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May 12th, 2017 at 5:07 pm

I have been on a wood/paint kick lately…so I just kept going

We have our last fundraising event for the Avon 39 walk to End Breast Cancer, so i said I would make a couple (??) more signs for them to raffle off.  Lots of sweaty palms getting these ready, but lots of fun too.

12″ x 12″ oak plywood

12″ x 18″ pine plywood, Pledge of Allegiance

 

12″ x 36″, pine plywood – this is huge

Because I am frugal (aka cheap!) I hate throwing away part 1/2 of the vinyl when I do one of these projects. So …. I decided to do a ying/yang version:

These are 12″ x 24″ inches, oak plywood signs. It was a little more work, but I hate throwing usable stuff away – said the scrapbook/craft hoarder!!!! I did these two signs a little different. I did not stain the boards before I painted them.

I stained them after…

It’s sort of hard to see in this picture, but by staining with a dark stain after painting, it aged these really well. I love how they turned out.

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April 23rd, 2017 at 6:10 pm

Barn Quilt – Installed

Lovin’ it even more now…

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April 19th, 2017 at 11:43 am

Access/VB do not print report with no data

Just a little bit of programming..after all it pays the bills.

I had setup the option to print different reports, depending on if something is manufactured in house or outsourced.  So I came up with this:

The code behind the button on the form:


Private Sub cmdPrintReport_click()

    On Error GoTo CatchErrNo

     
    If Me.JobNo > “” Then DoCmd.OpenReport “rptWorkOrder”, acViewPreview, , “JobNo = ” & Me.JobNo

 

CatchErrNo:

    If Err.Number > 0 Then
        ‘report will not open if there is no data, but throws an error. This will catch that error and print the workorder instead
        ‘jk – 4/18/2017
        If Err.Number = 2501 Then
            If Me.JobNo > “” Then DoCmd.OpenReport “rptPickList”, acViewPreview, , “JobNo = ” & Me.JobNo
        Else
            MsgBox Err.Number & ” – ” & Err.Description
        End If
    End If

End Sub


In the report design mode, you have to tell it what to do with no data (I never knew this was here)

Report – Event – On No Data


Private Sub Report_NoData(Cancel As Integer)
   Cancel = True
End Sub


Are there other ways to do this, yes, probably 100, but this is what works in the environment that I’m working in.

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April 9th, 2017 at 7:00 pm

April is here – and another Pinterest project completed!

So, for years I have wanted to make a barn quilt for my barn – ha!  Even before we had a barn, I had drawn up so many different designs, layouts, where I would put it – I remember one idea was to put it on the back of the garage since that is what you see from the road as you drive by, but I just never did it – mostly I don’t think my hubby wanted one. So was I ever surprised when he came home with the stuff I had mentioned that I would need to make one. Whoop Whoop!!!

I found one on pinterest that I was in love with so I set my sites on doing one like that.

I made my barn quilt 3′ x 3′ – which set my hubby off on a bit of a tizzy – why not just make it 4’x4′ – that would be a half sheet of plywood, why cut it down again and waste that 1’x3′ piece and the other half of the plywood.  Ha, little does he know that I have plans for the rest of that plywood!!! I have a star make of twigs on the barn now and that is 3′ across, and I just felt the 4′ square would have been to much for that small space (we have a modern day barn, not one with a huge face so space is limited.

Once I had my 3’x3′ piece, I sanded it down to get rid of the rough edges, then I applied sanding sealer – because the hubby said I should – the paint doesn’t soak in so much then, I guess.  I then applied 3 coats of white (exterior) paint.  He said I only needed 2, but I could still see brush strokes/roller marks and I’m fussy!

As you go thru these pictures and instructions you will notice that I use tools from other craft areas – like an 18″ quilting ruler you see in the first picture.

So I cut some stars out of vinyl. and applied them to the taped off “Blue” side of the board. Then I went in and cut some more – I didn’t think I had that much space, but I guess I did.

I painted 3 coats of blue on this board to get the density that I wanted. The I picked off the vinyl stars.

I laid out and cut long strips of vinyl for the stripes. I was set on a certain design and pattern. I had to extend 2 of the lines because my cutter only cuts 24″ length.

I was really worried about the red paint at first, but after 2 coats it was beautiful.

Just a few touchups

This next part seems so silly considering that it’s going to be hanging from the top of the barn and NO ONE will see it up close…but while the second coat of red was drying, I went and touched up all the stars a bit.  there was some bleeding under the vinyl – I didn’t go around all the edges (that’s a lot of edges around all those stars) and made them even.  It looks great to me and that’s what matters. On to the stripes.

Most people would have just left it like that, but not me, I needed/wanted something to break up, help define the stripes and the pattern – it was playing with my eyes. So I need to do a shadow. So I taped off the areas that were in a fold…

I found some really old black paint, mixed it all up – took about 15 minutes of mixing to get it back ‘together’, then I took the mixing stick, put it in a small glass, poured water over it and used that for the shadowing. I had a piece of paper that I would ‘dab’ on and then dry brushed over the ‘shadow’ areas.

The shading is very subtle, but makes such a difference, just the right amount to break-up the wave just enough.

So much fun, I loved doing this piece.

 

 

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March 30th, 2017 at 8:35 pm

FMQ Sampler – Complete

Well, I have had this done for a month or so, just had to do the binding – yuck, I hate binding.

It was a huge challenge to do this but it turned out pretty good, even if I do say so myself. I strongly suggest joining the group on facebook “Sit Down Free Motion Quilters” and doing this tutorial.

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March 18th, 2017 at 5:43 pm

As the wind blows, so does the current craft topic

in: Crafting

I made some decorative signs for a fundraiser for a group of women that are doing the Avon39 Walk to End Breast Cancer in Chicago this June.

I was going to try to finish one of my UFO’s for them, but those type of things are not real money makers. So I sat on Pinterest and looked for something else….Here is what I came up with:

I made 3 sets of these in different sizes: Small – Medium – Large
Why you may ask, because I am trying to reduce the amount of “STUFF” that we have laying around, so I had the hubby check to see what we had available for wood and we used up 3 boards. Then he made the cool tray out of left over cedar pieces that were just laying around.  Way cool project!!!

This is my second favorite of the 3 things I made today.  I love love love love this sign. It turned out sooooo good, it makes it very hard to give away. But hopefully it will bring them a big return.

 

Last and by all means not least, this is my all time favorite of favorite signs I have made. When I stained the wood, it was super, super dark – and I hated it and it wasn’t drying. So the hubby took and wiped it down and the wood grain came out so nice, so so very nice. I sat and stared at the boards because I loved how they turned out so well.  I was running out of time and I didn’t think I was going to get this one done, but I pushed and pushed and it is my all time favorite. So many things teamed up against me getting this one done: digital cutter didn’t cut deep enought, then it ran crooked, then the vinyl had a flaw in it. I cut this sign 3 times today..  ugh … my OCD was on high – I hate wasting material.

But I learned a lot on all 3 of these projects:

  1. Start before the day before – even if it’s just picking boards – do it.
  2. Try the stain before the day of – I wish I would have, I would have gotten different stuff – although I am happy with how they turned out.
  3. Try the paint before hand – same thing, I bought what I thought I wanted to use and I fought it all the way. Went back to simple wall paint and it all worked perfectly!!!!
  4. If you design the layout yourself – do it and forget it. I played with mine for hours – trying little different things.
  5. Try to relax and enjoy the process – once I was on this last one, I was able to settle down and I loved doing the tedious parts because I can see how great it’s going to turn out!!!

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March 12th, 2017 at 7:17 pm

Blue Green Flannel – loving it!!!!

I ran across this quilt pattern on Pinterest (No surprise there!) – the one that I saw was in Black/Red – but I fell in love with the whole fabric line.

Now – so I went on a mission to find all the color pallets  of this line, little did I know it’s out of print. So what ever the stores have, they have and it will not be refilled!!!!

Then, I got started putting one together – and low and behold, changed up the pattern a bit – imagine that! Because I changed the pattern, I didn’t have enough of some of the material – soooooo…off I went trying to get more. 

After all the hunting, I got a bit burned out on this little project, but finally got back to it today!  I was able to get the top completed – and I love it. It will be a great wall hanging or couch throw once it’s quilted. 

So off to the UFO pile this goes.

 

 

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February 15th, 2017 at 12:29 pm

Pinterest – Fail

in: General

I don’t have pictures of this – because I tried to fix it but it just got worse and worse.

I have seen these on Pinterest and I have probably 15+ of them saved, so I tried it – BIGGEST FAIL EVER!!!!

Here are some things that don’t ever seem to be mentioned:

  • The waxed paper will get creased as it goes thru your printer
  • The ink does not stick to the waxed paper in any way, shape of form – it literally sits on the surface
    I guess that’s the lure of this project
  • The slightest touch of anything, including a breeze and the ink will come off and grabs ahold of anything it can find – I mean anything!
  • The wood that you are going to stick this on MUST be smooth – I tried putting this on a piece of barn wood that I’ve been saving (ok, the icky piece that I had – thank goodness!) 
  • Rubbing with a credit card type thing will not work if your wood has any surface texture at all
    When this had gone terrible wrong, I just started experimenting – what did work, with the barn wood was taking a pencil and scribing on the back. Becuz the pencil pushes the was paper into crevices, more of the ink goes onto the wood.
  • If your wood is not white or very, very, very lite – you will more than likely barely see a shadow
  • If you are planning to use this as an image to paint over – if you’re not on white or really lite, it is very difficult to see

I unfortunately tried this for a valentines gift – so needless to say I had nothing to give him for Valentines day!!!!

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January 2nd, 2017 at 5:43 pm

On to the new year

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Keeping helpers busy too

signs

Layers of wet signs

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and one more idea

The holidays are done and packed away. We can all start to relax and do the things we love to do.

Since it was another 4 day weekend, but this time I had no crafting that had to get done for a gift, I decided to try something that I’ve always wanted to do.  Rustic signs.

I made a sign for a gift for Christmas, I sort of got the bug to try some other techniques. So I did.

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You can tell how successful you are by the size of the mess when you are done.. at least that’s how I measure it.

Doing these odd ball crafts is very exhausting – I’m not used to using my brain for physically creative things, being a programmer by day most of my creativeness is in the database programming world (digital data) not the physical. So taking these weekends to do something so out of the normal is exhausting and invigorating at the same time.

I bought a package of 10×10 canvasses , on sale at Joann’s of course, I wonder what I could come up with to do on those???? Can’t wait to see what I can find on Pinterest to do with those.

 

 

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December 19th, 2016 at 7:58 pm

Center is done….On to boarders

Well the holiday season is upon us, and I have started 5 new projects – yep! No more to say about that!

I was able to get 1 more lesson done on the FMQ lesson booklet and I added 3 more blocks. I started with a yard of material and expanded the lessons into filling it. I have added 3 other blocks that I found on Pinterest Board: FMQ Ideas to fill in the layout. Of the 3 extra, 2 turned out “Not so bad”, 1 is just bad, but it was challenging.

So here is the last block in the workbook: Lesson 9

I had so much anxiety over this block, that’s why it took me so long to do it. I have a 18″x18″ whiteboard that I have been practicing on for weeks.  It’s not perfect, but I learned alot doing it.

Now, on to the 3 “personal” selection blocks: #10 = Spiral, #11 – Zentangle, #12 Scrolled Heart w/boarder.

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block11

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My all time favorite is #11. I love, love, love things with depth. Whether it is dimensional in space, dimensional in person, or carries multiple meanings…I love it when something is more than what it appears to be.

Now, on to the boarders and corners!!!

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