Thursday, November 27, 2014

Got Snow?

Hello everyone and a very Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in the U.S.  Hope that you are enjoying a wonderful day surrounded by family and friends and are getting stuffed plumb full of turkey!

It's been a tad snowy around here, this is what we awoke to yesterday morning:

The picture is a bit dark since I took it in the wee hours of the morning, after driving down to the highway in our 4x4 truck to pick up my poor DH, who was coming home from work in the car.  He managed to make it as far as the bottom of the road up to our home but that was it, no way was the poor old Fluffernugin (aka Volkswagon Jetta!) going to make it up a steep hill through this:

Yep, that would be 11 1/2" of snow!  And not nice fluffy snow, it was heavy, sticky and wet.  My back is barking at me today after all the shoveling yesterday let me tell you!  It is melting like crazy today which would normally be a good thing but an Arctic front is blowing in and our temperatures are going to drop to about -15C (about 5 F) over the weekend so we will have a skating rink outside in a few days, oh joy!  Remember how I was waxing poetic about the first snow of the year in my last post?  I'm over it already LOL!

The What Do You See pattern doll that I made for our Mixed Media Studio group from this pattern:

made it to my swap partner, so I can share a picture of my finished angel with you now.

She turned out pretty darn cute in the end I think and my swap partner likes her, which is the most important thing.  Two other creations have been posted so far to the group, one was a cat and the other was a red cardinal bird.  I didn't see either of those critters in the pattern and love how everyone sees and creates something different.  This was a fun swap and I hope that Norma will come up with another pattern for us in the future so we can do it again :O)

I also finished a birthday gift for my Mom (her birthday is on November 29th) but she hasn't received it yet so I can't show you my finish.  The tracking on the parcel shows that it is getting close to being delivered to her, so hopefully I'll be able to share pictures with you in a day or two.  It turned out so great, I hope she will like it :O)

Well I should get off the computer, it is my DH's birthday today (Happy Birthday Babe! xoxo) and we are going to do what he loves best; head off up the mountain with our snowshoes and the pups and build a bonfire and roast a birthday sausage or two!  Hope you have a wonderful day doing what you love best too, we will talk again soon!


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Finding Joy In The First Snow

Happy Sunday everyone, hope you are having a fine weekend.  It's a little grey here today but the ground is white as we had our first snow a couple of days ago, yippee!

What is it about the first snow of the season that inspires such joy?  The same snowfall in January or February will be eliciting mumbles and grumbles but two nights ago I was standing outside in the dark, face upturned to the midnight sky and giggling like a school girl as the snowflakes melted on my eyelids.  Perhaps I was inspired by Jen over at Muddy Boot Dreams, who has challenged us to Find Joy In The Ordinary, especially now as the dark days of winter start to descend.  She's set up a Pinterest board and a Facebook page and I hope you'll maybe follow along or join in the fun as we all strive to #FindJoy in the everyday.

In between trying to catch snowflakes on my tongue ;O), I've been working on some projects for our Mixed Media Studio and starting on some Christmas handmades for gift giving this year.  I did finish the What Do You See pattern doll I was working on (a sneak peek was shared here) but  I can't show you my finish quite yet since my swap partner hasn't received it.  I did complete and mail an ornament for our ornament swap:

We were to make a flat ornament for easy mailing and I hope my secret swap partner will like this one.  I used vintage images from my stash, a chipboard swirl covered with Pumice Stone distress glitter and a new Idea-ology embellishment that I just purchased, Fragment Charms.  They are clear acrylic charms that you can mount any image that you like inside, love!  I also made my partner a Christmas card that was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest:

The original card had strips of torn vellum behind the bird and branch but, as I didn't have any, I used some wax paper to which I added some dots of glitter glue.  I also added the 'Fa la la' stamp for a little whimsy :O)

I completed the November I Dare You challenge too, we were to alter some puzzle pieces.  I decided to make some puzzle piece charms that I will add to a future mixed media project:

Once again, Pinterest was my inspiration (what in the heck did we all do before Pinterest?!) and these are fun and addictive to make.  I covered the puzzle pieces in fragments of scrapbook paper, distressed the edges and then added a small embellie to the center plus some dangling beads or charms.  They'd make lovely earrings or necklaces too, don't you think?

So that's it for now, I've other projects in the works but they are either half done or are gifts for folks who read my blog so I can't share them with you quite yet.  I'll leave you with another picture that I took before the snow fell here, we'd been having some very cold days and the frost was lying thick in the fields.  It was another day that I was able to #FindJoyInTheOrdinary, hope you will find some too!


World Blog Hop Update

Good morning everyone, just wanted to give you a quick update on the world blog hop I talked about in my last post.  The very talented Romona at Northbrook Designs

has agreed to be 'tagged' in the blog hop and I am thrilled that she will be participating!  Romona is a fellow Canadian and an extraordinary doll maker, her creations are amazing and magical.  Hop on over to her blog to learn more about this talented and lovely artisan, you are in for a treat!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

World Blog Hop

Hello everyone, as I mentioned in my last post, the very talented Jules of Needle and Pen tagged me in the World Blog Hop that she was participating in.  Thanks so much for the tag Jules and here is my contribution to this fun hop!

Question One: What am I working on?

With the Christmas season just around the corner, Christmas projects have been top of my list for the last month or so.  I've made primitive projects like this Christmas crow door hanger:

and also mixed media ornaments and small Christmas gifts, like this upcycled canning lid Christmas ornament:

Halloween and Christmas are my favourite holidays to create for.

Question Two: How does my work differ from others of it's genre?

I pondered long and hard on this question, what is it that makes my work unique?

I don't know that I have a definitive answer, other than to say that we ALL put our own stamp on every thing that we create.  I make crafting patterns as well as finished products:

and it has always fascinated me that the items folks make from my patterns are all different.  It's the same pattern, the same directions, yet each and every creation is distinctive to it's maker.  So perhaps the answer to that question is that there is a part of me that goes into each item I make, and it is something that no one else can ever duplicate, no matter how hard they try.

Question Three: Why do I create what I do?

I create what I do because I can't NOT create LOL!  Every waking moment (and often in the middle of the night!) my mind is whirling with possibilities and ideas and I feel a compulsion to bring my imaginings into the light.

I've recently discovered the world of mixed media through a wonderful online group called the Mixed Media Studio and the creative possibilities are now truly endless.

Question Four:  How does my creating process work?

My inspirations come from just about everywhere; Mother Nature is one of my favourite muses

and viewing the work of all the amazing and talented artisans on the internet will always get my creative juices flowing.  My process is very unstructured, I will have an idea and immediately start to put pencil to paper to draw up a quick pattern or will simply gather elements and supplies and lay them out (everywhere!) as I start to construct my idea.  If I get stalled, I will often make word lists and try and combine them in unusual and unexpected ways to spark an inspiration.

So that's my contribution to the blog hop, thanks again to Jules for tagging me and letting me share a little about myself.

Now I'd like to direct you on to Romona at Northbrook Designs.  Romona is a fellow Canadian and an extraordinary doll maker, her creations are amazing and magical.  Hop on over to her blog to learn more about this talented and lovely artisan.

I'd love to tag YOUR blog too, so please, if you are interested in participating in this blog hop, let me know in your comment or send me an email (the link is on the right side bar near the top) and I will be happy to direct folks your way.  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today and happy creating!