Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday & Stuff

I have absolutely no intention of doing any shopping today. I tried it once (in-store shopping) on Black Friday, and swore I'd never do it again. It was an awful experience.

I have, however, absolutely no problem shopping online! I have to work on Cyber Monday, but as I don't have any clue what the family wants for Christmas I wouldn't even know where to start.

My intentions today were to pick up my grandson from Great Grandma's house (she and Grandpa were called upon to babysit over the holiday), then hunker down at home and try to do something crafty. I have sewing to do, journal pages, and many unfinished projects.

Sadly, we lost my dear Uncle Rick this week, so I'll be traveling today and staying over to attend a family gathering tomorrow to say goodbye. It'll be good to see family again. And maybe I can get some gift ideas, too.

Frankly, there's no way I could work effectively in my studio right now, as it's a complete disaster. You'd think I was a hoarder by the looks of it. I've got supplies and projects-in-progress everywhere. I could spend an entire day getting it straightened up. I'm too embarrassed to post a photo, so you'll just have to use your imagination.

I've been taking an online course from Jane Davenport these past few weeks, called "Print & Scan." And for that class I bought myself a nice new fancy printer (which is also occupying space in my very crowded studio). My hope is to potentially make prints of some of my journal pages and sell them on Etsy or something. I've already learned TONS of stuff, including some things that can be done in Photoshop/Photoshop Elements.
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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

You won't see this at our house this year, as hubby and I are both working. The hospital usually has decent food for those of us stuck working the holidays. Hopefully, everyone will behave themselves.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Turkey Project

I've been trying to come up with some sort of easy, unique, inexpensive Thanksgiving project to do with my grandson (he's 5). I didn't want to buy anything, but use what I had on hand. This is what I came up with. He had a great time cutting and gluing. I cut the felt pieces, just because my sewing scissors are very sharp and the pieces are small. I also cut the body, and the layers were pretty thick (cereal box and corrugated paper). He cut the feathers on the turkey on the left (I drew the shape, he cut along the lines.)

These turkeys are actually a little bit more 3-D that they appear in the first photo. Magnet strips on the back allow these birds to be affixed to the refrigerator.

I'm trying to decide if we need to add wings of some sort.
 
And here he is on the refrigerator:
 
 Supplies:
Cereal box cardboard
Plastic spoon
Felt (for eyes, beak, waddle, legs)
Construction paper
Corrugated paper
Elmer's glue
Magnet strips
Tan acrylic craft paint


Thursday, November 7, 2013

New Fabric (I couldn't help myself)

Well, I did it. I bought more fabric when I promised myself I wouldn't. I could tell you it's because these charm packs were on sale at Green Fairy Quilts, and that may have played a small part. Mostly, it was because I thought these collections were bright and cheerful. I've had them for about a week, and I think they'll make up really cute simple lap or twin size quilts.

Then today while checking my email, I saw that Craftsy was offering another free quilting class. Of course I signed up for it. I learn new things with each class I take, and the teachers are all really good. This mini class is called Piece, Patch, Quilt: Basic Quiltmaking Skills with Gail Kessler. I doubt I can get something done before Christmas (too many other projects), but that's sort of what I had in mind.

This charm pack had me thinking of my sister, so she may get something in the distant future:
Moda Charm Pack - Bobbins & Bits by Pat Sloan
Moda Charm Pack - Bobbins & Bits by Pat Sloan
 
And this one appealed to me.
The color schemes of both are pretty similar, huh?
Moda MINI Charm - Pot Luck by American Jane
Moda MINI Charm - Pot Luck by American Jane
 
Incidentally, Craftsy is offering another free class called Professional Family Portraits, and as I just purchased a REALLY NICE camera, I signed up for this one as well. My new camera is a Canon EOS 7D, and I'm just starting to find my way around all the cool features. Even in the basic Auto mode, the photos are fantastic. I got the "For Dummies" book for this specific camera and I've got a DVD tutorial coming soon.  


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Getting Ready for the Season?

I posted a link to my free pattern about this time last year, and thought I'd repost so others could find it easily. The pattern is on my website, copyrighted in 1997. That was the year I made one for all my coworkers. It was a daunting task, and I tried to make each Snow Person unique and representative of each person's interests or attributes. 
 
So if you're looking for a fast and easy project for the season, how about some Snow People made from Warm & Natural cotton batting? Click HERE for the pattern and instructions. There's also a link to photos of ALL the Snow People I made that year. Back when I had TIME, apparently.
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Monday, November 4, 2013

Life Book 2013 November Lessons

I'm still a few lessons behind, catching up with a few of the October lessons. Stay tuned! I managed to finish this one (before some of the others) but had trouble adjusting the contrast to look like the original. Happy with the feather, less satisfied with the background.






Finally finished this lesson, taught by Jane Davies.



Finally got this one done, January 2014! Though now that I look at it, I see I want to add a couple more details. Oh, well.
I've been a fan of Melody Ross and Brave Girls Club for a long time!


See my Life Book 2013 pages HERE
or Life Book 2014 HERE
or Life Book 2015 HERE
or Life Book 2016 HERE
or Life Book 2017 HERE