Thursday, February 18, 2010

Another great blog and giveaway

Hello, hello. I am back tonight bearing news of a sweet blog and a very sweet giveaway.

French Charming is having a fabulous contest. She is going to give to one lucky duck a grab bag of all, that's right all, the things seen in the picture above! Her blog itself is worth a visit. Lots of great eye candy, especially the cupcakes she made. They look almost too good to eat. Hey I said almost! Check it out and leave her a comment for your chance to win an awesome package of goodies. Good luck,


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

cute contest

The Little Green Bean is having a contest. The winner will get one of her sweet little stitched birds. If you are really talented she also shows her readers how she created them. I know my limits and I am not up to that level of craftiness yet! Even if we don't win she has several in her Etsy store. I am loving the little nests she has made too. Very sweet. Check out her blog here for all the details. Good luck to everyone!


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My new Ipods new home

Its a grey day where I am but sometimes, ok not often but sometimes that is a good thing. Every so often this kind of day motivates me to flip all the lights on, crank up the music and actually get some stuff done. My music of choice today was my 'cleaning' playlist on my itunes. Its full of Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, a little Simple Plan, Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry and more. All songs that make me want to move! As for getting stuff done, first was the requisite cleaning and then in was craft time. Back in the days when the Ipod classic was the new big thing my husband splurged and got me one for a present. He knows I love music and that Ipod became my most treasured possession, next to my childhood stuffed bear of course. I travel a fair bit and that Ipod came with me everywhere. Even around the house and town it served as my music source, my alarm clock, my portable games system, my portable movie player and a place to keep any pictures I might just want to show off. It was invaluable when I was out running errands and my son was bored to tears, or if I was stuck sitting in a gym during his basketball, or some other sports practice. All of this leads to my complete heartbreak when my beloved companion died after many years of faithful entertainment. I'll admit it.. I cried. My husband, bless his heart, saw my pain and rushed out to get me the latest Ipod touch. At first I had trouble accepting it. Sure it was a nice thought but it was new, it was foreign and it wasn't "my Ipod". I quickly came around though. I can only live so long without my music now. In fact I may have lasted a day or two at the most!

After setting the new Ipod up my problem became how to protect it. This sucker is going to be with me for a long time if I have anything to say about it. It's just so hard to say goodbye to a good friend and I don't want to do it again anytime soon. So I scoured the web for something to keep my precious safe and unscratched. Most things out there are expensive so I ended up making my own. The pictures are my finished case. You know me and re purposing so the material is actually from an old skirt. I folded the material I had cut around a cardboard cut out of my Ipod and with a fair bit of allowance I sewed the bottom and side then turned it right side out again. I had left a bit of extra material on the back half for the flap and on to that I sewed a strip of the same material. I fixed a Velcro dot I bought from the dollar store to the strip and the front part of my cover, using stitching glue to make sure it stayed. I was going to affix a button to the front of the strip just for decoration but I found a flower shaped brad and I used that instead for a pop of colour.

So now my Ipod is safe and sound in its new cover and all is right and good in the world again!

Have a wonderful evening everyone,


Sunday, February 14, 2010

new craft site discovery

Happy Valentines day everyone!

I hope you all are having a great weekend. My son and I have been baking up a storm and I can't wait to taste test! We are giving some away for valentines day but of course we are saving some too. I also have been wandering the web while he plays video games and I came across a fun craft site I thought I would share. Maybe you have already been there, but if not check out Wee Folk Art . They have all sorts of free craft patterns. I have picked out a few that I would like to try and make. The owl bookmark looks pretty cool. I may have to start with that one. DMC also has a blog now for all of us stitchers. You can find that here. They also have lots of free patterns available. I find all sorts of inspiration for miniature stitching projects in regular patterns. Any small patterns can be used to make dollhouse carpets, pillows, and bedspreads. One project they feature is from Happiness is Cross stitching, a blog about, well.. cross stitching! If I get brave enough I might try the bottle cap pin cushion. Too cute.

I may just have to adopt the motto "so may crafts, so little time"!

Until later, happy wanderings!


Thursday, February 11, 2010

A few wee things

Hello everyone,
I finally got my scanner to do what I wanted this morning so here is a sample of some projects I have been working on. I experimented with a mini checkers board and I think it turned out pretty great. It has a wood frame I painted black. The little red beads I thought could be some pieces. The two small pictures are going to be framed. I really like how the rocking horse turned out. Last but not least is my first attempt at a stitched blanket. I lined the back with fabric but I don't think I would do that again. It seems much stiffer that way and I don't think it will drape nearly as well this way.
Have a great afternoon,

Sunday, February 7, 2010

post less but still kicking

Good evening everyone,

I have been pretty post less recently. Sorry about that. All three of us have been sick with a bug that will just not let go. Aside from that there has not been a whole lot going on in my little world worth rambling about. This weekend has been an exciting one however. My son's basketball team had a tournament in Unionville and while the boys didn't win overall they did come home with a bronze medal. More importantly they all had a great time and the games were fun to watch.

Even though I have been falling behind in the blogisphere I have been getting a few crafts done. One thing I tried was a animal 'skin' carpet. I have an outline of one so I re sized it and used left over patterned wallpaper for the effect. I'm not too sure how much I like it. What do you all think? A little too fake looking is what I am thinking. Maybe if I found some fabric? Hm mm. I will have to look around. If anyone else has some give it a shot and let me know how it worked out.

The other pictures will have to wait until tomorrow since my scanner is currently uncooperative. I will hopefully be able to show off my newest carpet and a bedspread I am working on. Until then, have a great night,