Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Infinity Scarves!




       You have probably already guessed what this post is about just by reading the title. But, before we get into the details of the infinity scarves let's talk a moment to talk about the weather, shall we? I love rain. I love listening to the rain the smell of rain walking in the rain. There is one thing about it that gets me a little grumpy sometimes. That is when there is too much rain. I know we need it and a lot of rain keeps us out of a drought ( or recovering from one) but I think we have had enough; at least for a little while. A little break would be nice. I want to go out and take pictures of the beach with worrying about my camera getting wet and hubby is missing the surf days. Being cooped up in the house on his days of is driving him crazy. To be honest it's driving me crazy too.

     I love the rain, really I do, I promise. Just a little sunshine, that's all I ask.
     
     Now That my little rant is over on to the real topic.

     I love to sew. I'm not good at it by any means and it makes me nervous sometimes but I love it. It's relaxing and opens my door to creativity. I also love listening to music while I sew. Do you listen to music while you are crating or sewing? What music do you like? I love show tunes when I'm sewing.

     When I was trying to think of something to make for gifts I wanted to make something that was new to me to learn a new skill in sewing. I found the infinity scarves on Pinterest and fell in love. then, I researched flannel and found out how big it is right now. I remember it being big in the '90's. Did you love flannel back then? So, I went to the fabric store and fell in love with three of the most beautiful pieces of fabric I had seen in a long time.

     I bought the fabric and headed home, so excited, I couldn't wait to get started. To the sewing room I went and..... threw the bag of fabric on the futon and walked out of the room. This was going to be the year that I made my Christmas gifts early. This was going to be my year! Hmm....not so much. Because I was so nervous that I was going to mess them all up I didn't start until about two weeks before. And you know what? They were so easy to make, there was no reason to be nervous. I don't know why but sewing intimidates me until I actually start working on a project.

    The moral of the story, friends, is to never be afraid to try something you haven't done before. Oh, and the scarves turned out beautifully.






                                     

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Here's to New Beginnings in 2017

Happy New Year everyone! This is going to be an amazing year. No more looking back, only looking forward.

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year. I have a confession to make. I have not posted here in a year. I'm actually pretty embarrassed about it too. There is no good excuse for it; just bad ones I used to talk myself out of posting. That ends now.  Once a week I'll be posting something new. It might be a new sewing or crochet project or a new recipe. If you would like to see something new let me know in the comments.  I would love to hear your ideas.

The New Year brings inspiration and new beginnings. It's a great time to start a project. I have decided to do a 365 photo challenge.  Each day I'll be taking two photos,  one for instagram and one for a photo album I'll be putting together.

Thank you all for hanging in there with me, I know it hasn't been easy. Let's ring in the new year with amazing challenges and growth.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Jingle Bell Rag Wreath!

I finally got around to making a rag wreath. They have been catching my eye for over a year and it's finally finished. It was super easy. Just cut fabric into strips and tie them around a wire wreath form. I added a few red jingle bells to make it even more festive and maybe even a little magical. Enjoy the Holiday Season and be creative. When you are finished creating hop over to my fb page and share what you made. I can't wait to see it.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Turkeys! Turkeys Everywhere!

I love Thanksgiving. I love everything about it.  So, this year, I dicided to make some cloth napkins. I didn't want plain fabric for this project. It had to be a fun print, something different. Are these fun or what? I just love the turkeys and the look on their faces. They are not perfect by any means, but I had fun making them and they whip up in a flash. I think next time, though,  I'm going to try different corners. What's your favorite craft project for Thanksgiving?

Friday, October 23, 2015

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Popcorn

So, I've been wanting to make this for a while. The spice blend that I used to make this is called Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Blend by Wildtree. Wildtree is a healthy and non GMO spice and mix direct sales company. Now, this is in no way a review and I'm not affiliated with the company. I just love the products and wanted to share this with you. Let's get to the recipe and at the end I'll let you know how you can get these yummy products.

Ingredients:

1 bag of microwave kettle corn

1 regular sized bag of white chocolate chips

1Tbsp Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Blend

Instructions:

1. Microwave the popcorn and add to a large bowl.

2. Melt white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl until smooth.

3. Add spice blend to white chocolate chips until mixed.

4. Mix popcorn and white chocolate together until coated. Spread the mixer on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper until set.  Keep in an air tight container on the counter.  Will last about a week. Enjoy!

To get this yummy pumpkin blend go to Wildtree Spices with Gena on Facebook.  Gena is an Independent Consultant with Wildtree.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Flannel Monkey Baby Blanket!

Hi everyone!  I know it's been a long time since I posted last. I've been so busy with my job, Gold Canyon biz, family and everything else that comes along.  I hope you all are doing great and are ready for some more sweetness posts.

A few months ago I made a flannel blanket with monkeys for my nephew.  Yep,  that's right, I said monkeys.  How cute are they?  The paws on the other side a adorable too. I just love finding cute fabric,  don't you?

What are your favorite fabrics/prints to work with?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Shimmering Sea Necklace

       It has been a long time since I have had a good inspirational moment while making jewelry. I love when inspiration pops into my head out of no where. Don't you?

       I was sitting on my living room floor trying to match colors to create a design. Group after group of beautiful beads and I had nothing. It's so frustrating to have no ideas coming in when you are in a creative mood. Upset, I decided to take a break. Then, as I began to zoned out on some t.v. the idea started to trickle into my head. Why not use chain with the beads in my design. What a revelation! Well, it was for me. You see, I was stuck in a bead only rut. Nothing wrong with that. I love stringing. I just needed something different.
     
       So, I took out my jewelry chain and then thought about my new favorite color, turquoise. Small obsession nothing to worry about...yet. I took the wonderful turquoise glass pearls out the baggie and added them to my design board. The white shell coins came next, then the white pearls and crystal bicones. Let's not forget the amazonite chips. After that assembly was a snap along with a couple of pinches on my finger from the pliers. Ouch!

       It's one of my favorite pieces. I'm very proud of it and hope you like it too. This piece reminds me of  the ocean and how we all need to stop and spend a little time appreciate the things that we miss when we are busy in our regular daily lives. Have a beautiful day.