Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Matryoshka Doll Ornament

For the holidays I always purchase the magazine by Better Homes and Garden Holiday Crafts each year, there is always one or two projects I want to do in there. This year I found an adorable little Matryoshka Doll Ornament. I didn't have time to make it during the holidays but I finally got to it this week. I need to sharpen my embroidery skills and they started returning to me as I was finishing. 
I think I wil be making more, it was a fun craft.
They were designed by Danielle Wilson.  
Here is mine.



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Sunday, February 26, 2012

My Pet Crochet Rock - Little Treasure of the Earth

I had found one of my crochet today magazines and in the 
"We Hear You" section where readers showcase their projects was a letter and little snippet about a past article of little urchin crochet covered sea stones with the title "rock on!" The Crochet Today article found originally in the (Sep/Oct 09) issue by Ms. Oomen whom created the interesting rocks.
Well I thought it was extremely unique - I love rocks and had remembered as a youngster back in the 70's Pet Rocks was a popular craze and actually sold at Montgomery Wards.
Living in California I have been to the beach many times looking for shells, but never rocks though I love interesting rocks.
So when I read this snippet I thought well I certainly want to try that, so I did. It was not as easy as it looks. I made about 4 motifs before deciding on the one in the photo and it was hard to make the motifs fit tight enough around the rock. I kept getting another rock thinking the rock I had was not good enough, shaped well enough and that my motifs were not pretty enough or interesting enough and the yarn color was not right or lacy enough. This whole process ended up taking me three days and finally yesterday I decided on this motif and this rock. For heavens sake it's just a Rock! but I love it and love the concept. It would be fun to make these for Easter and leave for the kiddo's to find in the yard along with their Easter Eggs, little treasure of the earth.
In the end I decided on a violet color from  Bernart Handicrafter Crochet Thread. It's a pretty color. 



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Have a great Sunday!


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cute Pear Crochet Coasters

I found this cute pattern and made up some pear coasters. It was quick and easy. I found the pattern on Etsy. 
As you can see I have been crocheting all week. Today I am going to turn my attention to sewing.





Have a wonderful Tuesday!



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Monday, February 20, 2012

Russian Matrioshka Doll

I got a bit off track as to what I was going to crochet next. I thought I was going to do the wrap I talked about in the previous post or the coasters but then I found a cute Matrioshka Doll that I started, so I finished that instead yesterday. I got the pattern out of the Love of Crochet Magazine. I was pretty excited to see this doll pattern in there. I have a few patterns for a sewn Matrioshka Doll and even for my Silhouette Cameo. I used Patons Grace yarn to make this doll. I made some changes in the pattern to make it unique differing from the photo a bit in the magazine, though I kept the colors very similar as to what is shown. I am very fascinated with these dolls and plan to make them again with my sewing machine and using my Silhouette Cameo. 
A Matrioshka is a Russian Nesting doll made from wood decreasing in size from large to small and the smaller ones are placed inside the larger ones, just like nesting boxes. The first ever doll was made in the 19th century by a folk art painter which is considered to be a  phenomenon in the world of folk art. In provincial Russia the name Matriona, Babushka Dolls, Stacking doll, Matrushka, Matrioshka, Matryoshka or Matriosha was a very popular female name associated with a mother with a large family. To this day Matrioshka symbolizes motherhood and fertility.  
The traditional look of the doll is the outer layer being a woman dressed in a long strait traditional Russian jumper dress. Apparently the inner dolls can be of either sex male or female and the smallest doll is usually the baby made from one piece of wood. The doll is painted very intricately and detailed and usually follows a theme which varies normally using fairy tale characters or soviet leaders.  



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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Lovely Crochet Slippers

I have just finished crocheting a lovely pair of slippers, they are nice and cozy and warm. I think the best yarn for crocheting slippers is Worsted Weight Yarns. I used two strands throughout for warm slippers and I made a little flower for the top. I used Red Heart Eco-Ways recycled blend yarn for these slippers in Peacock, I mixed the tops with another color similar from scrap yarn. For the flowers I used Patons Grace.


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My next project is some quick and easy pear coasters and then from there more ornaments and origami and perhaps more slippers! But also on the list is something I can make with the Red Heart Shimmer Yarn I have perhaps this project a cowl Project # LW2286 it uses two balls and that is what I have two balls of Black Red Heart Shimmer Yarn. But I am really in love with this pattern WR2132 Heavenly Wrap Crochet Pattern, using the Red Heart Shimmer Yarn.

I found a bunch of darling patterns that use Red Heart Yarns, I really like the colorful crochet doilies, those are to cute!
I love searching the net for fun quick patterns. 

Have a wonderful Saturday! 



Crystal Suncatchers - Aurora Borealis - Krystal Kat's

I enjoy creating and selling handmade crystal suncatchers, this is the craft I spend the most time doing, but I also love crochet, paper arts, sewing and so much more. Whatever craft I am doing it will be something that I am excited about. I have always love crafts and I would spend time with my kids when they were young making crafts. To this day my son is very very talented in many crafts. My daughter loves crafts to but she is a social butterfly and enjoys that more. I guess in order to craft you have to spend more time NOT being a social butterfly.  In any event I have a few disabilities so these crafts are very soothing to me and help me cope with them.    

I seem to be spending a lot of time lately crocheting lately, squeezing in some paper art crafts here and there and I am constantly enjoying re-eventing my Crystal Suncatchers.

Crystal suncatchers can be found here. I have Crystal Chandelier Crystal Faceted Balls, Hearts, Lots and Lots of Hearts, Angels, Crosses and so much more. Lately I have been going through the suncatchers and taking new photos updating the suncatchers that need a little re-eventing. So far I am maybe half way through this task. It seems a bit overwhelming at times to re-envent and rephotograph. I thought i would be done a few weeks ago. I took the whole week of this week from doing it, I have been working on this project since January. 



I have tried to take some interesting photos as well. That can be challenging for me because of the reflections from crystals, especially the aurora borealis.  

What is AB beads? (Aurora Borealis) and it's one of the most popular Swarovski® crystal coatings. It gives off a beautiful shimmering rainbow, or mother-of-pearl effect. These special coatings are bonded chemically to the outer surface of the Swarovski® crystals for a more brilliant effect.
Aurora Borealis 'AB'  is not a color but special coating finish, Aurora Borealis is available on many of the most popular crystal colorsAurora Borealis finish, not only increases the brilliance of each crystal, this special application also produces color changes, as a direct result of variations, in the quality of light that falls upon it.
The 'Aurora Borealis' coating itself, consists of a metallic finish applied to a crystal surface using water. A very thin metallic particle sheen is adhered to the glass resulting in a significant enhancement to the crystal's overall brilliance and dramatic color changes.
These chromatic variations are dependant on the underlying crystal color and their intensity is affected by background light conditions. Spectral effects similar to those created when sunlight falls on oily water can also be seen.
The color variations range through the spectrum from light, almost imperceptible, blues to the deepest warm hues. The actual visible color changes depend greatly on the individual crystal cut, dimensions and color choice, as well as ambient light conditions but in general, darker backgrounds, tend to produce warm 'fire-like' colors, oranges, yellows, gold, reds and ambers. While in contrast, 'light' conditions produce ethereal blues, greens, lilac, purple and tones with a sense of unbounded 'space'. When applied to each crystal color particular specific variations can be seen, but in all, the 'Aurora Borealis' finish results in a stunning and brilliant display.
Swarovski Austrian Crystal is the finest quality, full-lead crystal you can find. Swarovski crystals are faceted with tremendous precision, creating beautiful prisms. These crystal gemstones come in an extensive range of shapes, sizes and colors. Swarovski Crystal is truly unmatched in quality and distinction, and have been producing crystals for over 100 years. Any crystal that is 28mm or larger that is full lead content will have a logo in the crystal. (This is what I have been told). For the most part this is true. 
Swarovski Crystals are made in Austria. Swarovski makes two brands, Swarovski Strass, Spectra is the other brand and is lead free. Both brands make excellent rainbows due to the index of refraction and the angles they are cut. Swarovski Crystals are known throughout the world for their brilliance and for their famous figurines. The crystals are used in chandeliers', jewelry and other things. I love making things with the crystals.

Have a nice weekend! 




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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cute Little Crochet Stuffed Owl

It's extremely windy today the North winds are really whipping up in Northern California. I hate the wind. I went to lunch with my mom we went to the Cheesecake Factory. I don't know why she did it but she bought me  beautiful heart necklace with tiny diamonds in it. I was so surprised. But of course I love it.

This little owl was really quick and fun to crochet up for the wee one, Little baby Rylan. It turned out pretty cute. I finally found some more size 3 crochet thread by Aunt Lydia  at Michaels today and I was able to get the red I need (Scarlet), I found a lilac (Plum) and a pink (Warm Rose), but I still need orange. I bought two skeins of Patons yarn in Lotus and wildberry because I love their colors.  Their yarn is really expensive so I just buy like two at a time and as previously I wrote it separates a lot while stitching but I still use it for small projects. You can find this pattern and more cute patterns at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ATERGcrochet  


While I was out getting the crochet thread and looking for some more colors from Patons I picked up two skeins of yarn from Loops and Threads DewDrops in Smokey Quartz this is a Michaels brand of yarn. I also finally found Red Hearts Shimmer Yarn which I have been looking for for several months now, I got it in black because their other colors are kind of ugly. This cute pattern on the yarn is at this link - http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/heavenly-wrap, I will probably make this wrap unless I find another pattern to use this pretty yarn in.

My Sweetie Edee is doing better, her leg seems to be healed now. I am so happy that she is doing better.  

Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!



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Monday, February 13, 2012

Silhouette Butterflies Wall Art

I made some more Silhouette Butterflies on Friday. I made them big, medium and small. I put some up on my wall, gave some to Morgan and still have about 60 more.
I posted some photos of the butterflies on my wall and the larger ones. I am going to add some more on my wall that will go all they way around the dresser and further up the wall. I have really high ceilings which you cannot see in the photo, so I can make them go pretty high up the wall, that will look really cute.




    
As you can see with me holding them, they are pretty big.
I love my Silhouette Cameo!
I have so many more things I want to make and try.

Right now I am working on making a stuffed owl for my grandson Rylan, I should be done with it today. 
I gave my granddaughter Morgan a set of these very butterflies this weekend for Valentine's Day, she loved them. 

I went to Panera Bread with my daughter Kirsten and Rylan is getting teeth at the bottom and he was miserable and crying a lot. Here is one cute photo of them.

He is such a handsome little baby boy. Looks like he might be a redhead. I guess we will see. His mama used to be a strawberry blond, so he could go that way. His eyes are greenish with brown overtones, we are hoping he won't have brown eyes. Our family is full of brown eyes, except my daughter and I. I have blue green and she has green, gold brownish. I guess you can call her eyes Hazel. My mom always called my eyes hazel but I guess they are blue green hazel. 
We went shopping and I bought my grandson some clothes he is already going to be 6 months old.
Time goes by so fast......

Have a HaPpY Monday
  
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

My Pups Chihuahua and Chorkie

The other night my poor little Edee the one in the pink sweater hurt herself while trying to jump on the couch. She does not want to walk around, when she does she walks very slow. I feel so bad for her.
The black and red dog is my Effie, she is a chorkie. They are my little buddies. Two sweet little girls. 

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

3 Cute Owl Cards made with my Silhouette Cameo

I made 3 cute owl cards with my silhouette cameo. It's great to have this wonderful cutting machine because I can now offer my customers hand crafted cards that are just adorable. 

The other day I made the most adorable 3-D art butterflies and some adorable butterfly cards. I was cutting away on the silhouette cameo for a few hours and then a bit longer to make the cards. 

I love this craft so much. I do miss doing my quilling, I need to get back and finish making my birds, I made two quilled bird and I have two more to make.     

I need to make my cookies with the bird cookie cutters I got recently also from Ann Clark. But I think today I am going to make some mini pineapple upside down cakes to go with our Sunday Dinner. On Sunday I like to have dessert.

Last night while watching TV I began crocheting some 4-Leaf Clovers. I might try to felt them when I am done, we will see.

I have crocheted four flower brooch pins recently, I really love them. You can find them here and here. I made a cute little owl ornament, you can see that here. Read about my crochet thread fiasco here. Grr to that thread fiasco, I am still upset over that. 




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Friday, February 3, 2012

Confusing Crochet Thread Weights and Grams Aunt Lydia -Bernart

I purchased some crochet thread online at Joann's. It said weight category 3 here is the link at Joann's for Bernart Handicrafter Crochet Thread.  I got it for a great price of $1.95 per each.
After I Purchased it while working with it is thinner then the two I talk about below, it is 85 gr. 

I also have on hand in my stash I bought in the store Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread Fashion 3, I found a link online to it at Herschner's.  It says size 3 thread, but does not list the gr.

I also had on hand some Patons Grace size 3 Mercerized Cotton 50 gr. 

They all say size 3, but Aunt Lydia's does not list the gr, but works well with the Patons, although I am not thrilled with Patons because it splits while working with it and causes me to go back and pull threads that didn't go through the hook all they way to go back again and redo the stitch. I love the colors though they are super vibrant. 

Aunt Lydia's Fashion 3 thread is fantastic and I love the colors and weight of that thread.

Bernart is really nice but a bit thinner, lots of pretty colors.

I can work with both Aunt Lydia's and Patons interchangeably in a project, but I cannot use my new yarn in the same project which I was hoping to do. 

So I messed up on the yarn I guess I can use the new Bernart yarn still for the same projects, but I cannot as I wanted use them together interchangeably I am so disappointed.  All are listed as fine 1.

I wish I can find out the gauge on the Aunt Lydia's but I cannot find it anywhere. Bernart says 4" = 35 stitches. Patons says 4" 24 stitches. In any event like I said I can use Patons Grace and Aunt Lydia's interchangeably and that is great, but now i need to find some more colors from Aunt Lydia and I can't find it in the store here, so back online I go for more shopping of crochet thread. I need some orange and purple and a few other colors. 

Here is a photo of the new yarn from Bernart, it's very nice I worked with it for a test project and I love it. I wish I could use it with the other two though. Boo!


It's a nice day today here in Northern California. We need some rain though. 




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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Flutter By Butterfly Silhouettes 3D Wall Art

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.  ~Rabindranath Tagore
May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
~Irish Blessing

Yes we all love butterflies don't we? I can't imagine who does not love this gorgeous flying insect.

I have used my silhouette cameo to make some gorgeous filagree butterflies, these would be so pretty to hang on a little girls wall in various sizes going up the wall at a angel. So cool that would look. In any event here is a photo of them laid out on paper. I will make some more soon and put them on the wall. I am going to make some for my granddaughter Morgan for her room. I think she will get a big kick out of them.



I also made some adorable cards using the butterflies as well.



Super Cute Little Thank You Cards Birds and Butterflies


Another cute Butterfly Card Using the Filagree Butterflies

HaPpY FeBrUaRy  





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