Tuesday, November 17, 2020

2020 Holiday Cards

I started to post that I'm getting a very late start on my holiday cards.  I actually started early, I just didn't get much done!  Finally the cards are moving along a bit.  

Here is a video of the cards I'm making this year.  I'm using a new Stampin' Up! set and some older papers.  If you are looking for Stampin' Up! products, check out the Facebook page or Stampin Up page for my friend Karen who is a new SU demonstrator.  She is not new to stamping.  She has been stamping and cardmaking for many years.  She's knowledgeable and will give you top notch customer service.

Visit my friend Karen for your Stampin Up supplies https://karensummey.stampinup.net/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/karensblueridgestamping

Thanks for visiting today.  I hope everyone has a safe Thanksgiving.

Friday, October 30, 2020

An Update

 Hello!  I've not fallen off the face of the earth.  Though for us, like everyone, 2020 has been a year of challenges.  We are still working through them.  

On a positive note, I've made a few cards and am still knitting.  I haven't been sewing or scrapbooking though I have many projects planned.  I've bought fabric to make window treatments.  For 16 years starting in the late 1990's, I had my own business making treatments for others.  A couple of weeks ago I took down the heavy, complex treatments I had in my dining room and living room to make way for the painter - who, fingers crossed, will arrive this week.  New flooring was installed this week and we got a new set of French doors as the old ones were like an open refrigerator door in winter.  These are sealed tight.  They need some window treatments and will get them in time.  First, I need to make valances for the master bath and unlined draperies for the living room.  

I've started my Christmas cards which means, I've made 2 of about 25 so far and haven't started my mother's at all.  I'm trying to forget that day after tomorrow is November!

So many projects on top of various family medical issues and of course all the virus precautions and extra cooking.  We've tried quite a few restaurant's takeout choices and most just aren't for us.  

I have done a little baking this year, too, though not nearly as much as I hear the rest of the world is doing.

If you are interested in what I'm up to, I do still post to Instagram occasionally as it is just easy to do. 

Lisa's Instagram 

Hopefully I will get back to videos once the house is back together.  I don't think making plans this year is a good idea so I'll just say that I'd like to make videos again.

I hope all my readers have a very happy holiday season!  If you are in the US and haven't voted, please do.  Make your voice heard.  If you are undecided and fed up with all of the presidental campaign, remember that there are many down ballot races that need your attention, too.  Most decisions that truly affect us are made at the state and local level.

If it all gets too much, just look out at the sky at the full moon tomorrow.  Let nature bring you peace.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

An even longer August

It's been challenging here with family medical situations. I have been staying with my Mother.  This has given us an opportunity to be together and for me to care for her.  It's also been hard to see her challenges and the changes in her.

With little time at my home and my craft room, I haven't sewn or done any papercrafts.  The one thing I can do is knit a little.  I've been working on the summer top above and will likely complete it when summer is over :-)    The pattern is Tulpe Top from Ravelry.com  The cotton yarn is from Universal and is so soft.  The color reminds me of strawberry cheesecake ice cream.

I'm not sure what September will bring. Thanks for visiting and I hope to have more craft projects to share in future.  

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

A long July

I've been blogging since 2009 and I don't think I've missed a month having at least one entry.  Despite all that has been going on this month, I didn't want this to be the first. We've had some family illness challenges and those will likely continue for some time so I probably won't be doing any videos for awhile. 

I did however finish up a project recently that I wanted to share. Also we've had a bumper crop of gladiolus this summer. These are my favorite flower.  My husband started planting them for me over 15 years ago.  We lose some each year and buy some new ones.  Doing an arrangement for the 4th is a favorite of mine.  This year I had several red ones to make the largest arrangement yet to celebrate the holiday.

The quilt is one I started in 2017 when my dad was ill.  I needed something super easy that I could just pick up or drop depending on if I was called away from my craft room.  After he passed, it was too simple.  It didn't take my mind off things.  Finally I got the UFO out during the stay-at-home order and finished piecing the string blocks from my stash.  It got set aside again to make masks.  In mid-June, I wrapped up my mask making operation as they have become easy to find now.  So I machine quilted the project and now have it on my bed.

Here are a couple of the many flower arrangements I did.  Most of the glads bloomed over a 3 week period though some are still drifting in.  I made and gave away so many flower arrangements this year.  I was swimming in glads.

Finally I did do a little papercrafting. I got the idea for this card from debrenee13 on Instagram.

Thanks for continuing to visit with me.  I hope I can keep my virtual world going for years to come.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Stay at Home Birthday

My birthday is in April so I had a stay-at-home birthday this year.  No trips or even dining out as all restaurant dining rooms were closed as they were in most of the country.

I brought back an idea we have used in the past to extend birthday celebrations a little - the Week of Birthday.  You do something a little special each day.  I took a photo to represent each day and included it on this layout. The idea could be extended to any week you wanted to capture.

Here's the video.

Hope you are staying safe.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Completed Poncho and new projects

It's finished!  The poncho I started in late March is complete.  It is made with Noro Geshi yarn which is a very light worsted and easy to work up.

In the video I share the poncho, a new knitting project I'm beginning and a quilt in progress.

For the new knitting project, I went through pattern after pattern trying to decide what to make. Short sleeve sweaters, vests even shawls which I don't really like to make or to wear.  I landed on a shrug.  I have a little yarn left from the poncho that I can use if there isn't enough for the project.

See it all in this video:

Thanks for watching!

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Sympathy Cards

I've been really good at anticipating shortages.  Paper products, cleaning products, hair color, meat.  One I never thought of though is the saddest - sympathy cards.  We can't gather for funerals so people are sending cards more than before.  If you need some cards or want to make some to share with others, I've put together some ideas using your existing stamp supplies for quick, easy cards.

All 4 cards are in this video.  It shows on the screen early in the video where each card appears so you can jump ahead if there is a particular one you like.

I hope you are safe and well.  Thanks for watching!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

New Stamp Set and Gelli Backgrounds

I'm doing my videos a little out of order. Last week I did a bunch of gelli printing.  A video will be coming on that in the next few weeks. First though I wanted to share what I did with one of the background.  I was mostly just going for some color and to use a new stamp set and punch.

The video shows making two cards with this set.

Thanks for watching today!
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