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Friday, July 31, 2009

So, I want to blog about my favorite scrapbook store. Since I'm a visual kind of person, I check my pictures to see if I have any of the store. Nothing there. That's ok, I think, I'm a Little computer savvy (with a Capital L), I'll just surf the web for a picture. Hmmmm, nothing there, either. Looks like today there is just the written word for this post. However, if you're reading this, you have probably either been to Treasured Memories, or at least heard about it.
I went there today and let me tell 'ya, there is a SALE going on! I found items for .10, lots for .25 and even more for $1. They are selling products at sidewalk sale prices to make room for the new products soon to be coming in. My reason for telling you this has two purposes: One, this kind of sale doesn't happen very often, and I'm all for sharing the love - and discounts! Two, I WANT TO SEE THE
I'll admit I'm a big sucker for new stuff, and I am chomping at the bit to see it, touch it, feel it. So, go on, get yourself to Treasured Memories, 1510 S. Wells Ave., Reno. You can find their website here.
Comment on this post, let me know what you think and/or what great deals you got. I'm going on my scrapbook retreat next week, and when I return I will pick a random winner from the comments and they will win a fun goodie bag, full of wonderful scrapbook or card making items. So comment away!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

First There Were Three

It really started out at Cropapalooza last October. I had heard of Stickles, kinda knew what they were, but never really played with them. Then one of the croppers embellished a card with them and I was wowed. Ok, so it's just a glitter glue, but I fell in love. I bought three - Burgundy, Copper and Platinum. These three colors went on my Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas projects. Then...

More was added to my collection. What to do with them? Cards, page layouts, you get the picture. Shortly thereafter...

even more was added to my collection. Luckily, these bottles are small and don't take up much room. I spent a weekend just making cards and adding Stickles to some to make them sparkle. Love them!

A simple card with Stickles added over the patterned paper.

Thank you cards made using Fiskars border punches.

Stickles around the flowers of the card on the right.

I went Stickle crazy on these Fall cards.

I love using up scraps to make cards.

Yep, my dining room table really is under all that.

Friday, May 8, 2009

We've graduated from Cake Decorating 101

Erin and I finished our basic cake decorating course. Still don't think I've got the knack for decorating, but Erin does. We decorated a cake together. I love making the roses but I really need to practice.
Erin signed up for another cake decorating class. This one is going to be learning about fondant.
See those confetti-looking squiggles? Yep, that's caused by a hole in the bag of frosting.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Erin and I are taking a cake decorating class at Michael's. What fun, I thought. I'm a kinda creative person, I should take to cake decorating like I've taken to other crafts, right? Oh, noooooooo. After three classes I have decided that I am definitely not a cake decorator. I didn't even take pictures of the first cake I made. Looks like I'll just have to stick to scrapbooking. And knitting. And card making. And crocheting. And...
I made two cakes - one for each of us. We had to frost them before the second class. Our first class the teacher gave us a lot of information and went over what we would be doing.
I landed up having to make four batches of frosting - that's 16 cups of powdered sugar! My kitchen was a disaster and I never could get the frosting smooth.

Class #3's results. I now have a lot more respect for cake decorators. This takes a strong, steady hand, and other things which I obviously don't have.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Still on a card kick for some reason. I signed up for a crop on April 4. I'm excited about that since these days I don't seem to get a lot of scrapbooking done unless I'm at a crop. Here are a few of the cards I made. Simple cards, trying to use up some of my stash.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Gotta Love The Cricut

Paper crafting.
Gotta love it.
And the Cricut makes it even better!
I got to play with some cartridges borrowed
from a friend (thank you Kazie!) and made
just a few things.

The two cards below are made from the Wild Cards cartridge

Can't remember which cartridges this one is from...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

This Dumpling Bag is just too cute!!

I've had this pattern for quite a while, so,
why haven't I started it until now?
I was asking myself that same question when I was knitting up
this too cute bag.
It's knit on size 13 circulars so it is a very quick knit.
Every bag I've knit from
has been a quick knit, which is one of the reasons I love them.
I used yarn (Brown Sheep Bulky) I had left over from other bags.
While I love the way this yarn felts,
I'm not super happy about the shedding afterward.
Do all wool yarns shed this way?
This bag only took a
couple of days to make.
Now that's my kind of

The Dumpling Bag by She-Knits.
You can find this pattern and more here.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cool Hat

I love this hat, and to make things even better, it was really easy to knit up. I had it finished in just a couple of days. The pattern is found in the book, Knitting for Peace, by Betty Christiansen.

Also finished up a scarf I had been working on since December. A version of my favorite color, purple!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Beads, Beads and More Beads

I have an addictive personality, and it really shows through in my crafts. I start doing something, decide I enjoy it, and many times about go overboard doing it. Thus, the beaded bracelets. I made bracelets until my eyes were seeing beads even when they were closed. And what, you ask, am I going to do with all of them? Why, stuff them in my drawer with the rest of my loose jewelry, of course! Here are my newest creations.
I love the green round beads, even though I can't think of a thing to wear them with!

Doesn't the middle one remind you of Oreo cookies?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

This morning I went to a class to learn about jewelry making, gardening, and freezer meals. Crafts, food and menu planning. Three of my favorite subjects! This was one of a series of classes put on through my church on subjects similar to these. For the jewelry section we made bracelets. The one I made was green and orange, in honor of the Fiskateers group I'm in. I love the colors. This is my daughter modeling it.

The freezer meals we sampled were breakfast burritos, egg and muffin sandwiches, chicken quesadillas, Avocado Dip, and chocolate chip cookies. All of the food was yummy! I really like the idea of making food ahead of time and freezing it. It really cuts down on the prep time, especially for us at dinnertime. If you'd like any of these recipes, just comment or email me and I'll get them to you.
The gardening section was so informative. Who knew I should be preparing my soil right now? I am not much of a gardener but have always wanted to learn more. I can't wait to try all these new ideas on my vegetable garden this year. Now, if I could only get my peach tree to thrive in this Northern Nevada climate. . .

Sunday, February 8, 2009

I'm typing this from my new laptop I received for christmas. This is actuallly my first blog post with pictures that I opened and saved on the laptop. A big deal for me because I am so computer challenged. And the blog post wasn't even planned! Here's what my thought process is doing inside my brain these days: Today the whole family cleaned house (you can read more about the why the need to clean the house from top to bottom here) I needed a little break so I went outside and started to clean out my car. I found my sock project bag in the car with these socks. The socks reminded me that I needed to take a picture of them to put on my Ravelry account. I got out the camera, snapped a couple of pictures of the socks, 'cuz I'm loving them so much, then remembered that I needed to take an "after" picture of my craft room - after it's been cleaned up. I have such a short attention span! Needless to say, after the camera was in my hand I got practially Nothing done in the way of cleaning.
I loved knitting these socks - one of them only took me 3 days to finish! You can find the pattern here
The yarn I used was Dancing by Knit Picks. Yarn from my stash.
A close-up of the pattern work. Tilt your head to the left and you can see the hearts made with yarn-overs.
A much cleaner craft room!

Monday, January 12, 2009

We are deep cleaning the craft room. We're rearranging furniture, adding a tv in the hopes that will motivate us to use the treadmill, and I am throwing away A LOT of stuff.
Don't these two pictures look like I have a neat, orderly craft room?
Ok, now see below for the REAL picture. A lot of the stuff in the middle of the floor came from five bookcases/shelves, which we are downsizing to just three.
We've done the rearranging, and the room looks much better than this. I will post "after" pictures when we're finished. I've even cleared a space on my craft desk, and made some cards tonight:

Monday, January 5, 2009

Fiskars Ultra ShapeXpress

I got my Fiskars Ultra ShapeXpress out the other day to use for a layout, and found another use for it. I love rub-ons but like to keep them together in one sheet, which makes it a little difficult to try to cut one rub-on out that is in the middle. I used the Ultra ShapeXpress to cut out the saying in the middle, without having to cut out any other rub-ons, which would give me a great chance to lose all those little pieces I would have had to cut out. I love the way it cuts - very sharp blade, so keep away from little children. You can see this and other Fiskars products here.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Take a Knitting Survey

This one had me thinking back some years. Feel free to cut and paste to your own blog. After all, that's what I did.

Bold for stuff you've done, italics for stuff you plan to do one day, and normal for stuff you're not planning on doing.

Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-upKnitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with bananafiber yarn
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn

Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffitti knitting: knitting items on, or to be left on the street
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca

Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Household items: dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies...
knitting socks- or other small tubular items- on two circulars

Dying with plant colours
Knitting items for a wedding
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else's handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads

Long Tail CO

Machine knitting
Knitting with selfpatterning/selfstriping/variegating yarn

Stuffed toys
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/armwarmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public