Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A couple cards

I've been in a stamping mood lately. Maybe because it's getting warmer and knitting is getting hotter. Anyway, here are two recent cards:

This one is from a sketch on the StampingBella blog. I really liked the sketch. I wanted to fit a sentiment on there somewhere, but I just couldn't figure out how or where!

And this one is from the Splitcoaststampers sketch challenge #226. I used some new stamps here. I don't get many new stamps anymore - I have a ton so it's hard for me to find something "new and different" enough for me to justify spending money.

This set came with 8 or 9 images and sentiments and it was 50% off, for a grand total of $5. That was a deal I just couldn't pass up. I was able to condition the stamps well enough to be able to color them with markers even. Usually stamps that are that cheap are of a quality that doesn't allow you to use markers or dye inks. I was pleasantly surprised!

I'll be back with a more knitty post in a few days.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Quick Update

I've been busy - Spring seems to do that doesn't it? My knitting, stamping, and scrapbooking seems to have taken a backseat to playing outside, riding bikes, playing hopscotch, etc. But it's ben really fun!

Here is a scrapbook page I did for a challenge at TSR. The challenge was to scraplift the person who posted above you. I lifted Paulette.

I also scrapped the pictures from DS' wrestling program last fall. He loved it - but really never learned anything about wrestling! I think we may enroll him again this fall if he want's to do it again. The color is a bit off on this picture - the cardstock is a bright orange.

I hope you all had a nice Earth Day. DS was determined to celebrate despite the extremely busy day. We went for a family walk before bedtime and picked up garbage. It was amazing how much we found. Since we found so much, we are planning a repeat performance this weekend. The retaining pond near our house probably has TONS of garbage it's collected over time, so we plan on trying to pick up as much of it as we can.

Have a great day!!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Lucky me - NOT!!

Dang - my inbox has been flooded lately with all sorts of spam. (Actually, they go to my junk box - but you know what I mean.)

I seem to be on a major lucky streak: I've been named in numerous wealthy person's wills, won several lotteries, and had numerous requests to help cash checks with no cost to me!

I know the economy is bad - I wonder how many people fall for these scams? I got 10 yesterday alone. Sheesh!

ETA - I've already gotten 10 today and it's only 3:00 in the afternoon. Crazy.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Happy April Fools Day!!

Not much to report on the knitting or crafting front. I've been in a bit of a funk lately, and the creative juices just are not flowing. I think it might be due to the crappy weather we've been having - or maybe not. Maybe I just have too many projects going right now - and none of them are getting done.

I've got a pair of mittens OTN for my mom. I made a pair for myself and I love them. They are super warm - even for a Minnesota winter. I made mine out of Lambs Pride by Brown Sheep. Michelle gave me 2 skeins of Pistachio green for giving her knitting lessons (*waving HI to Michelle*). The yarn was perfect for these mitts - it felts like a dream. Mom's are being knit out of a recycled cream worsted wool. I'll admit that cream might not be the most practical color for mittens, but since they are felted, she can wash them if they get a bit dirty. Here's a picture of the work in progress:

And a funny thing - when I was working on my pair, I showed them to my hubby. He looked at me and asked, "What are you knitting, oven mitts?" (Don't get me wrong, pre-felting, they are HUGE!)

I'm also working on another Clapotis for my MIL for Mothers Day. I was doing pretty well with it, but I've really lost momentum. I have time, so I'm not worried. I'm past the half-way mark, so that's good.

I've still got two pair of socks OTN. I finished the first sock that my friend Kate designed. I haven't cast on for the second sock though.....I really better do that or the needles will end up getting used for another project and I'll never finish the pair! Here is the completed sock from Kate's pattern. (It's a Ravelry only download, so if your not a member - sign up now!!)
The other pair has one sock complete and the second sock is almost to the heel flap. I should be able to cruise through that one once I turn the heel.

Knit on!