Sunday, November 29, 2009

Christmas Lists

Hello! Thanks for stopping by. I've been creating lots, but not blogging much. Two reasons: 1 - I'm mostly working on christmas presents right now, so not sharing them here. 2 - My computer is making this humming buzzing noise, so if its on too long you start to go a little bit crazy. Anywho!
I made a little paper bag, attached a couple of ribbon handles on the top.

I made a little wedding tag, to attach to a bag of gifts for a bride I've been working with for the past year and half. I wanted something simple I can tie on to the handle of the bag. I think it is pretty.

I am a dedicated list maker, I always have at least one list of things on the go. Projects, shopping lists etc. At christmastime I have even more lists on the go. I was inspired while I was trying to decide if I should throw out some scraps of skinny pages of paper. I decided to make them into some notepads, perfect for lists. I decided to have a notepad on each side, so I can have numerous lists on the go. The ribbon comes through the binding, so it can hold a pen inside. I'm pretty happy with how it came out.

Anyways, got a couple more things to get done tonight before Desperate Housewives! I cant believe it is December this week! So much to do. Only 10 1/2 work days until I go home for christmas. Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Quilting - with paper

Hello! Well this week I've been spending lots of time at my sewing machine, but working more with paper than fabrics. I got inspired by one scrapbooking page I did, where I pieced the background together, and sewed all the pieces together using a zig zag stich. I've been busy recreating this look on lots of my other projects.

I was inspired by my amazing Auntie Kim who always makes beautiful handmade journals. I've altered journals before, but I've never built my own. So today I did. I'm pretty happy with how it came out. I think I will have to make some more of these.
This is a toilet paper roll, covered in paper, with a ribbon to hide where the paper meets. I wrapped cellophane around, dropped 3 lindt chocolates inside and tied the ends. I put my little santa
on the outside of the cellophane. Its cute and super fast and easy.
Well thats it for now. Where does the time go?
Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Susie the Sewing Machine

Good Afternoon!
Well for those of you who don't know, my sewing machine's name is Susie. On Thursday night (after I went out shopping for a bunch of fabric), me and Susie got in a huge fight because she was miss-behaving. Friday morning before work I tried again to sort things out with her, and even Friday after work she was still acting out. I was ready to go out and get a new sewing machine...
Well she must of heard the threat of that. My sister sat down with her and gave her a talking to, and she has been a little doll ever since. So I have been sewing all weekend, partly afraid she will start acting up again. I realized this weekend, that I have become addicted to sewing very quickly. Anyways, that is my story about Susie. Here are the things we made this weekend.

I found an amazing tutorial on how to make little zippered pouches, with a photo for each step and easy simple instructions, so I decided to make my own zippered pouch. This little one matches the material on my camera strap, and it can clip onto the camera strap, so I can stick my camera lens, or filter, or a extra memory card in there and have it handy. It was super simple, and I'm quite proud of myself for sewing my first zipper!
I found this pattern, for wide leg lounge pants in Amy Butlers In Stiches book, and I was so excited to make them. I made a size medium, but I ended up taking in the waist about an inch and half. In total I ended up taking about 3 inches off each leg, but in the end I am very happy with them. Drawstring closure at the top, they are wide and very comfy. I love them. Pretty proud of myself for making my first pair of pj pants, and they only took one evening. And I got the material on sale. Love them.

Well once I was done the pants, and so in love with them I decided I would use some of the scaps to make myself a sleep mask. I actually use my existing sleep mask everynight, so I figured it made sense to have a cute one matching my new favorite pants. It was pretty simple, I ended up putting eyelets in to tie the ribbon through. Popcorn seeds inside so I can keep it chilled in the freezer.

So after that was done I figured I better actually do at least one of the things that was on my to do list for the weekend, so I made this cute frame. Just printed out a quote, cut it out and mounted on some cardstock. Easy peasy.

Well thats all I've created so far this weekend. Hope you've had time to create something! Thanks for visiting! Have a fantastic week!

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Well this week worked out just lovely for me, with Wednesday being the holiday and Thursday my day off, I got a full weekend in the middle of the week! And back to work tomorrow then another weekend! I am just loving my thursdays off...dont know how I will manage going back to a 5 day work week....oh well, wont think about that now!
Well I've been busy working on christmas christmas christmas. I wanted a simple wreath for our apartment door, but nothing too fancy so if someone steals it I wont be devastated. I came up with this, using some green ribbons, red jingle bells, and a few pine cones all from dollarama. The most expensive thing on it is the ribbon for the bow. I'm pretty happy with how it came out. The colors dont photograph very well, but it looks okay!

I wanted to make something coordinating with the wallet I made the other day, so I made this up using the scraps. The notebook is just a smidge too big for it, but I think its cute. Together I think it is a cute set.

This week was one of my favorite people's birthdays. I made her a super simple little gift, but I think it came out pretty cute. I got this tile from Hallmark, and it just reminded me of her because she is such a fun aunt! When I bought it, they gave me a little halmark pocket calender. I thought it would be perfect to put a new cover on it and make it a beautiful little calendar. To wrap up the tile, I embossed a brown paper bag, and just sewed three edges, leaving the bag open at the top. Decorated and tied shut.

Well thats it for me today. When my sister gets home from classes today we are going out shopping, should be one of our last big christmas shops of the season, and I am on the lookout for some new fabrics for some projects. It should be a fun afternoon! Now I am trying to figure out a complicated pattern to see how much material I NEED....wish me luck!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

and the Christmas preparations begin!

Hello and thanks for visiting. This morning I made a list of all the little projects and gifts I need to get done by christmas, and it was a long list. So I figured I better get to it!
I was inspired yesterday at Michaels, they had new christmas stamps in the $1.50 bin, so I stocked up, and now I've got a bajillion christmas projects swirling in my mind!

I just have a few things to share. This is a super simple christmas card, using my new tree stamp from michaels. Stamped it in a few different colors, cut them out, and popped them up on dimensionals, added a sentiment. I think its cute, but simple enough to use for a mass produced christmas card.

I made this little box using one of Lauren's templates, Tucked Away. I love these templates, $5 and you can download them right away, print directly onto your cardstock and they are just so cute. For this one I embossed swirls on the base using my cuttlebug, then used by new $1.50 santa stamp, and a piece of ribbon for a handle.

And a new sewing project. This is for a friend for christmas, and I am going to sew a little something else that matches to go with it. Hopefully should have that up here in the next week or so.
Its a wallet. Its the long skinny kind that I prefer, cause they hold so much more. In this one there are 8 card slots, and the bottom part has two pockets the full length of the wallet. I made a little spot to slide a pen. I think it came out pretty cute, I know she will like it.

Anyways, thats it for now. Got lots to do! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Odds & Ends

Hello & Happy Thursday. Thanks for stopping by. I have a confession to make. My fabrics have been stealing me away from my papercrafting. I dont have too much to share today, because I have been spending more and more time with my sewing machine. And I cant share my current sewing project because it just may be a christmas present for someone who visits my blog. Hopefully I will have some sewing stuff to share soon. What I will tell you for now, is to check out the free patterns on Amy Butler's website, my current project was inspired by one of her free patterns.

I did come back to my papercrafting table long enough to play along with this week's sketch at Mojo Monday. I'm pretty happy with how it came out, simple, but I like it. I love that bright pile of presents!

As of yesterday, it was six weeks until I go home for christmas. This week I have made a little scrapbook challenge to myself, I want to have 21 more (double) scrapbook pages done by christmas, so I can take them home and show off to my family. My goal is 3 double pages per week, and the last week before I leave 6 double pages. So I have just finished my second double page for this week, so I am on track so far. I dont normally share my scrapbooking, but since I dont have much else this week, figured I would.

This page is "Best Friends" and showcases my three 'major' best friends while growing up. My
photography isn't great, the pages look much better in person.

Well I'm off, got lots of other crafty projects swirling in my head, better get to it! Thanks for visiting!