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Standing Still

I am not sure of how to explain of how I have been feeling lately.  The big part where there are neon arrows pointing to is that I have been sick for the past week.  I have actually stayed in bed for three days, feeling like garbage.

So ok, it is probably perfectly understandable when I say that I am having a hard time getting back into my groove when it comes to cards, yarn and videos.  Maybe I haven’t gotten my full strength back yet?  Right now, it is taking a lot of energy to wiped down my craft table and work on a simple scarf.  That could be it.

So maybe the illness of whatever I was suffering is still lingering?   I honestly have no idea, I am not a doctor.  But if I am still sick, I am going to be seeing a doctor, because this is not helping.  Even though the big craft sale is in November, 4 months away.   It still takes time to make stuff.  I am really hoping to go on a little holiday during the summer and I am not bringing any stuff to work on.

The bad part of being sick is that I let my mind wander.  Wander to new ideas of for the next You Tube videos or what can I sell.  Some ideas are good, while some . . . I am blaming it all on the illness.  Yeah, that bad.

So I am just checking in, to let everyone know of what is happening.  I am planning to have some more to post next time.

I hope everyone is well.

 

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From Sketch to Card . . . Father’s Day Card

I know that I had cut it close . . . again with the holiday cards.

Here is the link to the video Father’s Day Card

I don’t know if you may recalled, but several months, we had a small tornado that hit our town. As far as I recalled, no one was hurt.  But there was major damage to the properties, including my house.  The good news is that we only lost a few shingles on our roof.   The neighbours behind us half of their roof was gone.  So obviously we were down on the waiting list of getting our roof repaired.

Well this week, we finally got our turn and oh boy. The constant banging for the past week has given me several bad headaches and reasons to go out shopping to buy useless stuff, just so I can get of the house.  Shoot, I finally cleaned out a shelving unit, getting rid of some of my stuff, I really do not need any more stuff.  Not to mention, I am supposed to be on a budget.

I also going to apologized for me being listening to my MP3 player while making the video. I do not know if it is rude according to the You Tube equittes, but honestly, I would rather listen to Ricky Martin, “She Bangs” to the banging on the ceiling.

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Here are the supplies that I used:

  • 5 X 6 ½ inch Kraft Card
  • 12 x 12 Recollection Pattern paper, “Wood Slate” cut down to 4 ¾ x 6 ¼ inches
  • 3 x 4 inch Recollection Pattern paper, “Green Faux Canvas”
  • 2 by 6 ½ inch corrugated cardboard strip
  • 4 inch circle from 90 lb watercolor paper
  • Happy Father’s Day stamp by Recollection
  • Leaf Stamp by Craft Smart
  • Versamark Ink Pad
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Tim Holtz’s Distressed Inks:
          • Frayed Burlap
          • Mowed Lawn
          • Vintage Photo
          • Antique Linen
  • Double side Tape
  • Green Button
  • White Embroidery Thread

This card was quite a challenge. Honestly, Father’s Day and sympathy cards are the hardest card for me to make.  I know with Sympathy, I really do make them unless I have to.  Like my friend J and I get together to make cards, we usually don’t, “Oh boy, oh boy, let’s make some sympathy cards.”  Birthday cards are more fun than sympathy.

Halloween is the next holiday, so hopefully I can make that one in time.

I hope everyone is well


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Mini Storage Jars

Some of you may recalled a blog about these jars that I made around December of last year.

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The link to it is https://lesleysoriginalthings.wordpress.com/2017/12/11/storage-jars/

 

Since I finally cleaned out my computer desk, I had plastic containers and even a chipped glass for pencils sharpers, erasers, and even USB chips. Which honestly I can say, “Seriously, these are very ugly.”  So I made these mini storage jars

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Mini Storage Jars

The supplies I used are pretty much simple and I already had this around the house.

  • Acrylic paint. I used of what I had in my stash which was Craft Smart, Grass Green. (find the brand names for the black and white paint)
  • Paint brushes
  • Sharp pencil
  • Mason Jar
  • ½ inch circle punch
  • Scrap cardstock, doesn’t matter what color, I used it as a stencil for the eyes

And yes, this time, I made sure that everything fitted inside the jar before I started painting.

This time, I had 3 big problems which I am really hoping it is an improvement. The first one that we had 2 blacks out during the filming.  So I had to wait until the power came back on before I can think of continuing.  So that was out of my control.

The second problem and you can probably guess it. Drying time.  I couldn’t use the heating gun on these jars because I was afraid that the heat might peel the paint off of the jars.

My third one and this one was a doozy. I knew that I record myself painting the face, except I couldn’t find the footage.  I had a choice of either skipping the footage, but then I suspect, it wouldn’t make sense to everyone of how I added the face.  Or I redo the whole video.

I talked to a few people and Lady L suggest that I do the face, but on paper, actually watercolor to be more precise. She also suggest that I have a glass of wine while editing this video.  Now that one was probably best advise that I had all week.

So here is the finished painting which is now going to be sent as mail art. I just have to pick someone to send it.

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As for the wine, unfortunately, it wasn’t good. It tasted like dog biscuits.  It is hard to find a good bottle at a cheap price.  Now I am stuck with a full bottle of wine which I don’t know of what to do with it.

However my desk looks much more cleaner.

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I can honestly say that now I have eyes watching me as I typed this out. It is a little creepy.  Oh good grief.


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Happy Mother’s Day

First for those who recently joined the mailing list of my blog, I welcome you. I am curious of where you found my blog.  So if you don’t mind of answering my question in my comments, I would really appreciate it.

With Mother’s day fast approaching, I decide to make both a video and my mom a card all in one. I warned my brother not to show my mom this video not until after Mother’s Day.  But I have a feeling that she will see it before.  Oh well.

The link to the video is Mother’s Day Card

As for supplies, you will need:

  • 5 by 6 ½ Recollection Red Card
  • 140 lb watercolor paper cut down to 4 7/8 by 6 3/8 inches
  • Inkadinkados Mason Jar stamp
  • 3D Roses Viva Décor Stamps, I used the medium size rose
  • Anti-Static Bag
  • White Ink
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Acrylic Block
  • Double sided tape
  • Foam Tape
  • White Lace ribbon
  • Yellow cardstock cut to 2 by 5 inches
  • Happy Mother’s Day stamp by Recollection
  • Tim Holtz’s Reinkers, Mustard Seed and Spun Sugar
  • Tim Holtz’s Distress Stain, Broken China

I first saw this technique done by Kristina Werner’s channel and instantly fell in love with it. Her link is here:

Kristina’s watercolor technique

I do admit this technique does appear easy, but does take practise. The hard part is just adding the paint and not soaking the paper to the bone.  You only have one shot to this.

This was my second attempted to the painting. The first one, I kind of overdid it with the heating gun.  Where I learned that burnt watercolor paper smells like toasted marshmallows.  And unfortunately, there was a big burnt mark right in the middle which I couldn’t fix it, so I had to reshoot the entire video.

But I am hoping to say that I am getting better, putting aside that little incident.

Other than that, things are good. Unfortunately I twisted my knee when I was picking up a bottle of paint, so I have been on pain killers and not doing much work. And the weather is finally warming up to where I actually packed my winter coat away for hopefully many months.

All the songs are by Dan Lebowitz. I thought it was perfect since my mom is a big country fan.

I hope everyone has a great Mother’s day.


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Bentley Spring Sale

Last weekend, was the Bentley Spring Sale.  I have to admit it felt strange of going there in complete daylight.  Usually it is before the sun hasn’t even rise.  Don’t worry, we weren’t late, it the time difference.

I did a quick video of the sale.  Bentley Spring Sale

Now for the starters, I didn’t film while drove to the Bentley Community Hall, that was my mom.  I am not that foolish.

The only bad part of the video was that I couldn’t filmed myself while doing the sale.  Short arms and all.  And my mother who helped me, she does not know of how to use her smart phone.  Hopefully in November, I can figure it out or teach mom of how to use the camera.

But the sale was ok.  The people who were in charged of it even brought pizza for us which was added bonus.

So if you are asking me if I would do the sale again, to be honest, I am not sure.  The cards sold well.  But I didn’t have any “spring” knitted/ crochet items.

So what is “Spring” knitting and crocheting?

  • Headbands
  • Crochet Flowers
  • Shopping bags, with yarn and plastic bags
  • Slippers
  • Dishcloths
  • Placemats
  • Bathmats — maybe bathmats with facecloths as a set
  • Toys

Well that is a start.

Meanwhile this week was suppose to be my holiday.  As much as I like the idea of sitting on the beach with those drinks with the umbrellas in it appeals to me, but it didn’t happen, due to the snow on the ground.  Everything that I was able to put off like taxes until after the sale, I had to do.  But I did do my own knitting, actually worked on my own blanket which was nice.

I hope everyone has a good weekend.

 


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3 Bunny Easter Card

For those who have recently subscribed to my blog, I bid you welcome and I hope you enjoy my blog and channel.

I posted another video, Easter which I know it is less than a hour away.  And there are a few mistakes in the video.  I have no idea of how I posted a set of instructions twice.  Nuts. I know, I know, it is a learning progress.  I need to be patience.

The link to the video is 3 Bunny Card

The supplies that I used are simple:

  • 5×7 pink card
  • 12 x 12 Pink Bunny/ Lapis Rose Pattern paper from Recollection
  • Bunny Stamp from Inkadinkado
  • Easter Sentiment stamp from Craft Smart Stamps
  • White ink, Color Box
  • White Embossing powders
  • Embossing sack or a dryer sheet
  • Martha Stewart Edge Punch – Double Loop Punch
  • Square Punch 1 1/2 inch
  • Heating Gun
  • Bone Folder
  • Paper Cutter
  • Double Sided Tape
  • White Cardstock
  • White ribbon
  • Scissors

One of the channels that I watched on YouTube is  Mike Deakin

where I learned the double sided tape trick.  I can still adjust paper before finally gluing it down completely, saving me a bunch of headaches of having cards with papers that do not align.  It drives me nuts.

Anyway, I hope everyone has a good Easter.  I find it funny that it is on the same day as April’s Fool Day.  I wondered when that will happen again.  Probably not for another 100 years.

I will talk to you soon.

 

 


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Making Time

There is a song from the Rolling Stones, that say, “Time is not on my side.”

Well, it is true.

Or maybe I have bad time management skills.

It has taken me over 2 weeks to make a You Tube video.  And yes, I realized that the last one took longer because of the glue drying.

But take “Do it On a Dime” and “Vasseur Beauty” for example.  Kathryn from Do it on a Dime has two young boys and somehow manages to make a couple of videos every week.  Brittney from Vasseur, has a toddler son and works at her family’s company and still able to make a couple of videos every week.  So why am I taking so long?

  • The gluing incident for one
  • I am not used to it.  I am still learning as I go.

As well as the upcoming April sale which I should have more cards and hats done, but I do not.

So this week, I have been keeping track of my time, seeing what if any is the problem.

And yes, there is.  After dinner last Monday, my stomach flared where I had to lie down for a few hours.  It wasn’t until after ten that I was feeling better to do some work.

Except after ten is when the sun goes down.  And I need natural light to work for the cards.  Somehow my lamp gives off this yellowish tint which is fine for knitting.  But it does make my white and cream color cardstock appear to be the same color.

A better lamp may be on my birthday or Christmas wish list.

I hope everyone has a good weekend.