Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Little Gift Box of Surprises

Lift the lid and discover all the treasures....

Thanks to the Crafter's Companion instructional DVD, I made this wonderful little box of goodies for someone special this Christmas. I actually made two of them and hope both little sisters enjoy their little piece of Nanny Donna's crafting.

Once opened up, it has lots of place for storing notes, cards a little photo album, journal and I added a daily planner that I had purchased at Michael's, also some gel pens and some glue which is not in the photos.

Hard to believe that all of this fits neatly into it's own case!

Room to journal, add pictures or use it as a smash book and fill it with ideas and drawings. Whatever their imagination can come up with....

In the two small front envelopes, I added some tab cards, added Velcro dots to secure the envelopes when closed.

This little album was made with envelopes, then embellished with matching card stock.

...and what would one of my projects be like without my faux stitching! I mean seriously!! I'm starting to think I have a thing for stitching ;)  

I really enjoyed making this little box of goodies, using my Crafter's Companion Ultimate Tool, it always surprises me what can be accomplished without a lot of bells and whistles...although, I do love my bells and whistles ;)

Thanks for stopping by, and as always, I so enjoy hearing from you.


From Our Home To Yours...

Wishing One & All A Very Merry Christmas 

 would like
 to take this time
 to say Thank You
 for all who stop by and
 read my blog, check out
 what projects that I've been
 working on.  I love hearing from  each
 and everyone one of you. And in return, I also 
 love all that each and everything you share.


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Twelve Month Envelope Mini Album

Pushing the envelope...

~enjoy the journey~ 
What can you make with a few envelopes, some recycled cardboard box, some pretty seasonal paper, and a little imagination? o.k., and add time to that!! A pretty album with a page with pull out tabs for each month of the year.

~ each pull out has a different season and theme, all pulled together in one album ~

A while back, I won a $10.00 gift certificate from The Memory Nest and picked Cards for all Season bundle ~ which gave me this idea for my album. In it, there were pretty paper with each season written on it and a lovely print to go along for that season...light bulb went on!! DCWV papers are soooo fun to work with.

Mmm, an album for 2014, an entire years journey in photographs, journaling, whatever your heart desires...setting goals? or perhaps just a cute way to keep track of a child's growth. What a keeper!!

The album cover is cut from a recycled cardboard box, covered in a heavier pale blue paper. Layering up with foam dimensional stickers adds depth. Looped a blue ribbon through the scalloped edges, added pearl flower in opposite corners along with baby pink pearls.

I had these 3D stickers in my stash for some time now, and the colors went very well with this little project, adding character and charm.

I thought the rubber boots were so cute! Couldn't leave them out of the picture ;)

Brrrr it's cold outside, and what is a Canadian winter without hockey? eh?

All girly in pink, lace and frills ~ and a touch of bling.
...Valentine's Day, all hearts and flowers?

Saint Patty's Day and Easter Chicks come marching in style!

 April Showers Brings May Flowers?

When the tabs are pulled out, you can see how a little album turns into a big page!

Lace punch edging and adding the black to make the pages pop.

Summer colors ~ ice cream and Popsicles!

... makes me think of the green grass, summer days in the sun.

Blue skies

School time ~ fall is in the air.

Pumpkins, bats, witches and hats!!

Sweater time, cooler weather time..

Ho Ho Ho
Now you can look back on an entire year 
and Celebrate!

Merry Christmas from our home to yours!
May Santa bring much to play
with in your craft room!
but most of all
peace and love.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed your stay,


Friday, December 13, 2013

Happy 4th Birthday Rylan!

Chuga~Chuga Toot Toot!! All Aboard....

Our little grandson, Rylan turned 4 (two days before Popo's birthday) and he loves Thomas...a quick look and I found this pop up card from the Silhouette online store. Picked out the paper and the project started to fall together...although I just started to play with Spectrum Noir markers and well, I definitely need some practice!! I gave it a try to make the train look like Thomas and as soon as Rylan saw it he said 'Oh Nanny, it's Thomas!' so I guess I hit my mark ;)

Both trains were easy to cut out and put together, the Silhouette certainly cuts very clean and the card was easy to see where to fold and glue to make it pop.
..all I did was color with Spectrum Noir Markers, added a birthday candle sticker to make it look like the tracks for the train ~ a label, some twine, foam dimensional stickers under to give depth for the card to pop. To be honest, the coloring took me the longest and next would be the faux stitching I did on the outside of the card and box!

This is the front of the card which actually opens at the top so that when you turn the card around and open it up by letting the back flap fall down,  the pop up and the front of the card are upright. I did it this way so that it can sit open on a dresser or shelf.

Large swiss dot or what I call the 'lego' look embossing folder was used on the red card stock to bring it out and I used the smaller swiss dot for the white label.

 Faux stitching does take time but I love the look, just adds a little something to the cards...

Making boxes for these types of cards are so easy with the Crafter's Companion Boxer. Every time I make a card, I either make an envelope or box so I certainly get a lot of use of the Ultimate Tool from Crafter's Companion. It's a handy tool to have as you can make beautiful 3D projects, fun fold cards, envelopes, boxes and so much more ~ you can even emboss with it! I do love it and the CD's are very easy to follow with step by step instructions for all kinds of projects.

The card stock is from DCWV  The Celebration Stack, great colors, bright and fun. Works great with the Silhouette Cameo.

This is my Crafter's Companion ~ the ultimate tool! 
Rylan's smile said it all, and certainly made my day ~ Happy Birthday Rylan!
............... hugs and kisses from Nanny & Popo XOXO

Always looking forward to hearing from you and certainly would love to hear what makes your day? and what tool is your favorite for your craft?

Chow for now,

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Robbed By Insomnia

Yes, Nanny Donna has been robbed through the night by a sneaky culprit who broke into her life and has reeked havoc. Determined Insomnia has set up and stalked me for the past six months. First it was having trouble falling asleep, then staying asleep and now, wonderful as it may seem for teenagers to pull all nighters, it's not so cool at this age. Nope, not fun at all.

Insomnia has left me sleepy and cranky in the day time ;( and wound for sound at night. I'm thinking of attempting a little gymnastic, like doing a cartwheel, my thinking is along the idea of turning a baby end for end when it gets it's days and nights mixed up - I am not crazy, I do recall my grandmother talking about this!! or perhaps I am slowly going crazy...or maybe I am? I know, bad choice of words, but you have to know me to judge me.

I know, the word crazy is frowned upon but seriously ~ how long can a person go without sleep before they go around the bend?

Creativity got knocked out the door ~ kicked to the curb is more like it. I go into my nice craft room and sit there looking around and wondering what I should do next...but that would require a clear brain and energy ~ I have neither right now.

Oh well, cry me a river...there are sooo many people dealing with sleep deprivation and other health problems who am I to complain. This too shall pass...and Determined Insomnia I will kick your butt time.

So for all of you who are wondering what happened to Nanny Donna, she is sitting up at night knitting socks!! Lots and lots of socks!! Knit one, pearl one...and then ripping the sucker out because she went brain dead...and we start all over, cast on 42 sts, knit one pearl one...

Oh sleep come to mama, she is in need of some good, deep, wonderful sleep...any hints, tips or ideas on how to get back into a natural sleep pattern? Really, anything ...

One tired, frumpy Nanny Donna ~ and one tip for the day ~ don't try out an X~acto knife for the first time when you are sleep deprived...nope, not a good idea at all....leave the cutting to scissors or Silhouette, Cricut...not an X~acto knife...they hurt the fingers ;( Dhu...

zzzzless in Canada eh

Friday, December 6, 2013

Dreaming Of A White Christmas...and some computer sense would be nice too!

I'm dreaming of the day when my computer and I are not at odds with each other! Now that would be a lovely dream.

 Sometimes I have to just walk away and let on it's not bothering me at all that I've come to a road block with technology ~ a minor detour.... I will try one more time to download at least one pic of my Christmas card...
Tada! I did it...finally it downloaded! phew....
This stepper card was a breeze to make compared to the problem I had with uploading my pic! lol 

When I say this was a fast and easy Christmas card, it really was fast and easy. 

Have to say I love, love and love some more my Silhouette Cameo. It takes all the guess work out of making this type of card as all you do is chose the design and send it to your Silhouette to cut out. 

I chose a black design on off white cardstock from Michael's, a scrap piece of black cardstock passed through my little Texture Boutique Embosser using the swiss dot embossing folder and placed it behind the  Holly jolly Christmas 3D sticker so it would really stand out.

 Next I used some gold tape to place behind the white lace (purchased at Micheal's) and stapled it to the card!a couple of little silver rhinestones, two little red berries and Le Voila! Tout Finis ;) Now that my friend is what I call a quick, easy Christmas card. Yup, loving that Silhouette of mine, big time....almost as much a bling, man I do love my's hoping Santa reads my blog...wink, wink, nudge, now back to business....

For the longest time I did not use the card shapes, always cutting and figuring them out on my own to the point where I have made each card out of cardstock or paper and wrote down the finished size, the size of cardstock required , and all the measurements and instructions on the card itself for quick access.

 I also made up the corresponding envelopes for each card, envelop-box or box with their sizes and instructions written down....and crafting 100% housework 0    ;(     oopsies! My bad.

 Placed them on a ring and have them hanging on my pegboard for easy and quick references...BUT with the Cricut and the Silhouette, they both have cartridges/files that are amazing to work with. You select the size, cardstock and the rest is letting the machine do the work...then you have more time to play around with embellishing your card. Now that my friends is time well spent.

I must admit, I'm liking easy these days, yup, not bad at all.

Just wondering, do you ever have problems with downloading your images? Which programs do you use to play around with your pics? I love PicMonkey 

 Do you have a favorite card shape? or cardstock? I would love to hear from you, it's great hearing from other crafters.

Thanks for dropping by, hope you enjoyed your stay, hope your having a funtastic day creating, 


ps Oh my, I just noticed my sticker is a little off, can't a girl get a break? lol Oh well, that I can straighten out but I am not touching the  pic in this blog...had way too much trouble getting it on and it's staying that Sorry...that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Socking It Up

Comfort fit at last! Stay put socks.

Look, they fit!! First go at a pair of  knitted a very, very long time ;)

So much going on these days, not all of it is something that I can know life stuff that's best kept to oneself and so I've been 'socking it up' literally!

When I designed children's knitwear many, many moons ago, I use to make hand made socks using Kroy Sock yarn...or whatever yarn I came across that would knit up nicely and feel good on the feet. Well, my electronic knitting machine is in storage but the knitting needles came out.

My husband has Raynaud's disease and his hands and feet get so cold and turn a nasty white/blue. He is constantly on the look out for good socks or gloves/mitts that will keep his hands worm...thus the need for the knitting needles to come out.

A trip to our local Michael's store (not to mention a few other places hunting for yarn and a good pattern) I decided to try my hand at Lazy Weekend Socks, yarn weight 4.

I purchased the book 'Little gifts of comfort for the family? Best of Love of knitting book. It features 8 patterns for everyone in the family, Leisure Arts.

Yarn? Vanna's Choice, Lion Brand ~ 100% acrylic, Medium (#4) 4 inch x 4 inch on 5.5 mm 16s X 22 r

Purchased three balls of yarn, two in the main color of grey and 1 in the darker charcoal grey for the heels and toes.

Getting back to knitting on double pointed needles took a little practice at casting on properly and not getting it all twisted and no major loop holes...but after a few first, second and third tries it finally started to fall into place again. Soon I was knitting two, pear two and the top of the sock was done.

Looking good so far ~ a what kind of heel? Flap heel? HELP!! Read it, thought it made sense and started to make the flap heel. Well, thanks to youtube and a few searches I saw how they heel came together and managed to knit the heel...mmm, not bad.

The body of the sock was nothing to work at, just going around plain knitting on the underside of the foot and ribbing on the top part. Easy peasy.

Time for the toes! mmm, nope, no problem.

The sock was easy enough to make, yarn is feeling good and the fit is right on. My hubby loves his new socks, they fit his foot well, the leg does not fall down, heel and toes fit perfect...he wears a size 12 shoe and finds that most socks end up feeling tight and squishing his toes. I have the complete opposite problem, the heels usually end up over the back of my shoes and I wear a size 7 shoe! sometimes 6 1/2 if they are made wide at the guess what I made with the left over yarn? Yup, a pair of socks for myself...and they actually fit.

If you guessed I have another order for socks for the hubby, you guessed right ;) I've already picked up more of the same yarn, in navy and have started on the next pair for him.

I wanted to make some finer socks in the Kroy sock yarn, but at the price of yarn (yes, I'm uh frugal lol) I hunted online for a yarn outlet to see if I could pick up some Kroy sock yarn at a good price...and low and behold I am awaiting my first order from Yarn Factory Outlet. I managed to order 9 x 50 gr balls of Kroy Sock Yarn for $14.00 + shipping. I will let you know how that one I am very anxious to see the yarn.

I'm thinking I'll have to take out the knitting machine and get it up and running ~ not sure how the hands are going to do with all this knitting...shoulder and hands are kind of cranky these days...ya know, Arthur doesn't always allow us to play nice...but I'm socking it up anyway! I know, bad

This is the pattern that I made ~ not sure if I am suppose to be sharing it or not, but here it is for your own personal use.

Materials you will need.

# 4 Medium weight yarn

Size 4 (3.5mm) set of 4 Double Point Needles or 29" circular, or size required for gauge

Stitch Markers

Yarn needle

Skill level: Intermediate

Sizes: women's 9 1/2 ~ 12, Men's 8 1/2 ~ 11

Naturally, you can determine the length of the foot by adding or subtracting rows.

Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows = 4 inch (10cm) in k2, p2 rib

Abbreviations: ssk: slip, slip, knit
                       magic loop can be googled or searched on youtube , there are several good sock tutorials on youtube ~ sometimes visual is much better than just reading ;) and pics.

Note: you can use either double point needles (dpns) or a long circular and the magic loop method.

Sock Leg:

With MC, cast on 48 sts divided equally on three needles or arrange as for magic loop. Place a marker and join, being careful not to twist the sts.

Work in k2, p2 rib for 8" or desired leg length. Knit first st of next round to center the rib on the instep.

Heel flap:
Change to cc and turn work.

row 1: wrong side facing, slip 1, purl across 23 sts.

row 2: * slip 1, k1; rep from * across.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 for a total of 24 rows.

Turn heel:

continue in cc.

row 1, right side facing: sl 1, k 13, ssk, k1, turn

row 2, sl 1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn.

row 3: sl 1, k6, ssk, k1, turn.

row 4: sl 1, p 7, p2tog, p1, turn.

row 5: sl 1, k8, ssk, k1, turn.

continue as set until all sts have been worked, ending with a wrong side row; 14 sts.


Change to mc. With right side facing, knit across heel sts.

Pick up and knit 12 sts along side of heel flap, place marker, work in rib pat as set across 24 sts of instep sts., place a marker. Pick up 12 sts along heel flap; 62 sts in total. Knit 7 heel sts to get to new beg of round at center of heel.

round 1: knit to 3 sts before marker, k2tog, k1 work in a rib pat across instep, k1, ssk, knit to end of round.

round 2: Knit to marker, work in rib pat across instep, knit to end of round.

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until 48 sts remain.

Work even as set until foot measures 8 1/2 inches or 1 1/2 inches less than desired length.

Change to cc.

round 1: * knit to 3 sts before marker, k2tog, k1, slip marker, k1, ssk; rep from * once more, knit to end.

round2: knit

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until 16 sts remain. Graft toe using Kitchener st.

Finishing ~ weave in ends and Le Voila! you have a comfy sock!! made to fit your foot.

A little note: when making another pair of socks for myself with this yarn and pattern, I will be decreasing the number of stitches on all four needles as I find the sock a little loose on my foot. I shortened the sock to  5" from the ending of the cc of heel, I'm thinking perhaps making it 5 and a bit longer but not as many sts around so the fit would be a little tighter...first socks are the real testers aren't they?

Have you made socks and is there a pattern or yarn that you love best? Thin or thick yarn? Sock yarn or whatever you have on hand? Please drop a line and let me know, always interested in learning more ;)

Thank you for stopping by and I hope if you try out this pattern that you will let me know how it worked out for you, perhaps share a photo or two!

There would of been more photos but for some reason I'm having a problem locating and downloading my when I get that figured out, perhaps I can upload some more photos! but until then...

Thanks for dropping by, when life gets you down, sock it up!! lol

Have a good one;

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Storage Is Everything ;)

Closet Transformation

Thanks to my hubby who magically turned my closet into a wonderful place to organize all my paper craft supplies in one spot. Easy to access from my desk, neat, well thought out and done to perfection. Yes, I'm thrilled with the outcome...and so excited to get back to crafting....soon.
Not so thrilled with having to sort through everything, once again...but and it's a big BUT the payoff is going to be oooh so lovely. 
I had surfed the internet and tried to see what kind of ideas I could come up with that work with my crafting space. I turned to the closet because it was obvious that the space was not used to the maximum efficiency. 
Picked a simple (well, I thought it was simple!! lol) idea, three shelves, pegboard and a built in cabinet on the side...a little paint and that should do it!

Ha!! my poor hubby had to build a false floor, one that could come up if he needed to get to a drain thingy that was built on the bottom of the floor (basement) and a water pipe that was in the far corner...and work around the heating ducts ~ oops! my bad. Did I mention how much I love you dear? XOXO

We made a trip to the lumber store ~ ouch! just that one trip was more than I had thought it was going to cost...must be getting old or something. Price? lol What can I say, I'm a cheapskate when it comes down to it! lol

...and he got busy...
he had to add some gyprock and do some plastering, then sanding...then painting...and as you can see in this picture, he had to deal with the drain in the he had to build a false floor, one that he can lift up and get to the pipe if he needs to....put floor tiles down, and paint the lip of the floor.  

...which I don't think I have a picture of the floor! oops! Sorry ;(
He then cut out a section of the closet that I wanted a shelving unit added to the front of the wall...didn't want to have to reach way behind the wall to get to anything...wasted cut into the wall and add the shelves ;)

Then off to his woodworking shop and built the cabinet to fit into the spot. This is the back of the shelving unite...and his back too! lol

Once I get the fabric sorted and in it, I will post pictures the finished look.

I decided that I wanted some pegboard added to the closet space, so in order to finish off the inside wall of the shelving unit, he made a wall of pegboard...which is now home for a few things.

As you can see it's a great place to hang a few things ~ easy to get to, neat and in place.

So far I'm loving it!

It's difficult to get a good picture of my finished space because of the lack of room to back up and take the pic! so you really don't see the real size of the space...or the amount of goodies I can fit in it.

 Glue sticks, glue gun, Cricut mats, binding wires for my Zutter, which is also on the top shelf, Cricut and cartridges, Fiskar scissors, Ribbon, stamps, embellishment, well, just about everything except the kitchen sink ;) Love, love, love it! 

Who'd of thunk it! Pinch me, I think I'm dreaming ;)

These bins were under my desk, making it cramped and not very pleasant to sit at.

I have two bins for my paper crafts, one for sewing patterns and two for yarn...


The black and white polka-dot paper file holders came from our local dollar store, you got two in a package for $1.50 ~ which are great for the 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock, my Crafter's Companion boards, paper bag for mini albums...etc...

My patterned paper are stored in colored plastic containers, sorted by color and I do believe there are a couple that I store some of the projects that are in the works.

All in all, I still have a long way to go for sorting through my craft room ~ as when you house paper crafting, knitting, sewing all in one space ~ well, you had better be a little organized or you may get lost in the shuffle...and I'm shuffling and a little lost...

I'm still working on space for my Silhouette Cameo, printer and computer ~ now that could be interesting, very interesting indeed.

That will be for another day, right now, it's time to call it a day and head upstairs. I'm thinking ~ make some buttered popcorn, put the P.J.'s on and watch Haven...and snuggle with my wonderful hubby. Yup, he's a keeper, gotta love him ;) 

What have you been up to lately? Love reading your comments and knowing your thoughts and ideas. 

Have a good one,

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

In the works...

I'm sorry to say that I have not been able to get into my craft room much lately, but the good news's because my hubby is turning the closet in my craft room into a cool storage area ~ a neat, organized space!! like this one. I saw this one online and decided that the closet in my craft room was ideal space and was not being used to the max...and so it began.

Shelves, pegboard, neat, clean space! Hopefully I will be able to make my working space more comfortable and less crowded. Sometimes it gets a little much when I have sewing out, paper crafts and knitting supplies all out at about multi tasking...and not getting much done!! lol This should help clear up some of my mess and make my room a little more inviting. I'm very thankful that I have a patient hubby who listens to what I would like, then listens some more when I change my mind ;)   Thank goodness he is handy in his woodworking shop...

 Right now it's almost done, then it's time to start to organize ~ oh my!! I think I'd rather be crafting...soon I will be back with some projects. 

 I will take pics and post once it's done ~ a one time neat and clean pic as I'm sure I'll manage to make it somewhat messy as soon as I start crafting lol

Another thing that I'm pretty excited about is the number of page views!! Over 10,000. Yes, it's true! Sooo all in all, I would like to say thank you to one and all who stop in and take a peak, follow and I love reading comments ~ they really make my day to hear your thoughts on what I've been up to. 

It's rewarding to think that the time spent playing in my little corner and sharing with others can lead to new friendships near and far, how much we can learn from each other. I so enjoy checking out everyone's projects, so inspiring.

Your comments make my day and are so very much appreciated and encouraging. Aw life is good when we craft and share.

...and so for now, I'll be surfing around checking out all your lovely work, take care...


pst Norm? Is it done yet?? lol

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Super Deals! Awesome Win ;)

As someone who keeps harping about being 'frugal' and using what we have to make the most out of our stash...well, I kind of decided to just go for it!! Sometimes we just have to.

Craftsy was offering online sewing classes and I jumped on board ~ Pant Pattern Fitting  with Sandra Betzina, which came with a pattern that came in the snail mail. I just received it this past week and will be taking a look at it ~ naturally, I looked at the pattern and decided I wanted to alter it to a pull on comfort~fit pant ~ so I'll be taking this one step further...some day ;)

I'm thinking ~ comfort~fit? 

 I had purchased Pattern Fitting With Confidence by Nancy Zieman at Sewing with Nancy some time ago when it was on sale I needed well, I wanted sewing rulers which just happened to be on sale at a Jo~Ann Fabric and Craft Shop (ended up getting the two of them for less than the price of one ~ made my day).

Fabric!! Since I've managed to gain back all the weight I had lost last year ;(   my few jeans and pants just didn't cut it anymore ~ I couldn't of poured myself into them even if I tried. Soooo off to our local fabric store and purchased stretch jean matterial ( which was on sale ).

Now the fun begins. Fitting the pattern to my!! lol Between the book, the online class, I think I am getting the hang of it...but that will be another blog.

I was super excited when my 6 x 6 stacks came in the mail and the washi tape! Thanks again to The Memory Nest, I had won a $10.00 giftt certificate. Cards for all Seasons ~ simply wonderful.

Projects for all Season!

Now I kept my biggest surprise purchase ~ as it was a totally lucky find and certainly was not planned!
Winners Spectacular Find!

I'm still pinching myself...the other day I went to use some of my Mark It Markers and sadly the ones I went to use was dried out ;(  ~ oh well, no biggy, they certainly didn't owe me anything. I've used them for so many projects....BUT today I stopped in at our local Winners store just to browse ( I was suppose to be looking at clothing) but as usual I always end up looking to see what crafting supplies they have on hand...seriously, I could not believe my eyes. Spectrum noir Alcholol Pens, 6 per package ~ $5.99 each!!! I know! Totally Crazy right? I ended up picking up one of each of the colors they had...I mean a girl could get locked up for passing up such a deal!! 

Now, on the other hand, my husband kind of looked at me like I had lost my mind getting so excited about ~ markers. Yes dear, to you they are 'markers' to me they are a drop of golden sun on a very coool October day ;) Markers! Hugh! Really Norm?? 

I have to be honest, in the end it was my hubby who gave me the little 'push' to make the purchase! Clothing? 'Markers'? Hahaha, like really? Pity I couldn't 'draw' my clothes on me...

So as you can see, I may have been a little behind in blogging, but certainly not for lack of projects in the works...more like having my hands in too many projects and have to catch up! and on that note...remember me saying that I had a memory quilt to make for our little grandson Parker ~ well this is the small pile that I've managed to cut out so far....

Sleepers and PJ's cut out for a memory quilt...some day ;) that's a lot!! Hope I didn't bore you to death with my rambling, but I've been pretty pumped with my finds and now it's time to settle down and start crafting with all my new found goodies. I still can\t believe how lucky I've been lately. Winning and finding deals. Wow!

Keep your eyes peeled for those unexpected finds...

Happy Crafting,

ps...and as for the new pic with the nerd glasses ~ when it comes to crafting I like to be able to move my eyes around without peeking over the rim of my glasses AND not to mention that I do wear bifocals/progressive lens ~ but with no lines, the blended kind. I've discovered that true bifocal glasses give me a larger section (depending on the frame size of course ~ thus the NERDY ones!) to see out of AND CLEAR ;)   So I braved it and went for the funky pic. ...and the glasses? Sale!! Great prices at The Glasses Shop.

FYI ~ I don't receive any compensation for mentioning these companies ~ just telling it like it is ;) 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Crafty Camper

Sad to say, camping season is over for this year. Trailer is all winterized and stored....but the last week of camping was absolutely....peaceful, relaxing and oh so perfect!

There is something about fall camping that is magical for me. Number one of the list is the fact that most times, depending on where you go, the campsite is relatively empty ;)   At Meacham Lake Campground (which I just discovered I had spelled wrong in my last post!! I'm just nasty with spelling!) that is the most enticing factor for us. The complete tranquility, the sounds of silence, other than nature that is.

You know it's quiet when you hear the approach of a bald eagle by the mere sound of it's wings and nothing else or sitting by the campfire at night ( in short sleeves and shorts ~ in October!) enjoying the crackling of the fire, the stomping of an animal in the bush, leaves crunching under foot and the hoot of an owl, first from the distance, than coming closer and closer. We did not see the owl, but we certainly heard it's call, circling close by.

Yes, I love the outdoors and all that it has to offer. No longer avid hiker, biker or much of any sports these days (not so much by choice ) just walking through the campsite, watching the squirrels running about, a cute little rabbit, a fat toad whose movements are slowed down from the cooler weather?? ~ the birds fluttering about ~ now that my friends is what I call relaxing. Absolutely no demands on your time, what you do and when you do it ~ your choice!

So, what do you do with all this peace and quiet?
...well, Norm loved sitting back, enjoying a beverage of choice ;) and just relaxing, reading, going for walks and catching up in afternoon naps when he felt like it! Taking in the scenery, mother nature.

Chelsea is the best camping dog ever! She never roams off our lot, she stays right by our side. She watches the animals without ever disrupting their play ~ it actually takes her a few days to realize 'hey, this is my space' and will acknowledge anyone going by with a little 'greeting' by remaining laying down where she is or gets up and struts around us! What a pooch!

Sooo, what did I bring along with me to keep me relaxing? lol

Yes, I always end up packing up books to read and crafts to play with....which these clear containers are so wonderful to pack up a few goodies to bring along. Keep them all together, protected from getting frumpy or lost. 

I download free library books onto my Kobo and bring along my charger for it ~ yes, we did not have electricity BUT we did have our generator which we were allowed to run twice a day between certain hours ~ park stipulates that the generators have to be quiet!! I also brought along my little Blackberry Notepad or whatever you call it ~ played games....but back to what I packed for scrapping.

I wanted to make a few file folder mini recipe holders and/or receipt holders. So I brought out my trusty Ultimate Crafter's Companion, used the instructions from Advanced Construction Techniques DVD and made a couple before leaving home so that I would have the measurements to go by at the campsite. Chose the cardstock and everything else that I would require to make a few ~ packed it up and I was set to go!

These are what I made at the campsite, now all they require is a little dressing up ~ or not!
I also had cut out a few more and have them scored and ready to be assembled.

Next came along the crocheting and knitting ~ and this is what came home with me!

So all in all, I did relax, but I ended up getting more done than when I am at home! lol

Guess that is the difference between house chores, running errands ~ mostly for others, and the demands of living in a busy world where you are in constant demand and expectations of what you 'should' do for others.

Fall Camping surrounded by mother nature ~ A1 in our books! 

It was a week yesterday that we came back...look how long it took me to get my post up!! lol Mmm, what's wrong with that picture? 

How many of you enjoy the great outdoors? Camping or resorts? Whatever your style, at the end of the day it's what puts that little sparkle in your eyes and lightens your step. Enjoy ;)