Monday, August 28, 2017

Crochet Flower Bookmarks

I came across a really cute and easy crochet bookmark pattern made by Lulu Loves.
I followed Lulu's pattern to a "T" (...or so I thought😕), but for some reason my crochet flower ended up with 6 petals instead of 5!  Also, I only used one strand of yarn.
Anyways, I loved making these bookmarks, and will become a great little gift to friends who still love reading real books.

I used cotton yarn and I made one from regular yarn.  The cotton yarn bookmarks in my opinion were much better.  This was a great project to make, because it made me used all of my cotton yarn leftovers!  It's time to shop for more...yipeee!!!

One of my favorite authors is Susan Witting Albert.  I love her China Bayles Mystery books, which I've read most of them.  She now has a series of books called The Darling Dahlias, which I absolutely love, and can't wait for her next book to come out!!!

 I added a button to the yellow bookmark, and I plan on doing the same with the others; but I couldn't find any cute ones from my button stash to go on the other flowers.

I decided to clean out my small MN yarn stash last week, and start shopping for new yarn.  I kind of get bored working with the same leftover yarn over and over again; but can't bring myself to throwing it away or donating it.  I just never know if I may need a little bit of yarn to crochet something small or finish up a project. 

"Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are."
~Mason Cooley

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Thrifty Finds

I'm back to sewing hexies again.
Several weeks ago I picked up a hexagon pre-cut quilt pattern package for $2.49 at a garage sale...never opened!!!

I almost didn't buy it, because I thought I would never be able to sew all of these pieces together; but yesterday evening I took it out and started working on it.  Wish me luck that I will eventually put it all together into a quilt, and not just have tons of hexagon flower garden patches.

Now this basket I found at another garage sale last month for about $3.  I had it sitting around in the TV room with no purpose, until now.  As you can see, it perfectly holds all of my pre-cut hexies! 

Buying fabric and sewing are two different hobbies.

Friday, August 25, 2017

August Summer in MN

So far our August month here in Minnesota has been a very cool one!  
No complaints from me one bit believe me...absolutely perfect summer weather in my opinion...just too good to be true!
I didn't get to MN until almost the end of July for personal reasons; and spending the beginning of summer in AZ for the first time in five years was no picnic...burning HOT🔥!!!

Hubby planted some flowers in my absence, and it's until now that they're starting to bloom!  Isn't this begonia flower absolutely beautiful!  It makes me sad to think that pretty soon it'll be time for us to go back to AZ, and we'll leave some blooming flowers behind.
I'm feeling a little bit blue today!

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.
~F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Preparing for Christmas: Button Snowman Ornaments

Snowman Christmas Ornament or Snowman Pin using Buttons for 2017

What a cute, adorable and easy project to make!
I used medium and big white buttons to make this cute snowman...the bigger the buttons the better.

 I went through my stash of buttons and selected ones that would be the best for this project.  To my astonishment, I found out that I'm running low on white buttons.  So in the meantime, I am replenishing my stash slowly but surely.

I glued two different size buttons to popscicles sticks (which I cut in half), and let them dry.  You can always use up to 3 different size buttons for the snowmen (small, medium, large).  It'll make the hanging ornament bigger.  While drying I worked on making the black hats out of felt.  

Felt Hat: I made my own little hat drawing on cardboard (using chipboard from cereal boxes, etc...), and using it as a template to cut out the felt hat.  Then I glued the felt hat onto the hat chipboard to make it sturdy.  When dried, I added the green band (ribbon), and 3 red jewelry glass beads for the holly berries.  Last but not least, I used orange Stickles for the nose.

When the buttons, hats and glass beads were totally dried, I finally decorated the snowmen.  I added a scarf using pieces of leftover ribbon. For the eyes and buttons, I used jewelry glass beads. 
Finally when everything was dried, I added the string to the back of the snowman ornament to hang. For snowmen pins, simply glue a pin to the back.  

Snowman kisses & warm winter wishes

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Bucket List: Kayaking

Back in late April, the Girlz and I went on an adventure: kayaking.
Here we are (right to left: Stephanie, Kate, Gin, moi, & Luann) after our adventure!
For Gin and I, it was our first time ever to kayak!!!  The other Girlz are experienced kayakers and they even own their own kayaks.  
I can only speak for myself, but I was a bit worried and afraid.  

 After a brief and simple intro to kayaking, I was in the water.  At first it was a little scary and frightening for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed this experience.  

On our way to rent our kayaks at Lake Pleasant, AZ.
Now Gin and I are planning on getting our own kayaks, and joining the other Girlz this coming fall & winter once we get back to AZ.

Best friends are the people you can do anything and nothing with and still have the best time!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Painting Lessons: Dot Painting

About two months ago, my friend Luann and I attended a painting class taught by art teacher Ms. Sheila.
We had requested that she would teach us the basics to paint on glass and to start with a very simple project.
I thought it would be easy peasy to paint dots on glass...oh boy was I wrong!
Ms. Sheila did a great job teaching us the fundamentals and basics of using the stylus, paint brushes and techniques and much more.
The class turned out to be really neat, and I learned a lot more than I expected.  She took the time to teach us how to paint leaves as well.
In fact, I have gone back to Ms. Sheila for another painting lesson, and most importantly...I'm practicing what I learned!

~Tools of the trade~

 Here we are with our finished and signed artwork...sans makeup 😬 was a HOT  day in AZ!

Allow yourself to be a beginner.  No one starts being EXCELLENT.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Easter Basket Baby Blanket

 It has been a long while since I last crochet a baby blanket; and finally had the opportunity to make one.
It measures approximately 35" x 35", and I used the corner-to-corner crochet stitch.  The name of the yarn color is called Easter Basket (sorry...I forgot the brand name).  It took me about a week and half to complete it.  I worked on it while watching TV, and the weather really helped too.  Here in MN the weather has been perfect, so I did not get hot while working with the yarn.

 I created a border as I went pattern again, just what my "pea-brain" thought of and worked.
As far as I know there are no babies in the near future in my family or friends' families, so...I am planning on donating it to our Church's gift shop for our upcoming Christmas Bazaar.

Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.
~Mother Teresa

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Preparing for Christmas: Poms Poms & Bling

Styrofoam Mini Pom Poms and Blingy Christmas Ornaments for 2017
While cleaning and organizing my Christmas craft bin from last year, I found extra small styrofoam balls, mini pom poms, beads, rhinestones, and other odds & ends.
Not wasting a second I started working on some Christmas ornaments using these supplies and more.

These were a cinch to make.
I used glue and small straight pins to secure the pom poms to the styrofoam balls.  Right before I added the last 2-3 pom poms, I would secure the ribbon or string to the empty space.  Then I would go back and fill in the empty space with remaining pom poms.  Lastly I would add the ribbon and I was done.

 These type of bling ornaments were a little more time consuming due to the fact that the pearls and rhinestones took time for the glue to dry.  I would work on a small section at a time and let the area dry and adhere.  While drying, I would work on the above pom pom ornaments.
I donated several to our Church's Gift shop, and I also taught the Guild's craft group how to make them for our upcoming Christmas Bazaar.

I craft so hard, I sweat GLITTER!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fancy Dress Card

 I made this pretty doily fancy dress card for my Sister's daughter-in-law's birthday back in June.
For this card, I had to learn how to make the dress using a paper doily.  I followed this Doily Dress Folds tutorial.
I didn't quite do the bottom part of the dress correctly, so mine is a little bit different, but I think still super cute!
 ~interior of card~

 My birthday gift to Mariana was a set of earrings and ...
a bracelet in her favorite color.

Sassy since Birth!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thrifty Finds

This past weekend, there were hardly any gargage sales to be found near me.  Luckily I did run into one, and found some goodies like the above cherries & berries fake fruit.

All for $10
I rescued another knitted doily in excellent condition, and a rubber stamp with a great summer quote.  A very pretty popppy tea towel, two machine embroidered potholders and one hand embroidered tea towel.  I also found a pretty Americana box, a Beatrix Potter 1983 birthday plate and curtain rod rings to use for an upcoming craft.  Not picture is a dinner serving fork, because I always need extras.
The 1983 plate reminds me of my baby brother's birthdate.  I am 20 years older than he is!!!  Now I'm in search of a 1967 (brother) & a 1971 (sister) plates).  I am working on another little project. 

There is no such thing as too much junk.
There is, however, such a thing as not enough room.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Farmers Market Sundays

I love coming home on Sunday mornings right after making a quick stop at our local farmers market.

Besides flowers, I came home with small new baby red potatoes, tomatoes, onions; ... 

and treated myself to a very delicious rhubarb & peach scone with my coffee while enjoying Sunday's entertaintment.

~no rain, no flowers~

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Key Limes

The last of our Key Limes from our AZ tree.
Great for ceviche, beer, Margaritas, Key Lime Pies and much more...

You're my main squeeze!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Jack's Portrait

Jack at Sky Harbor
by Catherine, 8 years old

We met Catherine at Sky Harbor Airport (Phoenix, AZ-07/24/17), and Catherine fell in love with Jack!  She and her two sisters want a puppy so badly.
Anyways, after she was all done meeting and loving on Jack, she came back later with this portrait of of him💙
If I can't bring my dog, I'm not going!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sip & Craft: Luann's Wreath

 My friend Luann asked me if I could teach her how to make a book page wreath and she did a terrifice job!
Luann made this wreath all by herself, following my very simple instructions.
We went in search of sheet music books and the rest is history.  Luann rolled all the pages at home, and then the rest was done at my place.  One day we had a Sip & Craft session to glitter all the cones; and another Sip & Craft day to finally assemble it to the base.
 She already had the frame.  The picture is of her and her Hubby Kirk from last spring while vacationing in Lake Havasu, AZ.  I believe it was taken on the London Bridge.  
It goes perfectly in her bedroom!

Craftiness is Happiness

Friday, August 11, 2017

Preparing for Christmas: Tart Tins

Vintage Tart Tin Christmas Ornaments for 2017 
I found a whole stack of tart tins to alter into Christmas ornies!  These are diamond shape, but I also have round and heart shaped tins.
I went through all of my Christmas embellishment stash, and found all kinds of goodies to decorate these tins.
First I glittered the inside of all the tins using silver and snow!  Days later I started decorating them...and voila!

I have about 20 more to go!

too many ideas
not enough time

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Crochet Bookmarks

This is my first time making crochet bookmarks, and I had fun making them.
I didn't use a pattern, and simply created it them as I went along.

Some I have given away as a little token, and the rest I will donate to our Church's gift shop.

Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer 🌞

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Happy Birthday Sister

For my sister's birthday, I made her a pair of earrings and a bracelet using Swarovski crystals.
She also received a very pretty birthday card I made for her at a stamping make-&-take.
Plus I made her a crochet bookmark and the little crochet bag to hold her jewelry.

a little sparkle 
via Pinterest