Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A gaggle of turkeys

I'm making little turkeys to put at the place setting of each of my family members, at Thanksgiving dinner. I was inspired by this adorable pin on Pinterest. I absolutely love this SU! Day of Gratitude stamp set, and this is such a clever way to use it. 

Here's a close up of my very first one, in all his glory. I used SU! inks as you can see, and the third pad is Cajun Craze.

I created a Pazzles cut file so I wouldn't have to fussy cut all those turkeys tails by hand. I cut and then stamp while the paper is still on the mat. I feel like it helps me to line them up a bit better. I didn't want to put a York peppermint patty between the body and the tail as the original creator did. I'm hoping these turkeys hang around for a lil while, not just ripped open for their candy and discarded. *gasp* So I repurposed the centers of my used ATG tape refills. I covered them with a strip of coordinating card stock and put some SU! dimensionals on both sides, strategically placed over the spokes in the plastic tape refill piece, to give the dimensionals added support. Then I sandwiched them between body and tail.

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving filled with lots of love and happiness.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy! 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

It's all about the wrap, gift exchange

This is quick and easy gift exchange present. A recycled jar covered in SU! Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper that I fussy cut around the roof lines before adhering it to the jar with scor-tape. I also wrapped some coordinating bakers twine around the top of the jar. I covered the IKEA tea lights with All Is Calm and Color Me Autumn Designer Washi Tape. And lastly I used a brown paper bag, trimmed down and embossed with Filigree Frame Textured Embossing Folder, as the wrapping. I stamped the Olive Green dots using the Wondrous Wreath on the bag and then stamped and die cut the wreath and adhered it over a banner or Real Red cardstock. Tie the package closed with Real Red ribbon and it is ready for the exchange party. 

Here is another close up photo of the gift set. I am excited to see what all of the other participants created. 

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Half granny square shawl

I made this. I am so excited. This is my first big crochet project completed. And I am thrilled with the finished shawl. Originally, this was my Pinspiration, I fell in love with the fall colors and soft lacy look of it. 

Sorry this is a terrible picture, but this is how I like to wear it. Draped around my neck and spilling down the front of me. I'm a show off like that. I can't help it, I am still so happy with every single thing about this shawl.

The pattern was very easy to follow and surprisingly quick and fun to work up. I used 2.5 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver yarn. Yes, I said Super Saver. When I finished I followed this tutorial for softening and blocking this shawl and it worked wonders. Washing and blocking improved the drape and softness immensely. I absolutely love wearing this, its so soft and comfortable.

Even though its huge, it's a very open stitch and so it wears very light and easy. Its not heavy and it just melts around my neck.

In homage to fall I made little clover shapes all along the outer edge. In homage to my recent Ireland trip I added one 4 leaf clover (see it there in the middle of the photo). I love this little hidden treat.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!
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