Thursday, October 6, 2011

Get Well Card

Okay, so I really have made at least one card in the past few weeks. I made this for a friend after she had surgery. I thought this House Mouse image was totally appropriate. Someone sent this image to me in a House Mouse image swap. I think I need to get some more of these cute little stamps. :) Photobucket Papers: Stamping Up DSP, CTMH Pacifica Cardstock Stamps: House Mouse Misc: Ribbon. Colored using watercolor pencils & a waterbrush

Snow!!!!

For crying out loud it's only October 6th. I am so not ready for SNOW. Augghhhh! Yep, big ole' fat flakes of white stuff falling from the sky. It seems wrong on so many levels that it looks like a winter wonderland outside yet the leaves are still on the trees & are green. After nearly 7 years of living in Idaho you'd think I'd be used to this, but nope, I'm not. This pic really doesn't even do the snow justice. Even more has accumulated since I took this picture a little over an hour ago. I can't even see grass in my front yard. Yep, completely covered. Sigh.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Izzy

I can't resist sharing some pics we took of Izzy recently. We have started letting her go outside during the day. She doesn't wander any further than the back yard but seems to have her own little adventures every day. Yesterday I caught her laying in the grass staring up at the tree as if dinner were simply going to drop from it. Here's a pic of her climbing said tree.
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She's insanely jealous of anything that prevents you from petting her. Here she is attempting to circumvent hubby working on a blanket.
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She also is a chair thief extraordinaire.
All it takes is for me to get up for a mere 30 seconds. By the time I get back she is sound asleep in my chair.
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And last but not least, no day would be complete without one of Izzy's "I'm gonna shred you in your sleep" looks.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Knit Baby Blanket - Otherwise Known as My Eternity Blanket

I finally finished (last month) the baby blanket for charity that I started on at the beginning of summer (mid-May). I'm not sure what possessed me to think that it would be quick to knit a baby blanket. I crochet much faster than I knit, and I think I was getting tired of crocheting them. While I do both, knitting is my preferred method. :) Now to be fair, I did set this blanket down for 6-8 weeks while we prepared for, went on vacation, and attempted to recuperate from said vacation. Still, I felt like it took forever and I dubbed it my eternity blanket because it felt like it was taking an eternity to knit! I love the colors and how they pooled and striped even within the same skein of yarn. I am very grateful that the only scraps I have from this blanket is a little walnut sized ball because as much as I love the colors I'm sick of seeing the yarn! LOL

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Back to School Composition Books #3

Here's the final back to school composition book and the only one not to have a school theme to it. I confess that when I was done with this one I wanted to keep it for myself! Needless to say I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. I just love the stamp set I used (Woof Woof from Recollections). The papers are CTMH from a special they did a while back. Dang if I can remember the name of them. I swear my memory is not just going but gone! I used Glossy Accents on the paw prints, the dog bone and the dog's nose. Isn't that just the cutest poochie?

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Back to School Composition Books #2

Here's the 2nd back to school notebook I made. As soon as my friend asked me to make these notebooks I knew I wanted to use the Greeting Card Kids stamp set from SU. They are perfect for vintage themed projects. The papers are from a Tim Holtz paper pad. The lace ribbon is from SU.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Back to School Composition Books #1

I recently received an order for three composition books for back to school teacher gifts. My friend said she wanted two with a school theme and the 3rd one she wanted with a dog theme. Other than that I was free to be as creative as I wanted to be. So I started searching through my stash and just knew that I needed to use the Cosmo Cricket paper that I'd been holding on to forever. I love it when the papers speak to me! The stamp set is one I bought at JoAnn's. I wish I could remember the brand and name...sorry...it's one of the rubber stamp sets that go on clear blocks.

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After coloring the pencil in, I used foam dots to give it some dimension and then used Glossy Accents to give it some shine. I love how the flower with the apple turned out. Also used Glossy Accents there too. The flower was in my stash. I bought them a while back on clearance at Michael's and this one was perfect for this project.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

So glad to be back!!!

It has been a crazy busy but wonderful summer! We've been home from our road trip since early July, but then had the craziness of getting our daughter ready for boot camp and throwing a going away party for her and then spending a week in Utah when she left. I miss her terribly, and felt like I was finally starting to get on an even keel only for our other two girls to start back to school this week and my thyroid medications to be messed with. So I'm back, but not sure if I'm any better! LOL

Our daughter needed thank you cards for the graduation and going away gifts that she received. I only had a couple of hours to design something and get it made. I also had an address book that was really plain that I bought with all of it's pages intact at a thrift store for a $1. I decided that it needed decorated so that she'd have her own address book since she's going off on her own. Even though the cards are super simple, after not papercrafting for a while, it felt so good to have inky fingers!

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The paper is from Stamping Up (Blueberry Crisp). Cardstock is Pacifica from CTMH. The stamp used on the card is from CTMH (Thank You), and the stamp on the address book is from a $1 bin at JoAnn's. The grey satin ribbon is from DollarTree. Also used glossy accents which obviously hadn't dried yet but had to take the pic anyways because of a time crunch!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sorry I don't have anything to share!

It's been a crazy month full of end of school year activities and a flurry of graduation and summer vacation plans. So far this month we have celebrated the birthdays of three of our children and the high school graduation of our oldest daughter. It has been a joyous month. In a few short days my girls and I will be heading out for a 5 week road trip full of visits to family, friends, and multiple national parks before our daughter (who just graduated) leaves for the Navy. So I won't have anything to share with you for a while. I am hoping that those of you who are followers to my blog will stick around but at the moment family is more important than my blog. I am hoping to be back to sharing artwork by the middle of July. I hope everyone has a safe, fun, and blessed summer.

Jenn

Monday, May 2, 2011

Pink Camo Baby Blanket

I am still plugging away making the sideways shells baby blankets for humanitarian aid. This is the latest one I have finished. It seems like it took me forever. I may have to look for a new simple pattern to repeat until I get bored with it. LOL I am finding that I am loving making the hats and socks than I am the blankets. I guess it's the nearly instant gratification of a project finished quickly. ;)

I just love the way the pink camo (yes that's the actual color name) pooled. The pooling doesn't look so obvious in real life....I think the camera captures it a bit differently.

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Summer Flies Shawl

I created this shawl for my swap partner Linda for the Trash to Treasures Crayon Swap. Linda loves pink and requested watermelon pink for her color. I kept searching for just the right shade of pink and finally settled for a medium pink that is almost a coral color. Yet it seemed like the right color when I saw it. I laughed when I saw the label and the color is "strawberry".

Anyway, this was my first real lace project and my first shawl. I have a love affair with shawls and have bookmarked many patterns but this is the first one I've ever made. Linda ended up absolutely loving her shawl (for which I am very grateful!). My 14 year old daughter also really really liked it and has asked me to make one for her. :)

The pattern can be found here on Ravelry. I think you have to be a member to access it though.

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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Silly Cat!!!

I just wanted to share a quick picture of my very silly kitty, Izzy. She is forever checking any boxes, bags, or containers that are left around, just to see if she will fit in them. A couple of weeks ago I made chili in the crockpot. The insert & lid were in the dishwasher and the base was just waiting for to be reunited with them. Later that evening I walked into the kitchen and found this!

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Yep, she fits!!! LOL

Friday, April 29, 2011

Crayon Swap Goodies

I recently participated in another swap with the Trash to Treasures group on Ravelry. It was called a Crayon Swap and we had to choose our favorite color. Everything our swap partner sent us was to be based on that color as well as a few other guidelines as to what went in the box. Here are the wonderful items that Helen sent me.


I couldn't get the color to come out quite right on this purse she made me. It really is a bright and lovely shade of purple even if it does look blue in this picture. She made this bag out of a jacket that she had that didn't fit her. The strap is made from a faja (handwoven belt worn by the women there in Guatemala as part of their traditional Mayan clothing). It was a leftover piece from making a strap for her binoculars. I think it adds a wonderful and colorful touch to the bag. She even made a little pocket just the right size for my cell phone on the inside of the bag.
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I absolutely adore the crocheted flower and butterfly button closure!
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She made this little drawstring bag to hold earrings or other small items. Every part of it has been recycled from something else....even the gold cording and the beads. The outer part is from the sleeve of a blouse. I thought it was very creative! It'll be perfect for putting jewelry in when I travel.
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I was really excited when I saw this in my package! It's a zippered pouch made from a candy bag/wrapper. Another member of our group posted a tutorial on how to make this recently and I was in awe. I would love to make one, but hate to sew and NEVER EVER EVER do anything that requires a zipper. LOL So I was extra excited to have one of these made for me! She also included a full package of these chocolate covered raisins as well as a couple of chocolate bars. Muy delicioso!
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The inside is lined with the same fabric as the purse/bag she made me.
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She searched my favorite items that I had marked pattern wise on Rav and chose the pattern for this scarf to make for me. I love the vibrant color of it and the feel too. It is made with mercerized cotton. I think she did a wonderful job on it and love that she took the time to make it for me.
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She also made these cards for me using pictures she took of flowers growing in pots on her patio.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Auction Notebooks Part 2

While the previous two auction notebooks were made out of composition books, these were made with two different styles of notebooks from the dollar spot at Michael's. I wasn't completely sure about being able to alter the first notebook because of the closure, but with careful measuring and my 1/2" circle punch I was able to make it work. :)

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Spring????

I finally have proof that Spring might actually get here sometime reasonably soon!

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We planted Tiger Lily bulbs last Fall that my brother-in-law gave us after dividing his bulbs. They are finally starting to poke through. I love planting bulbs and then seeing them start to push through the ground every Spring. It just seems like magic to me. The green part of my Bearded Irises are also coming up and just the tiniest tendrils of my Asiatic Lilies are starting to make appearances also. I can't wait for everything to be in full bloom!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bunny Tin

This was also made for the auction. I almost didn't want to part with is when it was done. I just love how it turned out! I bought the tin from the thrift store. It originally held Maya Road chipboard. I used scraps to decorate it...not even sure what brand the papers are. The stamp is Bunny Love from CTMH. I think it's perhaps my favorite Easter stamp set. Once I was done decorating the tin, I filled it with a bit of Easter grass and a bag of Hershey's chocolate bunnies. :)

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Auction Notebooks Part 1

Our ward (church) does a chili cookoff and auction each Spring to raise money for the young men and young women to help defray some of the costs for girl's camp and also for scouting. I usually donate a little something for the silent auction. This year is was 5 altered notebooks.

I used the same paper pack for each of these composition books (K & Company). It's a little hard to tell in the pictures, but I embellished with dew drops and stickles (rather heavily on the first one). The stamp set used on the second one is a Recollections set from Michael's that I found on clearance. I love the quote..."Life is full of beautiful moments, make them all count". I used some glossy accents on the face of the clock and stickles on the swirls around the clock.

Please pardon the slightly blurry pics...I'm still getting used to the new point & shoot camera I bought. I think I've been spoiled by borrowing DH's Canon Rebel, but I wanted a small compact camera of my own. :)


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Thursday, April 14, 2011

My First Pair of Handknit Socks

WooHoo! I did it! I actually learned how to knit socks. Even though I've finished them, I'm still in awe that I learned how to make them. They are a little tricky, but not nearly as hard as I thought they'd be.

I used yarn that my mother-in-law bought for me when they were in Belgium over the holidays. After washing, they are super duper soft. I didn't think wool could be that deliciously soft.

The only downside is that these turned out a bit too big. Not saggy baggy big, but big enough that I'm considering frogging them and starting over. I'm a little bummed by that but not too badly because it just means I get more practice with socks and I get to knit with yummy yarn. So it's all good. :)

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Birthday Surprises

I recently celebrated my birthday...no, I won't tell you which one. :) It was however a good one! It was a fabulous day filled with lots of well wishes from friends and family. DH grilled steak, shrimp, and salmon for my birthday dinner. It was delicious! My good friend Karen took me out to lunch at 5 Guys Burgers & Fries. She also bought me two skeins of some really pretty purple yarn that I had actually been eyeing for quite some time. I wonder how she knew??? DH bought me Tangled on Blu-Ray, a new blue tooth headset for my cell phone, and two sets of size 4 knitting needles I wanted (1 Addi Turbo & 1 Addi Lace). So not only did I have a fabulous day, I felt spoiled rotten!

I work on humanitarian aid items every Wednesday at our LDS Stake Center. On the week of my birthday, my friend Ellen who works with me there presented me with this wonderful gluten free cake.

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It's about 3 inches in diameter and even opens up to hold a trinket or two. Isn't it just wonderful? Needless to say I absolutely love it. I'm beginning to think that Ellen can crochet ANYTHING. I never ceased to be amazed by her talent.

She also made this card for me and then had everyone sign it.

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And for the last birthday surprise, another card. Nope, not one that I received....it's one I made for a fellow CTMH consultant who also just happens to share the same birthday as me. Isn't that so cool? Once we realized we have the same b-day, we have been exchanging cards every year since.

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The glitter on the heart didn't turn out quite as well as I wanted but all in all I'm pleased with how it turned out. The inside says "hope you have a rockin' good birthday".

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Trash to Treasure Prize Goodies

Can you believe I nearly forgot to share this??? I had uploaded the photos to photbucket, edited & watermarked them, and then that bout of laziness I mentioned last week must have hit because I completely forgot to post them! LOL

The Trash to Treasure group I'm in on Ravelry is celebrating having 1,000 members. I volunteered (along with a lot of other group members) to provide a prize for the 1,000 member celebration prize drawing. Many fabulous prizes were donated and I confess I have wished that I would win more than just a few of them because they are so awesome. The whole point of this group is to recycle and repurpose things and to put less in the landfills. Here is my offering of 3 cards made completely from scraps, and a cotton washcloth made out of a sweater that I bought at the thrift store and then unraveled for the yarn. :)

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