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Jan 17, 2019

Boy Cards and Crafts

Hello Everyone,

How is 2019 going for you? I've been MIA here on the blog for lack of time, but I often post on my Facebook page when I don't have time to do a full blog post. If you'd like to see what I'm up to on a regular basis, check me out there.

Here are a few of the things I've been working on lately. (If you follow my FB page, you may have seen a few of these already, but there will be a couple of new cards). I'll post the cards first.

This one was for my oldest grandson. He just turned 16. I just love this kid! He's funny, sweet and talented at beatboxing. Just a nice kid!

I saw a card like this one on Pinterest and decided to try something similar. The blog was no longer in existence and so I can't give credit, but what a cute idea!  I liked the black and white contrast, so stuck with that. The rest I just kind of put together by gosh and by golly, but it turned out okay. I just used a piece of yarn for the shoe lace as I had nothing else suitable. 

I thought this little metal 'Destiny' accent went well with the saying. 

My other grandson's birthday is coming up in February and he's right into Lego. So here is his card.

I bought the Lego paper quite some time ago but it sure came in handy. It has a bit of a shiny texture to it and so I didn't need to do any additional work on it.

I found a little saying that I thought was cute and put it on the inside. 

My kids sometimes roll their eyes at my sense of humor. Oh well, I've got to be who I am.

His daddy's birthday is also coming up in February, so I made a very simple card for him. I scarfed the saying off the internet. It was a free sentiment that led back to Pinterest and a broken link. Sigh.

I had such a hard time getting good photos. It was full-on sun in the middle of the day, but they're still kind of dark. I wasn't going outside to take them. Too cold here, plus I'm just getting over being sick.

Speaking of which, that is why I made easy cards. My goodnesss I was sick. I mean sleep all day sick, and stare into stunned oblivion when awake. Oh, it was bad. Happily I am on the mend. Still coughing lots and still a bit stuffy at times, but waaaaayyy better!!!

Now onto some things you may or may not have seen. I made some little Tiger Pouches for three of my granddaughters. After seeing them my 10 yr old grandson came and asked me to make him something, so I made some Shark Pencil Pouches for 2 of my grandsons. The others are either too young or too old.

The Tiger Pouch was a paid pattern from Stubbornly Crafty on Etsy. This one was super easy to follow and fun to make. I used wool felt for the glasses. 

I actually made 3 of these. The smallest one is the first one I made and is true to the pattern. I decided I wanted them a bit larger, so the other three were made with the adjusted pattern. 

The pattern for the Shark Pencil Pouches was a free pattern from Patchwork Posse. You will have to join her newsletter to get the pattern. I found it difficult to work the zipper in this one but it's great for using up scraps of fabric. I'd like to try one with Denim scraps. If you're not experienced with zippers, I wouldn't recommend this one for you.

Okay, so last but not least. I always enjoy crocheting and have been working on some little runners and hats for newborns up to 3 months. I'll just share this photo instead of take an up to date one.

These are going to the pregnancy center in town. I may make more. I'm really kind of a do-as- the-mood-hits-me girl. Some might say spoiled, but that's not nice. Be nice.

Anyway, that's about all I'll post for today. My computer is blinking on and off and being difficult, but it still works. Lol.

Be thankful, take nothing for granted and have a great day!


Nov 27, 2018

Yarn Canada Annual Charity Yarn Event


Are you having a good day? It's about to get better! First, I have some questions for you...

Do you love to knit or crochet? 
Do you make items with your yarn to donate to charity? 
Could you use some free yarn for your charity projects? 

**Well then you're going to LOVE this post! **

Yarn Canada is holding their 2nd Annual Yarn event for people that make projects for good causes. They would love to hear your stories and help you out. This is open to both America and Canada, because they're nice like that! 

So what are they giving away? 

*One prize of $500 in yarn to a Canadian group that knits or crochets for a good cause.
*One prize of $500 in yarn to an American group that knits or crochets for a good cause.
*Ten prizes of $100 to Canadian or American individuals or groups who knit or crochet for a good cause.


All you have to do is fill out the form in the link below telling your story, what you will use the yarn for, the impact previous projects had, or anything else you've experienced through your project donations. Photos are also appreciated. 

I believe they make their selection on January 20th, so get your name in today

Have a good week everyone!


Oct 8, 2018

Thanksgiving Cornucopia of Crafts

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Have you had your Turkey yet, or are you having it tonight? Is it Turkey, Ham, or ? I know in Holland people sometimes have Salmon for dinner on special occasions like Christmas, so it's fun to hear what people actually do. We had Turkey with trimmings and it was really quite exceptional this year. 

Then we all wanted to have a big snooze. Turkey, you know. It's mellowing.

I was texting with my DIL who showed me some place cards she had made for their thanksgiving table which inspired me to do something too. Now this was at the 11th hour, and I had to do something quickly. I had been to our local "De-stash the Stash Garage Sale" at the Kamloops Indian Reserve a week ago and found these cute little feather diecuts for a fraction of the price. I decided to play with them. I used leftover scraps of designer cardstock and found a free printable. I didn't do any measuring and pretty much threw them together with a bit of glue, some twine and dbl sided tape. 

It dressed up the plain napkins a bit and added a flair to the table. Afterwards I decided to throw them on the table along with the flowers my sweet hubby gave me. I love the fall colors! 

Double Duty. Works for me --

What else have I been making? Oh, let me tell you, I've been makin' and shakin' up left overs.

Here's the lap blanket I made with leftover yarn. It was literally a "how should I use these yarns up" kinda project. It's very warm and basically consists of double crochets. The picture's a bit dark, but you can see the nice thick baby yarn I used.

I was looking around to see what I could do to use up some smaller bits of yarn leftovers and found that our local NICU was looking for premie booties, hats, etc. They make up about 30 packages for premie babies around Christmas time. So far I've made these. The minion booties aren't quite done yet. 

To give you an idea of the size: 

I have fairly small hands to begin with. These are teeny tiny and they're so soft and cute. Made of wool and true hemp.

I also had some waterproof PLU fabric left from other projects so made a few wet bags. The zippers were 8" zippers my husband had picked up for me in Vancouver while looking for 9" zippers. He had forgot his glasses. They were perfect for this project. Yes, the joy of forgetting your glasses and ending up with short zippers. I've had these sitting around for at least two years so it was good to find a good use for them. 

This was another 'throw together' kind of project. I straightened the sides of the fabric, and then cut 2" off the top. The bags are about 9" wide and a bit longer. 

Then I grabbed a couple of those 8" zippers, one for each bag. I sewed one side of the zipper to the 2" piece, another to the body. Then I folded the whole thing inside out (with the zipper open) and sewed along the sides and top. A little ironing around all sides after turning it right side out, and I had a use-able wet bag. These will also go to the NICU for the premie baby gift bags.

Last but not least, I just sold one of my paintings. I had just finished painting the sides and it's waiting for a varnish and a backing before it's ready to go. My paintings are oils done with a palette knife. This one was a tasteful nude. You can just see a bit of it in the photo below.

Finally, I wanted to turn you all on to Sweet Potato 3. The last few years she has been hosting a Cancer Challenge every October.
Different designers offer new crochet patterns each day of the week of October, and a different project on weekends. The deal is, you get a new pattern, but you agree to give at least one of the items you make with that pattern to a Cancer Clinic. You can make all 30 or 5 if you want. Every little bit helps!

Last year I made quite a few hats to donate. Our cancer clinic is in our hospital, so I brought them there. Sweet Potato 3 also has free printables you can attach to your finished product that states size, etc.

Well, that's it Ladies and Gentlemen! I hope you have a great Thanksgiving! 

Gobble Till You Wobble! 

Carmen :)

Sep 13, 2018

Autumn, Pinterest and a Challenge.

I love Autumn! There is nothing like some crisp, fresh air accompanied with a playful wind after a hot, smoky summer. Autumn, with its colorful display always gets me thinking about warm, soft colorful things like yarn, fabric, etc.

Speaking of which, I spent about three days cleaning and organizing my craft room again. I did it about 6 months ago, but I didn't go through every box and drawer. This time I did which resulted in a way better job of organizing. Apparently I took a short cut last time - - - 

So I had to do it again. 

Let that be a lesson to me --- and maybe to you too if you're as silly as I am.

Mostly, I have fabric, papers and yarn, a LOT of yarn. So I will be crocheting this Fall. That's ok, I love crocheting. Just don't talk to me because I will count out loud at you. Fair warning.

If you also enjoy crocheting, Sweet Potato Three (facebook page) hosts a Cancer Challenge every October that involves several indie crochet designers. During this challenge, if you download a free pattern (new one every day), you are promising to donate at least one hat you've made with that pattern to any cancer clinics. I started doing this last year and am really looking forward to this years challenge. 

Here is a link to some of the hats I made from the Cancer Challenge from last year which I donated. 

Speaking of organizing, I also did some on my Pinterest. My 'Off the Hook' Board has a ton of crochet on it of which many are free patterns, but I decided to start a 'Free Crochet Patterns' Board as well. Just to make it easy for people. It's listed below if you'd like to have a gander at it.

Well, seems I'm just about at the end of my post. It's raining here today and it feels cozy inside. I'm happy for the rain after this crazy fire season they used to call summer. The reports I'm hearing of  snow could wait just a little longer, imho though. 

If you're into crocheting, check out my free patterns board and have a wonderful day!

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Aug 25, 2018

The North Wind Calls Me

It stumps me that I operate through such a revolving craft door. Inevitably there seem to be certain times of year that a specific craft calls me. It's like the movie Chocolate --- where the north wind calls her and she cannot resist. That is SO me. It's like I lose interest in the other crafts and have to obey! Anyone else experience that, or am I a weirdo?

I spent a lot of time painting in the spring. In fact I have found a venue in town where I can display my work. I have yet to varnish and put backings on them to finish them off properly. That's kind of exciting for me. I have wondered if I should sell one on a facebook site, but I like the idea of selling them locally. I'm still thinking about it. 

Now that summer is almost over my crochet hook and my sewing machine are calling to me. 

(Summer? I jest as it hardly materialized. Instead we had Spring, SMOKE and Fall which is just around the corner). 

Anyway, back to my crochet hook - in the last two days I have made 2 and a half hats. I'm also working on a Sew Together Bag, only I took the pattern and made it 2 inches larger. It was a request from one of my DIL's, and my grandkids love the bigger bags as well. Some patterns just get used over and over again. 

I'll stop talking now and show you what I've been working on. 

So this is the Ozark Ridges Beanie (also comes with pattern for messy bun hat) by Stephanie Osborne. I absolutely love this pattern. So much that I made two right away. 

Very rainbowy, but it was the only choice I had in the yarn colorway that I liked. I was hoping to find one similar to the one in the pattern. Oh well.

This pattern has so much texture in it. I love the braided look. Such a fun pattern to make. 

I made one in an off white too. I think you may be able to see the texture better in the single color. This pattern is a more advanced pattern, but it's not hard. These days you really only need to go on Youtube for any instruction you might need. 

Well, that's it for today. Oh, here's some of the fabric I'm using on the Sew Together Bag for my granddaughter. She loves the cupcakes and ice cream. I'll post it when it's done. 

In the meantime, have a great weekend!