Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring has Sprung...or something like that

Boy am I glad Spring is finally here!  We've had a pretty rough winter, lots of snow and ice and I'm over it.  So here’s a few Spring and Easter crafty thingies to help get us over winter.

I made a couple of garlands out of some foam bunnies and chicks that I picked up at Target in the $1 bin.  I mean really—super simple. For the bunnies, I did add some flower stickers to them to add a little Spring color. 

For the chicks, I had Baxter do a little finger painting on them to add some color and have something for his room.  I really like them…and hopefully I can hang on to this for the years to come.  He’s already ripped it down once and torn one of the chicks in half so we’ll see about that.  

 I also made Spring wreath. It needs a little something else, but until I figure it out, it's perfectly fine how it is. 

Once again, I'm burning through my craft stash.  The flowers are crocheted and I got them at a thrift or flea market years ago.  The bird nest was used on a diaper cake at my baby shower!  It had the ivy attached to it which I think looks great hanging from the wreath.  

So I'm going to think a bit and play around with this wreath a bit when I have the time.  It just needs a little something.  

Are you working on anything to welcome Spring? 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Swap with Friends

The ever amazing Bascom made me the most wonderful piece for our recent swap.  It has a painting of my sweet Baxter and a letter “B” all stitched up on some nice fabric.

 I can’t really express how much I love this.  It represents so much more to me than just a swap piece.  It represents the friendship I have with Bascom, though we’ve never met in person. It represents the love and respect he has for my son. It means so much more.  I truly treasure it. 

Thank you friend.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Wow Six Years!

Friends, today this little artsy/craftsy blog is 6 years old!  I can’t believe it’s been that long.  I know I’ve been a bit sporadic with posting throughout the years, but I still come back here to share my crafty bits and bobs.  I’ve met some wonderful people through the blogging world and it’s so nice to be a part of a community of like-minded folks.  So keep a look out here, I may try to plan a little giveaway soon to celebrate 6 years of blogging.  As always, finding pockets of time is a little hard for me right now, but I’ll try my best!  

Thanks for a great six years and I hope to see you around for another 6 more!  

Just a few highlights of the past six years!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Dapper Fox Embroidery

I did another little swap with my lovely stitchy pals recently. This time around I was partnered up with the wonderful Bascom.  Through Pinterest, we share an adoration of foxes. I knew I wanted to stitch him a fox. I looked around for things, even tried to draw something myself but just wasn't liking it.  Then I remembered the Ryan Berkeley patterns for Sublime Stitching....with a dapper fox.  Bascom being ever the dapper fellow, I thought it would be a great pattern to stitch for him. 

I am very pleased with how it turned out. Love the bright orange and creating texture in his fur.  These really are great patterns. 

I can't wait to show you what Bascom made me!   Seriously, come back to see!

Til next time!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spooky Sampler completed!

I DID IT!  I finally finished the Halloween Spooky Sampler!  You may remember I started it back in October of last year.  My last update was in January and I had just a little more to do!  I finished it finally last month.  Phew.  When I didn't get it finished in time for Halloween last year, I seriously thought of just packing it away and picking it up again as it got closer to Halloween this year.  But I was so close to finishing, I decided to go ahead and finish it.  I'm so glad I did because it's such a great piece.

See, I told you!  How sweet is this?  That border was no joke though.  It got really tedious towards the end.  This was my first time stitching on linen and I loved it.  I definitely hope to do more, but with my no craft supply buying rule I gave myself, I may have to wait.  I have so much aida in my stash that I'm trying to work through that.  I do have one piece of linen waiting for the perfect though. (wink)  Here's some not so great photos of each letter.

H for Haunted House
A for Apparition
L for Lightning
L for Lollipops
O for Owls
W for Witch (isn't she so cute!)
E for Eyes
E for Eek!

N for Ninja Trick-or-Treater

If you would like to stitch this awesome pattern, just click here to go to The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's website.  Now I just have to figure out how I want to finish it.  I'm thinking I'd like to frame it, but then I think it would be nice to make a pillow with it.  At least I have some time to think about it.

'Til next time!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

St. Patrick's Day crafts

In continuing with trying to decorate the place for each holiday or season, I finished up a few crafty bits for St. Patrick's Day!  This is another holiday I never really decorated for, but why not?  So bring on the green!

I started with a little wreath for the front door.  Again, I used things I already had on hand, except for the wreath form itself. 

I made some fabric flowers like I made for my wedding using some gold-toned buttons in the center---thinking it would look a little like gold coins.  I also made a few more of the felt flowers like I made for my Fall wreath.  I wrapped the wreath form in a bright, green fabric.

Then I made a few felt shamrocks using this tutorial (found through Pinterest---of course!) I'm not sure they look shamrock-y enough, but I think they are good enough for now and get the point across. I just pinned these on, so I can remake them some time, probably with some better quality felt. I just had some of the cheap stuff on hand.  But for now, it will do.

Here it is on my door (sorry for the grainy photo).  It really pops against the black.  I like this little wreath.  It was fun to make, didn't take a lot of time and screams St. Patrick's Day.  

I also made this garland.  I bought one pack of foam shamrocks from the dollar store.  One pack had these two colors in it, a bright green and a glittery, dark green.  So I just strung it up with some string and voila!  Instant decoration.  Gotta love easy, cheap, quick decorations. I can see adding a bit more to this garland, maybe decoupaging some themed images on the lighter green shamrocks.  Something to work on over the upcoming years.  I think that's the point of starting to decorate for holidays.  I'm just starting with a few things, but over the years I know I will add more!

Last but not least, I made another little garland with some leftover bits from making the wreath, an extra shamrock and two fabric flowers.  I hated to see them just get thrown into my mess of a craft storage area, so I thought I could make another garland with them. I made some circles out of scrapbook paper to add to it and added a couple of pom poms and that was that.  Easy Peasy. I hung it from my bookcase. Just a little touch of green, but it works for me!

Do you decorate for St. Patty's Day?  I would love to have some stitched goodies.  I think that's something to work on, maybe some tea towels or a throw pillow.

So now, it's on to the next thing.  I've got a few cross stitches I'm still working on and plan on making a Spring wreath.  I also need to make some spring and Easter themed decorations for my apartment.  I've got a few ideas churning inspired by Pinterest. I still struggle with finding time for myself, it's still a work in progress. 

 See you next time!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's Day Banner

Well I was able to finish one more project I had in the works for Valentine's Day!  I made this kinda wacky, but fun banner with scrapbook paper, ribbons, buttons and other odds and ends.

I spelled out the word love, cuz you know, Valentine's Day IS the day for love!

 I had another project I wanted to do but probably won't get it done this year.  Oh well, till next year. 

I hope you all have a fantastic Valentine's Day and get to spend it with someone you love!