Friday, 21 October 2011

Catching Up And A Request

So, I am catching up steadily!  Four aprons done for one order, safely shipped and three more to do!  Then a bag order and I'm just about caught up with myself!
Tonight I also made some cards for our local Red Hat Ladies!

And suddenly all my get up and go has got up and gone!

My Lovely Man bought me a Mastercraft multi crafting tool today, with circulars saws and all sort of gismos including a sander for all that furniture I bought to refurb!  I am now looking forward to some days off so I can get down, dirty and dusty and then throw a little paint around!  Well, that's it... I'm so pooped I can't even string two thoughts together so I'll say nite nite for now, but I will be back soon, hopefully with some fab refurb pics.  Have a great weekend everyone ciao!

Ooops almost forgot... the request!  A fellow blogger is in need of some help,  she needs as much info as possible on Lyme Disease and the Paleo Diet (I think I spelled that right)  if anyone has any links/info/suggestions of places to look please message me so that I can pass on to her.  It may be that we turn up nothing new for her but then again we might just find what she needs if we all pitch in.  *Smooches*

Sunday, 16 October 2011

An Anniversary And A Love Affair

Today Lovely Man and I celebrated our 7th Anniversary!  Well I say celebrated... poor man arrived home from a 12 hour night shift, we exchanged gifts had tea and toast and then he slept (or tried to) and I kept quiet (at least I tried to!).  Anyway he bought me the perfect card and gift and we have made a date to go spend some time together just as soon as we get a day off together!!  Now I did mention a love affair too didn't I?  You see I have developed this crush on.....Modge Podge!  Yes it stinks and yes it's messy but by 'eck you can do some real cool stuff with it! 

Around 2 a.m. this morning (I forget to go to bed when L.M. isn't here) I was browsing Etsy like you do and I found some beautiful decorated light switch covers.  Now it's not that I'm cheap, the lady who makes them wasn't exactly charging a lot ( $10 each) but I am rather impatient and generally stuff takes around three weeks to get here from the U.S.  Added to that I wanted them to 'go' with stuff I had already done for the bedroom (Remember the Bird pics I did?).  So this morning I made this.....

Ta daaaaa.....

The pictures don't do them justice, the light is awful and I couldn't find my tripod but you get the idea!  So now I want to do all the light switches in the house!  But for tonight I have stopped as it seems I have gotten past myself, not exactly sure what that means but it's an expression my mother used to pull out whenever my brother or I got overtired and started making a mess of things.  So far this evening I have up ended a whole cup of water over my entire stock of red mulberry paper (the last I have) AND a set of prints that I so carefully prepared on good paper to make toppers for cards!  To try and save the day (and hasten the drying in the hope I could actually get the cards made) I tried to iron each sheet only to have it curl up.  So now it is all sandwiched between two heavy books in the hope that it will flatten out over night.  I also have a muslin 'sack' of cooked grapes for grape jelly hanging from the cupboard door draining into a pan, but for tonight I think I'm gonna leave it just in case I mess that up too!

Thursday, 13 October 2011

A Quick Little Project!

Oh my goodness!  I hopped over to Rosemary's blog earlier and saw her tutorial to make a beautiful ethereal dreamcatcher...and I fell in love!  in love with both the dreamcatcher and the beautiful music Rosemary has playing there (Adam Hurst she kindly told me).  So with Adam playing in the background I set about finding all the necessary items required and set to work.  Well!  Would you just look what I made!  So pretty!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Ooops I Did It Again!

Made another cushion that is!  I just love The Graphics Fairy!  

 AND... I made these!  Fabric pumpkins!  Super easy to do and fun and really quite cute.  I found them on the Martha Stewart website so all credit to her but they also seem very popular in blogland too!

I'm addicted!

Monday, 10 October 2011

We Have Created A Monster!

Almost a month since my last post and you could all be forgiven for thinking I haven't been doing much at all, and you would be that far from the truth as far as my personal creativity is concerned.  Life has a habit of doing a U-turn every now and then.  Last year, our first year in Canada, we had very little work between us.  Lovely Man struggled with the bureaucracy of the College of Nurses Ontario to get his registration done, I took odd jobs and tried to make a living from my art and craft.  Now suddenly I have two jobs, working six days per week and Lovely Man is getting hospital work.  To top it all suddenly everyone wants my Aprons and they want them now!  Not that I am complaining, I am so happy people like my stuff but I was starting to get very twitchy.  I wasn't getting anything done for me.  All the fall decorations I had planned didn't happen and I haven't put paintbrush to canvas for at least 3 months.
So today I did a deal with myself.  If I got one apron finished this morning then I could have the rest of the day doing stuff for me!

I have been keenly following The Graphics Fairy, especially Brag Monday, and many others all of whom seem to be a dab hand with fabric, freezer paper and an ink jet printer!  Now I bought some freezer paper nearly three years ago and I dragged it all the way over here with me but I never got around to using it!  I suddenly realised I was actually nervous to do it in case I wrecked my printer! Ha!  So after giving myself a good talking to, along the lines of "for heavens sake the world and their Uncle have been doing this successfully get on with it", I got on with it!  And just look what I made!  I took a pumpkin print from the Graphic Fairy, I made a background in Photoshop and overlaid said pumpkin, printed it on calico and with a bit of beige wool fabric made this lovely cushion.
And it didn't stop there!  I also found some sheet music and these pretty birds and flowers, also courtesy of the Graphics Fairy, layered them in Photoshop, printed them and put them in very cheap (but nice) frames from Dollarama.  Total cost per picture?  Around $1.50... Suzanne  would be so proud of me!  Excuse the bad lighting it was late but I was excited to share!

Ok so now I am off to make some fabric pumpkins....Happy Thanksgiving!