Friday, February 26, 2010

Not Much

Not much going on. Started a few things but haven't finished them. It's too damn cold. I'm cold all the time and I'm getting sick of it. Can't wait until spring...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

YAY Cricut!!

Been working with the Cricut. Looked at a lot of videos on youtube. Finally decided to start a canvas with the word create on it and various flowers and yeah... After cutting many, many, many, MANY, trials on regular paper, I decided to go with my good paper. Wasn't totally happy with it so I put it on hold.

While I was searching youtube, I found THIS!!

I was speechless. Had to buy it. Been playing with it all day. I love that it uses any font that you have on your computer. Being a graphic artist, fonts are VERY important to me. They make or break a project.

Here is the first thing I did with the new software
I'm so so so excited!! I can't wait to get back to my big project. I also have a book of  clip art that I think will work with the new software.

And my beautiful boy Milo decided to join me

And yes, his eyes really are that color. they change from orange to yellow ochre to a light green. Really odd.
Happy Crafting!!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

My new Cricut

My hubby bought me a Cricut Expressions for Christmas. I have been a little intimidated about opening it up... IDK why, I just am. I think the instruction manual was the biggest reason I hadn't opened it. I am one of those people that do better watching then reading. But today I decided today was the day. So I opened up the box and discovered a DVD inside. Ok, I thought, let's see what this thing can do. I popped the DVD into my computer and sat through the 39 minute instruction DVD. Now I'm excited and can't wait to give it a try. I will update again when I get going on my newest creation.

Friday, February 12, 2010

In a funk...

Been in a bit of a winter funk again. Doesn't help that I've been having trouble with my projects. My button hole thingy on my sewing machine isn't working right. I guess I have to take it to mom for help. I did manage to make a stuffed toy for my niece. It's Lenny the Guinea Pig from Bot of Whimsy Dolls. Find her site here

And heres Lenny.

Stay warm!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Wall Hanging

More Mod Podge!! I covered a B with some of my favorite fabric to hang in the dining room. It was quick and easy.
The letter B I bought at the local Hobby Lobby. I think it said it was MDF. Can't remember tho. The fabric is from a pack of fat quarters I bought. I used about a quarter of the fat quarter.

I used a light coat of MP on the front, so it wouldn't leak thru the fabric and make it darker.  I had to cut the fabric in places to make the fold around the curves. The white in the photo is the still wet Mod Podge. I put quite a lot on the back to make sure it was super sealed.
The finished B!!! I am going to attach a ribbon to the back and use that to hang it with. It was a fast and easy project.

Happy Crafting!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Mod Podge

Years ago, I Mod Podged some dried flower petals (that came from my garden) onto a photo box. It looked pretty nice then. Cut to now, and the petals have turned brown and chipped away. So I thought I would Mod Podge fabric over it.

Top of the box.

First I Mod Podged the top of the box. I let it get good and dry.

The dark streaks is from the Mod Podge being too thick in places and soaking thru the fabric. I ended up putting a couple of layers of MP to seal it and get rid of the streaks. Unfortunately, this also darkened the fabric.

I then did the sides. I folded the fabric like you would a present and made sure the fabric went all the way over, into the inside of the lid for a more finished look. I then put a couple of coats on to seal it all up.

TA-DA!!! Finished! The top bubbled up a little in some places. I'm not sure if that's because I didn't use enough MP to glue it to the top or if I didn't smooth it down enough. But all in all, not a bad job. And it definitely looks better then it did lol. Now I have 5 more to do lol.

Happy Crafting!!

Friday, February 5, 2010


... it is a comin!! For those of you that have no idea what I'm talking about... (no it's not a racist remark lol altho it always sounds like one to me, idk why... ) White Death is what we call the panic the public gets into when we are expecting snow. Everyone runs to the grocery store and then huddles down and waits the snow out. Even the mere mention of snow gets everyone into a total panic and a lot of people start canceling appointments (I'm a receptionist at a hair salon, I get a lot of cancellations before a snow) It's crazy around here. And for some reason, all the old people start to come out as it's happening to go to the store!! If they knew it was going to happen, why don't they plan the day ahead... Oh Gosh!! Now I'm all fired up lol.

I only wish we had gotten to the Joann Fabrics superstore last night. Oh well. I admit, I don't like going out in the snow. And I wish I had a project to work on. I need fabric for my curtains lol.

Huddled Down with the Cats While It Snows...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

i LOVE aprons!!

Especially vintage ones. There is just something so frilly and feminine about them. They make me happy. They make me smile. I wonder who owned them, what that person did while wearing them. I think there is something really special about them. Maybe I was a 40s/50s housewife in another life. If I had more room, I would collect them. But I don't, so I can't.

I was searching thru a cabinet that I haven't looked in awhile and found one that my grandmother made.
Her name is embroidered on it.

This one I got at an estate sale. I saw it and had to have it. I think it was the flowers, they looked so sweet. And the really deep pockets it has. This began my obsession with them.

Yuck terrible pic of the bottom half of my face lol. I have been searching the internet for patterns to download. I will be making some soon. 

Happy Crafting!!

Quick Post

Have a lot of cleaning to do today. And the cats (or should I say Scat) is being bad today, jumping on the counters and being underfoot. It always puts me in a mood. But I found something in a cabinet that I can't wait to share!! Soooooo excited! I will take pics later and post :)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Craft Room

I turned our office into a craft room fro myself. Since the hubby and I have laptops now, we no longer use our desktops. So we moved them into an unused room upstairs and I got to cleaning. Here is the finished project.

I would like to get a more comfy chair for the room. I also need to finish cleaning the matching bookshelf and a utility shelf that the gecko tank is on. But I am so proud to have a beautiful space to work in!!

Update on Fail

I am going to try using a zig zag stitch on the cat toys. My mom and SIL think that might be the way to go. Will probably try that tomorrow since I work today and usually don't craft since I work until 8. And then Hoarders comes on @ 10 lol.