Saturday, December 12, 2009

cards, cards, cards...

it has been awhile since I've made this many cards at a stretch. I better get with it, though, I need to get them in the mail yesterday.

I saw a tree made with this punch and it was much more elaborate than mine. Now of course I can't find the link.

Added another tree to the slideshow. My cards aren't as "polished" as I would like but practice makes perfect, as they say, so I just need to keep creating. ;)

Monday, December 7, 2009

alcohol inks on foil

Two new cards... alcohol inks on embossed foil. I used spray adhesive to fasten the foil to the card stock, then ran it through the cuttlebug. I added inks for color. The cards were part of a Michael Strong stamps challenge. So finally, I entered a challenge. It has been a long time. I have 2 more foil embossed cards to finish, don't know what I will do yet. These are way prettier than they scan. ;)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

creative adventure with Liv

Liv and I got to spend the day playing with alcohol inks. Fun! I bought some gloss paper, supposedly made for use with the inks, but not very satisfied with the results. My favorite project of the day was tile. Paul gave me some that have 9 tiles together, so that's what we used. We also glued aluminum foil to card stock, and ran it through the cuttlebug. I think that's going to have some very good possibilities.

There have been too many things going on in my life to make creating possible. But I also know that I NEED those times of creativity and better get them scheduled in. I've been looking over all the blogs I have found for inspiration, and the juices are starting to flow again. I added a few to the my list as well.

My next project has to be the camera.

Sunday, July 26, 2009


more sweet creations-- peach jam. Didn't cut up the fruit enough, it floated. It has been so long since I made jam I didn't remember that. But it is sure tasty. We also got a shaved ice machine, and have been experimenting with sugar free or sugar reduced syrups for it. I like it best with orange juice, but we needed more variety.

This week is my last week on the job. Planning some creating time next week! Wednesday and Friday this week are the winding down time. I have closets to clean, laundry to do, catching up. Then maybe creating will be more easily accomplished.

This week I bought a teensy baby doll at Target, she's only 8 inches. She's dressed in a plain jammie and hat combo. The plan is to dress her, make her a blanket, and give her to my husband's grand-niece for her baby. Maybe a quilt, maybe something knit or crocheted. I'm thinking about a tiny ribbed hat; I've done both knit and crocheted, just have to sit down and experiment. I have some cotton verigated yarn that I've been using to make wash cloths and have bits left. Might work.

My husband's mom will be a great-great grandmother any day now! Pretty exciting. So far the mom is doing fine, she's due next week.

Craftiness has been on the back burner. Moving it up to the front.


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Delightful plummy jam

Finished the plum jam-- now the figs are starting to ripen. Brought home green beans, a cucumber, more plums, and cherries. What a treasure my mother in law is-- still gardening.

This blog was only going to be handicrafts, LOL and it is turning into ANYTHING I have made. That's because all the produce is keeping me hopping. Liv's quilt is ready for the binding, but haven't had time to sew it on. Today was M's second birthday, so we went to the party. Can you imagine this: I have two stepsons. My stepsons have 2 cousins. Son 1 has 2 boys. Son 2 has 3 boys. Nephew 1 has 4 girls. Nephew 2 has 2 boys. Ten of these little ones are six and under! I think it is so great that they all get together and want to encourage it. But that is a LOT of parties! Difficult to draw the line. More for me to make! I better get busy.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

berries, berries and more berries!!

First batch of berry syrup is done. Woo hoo!! Next, a batch of berry jelly. After that, apple-berry leather. Then, after that, never want to look at a berry. But, there's more! I sampled the syrup-- way better than I remembered. Gotta make some waffles!!

It always makes me feel good to have a cabinet full of canned goods, but quickly tire of canning if I don't have the best attitude. Plums are next! I just have to remember how pretty canned food in glass jars is-- and know that I will be very thankful this winter to still be using this wonderful stuff. Satisfies the hoarder in me in a GOOD way.

I am thankful for such a prolific garden-- there are onions, squash, tomatoes, and more out there. My almost 94 year old mother in law is now more the Supervisor than the main gardener, but she waters everything faithfully and is still the best berry picker. This year, she passed off the canning to me-- not ALL of it by any means, but it's been awhile since I have done any but it seems to be like riding a bicycle.

Oh, and Lorna-- lots of purple!

Saturday, May 2, 2009


Speaking of self expression, read about the last Queen of Hawaii, Lili'uokalani. Read her story here:
A quilt was sewn by the Queen and her companions during her palace imprisonment. See a picture of the quilt here:

changes, changes...

well haven't posted in awhile. So many changes in my life, and still dealing with my "stuff". My fabric is mostly together, my yarn is all neatly tucked in containers, but my paper craft stuff has yet to be tackled. When things are in chaos it is hard for me to create. So I move out to the dining room table and work there. :)

I've been busy moving posts from the Quilter's Friend site, which is no longer connected to the site. Another change, it was a good time in my life, but time for change.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Grandma's Windblown Tulips

Well, I had a call from far away quite awhile ago, about my great grandma's quilt. I found out it was called "Windblown Tulips" and was designed by Marie Webster. To see a big picture of the quilt, go here:
There's also a little article about the quilt design and designer on

It seems that this pattern was first published in 1911 in the Ladies' Home Journal. I wonder how many women made this? Marie Webster was the first to make a "cottage industry" out of quilting. What was she like? The historical aspect of quilters and quilting is fascinating to me.Sorry it took me so long to get back to this. Life just gets in the way. I hope that you found your answer already. Thank you for helping me find a bit more history about my treasured quilt!

One more thing.... you can buy the windblown tulips pattern here:

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just a crafty grandma experimenting with all sorts of things. My main interests are paper craft of any kind and quilting/sewing. But I've done leatherwork, polymer clay, on-the-wheel pottery, painted molded ceramics, papier mache, stained glass, plaster casting, linoleum printing, paper making... you name it, I've probably tried it. A few I actually stuck with. :)