Monday, February 20, 2017

Mosaic Monday - Wetlands

I made a visit to the wetlands recently since the weather was so nice.  It felt like spring.  I was surprised to see water where ice should be on the pond. 
Water does provide nice reflections which ice does not so I appreciated the water.   Here are some cattails with still a bit of snow and ice around the edges. 
The sun was not shining and the sky was overcast.  Their color is a deep golden yellow color so it adds to the brightest of the scene.











These winter versions of flowers along a fence were wonderfully pouffe and light.



Another plant along the fence so I will assume it is cultivated rather than native to the wetlands. 

I thought the little yellow clusters looked like flowers with their even rows of petals. 

Check out the red stems in the back ground.







The dried leaves on the bushes along the pond had such interesting and alien shapes.
These were grey on grey branches. 

Crumpled gently over time to create this dimensional shape from what was a flat leaf in the summer.  They must have been quite large originally as they were quite substantial as dried leaves.





The mosaic has these very furry leaves.  They look like animal fur.  Rosehips provide a punch of red color in the landscape.  Another berry maybe dogwood with the red branches.  The yellow flowers at the bottom were well preserved and totally delightful.



Sharing with Maggie at Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday #28

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Car Litter Bag & Scrap Sack

I've created a page on this blog for sewing projects I have for sale.

Check the page out to see what sewing projects are available.















Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tea, Fellowship and Spring

This was my tea this afternoon.  I'm going with summer colors as the weather today was really warm and I can see that it is on it's way. 

The tea is Lemon & Ginger by Clipper which is really nice.  Served in my true blue dishes which have been neglected during the winter season.  I chose a yellow place mat and a striped napkin.

The glass fruit in the wide bowl from the true blue dishes are a new acquisition. 

A couple Citrus and Cranberry cookies.

The glass fruit in the wide bowl from the true blue dishes are a new acquisition.  I have been looking for a few glass lemons for a table center. 

I managed to get 12 fruit in a punch bowl for about $1 each.  I was thrilled.  I chose the lemon, pear and banana for this bowl.





I have been spending time on one of my goals for 2017 - relax

I received this tea coloring book in the blog giveaway from Margie at Tea in the Valley

I selected a doodle tea cup and chose colors to coordinated with my afternoon tea.  The colors are deep yellow, true blue and navy.










It was our women's fellowship Welcome to my Kitchen group get together this morning.  Our host provided some baked quiches, cinnamon rolls, fruit, cheese, yogurt, juice and delicious tea.  We were 9 with a few new attendees.  It was a wonderful time.

These small quiches were absolutely delicious. 

They were baked in muffin tins.  They had cheese and ham. 





After breakfast and a made a visit to the wetlands.

The pussy willows are starting to emerge.  I think it is a bit early and hope they don't get a shock later when we get more snow and cold weather. 

It was very encouraging to see them though. 

The pond is nearly melted which surprised me.  There are bits of snow still showing.  I did not manage to get a photo of the chickadees which were certainly singing their hearts out.  

Sharing with Jann at Daily Cup with Mrs Olson - Share Your Cup #236.



Tuesday Cuppa Tea hosted by Ruth.


Bernideen's Tea Time 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mosaic Monday - Valentine's Day


I have been working on my digital photography editing skills. (One of my goals for 2017)  I started out with an image I put together while I was working on a challenge on my Flickr group.  I have been gathering texture images and I was fortunate that my sister gave me a piece of cheese cloth last time I was there so I took a photo of it against black and white backgrounds.  The other layer that I added was an image of a frozen pond with horizontal textures.  This week I learned how to create an editing mask so that I can reveal my main elements through the 2 textures I had applied over them.  Wishing everyone a nice Valentine's Day.

I was out to visit my Mom and Dad on the weekend and I shared with her my Tea Cup Coaster project.  She donated several small pieces of fabric toward the cause.  I really enjoy making them. Now I have a good variety of fabric designs to ensure they are all unique.

This was breakfast this morning.  A cup of Raspberry Thriller tea in a small bone china teacup set.  Rye bread toast with peanut butter and Raspberry Jam.  I used one of the napkins I received from Margie at Tea in the Valley in her blog give away.  Pink was the color scheme and it fit right in.  I placed a Battenburg lace heart at the top of the placemat which has a saying about grand daughters. A pink stained glass angel set in a wooden base stands at the top of the place setting.

I am joining Maggie who hosts Mosaic Monday #27.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Tea with Lemon and Sewing

I had tea with lemon.  This cup was set up for a photo challenge I had on my Flickr account which was lemon. 
I made a pot of Jade Citrus Mint in my fluted clear glass teapot with an infuser.  I filled the crystal bowl with lemons. These are artificial but I would like one day to have glass ones.  The glass honey jar was added then I poured a cup into my Steeped Tea clear glass tea cup.  I created a twist of lemon with a slice cut to the center and one end flipped.  All set up on a green napkin.











I've made several more tea cup coasters.  I just love to make these so my collection is growing so I hope they get the nod for our May women's event but nothing more on the front.


This week meant a trip to the library.  It was so cold that I did not really want to venture out but one book had a hold on it so it had to be returned.  I dressed up and hit the road. It was better getting around than I thought at frigid temperatures. 

I took this book out of the library.  It was a pretty quick read.  With card making in decline I guess I have been toying with the idea of doing sewing to sell.  This book provided a lot of food for thought about product, pricing, materials and venues for selling. 

I was not convinced yet that I could make it with this venture.  I'm enjoying sewing for now so it will be a hobby for now.

With that said I would like to try making a Open Wide Zippered Pouch.  I love that you have full access to the contents of the pouch.  I would not be patchworking the outside. 

I was encouraged that a couple of my sisters are enjoying their Scrap Sacks I made as Christmas gifts.  I think they are a way too cool idea so there will be a few more of those made.

Did I say it's been COLD!  I have been hibernating more than I should.
Sharing with Share Your Cup #235 hosted by Jann at Daily Cup with Mrs. Olson










Friends Sharing Tea hosted by Bernideen

Tuesday Cuppa Tea hosted by Ruth

Monday, February 6, 2017

Mosaic Monday - My Every Day Fabric Bag


I carry a small fabric bag when I am out and about. I'm still old school, so I use a pen and paper rather an electronic device so the bag holds a coil bound book. I make notes in the book for my errands, details about items I'm on the hung for, and anything I need on that particular day.  I always carry a small measuring tape (inset in the large photo).
I have been using a black reusable bag turned inside out to hide the logo.  I had resewn the seams on this one several times over the last couple years.
With my latest surge of sewing I decided to make myself a prettier bag.  I spent about 2 weeks thinking about this project.  I started by recording the measurements of the old one and made some adjustments to the design to make it work better. Adding a pocket for my measuring tape was one of those adjustments and I wanted better attached handles.
I chose a heavy navy fabric saved from an old pair of pants. I lined it with a wonderful yellow fabric and you can see that I created X at the top of the bag where the handles are attached, this will not come apart. I chose a fabric with sunflowers on red background fabric for my pocket.  I placed it between the handles. I added a small velcro closure on the pocket to ensure I don't lose my tape measure.
Learnings: I needed to make the pocket taller than wide because I need to finish the top and bottom edges.  Some of my seams are not as straight as they should be.  The navy fabric is a bit heavy for the project. 
The bag completely covers the book and you can just see the pen nib sticking out.  I did cut a piece of heavy plastic to keep the bottom square.  It took me over 3 hours to make. Some of the seams are not as straight as they should be but overall I am happy with it. I look forward to using this bag for years to come.

Sharing at Mosaic Monday #26 hosted by Maggie at Normandy Life.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Rose Tea Pot

I chose a small rose background paper from Granny Enchanted free digital papers.  I printed it onto white card stock then trimmed the piece to leave a small border.

The rose tea pot is from Free Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps.  I added a sentiment then printed on white card stock.  I used water color pencils to add color to the roses and the blue on the foot, lid and handle.  I heated it with heat tool and the ink did not run.  I did not use much water on my brush.

I chose a warm green card which matched the background very well.  It was more challenging to get my water coloring right with a limited number of pencils.

I had hoped to have the solid layer behind the teapot be blue but could not find a piece of card stock in my stash that would be right so I went with another piece the same as the card. I trimmed it to leave a tiny border and ripped the right hand edge.

I created this card for a challenge at Coffee Loving Card Makers - CASEing DT#10.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Wedding Shower - Thank Yous & Card

I attended a wedding shower today. I made a set of 24 thank you notes for the bride to be. 
Her colors were blush and navy blue so I chose those for the project.
I created the blush paper by brushing Tim Holtz Tattered Rose Distress Stain onto white pearl card stock.  The sheets were left to dry over night.  I was glad to see that the sheets were back to being flat in the morning.
I made the blush hearts with the Stampin Up! Sweetheart punch.  I was able to get 10 from a strip of card stock 2 inches x 11 inches.  I alternated the bumps to make efficient use of the paper.
The ivory cards have a gold foil greeting the center.  I used the SU Modern Label digital stamp to create the label around the words.  The dots are from the Lemonade Stand digital stamp set.  I printed the label and the dots in Night of Navy.  I adhered the hearts with double sided tape. 

I made a card for the couple.  I chose an ivory textured card stock for the card.  I chose the label from the Everything Eleanor digital stamp set.  I colored it with Night of Navy. 
The sentiment is also in the same dark blue.  I mounted another set of blush hearts in the center of the label. One is mounted with 3D foam tape to allow the other to easily be adhered behind it.
The shower was well attended and the gift table was overflowing with lovely things to get this couple started in their life together.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Blog Give Away Winners

I have received contact information from all the winners and the calendars are on their way.

Some of the plans shared include work a little less, play a little more, on going exercise, time away from the regular routine, and time for hobbies like card making, gardening, and sewing. 

Thanks so much to those who shared with me.  

Charmaine, British Columbia, Canada 

Diane, Ontario, Canada 


     

Lorrie, British Columbia, Canada







Susan, New Brunswick, Canada

Maggie, Normandy, France



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Christmas Card Challenge - February - Red / Hearts

The theme for my blog Christmas Card Challenge for February is Red and Hearts.

I chose an Always Artichoke card base which has some texture.  The glitter designer paper is from Sweet Dreams Holiday Avenue by My Mind`s Eye.  It was trimmed to leave a small border.  I cut a length of blue seam binding and placed it just left of center and taped the ends to the back of the designer paper.

I cut a large heart from red velvet paper with the Sizzix Hearts#2 thin lits. I cut some warm white card stock with the next size down.  I cut one from the smallest size, placed onto the white one and used a push pin to create a pierced heart shape.

I used a red crystal brad to hold the heart element onto the card front.

I designed the greeting and color printed it onto warm white card stock.   I fussy cut the greeting banner and adhered it to the card front with 3D foam tape. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Winter Snowflake Birthday

I made this card for a sister who has a birthday this week. 

I started with one of my large greeting layers.  I adhered it to a brown card.

I added several snowflake punchies.  The punchies are all by Martha Stewart.  I placed the large and small blue ones in the top left hand corner and the others offset from those.

I unified the design with green mini brads which match the color of the greeting.


Afternoon Tea & Cool Tool

I set up afternoon tea with my yellow tea pot and a few coordinating accessories.  A vase of flowers, a generous mug, a textured plate work with this place setting.  I still have the lace tablecloth and navy runner on the table.

The teapot is by Maxwell & Williams Infusions. You can read more about it in this post.  I`ve had it for almost a year!

The holiday baking is all gone so I am having a few Citrus Cranberry cookies with my cuppa. 





I have a few very pretty yellow and deep pink carnations in the yellow vase.

The tea is Bengal Spice which I rediscovered over the holidays.  My aunt served it a New Year`s dinner and my sister has served it in the past.  It`s a great tasting herbal tea which is what I need in the afternoon.  I can have it with out sweetener or milk. Served in a yellow ironstone mug hits the mark.



These teas are part of the blog anniversary win at Tea in the Valley.  Margie included the Orange Spice Tea and the Exotic Berries Black Tea as well as small containers which hold Chocolate Rocket and Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait tea.

I will feature some colored images from the tea coloring book on future posts.
I have several envelopes to try as well. A tea cork coaster was also included.

This is a cool tool I purchased over the holidays.  It is a brush designed to clean a steel drinking straw but I bought it to clean my tea pot spouts.  It`s sold through Norwex.

Sharing with Mosaic Monday #25 hosted by Maggie at Normandy Life.

Tuesday Cuppa Tea host by Ruth at Antiques and Tea Cups.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Share Your Cup - This Week

I've made some more tea cup coasters because they are fun to make. You can find the link to the pattern in this post.  I'm not sure how I made one facing the other direction.  It was not intentional so I will have to work on the process to figure it out, then write it down.  These feature subtle and bright fabric.

I have decided to include some relaxation into my life regularly.  The tool I have chosen is coloring so I bought my self a small book. 

I used watercolor pencils on this fish page.  I bought them for a class I am giving in the spring and I wanted to try them out to see how they worked.  I colored them just as I would with colored pencils. 

Once done, I used a paintbrush with a bit of water to blend all the colors.  It makes the image well colored as any white space is given color with the water.  This paper is not the weight needed for much water and you can see the wrinkled edges.  I had to iron it flat once it had dried. 

I am happy with the results.  It took longer as the design was quite a bit more detailed and the water color added some time.

I spent some time viewing art with my aunts. 
One of the most interesting pieces was an art piece with with this kit designed by Victor Vasarely (French/Hungarian, 1906–1997) Planetary folklore Participations no. 1 , 1969. Mixed media sculpture edition plastic, paper, metal 20 x 20 in. (50.8 x 50.8 cm.)
The plastic pieces are held in place by magnets in a black metal box frame. The pieces can easily be re arranged to create a new piece of art.  I loved the concept.  I found these images on line as photos were discouraged.

I have been sewing too.  

Car Litter Bag

The piece of fabric on the left with the marbling pattern was too small to make a litter bag. I combined it with red fabric for the outer bag and chose solid red for the liner bag. 
I have been trying to decide how to design the way the bag is held in place in the car.  I have decided to make fabric ties of 12" as well as include a loop in the center.  Some cars have a hook in the foot well which is works nicely to hold this type of bag.  Again, it holds a produce bag placed inside a plastic container which makes the opening always open and the litter in the produce bag can just be tossed when it is full. 

 

Scrap Sack

This one is made of turquoise butterfly fabric with a pale yellow liner. 

Sharing with Jann at Daily Cup with Mrs. Olson - Share Your Cup #233.