Monday, January 21, 2013

Vintage Toolbox Version 3.0

Submitted by Linda
You may remember this 'merry' banner strung across my grandpa's John Deer toolbox from Christmas 2011.



Last January, I meant to change the banner to a Valentines theme for January and February, but I actually didn't do anything new with it until the fall, when I made this 'Autumn' banner and added glittered pumpkins.






















This year I was determined to get 'er done. My starting point was this valentine colored baker's twine. Those colors are just scrumptious together during February!
































Next, I decided experiment with some of Michelle's new tools and papers. The current Stampin' Up mini catalog offers these darling dies for banner-making, along with the papers shown.






















I added some punched hearts, embellishments, and some pink blingy 'thickers' letters.

All done!










Sunday, January 20, 2013

Happy Birthday Mom

Submitted by Linda
This photo of me and my mom was taken last May at a ladies tea at our church.
I really have my mom to thank for my 'mad crafting skills'. Back in the day, we used to craft when there was NO Michaels or Hobby Lobby. The best we could do was the fabric store and the floral supply store. Our joke when we see something cute is to say, "We could whip that up so fast your eyes would spin!" And then we would.

Now, as we've grown older and smarter, we say "We could whip that up..", but then we ask, "Do we want to? Do we have the supplies? Is is worth the work? Or should we just buy it now???!!!!"

So now in 2013 we enjoy our stitching and paper crafts (which my dad refers to as 'cutting and pasting'), and now and again we buy other peoples craftsmanship.

For my mom's January birthday, a very nice, one-of-a-kind card is the order of the day. I had been waiting and wishing for this Memorable Moments stamp set:
 I ended up creating this beauty using the old Cheerful Treat designer series papers. I love using the numbers - that way my mom knew that this card was made just for her!
She loved the card, but she probably doesn't appreciate me sharing her age with all of you in the blogosphere. Oopsies!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Magnetic Coaster Calendars

Submitted by Linda
As usual, I made calendars for the new year, using 4x4 chipboard coasters, embellishments and adhesive magnet strips on the back. I had a few of these red crocheted flowers left, so I repeated this design from last year.
I had found these insect buttons at Marshall's (of all places) and decided they would give a lighthearted vibe for the new year. I also used Stampin' Up's tiny (new) scallop punch, and one of their edgelits (on the black paper).  I didn't think I could love any baker's twine more than the basic red, but this turquoise sure looks cute!
In the crafting and textile world, it seems that the chevron pattern is 'the deal' right now, so I backed both of the new designs with a yellow chevron paper. The ladybug ribbon was purchases at a quilt store on one of my traveling adventures. Don't you just love it when your supplies matches exactly, even though they are made by different vendors?
Well, it turns out I'm so late posting this that it's already time to start thinking about Valentines!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Downtown Orange and Twine Storage

 Submitted by Linda
My antitque-ing, stitching, stamping, librarian friend Liz and I have been trying to visit some local places for antique shopping, and on my winter break, we were able to go to downtown Orange. This cute downtown is situated around a 'roundabout', and has lots of antique stores to choose from. We were there most of the day, and weren't even able to visit all the stores.

Since it was just after Christmas, we enjoyed all the vintage ornaments and Santas.
We were told that all of the restaurants were good there, so we visited the Blue Frog Cafe and Bakery.
I was happy to be able to get a half of a reuben sandwich, with homemade potato salad, and also a homemade cookie. It was all yummity yum! (They have an 'everything' cookie, which was amazing. If you can't stop for lunch, be sure to get a treat from their bakery).
When we were getting ready to head for home, there was a 'Big Red' parked next to my 'Lil Red'. So cute together.
As for purchases, I did find some more Royal Albert Petit Point china (!!!!), but the main thing I was searching for, was old sugar dispensers and shaker jars. I had noticed at Stamp Your {Heart} Out that they used a sugar dispenser for their baker's twine, so I was on a mission to find some.
The jar on the right (with the red and white twine), is a sugar dispenser with one hole. The other two are shaker jars, and have many holes. So I put the twine in, and pulled each color out of a different hole. I have been using the twine, and so far, none of them have gotten tangled inside the jar.

I love the vintage look, and happily, I don't have a gallon ziploc full of random twine anymore!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Stitching Update: 1-1-13

 Submitted by Linda
I have been a dishtowel-stitching factory this fall, and I took very few pictures. Lame!  Nevertheless, here are two cute things to (hopefully) inspire you.

Nick had asked me before to stitch something for his house (and by house, I mean the house where 8 guys live, and always have 16 extra people over, hanging out).  Believe it or not, they kind of run a tidy kitchen, and so for his Christmas stocking I stitched them up a tea towel with a rooster on it, to match their rooster-themed kitchen.

Then, being the fair mom that I am, I decided to make one for Tommy's crew as well (again, 8 guys, 16 extra friends, ....) Tommy's kitchen doesn't really have a theme (who would expect college guys to have one anyway?!) so I decided to use one of my old patterns, found on one of my antique-ing adventures. Isn't this design the bees knees? Tommy is a pretty cool son, so it thought it was apropo.
If you look closely at the pic above, you'll notice the layer of Sticky Fabri-Solvy which is stitched through. This is the MAGIC stuff that allows you to use your copier/printer to print any designs for embroidering. Basically, you run your Sticky Fabri-Solvy through your printer, printed with any design you have or can find. Imagine stitching your little kids' artwork, or a school logo, or any art?

On the pattern package for the bee designs, it says: "The modern housewife will love these busy bees".  Let's hope the guys at "Home Tree" like it.

 The boys received their towels on Christmas, and I'm certain they are already stained with pasta sauce. Oh, well.

Also while shopping for antiques in Clovis, I stumbled upon a Mary Englebreit pattern book, on clearance at the local quilt shop. As I flipped through it, I came across this bunny design, and that was it! I had to buy the book. This bunny is stitched on white flannel, and is backed in blue minky, and has already been delivered to my niece Tiffany who is due to have Baby Silas anytime. He's the third child in their family, so I really felt like he needed to have something 'just for him', since I'm sure he'll wear lots of hand me downs.
My family has more babies coming, and a wedding this spring, so I had better get busy with my next projects!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Super Cute Teacher Gift

 Submitted by Linda
As a kindergarten teacher, I'm blessed by parents when it comes to Christmas gifts. For me, any gift (or even a note in a card), big or small, makes me feel appreciated.  I always love a giftcard, don't get me wrong. But as a crafter, I'm one who appreciates the cute and clever.

You may remember I made a Teacher Supply box for our then long-term kindergarten substitute (click HERE to see it).   The box I made seems a bit, well, lacking when you see the pictures below.
So stinkin' cute, right? And notice how the yellow paper in the middle says 'kindergarten' on it! Ready to see what's inside?
What is it about seeing everything in its own little compartment! Just looking at it makes me happy.

A big shout out to my kindergarten class 2012-2013: Thank you so much! And by the way, get to bed early tonight, because we've got lots of fun (I mean academic) things to do tomorrow!