Busy, Busy, Busy!

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A busy few days at work and in the craft room.

My little sock project took off and this is what’s happening in my craft room tonight:

soxy

Yup, washed an entire load of JUST socks – then had to hang them to dry so they kind of took over the place.  Don’t even ask how long it took to fold them sideways so they could be prepped for alteration!

I managed to make and package just a handful of orders tonight after doing all the prep but I hope to make better progress tomorrow.

sox-packaged

I’ve invested in a new order form for current items for sale and hope to have that done shortly.  It won’t have the limitations my current form does (I can only have 8 fields!) but it all has to be programmed and DH is helping with that while I try to get out from under this pile of wool socks!

Say It With Socks!

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I am so unfocused with my crafting this season – all over the place!

Over the long weekend, I kept seeing comments on these “wine socks” that everyone wanted.  I finally clicked on a picture – thinking someone had the patience and skill to knit the wording into the sole of the sock.  When I realized it was heat transfer vinyl I thought “I can make these!”.

Wine Version:

socks pink

Beer Version:

socks red

Packaging (simple):

socks packaged

Bought a roll of burlap today so who knows what my next project will be.

Bears Everywhere!

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Needed a little change of pace after working on my Pikachu ornaments yesterday and I always find it easiest to make a tag when I want to shift gears or I’m low on mojo.  The smaller design space is much less daunting than that blank 4.25″x5.5″ rectangle.  Besides, I had a growing pile of cardstock and paper scraps on my desk from the gift bags I’ve been making for my dog bandannas.

I used a new MFT set featuring some very cute birthday bears.  I didn’t purchase the matching dies as that would have brought the cost of the stamp set to $50 USD – just not economically feasible at all!

However, I do have a Pixscan mat for my Silhouette so I stamped up a few images and cut them out for my tags:

trio of tags

Believe it or not, I’ve switched gears again and am working on another Beagle Paws fundraiser – Happy Howlidays II.  It might seem early but I have a LOT to do in order to pull this off.  Must go play with some faux snow!

Pikachu

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I’ve been wanting to try my hand at a Pokemon themed ornament and finally had some time to play with the design.

It took 3 attempts to get the vinyl to the scale and detail that I wanted but it turned out pretty cute in the end:

pikachu

I’ve since made the nose a little smaller on the advice of a friend who has a clue about Pokemon (I don’t!)  I’m lucky I know this little dude is not actually called Pokemon.

It took me longer to make the packaging than it did to design the ornament (you can see the revised nose below):

pokeball

Off to make a few dog bandannas!

Cushion Cover (Izzy)

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Another cushion cover for a friend:

izzy

Apologies for the picture – I don’t currently have a lick of space in my craft room as the sewing machine, cutting mat, and ironing board have taken over a large amount of real estate!

I enjoy making these covers as the sewing is pretty basic – but I don’t enjoy the half hour or so it takes to iron on the HTV!  Oh to have a heat press (well, I’d probably be frightened to death of burning myself using it but imagine taking seconds to adhere vinyl to fabric)!

In other news, my Dad is visiting us for a couple of weeks – I think he’s having a good time.  At least he gets the tv to himself while I’m holed up in my craft room.

Beagle Paws Fundraiser

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Now that I’ve learned the basics on my new sewing machine (old one had to go…too frustrating to work with and I’m barely capable of using one as it is) I feel that my dog bandannas are well constructed enough to sell them.

In the meantime, I’m donating the first few batches to my favourite animal non-profit – Beagle Paws.

Both of our dogs are Beagle Paws adoptions and I love their foster program.

I’ll be doing my Building For Beagles Fundraiser (Christmas Ornaments) again this year but, for now, the monies from the sales of these bandannas is going towards some BP vet bills.

Here’s the latest packaging:

reese

I’m varying the packaging so I don’t get sick of making the bandannas.  If you’ve followed my blog at all (when I do post!) you’ll know that the packaging is my favourite part of crafting.

These little bags are pretty easy to do once you’ve cut out all the pieces and added the scor-tape.

I’m off to make a few more bags!

I Made A Card!

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It’s been so long since I’ve made a card.  I’ve been playing with textile crafts lately and have so much sewing and cutting paraphernalia scattered around my craft room there simply hasn’t been any space for paper crafting.

I finished a (gasp!) Christmas stocking last night – forgive the time of year for that but I don’t really sew and it was my first time making a stocking – and decided that it was time to tuck the fabric and sewing machine away for a bit and get back into playing with my neglected paper crafting supplies.

I whipped this card up fairly quickly tonight.  It’s simple but colourful and cute:

birthday bear

Image stamp is MFT, sentiment is Simon Says Stamp.  I treated myself to a couple of orders a few weeks ago and received both parcels this week.  Perfect timing to switch crafting gears.

Hoping to spend a little more time in the craft room this weekend – unfortunately, it will be mostly to do a bit or reorganizing/purging.  Ugh!

More Cushion Covers

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I’ve been busy working on some handmade items (not cards) and thought I’d share in case you think I’m not around anymore!

The following pictures are terrible but here are some cushion covers that I completed tonight:

theodore rupert rachel

I also made some custom dog scarves last weekend after somebody spotted my “Finn the Blind Beagle” scarf:

tucker 2

tucker 1

Finn’s blind doggy gift box was made especially for him so I created new packaging for these scarves/bandannas.  Just need a little more practice with the pattern (some adjustments to make them more universal) and I’ll be cranking them out like crazy!  The gift box measurements need a tweak too (well, the patterned paper – cut it too small on the first box!)

Here’s a shot of my two dogs wearing their scarves – Jack’s scarf bunches a bit because his collar is doubled up – that’s the adjustment I want to make – I’m sure he’s not the only dog that has a neck slightly too big for one size collar meaning the next size up needs to be adjusted to its smallest size.  I’m not completely convinced this will resolve the issue but it’s worth a try!:

jack and jill scarveds

Finn the Blind Beagle

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Earlier this year, Beagle Paws (beaglepaws.com) rescued a sweet beagle they named Finn.

Unfortunately, due to neglect and glaucoma, Finn had to have both eyes surgically removed.

Happily, Finn is loving life with his foster mom and he’s quickly becoming somewhat of a spokesbeagle for the organization and everyone loves reading about his adventures through his own Facebook page.

I’m off work this week and decided to use some of this morning’s “me” time to make Finn a special scarf.

finn

Of course, I had to make cute packaging to go with it!

I’m no seamstress so my sewing is not the best but this scarf will slip right over Finn’s collar so his tags don’t need to be removed and his neck won’t feel too bulky.  It’s nice and tailored too so he won’t trip or get easily caught on something as he sniffs his way around his environment.

I hope he enjoys his gift.  I was certainly pleased to make it for him.

 

 

Hipster Birthday

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Whipped up a card this afternoon for our nephew in England.  Completely CASEd from a card I saw on Pinterest.  I traced some images I found online and cut out the shapes with my Cameo.  Sentiment is computer generated.

spiffing hipster

Now that the card is made I must try tidying up my craft room!  Anyone want to come over and clean the floor for me?



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