Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Simplified Baby Socks

Please excuse the interruption of our usual paper crafting posts. I wanted to share this baby sock pattern that I created and I know better than to start yet another blog. I'm bad enough about updating the two blogs I already have! 

I created this pattern out of desperation. I had only taken one sock class at my LYS (local yarn store) and could not remember how to do short rows when it came to doing the heel & gusset. You won't find any short rows in this pattern. If you're looking for short rows, these are not the socks you are looking for. Great, now I have the line from Star Wars "these are not the droids you're looking for" running through my head!  Yeah, I know, I'm a geek! LOL

Anyways, these socks are super simple and as long as you can use DPN's you should be able to make them. They could also be made on two circulars or with the Magic Loop Method.

Simplified Baby Socks

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Baby Boy Card

There are lots of babies being born at church right now and many more due over the next several months. I decided that I didn't have nearly enough baby cards on hand so I gathered up some papers and got to work. I was able to get one card done before life got in the way...hoping to make some more this next week when I have some time using this weeks Mojo Monday sketch.

Meanwhile, here is the one card I was able to get done. I'm pretty pleased with how it has turned out. The lion is from the Life's A Jungle stamp set from CTMH. Seems like I've had it forever and it tends to be one of my "go to" stamp sets, especially for baby cards. I love the green plaid paper that I used for the background. Oddly enough, it is actually paper from a Christmas paper pad I bought several years ago. I think it works well for this project.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Mojo Monday 385 Sketch Challenge

It's hard to believe I've been away from my blog for 2 1/2 years now!!!! Where has time gone to?  After doing craft shows and teaching classes for nearly 6 years I got completely and totally burned out. I was just plain tired. I spent more time on my knitting than paper crafting. Then we were busy with house remodeling and it snowballed from there. The house remodel is done and the house sold. We've moved across the country and we've downsized significantly.

I no longer have a craft room, but rather one wall of the dining room and the kitchen table. It makes it a bit more difficult to craft, but I am so glad to be back at it. It's nice to make what I want to make, when I want to make it, with whatever materials I want to use. No more buying supplies because they're trendy or the latest thing. No more "must have it all!" mentality. I will craft because I love it and because I crave creativity need creativity in my life.

I visited the Mojo Monday blog this week after being away from it for a very long time. It feels like forever. I was reminded of why it is one of my all time favorite blogs/challenges. It doesn't matter what materials you use. It can be paper you've had in your stash for 10 years. It simply doesn't matter. What does matter is being inspired and using the sketch they provide to make something totally unique to you. After being burnt out due to years of creating what might sell or what other people might like, it feels good to keep it simple and to not have to worry about brand & trendiness.

Rather than making a card, I chose to decorate a notebook. It's actually a Strathmore 300 series mixed media art book.  I put this together for my daughter. I have been teaching her the basics of Zentangle and she also likes to draw & color. I thought that this notebook would be just the thing she needed to encourage her. One of her passions is photography which is why I chose the stamp that I did. From the stamped image to the tie-dyed background paper, it is just simply her. Thank you Mojo Monday for inspiring me to create something special for someone I love!

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