Recent Projects…

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Popping in to share a few projects I’ve been working on for February…

Feb. 17th weekend:

Wine glasses, crocheted Spring facecloth, bunny bag for packaging the cloth.

February 10th weekend:

Glitter stemmed wine glass, pet memory candle jar, coffee cup cozies, a couple of Valentine’s Day cards.

February 3rd weekend:

Pet pillows, T-shirts, a batch of crocheted dishcloths, and some tea towels…

I wonder if I’ll make it 4 for 4 re: weekend crafty time for the month of February?  I do have a few projects I want to finish but most of them involve sewing which isn’t my favourite thing to do (plus I don’t have a permanent home for my sewing machine so it’s a PITA to set it up).

I also really want to get my website revamped but am not making as much progress as I’d like.  Some day…

Custom Pillows!

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Year End Round Up

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This won’t be much of a round-up but I thought I’d end the year with a blog post.

I’ve had this week off and it’s been a relaxing and somewhat productive time.

I’ve read 6 books (3 that I got for Christmas and 3 that I bought after Christmas), crocheted a new throw for the tv room, baked bread, made lots of meals in the Instant Pot, did a half-decent gutting out of my craft room (I could do better but I love my stuff!!!!), and even made a quick wood sign for my kitchen this afternoon!

In other news, my older brother sent me a heat press so that’s exciting!  Rich (DH) had bought me a Cricut Easy Press for Christmas but this unexpected gift has a few more bells and whistles.  I returned the Easy Press and bought a piece of furniture to hold the larger heat press as it weighs about 60 lbs and I didn’t really have appropriate real estate in my craft room.  Special thanks to DH who came to the rescue when I started to put the cart together – the parts were well-labelled but there were a zillion pieces!  I went with a mobile cart as the press is the swing-away type and I wanted to make sure there was plenty of room to move the hot plate out of my way while using the machine.

I haven’t used the press other than to test it to make sure it functions but it did a fabulous job melding the heat transfer vinyl to a scrap of cotton and it was MUCH faster than using the iron.  Should be a very cool toy!

That’s about it for my last post of the year.  I hope everyone had a great Christmas break and that 2018 brings you much health and happiness.

Santa’s Workshop Recap

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It’s been a busy few months with Christmas drawing near.  I’ve also had SO many computer issues that my projects have been a bit frustrating to complete.  Thankfully, DH installed a new hard drive on my computer today and so far, so good!

Still rushing around trying to keep on top of orders (www.kellybee.org/christmas/) but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel (mostly because I’m running out of blanks like ornaments and wine glasses).

Some projects I completed this weekend:

(Yes, I even made a card!)

Off to do a few domestic tasks before bedtime.  Only 2 more weeks until Christmas..EEK!

Polar the Pyreneese

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A few weeks ago I used my Christmas crafting time to create some special ornaments for a local organization (Rescue NL).  Doing this meant some of my customers had to wait an extra few days for their orders.  Nobody seemed to mind.  😉

I’ve been told that the ornaments were launched today and sold out pretty much immediately.  I just thought I’d share them now that they have been made public.  I’m especially pleased with the boxes I made to go with them.

If you’re not familiar with Polar’s story, he’s a Pyreneese Mountain dog who was treated so poorly that he doesn’t have much trust in people.  Rescue NL (and his foster mom) has been working hard to make a better life for Polar.  These ornaments were donated to help with the cost of creating an outdoor run/dog door for Polar as he is most happy outdoors and his foster mom needed a way for him to access his outside home independently.

Since I’m talking about pet rescues today, I want to take a moment to suggest that you donate to a local animal shelter this Christmas if you are able.  We make an extra donation each year in lieu of buying dog toys/presents for our beagles at Christmas.

Christmas Stuff for Sale

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Check it out at: www.kellybee.org/christmas/

 

Pet Ornaments

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I’ve created a separate page for my 2017 Pet Christmas ornaments.

Please click HERE for details.

Christmas Order Update

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I just posted this on Facebook but thought I’d add a quick note on my blog:

To my friends/customers who are waiting on Christmas ornaments, Santa Plates, Santa Cams, etc. I decided to donate my craft time today to work on a project for a local animal rescue.  As a result, I’m a day behind on all of your orders (including the Beagle Paws fundraiser).  I hope none of you mind the delay but I felt it was important to lend a hand to this specific cause.

I can’t share the project yet and there is still something wrong with my site so I couldn’t post a picture if I wanted to. 🙁

Thanks for your patience.

 

Fall Round-Up

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Yep, Fall.  Haven’t updated the blog since July.  I do have a Facebook page if you’re interested in staying up to date.  I’m not planning on abandoning my blog but I am going to be revamping this site significantly when I get some downtime. (I’m currently taking a digital skills course which finishes in March and have decided to redesign my blog as my class project – I’m getting too old for new knowledge!)

Right now, I’m in the midst of my annual charity fundraiser for Beagle Paws.  I’ve made 97 of these babies so far:

…and 55 of these little guys:

I’m also working on other dog breeds but they’ve been on the back burner while the fundraiser above is going on.  Here’s a little taste (and some are drawn better than others – I’m no artist!):

Of course, there’s the wine glasses too…what would my crafting time be without snorting a little glitter each weekend?

I’m also working on another, smaller charity donation but it’s not ready to roll so blogging about that will have to wait.

In other Kelly news, I just bought an Instant Pot this morning (don’t worry, my blog won’t be dedicated to the cult of the Instant Pot) so that should be interesting.

Hang in there.  Blog’s not dead yet!

July in One Post

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I’ve been busy, what can I say?  The blog is neglected (I do have a FB page – Handmade By KellyBee if you want to pop by) but I’ve been doing crafty things – mostly on the weekends.

In addition to crafting, there’s been the usual round of summer visitors and home projects such as repainting our shutters and front door.  We have a bit of work to do on the front steps and then I’ll try to remember to share a before and after.  We have a white house so I was very surprised at what a change the new shutter colour made.

Some July projects:

groom gifts sophies mugs hubby wifey mugs night owl tote bag dog treat jar grad glasses beer tags

As you can see, cards have not been the main focus lately.  I’m really enjoying using my Silhouette Cameo to create projects and I’ve also been dabbling with some chalk paints lately…here’s the new toys:

chalk paint

It’s been very hot and humid in St. John’s – high 20’s most days which is not normal for this area of Canada.  It’s usually a bit cooler (low 20’s, high teens – I can’t translate to Fahrenheit but I’m guessing mid-to-low 70’s and right now it’s high 70’s to low 80’s.  Might not sound that hot to you but if you’re not used to it, it can feel pretty uncomfortable.)

My dad has been visiting from Ontario the last few weeks (he goes back next week) and my BFF has also been visiting from BC so I’ve had more social activities than usual.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  I must go see what we’ll be making for supper this beautiful evening.



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