Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bragging on my hubby...

I just had to take a minute and share a project that my hubby made recently for our daughter who is in the Navy. He wanted her to have a special blanket to keep her warm (because it gets cold on the ship) and also to remind her of home and help her to know how much she is loved and missed. I taught him how to crochet a couple of years ago when I began doing a lot of humanitarian aid crocheting & knitting. He wanted to get involved and asked me to teach him how to crochet. He started out making simple baby blankets and then taught himself how to make newborn hats & booties. This is the biggest project he has taken on to date and I think he did a most excellent job!  The pattern is from a Leisure Arts booklet that has sofa size throws in it. He decided how big he wanted it to be, did the math, and adjusted the pattern accordingly. It took approximately 7 1/4 pounds of yarn!  He started the blanket in August and finished it the week of Christmas. Oh, and that's a full size bed. There's not much hangover on the edges, only a few inches on each side and at the bottom but I think it's amazing what he accomplished!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Post-It Note Desk Sets

These little desk calendars/notepads/photo frames are always a big hit when I do a craft show. They are simple and use inexpensive acrylic photo frames as the base.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Post-It Note Datebooks

Sorry I've gotten lax about posting yet again. I was doing so good there for a couple of weeks. Too bad real life often gets in the way of my crafting (and then blogging about it). Sigh.  Anyways, I made these little datebooks with the few calendars I had leftover from making the desktop calendars w/notepads. I'll show those tomorrow. :)

These are kinda cool because not only do they fit nicely into a bag or purse, but they are made from scraps and recycled materials!  I used cereal box chipboard covered in paper scraps to cover the inside and outside of the notebooks. Some of the ribbon used is also from scraps.


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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Altered Composition Books - The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

These composition books were some of the first I created when getting ready for the holiday craft shows. I hadn't been spending much time at all, if any in my craft room and I felt a little rusty.

The Good:
I love the vintage feel of this one. It's simple, but overall, I like how it turned out.

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The Bad:
Okay, well maybe not too bad. It was a case of me using the paper to it's full advantage. It turned out decent but I felt it was lacking in any real depth.

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The Ugly:
I love the paper I started out with on this one, the vintage looking blue. There really is a mustardy looking yellow color in the paper as well. It just didn't show up well in the pic. All I can say about this one is that I had good intentions but they went very very wrong.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tags, tags, and more tags...

Yep, you guessed it. I made LOTS of tags for the holiday craft shows. I went nuts making tags. I thought for sure they'd be a popular item. Alas, I thought wrong. Not popular at all. Did I mention I made lots of tags?  About 100 of them to be precise. On the bright side, All of the Christmas gifts we wrapped this year ended up with lovely handmade tags on them. :)  These were also a great scrap busting project since they used up lots of little bits and pieces of paper scraps.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Bookmarks

I decided to make some bookmarks for the craft shows. Who knew I'd have so much fun with them. I blame it all on the new penguin stamp set I bought. ;)  The hedgehogs didn't turn out anything like I wanted them to, but that didn't keep them from selling. By the time I finished both craft shows I only had one snowman bookmark left. Oh, BTW, each and every one of these was made from scraps. They made for a most excellent scrap busting project.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Birthday Gift - Altered Composition Book

I made this altered composition book for my daughter's best friend. I had a lot of fun with it even though it is simple. I've found that when I feel a bit stuck for inspiration that I should look to the paper I'm using. This paper didn't really need much added to it. It's beautiful all by itself. So I stamped her name on it and then accentuated the patterns in the paper with Stickles & Glossy Accents. Quick & easy, but very rewarding.

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Owls!!!

I bought just a few sheets of some owl paper quite a while ago, maybe two years ago when owls really started to become popular. Only one of the papers I bought had owls on it and all the others were coordinating prints. I can't remember who makes it. Then I found an owl stamp set at JoAnn's that I just had to have and it was downhill from there. I think I had 4 sheets of paper to start with and not a one of them was whole. So really I had scraps (albeit large ones) from 4 sheets of paper, a new stamp set, some plain notebooks, and some embellishments, and I turned it all into these cute owl projects.

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By the time I was done my scraps were reduced to nothing larger than an inch. I had a blast challenging myself to use up everything that I could. I was actually kind of sad when the tags sold and then couldn't bring myself to sell the altered composition book. For some probably irrational reason I couldn't bring myself to give it up. So it sits on a shelf in my craft room unused, yet it makes me happy every time I look at it. :)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Journals

I created several small, hardbound journals for the holiday craft shows I participated in. I used to be able to find the journals in the dollar spot at Michael's and would cover up the monogram or whatever was on the front of the notebook by altering it. I used up the last of my notebook stash and am sad that I don't have any more. They are so fun to work with since they usually come in such bright colors. Here are a few seven that I did.

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The robots were a lot of fun to do. I had scraps of patterned robot paper leftover from a notebook I did a couple of years ago. I decided to use up those scraps and see what I could make with them. I cut the robots from the patterned paper and used foam squares to add some dimension. Then I decorated with Stickles & Glossy Accents. Very easy but so fun.