Wednesday, December 5, 2018


With the exception of Candy Cane Christmas being put away, my desk looks identical to last week. Most of my crafty doings this week have been knitting, sometimes with Archie Cat on my lap lol. I am a persistent knitter, and usually knit in bits of time. I started this Briochelicious shawl in May 2017. I very rarely knit in the summer. In part because I am easily distracted by crafty things and in part it is just to warm for me to touch in summer. And this year I have zero Christmas Knitting to do, so it's leisurely knitting for myself : D.

Brioche is a lovely soft knit fabric after the fact. But it is fraught with ways to fuck it up lol. In this example I managed a new mistake which created a peep hole. It will bother me, so I am going to fix it the next time it comes by. I did not have enough coffee in me to watch the numerous how to fix brioche mistakes videos on YouTube the first time I saw it lol. Like I said, I am a persistent knitter.

I also started perusing this book. And in addition to instructions on making paint, paper, pigments, and prints... It has ideas for making BRUSHES!! Process crafter me is just giddy : D.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018


The current state of my desk lol. The cardstock is what is left after cutting a Papertrey Ink Favor It Box: Star. I found Alcohol Lift-Ink and Distress Resist Spray at AC Moore in time to use a 30% off total purchase. The stamp and die set is from Papertrey Ink (quelle surprise lol) called Candy Cane Christmas.

It was used on this (deets on the previous post for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop).

Most of my crafting has been out of this pencil box though. The octopus finger puppet is the bit of knitting I did a couple of years ago to learn the magical cast on (which I have to relearn if it's longer than a few months lol). In the back are some Christmas gift coasters I stitched up (also from Papertrey Ink). The octopus will go into the star box I mentioned at the start of this post (it's alllll a circle round here). To the left are single ply hand spun natural brown cotton, 2 ply wool (from top), and 2 ply silk (bombyx top).

Needles are like spindles in that just one sort just will not do lol. For stitching things with holes already in them I prefer a large eye and a blunt tip (it makes it less likely I will stitch in the wrong place or stitch through the thread).

The snow last night was heavy and wet and fell pretty much without wind, so everything was covered including the chain link.
And the windshield wipers (I try to remember to lift them so they don't freeze to the windshield and thus last a bit longer).

I've put off clearing the car long enough. Head over to Julia's Stamping Ground for more crafty peeks : D.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

November 2018 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

 The inspiration photo for the November 2018 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.

And my take on it : ). I used the Stitched Gift Bag die to make the large version.

With the side panels and the rectangular base. The bag is made from brown wrapping paper and Classic Kraft cardstock for the base. The handle reinforcers are Spring Rain cardstock. The mat is from Limitless Layers: 2 1/4 Heart die set, stamped with Candy Cane Christmas. The thread is DMC 321 (which is ALLLLLLL gone from Joann's so is all the white, cream and black).

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


The booties I started last week are completed. Betsy Veldman stitched hello on the soles of her project that introduced these Papertrey Ink dies a few years ago, and I have been running with the idea ever since : D. I am all about gender neutral things as a rule, and I believe these fit the bill.
Having pulled out the various specialty sets, I'm now condensing the "regulars" and at the bottom of the stack is the Art Bin for larger dies, like Papertrey Ink's Berry Basket die, which will house the booties (fingers crossed). To the right is a set of stamps needing sorting out, my beloved Tim Holtz SideKick and the favored scissors. I had grand intentions of die cutting a good portion of the scraps I gathered last week, but I got distracted lol.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018


 In tail end of a cleaning frenzy, and the beginning of a new project making baby booties. There was a major excavation that led to the discovery of one known lost die and one die that was not known to be lost, and lead to seeking help for it's identity. The magnet sheet is already repurposed for sorting out another die set. The little pile of golden fluff in the middle is some of the holes from the booties to be after the die cutting.

This box is chock full of things that were stacked to the left of my work space. But especially since I bought the Tim Holtz SideKick, it's really handy to have a box of small pieces to rummage through close at hand.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Still doing some organization, this time working on stand alone dies. For the record, the states are not realistically proportioned lol. I am finally over my "colon flu"... think stomach flu, but lower.

While I was recuperating I did find a 160 pencil case (the quarter is to show scale with four zippered compartments. It also takes up a lot less room on the desk than the Prismacolor 150 set.

 The ultra bright pencils come from a discount store though lol.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018


My box of stitching things left open from yesterday, when I was trying to find the actual size of a small stocking.

Urgent family thing interrupted me mid crank...

Cranked in the wrong direction this morning, hence the partial cut above the die. Fortunately I had enough room to place the die in a fresh section : D.  More crafty goings on can be found on Julia's Stamping Ground.