Wednesday, January 2, 2019

I'm back!

Things have been pretty hectic for the past year. We moved into a new house and I started working feverishly on my business. That meant no time for my true business of sewing/crafting/teaching. But that's over now. I have a lot more time available now that both kids are in high school. So exciting for them but sad for me. One will be going off to college next school year and the other will be extremely busy with ROTC and band.

On the plus side, I picked up doing some admin work for a couple of pages on Facebook. I just wrote a tutorial on how to do Heat Transfer Vinyl on a t-shirt. It's for newbies to using a cutting machine, specifically the Silhouette. I've had mine for many years. In fact, it's the first version and they are now on the 3rd version. I've had it for around 10 years and it works very well so why replace it, right? But don't let that stop you because even Cricut users and US Cutter users can still get in on this tutorial. You just have to adjust your settings for your specific machine.

I'm specifically using a design from Craft Genesis which is what the group shares. All creations from Craft Genesis. If you've never heard of them, they are new but the company behind it isn't. Embroidery Library and Urban Threads are very familiar names to embroidery fans. They are all sibling sites. I like the sound of that better than sister sites. Who says it has to be a girl? Ha ha!

If you're interested in getting your hands on this basic tutorial, come over to our Fans of Craft Genesis group and join. If you're interested in joining the Fans of Embroidery Library or Urban Threads Embroidery Fans groups you can click on the names too. Make sure you answer the questions because we're trying to keep spammers out. If you don't answer, we don't approve.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Digital Scrapbook Page Freebie

It's been awhile since I've done any real scrapbooking. I used to do it a lot more but then school shook it's ugly finger at me and kept me from having any real fun. The good news is that I only have 3 classes to finish my degree. The bad news is that I don't plan on working on it until summer. We are moving around too much. Finally sold our house in Upstate New York and moved south. I'm trading in my snow shovel for flip flops.

Kimberly Stewart is an amazing designer and I just happen to have the pleasure of being on her team. She has a great way of picking out the best colors and still allowing the elements to work for both boys and girls. Since I have one of each, it works out perfectly for me! She has this great new kit out called Little Snow Angels over at Plain Digital Wrapper.

I took a photo last winter when the snow just kept piling up on the back deck. My son decided to make a ramp off of the deck and into the yard. He then would ride the snow disc down the ramp. It had some pretty good speed to it! The activity kept him busy and allowed me to stay indoors instead of being out in that nasty weather. Trust me, Upstate New York in the middle of winter can get pretty cold.

I just love the colors and the elements wrapped together. So I've decided to give this page to you for your books. All you have to do is download it, place a photo behind the page and print! Download HERE or click on the image below.



Sunday, May 17, 2015

Quickpage Freebie

I'm so excited to be back scrapping. I stopped for awhile. I guess I just lost motivation like with anything else. But now I'm ready to make a book. I decided to start off with a 12x12 page and give you a copy of it for your book too! My daughter is the one that inspired me to get back into scrapping. She decided to make a scrapbook for a science project at school. At the beginning of the school year the teacher assigned a "Scavenger Hunt" to the students. They had to go around and take photos of various "Earth Science" things and put it into some sort of a display. They had to take photos of things like rock formations, erosion, waterfalls, and many other natural states. It was so much fun! We even drove many miles to get photos just to add to the collection. Her book came out great and now we're hoping for an excellent grade. She will even get extra credit for turning it in early!

So in honor of her, I made this layout into a quickpage for you. Just plop your own photo into it. Do some journaling if you desire, and print!

As you can see above, I used the Sweet Pea Kit by Kimberly Stewart. You can find it over at Plain Digital Wrapper. You can get your copy of the Quickpage right HERE.


Friday, May 1, 2015

Blog Hop!

I'm so excited because I haven't done a real layout in a long time. A friend asked me to make graduation announcements for her daughter and I LOVE doing those! I was going to post her layout to show you it but I don't like giving out sensitive information. So I went back and changed it all to show someone else and loved it even more! It became such a versatile layout that in honor of National Digital Scrapbooking Day I made it into a quickpage for you to have and play with.

I used Kimberly Stewart's Maybe Kit. This is what it looks like in all its glory:

If you would like to have this page, just click over here on Box to download it. Make sure you run over to the other blogs and get your freebies too.

Meisie's Doodles 

Kimberly Stewart Designs


Monday, April 27, 2015

The Petty Bag

I'm so excited about this bag! I've had it designed in my mind for awhile. I just wanted something simple to carry groceries and library books. I also needed something to leave in my car but didn't want it to take up too much space. I've had many people ask me about the same thing. The request was that it had to be lined, machine washable, and not overly priced. I've seen many bags like this priced at $50 and higher. I definitely did my homework on this one. The only hardware that I used was a KamSnap for the closure.

It's a really sturdy bag and as you can see, it easily holds 16 cans! I even had room on top that I could have had a loaf of bread lay there with ease. It was super easy to fold up and snap close too. I've got to make a few of these for myself and get rid of the big clunky ones I have in my car that were $50! I have plenty of room in my glove box for these. With it's canvas fabric both inside and out, I decided that I had to price this at $30. It really does hold up to its price. I've had a few people tell me I'm crazy for setting this price. I guess if my next post says I've sold out, then you'll know I was definitely crazy! If you're interested, come over to my Facebook page or contact me here to get one for yourself.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Welcome Back!

I left to move over to Wix and soon figured out that while I loved the ease of changing up my blog, it was very unfriendly to my followers. So I'm back on Blogger. It was a nightmare getting back here though. Thanks to all of the great people over at GoDaddy for their absolute top notch customer service! I love calling that place. Next time I need to host my own site, I'll be going through GoDaddy. Right now I just use Blogger but in the past I have hosted sites through a friend's server. It was great because I didn't have to pay anything but I love having control over my own stuff. So if you're ever in the market for hosting, make sure you check them out.

Over the past few months I've been extremely busy with projects. I've made several things. I'll just show you a few of them. One of my favorite things to do is name my bags. Hey, we name our children right? I spend many hours with these bags and feel they are a part of me. When making them, there is a turning process that you have to do called "birthing." Since I'm birthing these babies, I feel they all deserve a name!

This is my "Hop 'til you drop" bag. I love the frogs and it's such a roomy bag!

I love this bag too! It's called "Owl be seeing you." 

For girls I made a "Frozen Delight" bag. Perfect for all of her little things!

My absolute favorite bag is "Blue Bayou." This one is already sold but I am not opposed to making another. It's just so vibrant! 

And for my son, I made this amazing Dr. Who gym bag. As it turns out, the bag was a lot larger than I expected. We had intended to use it for swim team activities but it was more of a travel bag. So he had a great time with it when we went to St. Louis a couple of weeks ago. I will be making him a smaller one with Daleks on it for swimming!

One last thing to show you! I am getting ready for some upcoming craft shows. So I just had to sit down and make some infinity scarves. 

Make sure you come over to my Facebook page and like it. As soon as I hit 100 likes, I'm going to give one away! Some of these are even more beautiful in person! Others just photograph better than I do! Now that I'm back on Blogger, things should be a lot easier for you to comment. I'd love to hear what you think about my bags and scarves. I have more in the making right now and will share more soon!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Fun For Everyone!

I love all things Christmas. Well, maybe not all things. For example, I hate wrapping gifts. When I was younger I really enjoyed it. My mother and I would have contests to see who could wrap the prettiest packages. Now that I have a million things going on every day, I find the task daunting. So for the past few years my husband has taken on the chore. He didn't mind because I did all of the planning and the shopping. The only problem is that he always waited until Christmas Eve to complete it. Santa was knocking on the door and my hubby was saying "WAIT, I'M NOT DONE!" So of course, Santa would have to come back later.

So I went out looking for some great things to do with the kiddos and found several things that anyone can do. It's literally fun for everyone! Just wanted to remind you also that I still have this great giveaway HERE for my child's size apron. Just follow my blog, recommend others to the blog and if you want extra entries, come over to my group on Facebook and follow me. That's it! But this ends 12/14.

I can honestly say that the first thing I think about when Christmas season comes is food. I love all of the baking, and better yet - the eating! Here are a few of my favorites this year. I plan on making these fabulous Grinch Kabobs by Raining Hot Coupons for my son's class next week!

I'm so addicted to Muddy Buddies/Puppy Chow/Reindeer Food (known by many different names) that I just hate making it now because I will literally eat an entire batch! Take this on a trip on the plane and don't worry if it's not Christmas. We've eaten it during the summer. I love the added touch of ingredients in this version from Lil' Luna.

This is so cute that I wanted to post it but when I figured out it was food, it made me even more excited! I couldn't believe someone had thought of making Party Crackers with cookies. We've always had these for the New Year's celebration but never like this. I just have to make these fabulous crackers by Julia Usher.

My son has been asking me for a Santa hat and I haven't been wanting to buy one. They are unbelievably expensive for something that may get worn a handful of times. So this free pattern and tutorial is perfect! Fleece Fun makes it so simple by breaking things down.

Fleece Fun also has this fantastic FREE pattern on how to make the most adorable hat! This is definitely on my to-do list! She has included sizes from Baby through Adults! I can just see the custom made holiday ones now!

Okay, so I'm curious why Patchwork Posse couldn't have come out with this tutorial and pattern a few years ago when our Elf came to visit. Could have had some seriously customizable ones. I'm thinking long hair for my daughter and short hair for my son, maybe even some freckles for the both of them? I've decided that I just HAVE to make these because it would be a crime not to!

I love Christmas patterns and love to sew. What I find to be really daunting is quilting. It's really easy to do with the exception of all of the fancy stitching on top. Well not anymore! The Crafty Quilter  has a great table topper with detailed photos explain how to do things. Love the simplicity!

And last, I think we need a place to put those fabulous crafts in order to gift them. This simple bag over at Positively Splendid fits the bill for that! If you need a larger one you can adjust the measurements. Pretty simple!

I don't know about you but I see several things on next year's list and some that can be done between now and this Christmas. May your week be merry and make sure you come back and bring a friend too!