Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Doozer, Waylon and Gratitude to Start 2017

Once we got back from PA, we had less than 24 hours until my sister and Waylon her puppy dog arrived from FL. We ate, we hung out,we watched movies, went to a restaurant that was voted to have some of the best tacos in the country...and rang in 2017!

For our first brunch of 2017, I made a hybrid of eggs Benedict...they had scrambled eggs, roasted asparagus, prosciutto and hollandaise sauce over an English muffin...so good!

Later in the day we read the slips from our Gratitude Jar.

I set the table for dinner...

...and we all enjoyed heaping plates of pork and sauerkraut.

It was an awesome way to start the new year!

Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Christmas Crafting

Last year's craft was cute, but I think it was a little intense for the boys. With hundreds of pins and punching paper (and running out of pins twice) they were pretty to look at, but not the fastest projects to finish. In fact, my nephews didn't get to finish theirs! So this year I ordered more pins so they could finish, and I found a new project that wouldn't be as much work. We tackled this year's crafts first....wreath ornaments made with mason jar lid rings and pipe cleaners.

The assembly was pretty simple and everyone had fun decorating their wreaths to make them special.

My Mom went with a red pipe cleaner bow and red pompom ornaments.

My nephew made his Harry Potter-themed with pipe cleaners the colors of the Gryffindor house and a lightening bolt decoration.

My little nephew went full Doc Octopus with pipe cleaners sticking out.

Little Man did a striped base and a reindeer sticker in the middle.

My husband used a star and pompoms....with help from my brother's girlfriend making the star.

And I used paper branches and a red bow.

Then my nephew finished his tree.

And Little Man finished his 2nd tree.

Look at all the gorgeous Christmas crafting we did!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Check This Out

I have to show you this nifty gift my mother found for me! She picked it because of the Jaws-themed fabric....but it's also awesome because it's so meditative! It's handmade...and filled with pellets and hidden ocean-themed charms. There's a list attached so you find the items in order, and you could just sit and sit squishing the pellets around looking for things...so fun! Have any of you see anything handmade like this before?

Saturday, December 24, 2016

2016 Christmas Eve Sock Cast-On

Last year, right before the holidays, I was on Instagram when I read about Little Bobbins Knits Christmas Eve cast-on tradition.  I had such a fun time, I decided to do it again this year. Sipping some wine, watching a Christmas movie, and knitting cozy socks is an awesome way to wind down from my birthday...and a little bit of calm before the crazy of Christmas the next morning.

I'm trying to watch my craft spending...so I decided to use red for accent and this inexpensive yarn from Michaels for the main sock.  The pattern has a lacy look to it, so these socks will be so different from what I made last year. I cannot believe how much I've come to enjoy knitting socks!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Wonder Woman Tin

Good grief making this Wonder Woman tin was rough! I first tried printing the image...but then I Mod Podged the printed image and the inks ran. So, I decided to cut each color out of cardstock and then glue the layers together. The image looked great like that...but then it was time to apply the resin. I poured enough resin onto the design to fully cover all of the layers...but then the resin ran...and there was no fixing it. There was a huge resin mess. And I had to start over...SIGH. BUT, the last try was a success! Just in time for Christmas!

Monday, December 19, 2016

A Finished Tin

So I messed up the first flamenco tin I attempted and had a hell of a time getting another image printed (thank you so much Conicuts for letting me print at your house) since my printer decided to die right in the middle of making Christmas projects!

Here's the second try before the resin.  It was Mod Podged onto the top of the tin.

Here's the tin with the resin applied.

See the rounded clear top?

What went into the tins? More than you'd think! Antibacterial wipes, a pack of Excedrin tablets, breath drops,band-aids, mini laser pointer/flashlight,emery board,nail clippers, toothpicks, and two sizes of safety pins.

I ordered more resin to finish the rest!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Christmas Swag

Good googly moogly! I went to my knitting meet-up's Christmas get-together and I came home with all of this swag! A handmade project bag, DPN holder, notions bag, ornaments...along with yummy edible goodies, a puzzle, a Mr and Mrs Claus salt and pepper shaker...my friends piled me high! And they loved the Christmas tree stitchmarkers!

Our host Conicuts had fun games to play and yummy punch and treats and we all had such a happy time celebrating together.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christmas 2016 Stitchmarkers

It's become a tradition for me to make holiday stitchmarkers for my knitting group friends. This year I found cute Christmas trees that I used,and then made them "snag free" by gluing a bead over the join of the ring. 

After the stitchmarkers are done I always attach them to a tag. It's just a little holiday treat for my fiber friends!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Holding My Breath Through Step 3!

Alright. So. I Mod Podged the images for two tins. Then I Mod Podged the images onto the tins.

Then it was time to mix the resin with the hardener. The resin I used is from Little Windows.  I looked at a few tutorials because I tried doming (where the resin makes a clear, hard dome over the object) and it didn't work with the premixed resin I picked up. So,this resin awesomely was able to "read" the edges of the image which helped a lot. 

After the resin is applied you have to let the item sit for 12 hours under a protective dome so dust, etc doesn't settle into the resin.

It's exciting to see if they turn out the way I want them to!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Poinsettia Perfection

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...four finished poinsettia box cards...with envelopes!

The cards came out great, and I really love the envelopes! I found a fun double-sided Christmas paper at AC Moore and made two cards of each side as the outside. I love how they turned out!