.:  decorative mask stars, decorative dots EF, tree punch, star punch, dimensionals

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Special Gift

Back in April our niece took her life.  It was heartbreaking for her family and family and friends, understandably.  She was so young at 19 years of age to feel so much sorrow and that ending her life was the answer.  Shortly after I saw the quote "Because someone we love is in heaven there's a little bit of Heaven in our home."  I'd seen it before but it didn't mean as much to me then.  I also saw a frame done that said "welcome to our home".  I merged the two and am sending this off to my sister-in-law.

My niece's favorite flower is a hibiscus.   I tried several different ways to make them but they just don't look good and with the stigma extending so high, it looked wonky in the shadow box frame.  I decided to go with the purple roses because purple was Bria's favorite color.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Special Occasions Swap

I hosted the Special Occasions swap on VC Rocks last month.  The card fronts could be sympathy, baby, wedding, etc.  It was pretty much an anything goes type of theme.  The only requirements were that it had two layers and an embellishment.

This card is by Alice Leal:
Stamps:  Flowering Flourishes, Work of Art
CS:  WW, Old Olive
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Misc.:  Butterfly, rhinestones

This card is by Brandy Campbell:
Stamps:  Word Play
CS:  Confetti White, Pear Pizzazz, WW, Sunny Garden DP
Ink: Encore Silver
Misc.:  Dimensionals, Rhinestone, 5/8" Daffodil Delight ribbon

This card is by Catie Palmer:
Stamps:  Silhouettes, Script Hostess
CS:  VV, Cherry Cobbler, Mellow Moss, Farmers Market DP
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz
Misc.:  Word Window punch, Lots of Labels thinlet, pearls

This card is by Christa Greaves:
Stamps:  For the New Two, Butterfly Basics
CS:  WW, Tip Top Taupe
Ink:  Tip Top Taupe
Misc.:  Butterfly thinlets, Elegant Dots EF, rhinestones, tip top taupe dotted lace trim

This card is by Elizabeth Kratzer:
Stamps:  Tin of Cards
CS:  Basic Black, VV, Mint Macaron
Ink:  Tuxedo Black, Mint Macaron
Misc.:  Stars framelit dies, neutral candy dots, white gel pen,  sponge (mint ink on word square-top left)

This card is by Terri Tank:
Stamps:  Made with Love, Gorgeous Grunge
CS:  WW, Pink Pirouette, Tip Top Taupe
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Tip Top Taupe, Tuxedo Black
Misc.:  Large polka dots EF, Baby's 1st framelits, 1-1/4" & 1-3/8" circle punches, white twine

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Christmas Card

I recently participated in a Christmas Card swap with fellow stampers of VC Rocks.  I had about 7 or 8 of the above card assembled when I considered the ornaments that hung from our tree as a child.  I LOVE vintage ornaments.  While we had many that were the tear drop shape, we had a lot more of the round baubles with glitter that criss-crossed and sparkled with the lights of the tree.  I was going to try using some vellum underneath the glitter ornament.  No surprise that I couldn't locate it in my vast collection of designer paper.  I did come across the silver foil paper and liked the look of it.  In the end, I didn't tear apart what I'd assembled to add in the silver foil.  I like either card and hope the recipients are happy with what I did.
Stamps:  Embellished Ornments
CS:  Pool Party, Real Red, WW, Home for Christmas DP, Silver Foil Sheet, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink:  Real Red
Misc.:  Delicate Ornament thinlit, Softly Falling EF, Silver 1/8" ribbon, rhinestone jewels, triple banner punch.
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Daisy Quilt & Garden

We got our son off on his mission earlier this month.  It has been pretty quiet around here.  I've had some cleaning/organizing projects and I've spent a lot of time on genealogy.  I pulled out this Revolution quilt that I had started in Florida.  I had already sewn all of the panels together I just needed the sashing and the border and it would be done.  Now I have a completed top and I've started another quilt that is queen size.  I've finished 12 blocks, just need to finish off the quilt.  What am I waiting for?  I bought the batting for the above quilt and will prepare for quilting after the girls are in school.  I would like to finish off the other quilt I started so I can prepare them both for quilting at the same time but I may regret that idea if I do it.

This is our little garden.  We have 12 tomato plants, some zucchini, cucumber and pepper.  I did plant green beans but either the rabbit or the woodchuck got to them.  We put a fence up around 3/4 of the garden after that.  I recently learned that if you want to keep woodchucks out of a certain area, all you need is a pail of water, 1C of vinegar and 1C of Dawn.  Equal portions of the vinegar and Dawn and it has to be Dawn, not Palmolive, Joy, etc.  Anyway, combine that and pour it around the area you want to keep them out of every 6 weeks.  I'm told it works like a charm.  The lady at the farm said she had put down some white stones as a border so she was doing the same area every time.  Glad to know of something that works.

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