Friday, April 10, 2015

spring

Hi friends.  Even though the weather is still chilly, I think spring is here.  The last couple of days, we've had a lot of wind and rain.  The grass has turned green & I think I heard DH say something about needing to mow soon.  A few days ago, I went to the garden center & bought some seeds.  My plans are to get them started indoors, so when it's warm enough, I can just transplant them in the ground.  I bought mostly flowers, but also some zucchini.  I'll get some tomato plants & maybe some peppers later.  I found this idea on Pinterest to use toilet paper rolls to make little planters for starting seeds.  When you're ready to put them outside, you put the whole thing in the ground - no disturbing the plants, (or in my case, dumping the dirt all over and making a mess).  So I've been getting mine ready.  I have quite a few ready to add dirt.  I just need to get busy and start. 

Today, on SCS, the mixability challenge was to use woolly dots.  Since wool and I don't get along, I used a cotton ball instead.  Here's the card that I made. 

This brings back memories of spring in northern Wisconsin.  We would always go find some pussywillows to put in a vase without water, so they would dry and last longer. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

fishing and carrots

Hi friends.  I went fishing this week.  The last time I fished was when I was a little girl -- with my dad, standing on a dock, fishing with cane poles.  We caught pan fish, I think mostly bluegills.  I'm not a big fan of fish... so what was I doing fishing?  Mark (DH) & some good friends, Craig & Nancy, were going out to lunch at the Rushing Waters restaurant in Palmyra.  I wasn't going to go, because they serve mostly fish, but at the last minute I decided to go along.  The restaurant has trout ponds, so you can catch your own rainbow trout & they prepare it how you want.  I wasn't planning on fishing, since I wasn't going to eat any fish.  The lady at the desk gave us an extra fishing rod, just in case...  It was cold - maybe around 40 -- and WINDY!  Very windy!  I was kinda in charge of putting the worms on the hooks, since Nancy wasn't about to touch them.  No one was catching anything, so I decided to go ahead and use the extra pole.  The first bite stole my worm.  Then later, I caught a nice one, but when I gave the pole a bit of a jerk to make sure he wasn't going to get away, my line broke!  I walked back up to the restaurant to get a new pole & she gave me 2.  By the time I got back down to the water, Mark had caught one.  Then I caught a nice one and Mark caught another.  Craig was helping Nancy, because she was having trouble casting & he caught one.  We decided that was enough, and since we were all freezing, we went back in to have lunch.  I ordered a salad and some delicious lamb chili, and everyone else ate fresh trout.  We should have taken some pictures, but I think everyone was so cold, we didn't even think to do that.  But it was fun. 

Now something else I've been working on this week are some carrots for Easter.  I saw these fun paper carrots here

I have the die, so I thought I would give it a try.  I used some thin orange card stock.  The die cuts 3 pieces, & I need at least 10 carrots, so that meant running lot of card stock through my cuttlebug.  I decided the easiest way to score them all was to make a template from card stock, which worked quite well, except it was getting ragged along the edge, so I made another one from cereal box chipboard.  After scoring them all & punching holes for the string, I took them to my sewing machine and sewed assembly line style.  I would much rather be sewing on fabric.  Paper tends to slide around, so it's hard to keep a straight line. 

I have some green hemp twine to use for tying the tops closed. 

I also wanted to add a little tag.  I have this cute little bunny stamp (PSX), which I stamped a bunch & then punched out tags.  Then I practiced my watercoloring. 
I found that if I scribble my watercolor pencils on some paper and then pick up the color with my brush, I get more of a painted look without the pencil lines.  I practiced a lot. 

And this is what the finished carrot looks like. 

Isn't that little bunny cute?  Then I had to go to the store to get candy to put inside. 

And for those who are wondering, I've made some progress on my crochet flower. 

But I still have a little ways to go.  It's not turning out quite as I would have liked, but I think it will be OK. 

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

winging it

Hi friends.  I've been on Pinterest... I could probably just leave that statement and most of you would conjure an image in your minds of hours and hours going from board to board... image to image... site.... et al.  I have quite a few boards and lots of images pinned.  Recently I was looking at Irish crochet - some really beautiful lace... beyond the little flowers and doilies... gorgeous dresses!  I don't think I'd have either the time or patience to create any of the larger projects.  I'm not even sure about most of the smaller ones.  I did, however, find an image (without instructions, of course!) that I thought I might be able to figure out just from the picture, so I printed it out. 

Going back to Pinterest, I realized that I neglected to pin it, and now I can't locate it, so I don't know where the credit belongs.  I took a photo of the printout, so you can see what I'm working with. 

I was at my monthly lace guild meeting yesterday, so I started working on it.  Here is what I've done so far. 

I don't know how it will turn out, because I really am winging it.  At this point, I'm not at all confident of the end result.  Hopefully, I'll be able to come back soon with a beautiful finished flower that at least resembles the original.  (Oh, the safety pin is how I keep my crochet from unraveling when I'm not working on it.) 

Thanks so much for joining me today. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

more calendar art

Hi friends.  Here are some more bits of calendar art. 
This next flower was done using the no line watercolor.  I had a harder time getting the shading right on this one, so I added black details with a Pitt pen. 
I spent part of today (Monday) prepping for my class on Thursday, but still have two more cards to design.  I guess I know what I'll be doing on Tuesday. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

calendar art & a new technique

Hi friends.  I have more calendar art for you today.
And on this next one, I tried a new technique called no line watercolor.

You stamp in a light color ink and then watercolor the image starting with light colors and adding darker for shading.  You have to let the colors dry in between.  I really liked this technique.  Since I don't have any artist quality watercolors, I used my Inktense pencils with a waterbrush, taking the color directly from the pencil rather than coloring with the pencil and then adding the water.  You could also color a patch on paper and pick it up with your brush. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

more calendar art

Hi friends.  I'm not sure where the rest of February went.  I just realized it's been over two weeks since my last post. 

Yesterday was my daughter's birthday & I forgot to bake a cake, so I was baking very late last night.  We were eating angel food cake around midnight. 

And here's some calendar art - trying to catch up.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

more calendar art

Hi friends.  Here are some more pictures from my calendar. 
And here is another class card from last week.  The die cut bird is not designer paper, but rather stamped and colored. 
Thanks so much for stopping by.