Friday, January 31, 2014

It Takes Me Back

This is a follow-up from yesterday's post.

Depending on your age, you may or may not remember needing to roll your yarn into a ball before starting a project. As a child, I remember sitting with my grandmother, with my hands about a foot apart draped with a skein of yarn. My grandmother would then begin the process of rolling balls of yarn. The ability to pull yarn from the middle of the skein, the way we can now, was not a possibility.

Because the wool I am using is from my Dad and Step-mom's sheep, and spun and dyed by my Step-mom, it was necessary for me to roll the wool into balls before beginning my project.

So, what do you think? These are super easy to make. I started them at about 5pm last night. I finished one before dinner, then the other one after dinner. Not too bad. Two cuffs in just a couple of hours. They were so easy, I was able to crochet them while watching television. Seriously, I didn't even need to look at the pattern for the second cuff!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Gonna Try Something New

Have you seen those Boot Cuffs on Pinterest? I pinned a location a while back, for ten different patterns, and now it's time to try at least one of them. As I was looking for the pattern, I discovered it's available on Ravelry, which is a free membership site where you can find all kinds of crochet (and knitting) patterns at no cost. I have found a lot of afghan and baby blanket patterns on that site.

This is the pair I plan to make. I've got some wool yarn I've been wanting to play with, and I'm hoping it will work well with this pattern. 

I will try to post my progress every few days, and let you know (or see) how I'm doing.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Bendi Garden Card

This is another Bendi card. I made this one for Operation Write Home. Because of that, I added an additional back to the card so there is enough room to write a message home. The image is Foxgloves and Forget Me Nots by Beatrix Potter, and the card foundation is Bendy Card with Fence by Samantha Walker. Both are available at Silhouette America.

This is the card folded and ready for mailing.

Here it is all opened up.

This is what it looks like with the tabs in their slots and standing on its own.

Friday, January 17, 2014


We all hate it when we need to send a condolence card. Unfortunately, I just found out that two friends lost loved ones this week. I made these cards for them.

I used the sentiment stamp Thoughts and Prayers by Stampin' Up!. The image is Vines by Silhouette.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

One of Those Weeks!

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you envision having all kinds of time to yourself, and it just doesn't happen? That's how this week has been for me.

My husband went on a week-long ski trip with a friend, and I thought I would be spending every evening making cards, learning more about my Silhouette Cameo, finishing a crochet project. . . Not that it's a bad thing, but I have been busy doing other things.

Tuesday evening I received an unexpected invitation to have dinner at a neighbor's house. It was a nice time just sitting around chatting, and enjoying good food and drink.

Last night I went to bible study (which was planned). However, the group was very lively, we were all enjoying the conversation, and the study went longer than usual. Needless to say, by the time I got home, it was time to get ready for bed.

Tonight, a girlfriend will be coming over for dinner. I'm looking forward to relaxing and visiting and enjoying another casual evening with a friend.

So, I may or may not get the cards posted as I had planned. That's okay though, because there's always tomorrow. Right?

I hope, even if your week did not go the way you had envisioned, you still had a wonderful week - I did!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Castle Card

Isn't this the cutest? I discovered this "Bendy Card" at Silhouette America by Samantha Walker. I have a niece who will be turning TWO, and I just couldn't resist. I was able to download it, create a mock-up (because that's what I do), figured out the colors I wanted to use, cut out all the pieces and put them together. It's so easy I was able to do all this between dinner and bedtime.

You can find the tutorial (and other great images) at Samantha Walker's blog. She has a huge selection of images to download.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Thank You Butterflies

I got to spend the day with my daughter today. She lives about an hour away, so it's always a special treat when we get together. She's working and going to school, so she doesn't have a lot of free time. While we were shopping, she confessed that she still hadn't sent out thank you cards, so I offered to make some for her. Any excuse to make a card!

I also used the excuse to use my new Silhouette. I'm still in the learning stage, but I'm still happy with the results. I should be able to complete a batch of cards by tomorrow for her to send to friends and family.
Silhouette Supplies:
Design - Thank You Cards by Daniela Angelova

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Paper - Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ribbon - Basic Black Taffeta
Jewels - Rhinestones

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Moving Forward

For just over a year, I have been posting my Stampin' Up! cards on my other blog. I will continue to post my Stampin' Up! cards on that blog, but I wanted to create a place to post more than just my card creations.

This blog will not be as structured. I will continue to post cards, because I love making cards. However, I will be using this blog to post non-SU! cards and other creative projects I am working on - I also love to crochet!

Along with the creative stuff, I plan to blog about things I come across that might be of interest to others, my attempts (and hopefully successes) at trying new things, our home re-model we start this spring (the plans are approved!), and whatever fun things are going on in my life.

I hope you'll wander around and laugh with me on this new journey!

These pictures are from a couple of raft trips we took over the summer.