Little Women SAL – Update

August 22nd, 2021 klwade Posted in Crafts, Cross-Stitching No Comments »

I finished part three of the Little Women SAL. I was hoping to catch up on the book but I have been kinda dragging lately.

This part has the dates and names down on the bottom. In an effort to catch up I immediately started Part Four so I can catch up.

I saw someone on Instagram who made a project bag out of the finished project. I am not sure what I want to do with this sampler. I am leaning towards frame art, but framing is so expensive. I can try to frame this myself, but I doubt I can do it justice.

What do you think? What should I do with it.

New FQS SAL – All The Trimmings

August 22nd, 2021 klwade Posted in Crafts, Cross-Stitching No Comments »

I was not expecting a new SAL so soon. We have not even finished the Bats and Boos Mystery SAL.

But I am game. My sister Janice is even participating. As soon as I saw the items on the New Items page I snatched it up. I am always concerned about the items running out. My sister told me the cloth was already gone.

I was able to snag the Red Project Bag, the Fancy Floss package, the needle minder and the Aida cloth.

Of course this picture shows DMC, but I got the other thread pack.

This time the project goes over 5 weeks. I already went and bought the chalkboard easel from Hobby Lobby so I am prepared. My sister said that her store did not have it. I personally think they do not know their inventory as I have been able to find every item and she never can. But maybe they really dont have it. Who knows.

Again I was tempted to do the quilt but decided not too do it. It will be too much pressure on me.

Besides September is Sunflower September Stitch-a-long where we focus on Sunflower cross stitch projects. I only have two but that is just enough. I cannot do what these professionals accomplish.

So at least count me in for the All The Trimmings Stitch-a-Long.

Part Three of Bats and Boos SAL

August 15th, 2021 klwade Posted in Crafts, Cross-Stitching No Comments »

Part three was a breeze and I finished it on Sunday! It was the star in the middle and took no time at all to finish. Now that allows me a whole week to finish the Little Women SAL. Or at least get a lot done on the sampler.

OK so I am weak. I bought two more cute patterns on Etsy.

I saw this one made up by Kimberly at the Fat Quarter Shop. It was a video from last year and was sadden to see she no longer sells it. But I checked Etsy and there it was. I think this cutie will be framed.

And one little one from Real Housewives of Stitching. This one is called Hello Fall. Very cute fox in a mug. I think I will make it into a small decoration that I can either put on a tiered tray or on an autumn decorative piece if I can find one I like.

Well I need to get back to my chores as no one else will do them for me. Darn it!

Another Stitch-a-Long

August 15th, 2021 klwade Posted in Crafts, Cross-Stitching No Comments »

I strted to watch Floss Tube on youtube to learn more about cross stitching when I stumbled across videos from The Fat Quarter Shop. This is a great quilting shop that I have bought tons of fabric from. Well I guess they do cross-stitch too. Oh the glory!

They provide project bags, fancy floss, great patterns and a ton of inspiration

Fat Quarter Shop, who is known for thier generosity (Once they sent me a $100 gift certificate because I was such a good customer) decided to do a free stitch-a-long with a Halloween theme. WHHHHHHAAAAAAAATTTTTTT

Halloween, be still my heart.

This time I was able to convince my sister Janice to do it with me. We both bought the fancy threads.

They are also doing a quilt kit but I decided to skip it. I am downloading the pattern should I decide later to do the quilt.

Because they are so cool, I bought the halloween project bag, the ghost zipper pull and a needle minder.

These people think like me, do stuff with cute accessories

and anyone who knows me, knows I love Halloween. How fun! I think I can show this without getting in trouble. I am not sure how long the stitch a long pattern will be free, so go now and get the different parts (click on picture)

Part One was hard as I stitched the bat wing wrong and had to pull out the stitches. The webbing in the background was a bit meandering. But otherwise an easy pattern.

Part two was much easier!

I have started part three so I will have more to post later!

Reviving an old Craft Favorite

August 15th, 2021 klwade Posted in Crafts, Cross-Stitching No Comments »

Recently I decided to take up cross-stitch again. I ordered a few kits online that were full coverage and felt a little overwhelmed. Full coverage….gee will that take me a 100 years to finish. I am not known for finishing these projects.

So I decided to try a small piece to warm up the old skills I use to have

I started with a little pumpkin. Lordy I made so many mistakes. Missed stitches. Stitches going the wrong way, misreading the chart. Lordy when did this get so hard. Or was I just getting old. I can do it, I know I can.

I then did a small piece called “Not all Witches Live in Salem” Sorry I do not have a picture, but you can find a pattern at Etsy from the WitchyStitcher.

I started to get my rhythm back. I did make a mistake but it was minor.

But what I was missing is the joy of stitching with friends. Why oh Why am I surrounded by people who do not do crafts. I need a wider circle of friends.

So I decided to see if I can find a Stitch-a-long (SAL) on Etsy or another place so at least I can join others on a group event.

I found this fun SAL/Book Club from Sapphire Mountain Handicrafts. WHAT!!! a book club and a mystery cross stitch event. I have never read the book but always wanted to, so this was a win-win for me.

I joined a bit late and have had to catch up.

I ended up doing this on linen so it was more old-fashioned. By the way, I do not like linen. It looks great but ugh! So hard to count and keep the linen straight.

Part One was easy. When I took this picture I realized that my phone case was Little Women. I photographed this on some of my Great Grandmothers linens I inherited from my Grandmother.

Part two was hard. The gray house was hard to see. My eyes are old and this was really hard to see. But loved how it turned out.

I keep plugging along when I got bit by another Stitch-a-long.

Simon Says Stamp January 2021 Card Kit

January 31st, 2021 klwade Posted in cards, Simon Says Stamp Card Kit No Comments »

Every once in a while SSS will come out with a card kit that just blows me away. Between the papers and the stamps, it quickly ends up in my shopping cart.

The January 2021 card kit was definitely one of those kits. At first I fought the urge and the I started to see the beautiful cards designers were posting. I was sold. Send me that kit please, and hurry.

The Whimsy Stamps papers are so beautiful and when I saw the embossing folder was the clincher. Give me…give me.. give me.

I ended up making 12 cards, using all 12 papers. I could have continued, but since I bought I February Kit (hee hee) I needed to stop.

I started making snowflakes on the pretty background papers. They were either die cut or embossed using the stamp set.

The I used the embossing folder to create texture. Such a pretty embossing folder with beautiful snowflakes.

The I made some shaker cards

The I decided to use the Honey Bee Stamps Thin Frames die so I could see both sides of the paper.

And finally I used the Simon Says Stamp Shimmer Snowflake Die. This was one of my favorites.

This was a good kit, looking forward to the February kit,

Autumn Bucket List – Finish Autumn Scarf

January 2nd, 2021 klwade Posted in Bucket List, Crafts, Crocheting No Comments »

So last year I started this somewhat simple scarf, and of course, did not finish it. I figured since I am working from home I can crochet during long boring meetings. And boy that was the trick, I finished the scarf and it is so warm and comfy.

I found the pattern on Pinterest and the lovely designer put the pattern on Raverly for free but I think she charges now, but well worth it for this awesome pattern. I would recommend it for a first time crocheter as it was fast and easy. That is if you have long conference calls. LOL

Click on the photo below to get to Raverly for the pattern.

The only real issue I had, was that both ends of the skein was the same color. I had quite a struggle trying to get a different color in one of the strands. But I did ok, except I wish the tassels had more dark colors in them but otherwise I love it.

The Mandala yarn is awesome and has such beautiful colors. I was able to find this at Wal-mart for a great price. I know you can order from Michaels and I think Joanns carries it also.

Since you use three strands to crochet the pattern, it really does go fast.

Spring Card Camp Class Day 13 – Word Dies with Cathy Z

May 5th, 2020 klwade Posted in Cardmaking, Online Card Class No Comments »

I love the clean and simple look that Cathy Z does with her cards. Not to mention that I always have to buy her dies (and stamps). She is one of my favs!

Using the glitter paste on the ink panel really makes this card shine.

But my favorite is the simple paper one. I love this paper from Honey Bee Stamps. I have been lovely looking at the print and just could not bear to cut into it. But this paper is perfect for this card.

I must make more of these cards. I am sure my friends would appreciate one of these carrds for thier special moments.

Thank you for looking.

Spring Card Camp Class Day 12 – DIY Ink Pad

May 3rd, 2020 klwade Posted in Cardmaking, Crafts, Online Card Class No Comments »

Jennifer McGuire always does videos with great techniques. I think it would be awesome if she would do a book, or a card series of techniques so people can reference to a technique so they can try a new idea or if someone needs some inspiration. Sort of like those card series you use to get in the mail, either recipes, or gardening, or crocheting and you kept them in a clear acylic box. I loved those when I was young/

Enough of me trying to convince Jennifer McGuire to do a book or card series. I have discovered that I do not have a single stamp of a solid images. I was about to give up on doing this card when I found my Concord and 9th strawberry stamp and die set.

If I have reinkers for my distress ink, it is a mystery to me where they are. I ended up using distress daubers. My baby wipes were dried out. The inks are not there, I tried to get the baby wipes to work with water. Lets just say it did not go well.

So I also used the daubers directly on the stamps. Which did allow the white space for the seeds to show. I also used the make shift ink pad to the water color paper and just cut out the strawberry shape. I actually like how these came out. I really like the green card.

I decided to focus on more solid stamps. I really need to expand my stamps from cute animals and word dies. LOL.

Anyone who knows me, knows I am abnormally attracted to fruits and vegetables in my stamps. I have this farm, animals, fruits and veggie thing. I think it might be my DNA. I come from a long line of farmers.

Thank you for looking at my cards.

Spring Card Camp Class Day 11 – Rainbows

May 3rd, 2020 klwade Posted in Cardmaking, Crafts, Online Card Class No Comments »

Who doesnt love a rainbow. I certainly do. When I was looking for some rainbow dies I found I have three of them. I guess a girl cannot have too many rainbows.

I did not want to copy the instructors vision but wanted a different look. I found the My Favorite Things skylines while looking for the rainbows and thought hmmmm this might look interesting.

I like how these came out.

The Paris skyline had a rainbow without any glitter. Just the plain colors.

The New York card I covered the rainbow with Brutus Monroe Fairy Dust embossing powder.

Again I used those wonderful Simon Says Stamp word strips. I really like those. Please make more SSS. I want them all.

Thank you for looking.