Brrr, it’s Cold! Stay Home and Crochet!

Howdy friends! I had big plans today, big plans I tell you! I planned to clean the fridge and freezer (as in a massive scrub down as it was nearly empty after holidays and power outages) then I planed to do a massive grocery shop. I got the fridge scrubbed down and let me tell you there were some science experiments growing in there, I was just thinking about how we have been really lucky with no colds or flu this year (knock on wood) and I think it might be due to some possible penicillin like substance coating one of the shelves in there, ewwww! After all of that I went to start the van in the sub zero tundra that I call home and I had a dead battery, huh, I guess it makes sense because it has been really cold this week and I have not gone anywhere since Sunday. Oh well, better stay home then! Hubby went to the grocery store for me after work although he is mildly suspicious that I staged the whole thing LOL! But he was impressed at the state of the refrigerator. When I called him at work and told he he was coming home to a sparkling clean fridge he said “did you buy a new one?” Hardy-har-har. But I do love that man who will grocery shop after working all day, I am a lucky lady! Since it is so cold how about a yarn project? Check out this hat I made my Brother in law:

I used the large yellow nifty knitter loom to make a basic hat with no brim as I don’t care for the look of the loom brim. The above video explains double crochet ribbing, it is a good trick to know and works up super fast. It is also how you can crochet a quick edging on a garment for extra pizzazz. My thanks to my daughter Maizy for the music at the end of the video! I recently wasted spent $3 on a set of Darice pom-pom looms and I was bound and determined to use them, you can see how in the video below in case you blew invested money in them as well:

OK, they are not bad looms and they beat the pants off the old donuts style pompom makers that took forever and the patience of Job to use but my favorite method of pom-poms is still wrapping that yarn around my hand, sliding off the big wad of yarn, tying a piece of yarn around it and snipping the loops, call me minimalist I guess:) That’s it for me tonight, well I guess I could share another crochet project I made for my niece, she emailed me a photo of a cowl she liked and I made her one like it, or at least tried anyway:) She loved it!

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

The Most Addictive Craft in the World!

Hello friends! We have another whopper of a storm headed out way, 6-10 inches of snow so I am going to schedule a few posts in case we are without power again. At least I have plenty of crafts to keep me busy! The kids all got Rainbow Looms for Christmas and they have been making bracelets like crazy! It is so fun! I can’t seem to pass by a loom sitting on the table without making a few myself, in fact I think I may have developed a bit of carpel tunnel making these darn things LOL! Anyway, here is a brief overview of the basics of these looms and bands:

I have a couple more videos on different things you can make with the stretch bands on my YouTube channel if you want to see more! I think I need to step away from the looms and go find the snow shovel. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Santas A Plenty!

Happy Christmas everyone! Well, we had a great Christmas, last night we had my Husband’s family over for dinner and to exchange gifts and this morning we had our tree then brought gifts to my folks house and had a great day with my side of the family…oh, and did I mention we had NO POWER?!? The weekend’s ice storm knocked out electricity in most of the state. Luckily we have a wood stove and lots of candles and a pizza parlor nearby cuz that’s what we served for Christmas Eve dinner, that and some liquid refreshments so no one minded the lack of lights or the unbathed hosts and guests. I felt like I was in “Little House on the Prairie”. Ahh, the good old days! Ha ha! The kids were really super, their biggest worry was that people would not come over if the lights were out but, heck, we are Mainers! A power outage is not an inconvenience, it’s a challenge!  I bet some of you got some art supplies for Christmas or maybe now that the dinner’s been cooked, presents opened ( and power back on) you might have some time to play with your neglected supplies so I have 2 tutorials for you tonight, one is how to draw Santa with pastel pencils…

…and the other is how to paint him with watercolors. Hey, make these on cards and you will have a few Christmas cards ready for next year, sweet!

Merry Christmas to you and yours! Til next time happy crafting!

Last Minute Gift! Scrapbook Calendar!

Hello again friends! I am safe to post this project because neither my mom or my mother in law uses a computer LOL! Then again it is not much of a surprise because I make them one every year and it is my mother’s favorite gift (which she hints at every year starting in October!) The one year I didn’t make her one for Christmas (BTW it was the year my twins were born, they were only 3 months old by Christmas) she made feel so guilty that I made her one for her birthday in February, better late than never eh? I’ve simplified the process of these calendars a lot since I made my first one 11 years ago. I’ll share my tips and process with you so you can knock one or two of these out in an evening! You’ve got nothing better to do tonight right?

Recap!

  1. Print your calendar pages (for free!!!) here on white or light-colored cardstock.
  2. Print photos! I used 1/2 a sheet of 8.5″x11″ photo paper (Cannon Pixma glossy) per page.
  3. Choose a stack of paper so you won’t dig through your entire stash to match stuff up and trim paper to 6″x11″ (you get 2 pages from each 12″x12″ sheet!
  4. collect the cardstock calendar pages plus 1 for a cover and make sure they are in order (no, really, check) and bind them with a binding machine or see my tutorial here for binding with a Crop-a-dile hole punch)
  5. Glue on paper.
  6. Glue on photos.
  7. Write the “who, what, where” on the pages.
  8. Decorate the cover!
  9. Have a glass of wine and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

I raise my own glass to you my friend as you just nailed Christmas gift giving! I have to mention that the steal of a deal binding machine I bought for $20 2 years ago is now $75 but a YouTube viewer was able to snag another binding machine on clearance for $20 so keep an eye out if you want to buy one. Alternatively you can have them bound at any copy shop, like Staples, for a couple bucks.

I still have a couple more Christmas tutorials to share but if you are anxious to see them you can on my YouTube channel. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Relax, it’s almost Christmas! Let’s make a quick gift!

Hello friends,  if you are like most you are probably busy scurrying around to finish wrapping, shopping and crafting.  Today I am going to share an easy project you can make for a gift (or you might need one for yourself if you have been hunched over the craft table for days!) and it only takes about 15 minutes and it is always appreciated. A microwavable/freezable hot/cold rice pack! You will need: cotton fabric a fat quarter (or scrap fabric, mine was 18″x22″ but you can make them any size), rice and a sewing machine and thread. Watch the video to see how it is made:

You can even make them smaller for hand warmers!  These are a great addition to a gift basket or a lovely gift on their own, You can add whole flax-seed (up to a 1:1 ratio) and I hear that the bags will stay hotter longer. You can even add your favorite dried herbs to the bags for lovely smells. I’ll be back later today with more last minute gift ideas! Til then happy crafting!

This post is for your spouse {or boyfriend, girlfriend, kids etc…}

Hello friends! I spent most of the day wrapping and sorting gifts and listing to Christmas music, I’m not much or a country music fan but I could listen to Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton sing Christmas tunes all day! I finished up needing to only buy one gift card, of course it is for a man, is it just me or are men just hard to buy for? Maybe it’s because I am a girl. So with that in mind I am writing this post to offer advice to people shopping for crafters and artists this holiday. First off let me say that there is nothing wrong with getting your loved one a gift certificate to their favorite art supply or craft store, that way they can get what they want and use a coupon or wait for a sale. By choosing a craft store gift card you are saying “I love you and support your artistic endeavors but haven’t a clue what you have or want.” I asked some of my YouTube viewers what they were hoping to get for Christmas and they had great ideas which I will share with you in today’s video:

If you want more ideas be sure to look at the comments on the YouTube watch page as viewers had some super ideas.

What if you are broke?

I know how cash strapped young families are during the holidays, why not make a coupon book with coupons for: 2 hours of uninterrupted craft time (for instance dad takes the young children out to visit grandma so mom can scrapbook at home in the quiet, or maybe you offer to babysit for your best friend so she can have some “me” time) or a trip to the craft store (dad stays home with kids so mom can collect her sanity while browsing the local Joanns) I’m telling you, when my babies were small that was the perfect gift! If you are handy, making a shelf or cabinet where your crafter can coral her supplies so they are useful would be a wonderful gift or maybe clearing out part of a spare room or cellar for her to have a place to create. These need not be expensive gifts to be the most useful and best loved. It is more than the gift, it is showing that you value and respect her (or him) and those are two thing you cant buy. Whatever you choose to do for your creative friend or spouse I’m sure it will be fantastic! If you have any questions or suggestions leave a comment, we can all help one another! Thanks for taking time out of your bust holiday to drop by and til next time happy crafting!

Who wants to win some stamps? {and a Copic coloring video tutorial}

***Breaking news! Since we have had so many comments just hours after posting the giveaway Annette and Barry, the owners of About Art Accents/Art Neko, are letting me pick 2 winners! Leave a comment people! Good luck & Merry Christmas!***

Oh my goodness, I have so many Christmas projects yet to blog, what’s a girls to do? Hey, I know, I’ll give away some stamps!

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Since I was a slacker very busy crafter this month I forgot to giveaway some Christmas stamps from About Art Accents so the totally awesome, completely understanding owner said “go ahead Lindsay, post the giveaway and we will give away a surprise bundle of goodies” since my readers will need Christmas stamps in a week like a hole in the head. I like surprises and if you have a look at the About Art Accents website I’m sure you will love whatever the prize is. Just leave a comment and you are entered to win, it’s as easy as that! I’ll pick a winner next weekend!

I had a request for a Copic coloring tutorial and as you know I mix and match supplies so here you have an alcohol marker tutorial using Copics, Promarkers and Prismacolors. Look, they all play nice together, so you can try a marker or two from different brands and see what you like best and you won’t have wasted and money because they can be used together. The angel stamp I used can be found here and it is on sale for $4.90 (regular price $7). The papers I used to make the final card can be found at Oriental Trading Company.

Sometimes I forget how much I love coloring with markers. A tip is to stamp out a bunch of images and keep them in a bag with your markers (clear cosmetic bags are great for this) and you can take them with you to color in front of the TV, on trips, or wherever you might be. It is an easily portable project and the more you color the better you get!  That’s it for me tonight, leave a comment for a chance to win some wonderful non Christmas stamps from About Art Accents and til next time happy crafting!

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