Friday, May 12, 2017

Spring Harvest, Shawl WIP and more

Hello and welcome!
I took advantage of a break in the weather today to harvest some rhubarb, asparagus and chervil. The rhubarb sits at the edge of the garden plot. The asparagus however are volunteers that have popped up on the bank along the lake so it's a bit like an Easter egg hunt to find them. 

Much of the surrounding area is flooded and last week Thursday a state of emergency was called after a powerful rain storm had the streets in downtown turned into rivers. There are many businesses with water damage so the talk yesterday of another round of storm had a lot of people on edge.
Yesterdays storm left a deposit of hail on our deck. There was some wind and rain too but luckily no damage here. 

My current work in progress is a dusty rose shawl that has a simple pattern of diamonds.  The yarn is Berroco Corsica, a very soft cotton cashmere blend a dream to work with. I have a tendency  to loose my yarn overs and have had to undo quite a few rows to the point where I can almost unknit as fast as I can knit. Other than this I'm pleased with how it's coming along and am looking forward to using it soon. 

The cats are settling in nicely, I have been introducing them to the outdoors slowly but at the first noise they head right back inside. Here's a photo of Taag doing what he does best.

Happy Mothers Day for Sunday!
Thanks for looking,

Monday, April 24, 2017

Project Tote

I really enjoyed the sun and it's warmth this morning and good thing as it is once again raining cats and dogs out. At one point I looked out of the window and found two beautiful ducks perched on our deck railing. To bad that they flew off before I could get a decent photo. I completed this project tote for myself today using the left over yarn from the Kittens in a Row Afghan. I wanted a pretty tote to hold my current project when I head to knitting drop in, much nicer than an old plastic bag.

Thanks for looking,

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Odd Girls Scrapbook Day Share :)

Can you ever have too much fun? No way never. I'm back from an awesome day visiting friends at an all day scrapbook and craft retreat. We had lot's to catch up after not seeing each other since last year. I managed to make a card for my grandson and 5 artist trading cards.
Thanks for looking,

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Kittens in a Row Afghan

Where oh where has the time gone. I hope you've enjoyed better weather than we have here. It's been raining almost nonstop this month. Well at least it stopped raining long enough for me to hang up my latest creation for a photo shoot. I made this Kittens in a Row afghan for my young grandson who has a birthday coming up in May. He is a fan of Star Wars Lego which I used for my colour scheme.
Kittens in a Row afghan pattern from
American School of Needlework,
The Great Afghan Book
 Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Knit one, Crochet one

It's overcast outside this morning, so it's a perfect day to catch up on here. I've been keeping busy had my daughter and the grand kids visit for Spring break. As she lives twelve hours away we treasured every moment together. I had every one crocheting before the week was over. :) We also celebrated two birthdays over the last week, my mom and DIL. Too much fun and cake was had by all!

I mentioned before that I've joined the knitters drop in group at the Twisted Purl Yarn Studio. They are a talented group of ladies that meet two days a week. You can't help but be enthusiastic about knitting after an afternoon spent with them surrounded by all that beautiful yarn.
Here are a few of my latest projects;

Knitted a wurm hat and matching crochet scarf for my DIL. 
Two seat cushions and matching trivet crochet for an awesome neighbor.

Hand dyed silk scarf for a gift exchange.

Even a rainy day won't stop a boy with a hummer. :)

That's it for today, I'm off to prime some walls and dream about my next projects.
Thanks for your visit!
Creatively yours,

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday Crop Card Share

Today I attended a crop put on by Sherri at Hulcar hall. It was a lot of fun and I managed to turn some stash into six lovely cards.

Stamps used are from Altenew, Fiskars, Creative Memories and a misc. freebie set.

Thank you for looking!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Knitted Dishcloth Thanks

Hello, today I'm sharing a quick little thank you gift I made for a kind neighbor. I loved knitting up these little dishcloths. I made the box out of  heavy DSP on my box punch board. The 3x3 card was embellished by tracing the leaves with clear glitter pen. The thanks sentiment is from Quietfire Design.

Thanks for the visit!

Crochet Hat -Pink Cotton

Hello and welcome!
I like knitting but I love crochet, it's so easy to design as you go. For this hat I used Berroco -Modern Cotton DK. It is a nice light weight perfect for summer.

Here is a link to Instagram if you'd like to see photo of our knit group in action. :)
Knitting Group at Twisted Purl Yarn Studio
Thanks for the visit!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Just a Note Card for March CCC


This card was made for the March Card Chain Challenge. I managed to use most of the required items on it including the colour scheme. Image is Stampers Anonymous coloured with alcohol markers.
I entered this into day 7 at the 30 Day Coloring Challenge on facebook.

There is still time to join in for the April challenge.
It's so much fun getting happy mail each month.
Thanks for your visit.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

On Gossamer Wings Tags

These tags are for a March swap at Canadian Stamper Sampler Swap group on FB.
I am also entering them in the March Challenge on Love Handmade on Flickr.

Trio of tags

Close up

Supplies used : Cheery Lynn Butterfly dies. 

-No tags, no problem. For the tag base I cut a piece of black card stock to #6 size then used the corner punch on top. Completed using slot punch. 
-The silicon finger guards are great for attaching glue dots. I take glue dot off backing paper with my paper piercer,  place where I want it then push into place with the silicon finger guard. Lift off and voila no more lifting squishy glue dots. :)
-To keep organdy ribbon bows from opening carefully heat the knot with a blast from a heat tool.  Use caution as too much heat will melt the ribbon, I suggest trying out on a scrap piece of ribbon first.

Thanks for looking,

Friday, March 3, 2017

Peekaboo Slider Cards

Today I'm sharing a couple of 
Peekaboo Slider cards that were inspired 
by a Dawn's Stamping Thoughts video.
The first one is my entry for this weeks
Thanks for your visit! Jutta

Front of Peekaboo Slider card.
The anchor stamp is Recollections. The medallion and
cupcake stamps are Stampin Up!

With card partially opened.
Card fully opened.

I had such fun with this card style that I did a second one right away.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Crocheted Hat

As most retired people that live in the country know it is all to easy to hunker down beside a cozy fire for the winter. Leaving home only for the occasional foray into town for groceries. As nice as that sounds round about mid February you start to get what some call cabin fever. The winter blahs hit me when I spent my first Valentines Day in 33 years alone with my D.H. out of town.
I decided enough of hibernating, it's time to join into society again. With this in mind I found out that our awesome yarn shop has drop in knitting on Wednesday and Thursday. I've met a nice group of talented knitters who are more than happy to share their knowledge. In addition I joined Curves and found another nice group of ladies at the ready to lift ones spirits. It takes a bit of effort to make new friends but it is so worth it.

Crochet hat designed by me.

Thanks for looking, wishing you an awesomely creative day!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Best Wishes Card

Hello on this sunny Monday!
Today I continue with the orchid theme using a Penny Black stamp. This time I embossed the front panel and raised the flower.
What do you think does it work in yellow or do you prefer the pink?

 Enjoy the rest of your day!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

One Stamp Two Cards

Happy Sunday!

Today I have a couple of 5"x 7" cards to share made with a Penny Black stamp.

Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy a creative week!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Wishing You Joy Challenge Card

Hello, today I'm sharing a card I made and shipped off to England for the February Card Chain Challenge. I used the Beautiful Day stamp and die set from Altenew for the images. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Cozy Slipper Part Two

Happy Friday!

The last two pair of cozy slippers are now ready for shipping to the grand kids.


On another note this Sunday I'll be going to a one day crop with some special friends. Hopefully I'll have some pages to share real soon.

Wishing you all a crafty weekend.
Thanks for looking,

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Cozy Slippers

Hello it's another day and another project post. I've been busy knitting slippers for my clan. It's been awhile since I held a pair of needles but I think I've got the hang of things again.

I thank my mom for teaching me how to knit. When I was nine she gave me a ball of yarn and needles to celebrate St. Nicolas on Dec. 6th. :)

These are fun to make as they work up fast and are a great way to use up partial balls of yarn.
Cast on 27 stitches, knit 1st row.
2nd row -knit 8, pearl 1, knit 8, pearl 1, knit to end of row.
Repeat until piece measures 4 inches.
Decrease 1 at the beginning and end of next 2 rows.
Continue knitting until desired length.
Knit 2 together for final row then pull a 10 - 12 inch length of thread through remaining stitches as you remove them from needles.

Use thread to pull front of slipper together and stitch front up to where you decreased.
Sew up back and your done.

Thanks for your visit!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Valentines Day Card

Happy Valentines Day every one!
On this card I've used one of my favorite images from Stampin Up! (R) and the lovely sentiment from Quiet Fire Design.

I'm entering it into the following challenges
Die Cut Divas Feb. 2017 - it's red or pink.
Love Handmade Cards +FG Feb. 2017 - hearts & flowers.

Enjoy your day!

A New Crafting Adventure - Felted Merino Scarfs

A couple of years ago my pal Judy showed me her collection of felted scarfs. Each one was a pretty and unique piece of wearable art. She described the process and asked if I'd like to try making one. At the time I jumped at the idea of learning a new craft but had to put it off until last month. We worked on the first one together. The stripes made me happy and the colours looked so pretty together, it had such promise.  Until after all the work the purple turned out to be the wrong type of wool and did not felt. Lesson learned.

Scarf number 2 turned out great it's very light and soft. I really enjoy wearing it. With a width of ten inches it can be used as a light wrap too.

Scarf number 3 is identical on both sides, thicker and only six inches wide. This one with it's darker tones is for my son,

The colour combinations are endless and I'm already planning another project.
Have a creative day!

Butterfly Brilliance Card 2 - March CCC

Hello! Today I'm sharing a Slimline card featuring the Butterfly Brilliance Suite from Stampin' Up!.  This card is on it's way t...