Saturday, 22 October 2016

Sweet Birthday Cards

Hello! Nice to see you! :)  Today I have some cards that I'd like to share with you.  I was needing some new birthday cards so I while I was in town I found some things at the local Dollar Store and was inspired.  There was a clear stamp set of birthday sentiments and they were so pretty.  Then there were these lovely pre-cut images in a pack.   All by Forever in Time.

The first card above I used one of these papers, some sweet twine and one of the sentiments.  Below I used a few different embellishments with each of the styles of papers.  Below I used a sentiment I already had for I thought it fit the space best.  A doily that I cut out with my die cutter and some sheer pink ribbon.

This card I thought needed a bit more colour on the edge.  So I embossed some sweet green paper with swiss dots and tucked it in there.  I stamped the sentiment, and then added some flower ribbon on the edge.

Here I added some extra paper to the underside and a popped up flower above one of the new sentiments.

Then for this one, I added some paper behind the fancy one with a touch of distressing.  I added a new sentiment and I love the swirlies. :)  Then for a final touch some grey stripped ricrac.

For this last card I used a paper piece that fit the whole card.  I added some bling, the sentiment and then it still needed more.  I found some lace and ribbon that complimented, then a flower that I layered with a button and a bling flower.

Thanks so much for stopping by to see me!  Praying you have a blessed day!

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Thursday, 20 October 2016

A Touch of Varigated

Hello!  Today I would like to share with you a couple more doilies that I've made.  I have been enjoying trying out some new patterns and am loving how the variegated crochet thread compliments the patterns.  Makes me think how variety in life helps to give an added special touch to our lives.

Praying you are having a wonderful day and if you haven't done anything different or out of the ordinary for a long time.  Try something, you never know how it may effect the pattern.  

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Monday, 10 October 2016

Crocheted Winter Comfort

Hello! I hope you are all enjoying the day.  Here in the Yukon it's a cool fall day, but the sun is shining and it's beautiful!  I was recently gifted some beautiful soft yarn and decided to make a winter set with it.

I made the hat with the variegated blue yarn and then added a rim of matching grey.  I crocheted the flower with some of both and attached a big wooden button.

I made just a basic beanie.
Special ring with 10 sc in it, pulled closed.
Row 2: chained 3, then did a double crochet in each of those stitches for the second row.
Row 3: chain 3, then hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st. followed this pattern around.
Row 4: chain 3, then hdc in next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in next st.  Followed this pattern around.
Row 5 chain 3, then hdc in next 3 stitches, 2 hdc in next st.  Followed this pattern around.
Row 6 then I since it was big enough for me, I just did a hdc in each of the following stitches.  and added then added rows up to 14 rows for my head size. :)

For the flower, I made a chain of 4 and sl to join.  Chained 1 single crocheted 12 stitches into the ring.    Chained 3 then made a cluster of 2more dc, chained 2 and then made 5 more clusters of three dc with a chain 2 in-between.  Oh, and I skipped a stitch and put the clustered in ever second stitch.  Sl to join.  Then I did a hdc, 3 dc and 1 hdc sequence in each of the chains between the clusters to form the petals.  Then I sewed on the button and sewed it onto the hat with a darning needle and matching yarn.

For the headband, I used a new stitch I learned...which is the mini-bean stitch from Hopeful Honey. It's an easy fun stitch and I love the texture it gives.  For the smaller part of the headband, I just winged it and decreased until I got the desired width and then increased to meet the other side.  Slip stitching them together.  O also added two of the same large wooden buttons to this.  Love the buttons!  Below is a closer up of the pattern I used.

Finally I have the mittens I made.  I love making mittens, and as the weather gets colder, I'll be adding a liner to them so they'll be good in all weather.  Perhaps a removable one...not sure yet.

I didn't find a pattern I liked best, so I just made it up as I went along using things I had read in a few different ones. :)
I did a special ring at the top with 10 sc stitches inside and joined with a sl.  Tightened.
Row 2: chain 3, HDC in next stitch, 2 HDC in next stitch, repeating this pattern around.(14 st)
Row 3: chain 3, HDC in next stitch, 2 HDC in next stitch, repeating this pattern around. (20 st)
Row 4: Now HDC in each stitch starting with the top of the next stitch (don't chain up) and then continuing round and round into you get to the top of the thumb.
Row 5/6: Chain 9 stitches, skip 4 stitches and HDC into the next st.  Then HDC all the way around to the beginning of the chain, HDC through each of the chain stitches and then all the way back around to the beginning of the thumb hole.
Row 7/8: Do a HDC decrease in the next two stitches, then another at the middle of the thumb chain and again at the end of the thumb chain. Then HDC all the way back around and do the same decreases in the next row.
At this point I found the length to be good for my hand, but you might like to put in an extra row or so of just regular HDC in each stitch.
Row 9-13/14: Here I stared to HDC in front and back posts to create the cuff.  I didn't make that many rows, but you could make it as many as suited you.
For the thumb, I just looped in a new yarn at the base of the thumb hole and chained up 2.  Then I HDC in some stitches and did HDC decreases every 2-3 stitches all the way around not chaining up to the next row, but climbing in a spiral.  Once the thumb was long enough, I just closed it up with a daring needle and some extra yarn.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope that some of my explanations help you if you'd like to try making some to.  It's so nice to have something handmade instead of just buying the ones at the store.  Personal Opinion. :)

Praying you have a blessed day!

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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Honeycomb and Lace

Hello Friends!  Today I have a card to share with you.  Yes, I know it's been a long time, and it was so nice to play with paper and ink again. :)  

I made a thinking of you card with a Heidi Grace stamp, a honeycomb embossing folder and some My Mind's Eye paper.  I layered some pretty ribbons and of course there is a touch of distressing on the papers.  

Something simple to go with a gift I'm sending to someone.  I think you'd agree, that every gift is nicer with a card with it. 

Praying you all have a wonderful day!

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Monday, 3 October 2016

Pretty Cup Planter

Hi!  Today I have a sweet little planter that I made out of a damaged cup.  The handle cracked and could no longer be used.  (I'm not great a fixing ceramics)  SO, I had some grape hyacinth bulbs that had started to sprout in my garden shed outside so I bought them in, planted them up and then thought it needed to be dressed up a touch.

I added a piece of burlap and attached it with some hot glue.  Then I added some layers of lace and a sweet blue lacy ribbon to top off the layers.

I had an old chipped bowl/ plate (truthfully I don't know what they're called) and so I set it on that.  Of course it needed to go on a lace doily to. :)  Now it's sitting on my desk by the window and is starting to grow even more.  It'll be a nice touch of colour once the snow begins.  Yes, we're close to the first snow here.

With the cup above, I thought I'd share with you a new tea pot that I got with my birthday money. :)  My old one (the handle broke- so it sits above my stove on a shelf) and I wanted a more functional one.  This sweet blue one caught my eye. ;)

Thank you so much for popping in to see me!  I hope you have a great day! and maybe some tea. :)

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Monday, 26 September 2016

Applesauce Making Time

Hello!  Do you love applesauce?  I sure do, and so does my whole family.  We go through a lot of this stuff, but we don't enjoy the commercial store bought stuff.  SO.....we make our own.  Above is the second day of applesauce making.  First day we did 14 quarts and 12pints.   
Seems like a lot, but when our family can polish off a quart jar in one sitting (there are 6 of us) then we need lots.  

Below you can see one set of apples.  Six bags from the bulk bins at the store.  I had my son climbing along the box so that he could pass us the biggest apples he could find. :)  If you think that was strange, we weren't the only ones. hehehe
All in total, we did just under 100 lbs this year. How I dream of having our own apple trees some day. 

The first batch of applesauce we made with my parents who were visiting. She had one of those wonderful sieve machines and so it went so much faster.  We cut up the apples and removed the seeds, cooked them down and put them through the machine.  Our came wonderful smooth applesauce and we mixed in some cinnamon.  Yes, no sugar in ours.  The apples are sweet enough. 

Below is a picture of my Mom's machine.  It was from her parents and I love that it has history to it.
Now I have my husband looking for one for me for next year. :)  We made cranberry sauce with it earlier and it sure saved on the arms working the berries through a regular sieve.

Do you love applesauce?  How do you make yours?  Mine us usually lumpy but works great in pie, crisps, oatmeal and just eating.  Well, I think my family would eat it anyway it was served. :)

Thanks for dropping by!  Praying you have a great fall day!

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Homemade Pickles

Hello!  I just wanted to share some pics of pickles that I made this year.  I have never made these kind of canned pickles and am so excited to have learned this skill.  These are bread and butter pickles and I used some of my own cucumbers, and some of the little mini ones from the grocery store.  Perhaps one day I'll have enough of my own to really make a good batch of them, but for now store bought does well enough.  

We packed them in really tight, but they still seemed to float?  They all sealed so I hope they are ok.  I did put a jar in the fridge that was only about half full and we opened them a couple days ago and wow, are they good!  They looked really wrinkled and I thought perhaps they were mushy, but no!  They were nice and crunchy. :)  Yum!  

I have always been kinda wary of making pickles, thinking that it was so hard, but they were easy and now I have a few jars in the panty to enjoy over the winter time.  So if you've been putting off trying because you thought they'd be a challenge,  give it a go! 

Do you like pickles?  If so, what is your favourite kind?

Thanks for dropping by!