Thursday, January 17, 2019

Using Photos as Embellishments

We try to find things that the three of us can do together.  Gardens and shopping are favorite outings.  This one was in Hendersonville, NC.  The gardens outside of town specialize in dahlias.  Mother grew some dahlias herself last summer until the voles got ahold of them so she particularly enjoyed seeing the ones there.  They also gave her tips to avoid having her dahlias munched on by garden invaders.  She is supposed to plant her dahlias in black nursery pots that have holes in the bottom and put the entire thing in the ground.  The roots will grow out through the holes but the voles can't get to the main part of the plant that way.

For this layout, I used a circle punch to punch photos of flowers into embellishments.  I often take photos of the flowers and plants in gardens we visit. This is a way to incorporate them on the page without taking up too much space.

Here is the process video:

Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Fall Knitting Projects

During the fall, I compelted 3 knitting projects.  My favorite is the zip front sweater made from Malabrigo Rios in color Liquidamber.

I'm also getting a lot of wear out of my red/pink scarf made with one of my favorite yarns La Jolla by Baah.  This is the third project I've made with this yummy yarn.  This time the color was a monthly special from September 2018.   The pattern is the Best Friend scarf from the knitting buzz and I used an edging I found on Ravelry.

My last project of the year was the Moab Shawl using Hedgehog yarn in Beach Bunny.  I also threw in some black fingerling, a little of the La Jolla September and some orange I had in my stash.  It is striking but I'm still not sure I like it.  For both of the scarfs, I added beads thanks to this Craftsy class:  Knitting with Beads  

I share many more details as well as challenges I had with these projects in this video:

Thanks for watching!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

New Year, New Layout, New Video

Happy New Year!  It's time to do my favorite scrapbook page of the year.  For this layout I use a selfie, lots of journaling that needs a little creative hiding and a paper collection chosen simply because it is pretty.

For this layout, I've used some old Basic Grey with lots of the stickers.  I also added a few 6x6 paper scraps.  The video shares the folding technique to get a lot of journaling about my accomplishments from 2019 and my plans for the new year on one page.  Also in the video are links with a little 'i' in the corner to some of my past pages with hidden journaling.


My resolution this year has to do with one of my least favorite things in the world - housework.  Ugh!  But I have to admit that I really like it when the house is clean - well, cleaner - so I want to get more done each week.  I find resolutions work best when it is something specific you do for a little bit each day.

Have you made a resolution for 2019?

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Pillows, 67 years in the making

In the last year both my godparents, my father's brother and his wife, passed away.  He was the last of my parents siblings.  After my cousin cleaned out the house and distributed what was to go to the children and grandchildren, she generously let each of the nieces go through and select something for ourselves.  I chose a cake plate and an embroidered dresser cloth.  My cousin told me that my aunt had done the embroidery on this cloth when my uncle was serving in Korea during the war.  They were newlyweds and she wanted to make some things for their housekeeping when he returned.  She was training to be a nurse while he was away.

The cloth had embroidered flower basket designs on each end that were in good condition.  However the rest was in terrible shape. There were large holes, small holes, brown spots. I soaked the cloth in Oxyclean for several hours and got most of the staining out.  I was amazed that the embroidered areas were unharmed save for a tiny shadow and one tiny hole.

The embroidery was a youthful design so I thought they should go to some of the younger girls in the family.  I cut them up, added quilt fabrics in a log cabin design and turned them into pillows. The purple pom pom fringe finished the outside.  On the back, I was able to use the only other salvageable thing from the cloths, the lace, on the zipper plackets.  I embroidered my aunt's and my initials on the back as well.

This week I was able to give the pillows to their new, young owners so they can have a little piece of their great grandmother for themselves as their time with her was too short. She lived across the road from my parents and was part of my life for over 50 years.  My mother only recently told me that my aunt was in the delivery room with her when I was born.  That must have been comforting for mother because back then, dads didn't go in with the mother. So typically a new mom would have no one she knew well there with her during delivery.

My aunt was someone you could always talk to and seek advice.  She paid attention to our lives and was a joy to visit.  She and my uncle even sweated (literally) through a 3 hour graduation ceremony in a gymnasium when I finished college.  I loved them both and I miss them.  Working on the pillows was a gift to me as well.

Soon I'll have a new scrapbook process video for you to kick off the new year.  Be safe as you travel and celebrate the arrival of 2019.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Mixed Media for a Decorative Box

My favorite holiday event is an annual party at my local knitting shop. I love the company most of all. We have good food, door prizes and a fun gift exchange.  With the exchange, you keep the gift you get, none of the time consuming swapping.  Everyone brings a small dollar value gift.  Many people do gift certificates to the shop wrapped cleverly or included with something handmade.

I wanted to do nested boxes.  Unfortunately, Hobby Lobby seems to have stopped selling the ones in the mixed media supplies. I found a box at Home Goods that I liked and decorated that.  Then inside I put my gift which was some gold $1 coins in a little bag; I thought they would add weight and tinkle a little as gifts were passed around.  So the recipient had to take the paper off the outside, open the box and then open the little bag.  She seemed to really like it.  I chose neutral colors because I didn't know who would get my gift.  There are several ladies like me who love the blues and greens but I couldn't be sure one of them would get the gift.  The recipient said she had just redecorated a room that this would be perfect in.

Here is the video for how to decorate a plain box:

I won a door prize - yarn to make a cowl and it is in green, my favorite color!  Such a fun event. Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thankful for You booklet

Happy Thanksgiving!

Several weeks ago I wrote my mother a letter to say some of the things I always wanted her to know that I felt about her.  I even made some discoveries as I was writing.

This was prompted because I didn't say everything I wanted to to my father before he died.  As far as I know, Mother and I are both in good health.  I didn't want to wait until one of us wasn't or something happened and I missed my chance.  I was going to say these things out loud to her and someone suggested I put it in writing instead.  I think that was wise as she has something she can read again if she wants.  If her memory fails her, she will always have the words written down.  None of us remember that much of what we hear anyway.

The video shares a bit of this idea and the process I used for making this card which is sort of a booklet. It is only 2 pages inside front and back but you can pack in a lot of text in those two pages.  You can use this idea for anything you want to capture and share.

Here is the video in YouTube:

Thanks for watching! I'm very thankful for my viewers and all the wonderful feedback received.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Young at Heart

My husband will always be young because he is young at heart.

He had fun running through the fountain on his birthday last summer.  I know he picked this location because he knew Mother would enjoy an outing to a garden. What a sweet man!

For the layout, I used plain cardstock for the background and punched some elements from bright papers.  I wasn't sure about these at first but they worked.  I think the title here is a key element to set the mood.  The page really didn't need a lot of journaling.

Here's the process video:

Thanks for watching!

ETA photo of new refrigerator to post on a message board.  There is a story behind this and it will surely make a scrapbook page some day...

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Quilting Update: Hourglass Quilt pieced, Baby Quilt finished

This quilt was completed for the Linus project.  This organization pairs quilts with children in need of security.  Just as Linus had his security blanket, a handmade quilt or blanket gives comfort to a child.

I shopped my stash first and then added a few other fabrics for the pink and lavender color scheme.  The pattern is a combination of a couple of designs I saw in Crafty classes. It is a simple 4 patch design of 6 1/2" squares joined together with friendship stars in the sashing.  I got to practice several free motion quilting designs while quilting.  I quilted this one as one large piece.

For the next quilt, I'm dividing it up and that is part of what the video is about. The Hourglass quilt made from some fabrics from Northcott's Chloe collection and many others that I've found will be a large bed quilt for us.  I love the red, yellow and teal color scheme.

I filmed this the weekend that Hurricane Florence made its way across the Carolinas.  I left that part in the video even though I'm just now getting it posted. After Florence cleared and we knew we had no problems, we left on a trip so I'm just getting home and caught up.  I've never done so much advance prep for a storm.  I did so much that I really didn't end up cooking much the actual weekend of the storm.  I think my Dh got a little tired of eating my 'storm food' even though much of it was home baking I'd done in advance.  We were fortunate to only get 5 inches of rain, a little wind and not lose power.  Many of use still remember Hugo (1989) for which we were not prepared and had a 5 day power outage here 260 miles inland.

Anyway, here's the video:  (baby quilt at 12 minutes 44 seconds in.)

Since I filmed this, I've started the actual quilting. The results are mixed and I try to remember I'm still learning to machine quilt.

Thanks for watching!

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