Crafts

Feeling Better

| Cooking, Crochet, Medieval, Organizing, Sewing

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I am finally starting to feel healthy again. Just the last remaining bits of congestion, but other then that, I am feeling good. I am also finally getting out of my funk.

Now that I am feeling better, these past two days have been very productive. I got a good bit of cleaning done. I went through some piles of paper that needed to be dealt with; and I even organized the foot tall stack of paper that needs to be scanned into categories (phone, car, medical and so on) so I can start scanning them in an organized fashion!

I came up with a plan and put it in motion to get my recipes in order. Every week I make a menu, and enter the recipes in a great recipe organizer on the internet, where I can also put my menu on a calendar. I did do that for this week, and even printed out the recipes onto index cards and put tabs in my index card box to keep them organized. I figure if I do this every week, eventually all my recipes will be in order. On the website, I can rate the recipes, and put tags on them, so that will help with picking out menus in the future. I still want the printed out index cards, so I don’t have to take the laptop into my tiny kitchen. I’m very excited about this, because I have so many magazines laying about with recipes I want to try, and a many, many bookmarked web pages with recipes, also. Maybe I’m just silly that way, but (more…)

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Quilt Squares for Janice

| Friends, Sewing

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So remember how I told you about our friend Janice? She is very sick with cancer and when asked what her friends could do for her, she said she wanted a quilt. I made three squares for the quilt, and Doug made one, also. They have been sent to Rose who will put them together with all the other squares and turn them into a quilt.

I started with a log cabin. I’ve never made one before, but always wanted to. Now after making one square, I would love to do a whole quilt.

log-cabin-for-Janice

After the traditional log cabin, I thought “why not do the same thing with another shape?” So here you have a triangle. Who knows, maybe that log cabin quilt I want to make one day will be hexagons, ’cause we know my fondness for hexagons! (more…)

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Lookie what I made!

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I was cleaning up a bit in my bedroom and needed a place for some pens. So I grabbed an old ~ cleaned ~ pickle jar, and some scrap fabric and…

Jar-fabric-cover

I like it. It makes me happy and only took a few minutes. Good idea for all sorts of things. Knitting needles, crochet hooks, brushes, you can even use smaller bottles for yarn needles. (more…)

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My WiPs.

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Quite a few WiPs here. Some that are just about to start, and others that have already begun. As you may have noticed, I finally posted the reveal of the Flower to Hexagon Granny Blanket last night! So that one is done.

I’ll start off with two WiPs that are about to be ~ so maybe they’re not “in progress” yet, but they will be soon. With the holidays and then the cord issues with my computer, I got very far behind in the blogs I enjoy reading. I missed the announcement of the next Craft Hope project. Luckily it is not due until Valentine’s day, and it should be a rather fast project. It is a beautiful red scarf for foster care teens. This project is much more specific then the others, but it looks like fun to me, and it’s for a good cause, so I’m fine with that! I am watching Jenn’s girls this morning, and Jenn works at ACMoore, so I gave her some cash and (more…)

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What I’ve been up to…

| Crafts, Sewing

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A lot has gone on here since my laptop wire went kaput. I know I told you I finished the hex blanket and started the next one, but I still haven’t gotten good pictures. As soon as I do I will put up a reveal post. I will also be posting a 2010 to-do list of projects, and you will be able to follow along with my *hopeful* progress.

Last weekend we went to the Meadowlands Expo Center for a big electronic sale. There was a lot of other fun goodies, too. Here is a shot of our loot. There was also a DVD/VCR player we got for the TV in our bedroom. It almost never gets used, but it’s nice to have once and a while. Plus with a DVD player in there I can work out in the bedroom when Doug and the girls are in the living room. Cool.

close-up-of-expo-goodies

Here is a closer shot of some of the loot. We got a new camera, a universal cord for my laptop (turns out my laptop is not very universal, hence the cord I had to order.) A little African drum for the girls ~ shoulda’ gotten 2 of those ~ 2 MP3 players ~ haven’t tried those yet…~ PJ pants (Red Baron for Doug and blue for me) ~ Spidey boxers, slippers for the girls and I, and (more…)

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Contest entries

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Every other month I receive my issue of Creative Home Arts magazine, full of fun crafty ideas. Lots o’ the ideas within come from the readers. Every issue they announce a contest with prizes ranging from $25 to $750. They also show the winners from 2 issues prior. With this issue there was a last call for a card making contest, and the announcement of a needle arts contest. You can use something you already made; it does not have to be made just for the contest. To enter you just send in photos of the craft, and a short description. So I decided to enter both. I’m sharing the entries here with you. (more…)

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Some of my Christmas crafts

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Back in November I had Doug grab a bin of mine from his mother’s attic. It was full of unfinished Christmas crafts. I pulled some of them out to make ornaments to give along with the many girt bags of banana bread and chai tea mix we had lined up for Christmas. There were a bunch of these little cross-stitch squares and those little round plastic music “boxes” to go with them. I seem to have lost the rest of the kits long ago.

Mini-Christmas-Cross-Stitch

I found some blue fabric and thought “mini pillows”. Not sure where that thought came from, but it did. So I sewed them together with a pretty gold loop on top and an opening in the bottom. (more…)

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Getting ready for the big round guy.

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In an attempt to save some money, and satisfy my creative side, I have lots of homemade happenings for that day a week before the New Year; the day of the Big Round Guy. For now it is mostly jar gifts. This was my table a few weeks ago making 72 cups of banana bread mix.

Making-mixes

Of course I didn’t have all the jars yet, so then I had to stash all that mix, and all the ingredients I had for other mixes, somewhere. Yeah for those new bookshelves! (more…)

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Finally DONE!! Craft Hope Quilt Reveal

| Blanket, Sewing

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That’s right, I finished the Craft Hope quilt last night. I have made a few quilts in the past, but I have never hand quilted one before. I grossly underestimated how long it would take! However, the quilts are due November 14th, so I am safe. Now I know, right.

Here is the quilt on Friday, I still had nearly half to do, see all the safety pins?

Half-Done-Quilting

To make matters worse, I woke up on Saturday feeling very under the weather. Luckily quilting is not too strenuous an activity, so I was able to sit and quilt all day. I finally finished Sunday afternoon. Here it is. (more…)

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Craft Hope

| Blanket, Crafts, Sewing

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Last week I ran across the Craft Hope. Jade is an amazing lady who finds various groups who need crafts made for good causes. You can read all about the current project, but the short version is: making quilts for homeless kids.

Craft-Hope

Remember how I told you I had bought some fabric on the way to Beth’s? I picked up a pack of 20 strips (2 1/2 x 42 inches) a pack of squares (5 inches square) and a few quarter yard (18 x 42 inches) pieces. I started at Beth’s, between teaching her and eating pizza. This is what I had when I got home. (more…)

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A very enjoyable weekend

| Crafts, Family, Sewing

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Gift-For-Beth

Back in March I went to my friend Beth’s wedding shower and presented her with the presents seen above. They were both from her registry, a large self-watering planter, and a book “Sewing for Dummies”. Inside the book was a note saying she would also receive a day of sewing lessons from me. This is a decent gift, as I used to run a university costume department and teach sewing and pattern making.

It took a while to come up with a time we were both able to spend the day together. (more…)

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Tutorials to come…

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Just a quick post this evening to let you know that I am planning some tutorials. I just took tons o’ snaps of the flower-to-hexagon pattern I came up with for the girls’ blankets. I will be writing that tutorial first. I’m also planning some more for the Christmas goodies I am putting together, and another series for my dry mix recipes. As far as I can tell there is no way to make “pages” here on Blogger, as I have seen on some other blog sites, so I will just be posting the tutorials as I would any other post and then tossing a box up on the right side here with all the links to the various tutorials. I’m very excited to share my creativity, as I have truly enjoyed what has been shared by so many others.

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A good day with another GREAT find!

| Baking, Coffee, Cooking, Sewing

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Today was a nice day. I’m getting over my cold, and for the first time in a while I woke up without feeling like a zombie. After showering, I felt the need for a yummy breakfast. So…

batter-and-coffee

Yes, that is my precious morning coffee, and that lumpy batter is just waiting to become… (more…)

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My projects.

| Blanket, Crafts, Crochet, Organizing

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I found the perfect yarn and made the perfect hexagon for my Fort Blanket project. Look at these pretty colors! After browsing around looking for patterns I saw a beautiful six petal flower that I knew would become the hexagon I was searching for. I took my hook in hand and experimented a bit. The finished hex was better than I had dreamed.

yarn-for-my-big-project

This is just a sneak peak of the hexes, (more…)

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Lookie what I found!!!

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We had a nice long weekend. Doug was off today – no school. I took advantage of him being home and went out Saturday.
I was on a mission.

I had finally admitted that I do not play my keyboard often enough to justify it taking up valuable real estate in the bedroom. So it was gently packed up and put in the big ol’ closet in the girls’ room. Now I just needed to find some sort of storage/bookshelf/whatever to put in the keyboard’s old home. That way my sewing and craft supplies could finally make it out of the girls’ closet and into my bedroom.

Off to Target I went. They had some great, affordable bookshelves, but not affordable enough to buy them without further searching. Downhearted, I set off on my way home. Moments after pulling out of parking lot I came upon a garage sale, and saw this: (more…)

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Shutterfly – WooHoo

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So I was one of the lucky moms from cafemom.com who got to make an 8×8 photobook on Shutterfly¬†and have it printed and shipped for free. I love it! I did it a while back, but then my computer crashed, so I’m just getting to writing about it. No that is not TMI (too much info) as Shutterfly saved me when my computer crashed. See, I’m not so good at backing up or printing my photos, but because I uploaded a bunch of pictures to Shutterfly to make my photobook, all those pictures were safe! I’ll get back to that in a minute, but first, the photobook. (more…)

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