Thursday, April 24, 2014

Little Cabin in the Woods, Little Sled by the Window Stood....

Submitted by Linda
I found these pictures from December 2013, and realized I'd never posted them and the 'little house' project.  When we were in SLO at the Remnants of the Past event, Michelle had bought a cloche, and I also bought one for my mom. For the holidays I envisioned a snowy scene complete with a sparkly, snowy, pretty little house. I began looking here, there and everywhere, to no avail. I had a vision in my head, and it looked similar to this:
OK. I'll admit my vision wasn't that amazing, but don't you just love that little house with the birdie and the 'sparkle' on top? To see the original creator, click on PAPER TALES.

Ironically, whilst in SLO for Remnants, I forced my pals to stop in at Beverly's, the local craft store. In it, I found the perfect little paper mache houses. After buying the aforementioned houses, I came across a glittery church ornament (see photo below), which I thought could do the job. But alas, the houses were still begging to be decorated.
I started by painting the sides pale pink. I covered the roof with my vintage french marching band music (the perfect sized music for a little roof)!
So here it is, waiting for the next step.
This is probably the point where I have to confess that I used three types of iridescent glitter. Actually owning three types of iridescent glitter either makes me a legit crafter or just beyond crazy. Nevertheless, the sides of the house are covered in Stampin' Up's Dazzling Diamonds, the roof is covered with large glitter (from Michaels), and the snow on the ground is made of Mica Flakes, again from SU.
Next, I added a birdie button, some pompom snowballs, and a sled (formerly red) that sported a white coat of paint and a dip in the Dazzling Diamonds.
Michelle had a 'sparkle' stamp, which was the perfect size!
While at Remnants, we knew this project was in the making, so we bought these trees that had been bleached white and then re-dyed by the crafter in different hues with old fashioned glitter. So here is my little vignette, on my pretty King's Crown plate (a $10 find at the Huntington Collection in Pasadena).
My photography skills are not good enough to get a good picture through the glass of the cloche. So you'll just have to use your imagination. 

I know I've mentioned Remnants quite a few times, and sadly, this summer I'm not sure if I'm going to make it, since they've moved the location further north to Santa Clara. It is a great event, though, and this year it is June 28 and 29. You can find more info HERE.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Baby Shoe Pincushions

  Submitted by Linda
Do you remember these vintage doll shoes repurposed into pincushions? I feel like I shared this photo before, from the amazing crafter Lisa Super. Click here to see her blog.
Well, ever since I saw this pic, I've been looking for old dollie shoes, to no avail.  But at Christmas time, my mom and I both found a pair of tiny, vintage baby shoes at Treasures and Junk in Ontario. Mine were a whopping $3.00.

I lined them with a pretty muslin, with a white on white pattern. My mom used a pink with some silver flecks. And voila! A cell phone pic!
Here's a better shot with my Rebel camera. So sweet, little leather boy shoes!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happiest Birthday "Fishes"!

Submitted by Linda 
Buying stamps is sometimes like buying shoes. You never know at the time of purchase if you're really going to love them, if they're going to feel good on your feet, and so on. Stamps are like that, too. Sometimes the cutest stamps on my shelves go for months without being used. Sometimes they make a comeback, and sometimes they bless somebody else. This "fishing around" stamp had been calling my name, even though it's not my usual style. I had just gotten it, when I was invited to a twins' first birthday party. 

I had pinned a card similar to this one, and I loved the idea of adding the party hats on the fishes. I used my fun new watercolor printed papers, and here it is!
And here we are at the party with the two little ladies!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Wishes 2014

 Submitted by Linda
Here's hoping everyone had a happy Easter filled with hope and fun with family and friends! 
Before my Easter stuff gets tucked safely back in the box, I thought I'd share my cloche all decked out for Spring.
I love the 'chocolate' bunny! He was an inexpensive find at Tuesday Morning.
 Here's the treat I made for the secretaries at my school...a giant matchbook filled with Jelly Bellys. And what could be cuter than a bunny's behind?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Stitching Update: April 2014

 Submitted by Linda
Hello out there in the blogosphere! I'm embarrassed to see that my last post was in February! Time just marches on, doesn't it?

I've had a super busy march, getting ready for a big trip which I recently took (more on that later), but in the meantime, I've still been stitching away with my mom.

First up is a set of pillowcases that I intended to make and give away as a wedding gift to some lucky couple. But they're so cute, I think they may go on my own bed! The pattern is called Sweet Dreams and is from Crabapple Hill.
For Christmas I was gifted with the pattern and the set of 8 perle cotton flosses to make these darling Easter towels from Bird Brain Designs. You will see below that I've been a veritable dishtowel factory!

They're all so cute (if I do say so myself), but my favorite is this bewildered bunny.
Last year I had three nieces who had 4 babies (one set of twins), and I thought we were temporarily at the end of the baby wave. So I was thinking that I would take a break from embroidering this oh-so-sweet Mary Englebreit bunny for baby blankets. But alas, four more babies are coming this spring and summer (to three different nieces-another set of twins!) A pink blankie was delivered last week, but this weekend I'm attending a shower for a baby, and we don't know if it's a boy or a girl! This baby's parents love all things rustic, so I chose this 'latte' colored minky and added a neutral green bow on the bunny. I hope they love it! 
I'm not a big sewer, but growing up in a 'fair' family, I want to make sure every new baby in our family has a special soft flannel/minky blanket made with love. So I keep stitching bunnies. As for this luscious latte colored minky, I found it at, when I was dissatisfied with the choices at my local fabric stores. Technology is a wonderful thing!