Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sewing on Sunday

Actually got my sewing machine out today........ it's been a while. My little grandaughter, Jaimie, needed some help with a special project for school and asked Gramma for some help.  She's creating a story quilt to help her report on a book that she is reading. Her Mom bought her felt squares and we pieced together a nine block quilt base. Used my Cricut machine to help her find some patterns for the story characters and she will trace and decorate her quilt herself.  While I had the machine out I decided to finish a Christmas stocking for Jacob. Over the years I've made one for each of my grandchildren.They are all different colors and lining prints. Jacob's was started long ago. Thought I'd better finish because now I have another grandchild and a great grandchild who both need their stockings this Christmas.

This picture isn't so great. Couldn't get a good angle. The stockings are fleece outside and fully lined inside with cotton fabric.  Each has a bell and measures about 15 inches tall and 12 inches wide. 

My sentiment today was written by Alex Haley.

Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort
of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.

Hoping that is what I have done today for Jaimie and Jacob.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Today began with a very heavy frost covering our little spot of the world.  I do give thanks that I did not have to go out and scrape ice in order to leave for work. Being retired does have it's advantages in this regard. We did have lovely sunshine and when I did get out the view of our Mount Rainier was splendid. Snow has reappeared on the flanks - all is returning to normal. 
 Had a bone scan done this past week and have been diagnosed with osteopernia (a step below osteoperosis).  I'll have to start taking more calcium and a vitamin D supplement to try to keep my bones strong.  Sometimes this geting old stuff is just plain annoying.
Getting ready for Thanksgiving has eaten into my craft time but I do have a few cards to share.

This is a pretty simple card but I love the colors of pink and brown together. A fawn is one of the forests most beautiful creatures and the sentiment captures that thought for me.  The inside sentiment reads "especially in you".

A card I made during the storm we had a few days ago.  It rained and rained and made me think of this image I had found on line. I colored it with colored pencils.  It just give me a warm fuzzy when I see this image.  Walking together in the rain is such a perfect picture of life in the Pacific Northwest.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Rainy Day Fun

It's been rainy here in Washington the past few days and I have managed to get back to making a few cards.  Many family birthdays are creeping up on my so I worked on a few of those and one more Thanksgiving card.  Wanted to put my Cricut to work and cut a very simple winter greetings card. The sentiment is cute;  I will share it with you.  It was a free digital image I found on line - not sure to whom I should credit.  I love it - thankyou. 

Simon Says Stamp November card kit items.

For my grandson Alex - using HOTP papers and Dazzles stickers.

For my grand daughter, Destenie, who loves to sew. Colored with Distress markers and sprayed with gold Glitter Dust for sparkle.

My Cricut card, just love the sentiment.  Dreaming of winter is much better than being in it!! 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Giving Thanks

Let's not forget Thanksgiving.  
I am making cards for sending to distant family members again this year. Lots of siblings means lots of cards.  Here are two of the first finished and set aside. The lovely cornucopia image is from Dearie Dolls Digital stamps and mounted on a Spellbinder's Floral Oval die cut. Background DP is from Paper studio. Inside just a very simple sentiment, "Give Thanks".  The harvesting Squirrel is a Dazzles sticker from Hot Off the Press, the scene is completed with backgrownd papers and other stickers from the same set.  Label was cut with Cricut and the sentiment is a png from Ginger's House.  Inside is a wish for a "Happy Thanksgiving"  I'm not exactly sure to whom I will send the cards.  I try to match cards to personalities when I'm able.  It will come to me...........

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Countdown to Thanksgiving & Christmas

The Halloween decorations are packed away and now begins the countdown to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  It's even a bit chillier this week; not so much frosty but chilly for sure.  I have started to make some Christmas and winter themed cards for sending to family and friends. I love how that makes me get the "spirit".  All of our children will be home for Christmas this year with just one of the seventeen grandchildren away.  As they all get older it gets harder and harder so this year is pretty special indeed.  Below are two cards I've completed this week.  Enjoy.