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Summer is fun!

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We’ve been having a very nice summer here. So fun I have neglected you, my friends. I’m not going to pretend that I can catch you all up, but I may toss in a post¬† here or there with some fun snaps from earlier this summer.

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Here is something I did while my hand was broken. I believe I told you all that I discovered I could cross stitch with a broken hand. I decided I needed a pin cushion so I would stop putting my needles in the arm of the couch. (more…)

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Hiya my fellow Craft Hopers!

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Well, with the launch of Craft Hope Project 13, my little NJ apartment is about to get a lot smaller and a lot bigger at the same time.

Smaller due the massive amount of handmade blankets that will soon start arriving on my doorstep. All to warm the hearts and the nights of those affected by the Alabama tornadoes.

Bigger with the hope and love those blankets will provide.

I look forward to each and every blanket.

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Plugging Away

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That’s me. Just working on finishing various half done crafts around the place. I just ran around and took a few snaps to show you all in blogland what I’ve been up to lately.

Last week I broke my rule about no new projects aside from holiday gifts or Craft Hope until I finish all the partially finished projects. There was a good reason, though: I kept loosing pencils. So I took a paper towel roll, a page from a board book the girls had torn up (I always keep old board books that are not in good enough shape to pass on, they come in handy for crafts,) some scrapbook paper, and glue, and I created this little guy.

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Rather nifty, isn’t he? And it really only took me the course of one program I was watching with the hubby.

Here we go, a project I had found in my closet. (more…)

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Craft Hope #10 Snaps

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OK, better late then never! For Project #10 of Craft Hope, I made scarves and small spa bags for the ladies and children at the local safe house.

The safe house is where these brave woman can go, with their children if they have any, to escape from abusive relationships and transition into a new life. I imagine Christmas must be a very lonely time for them, so I did what I could to warm it up a bit. (more…)

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Doug’s Birthday and Janice’s Quilt

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Saturday was Doug’s birthday. Unfortunately I awoke in the middle of the night rather sick, so I ended up missing most of the day. We had planned to go to a Medieval event on Long Island that afternoon; I told him to take the girls and go without me. Being a good husband and father, he took many pictures.

The event had a tavern theme, which, in this group at least, did not mean drink yourself silly. It was set up with tavern games of old ~ and some of new ~ tavern food, and of course…

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…a bar brawl! (more…)

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Craft Hope Project 9 ~ ConKerr Cancer

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I have finished up the pillowcases for Craft Hope Project 9. All the pillowcases are being donated to pediatric cancer patients. This way each child will have something special to make them feel a little more comfortable and loved.

This pillowcase is made from the strips I had left after making the solid cases.

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The other side. (more…)

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Ribbit, Ribbit

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Many moons ago I bought some fun flannel froggie fabric, but it has sat in a box ever since. Last month I put a bit of it to use, but as some of the creations were gifts, I had to wait to share.

See the fabric? Isn’t it just Froggie Fabulous?

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Can you guess what I made? I made a couple to give away, and a couple for my girls. Here is one all pinny. Any guesses yet? (more…)

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Lovelies in the mail!!

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I received a package in the mail yesterday, and look at what lovelies resided inside.

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The pillowcase dresses, the girls are my own creations.

Here’s Kyla, smiling pretty for the camera. (more…)

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Garb, garb everywhere!

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Just thought I’d pop in real quick before running over to Jenn’s for our craft day. Not a lot of time to talk, but here are some snaps of the Medieval garb I have made so far for our vacation.

Here are some dresses for the girls.

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Counting Bean Bags

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I just finished the latest Craft Hope project. Teaching aid bean bags. I chose to make the number set ~ with the help of my Cricut, I actually have the original that only cuts 6×12, but I didn’t see any links to that one. I don’t think they make them anymore.

So here is a tutorial. No worries if you don’t have a Cricut, I’ll tell you what to do for that, also. As with all my tutorials, feel free to share the link. I just ask that if you share, you do share the link to this post, not take the credit yourself. Thank you.

To start, tear some 6″ strips from your outer fabric. You can see my strips aren’t very long. That’s because I was using scrap fabric. If your strips are 45″ or longer, that’s just fine! You’ll need the equivalent of two 6″ squares per bean bag. Then give your strips a press and pull off any hanging threads. (more…)

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Tweet Tweet

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I know. It’s been a couple weeks. Let’s just say there were things. The things are done now. It all good now. I should be more regular with my postings now.

So a few weeks ago, Vada came up to me and said in the saddest little voice “Tweet Tweet.” She then handed me this tuft of stuffing.

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Now Tweet Tweet is Kyla’s toy. Well, actually, he is a stuffed Tweety Bird from the “Space Jam” movie that my cousin Carly won for me many years ago at a place called BoomTown, just outside of Reno. Kyla has adopted him and he sleeps with her and Teddy.

So I went to Kyla’s bed and took a look at Tweet Tweet. (more…)

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Drafting patterns

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Lots of patterns. Good thing I enjoy pattern drafting.

Drafting-Patterns

This year we will be a family of 10 on our Medieval vacation. It will be Doug, the girls and I, my parents, my brother and his wife and 2 boys. Doug and I are good for garb, but the girls have grown out of most of theirs. We have some stuff that will fit the other adult-types, but I will need to pad out the wardrobes a bit. The boys will need everything made. My brother and his family will only be there for four days, so (more…)

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Seas of Blue

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There are a couple reasons for this post title. First of all ~ the rain. It rained Saturday night and all day Sunday. Doug’s school is right by a rather large river. He went to work on Monday, as all the smaller rivers were slowly draining the excess rain water into the large river by his school. Eventually, it was too much water and the town started to flood. He has been off the rest of the week. The girls have really enjoyed having him around. (more…)

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So much to do ~ So much to make.

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So much to do! I made a list of everything I want to have done by the end of Doug’s Spring Break ~ which is the first week of April. I have a lot to do.

But first things first ~ this is what happens when I leave the girls home alone with Daddy…

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That would be a chocolate covered peanut butter bar in her hand. (more…)

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Feeling Better

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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

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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.

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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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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…

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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.

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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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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.

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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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Finally DONE!! Craft Hope Quilt Reveal

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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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