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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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Notebook Project Part 3

The final two notebooks from our play date. :)

I didn't use any stamps on this one. I positioned the paper to get the large flower as centered as possible and then used buttons, sparkles, and stickles to decorate.
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While there isn't any purple in the paper we used on this one, I thought the purple went really well with the pink & blue of the paper. The stamp is from CTMH (You've Got Flair). The cardstock & ink are CTMH's Gypsy.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Notebook Project Part 2

I used CTMH's A Tweet stamp set on this one. I just love that little bird. :) The cardstock is SU's Tempting Turquoise. Ink colors are SU's Tempting Turquoise, and CTMH's Pear and Sunset.

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This one uses CTMH's Cottage Floral stamp set and the sentiment is CTMH's Follow Your Dreams (retired). I really love the blue & orange combo in this one. The blue is SU's Tempting Turquoise and the orange is CTMH's Sunset. They look so good together!
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Monday, April 4, 2011

Notebook Project Part 1

A friend recently asked me if I would help her decorate some notebooks for baby shower prizes. Since I love making notebooks I just couldn't say no. She brought the papers and I supplied the rest. In exchange she's going to line some felted knit totebags that are on my to-do list to get made. I'm thinking I got the better end of the bargain but she's quite pleased with how the notebooks turned out. It was also so much fun to have her over and papercraft together.

I had to chuckle when she showed me the papers because she wanted to use up papers that she just didn't care for but they came in the paper pad she had bought. Yep, you guessed it, the papers she didn't care for, I thought were awesome. LOL I think out of all six notebooks we made, the composition book is my favorite. I love how the paper looks like multiple papers/layers, but it's really just all one sheet of paper.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Vintage Inspired Notebook

I've been on a bit of a notebook roll here lately. But of course I am sure you already noticed that! :) This one was also created for a swap that I'm in. I can't really say more than that about it since I do want it to be a surprise when she gets it and I don't know if she looks at my blog. I guess I should also specify that I am in more than one swap at the moment. LOL


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The paper is from a Tim Holtz paper pad. The butterfly is embossed with white embossing powder and then I sponged ink over the white cardstock it was embossed on. I made the flower using an old book (look in my blog archives for the tutorial). The pearls are from the dollar spot at JoAnn's.