Monday, April 26, 2010

You Can Never Have Too Many Cards

Yuck. I feel like yuck. And what else can you do when you feel like yuck but sit and make cards? Oh yes, one COULD sleep but I did that all day yesterday and as a result I have not an ounce of sleepiness left in me. All that remains is a complete lack of energy and the feeling of yuck. Oh. And a brain of mush. This is not good for much else but card-making. Something that requires very little effort on both a physical and psychological level.

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What makes me feel so good inside is that all these cards were made completely from scraps.

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And when I couldn't find a lick of inspiration inside this feeble body of mine, I looked no further than a couple of challenges on Split Coast Stampers. First up was the Orange Birthday challenge.

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I just love working with colors or items I wouldn't normally work with. It stimulates me to think outside the box and I am usually quite enchanted with the results.

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Saturday's challenge was to find an object from Green Rainbow that inspired me and to make a card with that inspiration. I didn't look very far when this green goblet hooked my eye.

Here are some cards I made Saturday.

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Well, I hope you all are feeling better than I do at the moment. I also pray you have a wonderful week. God bless you all.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wake Up, My Soul

I woke up to a foggy morning with dew drops on my rose bushes. What a glorious morning to awaken my soul.

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When surrounded by God's beautiful creation, I find myself singing two of my favorite hymns. In The Garden and How Great Thou Art.





I wish you all a praise filled and glorious day. Praise the Lord for His beauty. Thank the Lord that He chose to share that beauty with us.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Inspiring Quotes

I need encouragement today. I need a lift, a little pick-me-up. So, here are some quotes that inspire me and I thought I would share them with you.

"It is better to be hated for what you are, than to be loved for what you are not." ~ Andre Gide

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you into something else is the greatest accomplishment." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Someone's opinion of you does not have to become your reality." ~ Les Brown


And my favorite quote of the day is...

"As a person I cannot change the world, But I can change the world of one person." ~ Paul Shane Spear


I pray you all have a wonderful day. I pray you seek God and find comfort and rest in His tender embrace. Listen as He whispers how much He loves you.

But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

Friday, April 09, 2010

Crafting Card Challenge

I needed a break from routine and project "to-do" lists. I also received a huge box of new stamps, inks and papers last week to play with. Combine those two facts and you have the beginnings of a card making week. I dug out all my supplies yesterday and have been making cards like crazy for two days. I failed to photograph the cards I completed yesterday and unfortunately they are already en route to their final destination...Mercy Ships. I did, however, photograph the cards I made today to show you all.

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I made two of those cards. So cute. The stamps are Stamping Up. I have no clue if they are discontinued or not. I used a watercolor pencil and blending pen to make the yellow blankie sticking out of the baby carriage.

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This set of stamps came from Close to my Heart (which I now sell to myself...he he he) and I was not fond of them at first. A stamping friend told me of the forum/website called SplitCoastStampers and I typed in the name of this stamp set and found a plethora of ideas. I have fallen completely head over heels in love with this stamp set.

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While perusing that stamping site, I stumbled upon a section for challenges. Knowing this was right up my alley, I plunged forth with yesterday's challenge. To create a card with an angle. I made a few yesterday that I failed to photograph, but here is the one I finished up this morning.

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Today's challenge was to create a quilt card using scraps. Oh boy, do I have scraps. Another challenge right up my alley. I went a little crazy and made three quilt cards. They got much better as I progressed.

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That last card is my absolute favorite. I adore it. It's amazing what you can do with scraps. The blue color actually came from my friend's stash of supplies. They have been sitting in a ziplock bag in her closet for years as she didn't quite know what to do with them. Add them to a few of my scraps and insert some sparkly brads and wow...what a card!

My friend also brought over a couple of her stamp sets. One of them was a seasonal set with a spider stamp in it. Okay. Most of the time people equate spiders with halloween (as was clearly intended in this set) but I saw the dear little spider's potential and came up with this springtime alternative.

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As she left this afternoon, my friend handed me some stickers from her stash and said I could figure something out with them. While not my style (and neither were they hers) I saw their potential as well (designer's eye, I guess), and came up with these bright welcome cards.

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I must run along and prep the child for a night out at Awanas. Tomorrow I shall return to my card making craze. Have a fun and festive Friday night everyone. I will chat at you again soon.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Motivational Project List

Sigh! What a week. What an abnormal week. I don't feel quite right and I don't know exactly what it is. I do feel a bit overwhelmed. Amazing how life can be so overwhelming sometimes, isn't it? All those little things pile up until you are buried over your head in trivial things that shouldn't matter much.

You remember that saying, "Don't sweat the small stuff?" Okay. So, raindrops are small, right? No problem. A raindrop can't knock down my house. But when you put a billion kajillion of those raindrops together, what do you get? A giant flood. And floods are big things, are they not?

Now I have this monumentally overwhelming feeling in regards to our possible overseas move coming who knows when. Or we could stay here. Its all up in the air at this point and that overwhelms me. I just want to know. James walloped me with the fact that he could deploy again as soon as June of this year for another six months. Overwhelming. I can't begin to wrap my head around that one so I don't even try. Oh...and he almost had to leave for a 6 week school this next Sunday but somehow managed to finagle his way out of that one. Yes, overwhelming. He will have to leave in May for the same school though. Not quite so bad but overwhelming, none the less. The verdict on the leaky roof is that we need a new one...to the tune of...oh...say...4 grand! And it needs done now. Every time it rains, we get water draining into our bedroom.

I feel as though a flood gushed through my house. It doesn't help that I have started a few sewing/knitting/crocheting projects in the past couple of weeks and have not finished anything of consequence in the past few days. I am the kind of person who needs to see major progress or completion relatively quickly. The Razor Cami? Too small to fit around my shoulders so I frogged it and restarted. The Spiderweb skirt? Again, too small. I failed to measure my hips and instead plugged in my bust measurement for the waist. What was I thinking? Clearly, I was not. Frogged and not restarted yet.

So, to refocus my eyes away from the flood currently cascading through my life at this moment, I am writing myself a motivational project list here on my blog to help me through the rest of this week. I am very much a list person. Seeing a list and being able to cross of the next item on the list motivates me...just so long as that list is not a mile long and would take me 3 years. I need small, doable lists.

1. Knit - Watermelon Razor Cami
2. Knit - Baby Hat and Bootie set
3. Knit - Cabled Clutch
4. Sew - light, summery linen-esque skirt
5. Sew - Bunny dress for Chloe

That's enough. If I complete these items this week, I will feel much better about where my project list stands. The rest of the overwhelming things in my life? Well, those have been placed at the feet of Jesus where I will leave them for the Almighty and All-powerful God to handle. He is so much more capable than I. I wonder why I didn't leave them there before?

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Happy Belated Easter

I awoke Sunday morning ill. Violently ill. I haven't been "sick" like that since I was pregnant with Chloe. (And NO, I am not pregnant. I wish!) What a miserable way to spend Easter Sunday. Lying on the couch with the bucket below my head. Not my idea of joyful, let me tell you.

So, to make up for it, we "had Easter" yesterday afternoon once James returned home from work. Chloe seemed pleased with this alternative.

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We don't normally give Chloe gifts on Easter but while at the store this summery weekend, I saw some water guns, water balloons and sidewalk chalk and figured we would be needing them soon. Rightly so. Chloe enjoyed them immensely yesterday afternoon in our 80 degree weather. What a special treat for a special girl.

I must be off now for "Mommy and Me Day". I will have to tell you about our twist on this classic later. For now, a child calls and I must answer with loads of fun! I also need to photograph something I whipped up this weekend. You may catch a glimpse of them in the pictures above but you might not know what you are looking for or at. More to come soon.

Friday, April 02, 2010

RIc-Rack Embellishment

Is this the week for embellishing or what? I must say I've desperately felt an urge to embellish my creations more this year. I added the book Sewing with Whimsy from Kari Me Away to my library last spring and dabbled in sewing up little flowers with ric-rack at that time. Yesterday, I finally dug out those little flowers, sewed up a couple more and embellished a fun little dress for Chloe.

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So, about the dress. I created this dress from my head. I had a bit of this fabric that was not enough to actually use a pattern for but I was dying to make Chloe a dress with it. I didn't want to sew a "pillowcase" dress with it. I wanted something else. So, I used the bodice pattern found in this adorable Etsy shop (more on that to come in the next couple of weeks)and added my own skirt to the bottom. It turned out okay. Just okay. Its the fabric that makes the dress.

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I simply adore these little ric-rack flowers though. How I wish I were better at making them. Oh well. Practice makes perfect. I will keep plugging away at it and maybe someday will be good at making them for a special occasion dress. They are fun to make and sure do add a dazzling finishing touch to the dress.

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I hear a razor cami calling my name. And I just realized last night that Easter is this Sunday. Oh boy! I've not prepared the eggs. (I've not even purchased the eggs to prepare.) I better get on with my day! And maybe, just maybe, I might have a surprise up my sleeve. You'll have to wait and see.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Razor Cami Started

The knitting of the Razor Cami in Tahki Stacy Charles Cotton Classic commenced yesterday afternoon after much deliberation between my angelic self and my evil twin. I longed to start a new project with some of my new yarn, but so many projects lay waiting in my sewing/craft room that I could not bear to give in to such madness. Sheer madness, right? (Please nod your head.) It would not be right. Absolutely not. There is no way on earth I could begin a new project with my new yarn while all those old projects sit there gathering dust. So, I started a project with leftover yarn from Chloe's Elenka dress. HA! I felt much better with this decision. I completely understand the fact that it is, indeed, a new project, but I rationalized this decision by telling myself I needed to get this "leftover yarn" out of my stash immediately to make room for the new yarn I purchased in NYC.

The good news is this cami knits up super-de-duperly quick. Check out how much work I've finished since yesterday afternoon. (And YES! I've cleaned my house, fed my child AND did our schooling for the day, okay? Sheesh!)

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My fingers are beginning to ache and the carpel tunnel in my wrists is beginning to act up, so I shall put my cami down for an hour or two and get some of those projects upstairs completed. See? I can be a good girl when I want to be.

Butterfly Embellishments

I love embellishments. I don't understand why I constrain myself from embellishing more. Okay. Maybe I do understand and don't really want to go there. (Can you say...ummmm...lazy, perhaps?)

I took the time this past week to embellish an otherwise ho-hum dress to transform it into an enchanting flight of fanciful butterflies.

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I have long admired those giant boutique bows for little girls that you can find all over Etsy like here, here and here. You can also find them on websites like this. Well, I finally broke down and purchased an e-book on how to make all these elaborate bows from Sweet Baby Boutique. I folded my ribbon according to the instructions but I left my tails long and used it behind my crocheted butterfly. What do you think? I felt proud of my first boutique hair bow embellishment.

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I found the crochet pattern here for the giant thread butterfly. For the tiny butterflies at the shoulders I used this Dainty butterfly pattern.

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I am working on something fun this week to show you. Think Ric-rack embellishments. Oh boy. I am having fun with this one (in between my knitting sessions, of course). And I also have something else kinda fun and random to show you later. I must fix a slight problem with it and embellish it first but I should have it ready this afternoon or tomorrow sometime.

Go do something fun that makes you laugh.