Tuesday, February 17, 2015

An Icy Day, a Cozy Capelet

Y'all know I love Debbie Bliss.  I have every one of her magazines, and when the Fall/Winter issue came out and it had a gorgeous, cabled capelet on the cover called the "Cozy Capelet" I HAD to make it! I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn in Charcoal, and I have to tell you...the capelet is SUPER cozy. It's like wearing a cherished, comforting blanket around your shoulders. It's been perfect while we've had crazy cold temperatures hit!  

It was a really quick knit using the thick yarn and big needles.  I took the ease of the pattern a step further by knitting it in the round, which means when I bound off those stitches it was DONE, no seaming for this craft chick!

We're all home today because of an ice storm that hit last night, and you better believe I'll be staying a little bit cozier with this FO around me!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Chocolate Covered Strawberry

I didn't know what to do for Hubby for St. Valentine's Day, but this super-cute chocolate covered strawberry box from SVG Cuts caught my eye, and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't talk myself out of making it to put candy in for him.

He loved the box, and said he may use it for me one year (which would be a win-win).

Sunday, February 8, 2015

"NACHO" Average Valentine

 With Little Man now a 10 year-old he isn't into the cutesy St. Valentine's Day cards (sniff, sniff...just as I have learned about Pinterest and had a million cute ideas before me).  In fact, he prefers "cool" things to give to his friends, and what could be cooler than these?!?! I saw the idea on Pinterest, and though I could have printed a free template and made things easier...I didn't like the wording on the version I saw, or the graphics, so I went into Photoshop and made my own.  Doing that also enabled me to vary the teachers' valentines ever so slightly.  I printed them in color on regular paper, had him address them, then cut them out and taped them to the front of the bags.  Another cool one if you like the idea..."You're all that and a bag of chips," which has the added bonus that you could get assorted bags and use any kind and it would work. In order to have enough I ordered the Doritos from Amazon.  

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Pre-Valentine Prep

Last year I had just started a new job less than 2 weeks before Valentine's Day, so I didn't get too fancy with making things for the big day.  This year, I was so motivated after seeing the super-cute SVG Cuts box cards set...I had fun picking out paper and cutting out the pieces, and then assembling the cards.  Each box card is like a little piece of magic to me...I love the finished result!

How awesome that these 3-D cards fold flat for an envelope....MAGIC!

Making these cards also meant I was able to use my new envelope board! I found the dimensions that best fit my cards, cut the paper to that size, lined them up with the correct line, and after four score lines, four notch punches and four corner punches...I had an envelope to glue...MAGIC!

I hope those that received them found them to be as magical as I do!!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Shark Week Sock Bag

Did you make resolutions for this year? Anything crafty? I love hearing or reading about resolutions from other crafty people.  One year I decided I would tackle steeking...another year I had a project to finish.  This year I have several.  One of them is to learn how to sew project bags for knitting.  With all the great patterns out there, I think it would be a fun thing to learn.  And after a successful trip to Jo-Ann Fabrics with my Mom I really want to sew a Christmas-themed project bag...more on that later...can't wait to show you the fabric!

Until I learn how to sew them myself, I thought I'd share a great one someone else whipped up that I came across on Etsy.  Sewn by Bird Leg Bags it's the perfect bag to hold my Shark Week Socks while they are being worked on.

The workmanship is great...she considered every detail...just look at the zipper pull!!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Too Sick To Knit?

I had high hopes for finishing my Cozy Capelet this weekend, but being sick has had me down for the count a lot...and I'm thinking it may not happen.  You know it's bad when you're too sick to knit...or eat....or watch a movie!  Whether I finish it this weekend after all, or in the near future, I look forward to showing you the finished snuggly project!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Had Myself a Crafty Little Christmas

My very crafty Christmas started with fun crafty goodies from my knitting friends.

My friend Connie (aka ObiKnitKenobi aka Conicuts) made these precious angel earrings....FROM PAPER!!! That's right, their little bodies are made from paper beads she MADE!  Too cute!

Another knitting friend, Cindy, had little snowflake stitch markers and packets of detergent for washing knits for us.

And then...on Christmas...

My Mom got me a craft store gift card (doesn't get much cooler than deciding what I want and not feeling guilty because it's a gift!) And I got a new blade and mat for my Silhouette cutter.

And this super-awesome envelope punch board! (Can't wait for me to show it in action? Check out this video)

I got this Martha Stewart punch and ALL of the kids (including this big kid) had fun making wreath and tree embellishments on cards and pictures.  It was super easy to punch a bunch of branches quickly too! 

And, I got this bead maker that I have some fun ideas for...look forward to (hopefully) showing off some successful projects made with paper beads.

I could have sat and played with my new crafty toys all day!  ;)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Festive Crafting

Besides the Christmas stitch markers there was plenty of other festive crafting happening in December.

First, Little Man made this super cute ornament at a Parents' Night Out at his taekwondo school....isn't it awesome?!?!

I decided I wanted to make cards for my co-workers to go with Starbucks gift cards...and since I love the box cards from SVGCuts..I went with making the poinsettia planter box cards.  I set up all the files so I could cut all the red pieces for the four cards at the same time, and did that as much as I could to keep from wasting time and paper.

One evening I cut all the pieces and had 4 piles (one for each card) with all the pieces needed.

The next evening I assembled flowers and embossed the centers with gold embossing powder.

And the next evening I put them together.  I loved using glue dots to glue the flowers themselves.

My co-workers loved them!

For my brother's girlfriend I wanted something crafty to go with the gift card I had gotten her...so I turned to SVGCuts again...and made this super cute Christmas tree box...and then I decorated it simply with stickers to give the appearance of the tree having ornaments.

I had so much fun with my festive crafting!!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

May Your Holidays Be Merry and Bright!

As 2014 draws to a close and I start thinking about what I hope to accomplish in 2015, one thing I hope for is to get back to regular posting here.  To hold you over, here is an image I took of the snag-free Christmas light stitch markers I made for my knitting friends.  I used a drill to make the red jump rings, and started an assembly line of sorts to put them together.  The bead is glued in place to cover the join of the ring.  I tied each one onto a tag with red ribbon...it made a cute little gesture to let each lady know I hope they have the happiest of holidays...and I wish that for whoever is out there reading this post as well!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Loving Box Cards!

I know it's been ages since I posted.  I'm sure you know how easy it is to let the stresses of life get in the way.  I haven't been crafting as much as I'd like...but I have enjoyed making what I have had time to work on.  My co-worker just had a birthday and the office got together for wine and laughs.  So I whipped up this little card to put a smile on her face.  I used the SVG Cuts file for a picnic and left off the plate and silverware.  Presto...a wine-inspired little piece of cuteness!