Sunday, March 18, 2018

Busy with many projects

So now I am going to try and do TWO blogs posts a week.  On either Monday or Tuesday I will get back to the Teacup Tuesday scene and late in the week I will try to do a post about my crafting progress.   This is a little late but here it is.

This week my plans included finishing up the binding on a quilt, binding my collage books using my "Bind-It-All"
 Here are some pictures of the collages I made this past fall......  And using my bind it all I put them in a little book.  Because I have SO MUCH paper that I bought for scrapbooking I am TRYING to use it up in various projects.  The covers of my next few little bound books are from that paper.

My first section of the "A Collage for All Seasons"  is here.  I used my Cricut machine for the lettering on the front cover. Unfortunately I probably chose the wrong color for the lettering to be shown in a picture....  But in person it is fine..........  sigh.............

and here are a few of the pages................     They represent fall things such as Remembrance Day (or Veteran's Day as we now call it.)
And this one includes actual leaves from my trees and the words from a favorite song from my past....  "The Autumn Leaves"  which was sung by Frank Sinatra and also Nat King Cole.  I don't remember which version I liked back in the day.............

Since I have stated I am planning on finishing up the binding on the quilt I am holding my self to having it ready to show on my next blog.

Last week I made and finished a little table runner using some fabric I bought but never used... fat quarters mostly..........  It is black and red.  Not my usual choice of colors for quilting or sewing fabric.  But I really like how it turned out.  Now just have to find a place to use it.

Here is the finished project.

The winter storms continue to hit the northeastern part of the US.  We, so far, have only been on the edge of those storms.  It is cold and we have gotten some snow which has melted quickly.  We are hopeful we will continue to be on the edge..........  Spring will no doubt be here eventually.  I have been watching my daffodils that are coming up.  I imagine we will see some blooms before too long.

So be watching my blog here for pictures of those daffodils when they are in bloom. 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patricks Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day

This is a rerun of a blog post I did back in 2015..    It seemed appropriate to run it again today rather than to write a new post that would have been pretty much the same thing.

(I found the border of the above logo at Karla's Cottage blog and the Happy Saint Patrick's Day wording was from the Graphic's Fairy I think.  Fun to put them together.)

My husband is VERY Irish (his dad was from Northern Ireland and although his mom was Canadian she had lots of Irish ancestors.  So we Celebrate St. Patrick's Day here.  I am still deciding what dinner to serve for St. Patrick's Day dinner.  Probably something involving Cabbage.......
Pennsylvania is big on this day too.  There are parades everywhere and fun runs too.   In the city of Wilkes-Barre they even paint a green line down the center of the street where the parade goes.

I actually only have one cup and saucer set that is really suitable for St. Patrick's Day.  It is of course Royal Albert and called, appropriately enough, Shamrock.

Meanwhile, be sure to check out all of the other tea parties going on around blogland.


Friday, March 9, 2018

More quilting, and some planning

I seem to have a lot to say this week.... to let you know some of the things I am doing and acquaint you with some great websites if you need help or inspiration.

I think I am getting my "art" back on...............  I have been organizing my craft room which had really turned into a mess over the holidays.............  And I am discovering things I had really forgotten.  Also I am trying to use up supplies.... both fabric for quilting and paints and paper for artwork.    The using up of fabric has resulted in the runners I have been showing.
The using up of papers and supplies comes in the form of my "Listing Books", my planner and bullet journal books,  some classes I am taking AND I will soon be collaging again.

For the past few years I have had moments of "collage mania" followed by nothing...............  I even took a class to help me get back into the pattern.   It was offered by Roben Marie Smith..
She offers a number of classes including the one I took which is called    Paper to Painting....

So as I collect up all my Past collage projects I decided to make them into booklets so they stay together and are easier to enjoy.  Next week I will show you the results of that effort.  It is nearly done.

I bought, a number of years ago, a Bind It All by Zutter.  It is, with some practice, and the watching of a few You-Tube videos,  a good way to bind things together. Here is the website so you can see what I am talking about.
Bind it All

Now that I have your brains spinning with all my planned projects I will leave you this time with a look at  another table runner I did.  This one is for the fall... I used it at Thanksgiving.......
Front of the runner
Showing the back folder over......
I haven't shown you what I do with the runners when I put them on the table.  Perhaps next time.  Oh and I just finish another runner, black and red, that I will also show in the future.....  Just hold on, this may be a wild ride for a few weeks as I pull all this together.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Quilting and Listing

I am continuing with the 30 Days of Lists projects........   My March book is ready. I showed the cover last week.    I have been printing off some journaling cards I got from the Pixel Scrapper website.  I will make a list on each card and add to the book along with the number of the day.  That is what I have done for the last three times I did it and it worked our well for me.

For the September Listing I used a little empty note book I found with some others at Marshall's.  (A great place to find notebooks and stationary items at a VERY good price.) I have a lot of handmade papers I have bought over the years so I cut or ripped a piece to fit the pages...  using a variety of the papers throughout the book.  Here is day 25 showing the handmade paper added and then the journaling card.  I also put a fall picture I found in a magazine as a bit of extra interest.  I love doing this.  I think I probably like making the little books as much as I do the listing.........

AND I am continuing on with my quilting too.  My big goal for last year and this year is to use up my HUGE stash of fabrics and so I am.............

I have been making runners for the various seasons.

They are very simple to make.....   Cut a backing fabric the size of the runner you want.  Then a piece the same size of batting.  And finally start cutting strips the width of the runner and maybe two or three inches wide.  For the one I am showing today I found fabrics that fit the season I was working on......   This one is for Halloween.  I did buy a couple of fat quarters for this but mostly used what I already had.   The first picture is of the front and for the second picture I folded the back over so you can see.  It is a pretty quick project and over time I hope to have lots made....  They work up quickly and you don't really need to be that accurate if you don't want to....  just depends on how you feel.  And it does add to the interest.  I have thought about adding some machine embroider designs as well but haven't done that yet.     I have been using these on my dining room table

Halloween Runner

This Shows the backing folded over.........

Next week I will show two more I have finished and maybe better details of how it is done ....  I have another in works at the moment.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

30 Days of Lists

Three times last year I participated in an event online called 30 DAYS OF LISTS.   If this feels interesting to you after read this you can learn more and even sign up at the following link.

To begin here is the link to the 30 Days of Lists so you can learn more about it.............. Just click on the graphic......... 

While you are on the page you can click on various links to see examples or to learn about past events.  The nice things about this is that you can participate any way you like.  You can join a facebook group to learn more and to share... or NOT.  You can post your pages on Instagram or NOT..... It just depends on how you want to participate.  AND it doesn't matter where you live in the world IF you can get internet.  No mailing in anything....

This year I was able to sign up for the the whole year   (all three events) and I found a book in my stash that I can use........  I can't remember exactly where it came from but I know it was a swap I did where everyone contributed pages and they were all made into a book.  As I was perusing the book I think I may have learned that the swap was from a group I once belonged to called Belle Papier.  Don't really know... however ... finally I am using it.......  I made some lettering using my Cricut machine to put on the front cover as I did with last years listings.

Here is the cover of the book I am using this year........before and after adding the title..
I will talk more about what I will do with it later.

Last year I did all three Listings and here are the covers of the mini albums I created.
Each one is a book I already had that I converted to my listing book.  I used my Cricut Machine to make the letters on the front of each book.  Over the next couple of weeks I will show you the inside.  But mostly I wanted you to learn about this form of  journaling that can be done by the artistic and those who don't feel so artistic. And pretty much anywhere in the world.


I would think that you could use this format for all sorts of other types of lists not just the ones that are included in this particular event.  Some folks even do it digitally. As I was writing this I was thinking about finding a book to perhaps use to list the crafting projects and or quilting projects I am currently doing.  But who knows.  One projects seems to lead me to another.

If this sounds interesting visit the above link to learn more.   And perhaps you will join us.  The current "listing" begins March 1st.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Camo the cat and some quilting

 Meet the latest kitty that has joined us....  well outdoors anyway.  He is still  feral and not sure about us at all.  (at least we "think" he might be a boy.)  But he knows we will put out some pretty good food for him every day.  We have named him Camo.  Short for camouflage.  He really blends in once he gets up into our woods.  Especially where we "think" he may reside.  Under the "roof" of a tree house that came down in the really bad wind storm a few years ago.

I have been trying to get caught up on projects, and currently am working on a couple of quilts.  The  one I am showing this week is one that I recently got back from the long arm quilter lady.  I am  still working on the  the binding. I am hopeful I will get it doe this coming week if life doesn't get out of hand.

 This quilt is actually a combination of a couple of quilt projects combined into one.  The majority of the squares were from a Block of the Month quilt project I followed on the blog...  Country Threads Chicken Scratch.....  To show how far behind  in some things I am I am pretty sure I started this one about 4 years ago.

 In addition I added several blocks from a local class project  that I never finished.  I hate to waste any of the squares I have made.............

I have another quilt I am waiting for from the long arm lady.....  I hope this one is completed before that one arrives.  I will show that one once it is here.

And join me next week.   I have a couple of projects to share.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Does Absence Make The Heart Grow Fonder???????

 I have been absent from my blog for too long.  Did you miss me???   I probably won't be doing the Tea Cup Tuesday every week as my life has taken me in other directions.  But I do hope to at least do a blog post every week.

I am on a HUGE mission to finish up some sewing, quilting, crafting and more projects over this year.  I completed a quilt and it is now waiting for binding.  I have another quilt at the long arm lady's shop and it should be returned to me in a couple of weeks.

When they are done pictures will be posted.

I have been working on the Altered Books I have created over the past 20 years.... YEP... 20 years. Most are fully done but I discovered a few that I never really put finishing touches on to make them complete.

The reason I am inspired to do that is that a good friend and I recently attended the most amazing art show at a nearby college....  It was held at Penn College in Williamsport, PA.   It was actually a double art show.  The formal show in the main gallery was called  BOOKS UNDONE.   The art of the altered book.
Click on the links below for the brochure and the catalog of the show.



In addition there was another show in the main part of the library called Old Books, New Lives featuring altered book art created by students and faculty members using books that were ready to be discarded from the library.  To me this part was the best and here are some  pictures of work I REALLY liked.    I am showing some of the items since their pictures were not included in the catalog and I think these are really terrific.

What a fun way to use books that are scheduled to go to the shredder!!!  Good recycling.

I hope you will come back again next week to see what I am up to.... perhaps I will have the quilt bound and ready to show off.