Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

From Our Home
To yours
Wishing you a 
Merry Christmas
A Happy New Year.

I'd like to thank one and all for stopping by and spending time looking over my projects. It has brought many a smile from your comments, emails and such. 

I have learned that we all have our limitations ~ whether it be physical, emotional or financial and it is those who stand by us through good and bad times that really help us move on and make the best of what we have.

Crafting is a source of enjoyment for so many, it has a way of letting us work with out hands and mind, creating something unique, something not only we enjoy but by sharing with others, helping others create. It is a true gift.

I do hope in the New Year, we will come up with so many more projects to share and work on through whatever life brings us.

So I'd like to thank each and everyone one of you that stop in, take time to read, check out what I've been up to either in the moment or the past. You have made crafting so much more fun and rewarding. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

From Nanny Donna's Corner on Christmas day, wishing you good health, crafting supplies ;) and hours of enjoyment.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Mario Kart Birthday Party

Another year older for Mr. Rylan! Happy 5th Birthday Grandson! As you can see the theme of the party was Mario Kart. Bright colors and lots of fun characters.

I had to google most of the characters for Mario Kart as I'm not as up to date on these things as our little ones are. Sooo many ideas started to pop into my head. Once my son told me that he had purchased the Mario Kart remote control car for Rylan's gift, I knew which direction I was headed with the decorations.

First I started with the card. Very easy card to make thanks to Sharyn's Stamp Biz for her how to. Fast, simple and perfect for any Mario & Luigi lovers.

Nest came the birthday hats, and once again I searched online and found a real easy method to make the hats thanks to Cute As A Fox. I cut the circles out on my Silhouette Cameo and added some gold brads, at the corner to make sure the visor stayed in place, then stamped happy 5th Birthday around the monogram L & M.

Purchased some bright plastic cups at WalMart and cut out some characters and then stamped and glued them onto the cups...and what would Mario Brothers be without their mustaches? I cut out mustaches and then glued them onto straws! Perfecto~mondo!

Banners: Now they were easy enough. Cut them out by hand, printed up the characters, added my own twist, stamped and added some tape, brads and mustaches (of course) and kept the V for
added bonus  ~ a little something to add to the walls to help decorate and bring the theme to life.

Being Christopher bought Rylan the Mario Kart remote control car, I decided to make a 'start your engine' sign.

This is the birthday Banner that I made for the wall, which was kind of hard to get it all into the picture! Bright, colorful and wishing Rylan a Happy 5th Birthday with some of the fun characters that I printed up and cut out, glued onto the banners.

I searched, printed, cut, stamped and glued until my heart was content! Then we partied and enjoyed celebrating a very special little grandson's 5th Birthday. Wonder what theme will be in demand next time?

Thank you for stopping by and checking out another project of Nanny Donna's Corner, and so

Binou and I say chow for now! Hope you have a scrap~happy day!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Hello Kitty!!

I'd like to introduce our new addition, Mz. Binou!! We adopted her from our local SPCA through Pet Smart and what a fun, smart bundle of black fur she is!

Every morning I get my 'cat scan' with a final kiss on the nose to let me know all is good. Then she nicely settles with her paws on my shoulders, with a little face rubbing for good measure and settles her behind ...on my keyboard blocking all view of the screen....mmmm, perhaps she is trying to tell me something? lol

If I am crafting, she is sitting right behind me on top of the back of my chair or...yes, you guessed it, on top of my desk amusing herself with EVERYTHING. I also discovered she is a little thief in the making. She loves to pick up my crafting supplies and make off with it...always fun, specially since I usually leave my desk/working area a darn mess. 

Oh well, certainly makes for an entertaining life....and knitting bahahah took on a whole new meaning with Mz. Binou around.

Just FYI, we were not sure what to call our new addition, until our little grandson, Liam walked in and met her and immediately he wanted to know what was her name. I thought of Minnie Mouser but according to Mr. Liam, she looked exactly like a Binou...therefore Binou was Christened and from that day forward she is Mz. Binou!

Mmmm, what have I been up to? Well, took a mini break from posting and such, simply due to health and time and not to mention family responsibilities. My mother has been battling skin cancer for years but at the age of 84, it had come back and was a mess. She just finished a month of radiation and is now recuperating at our Community Hospital.

So, not to cry into my Cornflakes, or anything of the sorts as I know everyone has bumps along their way and now it's my turn and we will come out of it fine one way or another ~ it's just time consuming and burns up a lot of energy.

Escaping to my craft room doesn't happen as often as I would like BUT at the same time I do manage a little...and SO enough blabering about nothing here is one of my most recent card projects. Hope you enjoy it!!

Ta~dah!! This card and Box was made for a very special 'sister' who will be turning...shhh 65! Being we are in the month of November and we have experienced a few flakes and cooler weather I decided to go with a Christmas kind of theme. Red and White always stands out fresh and crisp.

To make this card,  I managed to us my Big Shot, Silhouette Cameo, some embossing folders and my printer!! A touch of glitter glue to add a little sparkle here and there...oh and how could I forget, I made the box for my card with my trusty Ultimate Tool from Crafter's Companion Boxer Board and also my Martha Stewart Score Board.

A stamp from my stash, a couple of sparkly brads for the center of the poinsettia flowers and a red ribbon to tie it all together.

I cut a 12 X 12 inch white cardstock in half and then scored it with my Martha Stewart Score board to make three equal parts. The firsts flap on the inside I printed a birthday sentiment in the Silhouette Cameo program, cut it out and then layered it with a red nestled shape. Added a smaller poinsettia, sparkly brad for the center of the flower, glitter glue around the boarder and Le Voila!

Big Shot made the corner embellishment from one of my dies.

open up the final flap to reveal....

 A Happy 65th Birthday! Note, it's typed in large and bold print...ya know, 65 and all!! Oh so sorry, but I just had to!!! and I should talk, I need glasses for far and close...and it's getting harder and harder to see anything close by!! lol 

The box was made with the Ultimate Crafter's Companion Boxer Board, easy peezy. Add corner brackets and a flower...a little ribbon and your all set for a Christmassy Birthday Card Set.

Anyhow, thank you for stopping by and I am hoping to find some spare time to post and play along with all my crafty peeps!

Keep on crafting ~ best therapy in the world!!  ;)

From Nanny Donna's (dusty) Corner, take care ~ Hugs!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Meet Lily~Anne

Hello, it's been a while hasn't it? Like I've said before, sometimes life gets in the way of crafting, but crafter's move on!!

I'd like to introduce Lily~Anne, a rag doll that I made for our little grand~daughter. She has a penchant for blue hair and bright colors, thus Lily~Anne came to life in Nanny Donna's Sewing/Craft room.

Out came and old pattern that I had for a very long time, some mix~matched material from my stash, purchased some variegated blue yarn and got to work. What started out as a  s l o w    project, due to Mr. Arthur taking up residence in my hands/shoulder (naturally, it would be my right hand that gets the nastiest being I am right handed ) and because the idea of taking my time and not spending hours on end just doesn't seem to sink in all that well, I decided that I would start early on this project and work a little at a time on it...well, that was my intentions until the birthday party was moved up!! so Nanny had to boogie to get this one done on time.

The part that took the longest was her hair. I did not like having the hair 'loose' on the 'scalp' and having the 'scalp' show through...and sewing yarn to a piece of binding, well, now isn't that fun?

I ended up cutting the yarn by wrapping it on a piece of cardboard, then placing scotch tape down on my work table and sticking the yarn evenly, then sewing the binding down the center of all the yarn. BUT this wasn't what I wanted (scalp showing through) and then I thought 'mm, what if I braided the hair and then sew each braid to the 'scalp', that would hold the hair in place ~ no scalp showing through!! Yay! BUT time consuming or what and try holding a needle with fingers that just don't want to work!! HELP!

Slowly I got the hair done and I really loved the outcome...BUT more important Logan really loved her dolly and named her Lilly~Anne as soon as she saw it.

Her boxed pop up birthday card was filled with balloons, harts and fun birthday wishes ~ which I had made far in advance...slowly ;)  see, I am learning! Pace myself. Yup, but man that is hard to do when you just want to dig in and get~r~done! lol

Learning to deal with anything that slows us down or limits us takes time. I've always tried to pack in as much as I could when I felt good, no migraine, but that doesn't work when you have Arthritis. Pacing yourself and rest is important, learning to take care of yourself and manage EVERYTHING on those terms takes time and patience...but it is doable ;)  Ya, easy to write it down, not easy to live it!! lol

Hope everyone is having a great crafty day, going at our own pace. Take care,

Friday, August 8, 2014

Crochet Poncho & Hat Pattern

Cute Poncho & Hat

This little poncho and hat has been a popular little project that I shared on Craftsy as Docha and have had many request for the pattern and so, here it is ;)  Enjoy!

Poncho directions are for size 1 ~2 years; changes for size 3 ~4 years are in parentheses. Hat directions are for size Small; changes for sizes Medium and Large are in parentheses.

You will need approximately 14 ounces Soft Baby yarn by Red Heart ~ crochet hook: 6.5mm (U.S. 10.5)

Gauges: 11 sts = 4"; 18 rows = 11" in pat with 2 strands.

Poncho ~ Neck Circumference = 18 (20) " Length from neck to front center point = 15 (17) "
Hat circumference = 16 (17, 18) "

Note: Work with 2 strands held together as one throughout.


Back and Front: (Alike): ch 32.

Row 1: (right side) Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across: turn ~ 31 sc.

Row 2:  Ch 3, skip[ first 3 sc, (3 dc in next sc, skip 2 sc) 4 times, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) all in next sc, (skip 2 sc, 3 dc in next sc) 4 times, skip 2 sc, dec in last sc: turn.

Row 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in sp between dc and first 3 ~ dc group, * 3 dc between next two 3 ~ dc groups **: rep from * to center ch ~3 sp: (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) all in center ch~3 sp: rep from * to beg ch~3, end at **; 2 dc between 3~dc group and ch~3, dc in top of ch~3: turn.

Row 4: Ch 3, skip first 3 dc, * 3 dc between next two 3~dc groups **; rep from * to center ch~3 sp; (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) all in center ch~3 sp: rep from * to last 3 sts, end at **; skip next 2 dc, dc in top of ch~3; turn.

Rep Rows 3 and 4 5 (7) more times, then rep row 3 once more. Fasten off.

Finishing: Sew front and back tog along sides.

Lower Edging: With wrong side facing, attach contrast yarn at side seam: ch 1, sc in seam, * skip 3 dc, 7 dc between next two 2~dc roups, skip 3 dc, scbetween next two 3 dc groups **; rep from * to center ch~3 sp; (7 dc, sc) all in center ch~3 sp; rep from * to next seam, end at **, then rep from*across; join with a sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

Neck Edging: With right side facing, attach contrasting yarn at side seam at neck; ch 1, work 54 (60) sc around neck; join with a sl st to first sc, turn and continue for 5 more rows. Sl to first sc and fasten off.

Flower: With contrasting color of yarn, ch 3; join with a sl st in first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 1, 10 sc in ring: join with a sl st in first sc.

Round 2: Ch 1, *(sc, dc, tr) all in next sc, (tr, dc,sc) all in next sc; rep from * around; join. Fasten off.

Attach flower at left side neck edge.


Ch 3; join with a sl st in first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 1, 8 sc in ring; join with a sl st in first sc.

Round 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around ; join ~ 16 sc.

Round 3: ch 1, (sc in sc, 2 sc in next sc) 8 times; join ~ 24 sc.

Round 4: Ch 1, (sc in 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 8 times; join ~ 32 sc.

Round 5: Ch 1, (sc in 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 8 times; join ~ 40 sc.

Round 6: Ch 1, (sc in 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 8 times; join ~ 48 sc.

Sizes (Medium, Large ) Only: Ch 1, (sc in (15, 7) sc, 2 sc in next sc) (3, 6) times; join ~(51-54) sc.

All sizes ~ Next 5 (5,6) rounds: Ch 1, sc in each sc around for 14 (19, 19) more rounds. Fasten off.

Flower: Make flower as for Poncho. Attach to left side of Hat.

Now, I hope I have not made any typing mistakes, as far as I can tell, it's o.k. and I certainly hope that I do not get in any trouble passing this pattern on as it is not my own pattern. I purchased the leaflet some time ago and so far I have not seen it again.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I have.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Just a Quicky ;~)

The nice weather is here, strawberries are growing (among grass growing in my garden!) and it's time to plant our veggie garden. Can't wait to start digging and planting and then watching the fresh veggies grow...making my mouth water for the fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, green/yellow beans and oh my lovely strawberries. How I love them!

The rhubarb is coming along nicely and mom is patiently waiting for me to bring some over to her. The rhubarb came from our country home which was sold once dad the rhubarb tastes extra special.

I hope everyone celebrated a lovely mother's day yesterday ~ thanks to my hubby and children, grandchildren I had a great mother's day. It brought warm fuzzy feelings to my heart.

I have not been in my craft room of late, due to Mr. Arthur ~ he is not playing fair but then when does Arthritis play fair? lol My thumbs are not behaving, so it's rest time...for a while until Celebrex and whatever else it takes to make it behave, then back to playing. For now, I will keep browsing all your lovely work and look forward to working once again in my playroom ~ er, craft room ;~)

It is camping time, so that will help for sure!! lol Campfires, nature, nothing like it. Enjoy the sunshine!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Pop Up Cards Are Fun!

Sooo many projects to do and so little time...yes, that's right, nasty old time gets away from let's not waste any more of it and get down to the nitty gritty...pop up cards.

I must have some pictures somewhere around here...ah yes, my attempt at an Easter Bunny cake with my fun Easter Pop Up Cards for the grandkids...

I have to admit, I did have fun making the cake as it was the first time I attempted something like this...the ears were the easiest part for me!! lol

Each child has their own interest and I decided to forgo the usual Easter bunny cards and went with their preferences...Logan loves Monster High so....

Monster High it was!
Rylan loves Thomas...

train tracks and all.

Parker loves the Super Heroes like Bateman, Spiderman, Iron Man, Captain

My Spidey senses are tingling...

And for Mr. Liam....

How did I make these pop up cards? I just googled the images, printed them out and then fussy cut them (I'm in need of new blades for my Silhouette), made the pop up foundation card and then added the cut outs! I played around in my Silhouette Designer program and made up some signs and Rylan's name. All in all, working with my Silhouette is getting easier...when my brain works!! lol Some days are better than others when it comes to working after having a series of migraines...the fog doesn't always lift when the pain is gone. Oh well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

So far the kids enjoyed their special Easter cards...and Nanny was one happy camper.

Thank you for stopping by and see you all soon,

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Instant Downloads for Card Making

Hello everyone, what a bright, sunny day out there...and what am I doing? Searching for fun places to go to when you want a quick, easy card making download! Now you know that I'm nuts about card making!! lol

Anyhow, just found this awesome site in the UK, I loved the many items they have for downloads with instructions! My type of place to go to ~ and you can find them at Instant Card Mak
ing Downloads
Wow! Beautiful ~ just right for Easter.

What little one wouldn't love this?

Another spot that I found and loved the designs were on Etsy and you can find them here and because they are digital downloads I couldn't save and paste the image, but take my word, they are Cute with a capital C! Tinker & Co ~ Compose, Colour, Create.

Handmade Spark ~heartofwisdom ~ just love it!

If you prefer to have instructions on a DVD which usually has several projects on it then go to Printable Heaven. Lovely DVD's.

You can also find many download kits on this page on Etsy ~ a good place to find many different items AND to sell your homemade goodies.

Well, that's it for today, hope you are all enjoying this great Sunday!!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Free Silhouette Cameo Files

Hi everyone, just snooping around and found some awesome freebies for your Silhouette Cameo's...I'll keep it short and sweet...

First find was at Corgi Creations and you can find these freebies:

aren't they wonderful finds? Thank you Corgi Creations!! Loving it ;)

Here is another find that tells you how to how to cut svg files on your silhouette from a Turtle's life for me ~ she also has a Pinterest board filled with free svg files for your Silhouette and you can find them here.

On to my next freebie find...Scrap Your Story and she shows you how to download and cut these pretty butterflies ~ I love butterflies, don't you?

You really have to check out Scrap Your Story, and look under free svg files and find an amazing stash of freebies!!

I sure hope you enjoy these finds and help add to your Silhouette cut files.

Thanks for stopping by and a great big thank you to these generous crafters.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Project Tutorials

Due to health, I have not been posting as often as I'd like nor getting to play in Nanny Donna's Crafting Corner as much as I would like, BUT in saying that, I have been looking for fun projects to make and placing them on my to do list. It's growing day by day and I keep wondering when or if I'll get to make these projects...but I can dream and some day I will get around to it!

I love looking for tutorials that walk you through the project ~ free!! Free is always a good thing. So here is a list of sites that I love to go to and thought I'd share them with you. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Unique Paper Crafting Graphic 45 ~ they have instructions for these projects and so much more. Gotta love their products.

Flowers, Ribbons and Pearls ~ if you don't already know this site or have 'met' this wonderful lady then let me introduce you to Christina Griffiths. She is very talented and generous with her tutorials on card making, coloring with Spectrum Noir. Just all around awesome person. Please stop by and check out her lovely work.
Beautiful Cards by Christina

Christina's flower arrangements are always perfect!

Also by Christina is Card-Making Magic ~ where she has many projects AND a page where you can add your own projects to share. She has made space for you to have a page on her site! How exciting is that? and you can find that here. It was one of the first places that I posted some of my work. ;)
Find out how to make these beautiful cards...stop by and visit Card-Making Magic

Learn how to color with Spectrum Noir with Christina
Another wonderful site is Mel stampz ~ you can find project how-to's and all kinds of ideas. Here are just two of her sweet is this?

I hope you enjoy visiting these lovely sites as much as I do and perhaps you will find some projects to add to your to-do list too! Ya, just what us crafters need...a longer to-so list!! lol We see, We want, We make...some day.

On March 18th, 1983 at 8:10 a.m. Miss Kimberley Anne was born weighing in at 8 lbs. 10 ozs. A little sister for Mr. Christopher, who actually chose her name. Happy Birthday Kim, wishing you all the best today, and always. Sending hugs and love across the miles XOXOX

Wishing everyone a very happy and fun day ~ grab the moment and make it count!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Quick And Easy Mini Album Tutorial

Ah, the weekend is here ~ snow and all, but that's just fine with me as it gives me one more reason to stay in and find some fun projects to make.

I have found a couple of Youtube tutorials that I thought I'd pass on. First and foremost, I absolutely love mini albums and thanks to Dawns Inspirations, I was able to make a mini album in less than 1 hour!! Now if you want to embellish it and take it a little farther with interactive pages, she has another video just for that and it's found here for interactive page 1, and you can find the rest of the tutorials on Youtube.

I am in the process of adding embellishments to my 1 hour album, and I actually made two of them! Sorry, but it's being made for my daughter and I will post pictures after she receives it...

Here are more interesting Youtube tutorials that I have found:

Mini Album In A Box Tutorial ~ it is definitely on my to do list.

Easy Slit Pockets ~ finding different ideas for your mini albums Or turn it into an interactive card.

Wallet Style Mini Brag Book ~ who doesn't need a brag book?? Grand children, our pets, a holiday ~ who knows. Turn it into your own bring with you book.

Well, I hope you enjoy these Youtube tutorials, they are easy to follow along and I would love if you shared your project with me.

I have not been able to get to my craft room as much as I love to and thought 'how can I pass on some of the things that us crafty people like best? Well, sharing some of the things that I find online that makes a crafting project that much easier, fun and inspirational ~ let me know what you think? and if you have a fun project that you would like to share, please let me know.

Have a crafty weekend,
ps I just come to realize that I am following a very creative fellow crafter, artist, that I have met through G+ and that would be Susan at The Bored why not stop by and check out her fabulous finds and creativity...

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Recipe Smash Journal

At last!! My Recipe Smash Journal is well under way ;)

For the Love of cooking? Well, can't really say I Love cooking ~ well, at least not ALL the time, Adventure ~ yes, that would be a very good word for a recipe book/journal that I would use!

I made this recipe album out of material I had on hand ~ didn't have to purchase anything!! So it was just using up my stash, which is a good thing...right? Making room for um, maybe, perhaps some nice new spring paper and such?? lol

On the inside cover I just cut out a 'doily', stamped and fussy cut the birds (which still need some color) and a photo strip that I'll add a few pics of time. I made a pull out book mark that can be placed on any page to keep your place, or mark a favorite recipe for a quick find me tab.

Cooking Measurement Conversions is on the very first page of this journal/album ~ how many times do we download a recipe only to find out ~ what?? how much? and if you are anything like me, well, it just doesn't sit at the top of my head ~ I need it in print in front of my nose. Ta-Da!

And turn the page:

...and you shall find equivalents or substitutes. YES and double YES. I hate going to the cupboard and looking for something only to find that I don't have it...and yes, I've already started the darn off I go to google what can I use to substitute this....and it's really saved me from dropping everything and running out the door. I've had this page for some time, stuck it in one of my cook books, only to (yes, you know) forget which book I placed it in....well, this Recipe Smash Journal/Album will stand out and I will remember where it is...hopefully ;)

Next I placed a clear, velum 6" X 9" envelopes (Recollections from Michael's) and added a few embellishments for a small baked doughnut recipe book and other recipes I can put in there for safe keeping until I
take the time to glue them into my book/journal.
There are half pages, and full pages ~ just making room for smaller recipes or instructions.

Some pages I will write it out in my own handwriting ~ (not a good thing)

while others I will just cut and paste or fussy cut and paste ~ whatever the rules are good sometimes ;)

and as you can see, my last page has another handy printout ~ cups = tablespoons and so on...I also put a small file folder onto the back page so I could stick a few keepsakes until they too get glued, or

I made the cover out of recycled cardboard, and I used my Bind It All for the spine as I wanted something that was sturdy enough to withstand opening and closing ( a lot) AND I can add a page here there by snipping in between the punched holes (reinforced the punched out holes for a more sturdy page)...with the 1" o-wires, it gives me ample space to add pages...also, I left enough space to add two accordion file holders in the front and back of the smash journal/album....when I get around to needing them or making them, whichever comes first.

So basically, here are my printed out, tried and loved recipes which I have to cut and paste into my Recipe Smash Journal/Album...think I have my work cut out for me? no pun intended ;(

Then once I am done, I will be placing tabs to find recipes that I really, really use a lot but can't remember the measurements...oh, only to have a brain that could remember ~ oh well, life wouldn't be half as interesting ~ everything is new to me!! lol

Sure hope you Spring~Ahead today, not only time wise, but in crafting ideas too! Enjoy...


ps for those who would like to make a smash journal/mini album with a hidden o-wire spine, there is a wonderful tutorial on YouTube at Homemade Smash Book babytweetums. Very easy to follow. Enjoy.