Monday, October 15, 2012

Creativ Festival and projects worked on.

Finished the crochet baby blanket for my neighbour on Saturday.  Such a gorgeous finished project!  I made it square per her request.  She was very happy with it!  

Worked more on my Peacock feathers afghan (Waverly - Beautiful Blue).

Found a bunch of afghans I finished earlier this year that I had forgotten about.  Silly me!  Too productive a year I guess!

Went to Creativ Festival Sunday.  $20 for parking!  OMG!  We did save going in the door though, only $10 total (five each).  Bought a small quilt/wall hanging kit for $24 and finally got my hands on the Beekeepers Honeycomb pattern with 5 sample skeins of yarn to go with it - paid way too much ($19) but happy to get the pattern at last.  My knitting is not that good yet, so will use a 'cheap' ball of sock yarn to start with.  Then again, other than the sample yarn my whole blanket will be made out of 'cheap' yarn!  Nothing cheap about $3 a ball just cuz I didn't pay $10!  Over all, I had expected to see some great deals, deals we could only get by going to the show.  Instead we only got a bunch of stores all in one spot - I can get that on Ottawa Street!  

It is my opinion that using the economy is a poor excuse for why there were no deals.  CF needs to find a better location that is cheaper for vendors to rent space so they can pass on the savings to their customers.  Some place with better parking included.  Classes and those who attended seem to have gotten the better end of the deal than those who were like me and just wandered around looking for deals and inspiration.  There was a lack of other uses for fabric - seemed to only be clothing on the high end couture type (like seriously, do you see your customers?) or quilting.  Where were the purses, bags, toys, wallets and other small fabric ideas?  Even small wall quilts were lacking.  I finally settled on a Scrap Bag quilt mini, but the choices were too limited over all.  I was hoping for ideas on quicker projects.  Even my favourite stores didn't offer show only type deals - MM, I was hoping they would have say, even just a dollar off store prices, would have been satisfying and prompted me to buy more!  Just a dollar would have done the trick.  I had hoped to find Addi Swing hooks for just a wee bit less.  This is only my opinion on how it could have been better for me, the consumer.

Friday, October 12, 2012

2012 Crafting In a Nutshell

I totally forgot all about this blog till I tried commenting on another one and it forced me to log in.  Truth is, I thought I had forgotten the password!  LMAO!  

Been busy with so many different crafts as this year.  Let's see if I can list a few.


  • Drink Coasters that got me back into sewing using a charm pack
  • Disney shoulder seatbelt covers
  • Card wallet
  • 4 mini purses
  • 3 medium purses
  • Luggage handle covers
  • Mickey head coasters
  • Fish Extender


  • CAL afghan
  • 1/2 CAL afghan (second)
  • Satin afghan
  • 12 square mystery afghan
  • dishcloths and then more dishcloths
  • Mickey head shapes (keychains)
  • 2 Mermaid tears purses
  • Baby blankets
  • Baby dresses
  • baby hats
  • baby head band
  • baby booties
  • cotton balls

  • Monster Chunks
  • Elephants
  • dishcloths
  • coin/card wallets
  • half a KAL
  • other toy minis - one inchies
Paper Crafting

  • a few cards
  • Bottle cap magnets
  • Clothespins - mod podge
  • pen with inserts for cruise


  • Beer glasses for my brother using Disney cartridge - glass etching
  • Wine glasses for his wife - glass etching
This is not everything I am sure!  

Oh my it does look as if 2012 has been a very nice busy year!  Love it!  Just when I was thinking it was a slow craft year too!

Was looking at fair entry forms for my area and found 2 fairs I should be able to enter into.  The list of things I could enter is astoundingly large!  Totally excites me to have a goal to work towards - entering the fair next fall and seeing how many different categories I can enter!  :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

March 4, 2010

Well this is the day that started out horrible with a visit to the Wharton clinic and ended up great when I walked out of my local Jenny Craig centre.

Wharton made me feel like it was my fault alone that I was fat. They offered me no help and even told me they did not want me coming back.

Jenny helped me remember it is not my fault alone. That they wanted to help me.

So JC costs a bit. But I had been miserable about my size for years now. Even went so far as to join Wharton. Nothing got me back on track as much as JC did. When you consider what you gain from JC, there really is not a lot of cost. I save take out meals, I save dining out meals, I save other meals. And heck, I even save all that booze I was drinking to help me forget how fat I was. Take all that money I was spending a week on stuff not good for me, and how much money I was actually consuming, and I think it makes JC just a little over let's say 20 bucks a week. Now that is a cost I can live with. Plus my health.

Slowly it is coming back. I have been walking more since March 4. I have been using the Elliptical daily. 5 minutes some days. 20 minutes at once a few times now. I bought Skecher Walking shoes.

Tomorrow is my weigh in. As of last week I have lost 8.8 lbs so far.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Zutter BIA and 'How to Make A Man Happy'

If you look closely at the above photo you can see how the plate (on the left) is not straight
The screw that is in that plate is also bent
the little tab (in about the centre of the machine) is also not right. When I lined up paper to punch the next set of holes and to use the tab I ended up not using it, just eyeballing the page because the tab raised my page at the far end - so I guess the tab is positioned too low?

My DH got me a Bind-it-all for Christmas, he had to order it special all the way from BC since there were none in our neck of the woods at the time (we are in Ontario)
Well I used it for the first time a few weeks ago. Things seemed a bit off, but I was not too sure.
I used it again the other week to make my DD a school Day Planner
This time I knew something was wrong.
I called Zutter and today they called me back
After a long conversation and a few tests performed by yours truly they asked me to find a mailing estimate to send it back to them.
DH then figured it all out and I sent off the mail
They then asked us to destroy the BIA by drilling holes into it and once they had proof they would send me a replacement Bia
Too bad I didn't tell them about the wires I had ruined on my way to figuring out something was wrong with my machine

To make a man happy -
Tell him to go drill holes in the present he bought you for Christmas!
My DH was beaming (I really mean BEAMING) when he came in from drilling the holes.
You would think I never let him destroy personal property or something - oh wait, why would he destroy property? Not like he is a ten year old boy with low morals

Friday, February 12, 2010

Company's Coming Card Three

^ inside the card

This one is from further in the book.
It was supposed to be an Easter card but somewhere along the way I felt it was just too summery looking.
Sentiment stamp from Anna Griffin
Flower stamp from Stampin' Up
Sizzix flower button dies
Flower punch
This was my first time ever using the magic mesh! I have so much of it, many different colours but never could find a use for it. I love the way it helps the paper boarder pop and look more ribbony. The original card had no ribbon so I tried that too.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Second Second Company's Coming Card

I wanted to make a card today and this card was so quick and easy to make the other day I decided to make it again using different colours.
Tag is made from a Sizzix tag die
Ribbon is Stampin' Up and the thin one is a cheapie one
Stamp from Stampin' Up

What version do you like better?
What direction do you think this card looks best? It is so easy to change the direction by turning the tag

Valentine Boxes

Years ago I bought a bunch of boxes from Stampin Up. These were on a 12x12 page and had 1-3 each. I wanted to send Valentines in for my son since this is his last year of school (he graduates this year) and wanted to help make it special for those he will leave behind.
the boxes were on plain whisper white so I decorated them with stamps and then closed the one direction, put a little piece of vinyl (left over sticker) to help keep it sealed, held one end closed and filled with conversation hearts then closed it up, and tied a 12 inch red curling ribbon onto a tag and the box and curled it and voila! Easy Peasy Valentine's for my sons class. This was easy to do last minute since there are only ten kids in his class, including him! So I only had to make 9 boxes. I was going to make one for the teacher and EA's and assistants and anyone else involved but there were just too many to count, so I kept it simple to the kids only.