Weekend Round-Up

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I managed to get some afternoon craft time yesterday AND today (largely because I had a few orders to fill) and I’m just going to quickly share what I made as I won’t get time to blog these items individually.

First, I dropped in to Michael’s yesterday morning since we had to stop at the DIY store next door and I picked up some wool to make coffee cup cozies (still a work in progress so I’ll share at a later date), wool for a small throw blanket for our living room and I also scored a Cinch binding machine for $25!!!  I also picked up some Valentine themed patterned paper, a stamp set, and a few mini pens.  I did use the Valentine themed supplies to make these:

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I had a complex order this weekend of a glittered wine glass and thank you card (complex because it’s a three-stage job and you have to wait for each coat to dry before you can move on to the next) so I made the card yesterday after glitter stage two and added the vinyl to the glass this afternoon.  Pictures are not good but here you go:

rn wine glass

Back of the glass (colour correction changed the tissue paper to this ugly beige):

rn back

Coordinating Thank you card (inspired by another card on Pinterest):

floral thanks

One more order I needed to knock out this weekend was a much easier project – a monogrammed mug.  The only difficulty filling this order was waiting for Bowring to get the mugs back in stock:

j mug

On a sadder note, a Beagle Paws friend’s dog passed away last weekend and I really wanted to send her a personalized sympathy card so I made this early last week:

puppy sympathy

In between all this, I’m still making dishcloths as I find it relaxing and it also lets me watch a bit of tv on the week nights when I’m not feeling particularly creative.  I don’t have a pictures to share but I’ve added a few colours.  I probably have to stop making them for a bit as I’m just displaying them at work and have probably run out of customers!

Enjoy your week.  May it be productive and creative.

Mama Needs a Glass of Wine

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These are the last of the glitter wine glasses I made just before Christmas.

I’m planning to do more of these once I have a little more time – it’s a messy process so the craft room needs to be super tidy before I can haul out the glitter and mod podge (it’s special washable mod podge – if you plan to do this, make sure you get something that can withstand hand-washing).

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Right now we’re just finishing up a few house projects (some painting and a few baseboards) which seem to be taking longer than necessary because we simply don’t want to get on with it.  It’s always tricky to balance work, life, hobbies, and responsibilities.  Here’s hoping I get better at that in 2017!

A New Year

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It’s time to do a little reorganizing/revamping of my website (with the help of DH) so I’m hoping to have a new look in the next week or so – time permitting.

This site (blog) has always been for the sole purpose of keeping me motivated to be creative in my spare time.  Lately, I feel that my page could be put to better use to display some of the items that I make – especially for fundraisers as “new” customers are not familiar with my previous work etc. so it would be nice to have a place where they can easily browse around for something specific and contact me more directly.

I’m not sure if that’s what the revamp will deliver but it’s something I’ll keep in mind while planning my new layout.

In the meantime, I am trying to get back into cards – hoping to do some Valentine’s Cards for a Beagle Paws fundraiser but haven’t worked out the details yet.  I’ve also been doing a bit of crochet as it’s a nice way to be productive while catching up on all the TV I didn’t have time to watch in the month of December (I’m 3 TWD’s behind!).

Here are some dishcloths that I recently made – of course, I had to make some packaging to go with them as that’s my favourite part:

dishcloths-packaged

They have a stripe at the top and bottom…

dishcloths

Hoping to be back with a card or two in the next couple of days.

…and there it was, gone.

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Another Christmas crafting season over.  I’m a little bit sad as I always find Christmas crafts fire up my mojo and I don’t feel that way about other “holidays” or events.  However, it was a busy few months and I’m looking forward to more time “just for fun” in my craft room.

I spent the (wet, windy) early evening putting away all my Christmas stamps, papers and embellishments and clearing out a couple of things that I don’t want to hold on to any longer.  I have to do a better purge of the room later but I’ve put a dent in it so I’m happy with that – for now!

I did expand my craft offerings this year and that means that more craft materials had to find a home in the room.  I’m working with fabric, ceramic, and glass – mostly using heat transfer vinyl or sign vinyl – so I need space for those materials as well as the packaging I use (boxes, bags, tissue paper, bubble wrap).

I also got a new sewing machine this year and treated myself to a spool rack and some new scissors – I’ll be re-homing my old machine which is a basic Brother machine I bought at Woolco (yes, Woolco!) over 25 years ago.  It served me well with the limited amount of sewing I do.  I’m hoping the new machine will help me try new things (not clothes, just a few cute fabric crafts).

I didn’t get to share all the things I made this year but here are a few random pictures of some glasses and mugs I did the week before Christmas – you can also find “Handmade by Kellybee” on facebook if you want to connect there:

poppy-mug nanny-mug host-gift tipsy-wineglass bacon-mug-set friends-mug-set first-home-orine script-silhouette-ornie

Happy New Year!

Getting Blitzened

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Made some glitter stem wine glasses this week – I can’t share them all as some are gifts for people who might read my blog but here’s a quick sample:

wine-glasses

The “Aunt” glass has “BAE” on the other side of it.

The rest of the glasses turned out really cute.  I’ll try to remember to add pictures to this post after the Christmas season.

Check back tomorrow for customized mugs and hopefully, some Christmas tags.

More Ornaments

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I got a few more ornaments finished today and I’m slowly seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

The first one is supposed to be an “elf on the shelf”.  It’s a gift for an elf to leave her “person” when she shows up for the year:

elf-ornie

The second ornament is actually the back of a monogram bulb but I thought it turned out nice so I’m sharing it on m blog:

snowflake-ornie

I have a few pairs of socks to do and some pet stockings and then I’m REALLY hoping to get some cards started – at the very least I need my cards for family as it will soon be time to mail my parcels etc.

Pet Memory Bulbs

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I designed some new pet-themed bulbs today using frosted vinyl for an etched effect:

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The name is done in gold and I’ve designed a simple tag using gold ink to go along with the packaging:

memory-bulb

When I was ordering the paw print seals I use on my tissue paper the company was out of the clear so I had to get gold instead.  The gold label was the inspiration for these bulbs.

Not sure why the tissue paper looks so orange in the picture but it’s actually red.

The bulb is shatterproof (cannot source any disc bulbs at the moment) and the paw print and name are floating on a bed of snow inside the ornament.

Off to work on some stockings!

Christmas!!!

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I’ve been super busy with socks, ornaments, and other little Christmas goodies.  In fact, I soon won’t be able to do any more glass ornaments as I’m almost completely sold out.  I have a lot of shatterproof ornaments but hardly any of my favourite disc ornaments.

Oh well, at least that means I might find time to make some cards!

Here’s the latest batch of everything – a bit of a random mix.

wine-bulbsdog-stockingscat-stockingsleafs-socksanimal-lover-socks

I’ve gone through 2 blades and 2 mats for my Silhouette this season.  That’s a lot of cutting!

Gotta get those bulbs packaged tomorrow and out the door – trying to clear the decks to make way for some card-making!

Row House Ornaments!

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I’m so excited to have finally turned this idea into an actual ornament that I couldn’t even wait to create the packaging before sharing it on my blog:

row-houses

It’s been really hard to find clear bulbs to make my crafts this year so I’ve been putting off some of my ideas.

Yesterday, I was fruitlessly searching for disc ornaments at Michael’s and came across a container of round plastic ornaments (I won’t work with round glass – I’m too clumsy!).

I wasn’t sure if they’d fit the bill but they’re really nice and they’re perfect for anyone “from home” sending one in a Christmas package as they are plastic so you don’t have to worry about breakage.

Hopefully, I’ll get the packaging finished tonight (depends on inspiration – took me a whole day to come up with a snowman soup tag yesterday!) and may even remember to update this post when I do.

I remembered!

row-house-packaged

Enjoy the few meager hours remaining of this lovely 3-day weekend!

Santa K-Cup Ornament

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I’m working on a snowman version of these but don’t have it perfected just yet (the mouth is too fiddly) but here’s my Santa K-Cup ornament:

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It’s a pyramid box with Santa embellishments.  A K-Cup fits perfectly inside if you turn it upside down.

I added some holes to my pyramid box cut file so I could run some baker’s twine through it to hang on the tree.  I also doubled up the lid (bottom) of the box so the tab that closes it is a little sturdier (due to the fact that I used 65 lb cardstock which is a bit flimsy).

I also took advantage of today’s holiday to spend a few hours in my craft room working on some glitter bulb orders:

glittery-friday

Just have to make the tags and package them up.

I feel like I’ll never get to making any Christmas cards or tags and I have some really cute new stamps and paper I’d like to play with!



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