Monday, October 16, 2017

I picked up my Janome...

and I am overwhelmed.  I could hardly get it out of the box.  But I did manage to get it done.

This is for another night.

Sunday, October 15, 2017


We had Keaton with us one night this week and we promised him we would sit outside and make s'mores.  I am not sure he knows what they are, but he was agreeable.
 He knows it is something special...
 Not quite sure how to handle it...
 Yep.  It is definitely awkward to hold...

 His thoughts?  
He liked the chocolate better than the marshmallow.
Regardless, it was a beautiful night to be outside.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Just checking it out...

I have been thinking of buying a new sewing machine.  I was thinking maybe I would pursue that thought in January at the annual Quilt show.  AND, I have a good one - a Bernina - that is older than my first born.  I bought it in 1985 and I have to say it was one of the best purchases I have ever made.  There's nothing wrong with it and I will continue to use it, but sometimes it would be nice to have a new fangled machine.  So I decided to sit down and try one out at the Pinner's Conference.
 Mulqueen's from the valley was at the conference
and of course, offering a show special.  
 This is a Janome - well known to quilters.  
 I loved the feeling of it.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Pinner's Conference by Pinterest

I had never heard of this conference before.  But, of course, I wanted to go.  Anything crafty and I try to get there.  Kim had to work, but Kate and I still managed to get there in the afternoon.  Here are some of the photos of the day...

 The event is put on by Tandy Leathers, which has been around for years.  
I remember making leather items with Tandy kits when I was in high school.

 You could sign up for classes - we might do that next year.
 Traveling quilt store?
Little camper?  Couldn't resist.  Had to go in.
 Some cute items we liked.
 On our way out... 
... with our purchases.
Great day!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Simple is sometimes the best

My friend's daughter, Kylee, who calls me Aunt Jean, loves paper crafting.  So, of course, she HAS to be related to me.  She sent me this photo the other night...
She said she made this card for her sister's friend.  I really like the simplicity of this card.  Very cute. Very clean.  Good job, Miss Kylee!

Monday, October 9, 2017

This was what I came back to after lunch...

One day this last week I went to lunch.  When I came back, this is what my computer screen looked like:
 Take a closer look -
It is turned sideways!
What the heck?
I have never seen anything like this before.
As it turned out, it was a very simple fix.
But until my IT Department guided me through it,
I just shook my head and laughed.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

There's always something to do on my house...

I never lack for projects I want to complete on my house.  The list is endless.  The latest project was placing pavers across the front of my yard and up along the sidewalk.

 I used to get lots of weeds along the edges of my driveway
and sidewalk.
They turned out beautifully and it really helps
"finish" the yard.
I'm happy.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Okay, this might be the ultimate craft project...

I am still working on my house - does that ever end?  I had some painting to do on the carport.  The ceiling of my carport fell down one day (a couple of years ago) and I had it repaired with new drywall and spackling but it still needed to be painted.  Honestly, I simply put it out of my mind and never did it.  If I didn't look up, I could easily forget about it.  But... it still needed to be done.

 Here are the "before" photos.
 The picture below is "after" I finished the front section.  
 The picture below is the back section - and (thankfully), I ran out
of paint (darn!) and wasn't able to finish it.
I have to admit I was getting really tired anyway.
So this week I will get another gallon of Navajo White
paint and finish it next weekend, along with the trim.
So ... in order to get this done, I had to look at it
as a craft project and take it one small area at a time.
I have to admit, I felt a sense of accomplishment
and it's not even done yet!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

I also learned how to make a pop up card...

This is the first pop-up card I have ever made and it was actually  pretty easy.
 The outside is so pretty.  I don't think the photo does it justice.
You can't see it very well, but the middle section pops out.
I hope to make several of these for the holidays.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

At the crop...

I learned how to make a sliding card...

The card lays flat...
and slides up to reveal the saying. 
What you pull is this tab at the top of the card.