Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Fully Finished Gallery #6

I’m so late with this update.  I don’t know what day it is these days.  I have been going swimming everyday at my friend Lisa’s house.  She is a teacher and has the summer off.  I don’t see her much during the school year, she is too busy, so we catch up in the summer.


For my FFG, I turned 2 cross stitch projects into ornaments.
Gingerbread Girl - stitched March 2013
June 2019, I stitched the outline in reverse and tried sewing them together, but it didn’t work they way I thought it would.

I then decided to sew it on top of a piece of brown thick denim type fabric I had in my sewing basket.  I added a ribbon for hanging.  I am pleased with how it turned out.

Gingerbread Boy stitched in March 2013.

Again I stitched a reverse of the gingerbread boy, but when it didn’t work for the gingerbread girl I didn’t waste my time trying to sew this one together.

Here is the gingerbread boy as a finished ornament.  They will look great as a pair on my Christmas tree.






Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Birthday card for my Dad

Yesterday was my Dad’s 70th birthday.  Dave & I took him for lunch at his favourite restaurant.  Mandarin Restauran has the largest selection of Chinese food (buffet) with lots of locations in Ontario, Canada.  We went to the Newmarket location near my Dad’s house today, but usually we do take out at the Kitchener location near our house.

My dad has everything you can think of when it comes to tools, so I decided he needed a tools/workbench for his card.  I found a tutorial on YouTube for building  a U Box Workbench Card.  This is how it turned out.  Yes, I intentionally made all the tools bigger than they are supposed to be.  They are not to scale, they would be too small to see all their detail.  My Dad loved the card, because it was personal and I made it.

Front folded flat to put inside an envelope.

Back folded flat to put inside an envelope.
Front with desk half folded down.  You can see the tools hanging on the left side os the peg board.  It is hard to see, but the saw blade on the right is a clock.  I pointed the clock hands to 7:00 o’clock because it turned 70.

Another shot of the front with desk half folded down.  You can see the tools hanging on the right side of the peg board.

Here is a look at the top of the desk.  The round metal circle is supposed to be a magnetic dish of screws, nails and bolts.
This is the front view of the  card with the desk down.



Tuesday, 2 July 2019

July Goals

July Stitching Goals

Finish Floral May block
Start & Finish Floral June block
Start & Finish Floral July block (July 15)
Finish something from my FFG pile (June 10)
Stitch something for the 2019 Small SAL (July 26)
Start thinking about Christmas ornaments

Other Hobbies July Goals
Create 1 card this month for my Dad’s 70th birthday (to be mailed)
Help Sarah design her wedding invitations
Start thinking about Christmas cards 
Continue organizing my new craft room

June Stitching Review
Start & Finish Floral April block - YES
Start & Finish Floral May block - it is half completed
Start & Finish Floral June block - NO, didn’t finish May yet
Finish something from my FFG pile (June 10) - YES, I assembled 3 Just Nan birds (Bluebird Tweet, Cardinal Tweet replacement, and a Blue Jay from the Cardinal  pattern)
Stitch something for the 2019 Small SAL (June 28) - NO, because I didn’t complete the Floral May block

Other Hobbies June Review
Create 4 cards this month ... (3 need to be mailed) - YES
Nephew Glenn’s birthday (June 8) - YES, I made a Zelda/Switch card
My future daughter-in-law Sarah’s birthday (June 14) - YES, I made another Zelda/Switch card
Neice Katie’s birthday (June 21) - YES, I made an outdoor (with pink accents)
My oldest son Jaspar’s birthday (June 27) - YES, I made a video game (Kirby) card
Continue organizing my new craft room - YES, still working on it in between projects.

I forgot to show everyone, here is a photo of my oldest son Jaspar’s birthday card.  Kirby is one of his favourite video game characters.  Even though Kirby is pink, I still wanted the card to look masculine.  I think using black helped.

I found the quote online and it was perfect for my son.  He doesn’t care about his birthday, it is just another day.  As you can see, he turned 27.



Friday, 28 June 2019

Floral 2019 SAL May

Yesterday I stitched for a few hours.  Not as much progress as I had hoped.  I’m reading the pattern from my computer.  I prefer to use a paper pattern but am trying not to print as much if not really needed.  I watch Netflix on my iPad, while trying to read the pattern on my computer.  I get a bit distracted, so not as much completed.  The block for May looks like this.

I have completed half of the May block.

Here you can see January to May blocks.





Monday, 24 June 2019

Colour Swatch Cards for my Pencil Crayons (Coloured Pencils)

My first time trying this technique.  All the artist websites and blogs recommend making coloured swatches (coloured cards) for each coloured pencil, marker, paint, etc that I have in my inventory.  I will only do this with my Prismacolor pencil crayons (also known as coloured pencils).  Some of the colours don’t look exactly like the outside wooden shell colour.  I used my Creative Memories tag maker and a drawing paper.  I write on the colour number and name using that exact pencil crayon and then make a colour sample (light, medium and very dark).  It will take a few days to go through all my pencil crayons.  I have a pack of 60 Prismacolor Scholar and 132 Prismacolor Premier Soft Core plus 11 of the 18 extra colours.  It was cheaper to buy the 132 pack instead of the 150 on Amazon.ca and then I will buy the extra colours separately as I can find them in an art store close to home.  

To make it easier to find a colour, I separated all of my pencil crayons into trays from Michael’s.  I have 9 trays right now (black, white & metallic/brown/green/blue/red & pink/grey/purple/yellow & cream/orange & peach), but I could separate the colours more since some trays have more than one colour in them.

I already made enough tags for each tray.  Here are a few of the colour cards I made this morning.  I finished the black, white & metallic and brown.  Than I started on the greens colours.  Now I can see how each pencil crayon looks when I colour ... light, medium and dark.  Some of the greens look like blues, even thought the name of the colour says green (Peacock Green and Light Green).  Not sure if I will move them to the blue tray or keep them in the green one.  I’ll decide after I finish making all my colour cards. 

Not sure if I will put them all on 1 ring with cardstock colour dividers or each colour on it’s own ring.  I’ll decide when they are all done.

Anyone else colour?  Have you separated your pencil crayons into colour groups?  Have you made any colour cards?

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Birthday card for my niece Katie

Yesterday, was my niece Katie’s birthday.  Here is the card I made for her.  My sister told me some things that Katie likes so I could make a personalized card.  She likes pink, unicorns, hummingbirds and outdoors.  I went with the outdoors theme, but wanted to add some pink balloons, floss for string and a ribbon to hold them.  Katie loved the card.

Inside the card on the left side is a cabin in the woods.

Inside the card on the right side are 2 deer (male and female) in the woods.

I still have 1 more card due this week for my oldest son Jaspar.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Painting more miniatures

I have spent several days over the past 2 weeks helping my oldest son Jaspar paint more of his Warhammer army.  Last week I painted the 5 men that sit on top of the 5 horses I showed you last time.  Here are the men and their horses.



Here are the men sitting on the horses.
Jaspar painted 5 men that were already glued on to their horses.  They all started out the silver, then he put a primer on them (blue like on the bases).  He did a good job painting the men and horses, but he doesn’t have the patience to make sure all the blue primer was covered up.  So I touched up all 5 of his men on horses for him.  They were much harder to paint because they were glued to the horses.

Yesterday we started painting a different army (30 Phoenix guards).  They were all primed with red paint.  Jaspar painted the gold on their armour (chain mail), feathers on the head and gloved hands.  They he passed them to me to paint their faces (flesh), and their weapons.  He then took them back to put a red wash all over them.



Tomorrow we start painting another army.


Friday, 14 June 2019

Birthday card for Sarah

Today is Sarah’s birthday.  She is my youngest son Jordyn’s girlfriend/fiancĂ© (my future daughter-in-law).  I created hers at the same time as I made my nephew’s because they both love the Zelda video games.  I was already creating one, why not make 2.  They are slightly different.  Sarah’s card is smaller and fits in a pre-made envelope.  Glenn’s I had to cut down a large brown envelope.

Here is the front to look like a Nintendo Switch console.

The inside of the card shows the character Link and a Tri-Force (triangle).

As usual I stamped my name on the back.



Thursday, 13 June 2019

Fully Finished Gallery #5



I finished stitching Just Nan’s BlueBird Tweet back in June 2015.  I finally assembled it last month.  I was surprised that it would stand up on the wire legs.
I already showed these but they were finished last month.






Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Floral 2019 SAL April update #3

I finally completed the April flower block.

I also started the May flower block.  I only completed the blue butterfly.
Here is what the May block should look like when it is completed.  If you are interested you can join the Floral 2019 SAL on Lesley Teare’s blog.





Painting Warhammer Miniatures

I guess I don’t have enough hobbies, I spent yesterday helping my oldest son Jaspar paint some of his Warhammer Miniatures.  Here is what I accomplished after 6 hours of painting.  I’m a perfectionist, so everytime I used one colour and it touched the other colour I had to touch up the colours.  Thank goodness I only used 4 colours to paint the horses.  He wants to paint his whole army (a few hundred figures) by the end of the month so he can battle his brother Jordyn.

He doesn’t feel like painting today, so I’m able to play in my craft room.  I will try to finish the April flower block.  Not sure what else to work on yet.


Thursday, 6 June 2019

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Floral 2019 SAL April update #1

I continued to work on the April block.  I finished one flower including the backstitching and the butterfly.  I hope to work on it again tomorrow.
Here is a reminder of what the April block looks like.



Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Monday, 3 June 2019

My New Craft Room

Hi Everyone.  I’m so excited.  I finally have my own craft room.  It’s not as beautiful as some of the ones I have seen on Pinterest and on blogs, but it is mine and it didn’t cost me any extra money.  I used furniture we already had around the house.

This used to be my youngest son Jordyn’s bedroom.  He bought a house almost 2 years ago.  At first we made it into an exercise room.  But then decided to move the exercise equipment to to basement so we can exercise whenever we want to.  It was hard to exercise in this room during the daytime because our oldest son sleeps during the day (the bedrooms are right beside each other), he works nights.  Jordyn went through a stage where he loved everything Egyptian.  So we painted his bedroom like he was inside a pyramid.  We used 3 different browns.  Chocolate for the accents (doors and window trim).  Medium brown for the walls and a very light brown for the ceiling.  We then painted brown lines to simulate blocks as if it was the cracks in the pyramid walls.  Next we painted Hieroglyphics.  We put the whole alphabet on the wall so people could decipher the 3 names we spelt on the walls.  I also did 4 cross stitch pictures for the room, which I got to keep when he moved.  

The 2 shown in this photo are Lanarte kits I bought of Queen Nefertiti and King Tut.   The Heiroglyphics name on this wall under the cross stitch spells JORDYN.  The black shelf in this photo is all my cross stitch supplies.  The Drawer unit holds all my DMC floss on bobbins.  I have a chair so my husband has a place to sit when he comes in to visit (he works from home) and wants to look out the window at our backyard.

This photo shows the back of the bedroom door (chocolate brown).  I put a thin bookcase behind the bedroom door which holds all my cross stitch magazines.  Inside the closet is a filing cabinet on wheels so I can access it easily because it holds all my cross stitch books (hard and soft cover), scrapbooks, photos, etc.  I also put my ironing board up here so when I want to sew or finish a cross stitch project it will be handy.

My oldest son Jaspar still lives at home.  He is sharing part of my room to store his Warhammer miniatures (on the metal shelf on the right) and Magic Cards on the smaller shelf below the window and beside the chair.  The photo on the wall is another cross stitch.  It spells JORDYN in hieroglyphs and looks like a Cartouche.  The hieroglyphs on the wall under the cross stitch spells JASPAR.

The metal shelf on the left is my sewing, beads, card making, scrapbooking and colouring supplies.  I will eventually buy containers that I think will organize my supplies better, but this works for now.  The hieroglyphics on this wall spells CHRISTIE (our last name). 

This photo shows the hieroglyphics alphabet and several Egyptian plates we found and a cross stitch of Anubis.  His bedroom had a built in desk so I put my desk up next to it in an L shape.  I have an OTT light on the desk.  There is a paper recycling box under the desk along with a garbage can.  I bought a ball chair several years ago at Costco.  It is so comfortable to sit on, much easier on my lower back.

Thanks for visiting with me.