Thursday, October 23, 2014

We Are Not Afraid

My country, Canada, is mourning the loss of two brave Canadian servicemen who were recently murdered in cold blood here in Canada.  Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent of St. Jean Sur Richelieu, Quebec was cowardly run down in a parking lot and Corporal Nathan Cirillo was ambushed as he stood unarmed guard at our National War Monument in Ottawa, Ontario.

We will not forget them, we will honour their memories and we thank them with all our hearts for their unfailing duty to our country.  With my most heartfelt condolences I send my deepest sympathies to their families who are struggling to understand how it is that their loved ones were killed here, at home, on Canadian soil.

Despite what the cowards who murdered these brave men would like to think, we will not be cowed, we will not be afraid and we will not stop standing with the world to defeat them.  Their actions have strengthened our resolve, not weakened it.

I will, with pride and thanks, attend my local cenotaph on November 11th to remember and honour those who have given their lives in the defense of democracy and freedom.  I hope that you will all do the same and that you too, will not be afraid.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Of Fan Blades And Christmas Gifts

Happy Monday everyone (that's not an oxymoron is it?!).  Hope you had a great weekend.  I worked on some projects for our Mixed Media Studio group this weekend and got a couple completed.

This is my Friendship Fan Blade for October, we are swapping these fan blades and will eventually put all the blades that we receive together to make a friendship fan.  You can see the one I made for September in this post here.  For the October fan blade, I wanted to evoke a feeling of fall and harvest so I used these beautiful 'French Country' papers from Graphics 45 (it's a retired pattern unfortunately).  I embellished it with some copper glitter glue, smoky quartz 'crystals' and a sunflower sticker.  The backside has a complementary paper on it which I've embellished with a strip of black Dresden trim.  Because the fan will have to fold up, we aren't embellishing the backs of the blades but hopefully the Dresden trim will give it a little bit of interest.

We have also been challenged to create a small Christmas gift each week to help get prepared for the upcoming holiday season.  I am particularly liking this challenge because each and every year I say that I will get organized and prepare for the holidays and each and every year I end up running around like a chicken with my head cut off at the last minute, yelling "I'm not ready!!".  The gifts we are to make each week are just little tokens to say 'I'm thinking of you' to give to family, friends or acquaintances.  This week, I made three little nesting gift boxes that have a special surprise inside.

 The boxes were made with three different Christmas cardstock papers using a template by WendyBird Designs.  I then made twelve little Christmas hang tags and hid them in the smallest box.

 The tags were a freebie from Call Me Victorian and I shrunk them down so they'd fit inside the small star gift box and added a tie made from pearl cotton.  So someone will be getting this little handmade Christmas gift wrapping set this year, I wonder who it will be? ;O)  I'm just tickled pink to be able to say that I have already started on my Christmas gifts and it's only October!

 I'm just about finished my last new item for our Old Farmhouse Gathering team's 'Brrrrr It's Cold' celebration that will be starting on Etsy on October 27th.  It's baking in the oven as I type so I best get off this computer and go check to make sure I'm not burning it!  I'll be back soon to show you what's cooking so stay tuned and have a fun and creative day!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Three Down ...

Happy Saturday everyone! Hope this finds you all well and enjoying the weekend.  I've been sewing and staining like a mad woman around here this week and now have completed three of my four new Christmas items for our upcoming Old Farmhouse Gathering celebration, 'Brrrrr It's Cold!'.  The celebration will be starting on Etsy on October 27th.

My first finish was the ticking stripe Christmas pillow that I showed you in my last blog post and I have now also finished up two sets of bowl fillers.

These 'Frosty's Top Hat and Mittens' bowl fillers are from a pattern by Tennessee Ridge Primitives (love Becky's patterns!);

and the 'Christmas Tree' bowl fillers are my own design.  I've made these before but this time I used some glitter glue for the 'ornaments' on the trees; love the juxtaposition of the sparkle with the rustic painted and aged trees.  I also changed up the hang tag and used a cute Christmas stamp from Hampton Art, the tree image is made using the words to the Christmas carol 'We Wish You A Merry Christmas'.

So I have one more new item to make for the OFG celebration, I think I am going to make a door hanger from another Tennessee Ridge Primitives pattern although I have an idea for some Santa ornies whirling around in my head that are begging to get out!  Perhaps I will make both and then I will have a 'spare' in case one of my listings sells during the celebration (she says hopefully!).

As I waited for paint and glitter glue to dry, I finished up a set of hang tags for the October 'I Dare You' challenge over at the Mixed Media Studio.  This month we were challenged to make something using buttons and so I made these button snowmen Christmas hang tags:

I had the blue backgrounds on these tags already so just embellished them with some embossing, stamps, punched snowflakes and, of course, the button snowmen.  I used some blue wool for their scarves and drew on their arms (and the skates on the littlest snowman on the 'Skate' tag) with markers.  Added some white and blue fibers as a finishing touch and there you go.  Hmmmm, maybe I could add these to my 'spares' for the Old Farmhouse Gathering celebration, they certainly fulfill the theme of 'Brrrrr It's Cold!' :O)

Off to finish sewing the door hanger and to draw up a pattern for my Santa ornament idea, the little devils are clamoring to get out!  Have a fun and creative weekend everyone,


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Moving Along

Hello peeps, hope this finds you all well.  I've finally motivated myself to get to work on some Christmas projects and got the first one finished today.

This simple 'Merry Little Christmas' pillow or cupboard tuck is my first finish for our Old Farmhouse Gathering team's 'Brrrrr It's Cold' celebration that will be starting on Etsy on October 27th.  I don't know why but something about a red and white ticking stripe always makes me think of Christmas, so that was what I used to make this little pillow.  I used some Lesley Riley TAP to transfer the sentiment to a piece of coffee stained muslin and added some rusty jingle bells to each corner.  And you've gotta have mica flakes for Christmas, don't you?

I've got a set of 'Frosty The Snowman' hat and mittens and a trio of Christmas tree bowl fillers well on their way to being completed and I have some Santa bowl fillers traced out and ready to sew up as well.  There is also a holiday crow door hanger ready to be sewn and painted so it's all systems go for Christmas!  It's been so hard this year to move on from creating for Halloween but the time has come (actually, the time has past!) for me to get some new items into my Etsy shop.  Diane over at Lydia's Post was telling me she is already thinking of starting some Valentine's Day projects!

I also wanted to show you the fan blade that Karen sent me for the Friendship Fan Blade swap in our Mixed Media Studio group.

Isn't' it beautiful?  She finished both the front and the back of the blade and I can't decide which I like best!  Thank you so much Karen :O)  I have to get to work on the October fan blade to send to my next swap partner,  have to go peruse my paper stash and see what I'll use this month.

That's all for today my friends, I will be back with the completed Christmas projects as I get them done and I'll show you my October fan blade before I send it off as well.  Have a lovely Friday and happy creating!