Monday, June 23, 2014

Crafty Steals June's Third Thrusday Sketch Challenge

I saw that Crafty Steals had a sketch challenge and I knew that I wanted to enter a layout.  In April 2013, I entered the challenge for that month and won.   I received in the mail some of the Teresa Collins Everyday Moments collection.  It is one of my favorites.  So in my layout, I used several sheets of the 6x6 inch paper and also the pretty brads.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Crafty Steals Third Thursday Challenge-The color Edition

I saw on Facebook this challenge for the Crafty Steals Third Thursday Challenge and wanted to give it a try.  I especially liked the sample layout that Andreana did on their blog.  She used yellows in her monochromatic design.  So, the following is the layout I created using browns with a touch of blue:

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Making a rag throw

The man of the house said that we need more color in our home.  So I decided to make a throw to add some color to a brown couch that is in the living room.  I had a broom skirt that I have never worn which had vivid colors so I used it with some bright solid colored fabric.
The following fabrics I cut into strips:

I bought a German flannel blanket from which was a better value than buying the flannel at a fabric store.  I layered the skirt fabric, the flannel and a solid fabric to make 3 layers and then sewed a stitch down each strip.  Then I lined up the strips in a pleasing to the eye order and sewed each strip together.  Then I clipped all the seams.  Earlier I made a rag bedspread and had trouble clipping with regular scissors.  I bought new scissors at walmart that made this process so much easier. 
The following is a picture of the scissors I used to clip the seams.
Then, a trip to the laundry in town to wash and that caused the seams to fray.  Then home to my dryer because I think that the commercial dryers are way too hot.  The following pictures show the final products.  As you can see, I had enough fabric for 2 throws.


Monday, March 31, 2014

KiwiLane DT Doodles #6

I was not able to meet the deadline for this sketch but wanted to post it anyway because if everything goes okay, I want to do all the sketches for 2014.  There will be 24 sketches to complete and now I have finished 6.  I used Basic Grey Origin paper.  It is so much easier for me to use paper from the same collections.  Everything is already coordinated.  You just have to choose which patterns are best for the background and for the templates.  I had some small clear green flowers that I used for embellishing.  This is Trey when we were in OKC at the museum a couple of years ago. 


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Home Sweet Home

Returned home Friday after spending 2 1/2 weeks with Wes and Les.  They brought a beautiful baby home to Liam and me on March 12.  His name is Ryder James.  I love being in their home because they always make me feel so welcomed.  The following 2 pictures are of our lovely youngest daughter, Leslie, our baby Ryder, our sweet son-in-law, Wes, and our big brother Liam:

Just had to show off this lovely family!  So on to some scrapbooking.
I made time today to enter my 2-page layout in the KiwiLane Basic Sketch #4.  The following is the sketch:

I had some My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose paper that I chose for this layout.  I didn't use any of my KiwiLane templates for this layout and I found that it took me longer to put it all together.  I had the time today, though.  Here is my layout:

Monday, March 3, 2014

Destressing and painting furniture

We have some furniture that we have decided to paint and distress.  The following pictures show the dresser that Mike painted red.  I love it!

KiwiLane DT Doodles #5

I have a grand-baby due on March 7th.  I have my bags packed and I am ready to see my new grandson, Ryder.  In the meantime, I had a sketch from KiwiLane that will be due next Sunday, so I wanted to finish before I received that exciting phone call that I am expecting any day now.  The following is the sketch:

I found a Basic Grey patterned paper that I had with dogs and thought that it would be an excellent choice for this page that included pictures of 2 of our grandsons helping me bathe our Travis.  The other papers used were ones I had in my stash. 

Although I try to be careful with the templates, I misplaced the tiny bracket templates and spent plenty of time trying to locate them.  I needed my husband to help me because often 'I look but don't see'.  Thankfully we found them. 

I had been wanting to use these pictures because it was a good, productive time with these grandsons.  I want them to learn to take care of others.