Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wordless Wednesday...First Day of School

It has been a strange summer around here. The heat came late, and here we are the last day of August and it's under 100 degrees, well it is only 9 am. But still that's pretty cool. My daughter and I had our first day of School yesterday. Lets hope that the rest of the semester brings us clear skies!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wood work...Planes...Trains...and submarines

My husband has been hard at work with his new Shopsmith! Best Birthday Gift I ever gave him. All I have to do is put a challenge in his head and he disappears for days. That's nice when you are together 24/7!

Some of his work:


Train box car.


Submarine


Fighter Jet


Steam Engine Train it even Whistles.

New Etsy shop to be Open soon. Randy's Wood Shop.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wordless Wednesday...Keegan Wood Working

My 4GB memory card ran out of room. Found these I had planned for a post a long time ago. Naturally I had no idea what I was going to write about. So not going to wait until my brain remembers because the way this year has been going, it's not going to come back to me.

They are wonderful picture of my wonderful Nephew. Using a Dremel tool to shape some wood into a Lightning McQueen Lightning Bolt:






Monday, August 22, 2011

Scripture Bag for LDS Military set

When my husband first joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints he was Active US Navy. The day he was baptized the Bishop gave him a set of Scriptures made for the Military. The scriptures are Small and compact there is a New Testament a Book of Mormon the Doctrine and Covenants and a Hymn book.

My sisters Baby boy has a Birthday a couple of days before mine. A couple of weeks before his birthday he asked me if I would make him a Scripture bag like I made Stephanie (my daughter). I told him sure. Makes an easy Birthday gift. I had an extra set of the small Military scriptures others had given my husband as gifts. So I decided to narrow My Compact Scripture Bag pattern, and give him the extra set of Scriptures we had.

He loved them!









Poor little Lexi girl left crying 'were are my Scriptures?' So now I'm on the look out for another Military Scripture set which you can't buy unless you are Active duty, and some pink fabric! I'm sure we'll figure it out, I have to because these two don't forget anything you say! Gotta Love them!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Whoopdwhoop ....Currency free Creative Marketplace

Several weeks ago Becka from Made by bedtime tales did a blog post about Whoopdwhoop.

I was curious so I hopped on over and signed up.




List a couple of bags that I had listed on Etsy over a year ago and they just kept expiring and eating up my 20 cents, so I stopped listing them and put them away. They sold for whoops anyways and then I can use those whoops to buy from others. The only money in the transactions is the seller paying for the shipping. That is the way that there is no currency involved.

Now these two bags have a home! As soon as I get some of my customers projects done, I'll be listing a few other bags that I've got stored away.

Wonderful Barder system!! So if you've got stuff that needs a new home, go sign up, I'm sure you'll find some handmade stuff on Whoopdwhoop you'd like to have instead of your stock just sitting there.



Monday, August 15, 2011

New Business Logo

This summer was the 'Start a million projects summer'. I feel like I literally started a million projects. So I sought help on a project, a logo for my PDF sewing patterns. You guys know my disease, the 'I can do that so there is no way I'm paying for it'.

Well I hated everything I was coming up with so much that I paid for it! I love love a blog called Crafty Mummy and read every post she ever puts out (because it comes straight to my inbox!). Well she did a guest post over at Key Lime digital designs, so I went over to see what Kendra had to offer. I really liked what I saw. So I signed up for her newsletter, and then she started appearing in my inbox.


Then one day out of the blue I decided I had a small amount in the pay pal account that I was going to ask her to do a logo for me. Only $50!

She sent me an email and told me when she would have time to work on it, told me how the payment would go and when I would receive some work, and made it clear that she would do some reworks if I need them. Sold, sold, sold!!

She first sent me these:




I loved the apple idea! I liked the two color idea, but for some reason I wanted a tree, so I emailed her back and she was great the next day I got these:



I love love them! Now to finish a couple of the million projects, I can now rework the covers of my PDF patterns, I can design a new banner for my Etsy shop and I can revisit that long lost website I haven't done with for several years! A new look and it didn't cost me all that much

Send Kendra an email if you need a logo or other digital work! She good and she's fast!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wordless Wednesday...My B-day

I'm 40 Again...My daughter couldn't find a number 1 candle. We had almost every other number but not a 1. So I am 40 again...Which is just fine with me!


Monday, August 8, 2011

Creative Jean patch

I have a pair of blue jeans that are so 'holy' they are ready for the Celestial kingdom. I love this pair of jeans, they fit perfect, they look snug but I can move in them. More important I can eat in them!

I've had them for a while so it was that acid washed look that has small worn out sections. Well my small worn out sections turned into big holes.

Then I remembered my '80's pants that has fabric behind the holes. So I let the holes grow and grow until they got to a nice size that you could see the fabric underneath.



I cut a piece of fabric at least an inch bigger than the hole all the way around.



I finished off the edges of the fabric so they won't fray. I serged them but you can do either a straight stitch or a zig zag stitch all the way around if you don't have a serger.



I seam ripped the side leg of the pant, so that I could be able to sew around the hole more easily.



I pinned the fabric in place just were I wanted it, and sewed around it.


If you have little boys you can put some cars fabric or take them to the store and let them pick out there own fabric. Or you can extend the life of your own jeans. I love mine and I'll be wearing them until they fall apart.



Friday, August 5, 2011

My experience with Resin...

I have an "I can do that complex" I refuse to buy things I like because I say "I can do that".

Then I set out to learn everything I can about the subject. That is what happened to me when everyone was selling and wearing scrabble tile pendants.

My first attempt was from a Tutorial I bought and it used Diamond Glaze. I didn't like the look of it, and it never got really hard. First blog post Scrabble Tile fever

So I decided to go toxic, I was trying to avoid it. The look and feel of the tiles is so much different with the Resin than with the diamond glaze.

Here is a short video of my process with the tiles (with all my miss haps and warnings):



Here is a wonderful free tutorial that explains the prepping the paper process, and then you can follow what I did in the video with the Resin.

Or you can do tray pendents in the same manner. I found this wonderful Etsy shop, I love the look of the tray.


Since I can't do anything with out fabric. I added a piece of fabric to the tray on the bottom same process as adding the paper, and I placed a few charms in it, then placed it on a fabric strap.


I hope this explains it in a bit more detail - give it a try.

If anyone makes some feel free to come back and leave us a link.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The last of last weekends work...

This past weekend I didn't stay off the computer, mostly because I discovered whoopdwhoop. Thank you Becca. I'll post more about that tomorrow. Plus I was also asked on Friday night if I could make a dress for some one that was being buried. That was a first for me.

It really was a sweet experience, she brought me one of her mother's dresses. I pulled the size and style of the dress. She brought me the material and some really pretty pink and white lace. I took a picture of the dress but don't really feel comfortable sharing it. I hope everything goes well for them.

So the last two items I made last weekend was a Day of the dead Scripture bag for my daughter (from my Scripture bag pattern:


My daughter is a bit eccentric so I don't think we stopped to 
think if the fabric was Chapel appropriate.


and I started on a shoulder bag that will be going off to Canada for a review and Giveaway. Here is the color way for the flower pin I put on the bags.


I hope your month is off to a good start! What are you working on???


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