Hi, my name is Carmen. Welcome to Beyond The Fringe!

I love sewing, crocheting, paper crafts, painting, doodling and more. I also offer digital stamps and vintage graphics, many for free. I am a mom of 4 and a grandmother of 10 adorable grandkids, whom I love to make things for.

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Jan 7, 2018

More Beanies and a Masculine Card

Happy New Year!!

Well, 2018 has taken off with a bang and I can't believe we're a week in already. I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and enjoyed time with family and friends. Watching the kids opening their gifts is so enjoyable and fun. It was a good Christmas. 

I thought I would catch you up on some of the projects I've been working on. It seems there's never a shortage of people to make things for, and I enjoy it. Today I have a couple of hats and a card that I made. I feel safe to share the card because I know teenage boys don't follow this blog. Lol. 

First the Card! This one came together super fast. I didn't ink anything, just cut and stick, pretty much. I followed a Youtube Video by Stamps Ink & Paper if you'd like to make one too.

I made this little hat for my 7 month old grandson. I'll be sending it up as soon as I make a few other things.

This one went to my 2 year old granddaughter. I couldn't find a Skye Paw Patrol hat pattern I liked, so I used two patterns to make this one. The Aviator hat from Repeat Crafter Me to make the goggles, to which I added sides. The rest is just a basic hat pattern. I took some flannelette for inside the goggles to give them some depth and just stitched them onto the hat. I also made up the little curly cues for hair at the front and the ears.

I made this hat for another grandson It's a free Whistle & Ivy pattern for a Toddler Trapper Hat. The plaid is actually really easy to do. 

Then this one was for his sister. It was meant to match her coat. It's the Meandering Walk in the Woods Basketweave Beanie by Marie Segares. Sorry about the background. I was in a hurry. These last two were lined with flannelette as they live in a very cold climate (-51 a few times).

This Chunky Fringe infinity scarf was a last minute gift. They worked up super fast. The pattern is a Whistle & Ivy one as well.

I was stoked to get some light up crochet hooks for Christmas. They came in a fancy case.

These are a great gift for me as my husband loves to watch TV to relax. He's a shift worker, so that can be any time of day when he's home. I usually have some light on, and these are great if I just can't see very well, especially if I'm working with a dark yarn.

Well, kind of a long post, but I think that catches me up for a while. I will be doing some painting soon, so will probably be sharing that. 

I hope your year started out fantastic too,


Dec 22, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Well,  Christmas is almost here and I am looking forward to the excitement in the children's eyes as they open their presents, as well as time with the family and the great food.  It's going to be a fun time! 

My Christmas tree is slightly lacking this year, by some people's standards (lights and a few candy canes the local realtor dropped by), and there aren't a ton of decorations in my home, but I'm happy with that. Maybe next year I'll decorate like I used to, but for this year, it's enough. 

So I am going to share a few things today, notwithstanding the Bacon Jam, but first--

Do you remember my Mini Muffin Tin Advent Calendar? I was at my DIL's place this week and her mom had made a different kind of Advent Calendar for the grandkids. I thought it was ingenious, and so I asked if I could share it here. Now she doesn't have a blog, so I can't link to anything, but I can tell you that Cathy Moore is multi-talented. That sweet lady crochets, sews, makes crafts, and on and on. She makes the most beautiful blankets for the kids and lines them. 

Also, her husband is the REAL Santa Claus (Boompa Claus to the informed). If you don't believe me ask my grandkids They'll tell you!  Anyway, before I gush all over you (too late), here is her calendar. I posted it extra large so you could see it clearly.

I asked her how she put it together. Apparently she got a mitten garland from the dollar store. I believe the clothes pegs were already attached to them. She took these and glued them down. Then added little baggies that had a piece of paper inside with portions of the Christmas story written on each one to be read each day, along with a couple of tic tacs. 

My DIL has been reading these to the grandkids every day and said she was surprised how many questions the kids had. Their youngest one didn't know what a Shepherd actually was. We take so much for granted, don't we? 

Here's some close ups to give you a better idea in case you'd like to make one yourself one day.

Cathy said she just used white glue to adhere the clothes pegs to the board. It seems like such an effective, fun calendar and I love that it teaches children the Christmas Story.

Thank you so much Cathy for allowing me to feature this awesome calendar on my blog! Merry Christmas to you, my friend! 

Now, onto the Bacon Jam. 

This was a Pinterest find, originally posted by Kristen at The Endless Meal. Bacon Jam is meant to be used as an appetizer on a cracker with cream cheese (or Boursin cheese for the finicky palate). I thought it would be a nice alternative to the Red Pepper Jelly, so decided to try making it. 

It was easy and you will probably have most of the ingredients on hand, including my personal favorite - coffee!

Yes, me and coffee, we have a bit of a love affair going on. Anyhooo---

BUT, let's not forget the bacon! I knew this whole thing couldn't go too far wrong. 

That's the star ingredient sizzling delightfully in my sauce pan. Yum, bacon -- mmmmm

Then the onions had their turn. Two big ones, quartered and sliced fairly thick. 

Well, why not throw them together and add coffee, sugar and some water. Patience my pretty.

                       Add some balsamic vinegar and -- WALLA, Bacon Jam! 

I have to admit, I overcooked it a little when I got distracted, but honestly, it's still pretty amazing. I will definitely be making this again next year. 

The recipe made about two cups, which filled these two small jars perfectly. I couldn't find my lids though, so aluminum foil worked in a pinch. I think the lids are downstairs hangin' with the big jars.

Well, that's about all except that I'll leave you with a painting I did last week. This is similar to one I did last year, only this one is larger and turned out a bit better. I am taking online lessons from a world renowned artist whose work I admire. It is done with a palette knife and in oils. 

Well, Merry Christmas everyone! I hope it's a happy one for each and every one of you. Enjoy your special friends and family members! Lots of love from my house to yours! 


Dec 12, 2017

Christmas Digi Freebies


So this may be a bit late, but if you're not done your Christmas cards yet, or are looking to make a few more, here's some free digital stamps off the blog that may help. 

On this blog I have a section that lists my freebies with direct links to the pages you need. I decided to list a few of the Christmas freebies on this post to make it easy. These include images and sentiments.

Polar Bear Cuddles  (Also check the link above for sentiments)

Elf Boots

Chubby Penguin

Primitive Angel 

Remember that when there is more than one item in a freebie, you can break them up in Word. With the ornaments, if you only want to use one, you can crop out the rest and enlarge the one! 

There are several other Christmas freebies on the blog, please check out the "freebies" tab at the top of the blog. And hey, I always love to see what you make with them, so please show me or fire off a quick email with your blog post, if you have a blog. :)

Well, that's it for now. I hope you're all getting things done. Christmas is truly such a busy time of year. Not to sound like a grinch, but honestly, I'd be happy to just spend time with my family and friends, enjoying each other's company, having a few laughs and enjoying good food. Speaking of food, I still have the Bacon Jam on my list of TO DO's....I'll be posting it soon along with some other items I've crafted. 

Also, don't forget to check out my Christmas Sleigh Ride's for some ideas on gifts, food, decorations, etc. Check them out on the side bar under the Popular Posts.

Have a wonderful week, 

Nov 25, 2017

Early Christmas Makings

Autumn is an active season for me. With the change from summer to Fall, my focus changes too. This time of year is my favorite. The weather is better, although it's been unusually windy here lately. No matter. There has been a bit of a shift this year though. For one thing almost all my Christmas shopping and making is done. That's extremely unusual. Everything is almost all packed too. It's weird. Not that I'm complaining. Now I can focus on making shortbread, butter tarts, gingerbread, my amazing antipasto, and for the first time ever, bacon jam. Yes, you read that right. It's for on top of crackers and boursin cheese. I can't wait to make it, and I'll let you know if it was a winner or a bust.

So, it's been almost 2 months since I last posted. That's some kind of record for me. I actually thought about shutting the blog down because I was so tardy. I thought better of it because there's still some good ideas on here for people, especially the Christmas Sleigh Ride posts, which are still popularly frequented every year. Plus, I share things I've made and also include the location of the free patterns that I've used. Yes, I'll just keep this little blog up and running for a while longer.

Let me show you what I've been making lately. If you're on my Facebook page, you've probably seen some of these, but please bear with me if you have. 

Most of these hats were donated.

I've also been making peek a boo pals from Gingermelon again this year. I have a 2 year old granddaughter that I think needs them. Plus once my other granddaughters realized I was making more (they each got 3 last year), they put in their orders for 2 or 3 more.  

Here they all are - - I have another lamb to make, and if I have time, I'll make the monkey (not shown) for my sister in law, who still sleeps with her monkeys everywhere she goes. No word of a lie. One of the many reasons I love her so !

They are too adorable, aren't they? Toys that will create memories, I hope.

I also had some custom hats to make, two of which I am still working on so won't show you just yet.

This one I made for an elderly lady using wool she picked out. It was that awful kinky wool. You couldn't tell where the stitches were in it. Terrible stuff, but she was happy with it. 

It originally came from this pattern, which is a free pattern but is no longer available as she's removed her blog, unfortunately. I do have the pattern on my harddrive still, thankfully.

Next, I made these, but I'm not sure who they're for yet. 

These two hats are a bit slouchy and the red one isn't finished yet. I'm thinking of putting one of these white fur pom poms on the top.  I still have to put a leather tag on the red one too. 

One more thing. I like to print off my own tags for Christmas. This year I was looking for something more plain. White or black. I find the other tags interfere with the wrapping paper. Anyway, here's what I found. They're "honest gift tags" from Bunny Peculiar (check her out) and can also be found on my Pinterest Christmas board along with some other tags and ideas too. 

Well, I think that's it, but really, that's enough anyway.

You all have a nice weekend, maybe I'll do a Bacon Jam Post soon - - 


Sep 27, 2017

Bicycle Pouch

Some time ago I told you about a pouch I was making. Several things (and posts) have happened since then, but today I finally finished it and am posting about it. 

This is a simple little pouch using canvas with heat n bond embellishments and some beading. Cute but effective. I had originally made up steps to make one, but forgot to photograph the last steps, so I'll show you what I do have. 

First the little pouch. 

The inside of the pouch. 

This is where she started out! I cut up some fabric, and fussy cut out a tree trunk and branches.

Then I ironed them onto some heat n bond and cut them out. 

I cut out some canvas and some quilt batting the same size, then using Staz On Ink, I stamped the bicycle onto the canvas. I used a permanent marker to outline the frame of the bike. Then ironed it.

Using the flowery material, I also stamped the bike onto that, cut out the wheels and sewed them on. I went over the tires with the permanent marker. Then ironed it again and sewed a silver bead in the center of each wheel.

I cut out a bunch of the flowers from the fabric and saved them to use on the tree.

Since they already had heat n bond on them, I ironed them in place, then put little beads in the center of each one.

That's where the process ended as far as photos are concerned. I sewed the lining and the outside of the pouch together, adding a zipper. Then I pressed it a bit more since the canvas doesn't lie very flat. That's it! 

And that's the end of my post! 

Blessings everyone!