Monday, September 28, 2009

This weeks Digital challenge

Here's my entry in There's Magic In the Air Digital Challenge. The theme is Love and some Bling so I went straight for Stickles and Rhinestones and metallic ribbon. Can't wait for the next one. Something to get me going.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Little bit of Creativity

Didn't want the week to start without me giving you just a little bit of creativity. So I'm still working on my Lacey Lady Cardi and have about 3/4 of the last sleeve to complete but I've been working on this at bedtime as I'm trying to finish up with packing the move is this week.

Well I sat down and made a few cards tell me what you think. Here's Everything's brighter with Love card. I used DCWV cardstock for the card and accent paper. Love Rub-On and Flowers to bring it all together and Stickles in Ice to add the bling.

This card was inspired by There's Magic in the Air's Monday Contest I used DCWV cardstock and added the saying before printing out the image, colored in with watercolor pencils and tied off with metallic ribbon to bring out the glitter in the accent paper.

Last on the list is a Birthday Card inspired by my daughter once she saw the velvet like cardstock. I used premade card as the foundation and added the velvet-like accent paper, adhered glitter vellum to white cardstock inked the perimeter and stamped Happy Birthday in pink and red ink to give it depth and added ribbon and bling with flowers to complete the look. Now if I could just get some scrapbooking ideas flowing.

I probably won't be posting for about 3wks as my cable company can't reconnect me until almost the end of October.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Random Thoughts and project updates

Just sitting here taking a break from packing and right now feeling very overwhelmed by the whole process. You know you just don't realize how much you accumulate until it's time to move. I've been packing for the past 2 weeks and still have only managed to complete half of the kitchen and dining room. OMG will the endless knick-knacks ever stop!!!!!??????

So, I'll just take a moment to work on my Lacey Lady Cardi which is almost complete after I finish the sleeves and block. Still thinking on the blocking technique as I haven't block crochet before. Hopefully when I come back from a seminar (OH JOY) that I have to attend this evening I'll post some pics and some new scrapbook layouts I've been working on. Speaking of which I could really use some Stickles glitter but no more shopping until after I move.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Crocheting to nowhere....or so it seems

Okay so I've been working on my Lacey Lady Cardi for over a month now and it's going fine. What I want to talk about is my latest travel project. One Row Lace Cowl ok so I looked in my stash for something that would be soft and I wanted to do this in a DK wt. yarn so I picked Optimum in Red because it's so nice and soft and I like a pop of color with my winter wear.
Needless to say, I cast on and completed the starter row and then realized this just isn't showing the stitch definition the way I want it. I think that getting your project to come out near or close to the original pattern is important but also feel that you should feel free to express your creativity in everything you do.
Ok so what do you think?

My plan for this project is to frog this and try it with some KnitPicks Adean Silk in Cinnamon.

I'll give you an update later this week I hope.

There may be a bit of a break as I will be moving at the beginning of October so hopefully I'll be able to post my completed Cardi and the lace Cowl. In the mean time tell me what you think.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Lacey Lady Crochet and The Manic Purl

Finally got my iPod loving this device. I now understand how you can want to get an iPhone and I'm trying to decide how soon to make the jump(somebody stop me). While using the browser I found a new Podcast that really makes me laugh and is easy listening at least for me it is. It's The Manic Purl with Chrissy. What I like about her podcast is she keeps her shows centered around fiber with a good pace and a knack for smooth transition on her subject matter. I started at the beginning and have made my way to about the 10th episode and I love her even more with every new podcast. You should give her a listen.

Next I would like to share my progress on the Lacey Lady Cardi I've been working on since the beginning of Aug. '09 This poor project has been frogged at least 4 times and resized twice. I finally found my groove and got to the right length and am currently on my first sleeve. Here's the front view, mind you this isn't blocked yet but I wanted you to see the progress as I keep reading on Ravelry that this took most of the people just a few days and since I'm not a swatcher that's why this took me so long. There is something to be said for swatching which I think I've only managed to do maybe twice in the 6 yrs. now that I've been knitting or crocheting. Could that be a part of the self-taught syndrome or I want what I want when I want it or I just love the creative process and it doesn't have to be perfect because that's another aspect of creating?

Here's the view from the back. I'm waiting to see how this is after blocking but I love the yarn I used for this and surprising to me my oldest DD wants one of these herself. Oh my this is a first. Thanks so much for stopping by my new blog and I hope you'll continue to stop by from time-to-time.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Lace Cardi and other creations

I thought as I was getting ready for bed that I haven't posted here in a week; and that among staying productive is a part of my plan to enjoy my me time thing. Here's our two cards for my Epic trainers for EMR(Electronic Medical Records) system. This is for Mr. Terry not really anything elaborate but still tasteful for the occasion. The second one is for Ms. Terry her's is a little different as I used chaulk to make the outline.

Materials used
Clear Stamp~ Thank You
Border as accent strip
and Cardstock

Materials Used
Lace Trim
Flower Accents in Pink and White
Sure Cuts ALot Font
and font traced in Stickles glitter glue

Now onto the lace Cardi I've been working on for the past month. Let's just say my visual of the pattern wasn't how it was working out for me.
I started this on Aug. 1, 09 only to end up with a heaping pile of yarn twice because I couldn't get it wide enough the first time then after starting it all over I couldn't get the sleeves right. But instead it was in another heaping pile of yarn in the middle of my bed. So I did what any visual crafter would do........yes I went to Ravelry to find pics of the Cardi at the same point I was trying to get to so I could see what I'm doing wrong. THANK YOU RAVELRY!!!!!!!!<3 <3 <3 <3

Here's the back view of my lace cardi effort. I'm using Brown Sheep's Serendipity Tweed in Cherry Blossom.

Here's the front view
Going to finish getting ready for bed and will get back with you all soon with a completed cardi. Hope your projects are moving right along. Til next time CREATE.