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November 29, 2010

Simple Christmas Frames and December Daily

One of my favorite items to happen upon in a clearance/sale isle is picture frames.  Especially frames of the wooden variety.  Sometime this past summer I found 2 such frames at Hobby Lobby.  They are not really my taste or any theme that I wanted but they were only $1 each so I purchased them.
What I love about them is how versatile they are.  I have painted them in the past.  This time I wanted some that were appropriate for the holidays.  So I covered them in some Christmas papers.  And I added some of the Prima poinsettias that I got for the December Daily.
I made these very quickly last night...they only took about an hour total and most of that was drying time.  I'm not terribly pleased with the small one but that is another of the perks about these inexpensive frames is that you can do them over and over until you get exactly the result that you want!  I kinda like these for now so I'm going to leave them.

December is fast approaching and I am so excited to start my December Daily!  I've been looking at so many of the others' and enjoying all of the photos and ideas.  I received a couple of questions about my album and I thought I would address them here.
This is my cover.  I used Zutter 8x8 acrylic pages which I cut down to 6x8.  The white stickers and the Glitter Bling snowflake frame are Making Memories.  The flower is Prima, the brad in the center of the flower is Basic Grey and finally, the paper center is BoBunny.   The rings I used are 7Gypsies flexible rings.  The square you see behind the snowflake is actually on the other side and it is a canvas tag that I made.  I simply stamped the image (from this set) on a piece of canvas and then embossed with Ranger Embossing Tinsel in red.  I sewed around the perimeter and added a Basic Grey brad to the top.  I just added a little tree and tag to the opposite page to keep it separate from the pages I will use for Day One.

That's it. I have not done any embellishing to the back cover yet.  I have several ideas but I'm keeping that for the very end.  Maybe as a page to put final thoughts, hopes for 2011 and even some of the ideas for next year. I posted more links in my original post found here.  Thanks so much for all of the kind comments about my book!  I really appreciate each one.  I'm so excited to start filling this book up and I've even begun keeping ideas for doing this again, maybe starting earlier, say around Thanksgiving.  I wanted to try that this year but I think it was a bit too ambitious!  I'll stick to the 25 days for now and see how this goes.

November 23, 2010

It Is Not Another Bag!

I did it!  I made something other than a bag to post about!  I'm gearing up for cold weather and the Holidays with so much sewing.  I still have many projects in the works but I did finish a couple of them this week.

I made a couple of very simple scarves which I love.  I used a couple of old (vintage!) fabrics that were passed on to me.

The first I made with some of the yardage of red wool that I've used before and paired it with a beautiful soft French General print that has some red in it.  I love the combination.  This one is a bit on the short side for me.  But I think it is usable all the same.
The one above is the one I am keeping.  It is long and snugly warm.  I hope to have occasion to wear it soon (praying it will snow!).  These are super easy and a very beginner project but if needed I saw a tutorial of sorts in the current issue of MS Living.  Easy peasy.  I'm still considering doing some embroidery on the red wool scarf to personalize it for the recipient.  Maybe, maybe not.

 I've also been busy busy with new stockings of the Christmas variety.  Also very simple.  Some stem stitch embroidered initials, a bit of red running stitch and then hopefully, by the weekend they will each have their own faux fur cuff.

That's it for now!  I'm off to search the net for tips on working with faux fur.  My sample came out with a crazy seam.  I have to correct that in order to finish these.  Don't forget to visit Fabric Tuesday!  I love the projects, I'm sure you will, too!

God Bless, have a great week!

November 18, 2010

More December Daily

I was not going to show the inside pages of my DD album.  However, I have been looking at so many of the submissions on the Flickr group and also at some of the blog links from this post and I've been seeing many people post their inside pages as one photo.  I wanted a way to do that so I gave it a try on Photoshop.
It is not exactly as I wanted it but it did work.  These are the numbered pages (as I call them, even though the other pages are numbered as well).  For the opposite side I have used the printed overlays which were actually my first purchase for this project.  I love how simple they were to use although my printer did give me some issues.  I think I am going to try this again and see if I can make it more like I envisioned.  But then again, I have so many other things I should be doing!  I'm just having so much fun with this project already and checking out all of the other beautiful work is so very nice.  Must.stay.focused.

Back to making Christmas gifts and ornaments.  Hopefully I'll have some of those to show soon!

Love,
Lisa

November 17, 2010

December Daily

This is the year.  I decided to participate in the December Daily that Ali Edwards does every year.  I had my mind set on this for some time and it did take some planning.  I wanted to have the base of the book done well in advance.  I purchased items for it in early November and started making it right away.
From this:
To this:
I'm very happy with the book.  It will be fun to do the journaling and add pictures and other stuff.  I'm hoping this will be the inspiration I need to photograph many more moments this holiday.  I've shown the covers and book now but I think I'll wait until I fill the pages to show them individually.  
This was not the cover it started with.  I had tried a cardboard cover with some stamping and embossing but I did not like the finished product.  Since I did not include any of the transparency pages (I did not have any and could not find any at the stores I went to and online sources were mostly out of the ones I liked) I decided to make the covers out of 8x8 acrylic pages.  I just cut them down to 6x8.
It is a very thick album and it will only get thicker when I add photos to it.  That's why I used these 7 Gypsies flexible rings.  I hope they work well once it is finally complete.

There is so much inspiration out in the internet world for this album.  I've looked at the Flickr group a couple of times and there are some beautiful pages!  I love this one (which actually inspired me to do my cover over!), this one and this one.

So very glad I got to do this.  I hope to illicit some help in documenting and photographing for this album.  One more goal with this:  include myself in at least a few of the photos!

Hugs and love, Lisa

November 16, 2010

Maybe I Should Be Called

the Bag Lady.  I make bags.  I use bags.  I love bags.  All kinds of bags.  I would not mind being the BagLady.

This weekend I was lucky enough to have a bag to give a sweet girl.  She even let me (well, my little sister) get some photos of her "modeling" for me.  That is my sweet niece Cassie with her baby sister PeytanBella.
They are modeling my newest bags.  I gave this one to Cassie just because she is such a kind, sweet girl and I love her so!
I made these bags with Kona Black and a bright, bold, lovely Alexander Henry print on the outside  and Kona Snow for the liner and inside pockets.  I did not include a snap closure on this one but I did on the other (see below) bag that I made using the exact same fabrics.  Both bags are sturdy but still soft and pliable.
I made them both using the same pattern but each has a few different details.  This one has a flap closure, a solid piece of the AH fabric for the front and is shorter by a bit.  I think I like the other one slightly more.  What do you think?  I also (finally!) got around to making myself a new book bag.  I love it.  Very neutral and soft.  And big enough to hold all of the necessary stuff, including embroidery projects.

Now I must really get busy on more of the Christmas projects I have either started or want to start!  I just had to post for my favorite day...Fabric Tuesday!

November 9, 2010

Thankful for Fabric Craftiness

There is so much to be thankful for this holiday season.  I'm trying to remember all of the wonderful things in my life and not take any of them for granted.  I'm thankful for my husband.  Our kids.  My job.


  These are the things that I thank God for everyday.  Sometimes, though, it is easy to forget some of the little things.  I am so thankful for the extras.  And there are many.  I have internet service every month.  I can watch my favorite programs when I want, not on the network schedule. We have a new puppy. 


 These are some of the things that were not possible for me just a few years ago.  These are the things I am thinking about today.  I may not have all of the things that I want but I certainly have more than I need. 


 I have been on a quest to not just keep gathering stuff.  I'm notorious for that.  I have really been trying to use up some of what I already have.  It is gratifying to make something out of all this stuff and not have to buy.
  

This is one of those projects.  I started with the embroidered "S" (from this lovely book, which was one of those have-to-have items for me).  I made the "S" on a swatch of French Linen.  Lovely color, I think.  And it was my first attempt at following a design.  It was quick and fun and I like it.  

The dupioni silk I purchased in Atlanta many years ago.  The blue rose fabric I got last summer at garage sale.  The book is from my youngest sister.  And the vintage pink silk twist is another garage/estate sale find.  It came together quick.  And I happen to know someone who likes covered books.  With embroidery on them. Who has a first initial "S".  
I'll be linking to Fabric Tuesday with this project.  I've been looking there today and there are some wonderful ideas for gifts.  I just love the quilts!  Cant get enough of those!

More craftiness and holiday stuff soon!  

November 4, 2010

What to do?

There is so much going on in the online community for the holidays.  I wanted to participate in so many of these different opportunities.  But with work and family and all the regular holiday stuff, well, I had to be picky.  I decided to participate in Ali Edwards' December Daily.  I have wanted to do this for several years but never did.  This year I'm doing it!  And I'm starting early.  In fact its in the bag!  Hehe Literally.  I have collected the papers, stamps, etc. that I want to include.  Most were purchased but I had some items already.  So I put it all in one bag to work on this weekend!
Some of the items that I had in my stash include these stamps, these stamps and a Making Memories kit called St. Nick that I cannot find a link to.  These are some of my favorites and I cant wait to use them for this album.
I searched some local stores but I could not find the Bazzill cardstock that Ali used.  Instead I got Avalanche. It is a pretty white.  And I chose various other patterns, some are from Christmas collections and some are not.  I also purchased some Prima flowers holiday poinsettias.  Very pretty.  I hope to make all of this work together.  Ali seems to be able to make many different products work together nicely.  So, that is my goal.  And I promised myself I am done buying stuff for this.  Everything else will have to be from stuff that I already own.  Plus I plan on integrating all of this stuff into cards as well.  I love making holiday cards! And I also make ornaments for a little tree that I keep nearby in my creative space.  Cant wait to get started on these projects.

Other than the December Daily, I still want to participate in Fabric Tuesdays.  This is a favorite of mine as I am sure I have mentioned more than once!  I have many projects in the works that I hope to be able to post about soon.  I plan to post all of the gifts that I am making for some family members as well as some family treats I have in mind.  I missed posting something for this week but I will definitely do one for next!  Promise to self:  Make something new!  Post on Fabric Tuesday!

That is all I am committing myself to for the moment.  If something too-good-to-resist pops up, I will surely consider doing that.  I had so much fun doing the KCWC and So Sew challenges as well.  Although, I must say I was a bit disappointed that some of the 4 artists either didn't complete or post for some of the weeks of the So Sew challenge.  Oh well, life happens!  I think it will be fun to try something like that again.  It made me do something just for the sake of doing it.  That was great.

To finish this very long post, here is some inspiration/encouragement for the rest of the week: (from www.biblegateway.com)
Ephesians 2:10 (New International Version)

10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.