Thursday, October 21, 2010

More Craft Fair Fun......

My "To Do" List is growing!!! Trying to fit everything I want to accomplish in a day is becoming pretty tricky.  Laundry, clean house, yard work,  cook dinner (which I must admit have been pretty sorry lately), watch Drew, create, write blog posts, read favorite blogs....sometimes there is just not enough time in the day.  Some things just don't get done.  Lately I have become behind in visiting my favorite blogs and leaving comments for friends letting them know how much I enjoy spending time with them.  This afternoon Drew is napping so I thought it would be a great time to catch up and share a few more craft fair projects that I have been working on.  This week's project has been  magnet cards---Little pockets with sweet die cut images, cut with my Cricut,  that I have turned into magnets.   

                                                              Guess HOO Loves You

OWL always Love You 
I could not find the perfect paper to go with these adorable owls, so I decided to use fabric.  Using a bit of "Wonder Under", I ironed it to the fabric and then onto a piece of cardstock.  Oh the possibilities.....
Well I hear a certain little boy stirring in his crib---time for me to go--- Oh I only got to visit a few friends--I will have to finish up after dinner. 

Love you all  WITH A CHERRY ON TOP!!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Day With My Mom and Sister

It has been a long time since I have been able to spend the day with both my mom and my sister---just us three girls :)  We decided to spend our time together at one of our favorite places Pittsburgh has to offer.  I have written about this place called The Strip District several times before but for those of you new to my blog I will briefly explain about this wonderful place.  The Strip District is an area just east of the city known for it's wholesalers, restaurants and fun funky shops. There are so many ethnic groups represented in the Strip and the street vendors are plenty as well selling everything from food to T-Shirts.  We woke early and arrived at one of my favorite places for breakfast --Raymond's.  I always order an amazing omelet filled with red onion, spinach, and feta cheese. 

After breakfast, we took our coffee to go and began to visit all of our favorite shops.  I couldn't wait to get through the doors of a shop called Roxanne's.  It is filled to the ceiling with floral arrangements and all things shabby but chic.  There is even an outside patio with a mix of antiques, living plants, and the most amazing garden accessories. 

 We were really excited to find the organic open air market.  This market is a perfect new addition to the Strip.  My sister is a wonderful cook---always trying new recipes with interesting ingredients.  She knew exactly what she was looking for and how to cook each item.   I am not that adventurous when it comes to cooking so while she shopped I snapped pictures. 
What a fun day we had enjoying the beautiful Autumn weather, the sites and smells of the Strip and eachother's company.  A perfect break from my craft room---a perfect way to spend a Saturday.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Craft Fair Projects

I don't like to describe myself as a procrastinator I prefer to say "I work best under pressure." I think it sounds just a little better---don't you? Anyway my first scheduled craft fair is November 5-6. Yikes that is just three short weeks away. I have so many ideas I just hope I have the time to create them all. I also didn't want my blog to suffer while I am busy working in my craft room. I thought I would write a quick post tonight to share just a peek at what I have been working on.
I created these sweet little nursery rhyme frames using my Cricut, the Nursery Rhyme cartridge, and vintage sheet music. I had such fun creating these single frames I thought I would try a larger triple frame. I added some of my favorite scrapbooking paper by October Afternoon.

Well I better get back to work. November 5 will be here before I know it.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Halloween Tag Swap Banner

Halloween will be here before we know it. My family looks forward each year to decorating the house for this festive day. My husband hand makes yarn spider webs that hang from our front porch and he and my son hang purple and orange lights to help welcome the little trick or treaters. I have never been one to like scary decorations, but I do love the cute ones. I was thrilled to be asked to participate in a Halloween Tag Swap hosted by the talented Elizabeth of Creative Breathing. There were nine ladies that participated--one for each letter in the word HALLOWEEN. We were to decorate nine tags with our assigned letter and return all the tags to Elizabeth. She put them together into one banner and returned the completed banner to each lady. I knew this Halloween decoration would be more then cute---boy was I right. First I will show you my tag and how I created it. Then I will show you close up photos of all of the amazing others. I was assigned to be one of the "L"s. That was the first step in my tag creating--designing the letter. Because I am having so much fun with my Cricut machine I decided to complete this project with her help :) Using the cartridge "A Child's Year" I cut three solid scalloped ovals--two from a patterned paper and one from a a thick piece of cardstock. The last scalloped oval is cut to include the chosen letter. Adhere the ovals together sandwich style using the plain piece of cardstock as a base. This will give the letter strength to stand without bending. Just a little tip**** When cutting the oval for the back flip the paper over with patterned side down on mat. This will allow the ovals to align properly. The next step was to cut all my little witches using the same cartridge.

Punch a border---add some stitching---
a little ribbon, some bling and there you have it .......

And now for a close up of the completed banner and the individual tags....
Elizabeth--Creative Breathing

Julie--A Vintage Chic

Lisa--Always Home

Sandy--521 Lake Street

Joyce--Scrap for Joy

Betty--She's so Pretty

Paula--Paula's Palace of Altered Art

Vivian--Viv out on a Whim

If you get a chance to stop by the blogs of these amazingly talented ladies I know you will not be disappointed. It is a privilege to have a piece of art created by each one of them.
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