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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

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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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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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November 29th, 2016 at 8:10 am

It’s all in the connections you make

That’s what they say nowadays – This is a great, great resource for connecting. I wish I had found this years ago, I wouldn’t have to keep searching for it when I have to automate someone else’s manual process!!!

https://www.connectionstrings.com/microsoft-jet-ole-db-4-0/

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November 27th, 2016 at 6:34 pm

Traditions…

in: Holiday

So the turkey was smoked and eaten. Pastry cloth
Turkey sandwiches for 2 days.
8 bags of Turkey Wild Rice Soup in the freezer.
What else is left to do….Lefsa of course.

Each year we make up a batch and send it out to relatives on the coasts, this year we are doing up to batches, one this weekend and one just before christmas to send out that week. Lefsa

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November 27th, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Wow – who knew doing circles was gonna be such a challenge?!

I know that I can’t draw a straight line, but who knew how hard it was going to be sewing circles – good grief, Charlie Brown!!!

Had lots and lots of thread issues on these three blocks – shredding like crazy. And as the saying goes, I used one whole bobbin on block 8 and ran out with just 2 1/2 squares (plus a titch) left to do. I thought I was out of white, but I found some more this evening so I could finish up. 

lesson7lesson8The back of 8 doesn’t look too bad, even if I do say so myself!!!lesson8back

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November 21st, 2016 at 7:18 pm

FMQ – putting me thru the ringer

So I joined this group on Facebook Sit Down Free Motion Quilters to help push me into using my big sewing machine. I have so many Quilt tops done it’s ridiculous!!!!  So this past weekend, I had a dog and hubby free day – I started the dreaded project of washing all the linens and decided I would do this in between loads – or loads of laundry in between these lessons. Basically it came down to which ever project was making me crazy I would go do the other!!!

But, got 5 of the lessons done – I give myself a solid C, A for effort, but C for abilities.

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I have learned a lot from the group, but it is all about practice and developing muscle memory.  The hardest part for me is making a decision which way to go or what to do.

My worst nightmare is when someone says to me “Just do what ever you want”!!!!!  NOOOOOOOO!

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November 15th, 2016 at 7:49 pm

Fall Nesting

Fall Nesting or Stocking up for the winter – you decide – we are supposed to get the first snow fall this next weekend and it’s looking like a doozy!

So, mad the hubby clean the “entrance” to the garage and his hobby room and the hallway, so, since he did that I figured I better work on my sewing room.  4 large bags of trash/junk were taken out and I found 3 packages of fabric that I ordered this year and didn’t even take them out of the boxes – good grief !

Even found my winter project…Butterfles

I figured since I got such a good deal on the kit, I better make the thing.

Last winter/spring I made the Galaxy quilt, so this will be a good winter project. Along with completing some of the 12+ quilt tops waiting for quilting.

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