Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Design from a Doodle

Remember my Christmas doodles?  Here is something I made based on my doodle designs - a little felt ornament/hanger.  It was pretty quick to make: a little wool felt, some embroidery thread and beads to help put it all together.  I'm not sure if it'll go on a tree (it might be a bit long?), I may hang it on a doorknob or in a window somewhere.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Christmas Doodles

I love having time to sit down and craft but sometimes I find myself beginning an hour or two of crafting and not knowing where to start!  So one day I did some doodling while I was watching TV (and not knitting as is usual when the TV is on).  It was fun to get out the coloured markers without a particular aim in mind.  Some of these doodles have inspired craft projects, come by tomorrow and I'll be showing off the first one!

P.S.  How do you organize your craft time?

Friday, October 22, 2010

Christmas Circles

Before I get going on projects with my new paper I thought I'd show you some of the other paper things I've been working on.  A few weekends ago I started work on Christmas cards.  This year I wanted to get away from my standard stamped-image-on-square-on-coloured-square-on-card style so I started by punching out circles in two sizes.  Most of this paper is scrapbooking paper but there is also some used gift wrap in there.

After doing all the punching I felt I had to organize things.

And then I got down to glueing.  These are some of the designs I came up with.

How about you, are you a start Christmas early person or a wait a minute, Halloween isn't even over yet type?  As you have probably guessed I fall in the first category!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I (heart) Paper!

The second part of my Paper Place experience - the goodies I brought home!  Expect to see these papers cropping up again when I blog about Christmas crafts.

This marbled paper is from Brazil - very beautiful and very expensive.  I bought little 5x7 sheets because it cost less and I could take home four different designs.  I love the colours on the teal one (bottom right) but the shapes in the purple one (bottom left) are great.

A lot of my purchases were heavy on the red, green and gold.  Christmas crafting anyone?

This glitter paper doesn't show up very well in the photo - just imagine a sheet of glitter and that's pretty much it.  It's fairly light weight so I'm hoping it folds easily (wouldn't wish stars look great in glitter?).

These textured papers are fun.  The white one makes me think of snowballs.  I'd love to wrap a present in it!

There were some non-Christmas purchases like this floral/paisley pattern. So detailed and ornate!  I think a little will go a long way.

I picked up a few non-paper goodies too - washi tape and paper string.

I get excited just thinking about all the great paper I have to use - I plan to set aside some time in the upcoming week to play with it and see what happens.  Stay tuned!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Paper Heaven

Yesterday was my birthday and part of my day was going in to Toronto where I visited The Paper Place.

It was my first visit there and absolutely as amazing as it looks on the website!  I thought I did really well to spend less then an hour in there and go through the whole store (I would have been longer but they were closing).  I spent all my birthday money, and then some, but I came home with so many gorgeous papers - I can't wait to get crafting!  I'll be back in the next day or two to show you what I bought but for now enjoy a few shots of the store.

Do you see those things that look like bolts of fabric on the right?  On the green shelf?  They are "bolts" of chiyogami paper - I'm sure there were over 100 patterns there, all arranged by colour.  If you find yourself in the Toronto area I highly recommend you visit the store to see all the loveliness for yourself.

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Little Sewing

My latest sewing project has been these little "taggies" blankets for some moms-to-be at work.  I wanted to make them a little something and these were simple and fun.  The little "tags" all came from my ribbon drawer (I did think of buying some ribbon but clearly that was unnecessary!).  For the front of the blanket I made a little quilt square with cotton prints.  The back is striped flannel.  Next time I think I'll do flannel on both sides - it's so soft and without the quilt bit they'll be so much faster to sew, making them easier for those last minute gifts!

(On an unrelated note does anyone know why I have both "fabric" and "sew" as labels for my posts?  When did I use one and not the other?)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Happiness Is...

  • a golden autumn day
  • Friday afternoon of a long weekend
  • knitting a gift for a friend
  • weather warm enough for a tank top and shorts... in October
  • finding out my small camera fits in the gel pocket of my bike shorts
  • getting all of the ends sewn into my Fiddlehead Mittens
  • finishing a good book
  • browsing this year's 101 Christmas Cookies magazine
  • getting a birthday surprise from a local store in the mail