Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sewing Bug!

Wow...lately I have been sewing and crocheting up a storm.  I crocheted myself a beautiful shawl (mostly inspired by the Outlander series) and it is so warm. Then I have been crocheting some hats. I also finished up a blanket that I am going to give away for a gift.
My sewing machine has been busy also! I have sewn some fleece for a friend and also made myself a nice table runner and placemats for my table. I have an apron all cut out and ready to sew and need to cut out the patterns for the flannel pants I am making for my grandchildren. The My Little Pony fleece blanket is for my grand daughter who is now three and has discovered these cute little toys!
It has been fun to re-discover my sewing machine and my serger.
Here are a few pictures of some of the projects I have finished lately:

Claire's Rent Shawl from Outlander

Crocheted fingerless gloves

Table runner and placemats

My Little Pony blanket

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Slow and steady!


 Progress!!!

Well, I have had to stop in my efforts to clean up my craft space because mostly I lack the muscle to move heavy things. I have been good at going thru stuff and getting some things into the "goodwill" box. Now I  need to set up some tables and they are buried in the garage. Just as soon as those are set up. I will have more space to set up my machines, and other craft tools. Then the crafting will begin. I have not been able to set up my new Cricut Explore yet and I am anxious to do that. I want to make one of those stencils that you see on the wall. Not sure exactly which one I will do but probably something about family,love and laughter, etc.
I just found out too that Cricut sells window cling material, so that you can make your own window clings. I have a Halloween cartridge and would like to make some spider webs and spiders to put on the window.
I am hoping that by the end of the weekend I will be all set up and ready to go. I have several friends that want to do a "crafting night" and I am trying to get it all cleaned up and ready to go!
All in good time and then I will be able to share my projects online as well!!
These are some velvet embossed scarves that I made a couple of years ago. I am hoping to make some more for this holiday season. Super simple to make. You have to get the kind of velvet that is acetate/rayon based. Here is a great tutorial on how to do this.



http://www.instructables.com/id/Emboss-Velvet-with-Rubber-Stamps-and-a-Household-I/


Happy crafting!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Getting busy!

Well I have finally started digging into "stuff" downstairs. I have a plan and am going thru things and purging. I got rid of all my stuff I brought home from work. Lots of pens, pencils, note pads, etc. 17 years worth of "stuff". I gave it to my friend Missi who I know will put it to good use at her job in the high school. She also took a box of school supplies that I had from when JR and Enrique were in school. I'm glad she could find a use for it cause I would have hated to give it to the thrift store.

I am excited because I have ordered the new Cricut Explore and it is due to be here on Friday! I want to make some of those wall sayings and post them on one of my walls in my home. Pretty cool huh? I'm excited about being able to do so much more with the new Explore and especially since I am a font hound and have so many disks of fonts I have bought to use at my job and now I can use them for crafting! Yay!
I plan to have craft nights and share my tools. I think the first craft night will be to make Christmas cards! It's been a long time since I made home made Christmas cards and I have lots of wood mounted stamps and lots of acrylic mounted stamps so there will be lots of choices for my guests to use, or they can use the Cricut!! Or both! Lots of options!
Right now the craft room is still in "chaos" state, but it is moving along! Every day it gets closer to what I envision as a space to create!
I posted this picture cause I know lots of people believe finding pennies as a sign from someone they lost. I thought it was worth sharing. I didn't create it but it is still cute.
later....Me

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Retired but not tired....

So very much has happened since my last blog:
  • I am now "retired"- having resigned my job due to various issues at work. 
  • I am so much older (duh) and hopefully wiser but still very young at heart!
  • My daughter moved to California along with her husband and the grandchildren. 
  • Our family lost several family members this pass year. (death does appear to come in threes)
  • My relationship with my husband seems to have stabilized or at least I have come to terms with what it is and what it cannot be.
  • My son has moved back home and has just started a wonderful new job at the shipyard!
  • I have made some new friends and some old friends have moved on.
  • I still make jewelry but sales at the local bazaars in the past year have been horrible...and my prices are not high. So it must be that people are holding their money close. 
  • I am a facebook-a-holic....well kinda. 
  • I am happy with what I am doing now...finally!
So that is pretty much it for the major stuff. Right now summer is over for school kids and this is the first year in a long time that I do not have to get up at 6 am to be at work at 8:30! It was kind of weird the first day. I have said it was bittersweet because I fully expected to work up to my 20 years. But I left at 17 years and so I have come to terms with that. It pretty much wasn't my idea to quit at all, but after the chain of events that left me emotionally battered and professionally tattered, I had had enough! Out I went...thru the nearest door at the end of June. I hated to quit a job I loved but my decision to quit was one that I stood behind for several reasons.  But that was 2 months ago and while I still harbor bitterness over the whole occurrence, I have to move on and that means letting go. So enough of that!!!!


I have soooo much more that I need to be doing and I will be getting started soon with some much needed purging of my craft space and my computer space. What I have been doing lately is a lot of crocheting! I made some items to put in our local fair and they got first place (yay)! I made a crocheted dress and sweater for Isabella (my grand daughter) and I also submitted some jewelry pieces which also got first place. The photo I submitted got an honorable mention and I have to admit it was one that I had and I kind of knew that it would not win a major prize. But I liked it and I wanted to see what the local pros thought. If you want a link to the patterns for the items shown, send me an email and I will send it to you!

So what I am crocheting right now is a Halloween bag made with reflective yarn (expensive at $6.97/Walmart) a skein. And the skeins are not that big but I have decided to make the reflective yarn an accent on the bag and not make the bag totally out of that yarn.  It will look just as cute with regular yarn as the main focus of the bag.  Here is a link to the pattern.
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/pumpkin-face-bag  
   
It is really rather easy and you start at the bottom of the bag and as you crochet up it forms the bottom of the sack. I plan to line it with a pillow case so that her Halloween loot doesn't stretch out the bag and hopefully she can use it for a few more years! 

I also have two other projects going on but they are slow going as one is an afghan and the other is a shawl.  Both are taking forever to crochet, but will be worth it when done!

I recently bought some metal stamps (see above) and I will be going down to my crafting studio to make some earrings and other jewelry with them.  I am excited to use them and to see what I can do with them. I got them from http://www.artbeads.com/  which is a great place to buy beads or any other jewelry needs. They are close to me and I get my orders very fast!!

Off to get busy now...have to do some housework and then on to crafting! See ya later!
Cat