Sunday, October 30, 2011

Been Busy

I feel like I'm always making the same excuse for not blogging lately--I'm busy lol.  I really am super busy though. Seems like I never have a spare second anymore. And when I do, I'm busy hanging with my sisters or trying to squeeze in a little crafty time lol.
I love hunting season for that very reason--while the boys are away, the sisters can play lol. We've been hanging out a lot lately. Shopping, talking, Witches Night Out, more shopping. I love it.

These are from WNO on October 15th at Gardner Village.

I've also been busy crafting my little heart out. I am trying to make most of my Christmas gifts this year, but since I got a late start, I'm not sure how well that is going to work. I hope I get to though, because I like it, and because I have no money honey!
This is a scarf I finished today for my niece, Jordyn. Her coat is white with hot pink and black butterflies, so I tried to match it a bit. It seems a little long though. I'll have to make the other girls shorter. But, she can wrap it. I'm hoping to be able to make matching hats with flowers on them, but I'm just going to start off with the scarves for now.
And, this is a scarf and hat set that I made for my brother's birthday. He turned 23 on October 20th. I was really touched because I called to say I couldn't afford to get him a gift, but I had yarn if he would like a hat and scarf. He actually seemed really excited about it and told me he loved the one I made a couple years ago but needed new ones.
And, I finally got Shane and Garrett to carve pumpkins with me tonight. I can't say they were totally happy about it, but I think it worked out well in the end lol. They were tired and grumpy from hunting every day this week and not getting a deer. They probably just wanted to relax, but sometimes I have to force a little family time in :)

Ok. I think I've got all of the important stuff in there for tonight. Til next time........

Monday, October 10, 2011

Another Crafty!

So, I got a call from my boss last night saying that we weren't going to be working today because it is a federal holiday (Columbus Day). We ship 95% of our orders USPS, so no shipping=no work.
My first thought was, boo for the paycheck. But, immediately after that I thought, "Yay, I can do something crafty!" Lol. Seriously. I've been deprived lately.
Long story short, I ended up cleaning most of the day and had to run some grocery store errands that have been neglected. So I didn't get to play til this evening. But still, I wouldn't have been able to play at all if I had gone to work.
I found this tutorial from The DIY Dish on Pinterest--I heart Pinterest--and just had to try it. Here is my finished scarf.
I wish I would have taken pics while I was making it, but I did it while watching tv with the hubby. It seriously only took like 15-20 minutes start to finish. No sewing! All you need is scissors, a t-shirt, and some fabric glue. Easy peasy!
I do have to say that I am a bit disappointed because I thought it would be fuller. But I think it's because the t-shirt I used was pretty thin. I used a 2X size shirt, but it still only got me about 10 rounds. You can buy t-shirt material (jersey knit), but it's like $12.99 a yard! No thanks.
Anyway, just one tip if you are thinking about trying this. When the video says that she cuts about 2" from the edge of the round, she means it lol. I tried doing it narrower because I wanted to have more strands. But they just turned out stringy and with less curl. That is probably part of my fullness problem as well.
All I had to buy for this was fabric glue. And I'm sure I can find some future uses for that. So, for almost free, I say it turned out pretty well. It's a keeper.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Camping Pics and A Bit of Craftiness

So, I know I said I would post pictures of camping, but there are tons, and I don't feel like sorting them out. And anyone who would really be interested in them would be family and friends that will see them on facebook anyway. But I will share just a couple of great scenery pics real quick so anyone who doesn't live here or hasn't experienced our mountains can be totally jealous.
Sorry for some of the blurry photos. They were taken from a moving vehicle. Can't make the guys stop while hunting just to take pictures of pretty things :)
 Bet ya aren't jealous of that ! I wouldn't be. It feels too early for snow :(
Had to throw this in--My nephew, Ryan, loved petting the fallow deer behind a local restaurant at the base of the mountain where we hunt.
Now, onto some craftiness. I am so happy to actually be crafting again you have no idea. I just really haven't had time lately for any crafting. So I was really itching to do something. And it doesn't help that I'm addicted to Pinterest now. There are so many amazing crafts on there! Seriously. I could be on there all day. And, honestly, I was most of today :)
I bought a clear checkbook cover with a scrappy insert at a local boutique a while ago. I loved it at the time, but it really wasn't my style anymore. And I really just bought it so that I'd be able to make my own eventually anyway.
So, today I made this! Sorry for the quality of the photo. I took it inside at night, so not the greatest conditions.

I super love it. It reminds me of Twilight lol. And I just got a new-to-me red purse at the thrift store, so it matches perfect. It has some bling, and y'all know I love black and white damask. The polka dots are like icing on the cake.
I also ordered some more of these clear covers to make as gifts for Christmas. I'm totally broke this year, so a lot of the gifts I give will be homemade. I know most people don't use checks much anymore, but I still send some of my bills off by check. And I know that once in a while we all have to use them for one reason or another. At least I hope so. Or my gift will be lame!
Here are the materials I used--just in case you want to know:
Clear Checkbook Cover--Unknown
Black Cardstock Base--Roberts Crafts
Black & White Damask/Dot Paper--Lasting Impressions
Black Ink (on edges of white)--Versacraft
Red Grosgrain Ribbon--Offray
Scallop Circle and 1-3/8" Circle Punches--Stampin Up!
"S" Sticker--Basic Grey
Red Marker (colored over brighter red on "S")--Stampin Up!
Red Jewels--My Minds Eye
Adhesive--"X" adhesive from Xyron used on "S", sticky strip used on ribbon--Provo Craft, Tombo Mono Permanent Adhesive for the rest

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I'm Back....Sort of

Sorry I have been MIA lately. We left on a hunting trip on September 24th and didn't come home until October 2nd. We had lots of fun. Didn't harvest a deer, but the hunt doesn't end until Thursday night--so the fat lady isn't singing just yet. That's actually why I haven't posted much lately. Between working, trying to unload the camp trailer, and driving up the canyon every  night to go hunting, I just don't have a spare minute. We actually stayed in last night because Shane is exhausted, and I needed to get some laundry done.
Anyway, I will try to get on sometime this weekend (or maybe sooner depending on what we do with the hunting schedule) and post some pictures. I didn't get much of people because we spent a lot of time in the trucks or just sitting around. I did take one 4-wheeler trip with the hubby, but we were hunting, so I didn't dare ask Shane to stop and take pics lol.  But I got some amazing scenery pictures.
Ta ta for now.