Friday, December 16, 2011

Angel Card using a very old stamp, Old book print....

I found all the supplies I needed to make this year's Christmas Card at home. I really like the look of old book print so I stamped the angel image using Stazon, which is a permanent ink.  I noticed my pad was dry so I re-inked with regular water base ink refill.  It worked fine.  These water colors go back a few years.
Once again I'm incorporating the use of manila  tags.  Plain tags just look too with the use of the close to cocoa stamp pad, I burnished the edges.
The JOY word was made with a Dymo Label maker.  The button Spare Parts Fasteners are neat but you could also use buttons.  It's all about saving time around Christmas because there is just too much to do.

And you are done.  I did use wrinkled ribbon, also purchased on Etsy a while back. Finally the tag was glued to the card itself and a sentiment stamped on the bottom.  Super easy and quick.
May this Christmas season fill your heart with JOY.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fall Crochet Projects

 I have been quite busy as I expected to be at this time of the year.  Shortly after I started working at my new location my coworkers fell in love with the Crocodile stitch neck warmer I made so the orders started pouring in.  I first saw this neat crochet stitch while browsing and pinning on Pinterest.  I was determined to learn and after watching a You Tube video over and over I succeeded.  The pattern itself is not hard to make but it is complicated to write...LOL.  I have made so many of these Crocodile stitch neck warmers that the pattern is in my head.

I made my neck warmers with the super soft acrylic yarn I Love this Yarn available from Hobby Lobby.  It's available in quite a variety of colors.  The wooden button came all the way from Singapore, purchased through an Etsy seller.

I learned the crocodile stitch by watching the Yarn Muse.  As I said I watched and watched so don't give up.  It is a very rewarding stitch to learn and works super fast!
I have also made quite a few fingerless mitts.  I did come up with the pattern myself which is in draft form. If you are fortunate to own a smart phone, these work great as they keep your finger exposed!  This was my first pair.  I did not work these using the single crochet chainless foundation which creates a better finish. The Zinnias I grew from the seeds a coworker gave me did wonderful.  I have already collected buds to save some seeds for next year.

The crochet flower is removable and it indicates which is the left and right mitt.  I have already changed the flower which is now smaller.
Some work in progress.  I got a request to make fingerless mitts for a young person who likes skulls.
We are enjoying  a wonderful Fall with mild temperatures here in Charlotte. Today I did noticed that quite a few of the leaves are gone signaling much cold weather is on its way. Speaking of fall I've also enjoyed cooking and baking with pumpkin.  I picked up a new [to me] and wonderful product from Trader Joe's which I tried this morning with some Neufchatel cheese. If you like Apple butter, you will like this one too.
Well, back to the works in progress and perhaps an episode of Dead Zone on NetFlix.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

My First Pair of Toms Shoes

I have fallen in love with Toms shoes and really like their part in the mission to provide shoes for needy children around the world..  I was delighted that the Corduroy style did fit my narrow foot.  Some of Toms shoes are a little loose on me.  I think one of those Dr Scholl soles might help me with some of the styles that are loose.  I wear size 6-1/2 and these fit me perfectly.  I can also wear them with socks.  I was surprised that even though it is a flat shoe it still provided some support.

My Toms are black so I thought I could add a little something by crocheting something cute.  What could be cuter than a little Owl.  I used 100% cotton yarn.  I have lots of remnants left over from other projects ( lol. Owl Cell Phone cozies)
 The crochet applique is secured by using a very small alligator clip I purchased from an Etsy seller. As you can see the white alligator clips measure around 5/8".
The Finished Owls:
Even though this is a very small and quick project, you will need to know how to make a single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, slip stitch and also how to make a picot stitch.

The pattern is here.


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Paper Yoyos

Making Yoyos using paper is quite simple.  Cut out a circle shape.  Place a smaller circular shape inside the circle.  I used a glass pebble [not perfectly circular]  Make folds to cover up the smaller circular shape.  I made a smaller yoyo and glued a button to the center.  Glue the small yoyo to the larger yoyo using glue.

I used the yoyos to decorate my favorite Manila tags.  I am fascinated by the look achieved using graph and yellow notebook paper.  I used the zig zag stitch on my sewing machine to secure the first layer of paper, the ribbon and lace.  Just use what you like [no rules here].  Amazing things happen when you get paper wet.  I sprayed with water the leaf shape, wrinkled and after it dries you can glue to the tag.

Recognize the business reply postcard which can be found in magazines.  
You can't go wrong using stuff you already have around your house.
Lace and fabric go really well together.  This yoyo was made from scrapbook paper.  Make small pleats as you sew the lace to the tag.  A stapler is also very helpful to secure other layers.

Have fun creating from materials you already have in hand.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Cool Driver

Caleb looking cool behind the wheel.

Birthday Card from President Obama

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My father in law who turns 90 tomorrow received a birthday card from the White House.

He served the United States during World War 2. He loved receiving this special greeting.

My Father in Law's 90th Birthday

Today we will be gathering with family to celebrate Markell's 90th birthday.

I remember when I first met him during his visit to Panama and that was more than 30 years ago. I can see where my husband gets his gentle temperament. He has not changed and remains a very kind and sweet man. You have heard some people get grumpy.,,,well not Markell.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

T Shirt Tutorial

Finally got to work on embellishing a very inexpensive T-shirt I found at Hobby Lobby.  The instructions I followed are from Blue Cricket Design.

I cut the pieces in two sizes: 4-1/2" and 3-1/2" square.
Fold each piece twice and cut on the fold
Your pieces should look like this:
On the wrong side of the knit material stitch wide apart to gather each square.  Tie off each end.  Sew smaller piece on top of the larger piece.
Cut some pieces in leaf shape and pin to your shirt planning where you will put your flowers.
Then sew using your sewing machine from one end of the leaf to the other.
  I found it easier to stitch by hand just taking each flower using 2 stitches. As you can see mine came out really ruffly.   Plan on stitching some single flowers if your like less ruffle drama.  The next one I make will have fewer flowers.
Wow! these pictures really show my natural hair color (gray) I had stopped coloring a few months ago and now the hair color is gone. I decided to stop coloring after reading about dark color dyes. What can I's life and I'm already used to this new look.
Have a blessed week.


Saturday, August 06, 2011

Andrea Turns 28

My beautiful daughter Andrea turns 28 today!  As the saying goes: "Time Flies"  Happy Birthday special one and may you continue to celebrate many many more surrounded by your boys {Caleb, Taite and Owen} and Travis.  Here she is doing what she does so well - taking pictures.  

The summer Andrea was six and growing some new teeth.

Andrea looking cute during the summer of 1987.  She was 4.

Keep smiling - You are a blessing.


Sunday, July 31, 2011

Paper and Fabric Tags

Tag {Machine Sewn}
Chances are you already have everything you need to make these paper and fabric tags.
You can make your own tags with cardstock.  I am in love with the manila tags and have a good supply from my last order.  To make the paper flower all you need to do is cut several circle shapes using a punch or by drawing a circle using a round lid to trace the shape.  I used book print from a discarded book.  You can cut several circles at a time.  I like to use decorative brads to hold the circle shapes together.  The ones I used simulate a mini button and I purchased them from Hobby Lobby.  You will find them in the Scrapbook Department.  Once you have all the layers together held by the brad scrunch the layers up.  If your paper is a bit thick you can even spritz some water. Place the paper flower unto a scallop circle shape.
Tag {Machine Sewn}
 The tags background consists of a small piece of rectangle fabric which I cut out using my pinking shears. Sew unto the tag using a Zig Zag stitch.  Use little pieces of lace and ribbon to embellish your tags.  It is fun to make pleats and sew them as you do this.  The wrinkled seam binding I used is from the Etsy seller Annie.   Stamp your sentiment and simply staple to the tag.
This mini manila tag was made by placing on top of a slightly larger piece of fabric.
Tag {Machine Sewn}

Remember that anything Handmade conveys a special message of
L O V E.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Eggplant Goodness

I have always heard that eating purple vegetables is nutritious.  I did a little reading about eggplants and found out that the skin is good because it supplies dietary fiber.  To a chef an eggplant is a vegetable but to a botanist it is a fruit.  I also learned that the Eggplant which belongs to the Nightshade family andcontains toxins in its early stage of growth.  So never attempt to cook and eat a very small eggplant as it can cause illness.  On the other hand a fully developed eggplant contains the phytochemical monterpene which is helpful in preventing the growth of cancer cells.

Some other benefits of Eggplants:

Low in calories and sodium
3-1/2 ounces(100 grams) supplies plenty of minerals:
21.4 mg of calcium
13.0 mg of magnesium
248 mg of potassium
22 mg of phosphorus

Eggplant Rounds
J Baked Eggplant Rounds
 Cut the eggplant in slices about 1/2 inch in thickness. The eggplant is like a sponge. To draw out some of the water for quicker cooking, spread salt on both sides of the eggplant slices and place on a paper towel or on a colander.  Cover with another piece of paper towel.  Wait about 30 minutes, rinse the salt and.....
blot the liquid using the piece of paper towel.  You might use more than one piece.
 Baked Eggplant Rounds
Place the eggplants on a cookie sheet or use your Pampered Chef bar pan if you have one.  Slightly oil the surface using olive oil.  Spread pesto on the eggplant round, and add tomatoes, slices of Mozzarella cheese and sprinkle Parmesan cheese.
Baked Eggplant Rounds
 Bake in a preheated 375 oven for about 25 minutes.
Baked Eggplant Rounds

I used the Cilantro pesto I made a few weeks ago, but store bought pesto or home made basil pesto will be good too.