Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What A Hoot!

I saw these little cuties in my blog travels one day, and just knew I had to try making some too!  Here's one...

...and here's the other!  Don't you love the little pigtails?! 

Both were really quick, easy, and lots of fun to make, with just small amounts of yarn, some fiberfill, and a couple of good-sized wiggle eyes.  You can find a quick how-to HERE, at Luna's place, My Crochet-Mis Tejidos.

One will sit on my desk, and the other will be shipped directly to one of my very best friends, who LOVES to collect owls.  I know this will be a really nice surprise for her, when it gets there!..   Well, that's if she's not reading this post of course!  (I've also got a package on it's way to my good friend Doris, over at Crocheting in Georgia!  We were swap partners for an exchange of flower seeds!  She should get that real soon!)

Another small project I worked on one night was a couple of fabric flowers!  I could see where these might be almost addicting to make.  They really are so easy to put together!..   But my one frustration was not having a strong enough thread...  I've got to get more, and in at least another color or two...   I like how this one looks on my mini album, based on  The Wizard of Oz...  (which I HOPE to show sometime soon!  I'm going to try to better understand my camera, probably over the weekend.)

Love the shade of green I had for this flower.. So pretty!..   If you'd like to see how to make these flowers, HERE'S where a young man will teach you how it's done..   If I'm not mistaken, I believe he's only about 15 years old, but he's a definitely a rising star in the field of scrapbooking!!  You can find his blog HERE.
Now, can you guess which album this next flower will be for?

Oh, yes!...  Very soon, I will be starting my next mini-scrapbook movie album, based on the Twilight saga, and I can't wait!   I'm having so much fun with these, that down the road I have plans for making more albums based on Gone With The Wind, and Harry Potter too!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Vintage Sewing Tag

Recently, I thought I'd throw myself into yet another challenge.  I've put together a tag for Tag Tuesday, now hosted by Rebecca, HERE at Blog Challenge Garden.  The theme this week is "Vintage Sewing", and was I ready for this!  I had my materials already set, really, saving a few scrappy bits and pieces I knew I'd want to use for the personal (all-about-me) scrapbook I've been working on. 

This is the front of the tag. 

I remember losing the manual to my very first sewing machine.  I ordered a new one to come in the mail;  and of course, didn't I just FIND the original later!  I knew I could get away with cutting out a few bits and pieces of one of the copies, while still saving the other; and so you see the exact image of that very special machine!   No bling or glitter on my tag...   I look at this, and it is just perfect for my purposes.  Most importantly, it makes me smile, for the happy memory that it brings.

I remember my mother had an old machine, and how I longed to make wondrous creations from it;  but the machine did not work, despite my every effort and hope to somehow make it work.  I guess it was not on my parents' priorities list to have it fixed, simply so that I could sew up a few Barbie outfits...   Nor was it, perhaps, in their budget to fix it;  so I did some farm work as a teenager, and probably a little babysitting at that same time, and finally I earned myself the money to buy my own machine!  The image you see on my tag is that machine!...   A Sears Kenmore sewing machine!...   And so began my love for sewing, at right around the age of 16.   On the back of my vintage sewing tag, you see a tag-in-a-tag, so that I can journal about what a treasure that was to me!

Busy as usual, there are other projects I'm working on at the moment, some I'll show soon, and some I CAN'T show yet, for various reasons...   But here is one more little thing I made recently.  I've seen these soda pop tab bracelets before, but finally found the time to throw a couple together!

Of course I wouldn't go wearing them to Governor's Ball, (ha! ha!)...  but when do I ever go to THAT anyways?!   What I love most about these, is they're inexpensive...   I think they're cute, and you all KNOW I love making things with my own two hands!   I recycled...  Oh, and Kristen Stewart (Bella) wears them. (See HERE!)...   So I'm "cool"!..   right?!!

Well, all that, and I have wrists (no lie!) that measure 5 3/4" around.  Just TRY to find watches and bracelets, in the adults' section of a store, that come in that size!...   Not likely!  I have to have EVERYTHING adjusted!  So, these were quick and fun anyways, and so far, I'm not breaking out from them!  Hooray!  I'm sure I'll be making more!...  If you'd like to see how, if not for yourself, then for your kids/grandkids maybe...   just go HERE, for a video tutorial!  Head over to Textiles4You, where Kristy will show you some crochet ones she's made too!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by, and a special thanks to Rebecca for hosting Tag Tuesday...  I look forward to participating again soon!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Celebrate Oz

Today Linda, at Olde Baggs 'n Stuft Shirts, is hosting her Celebrate Oz event; and with a great love for movies, and this one being one of my favorites,  I couldn't resist joining in on the fun!

Timing was quite a coincidence too, I thought, because just around the time I'd first heard of this event, I had just purchased some Wizard of Oz scrapbooking papers to start a Wizard of Oz scrapbook-mini-album!

Well, hard as I tried, I'm afraid I couldn't finish my album on time, to show in its entirety, but I'll at least share a quick peek.  The cover, so far, is made from the cover/sleeve of the 70th Anniversary DVD set I got for Christmas.  I want to embellish it more eventually, with some flowers, glitters, or whatever...  but I am so tickled with how the whole scrapbook is really coming together now!!! 

As you could tell in my previous posts, showing the TP Roll Mini Albums I've done, takes a great deal of time and patience as I load every picture up for one post!...  So I'm presently thinking I may either do a video or slideshow of some sort to show this album.  You can better understand, perhaps, when I compare how a TP Roll mini album has FOUR pages, while my Wizard of Oz mini-album is composed of SIXTEEN pages, and at least that many tags to boot!

I am still in the process of embellishing it.  It is made from business-sized envelopes.  The whole album measures approximately 5" x 7" in size, with a thickness, I joke...

...comparable to that of a Scooby Sandwich!!!

Just last night, I was working on a little something for my "Dorothy page", and I still have to check, this morning, how dry/set they are!  

They are a pair of Barbie shoes, which I've glittered in red sparkles to look like Dorothy's ruby slippers!!  I will be using them as charms for this page of the album!  Aren't they CUTE?!!

Well, while I'm still figuring out what way is best to post everything, when it's done, I thought I'd include another little Wizard of Oz somethin-somethin for the occasion...  Honestly, I can't remember if I've posted these before, but if so, here they are again!  

They are a set of wooden nutcrackers that each stand at about 14" tall, and I keep them atop my kids' shelves of children's storybooks!  

They were a Christmas present to me one year, from my brother and sister-in-law, and I just think they are so sweet!

So, my friends, here you have it...  Two posts in only a few days!!!  I haven't done that in, who knows?..  how long?!!  A big thank you to Linda for hosting this event!  Be sure to visit her and all the others participating!

I hope you enjoyed your visit here, and I'm always happy to hear your comments!  "Come out, come out, wherever you are" to leave one if you can!!..   Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

When Irish Hands Are Crafting...

...sure 'tis why, this morn, I sing!  So glad you could stop by today! Please, sit down, and help yourself to a wee cup of tea with me, won't you? 

It's been a wee while since my last post, (this could be a long one!)...  but sure and begorrah, I've been busy!...   So here's what I've got to show you today!

Not more than a month ago, I ran across a website that hosts ATC swaps.  What's an ATC?  It's an artistic trading card!  I'd seen some beautiful ones around Blogland before; but this time around, I thought I'd finally try my hand at it!  Signing up at the Blissful ATC Swap blog didn't take long at all; and soon thereafter, I was assigned a swap partner, Susan, at Art of Mine!  Next, I printed my copies of the given image for the month, I got out my scrapping supplies, and I began to make my very first ATC card!

This month's theme was based around the image shown below.

Participants use the given image/theme for the month in whatever design they are then inspired to make.  "Silk", and the Chinese symbols led me to put together this little 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" ATC .

I thought it would be cute to send a little crocheted Kokeshi Doll, along with a few other goodies, to go with it!  Susan has a picture of the rest on her blog, if you'd like to see; and if you'd like the pattern for the doll, you can find that HERE.  Having already mailed Susan's out, here are the copies I made to save for myself!

Meanwhile, here is what Susan sent to me!

Isn't it amazing?!!  

That blue thing on the bottom of the card you see, is actually a REAL, hand-dyed, cultivated silk cocoon!  

In her enclosed note card, she directed me to gently shake it, where I could actually hear the deceased little inhabitant inside!!!...   Well, Dear Son and I both thought that was pretty "COOL"!

Below the card you see a stamped piece of silk.  Susan told me this was a very old vintage piece of silk she snipped and frayed for me.  I love it, and anyone who knows me well enough, knows how much I love our fine-feathered little friends!

I had so much fun for my first ATC swap!  I have to thank Wendy for assigning me a partner who was so friendly and helpful.  Susan was wonderfully helpful to me, when sure enough, I had questions to ask, and she so very graciously took the time to show me the ropes!  Here are some more goodies, as shown below...

that Susan sent, so that I would have some extra fun when participating in future ATC swaps!  That was so sweet of her, I can't tell you how surprised and happy I was to find all this in the package she sent me!  Thank you Susan!!  You have indeed made my first ATC swap a very special one, and I'm so happy to have met you!  To anyone who has not met Susan yet, be sure to visit her at her blog. She is a woman of very many wonderful talents, you will see!

Another very talented friend sent me this ATC card recently...   Debbie, from Simply Debbie!!  She, with Wendy, is one of the co-founders of the Blissfull ATC Swaps!  Debbie was so encouraging and supportive as I pondered even joining in on this event!...    Isn't this card she made beautiful?!! 

Thank you so much Debbie!..  
Or should I say, "Merci beaucoup!"...  I love it!  

So, I have now have a total of 3 ATC cards, and I believe that I can rightfully call this the beginnings of a new "collection"!  My head is already spinning, thinking of where and what best way to display it!  I absolutely treasure these little works of art, and am signed up for next month's swap already!

Well, in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, you'll remember I couldn't resist making ANOTHER mini scrap album for the occasion!  Here it is.  Below is the front cover.

The first page is a simple pocket with a tag.  

Time was a crunch, and most of the tags are printed ones from ready-to-print images, HERE for instance, which I'm sure many of you will probably recognize, having seen or used them yourselves!

The next page you see a pocket frame made from the Graphic 45 "Once Upon a Springtime" paper collection.  I can slide a photo into that, with the cutest little fairy perched as if she is peeking to see who it will be!

This next page is just a simple photo mat, with fancy-punched corners on a greenish textured cardstock...

with a wee Irish laddie strolling by, just for fun!  

The next page, above, shows a band of bling holding a swivel-set of mini photo mats...

And on the shamrock at the right side of the page, you can see where I finally got to try out my new bottle of "Stickles"!  When first finding my interest in scrapbooking, I heard a great deal about this product, and had to try it!  Unfortunately, I used it on paper, instead of a quality cardstock, and it buckled the paper a bit, but that's o.k.  I still like it fine enough!  

Inside the pocket of this page I inserted a printed recipe card, where I can write down my recipe for Irish Soda Bread...   and with that I added a plain white, blank photo tag.  The next page is a simple little band with an irish rose, set on a photo mat.  (Darn that sticky tape..  I love it, but NOT when it SHOWS through!  Lesson learned, I will use another kind of adhesive, next time, when working with lace.)

Miniature photos are adorable, I think; but you don't want them ALL to be the size of a postage stamp, so full page mats are nice!  Here's the tag I inserted into the side pocket of that page, with a place for a larger photo on the back of that...

This is the front of the last page.  

You see the little charm I included?  It is from an old set of claddaugh earrings I had, but couldn't wear anymore because of the terrible allergic reaction I got from them TWICE!  Enough is enough, and I thought to use one here was a nice way to still keep them, instead of simply discarding them! Below is the back cover of my mini album...

...and the tags that filled the side pocket of this page.

My gosh, did I TELL you this post would be long?..  What are we on?..  our seventh wee cup of tea now?!! (I'm definitely wondering if video would be easier!)...   

Finally, I'll show you the Shamrock potholder I made!  I was glad to pick up my crochet hook to make this little Irish kitchen helper...

and I don't know why it took me till now to finally ever make one, but I'm very happy with how it came out! 

You can find Priscilla Hewitt's pattern HERE, if you'd like to try it yourself!

Well, thanks so much for stopping by!  I'm so glad we got to share a wee bit o' the holiday together!  We're wearing our green 'round here today, but we'll be celebrating more with a nice Irish dinner during the weekend, and I'm really looking forward to that! 

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all! 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

It's a Girl's Prerogative

Well, I told myself I wasn't going to make another one for this holiday, because I have so many other WIPs going right now, but would you just look at what came of such rock-solid determination!

That a girl!  Stand firm in your decisions now.  
Don't let anything break you.

O.K., O.K...   Now, wait a minute.  I can explain.  You see...   I was just having so much fun filling my Valentine's Day mini album with family photos, and well...   It just looked so nice, full with happy family memories when I was done...  And, gee...  Everyone KNOWS how much I LOVE the holidays!  I just couldn't resist!  So I pulled out some of the greens in my craft supply stash, and I'm began to work on my St. Patrick's Day mini album!  I had some hunter green cardstock on hand, but I didn't have a patterned paper;  so HERE's where I found one.

In the meantime, I came across an AWSOME giveaway!!

It's a YEAR'S worth of scrapbooking kits!  Being a newbie in the craft of scrapbooking, you just KNOW how great it would be to win this!  So I signed right up, and am just crossing my fingers!  You can do the same, if you want...  Just click this link, WeScrap Kits...

...and you will be promptly directed in the right direction!

Thanks for stopping by!