True Story Cards

This month for my Happy Mail Card Club I used the Simon Says Stamp “Life is a Storybook” kit.  I just love anything related to books and library materials, so this card kit was perfect for me.  I was also immediately drawn to Teri’s card with the use of multiple pages from the kit.  So I recreated it here without rounded corners and an extra layer of pieces:

I made a few extras too so I could send them out to friends.  An uplifting card in the mail is always a nice surprise!

I Scream, You Scream…

Summer may be gone, but who can resist a fun card involving ice cream?  I made this card for my Happy Mail card club from the Simon Says Stamp Summer Dreams card kit.  The ice cream bars are a stamp, but I used the fun rainbow paper that was included in our kits instead of coloring in the images.  So easy!  The whole card came together quickly when I stamped the phrase on a tag and pulled in my usual embellisments of ribbon, washi tape, and gems.

The best way to enjoy ice cream in the fall?  Pumpkin pie ice cream of course!  Something about that limited time theme just draws me in every year…next week is fall break here, so I am looking forward to catching up on some knitting!

2014 Third Quarter Stash Report

The third quarter of 2014 has come and gone!  I feel like I lost my knitting flow somewhere in this quarter, but I am back on track now.  I will blame part of that on these cute puppies:

Rosie (adopted this August) and Calvin (adopted last August)

How can you resist those faces?  They have kept me busy, that is for sure.  I should also blame part of the lack of mojo on Candy Crush Saga.  That game just sucks me in sometimes.  But excuses, excuses.  Within the past month I have been to knitting events that got me re-energized about the craft.  Janelle blogged all about our trip to DC to see Sally Melville and our trip to my first Knitter’s Day Out.  I also spent the day spinning at our local heritage festival with some crafty friends:

So my flow is back, but for the first time ever, my yarn report is in the negative!  I have one more quarter to get back on track.  Here is the full report -

Fabric Update:

Used Year to Date: 26.5 yards

Added Year to Date:  19 yards

Destashed Year to Date:  7.5 yards

Yarn Update:

Knit Year to Date:  5,235 yards

Woven Year to Date:  426 yards

Traded/Sold/Gave Away Year to Date:  993 yards

Purchased Year to Date: 6,919 yards

Acquired for Free to Date:  995 yards

Net Destashed for 2013:  -1,260 yards

Fiber Update:

Ounces Spun Year to Date:  48 ounces

Purchased Year to Date:  45 ounces

Yards Spun Year to Date:  2,120 yards

Net Destashed for 2013:  3 ounces (Decided to cancel my monthly club after I realized how close I was to negative numbers!)

I am looking forward to knitting, spinning, and weaving more this quarter!

Tumbler Crib Quilt

I had a special request for my goddaughter’s birthday this year – a quilt for her bed (aka converted crib).  After the epic quilt for my sister earlier this year, this quilt felt like a breeze.  Her mom chose the pattern from several I pinned on Pinterest and gave me the leftover fabric from the decorations in her room.  I had to buy some matching fabric to create the entire quilt, but that was easy to do.  This was my first tumbler quilt.  And the biggest free motion quilting project I have done to date!  Even though this quilt was only about 30″ by 60,” it was still a lot to free motion quilt.  My hands would really ache after working on a section.  But it was worth it!  The back of the quilt is a purple flannel fabric.  And I used a purchased bias tape for the binding.  I am really pleased with how this quilt turned out.  And my goddaughter loves it – always the best part.

Next quilt that is up for piecing together is the one from my wedding!  Hopefully I can get that one done before Christmas!

Parker’s Log Cabin Blanket

Once my sister told me she was pregnant earlier this year, I wanted to knit all kinds of projects for her.  But we did not know the gender yet and so of course a blanket made sense while I waited.  My local knitting group was just finishing up the Blanket of Love and I wanted to make more squares!  So I picked out six colors of Vanna’s Choice at Joann’s and got started.  Even though Vanna’s Choice is a 100% acrylic yarn and non-snobby, I really do enjoy using it for baby and kid projects.  It has a nice thick consistency and rich colors.

I just jumped into the project, knowing I wanted to stick with the red/orange and yellow centers in the squares.  I only bought one ball of each color to start…but then once I saw that the balls made exactly four squares…and four squares was a good size for a baby blanket…I stopped there!  I love the finished result.

I just gave the blanket to my sister at her baby shower this weekend.  Of course now we know she is having a boy and a Dr. Seuss themed nursery.  So this blanket turned out perfectly!  I will definitely return to this pattern and highly recommend it.  

Canning Jam

I started to feel inspired to can about this time last year.  It was clear that the owner of our house before us canned from all the labeled shelves in the basement and the canning oven.  And since I was using mason jars in the wedding, it made even more sense!  My friend Kelsie cans and gave us a jar of relish when we went her to house last winter.  And my friend Kristy just started canning too!  So after the wedding, I got started with two batches of cherry and plum jam using recipes from the Ball book and Food in Jars.  I recommend both of these books highly.

Jam is a sticky mess, but worth it.  I made 8 jelly jars of cherry jam in my first attempt.And then 9 jars of cherry/plum jam in my second attempt, a week later.  The cherry pitter I bought is totally worth it.  I only dropped one jar after it had been processed (thankfully just lightly on the counter, so it went straight into the fridge).  

I think my jams are a little syrupy…the hot mixture was “sheeting” though, so I thought it was good.  I will leave it cook for longer next time I think.  But I’m kind of jammed out right now.  I want to try some pickles now, while that is still in season!  I have a new pressure cooker, but I still need to have my extension office test it for me before I use it.  And this fall I am going to go crazy with the apples! Looking forward to many more canning opportunities!

Love is Everything Card

Back to my regular crafting projects!  I made another card using the June 2014 Simon Says Stamp card kit, this time for my Happy Mail Card Club.  This card is a copy of a card I saw somewhere, but it is not featured on the card kit gallery or my usual favorite sites.  Just know that I did not design it!  Such a simple card with the banners and circle, but the sewing along the top pulls it all together.  I am always a fan of using my tools for multiple crafts.  I also love the rounded corners only on the top.  A great touch.

 I am really looking forward to using the July and August SSS card kits soon!