Saturday, December 10, 2011

Cross Stitch Update


    Since I've been less active, due to an injury to my Achilles Tendon, I've filled my sitting around time with Cross Stitch.  I purchased the supplies for 3 smaller pieces, 1 very large piece and 1 extremely large piece at the same time 4 years ago, and I've not completed any of them.  So I committed myself to putting aside the 3 smaller pieces (Maggie the Mess Maker, Frederick the Literate and Leonardo) for a time.  I put aside the extremely large piece as well, (The Sistine Chapel) and focused solely on the large piece (Noah's Sub).  This has turned out to be a good idea, the Noah's Sub is almost finished in terms of stitching, I should have all the stitching done my Monday, then I can go back and outline.  I should have the entire piece ready for framing before Christmas.  Yeah, then I will focus on The Sistine Chapel.  The 3 smaller pieces will become traveling pieces, and pieces I work on when I need a break from the big piece.

Center Scene, Creation of Eve, 1/2 done, Joanna Lopianowski-Roberts design of The Sistine Chapel.  When finished it will be 40"x 80" if done on 14 ct Aida, I'm using Antique White Linen 28 ct.

Noah's Sub by Stoney Creek Collections,  from the original artwork of Stewart Moskowitz, 320wx220w Stitches, done on 18 ct Aida

Thursday, November 24, 2011


   Just wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.

I hope you are able to spend the day with people who make you happy and are thankful that they are in your lives..

I am very Thankful that this year I am able to host Thanksgiving at our house with my husband, our 3 children, and two of our children are bringing a guest.  We're hoping to have to additional guests later in the day, they had another place to be but are hoping to come by for part of the day, I hope so.  We'll spend the day watching the parade and football games.  We will also play pool, ping pong and some board games.  I hope to get some Cross Stitch done while the games are on if possible, or maybe even some Cricut work, who knows. Of course, we'll be having tons of food to eat, which will also be part of a new tradition for our family, spending the day together.

Another tradition we're adding today is combing through the Black Friday ads, in search of a plan for tomorrow.  So far, we're going to one store (Bass Pro Shop), possibly a second store (JoAnn's).  We're not going to be there when the stores open, we're thinking around 8 or so.  Who knows, if this turns out to be fun, maybe we'll do 3 stores next year, LOL!!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Haven't been crafting much

So, I've damaged my Achilles Tendon and I'm trying to adjust to life in a walking boot.  I haven't been able to do much stamping or scrapping because I'm overly tired when I get home.  I also need to be off my feet every evening, so I've been able to get a lot of Cross Stitch done so that's a good thing.  Photos this weekend of my progress on Noah's Sub.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

My fix for the error on Word Collage - Cricut Cartridge

     It has been discovered that there is an error on the Word Collage cartridge, part of a word is left off, it should be - will - but it was accidentally put on the cartridge as = wil =.

I seriously considered not purchasing this cartridge, but life is full of mistakes, and I make plenty of them myself.  The sale at JoAnn's enticed me and I purchased the cartridge because of the other cuts on the cartridge.  Since I prefer to look at mistakes as something to overcome, not something to stop me, .......

I got to looking at Word Collage and the Rock-a-bye Baby cut on my Gypsy.

I discovered a couple of things.

I could use my Gypsy and "fix" the error.

1. You can use the hide feature and remove words from the cut. So I hid the "wil" part.

2. Then I used Plantin Schoolbook and added the word "will"

3. I grouped Rock-a-bye Baby and "will" and it all moves around and cuts as one piece.

I think it came out pretty good.

I left the dot on the i from the original "wil" on this sample as a marker for where the replacement word is. I then went back and hid the dot. Next time I need this I will have a correctly spelled saying.  I just saved the file on my Gypsy, and I'm sure you could do this on Design Studio or Cricut Craft Room.

I hope this makes sense.

Cut 8" x  8" square

Sunday, August 7, 2011

New Samples

   I've been trying the stuff I purchased while on vacation. 
 Here is my trial run of the Sew Easy System by We R Memory Keepers.
Lazy Daisy Stitch

These are samples from the Cricut Cartridge Flower Shoppe.  I simply cut 1 of each design from patterned paper, just to see how they'd come out.  I love that it's so many flower shapes and the matching leaf shapes.  All samples were cut at 3 inches.  The centers are spirals with varied edges, coiled and glued down.

These samples are from the Cricut Cartridge Sweet Tooth Boxes.  I didn't want to mess with fit-to-page, so I used the sizes listed in the hand books.

Ice Cream Cone and Cupcake Boxes

To Go Box and Take Out Box
Cube Boxes

The Inside of the cupcake and ice cream cone, the inserts will hold a cupcake or an ornament, but do not have to be added if you don't want to.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Stitching Update

    I was actually able to get a lot of stitching done while on vacation.  I focused on the detail part of "Native Wolf Trio" when sitting around, and did the background half stitches while DH was driving or we were on the plane for 6 hours each way.
Native Wolf Trio, this is the top of the piece, after I finish the dark blue half stitches for the sky, I'll work on the bottom of the piece.  The bottom adds two more wolves, a bit more costume and no background made up of half stitches.  This piece is for my son.   

This is my progress on "Pledge of Allegiance".  Not all that far, it has a total of 7 flags, and the entire Pledge of Allegiance and a border.  This is being stitched on linen, and the fifth (5th) time I've done this piece, and hopefully, the last time I ever do this piece.  This piece is for my daughter.  It's my take along piece, since it's so simple to work on.

This is Noah's Sub, I'm down to the last 1/4 of the pattern to stitch, and then the back stitching.  I like to do the back stitching last, it's quick and I can pick up any stitches I missed.  I find this piece complicated by all the color changes but fun to stitch.  This piece is for me, because I collect Noah's Ark stuff.
This is as far as I have gotten on "The Sistine Chapel".  I'm embarrassed to post I haven't made any progress, and I've had it in my stash for 3 years now.  I seriously need to get stitching on this piece, it's actually easy to sew, no back stitching,  just really, really BIG.  LOL!!!  I'm stitching this piece for a few reasons, one, it just calls to me, I've actually been to the Sistine Chapel many years ago, and I've always wanted to challenge myself to do something really large.  This counts as "really large" and I'll never take on that challenge ever again. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Vacation Shopping Haul


Okay, we're back from our two week trip to Southwest Indiana and Chicago visiting family.   We had a wonderful visit.  I was able to visit a few crafty places I'd never visited before, however, suitcase space severely limited my shopping.  All in all it was fun, and I have new to me stuff.

Colorful Bling purchased from Big Lots in Terre Haute, Indiana. 

Kassie's Brocade and Grace's Frame Embossing Folders from Hobby Lobby, also in Terre Haute, Indiana.  Being in Hobby Lobby was a paper overload, so many paper packs, I've never seen such a variety before, wow.   Too bad there aren't Hobby Lobby stores in California, although it's good for the wallet that I don't live near one.

I actually found the Archiver's store, it's an amazing store, I want to live there.  DD would just laugh at me for walking around the store in a daze trying to take in all the stuff they had in the store.  I also found out they have an on-line store, so that will be nice.

I picked up this quilling/petal roller tool to work with flowers and such.  I also picked up the punch for the same reason, to make flower centers.  I have plenty of flower choices on my Cricut Cartridges, I just wanted a little something for the flower centers.

Our daughter runs Cross Country and Track so finding these stickers and embellishments is awesome.  Finally, stuff for her sport.

She likes this paper, we bought all they had, and to get the paper home in our suitcases, we bought a mailing tube, rolled the paper and stuck the tube in our suitcase.  No bends, or wrinkles.  This paper will be great for her running photos.

This Sew Easy set is for me, a complete indulgence and I can't find them locally.  I'm looking forward to using these on my layouts and pages.  I'm known for all the cross stitching I do, so having sewing on pages will just be "so me."

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Happy Birds

Hi. Just got home from the bird store. Fred, Barney and Little Guy need nails, and flight wings trimmed. Fred need a beak trim too. Now they are back home in clean cages and a new toy. They are Happy Happy.

  This is Little Guy  (Conure)

  This is Fred (on the right, he's an Orange Wing) and Barney(he's on the left, he's a Blue Front)