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August 1, 2014

Homemade Greeting Cards

I have really enjoyed making greeting cards for all occasions for loved ones.  As I cut and paste, color and paint, create and plan, I further think of the person and my gratitude for he/she being in my life.

cards - inside

Embellishments are added, along with washi tape, which give dimension and interest to the card.  Some cards are made for my grandchildren and use their interests as a base.  In this card the picture part of a postcard from the US post office provided a perfect image complete with drawn in buildings and vehicle washi tape as the traffic below for a young grandson.

cards - 2014-6-6 Isai birthday inside

This was for a young granddaughter complete with bareback rider with recipient’s face pasted on, along with circus images and circus washi.

cards - 2014-6-6 Adira birthday inside

From the remarks received, the recipients appreciate the extra thought that goes into making  a card especially for them.  I also use my scans of the completed cards to put into Project Life albums to further commemorate their birthdays, anniversaries, new births, congratulations, etc.

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January 7, 2014

Project Life Cards Booklet Gifts

One of the things I love about the Project Life cards (most of mine are from the various Becky Higgins collections) is the look and feel of them.  Each is colorful with either full pictures or partial with space for journaling and thick enough to feel like as card and handle continued touching.  I wanted to make something colorful and creative for my grandchildren and came up with these.

12-15-13  booklets for E,I,A

I took both 3×4 and 4×6 Project Life cards and punched holes to provide for the rings.  Many of the 3×4 cards I taped together to make a 4×6 with either washi tape (to add more color and design) or scotch tape (for a continuous look).   I then decorated many of the pages with stamps, stickers (of their favorite characters or interests), various embellishments.  The children could then write, draw, or further embellish the pages.

12-15-13  booklets inside

Also, little pockets are added in which strips of decorative paper and stickers can be inserted for them to play with or add to their booklets.  I also made pages out of individual papers I had on hand for added interest specific for that child.

Similar booklets could be made of any theme or color scheme for any occasion or person.  I spent quite a bit of time on these but really enjoyed it.  My Inner Child loved putting together the page combinations and embellishments for my grandchildren, using far more fun products than were available for me.

January 3, 2014

Washi Tape Ornaments

This year I made washi tape ornaments for everyone, a different design tape and patterns for each.  This was an easy and fun way to personalize presents and let people know I’m thinking of them and appreciate them.  Here is a sampling of some of the possibilities:

12-15-13  ornaments all

The base was a thin wooden tree or star shape from Hobby Lobby then covered with various designs of washi tape. The children received the more interesting shaped Santa and reindeer going over rooftops at night.  On the back of each I clipped a piece from a LOVE tape and added the year.

12-25-13  ornament backs

These pictures then became Project Life cards in my album along with a little explanation on another journaling card.  Fun, colorful, easy, expressing creativity in a small way for showing my gratitude for others.

April 29, 2013

Leaving the world of the 1928 treadle Singer sewing machine

My retirement has given me the opportunity to branch out in various creative endeavors, some of which I have done before but in a limited way, others I have never had the time to try, and still others whereby I expanded what I had been doing over the years.

My mother taught me how to sew and my grandmother taught me how to knit and crochet. Even in the early years of marriage, as we struggled with trying to make ends meet, we chose not to have me working but to be home with the children.  This made these handcrafts an imperative.  I sewed clothes for myself and for my children, drapes and slip-covers, all  on a 1928 treadle Singer sewing machine that only went forward (it was hard turning around all the material in a sofa slip-cover in order to get stitching backwards, but one could sew if the electricity went out.)  And I made numerous knitted things for my husband as well as the children and myself.   All very practical; all a part of ‘making do’.

But with retirement I started a quilt for my granddaughter which I had to stop because of problems with my eyes not seeing well enough on the dark-colored material of dolphins and whales in the ocean.  What could I still sew?

Then I remembered the Memory Bears made by a volunteer while I was working in hospice.  I used that pattern and made a University of Arkansas Razorback Bear for my teenage grandson. 

University of Arkansas Bear

University of Arkansas Bear

The picture above is the Bear holding a baseball key chain.  The one below is the Bear wearing a University of Arkansas (hoghat) baseball cap on.

UofA Bear wearing a University baseball cap

UofA Bear wearing a University baseball cap

Needless to say, he loved the Bear and its accessories, particularly the ferocious looking baseball cap. 

Time had moved on in many ways: one was I no longer had the 1928 treadle Singer sewing machine but did have one which sewed both forwards and backwards, which was a great help.    Another, I was sewing something for my grandson, not my children.  And yet another, I was doing this because I wanted to, not because I had to.  Time keeps moving on.

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