Archives for the month of: April, 2010
SO, Okay, everyone has the go green bug 🙂  I have been recycling objects around the house for years before it was fashionable and politic.  Well I guess the new catch phrase for this is “r e p u r p o s i n g”?  LOL  Whatever!  When I first started making my espresso at home I searched for a canister to hold my self ground beans and came up with an idea similar to the one I am providing the link for here today.  However, I was very into craft painting in those years and mine were of course painted!  I still have them in storage 🙂  But now with having grands to play with and trying to find easy things they can “help” make, this was a timely craft idea.  Scroll down to soup cans revisted  Now she uses a smaller can than I did, I used the big family size cans of soup.  Also, I found that the wide-mouth canning lids fit these perfect and provide a mostly air tight seal so that was good for coffee 🙂  I can also suggest that the big family size cans of baked beans work well.  I am planning on making some of these to put on the shelf over the sink to hold, yes, my fresh ground coffee beans, Earl Grey tea, organic teas, tea strainer (small individual fits just right :), and sugar packets. 
I love this link and there are so many cool project ideas that you can use for “r e p u r p o s i n g” various things around the house and really cool stuff you can do with children!  If you have time  stop by and take a look at the archives!  Wonderful stuff there! 
Have a really crafty day!

As many of you know I have returned to one of my favorite needle arts, embroidery!  I often tell people, I may not be that good at it, but I’s sure does luvs it!  Come one now, laugh with me!  You know you want to!  But honestly speaking, I have always loved embroidery and thanks to some very precocious Austalian artists, I have re-discovered how much fun it can be to create and so relaxing to work on!  Yep, I am betting it lowers my blood pressure! 

Among these very talented and splendid artists in thread are the girls from Among the Gum Trees 🙂 

As Joy from JoyPatch likes to say “Gawjus” designs *giggle*  (I’m the giggler!)  I try to work all the designs from all the blogs of the lovely ladies that make up the blog: Jenny from Elefantz, Vicki (Tozz)-Tozz’s Corner, Dawn of Dawn Hay Designs, Judith from Creative Studio, Fiona from Mother’s Cupboard, Cheryl from Willowberry Designs, and ta da! Vikki Collumbine  from Sew Useful Designs!

Vikki from Sew Useful Designs is doing a giveaway on her blog this week!  She has just been published in Homespun Magazine that is showcasing her heart designs as pictured below: 

Vikki's Blogaversary giveaway!

Do you see some of her hearts there on the front page of the magazine?  and they are so adorable!  Go here to read up on how she came to design them!

And you too can enter her giveaway!  2 of those hearts and a pattern and for us in the US, a real treat, a copy of the Homespun magazine that is also featuring a project from Dawn Hay of Dawn Hay Designs.  So if you win, you get all these lovely gifts and….all the projects that in the magazine!  Now that is a win/win giveaway!  

Make sure you check out all the Among the Gum Trees Designers–lots of cool freebies, BOM’s, and I dare you to stay out of their etsy stores! 

Till next time peeps! 

Carmen in AK where they are saying we are to get more snow tonight??????? Geez, will spring never arrive?

Now that I am actually signed in and trying to write a new entry, I find myself perplexed at my ignorance, which most of you who know me is not a nice place for Carmen to be!!!!  So, here I go a muddling around again! 

First things first:  I am  resale shop, repurpose shopping, garage saling, garbage picking f*a*n*a*t*i*c  I tried to give it a rest on Saturday, as I usually go on either Fridays or Saturdays, but …..I couldn’t, just couldn’t stay away!  Up here in AK, there are not too many garage sales going on as yet, however, we do have the resale shops, which I think the aussie girls call, op shops????  Well and anywho, I usually find at least one bedraggled piece of furniture, lamp, or a great item to repurpose, but not this last Saturday!  Imagine my chagrin on that one!  So…then next best thing you ask???  Why a trip to Wally World of course!  Now here I spent $37.89 and came home with two great coffee mugs, a set of six coffee themed towels, a coffee themed pot holder set, a set of 3 sweet pea scented candles, a set of six flour sack towels, and a hershey bar?  LOL had to keep up my shopping strength now didn’t I?  So that was my great shopping outing for the weekend (not so great really) but hey, there is always next weekend. 

So, I am making an apron out of two of the towels with big deep pockets.  Just so happens that the towels match some fat quarters I picked up a few months ago, so all is good.  As luck would have it, the way they designed the graphic on the towels, I only need one cut in half to make the body the of the apron.  Which reminds me, I really have to search the stash and see if I can find that chocolate brown polka dot for the ruffle–a little laugh here–I mean some aprons just have to have a ruffle round to the bustle! 

But that is neither here nor there, as I have had major problems with my right hand all day.  I think I beat the bread dough too vigorously when kneading out the air yesterday morning, so there has been no sewing or even cutting for me today so I gumped it along and let my design muse take the lead on my activities today.  I have some lovely stitchery samplers designed and I finally started working on the Feminine Elegance BOM once again and have decided to post two blocks a month until the series is finished as I have been so delinquent in keeping my committment to our group members on OST.  I really am trying girls and guys to honor my promise. 

This week was also the beginning and release of our Beattitudes BOM quilt project.  Here is a picture of mine, now don’t laugh, it hasn’t been pressed at the time this pic was taken! 

Matthew 5:3

I am just excited at working this series of blocks!  I think I am more excited to see what the others are doing with theirs **big grin**  So now I am working on verse 4, or rather not working on it at the moment…..But this is a great time to show all you non OST members what I did with Val Laird’s Love is…series.  My daughter-in-law, Danielle had been wanting a gift with scripture on it, so here is what I did: 

Scripture Quilt

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (New International Version)

 4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

The above Scripture is stitched all around the individual blocks on the white border.  Here is some detail: 

 It looks so pretty in person–the pics just don’t do it justice, believe me! 

 The main point is that she loves the quilt and I am very happy with the way it worked out! 

Now in my last post I promised to show you all some pictures of my resale shop finds: 


Later, I will post some pics of last few weeks sewing and finds at the shops! 

Till then my friends, have a happy blogging day!

Carmen in AK where is just stopped snowing