3D Flowers

I have been struggling trying to learn a method to make 3D flowers with my Cricut.  I am still to get a great flower but I am getting a little better at it.  I like the little roses and I think I will use them on a card and see how they work. They are a little more difficult than I anticipated.  And I am always up for a challenge.

setThese are the best of the crop so far.  I am also making little faces with paper clay.  I am using Inka Gold to cover the face and in the purple and pink flower I coloured a face purple and placed it in the centre.

purpleHere are the roses.  I like them the best and the size is great for what I am working on.

rose2 rose1pinl asterAnd lastly my pink Aster.  I like this flower and might make some more to go on a card with the roses.  Who knows.

See ya later.

A Graduation and A Quilt

Hi:  June has been a very busy month.  My youngest girl graduated from college,  I have been busy quilting and we had an impromptu wedding at our home last night.What fun.

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This is Louise.  She graduated on the Deans List from the Disability Worker Program.  We are so proud of her, her hard work, and all that she has been through in life.

louise-grad1I think the smile says it all.  It was a long haul, but finished and darn proud of herself. And she should be.

sheep-quiltHere is quilt #2 for June.  Counting Sheep I call it.  It is really cute and the mom to be loved it too.

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The lovely couple.  Last night we had a wedding on our deck.  Flora and Cam decided to marry and we were glad to host the event.  It was a lovely evening, lots of smiles and lots of fun.Wedding-deckAnd here is the deck all decked out!  My husband and a friend Pat, put together the decorations.  They borrowed pots of flowers from the neighbours, and lawn chairs.  What a success.

booksAs I have been thinking of how busy I tend to get, I noticed a pile of books sitting on the desk in my room.  This pile says a lot about me.  On the bottom is my journal, for daily notes, above that a magazine, above that two reference books I use in my study of the scriptures.  In between those reference books is a travel brochure.  On top of the references books are two art books I have been reading. And on top of it all my iPad.  I never leave home without it.  I am so glad to have all of these books and many many more in my life.

Oh, I love summer

Abby 1Even Abby is enjoying the warm weather.  When we go out in the backyard we often take the cats and let them run around for a bit.  Abby always enjoys the plants and just laying around.  She says she is hunting.  And sometimes she does catch a mole or dream of catching a fish or a bird.  We are enjoying the weather.  Today our new driveway is beginning to take shape and my harp friends are coming over for a session.  Lots to do. There are many flowers and beautiful sites in the yard this time of the year.

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I love the flowers.  They are so fresh and pretty before the heat of the summer hits.  They are beautiful all summer but this first bloom is so wonderful.  Perhaps a freeing from the cold winter, that really was a long winter this year.  It would be nice if we had an equally long summer.

Frog yellow

 

frog1The frogs are back.  Last year about mid summer they left.  Last Saturday we saw them and last evening we heard them talking back and forth.  It is a beautiful sound and site.

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first lillyAnd of course I always get excited when the first lily blooms.  I love my backyard walks.  You should come and join me if you would like.

Summer Has Finally Appeared

I was getting worried.  And a little discouraged that we were having such cold rainy weather.  Last fall we had our driveway dug up and we have lived with mud ever since.  Soon it will be replaced but we needed some warm dry weather.  What a mess it has been.

We have been busy working in the garden.  I have neglected the gardens around our fish pond, for a couple of years.  This year I have been working hard to clean it up.  Lots of work there.  But I think I am winning.  I should have taken some photos of before and after.  I forgot.  But I will take the after shots when it is finished.  Mr. Cricket is putting up a white fence around the ends of the pond.  It is going to look great for the summer.

I have been quilting.  Finally.  I am in the process of making three quilts.  I have three showers to go to. The quilt ended up about 56X52 inches.  blog-quilt

 

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Here is a close up of the quilting.  I just scribble all over the quilt.  I am a little heavy handed with quilting but that is the way I like it.

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I added a label for mom and dad to remember.blog-tulip

A tulip a friend gave me for Mothers Day.  It was so beautiful when it opened.

Lots going on These Days

How is everyone?  I hope during this cold spell we are all keeping busy.  I sure have been.  I have been working on my BOD journal.  I am actually getting some spreads done and my book is starting to look like a real art journal.  That is fun.  I am loving it.  I also put together an Inspiration Journal.  I am going to be posting a video about the journal soon.  I made the video and I put it up at youtube.  Now I have to get a widget and link it.  I am learning and learning.  Today I also started to make an easy pioneer outfit.  I will show pics when it is done.

Here are my two journal spreads.

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tribewebI am finding it a little easier to do a spread.  I seem to be less afraid of starting and finishing.  Putting words to the page is even getting a little easier.  There might be hope for me yet.

 

Paint and Pass Journal

I have received my paint and pass journal.  It has traveled far and wide.  I love the work done in it and I thought I would share. I will start with the sign in page. travel - sign inThe next page was done by Cary Scholes, Miracles – and Cathy Sylvester  Heart Cries

travel - 2Sheila Johnson completed this spread

travel - SheilaDaire Paddy with her mermaid

travel - mermaidMeda Halmaciu, a beautiful page.

travel - butterflyMarilynn Marlow, my favorite colors.

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Francine Rossoni (Leonra Spyer), I am not sure about who did this one.  Please let me know if you see it.

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Sherri Adkisson, lots of buttons.

travel - buttonsThis is such a treat to have this journal.  I think the journal somehow missed Kim Beinschroth, I plan to ask her if I can send it over to her.

Thank you everyone who worked in this journal.  I love this idea and would do it again.paintnpass

 

Christmas Cards with my Cricut, and Christmas Dinner

Hi everyone.  We are having a thaw here today.  The sun is shining and it feels so good.  Strange weather since last week we were going through -21 Celsius.  Today it is a balmy 4 degrees and the temperature will drop through the week.

Christmas celebrations and reflections are over.  We had a quiet Christmas.  One of my daughters, Leisanne, and her husband Bob (probably mostly Bob) cooked a delicious turkey dinner and invited us over.  It was relaxed and scrumptious.  I enjoyed the holidays and was able to spend quite a bit of time in my studio.

I have been working on designing my own cuts for the Cricut machine. That has taken hours.  But I am getting there.  It is a process a little more in depth than I thought, but I believe it will be well worth the effort.

With the help of Mr. Cricut, we made 50 handcrafted Christmas cards.  That was an effort.  However, we received lots of kind comments about them, and I have to admit they did look pretty good. We made all of the envelopes as well.  One thing I am working on is the sentiment on the inside.  I have not found a way to put something inside in a way that I like.

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Here is the first card.  This is from a cut found at BirdsCards.  This is a wonderful site and the cuts are free.  I used a mini gel pen to write Merry Christmas using a gel pen holder from Chomas Creations.  We made this card in red and blue as well.

deerOur second card is a little deer siting in the snow.  The deer is from a set found at Lettering Delights.  I think he is cute. I wrote the Merry Christmas again with a gel pen, and I had the Cricut machine cut directly on the White paper.

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I wrote the sentiment on cream cardstock again with a gel pen and pen holder in the Cricut machine. I am working on finding a better approach.  Any ideas would be appreciated.

We were glad when this project was over.  It was a big one and I am not one for repetitive work.

Cathy

 

 

 

 

Owls and Simon Helps

Hi:  I tried my hand at crochet the other day.  I have been looking at patterns and for some reason I decided to try one.  So I crocheted an owl.  A little owl and I found the pattern at Love the blue bird blog.  It was easy.  But I wanted to do an owl with the crocodile stitch.  So I learned the crocodile stitch, or at least I followed a video over and over.  I really don’t know how to do it without the video.

Then I made up a pattern that I thought would work to be an owl.  It is a funny looking owl, and I forgot to put the beak on, but it is an owl.  I think I should get A for effort.

owls owlsmallAfter taking the photos I was putting away my things and I spilled my dish of pins. And before I started to pick them up, I had help.  Four legged help.  Simon is always willing to be my support as long as it is not scarey.

simonspill simonfeetI hope you are all doing well.  It is getting cold here.  I caved and turned on my furnace.  I guess I can’t take the cold as well as I used to.

My “Little Sweetling”

I have taken a short little class with Effy Wild called Sweetlings.  I had so much fun creating my sweetling.  I thought I would share a little.sweetling2I drew my little girl.  I wanted her to look a little sassy.  She is to be cut up like a paper doll.

sweetling4I started a background for my girl.  I spread my chosen colours on watercolour paper.  I used Neocolor II Watersoluble crayons.

sweetling5Then I dissolved the colour with Matte Polymer Medium and a piece of wipe.  Letting the colour meld together.

sweetling3Here is my background.  I put some scrapbook paper on, and then a little orange and a little white.

sweetling1Then I added my little doll.  Isn’t she cute?  I really loved this process.  I can see myself doing more.  Go on over to Effy’s site and sign up for BOD 2014 and the workshop is a freebie.  Great deal, great fun.

I am looking forward to the practice of working in my journal daily.  When left on my own I don’t always do it.  So January will bring a new year and new start.

 

 

 

A Bit of Indigo and a journal for Laura

I have been growing Indigo all summer in my backyard and watching it develop.  It has grown tall and now flowered.  I really do not know the best way to use it.  So I mixed up some in the blender with a little water and dyed some silk and some cotton.  The silk did the best.  But  I really did not know what I was doing and I hurried. If you know of a place to read about what to do now that I have some, please write me a comment.

IMG_9841 Here is one of my beds earlier in the season.

So with my munched up leaves I dyed this piece of silk.

indigo silkI was able to get some markings by tying with thread.  I was excited to get at least some result.  Yet I have a lot to learn.  I would like to make a vat to dye some more silk.

After my visit with my daughter Laura I made her a journal, and did the first spread.  Then I sent it to her with some photos.  I am hoping she will fill the book with colour and words.

lauras book lauras book1This is the journal and the spread.  The photos in the spread are my beautiful granddaughters. I am looking forward to sharing my love of journals with my daughter.