Sunday, September 14, 2014

Craft Day With Mom

Wow. I can't believe it has been over a year since I posted anything new here. It's not that I haven't been crafting. I guess I just haven't felt inspired to write about any of my projects until now.
I invited Mom over for a craft day yesterday and we had a great time. I had a special surprise project planned for us, wreaths. We had both expressed an interest in making wreaths in the past but had never tried it. A while back I bought a book that has an entire section devoted to wreath making. Over the past month or so I have been gathering supplies for fall themed wreaths. Mom had no idea what was in store but I think she was pleased.

Here are the wreaths we made:

I made this one for my back door. That's the door every one uses at my house. I just HAD to have an owl on it!

This one is Mom's.

This one is now on my front door. Not that any one ever uses my front door other than the Chinese delivery guy or the Jehovah's Witnesses...  

Turns out wreath making is a lot of fun. I would like to make more but how many wreaths does one house need? I mean, I only have two doors. Who wants a wreath? Anyone? Anyone?
Perhaps I will make Christmas wreaths! Oh the potential!!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Crafty Kingdom One More Time

Oh my poor neglected craft blog.... Shame on me. 

Out of the ashes of my former life, Crafty Kingdom rises....again. Why do I feel like I have written this before? Oh right, maybe because I have, more than once. Well, here we go again. 

Castle Taylor's second bedroom is serving as my craft room (aka Crafty Kingdom). It's almost done with the exception of some additional shelving Dad says he will help me with. Here are a couple pictures of it's present state:

The twin book shelves Dad made for me are here. One damaged during the move has been repaired.

A folding table serves as my craft surface. That window lets in excellent natural light. My bird feeder is positioned within view of the window as is my beautiful yellow rose bush. That bush survived some major ordeals to get here including being eaten by deer and having a sewing machine fall on it.... I have dubbed it 'the miracle rose' because it really should be dead.

Papers etc., currently inside the closet. That may change when I have more shelving. Not sure yet. 

Although I've had a little trouble getting my crafty mojo going lately (focused on my job search and a shiny object that has landed unexpectedly in my path), I am sure it will eventually kick in and Crafty Kingdom will be enjoyed again. I'm going to make a point of making that happen in the near future. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

My First Loom-Knitted Hat

My stamp supplies are in storage for the time being. Fortunately I have some craft activities that take up much less space. I brought my knitting looms and yarn with me to my temporary abode. This weekend I made my first hat. I think it turned out pretty good if I do say so myself.

I had just been telling a friend the other day that I can not wear hats well. I feel like they make me look like a round-faced 12 year old.

Being excited about my accomplishment, I threw caution to the wind and went ahead and took a picture of myself in my freshly knitted hat even though I knew, I can't wear hats.

Now the even funnier part. I posted my pic on Facebook and my friend Rick (Lord bless him) pointed out my resemblance to Meg Griffin.

So......... a round-faced cartoon character then. Awesome!

Don't worry, I am laughing.
Yes, I will be making more hats. I will need them when I move to NC rather they look good on me or not.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tis The Season

Tis the season for Over Spending.
Actually I am rather proud of myself for staying on budget with my holiday shopping this year. Some times I tend to over do it a bit. I wish I could give more but hey, I'm not rich and there's no point in spending as though I were.
Tis the season for Reflecting.
I'm going to skip the big 'year in review' post this year. Suffice to say some good things have happened and some not so good things have happened. Moving on.
Tis the season for Holiday Commercials.
I think holiday commercials may even rival super bowl commercials. There are always some silly ones and usually a couple tear jerkers (darn you Folgers with your "You're my present this year." making me need a tissue!!)
This year my favorite commercial is by Acura from a series of commercials called "The Season of Reason".  I love that Dr. Phil did this commercial.

 Now get out there and be reasonable!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

It's November! Time for Holiday Crafting.

Ahh November, when a young..uhhhh... approaching middle-aged?...nah, still young.... crafters fancy turns to thoughts of holiday projects. Thanksgiving and Christmas cards, ornaments and gift tags. How I love the holidays!

I recently purchased the Stampin' Up! ornament keepsakes bundle  which consists of stamps and coordinating dies or 'framelits'. I have only made one set of cards with the set so far but I can already tell the set will get a lot of use this holiday season. (Besides, I have to make use of my new craft room, right?) 
I made a set of this card for a swap I am hosting on Splitcoast. The theme is Blue Christmas. I am pretty pleased with them if I do say so myself. Now my mind is awhirl with ideas.... visions of various ink colors, designer papers and embellishments.

Hopefully I will have time to sit down and create more soon. 
Happy crafting to all!  

Friday, October 19, 2012

Crafty Kingdom Rises Again

At some point my craft room got dubbed Crafty Kingdom. I have moved several times since then and my craft space has taken on different forms. It has been the spare bedroom in my two bedroom apartment, the end of the kitchen table in one house, the office in another and a cramped cluttered corner here at Fort Albertson. Now with more space in the house, we have a room to devote to all things crafty and creative. Crafty Kingdom rises again!

You may recall from a previous post that CK (previously known as Bedroom A) used to look like this:

It now looks like this:


Still a lot of straightening and organizing to do and clutter to eliminate but we are getting there. I especially like that there is enough work space for both Gene and I to spread out and work at the same time. The table is perfect for that.
Long live Crafty Kingdom!  

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Rubber Stamping on Candles

I have seen examples of rubber stamping on candles over the years and have always been mildly curious as to how that could be done. I finally got around to looking up the instructions online and trying it myself and I love it!
Here is a picture of a couple of my first stamped candles:
It's really quite fun to do. Rather than go over the instructions myself, I will post a link to this helpful video tutorial that I found in my search for instructions. Check out Dawn's Stamping Studio for easy step-by-step instructions.
Gene also tried it and thought it was fun and easy.
I'm imagining gift sets with a stamped candle and some matching cards.... Oh yes, this could be good!

In a couple months it will be my turn to host the monthly meeting of Stampin' Sisters. One of my duties as hostess is to come up with a project for all the sisters to do. Do I dare make stamping candles my project? With dollar store candles, supplies wouldn't cost too much. I'll think about that.