Sunday, June 02, 2013

May Update

I hardly did any stitching in May. I've been in more of a reading mode lately, reading 9 books in May compared to one in April and one in March. I love my public library's OverDrive app for my Kindle Fire! I did manage to stitch one quick finish - Lizzie Kate's "Bacon Bits." It was for Big H's homeroom teacher as the end of year/teacher appreciation gift. She painted the frame herself. I merged two of the designs together to make the bacon more prominent, but used the called for colors on 28ct. Tea Dyed Monaco.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Duct Tape Clipboard

We love duct tape crafts at our house! I've been searching for NFL Ravens duct tape for awhile - it was completely sold out right before and after the Super Bowl. I finally found a roll in Walmart, in a different section from where they usually keep the duct tape (I'll have to remember to continue to look there). I wanted the Ravens duct tape specifically because I had this project in mind: an old clipboard from my medical publishing days, now transformed. The black square in the center is one of the duct tape sheets, which were great to work with, even if they do leave behind a few bubbles. And the tip I read on Pinterest about using baby wipes on your scissors before cutting the duct tape was a godsend. (Excuse the flash in the second picture, but I needed it or else the purple looked very blue.)

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Not a Traditional Craft, But...

Here is a sweet crafty creation that my sisters and I made as an entry for the annual PEEPshow at the Carroll County Arts Center in Westminster, MD. I took the girls to the show on Good Friday to see all of the terrific entries and today is the last day of the show, then the winners will be announced. I'll let you know how we do!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Easter Crafts

Not a whole lotta stitching going on here, but I have been busy with other crafts. I went scrapbooking on Saturday for 12 hours and then for another five on Tuesday. I spent Sunday making sample Easter crafts for our Junior Girl Scout meeting last night, all with some help from Pinterest.

Puffy paint designs on plastic eggs (scroll down about halfway)

Chalkboard paint on papier mache/cardboard eggs (#13 on the slideshow)

Paper scraps Mod Podged onto plastic eggs (#19 on the slideshow)

Also, I forgot to include it in the picture, but we also made these Easter eggs out of paint chip samples. The original post suggested putting small candies in the egg, which I thought was a little difficult, but I think they would be perfect as a gift card holder.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Thoughts on New Releases

Correct me if I'm wrong, but this should read either "After the rain...the sun shines" or "After the rain...the sunshine" (all one word).

World's scariest birth sampler:

I'm very excited for this new sampler from Silver Creek Samplers. I can't wait to see what the rest of it looks like.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Others Just Don't Understand

I've been plugging away on "Tree Farm," but over the weekend, I needed a break and decided to work on a small ornament that's a WIP. My youngest daughter, who's 6, saw me working on it and asked me if I finished the house (referring to Tree Farm). When I said no, she asked, "Then why are you working on something else?"

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Well, January got off to a good start until I came down with the flu the day after my last post. I was completely down for a week and even after that, I didn't feel like doing a lot of stitching. Then, I was preparing for my annual scrapbooking weekend at the end of January, so that cut into my stitching time. But I'm back on track now, continuing with "Tree Farm." You can see my progress below (some of the yellow stitches in the windows are hard to see in the photo).

Also, just before the scrapbook weekend, I got together for lunch with friends and received these lovely goodies from my bestie as my birthday present. I love them all and can't wait to get started on them!