Adventures in Lutherie #12: A few shots from my day        

I’ve been going through the ‘bone pile’ in the shop, looking for specimens that I think I have the ability to repair. The best way to learn is to do, and since these were actually already in the scrap box, how could I possibly goof anything up? My boss once said to me that if I goof something up, we’ll just take it apart and fix it.

These first two shots are of a 3/4 violin that had a missing corner on the upper left C bout. The top of violins is spruce, IE the same stuff that 2×4s are made from. I had previously cut some pieces from a 2×4 for such a purpose.

First thing is to make the edge straight. In this case I was even able to save the perfling on the edge. I took a piece of my spruce and edge glued it to the violin. I held the joint together with painters tape.

After it dried, I cut much of the excess away and carved it to shape using my pocket knife. I brought it to final shape with sand paper. sorry I didn’t show the rest of the process, but it’s basically just doing my best to match the finish and make the patch invisible.

Below is just a clamping job holding a crack aligned while the glue dries. I made the clamps myself as is noted in my lutherie tools series. [link]

          A New Toy        
In one of my previous posts, I mentioned that at the beginning of May I took part in the "Creative Crop" over at the website in celebration of National Scrapbooking Day. Each hour they would post a new "Challenge"... Challenge 10 was to "Use any cast-off object on your layout".

What does this mean... here is the description they provided: "Your challenge is to use any cast-off object on your layout. It could be product packaging or scrap papers from your studio, mesh fruit bag, bread tags, etc. from your kitchen, outgrown clothing from your closet, stray puzzle pieces…the possibilities are endless! Use your creativity to upcycle such items in your scrapbooking.".

First off let me say that this is not my best layout, in fact I really don't like it at all but I think that we all have layouts that don't turn out the way we intended for them too. 

That being said, let me see if I can remember everything I "re-used" in this layout...

  1. There are 3 silver clips, I guess you would call them, located on the left hand page... these are actually taken from my husbands new dress shirt! Instead of pins, they used these clips!
  2. The paper is all from my scrap box. In fact, if you look really close at the brown triangle edged paper, it had already been cut & I was able to find all the small pieces and tape then together tight enough that you can hardly notice!
  3. Would you believe even the pictures on the right hand side should have been tossed! Only 1 or 2 of those pictures are actually square, the rest are all missing the bottom point, that is why I have overlapped the pictures with the paper!!
  4. Lastly the letters... I know, some of you may be asking yourself "how can the letters be considered "cast-offs" as they are all from the same package"... well I guess I would say because they were left overs... they don't really go along with this page - colour wise I mean, plus I'm not one to use small and capital letters together like that. (However I don't mind the way that part of the layout turned out! I might even try it again!)

Would love to see layouts you create with your cast-off objects!

Till next time... Happy Scrapping!! :-)

          Scrap Box Sunday: Link Party #20        
Wow, this week we're up to our 20th Scrap Box Sunday! Amazing! 
Thank you to everyone who's participated throughout the weeks! <3

Party #19 was a modest party but there were some wonderful projects shared!

Featuring my faves...

I love this adorable storage box, and it's made from a Pringles box of all things!
I love Pringles, so this seems like a perfect excuse to buy some ;D
Thanks MeiJo's JOY!

TWO of Lani's projects caught my eye, her framed cork boards and her plethora of fabric scrap busting ideas! Whoa, that'll keep me busy for a while! Thanks for sharing!

Your awesome ideas rock my socks! Feel free to grab a featured button here:

Time For Linky Party #20!

Link up anything that you've made with scraps lying around your craft room, kitchen, wherever!
This party will close on Saturday November 26th!

Just display H&H's button somewhere on the post or in your sidebar, and link up! Link as many projects as you want, as long as you haven't linked them up here before. And remember to visit at least two other projects and leave a nice comment! Everyone loves visitors! <3

          Scrap Box Sunday: Features & Link Party #19        
It was a small party but there were some absolutely fabulous ideas linked up!

Featuring my faves...

Ear Warmers & Cozy Pants from Falafel and the Bee

T-Shirt Ruffle Scarf from Vintage Gwen

Your awesome ideas rock my socks! Feel free to grab a featured button here:

Time For Linky Party #19!

Link up anything that you've made with scraps lying around your craft room, kitchen, wherever!
This party will close on Saturday November 19th!

Just display H&H's button somewhere on the post or in your sidebar, and link up! Link as many projects as you want, as long as you haven't linked them up here before. And remember to visit at least two other projects and leave a nice comment! Everyone loves visitors! <3

          Scrap Box Sunday: The Link Party is BACK!        
I can't believe I haven't run one of these since JULY! Wow, life really has been so busy!
I feel like I'm so out of the loop, so please link up so I can catch up on what you've been doing <3

Time For Linky Party #18!

Link up anything that you've made with scraps lying around your craft room, kitchen, wherever!
This party will close on Saturday November 12th!

Just display H&H's button somewhere on the post or in your sidebar, and link up! Link as many projects as you want, as long as you haven't linked them up here before. And remember to visit at least two other projects and leave a nice comment! Everyone loves visitors! <3

Darning .....
Many years ago I quite enjoyed darning holes in the heels of my socks (in the days of the second World War we had clothing coupons and had to "make do and mend").

Maybe that's why I love this page from Jan Beaney's book, The Art of the Needle.
This book is one of my best ever Charity shop buys and I come back to it many times.
It's still available on Amazon - buy it if you love fabric and thread!

Having a browse there this morning I decided to stitch something - I wish I could stitch like Jan Beaney!!!!! A square of coarse hessian, only 9x9cm., has been in the scrap box far too long so
I made this mini textured piece - an enjoyable morning.
Now it's time for lunch .....
          Tuesday - Working day        
I got some sewing done. Finally. I finished up this month's bee blocks (Simply Solids and Bee(ful) of Paper. Here they are in all their finished and ready to be mailed off glory:

star for paper piecing bee

window pane block for Simply Solids

I didn't have trouble with the paper pieced block this month, but I did struggle with the solids block. I didn't think about making my pieces large enough the first day I worked on it, so I did some rethinking and this is what the result is. I actually have a ton of pieces that are cut off, slabs as it were, of this block hanging out in my scrap box. Basically, 90% of this block is new work. I sure hope Queenie likes it. I also hope that no one else in my group wants this kind of block because it wasn't fun for me at all.

I'm ready to finish up my garden fence quilt. I'm going to be piecing the back and making the sandwich tonight and it should be ready for quilting and a big finish on Friday - that's the plan, anyway.

I got to go and make the dinner. It's meatloaf, smashed potatoes and broccoli tonight. YUM!

Take care of yourself and make some stuff.

          Pile It On Challenge 25 Cute        
Hello again, I can't believe I haven't posted for so long, note to self must do better, this time I am posting for Pile It on and we would like to see your Cute creations. I am sorry not sure what has happened to the post but will try to fix it. We are sponsored by Oddball Art.

 Prize - 3 single digital stamps from Oddball Art

Oddball Art by Lizzy Love: Growing up a child of the 80's, pop rocks princess, with an extreme fondness for anything candy coated, Kawaii Kitten & Ziggy Stardust, all of which had a major influence in the work that I am creating today. I employ many different mediums when I create, anything from mixed media painting to sewing with many different textiles, the end result always being the same; A whimsical dream world filled with big eyed beauties, creepy little cuties and quirky monsters of all shapes and sizes.

I was able to use Kawaii Clouds, I decided to use a beach scene and add my clouds to it. Sorry I haven't put the beach scene into a folder so not sure who it is by. 

I used one of my new A4 embossing folders and some Tumbled Glass distress Ink for the background, I think this is my new favourite way to create backgrounds so apologies if you get fed up seeing this one. 

I used my Spectrum Noir pencils to colour the image in I do love the effect you get with just the pencils. I used another embossing folder for the little beach huts, cut them out of the card stock and coloured then with the pencils as well. I wanted a backing for the image and beach huts so found a sheet of packaging in my scrap box and roughly cut it with some decorative scissors. The scissors are not something I used very often but I think they will be used a little more now as I like the effect I got with them.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafting By Designs - Favourite Holiday- being at the beach
Creative moments - Anything Goes
Hambo Hoedown - Summer
Paper Pretties - Summer Fun
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts - Embossing
Cute Card Thursday - Beside the Seaside
Moving Along with the Times - Beside the Seaside
A Creative Need - Anything Goes
Splendiferous Creations - Summer Fun
Crafting for the Craic - Something Summery
Creative Corner Challenges - Summertime 
Delicious Doodles - Make a Scene
Fairy Tale Challenge - Lazy Summer Days
JellyPark Challenge - I do like to be beside the sea
FunDay Friday Challenge - Summer Fun
ABC Challenge - N is for Nautical 
Craft Galore - Use a stamp
Just For Fun Challenge - Here comes Summer
Lia Stamps - Summer Fun
Sparkles Monthly Challenge - At the Beach
The Cupboard Trilogy - Use Yellow
Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes

I am looking forward to seeing your creations as I go blog hopping. Thank you as always for popping by and any comments you have the time to leave are greatly appreciated. 
          My Small World Quilt        
Let's begin the new year on the front foot, with a post about a finish. 

From the moment I set eyes on Jen Kingwell's My Small World quilt in the Spring 2015 edition of Quiltmania I was smitten.  

A still, small (and frankly rather boring) inner voice cautioned that I had no time to cut out and sew together the thousands of tiny pieces needed to create this amazing combination of shapes and patterns. 

Besides, I'd go crazy coping with the piles of tiny scraps all over my floor, sorted into the colour palette I needed to "paint" this imaginary world. 

Not to mention my domestic machine quilting skills which I seriously doubted could do justice to such a quilt.

All of which was true.

However, once I realised My Small World would make the perfect quilt for a very special little person due to arrive in November, there was no stopping me. 

I mined my scrap box like a maniac, digging for the brightest, happiest pieces I could find. 

I fussy cut like a fiend so I could make my version into an "I Spy" quilt.

And I single-mindedly stitched together My Small World quilt top over six or seven weeks. Those fabric piles did drive me crazy, but they gave me the impetus I needed to get this stage finished.

It's a pattern that lends itself - almost invites itself - to personalising. So I created a sunny yellow, blue and white colour-washed sky and, instead of the stitcheries in the original design, I filled my sky (created with around 700 x 1 inch squares) with a fairytale castle, busy bees, bubbles and a big Dresden style sun.

All over the quilt I've included little objects that are fun to discover - a car, The Cat in the Hat, a zebra, a daisy, little children, a sailing boat...and so on.

While I thought about how I was going to approach the quilting of the buildings I worked an orange peel grid over the sky. 

Then I decided to mentally break up the quilt into individual spaces and quilt each one separately. This approach meant that I could effectively avoid having to tackle machining over any any thick joins, but also gave the quilt a rich and varied texture matching the style of the original design. 

My quilting was far from perfect, but again I feel it matches the quilt's naive style. That's my story, anyway, and I'm sticking to it!

This stage of the quilting took the longest, but I found it the most creatively rewarding.

I used Aurifil thread 50wt for both my piecing and quilting, and my batting was Soft and Bright from The Warm Company.

It was easy to add a multi-coloured binding using the method described here because the binding was applied in four separate strips and I could position the colour transitions exactly where I wanted them.

With this method the stitched mitred corners (almost) always turn out like this, which I love.

An "I Spy" quilt needs a label on the back with a list of objects to find. 

Perhaps you can play the game yourself?

And finally this label, so that Princess 2 will always remember her grandma who took the time (around 4 months working 2 or 3 hours most days or evenings) to make her this gift of love.

And remained sane*

Please see these posts of mine if you're interested in more details, and tips, about the making of My Small World quilt.

* Some may disagree :-)

          Christmas Making        
Grab a cuppa' and sit down for a breath.
Well Stashbusters,
Sounds like our Christmas plans are coming right along. If you are a Facebook user make sure to join our group and share in the encouragement and enabling. (psst... we will be doing it again next year)

Awhile ago I got sick of looking AT my pinterest and decided to actually make something! First I used up some strips for these little braided mug rugs... Not sure where these are going.

Then these cute round coasters were tantalizing me so I whipped some up in a weekend. This used up some of my scraps and more importantly a scrap of batting that I'd been hoarding for just such a reason. I was super tickled with my achievements!
The square ones were supposed to be round but the personalized "L" scrapped that idea.
Sewing, the ever evolving art.
As I was energized and ready to go on the next gifts on my list, I got a surprise email saying I made it into the big Christmas MADE Fair that was only three weeks away! What a surprise! I broke out the pliers and my button jars and made up some cute button earrings. (not that you can see the dent in my stash)...

Is it silly how happy I am to have a "butterfly" in Millefiori beads and Mother of Pearl buttons? 

I also made some Tiny Worlds that help grow big imaginations. This put another small dent in my scrap box and used up some of that weird yarn I couldn't get rid of either. It's those odd things that are so satisfying to use.

Ending the random craft supply usage spree was me further ruining some already damaged linens by making some beautiful glass pendants showcasing the lace and embroidery from years gone by.
Sorry for the sad ironing board photo but it was that or nothing!
It may not be a lot, but it is something... I really enjoyed giving new life to the buttons and the linens that could never be used again.

I've got a couple other big projects planned as soon as I go on Christmas break. How about you? Are you in the middle of Christmas Making Mayhem? Or are you waiting for the actual break? Will you get a break with time for sewing or be busy with family and friends?
Whatever you do keep up the good work! Our year is almost over!


Beginning woodworking

A question I get asked from time to time is how to get into woodworking, what tools I would recommend, and where to start.

I can't really make good recommendations as to what specific brands of tools are better than others. Most of my tools were opportunistic purchases, with relatively little regard to specific brands. More often than not, it's price and a quick inspection to gauge the solidity of the tool that are the determining factors. My tools are usually not among the best that can be had, but good enough.

Where to start?

But where to start with woodworking? What machines do you need? My suggestion is that you should start by doing some woodworking, and only after that start buying big equipment.

I don't mean that entirely literally. But I think it's best if you buy just a few tools and start using those. As you get more comfortable with what you have, it becomes easier to understand what tools you should get next. It also reduces the risk of buying a workshop full of tools only to find out that you aren't really into woodworking.

Start by getting a few hand tools - a hammer, screwdrivers, nails, a few chisels, a hack saw, a try square, some sort of work table, and some clamps.

jigsaw, drillYour first power tools should probably be a drill and a jigsaw. Those are tools that come in handy here and there, even if you are not into woodworking. You won't be able to make any fine furniture with them, but it's enough to bang together a few projects for the basement or outside.
There are different grades of tools available at different prices. Salesmen will probably tell you to get good quality tools that last a lifetime. But the price difference between a cheap tool and a good quality tool can easily be a factor of four. My advice is to get cheap tools first and use them until they break. Once they break, it's time to consider getting something better. But unless you are a professional who uses the tools every day, even a cheap tool is likely to last a long time.

skillsawA good tool to get next is some sort of circular saw. A circular saw cuts a lot faster than a jigsaw, and it's easier to make a straighter cleaner cut with it. It's also a very useful tool for cutting up big sheets of plywood, even if you already have a table saw. At this point, you have enough tools for some simple projects such as this table or some storage shelving
You should consider getting a hand plane or two at this point, and maybe a workbench with a vise on it. It may be a good challenge to build a workbench while you are at it.

With just the tools mentioned above, you can already tackle some basic projects, such as these:

Bed from 2x4 lumber

Simple table

Storage shelves

Building sawhorses

Getting into stationary machines

You can get a lot of hand-held power tools, but after getting the assortment mentioned above, it's probably time to start looking at getting some stationary tools. The most useful stationary tools are a drill press and a table saw. For the longest time, I only had a cheap old contractor saw, and only a very small drill press, but I made do with those. The difference between a good drill press and a cheap drill press is much smaller than the difference between a cheap drill press and no drill press, so don't wait until you can afford the perfect one.
I can't say the same about a table saw. The cheapest benchtop table saws for under $200 tend to be awful, and will never produce a good clean cut. The better quality benchtop saws are much better, but cost as much as a contractor saw will. A contractor saw is the type of table saw with the motor at the back and open at the bottom. They tend to be made of cast iron, and good value for the money. Hybrid saws are also becoming popular. Hybrid saws are essentially built like contractor saws, but with the motor in the cabinet, just like a cabinetmaker saw. Those are also good value, but much cheaper than cabinetmakers saws. My present table saw is a hybrid table saw. The saw depicted at left is a 40-year old contractor saw, which I enclosed on the bottom to keep the sawdust inside.
To get a cleaner cut, it helps to buy a good quality saw blade for your table saw. With a decent table saw, and a good quality blade, it should be possible to get a cut that is clean enough that it should require only minimal work to prepare it for finishing.

Those tools, plus a bandsaw were all I had when I built my marble machine one. So you can go quite a ways with just this much equipment.
A nice thing about a bandsaw is that it's not scary to use. Sure, a bandsaw can cut your fingers off too, but it will probably cut your finger slow enough that you can pull it back before it's a major injury. I cut into my thumb with a bandsaw once when I was a kid. I pulled back as soon as I felt it, and the cut on my thumb wasn't even deep enough to warrant a band-aid. So if table saws scare you, get a bandsaw first.
A bandsaw is also very handy. It cuts cleaner than a jigsaw, but perhaps one of the biggest advantages of a bandsaw is convenience. It's my tool of choice for making most quick rough cuts.I also use it for cutting up long scraps to short pieces to fit them in the scrap box. I really use the bandsaw a lot. I actually bought my bandsaw before I bought a table saw - I saw one marked down at a woodworking show, and I knew I'd get one eventually, so I jumped on it. That was before I built my own

belt sander and routerNext it's probably time for some more power tools. A belt sander often comes in handy. A router is also a really nice thing to have. Don't fret too much about which router to get - most woodworkers have more than one. So if you don't like some aspect of your router, it will still be handy as a second router later.
Most people would also recommend that you get some sort of miter saw for making crosscuts. Personally, I have always just used a crosscut sled. Miter saws just don't have the rigidity to produce a cut as clean as can be made with a table saw sled, so I have never been a fan of them.

Moving up to the next level, the next machine to get would be a jointer planer. A jointer planer is very important if you want to glue up pieces of wood side-by-side to make panels. It's just plain all around handy for planing stock. I'd recommend you get a jointer planer before you get a thickness planer, because there is so much more that can be done with a jointer than a thickness planer. A thickness planer is really handy to get stock to the right thickness, although in a pinch, that can also be done on the table saw by putting the workpiece between the fence and the blade. If you cut from both sides, you can thikness stock up to twice the maximum depth of cut of your table saw.

Tools that I don't recommend buying

All the tools below have their uses, and you may eventually get to a point where they are needed. But if you are just starting out, I'd recommend waiting until later before buying any of the tools below:

Compound sliding miter saw

Hardware stores are full of big compound sliding miter saws. But before you buy one, ask yourself, how often do you need to cut miters on stock wider than a non sliding miter saw can handle? For the few times you have to do that, it's probably better to use a circular saw. The complicated mechanism of a compound sliding miter saw makes them less rigid. Which means an expensive compound miter saw may not make as clean a cut as a non-sliding miter saw for a third of the price.

Do everything combination machines

Avoid machines that can be converted from one machine to another. The ShopSmith is a prime example of such a machine. Multi purpose machines are usually good at one or two functions, but other aspects are compromised. But the real problem is that every time you need to switch functions, you need to convert the machine. And the cost of these machines is usually high enough that you could get several single function machines for the same price.


If you want to get into woodworking, a good project to tackle is building your own workbench. It's really not that hard. So if building your own workbench is a bit too much work, or too intimidating, then take a step back and examine whether you really want to get into woodworking. This may be different if your goal is to cut silhouettes of kittens out of plywood with a scrollsaw, but I wouldn't call that sort of activity "woodworking".

Nail gun

Furniture shouldn't use a lot of nails. If you must use nails, you can always drive them in with a hammer. I am sure you have heard the saying "if all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail". Now, if you have a nail gun then... Well, go figure.

Fancy table saw miter gauge and fence

Fancy miter gauges sure look nice, with all the coloured bits of anodized aluminium and brass knobs. But are those really something you need? Do you really think that an Incra brand miter gauge made out of bent sheet metal is more trustworthy than the more solid cast aluminium one that came with your saw? Sorry, but those are some of my pet peeves. Build yourself a good table saw sled instead, and you won't need to second guess it. If you cut a lot of 45-degree miters, make another sled with a 45 degree angle.


Scrollsaws are good for cutesey little projects like cutting puzzles or silhouettes of cutesey animals out of wood. But for making furniture, scrollsaws just aren't up to the task. Scrollsaws, along with Dremel tools, do have their uses in crafts, but for woodworking, they are just a little too small. That said, Dremel tools are very useful for sharpening brad point drill bits, forstner bits, and bandsaw blades, so they do have a use in woodworking.


You can make nice candle sticks and blows with a lathe. And if your aspiration is wood turning, a lathe is definitely something you want to invest in. But few funtiture projects require the use of a lathe. I'm not saying you should never get a lathe, but a lathe is not one of those "must have" tools like a table saw or drill press.

Track saw

A track saw will allow you to make many cuts that would otherwise require a table saw, and is hard to beat if you need to cut up whole sheets of plywood. But for the price of a track saw, you can buy a table saw, and table saws are so much more convenient and versatile that a track saw is no substitute. So if you are just starting out, don't let anybody tell you that you don't need a table saw if you have a track saw.
          my intro to wood working #4: thats not scrap        

Bieng friends with a cabinet maker is a toy maker’s scrap gold mine. I am able to scrounge enough pieces of wood from his scrap pile to keep me busy. My friend is always impressed with what I am able to fashion out of pieces that are unusable to him. What is interesting to me is that even though I need only small pieces of wood, I end up with a scrap pile too. At the end of every project there is always something that is too small to use. The other day my kids used my scrap to glue together some sculptures that were used to decorate thier doll house.

It reminded me of a neighbour I had a while ago. This colourful character maintained an collection of stuff in his backyard that could easily have hidden the lost city of Atlantis. One day I was eyeing a heap of wood pieces that I imagined using for a bonfire. I asked him what he was going to do with that “scrap wood”.

He rubbed his chin and asked me ” do you have a use for it?”
I jumped on it, thinking he was going to let me have it “I sure do!” I said
“well then, it isn’t scrap it. Is it?” e
I guess he “let me have it”, but I ended up buying the wood.

If you have a use for it, it isn’t scrap. My friend finds cabinets and furniture in a pile of lumber. I find trucks and dragons in my friend’s scrap pile. My kids find sculptures in my scrap pile and I am sure there is someone somewhere that could use the stuff that we can’t imagine using. I don’t think we can ever be truly aware of how others are going to value the gifts in our posession. It is becoming clearer to me that the scraps we toss because they are worthless to us might be so valuable that they seem like a gift to someone with that specific need. So maybe there isn’t such a thing as scrap. Maybe there are just gifts that haven’t been shared yet. I can think of other areas of my life that might benefit from my scrap philosophy. The effort it takes for a smile, kind word or thoughtful gesture might not add up to much in my life at that moment, but they might mean the world to someone else. I think I am going to be more concious of keeping my scrap box empty, because if I can find others that can use the abundance in my life, then there isn’t really any scrap… Is there?

          Diy Lowly Worm plushie        

Our kids have quite often different opinions about kids' tv programs; what is boring, what is scary, what is just plain stupid etc. However, there are few programs that they both agree on, one is Richard Scarry's Busy Town (at least for now). It isn't flashy and polished like the new computer made animations, the atmosphere is calm and friendly and even I knew the characters as a kid! It's always nice when they like something just because it is fun, not because it is something that everyone likes right now (and forgets when new characters are introduced by the toy factories).

We have Best Make-It book Ever! by Richard Scarry. It includes all kinds of crafts; you can cut out the characters and buildings from Busy town, both instructions and ready cut outs to make finger dolls, calendar, cards... It is thick book with plenty to do. I bought it last summer to have something to do at the summer cottage if it rains and it has turned out to be great fun. There is still plenty to do.

I was browsing through it with our son one day and we read a story from that book about Lowly Worm and it ended with words "now go and make your own Lowly Worm!". The book had patterns and instructions to make your own plushie. The book told to ask help from someone who can sew and find the fabrics from your mum's fabric scrap box. Since there is no shortage in either, we started the project.

Lowly Worm is pretty easy to do and I won't publish here full instructions nor the patterns as I think they are copyright protected. Anyway, it isn't hard to figure out just by looking at the pictures.

The worm itself is made out of two parts; the one with the brown fabric making head and body and the green making the pants. The hat, coat and shoe are separate parts.

The book advised to use felt, understandable as it's very easy to use but I used what was in the scrap fabric box and took fabric out of couple old t-shirts. The original advice was to cut the eyes out of white and black felt and glue them on but I didn't want to use glue. I had a feeling that the plushie would end up being carried everywhere and played with a lot so the glued eyes would come off eventually. I used buttons instead and our son chose the red ones. I would have used black ones as it looks a bit demonic now but he is happy with it. The hat has yellow ribbon sewn on it and it is attached with few hand stitches. I attached the hat and the eyes as well as embroidered the mouth once the plushie was otherwise ready.

The coat is made out of a sleeve of a t-shirt and of course I took use of the finished edge! The top edge I sew with zig zag. The bow is just a piece of red fabric with raw edges and attached with couple hand stitches.

The original instructions didn't mention about filling the shoe at all but I thought it is nicer this way. I filled the shoe with the smallest fabric scraps so it is a bit harder than with other padding. I used the ready finished edge here too.

Making Lowly Worm didn't take much time, was very easy and our son is very happy with it. What could be better? Oh, and it used at least some of my fabric scraps, always good too!

          More upcycled worry eaters!        
After my last post about our summer time and short break because of summer trips finally something I have actually done! I have mentioned before how Finns tend to get crazy when it becomes summer and every town and village have their own summer events and fests. Our little village is no exception, our summer event lasted whole week with casual sport events, market etc. There were also small group of volunteers who opened a season shop for that week filled with local products. Potatoes and other farm products, crafts etc. I also made something, could have made more but the time was short with holiday trips and all other duties. I decided to make worry eaters and got together eight of them.

Four are the size I made the original one (here) and four are slightly smaller because the size of the clothes I upcycled for these. They are, of course, upcycled; zips, buttons and fabric comes from old clothes. For the filling I used new cotton wool. I didn't think it would be such a good idea to use old cotton wool from old pillows. Think about the sweat and grease the pillows might have absorbed! No washing can take it out of them, so new it was instead of upcycled.

I used knit fabrics to make them nicely soft and cuddly and of course saved the extra parts from the clothes I used.

This one was a small ballerina body and I cut the front part from the body's front part with the star, placing it on the side rather than in middle. Ears and eye background are from scrap fabric, the body itself is soft jersey.

My favourite worry eater! For this I used old adult pants made out of soft velour. There is still plenty of this fabric left for many other projects, the adult pants have so much fabric for upcycling purposes! Again, the rest is from my scrap box.

Green terry hoodie with bright pink zip and wristbands turned out to something more harmonic with green zip and yellow ears and eyes. Terry is elastic, very comfortable for a toy like this. Yellow fabric is out of old baby body.

Sometimes it is some small detail that makes you happy. In this case it is the zip. I had a sweatshirt blouse with grey sleeves (the fabric in ears) and I found a zip with matching colour from my storage! I like this one too because the fabric is sturdier than jersey and gives whole more feeling to a toy than jersey.

However, jersey works great for the smaller ones. For the the pink I used sleeveless summer top in size 104. From the shirts at this size you make easily the bigger one but then you need to have sleeves for the hands and ears. The blue one is t-shirt in size 104, also the missing long sleeves made it impossible to make the bigger one. Also the fabric is 100% viscose and very soft, I doubt it would have worked well with the big one.

For these I used old baby clothes, the left one is out of pants, the right one out of a body. Even the small baby clothes make great small worry eaters!

I have to say that if (or when) I will make more worry eaters for sale I will not make the fingers and toes! It would save me easily 15 min/worry eater - at least. I sold three of these in the season shop during that week, quite well when you think that these were the only things I had for sale, the shop was open only for a week and it was in a small village, not next to a busy shopping street in a city. Right after the week I sold two more so only three left!

I also made small notes with my email and blog addresses so someone interested could take a card and maybe contact me later.

I also had an explanation what these are, what they are made of and a mention that I can make something out of old favourite clothes, great keepsake! That's why I made these cards too, easy to grab into your wallet. The box is, of course, upcycled. I got a shower gel in a pretty box, this is the cover. It was quite pretty but the surface had suffered some damage in the bathroom so I covered the edges and the bottom:

It was just right for this use!

Altogether; 8 pieces of clothes used, same amount of zips and 16 buttons, not bad! If you took a look at my working room, you wouldn't notice it though, it is still too full!

And... if you want to make your own, I have a post about making your own worry eater with full tutorial:
          EtsyMetal Blog Carnival - 3.2.12 - Nobody's Perfect        

This month's EtsyMetal blog carnival is "Nobody's Perfect" - Care to share a piece of your work that did not turn out quite as beautiful as you had planned?
Perhaps you have an interesting experience that went awry...
Do tell!

What a fun topic!
I used to do so much experimenting... and then often just kept my messed up experiments! I know a lot of jewelers have scrap boxes. It is part of the great thing about working with metal - even when you mess up, the metal is still good and can either be melted down or turned in to something else.

Here are a few of my favorite disasters:
(sorry for the horribly fuzzy photos this morning)

The top two photos were when I was working on setting stones from the back of a piece as opposed to on top in a normal bezel... apparently you can see how well that was working for me! haha!

Make sure to check out the other participants this month!

Inbar Bareket
Anne Walker
Michele Grady Designs
TK Metal Arts
Evelyn Markasky
          Little Rascals        

Good morning all!
The card I am going to share today was made for The Little Rascals Challenge over on docrafts, I haven't taken part in one of the challenges for ages and this image fitted the bill, I coloured it to have a go with spectrum noir pens, I usually use promarkers but as a few were running out I thought  it was an opportunity to try these pens as they are cheaper and refillable. They blended nicely and worked alongside my promarkers so I may consider more in the future as I only got the turquoise set.  Anyway onto the card, I used a LOTV image, papers from my scrap box, M/S zigzag border punch and fiskars star punch.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges

          Dukes Farm Layouts: Part 1         
Today I thought I'd start to share the layouts I made at Dukes Farm. As I've mentioned in previous posts I took away with me some older photos from by Uni days and decided to make an album of these. Some of these photos are a little bit cringe worthy so no laughing! 
The first layout I made were photos from a girly night out in a restaurant called Panama Joes which used to serve yummy South American type food. I used papers from a Jen Hadfield paper pad I'd picked up in TK Maxx. I also used acetate embellishments from Heidi Swapp and some die cuts from Page Evans. 
The next layout I scraped was of me and my friend Anna. Anna was one of the first people I spoke to and made friends with at uni as she was in the room opposite my in halls, and we remain friends to this day. The photos were taken in our first year and then in our last year. I used papers from an old Studio Calico collection and dies cuts from Page Evans again. 
The last layout I'll share today is of my brother jumping over a wall in a beer garden at the end of a booze night out, forgetting about the large drop the other side! As the photo was quite dark I went for a fairly monochromatic colour scheme with a little pop of Aqua. Papers are again from Jen Hadfield and a scrap from Gemma's overflowing scrap box. I also used a mix of embellishments from Fancy Pants, Dear Lizzy and a really old cut apart from Echo Park. 
          Finished Project: Scrappy Tulips Quilted Wall Hanging         
Handquilted Scrappy Tulips
Roughly a year ago, while reading a favorite quilting magazine, I found this tulip quilt pattern. However, the quilt in the magazine fit a twin size bed. I am always on the look out for ways to minimize my ever growing scrap box. I decided on scrappy tulips, adjusting the magazine's suggested block measurements to my liking.

A pleasant afternoon and a warm cuppa was enjoyed choosing fabric - bright, cheery, "Spring" colors for the tulip petals; vibrant greens for the stems; put-a-smile-on-your-face polka dots, checks, and florals for the filler blocks.

A Happy Scrappy Wall Hanging
It's not perfect. It's handmade.

And, I am delighted with the finished product.

          I Love My Cat Wall Quilt        

I love this quilt by Lynnette Anderson. Earlier this year I tore out all the patterns I liked from my magazines and threw the magazines away. I kept out a couple of patterns that I thought I might try this year.

The pocket was in view just under my sewing machine and I kept looking at it. Then last week I pulled down my scrap box and moved the pocket to the top of the box. Yay! I had started.

Yesterday I put together a cat body and I feel very pleased with myself.

However, today I have found a bag making challenge for November with tutorials and tips and give aways. Over at Elm Street Quilts. I already have my eye on my zipper box and will use scraps to make a little pouch to enter in the competition this week. Well, that's the plan anyway.

Happy Quilting and Crafting,

          Out of sight, out of mind….Or, the advantage of being a chaotic quilter…        


The excitement about trying a new technique (the one I mentioned on my last post)

made me take a look at my scrap boxes.

Oh my….

What do you think I found?….



What a bird brain…

How could I forget my string blocks???… I first showed them  here…

After deciding which pattern I liked most

I made more blocks,

I took a break….

made more blocks, and…

time passed…

Other projects took place,

the box with the blocks found a nice corner in the sewing room.

Why did they not scream??…I sure would have heard!


Enough waiting,

I started sewing the blocks.



It’s going to be a square quilt,

I have three more blocks to sew.


Sometimes a new idea helps you to finish an old project!

Wishing you a lovely sewing time!


          Scrap Box Sunday: Link Party #20        
Wow, this week we're up to our 20th Scrap Box Sunday! Amazing! 
Thank you to everyone who's participated throughout the weeks! <3

Party #19 was a modest party but there were some wonderful projects shared!

Featuring my faves...

I love this adorable storage box, and it's made from a Pringles box of all things!
I love Pringles, so this seems like a perfect excuse to buy some ;D
Thanks MeiJo's JOY!

TWO of Lani's projects caught my eye, her framed cork boards and her plethora of fabric scrap busting ideas! Whoa, that'll keep me busy for a while! Thanks for sharing!

Your awesome ideas rock my socks! Feel free to grab a featured button here:

Time For Linky Party #20!

Link up anything that you've made with scraps lying around your craft room, kitchen, wherever!
This party will close on Saturday November 26th!

Just display H&H's button somewhere on the post or in your sidebar, and link up! Link as many projects as you want, as long as you haven't linked them up here before. And remember to visit at least two other projects and leave a nice comment! Everyone loves visitors! <3

          Scrap Box Sunday: Features & Link Party #19        
It was a small party but there were some absolutely fabulous ideas linked up!

Featuring my faves...

Ear Warmers & Cozy Pants from Falafel and the Bee

T-Shirt Ruffle Scarf from Vintage Gwen

Your awesome ideas rock my socks! Feel free to grab a featured button here:

Time For Linky Party #19!

Link up anything that you've made with scraps lying around your craft room, kitchen, wherever!
This party will close on Saturday November 19th!

Just display H&H's button somewhere on the post or in your sidebar, and link up! Link as many projects as you want, as long as you haven't linked them up here before. And remember to visit at least two other projects and leave a nice comment! Everyone loves visitors! <3

          Scrap Box Sunday: The Link Party is BACK!        
I can't believe I haven't run one of these since JULY! Wow, life really has been so busy!
I feel like I'm so out of the loop, so please link up so I can catch up on what you've been doing <3

Time For Linky Party #18!

Link up anything that you've made with scraps lying around your craft room, kitchen, wherever!
This party will close on Saturday November 12th!

Just display H&H's button somewhere on the post or in your sidebar, and link up! Link as many projects as you want, as long as you haven't linked them up here before. And remember to visit at least two other projects and leave a nice comment! Everyone loves visitors! <3

          My Latest Pincushion        
Here is the pincushion I created for the 2017 CDA Pincushion Challenge. I was very happy to be able to use up some of those scraps of fabric, lace, trims and beads I had in my scrap box. I created a pincushion, and added the beads, lace, trims and pins to a glass candlestick holder.

          SPEED-not all it's cracked up to be        
Another week, month, year has sped by and leaves me in it's wake wondering what I can say I have accomplished. Whatever it is, it is not enough, I can tell you that. 
I have been working on a little hexagon treat that I shamefully copied from Jo Morton. Well, I did change mine a bit. Jo made the most darling little tree skirt! I hope she won't mind if I share her photo. She is amazing! Follow Jo's blog!

 I added another round of hexagons to mine and made a table topper. I think it will look darling with some greenery on my round kitchen table. The hexies are 5/8 inch. I learned that you measure hexagons by the length of the side. I was able to purchase a couple packs of them at a quilt shop over the summer. It is enjoyable stitching in the evening while watching TV. But let me tell you, these babies take forever! This project has been every evening for a month! In this case speed is not involved. Just consistent stitching!

 Somewhere on line I saw where someone finished the edge of their project by adding hexagons all around the underside of the quilt. Again, tedious, but what a nice edge you get. I should have stopped there because I am not at all happy with my hand quilting on this project. Maybe it doesn't need to be quilted. Can I get a hands up for that?

 I happened upon this project in the December 2012 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine while sorting through my magazines. The design came from a vintage project that Ann Hermes adapted. This is one I wanted to make when I first saw it. I always have scraps, and they prompted me to get to work. I enjoyed this scrappy, wonky project so much that I just kept making blocks, and now I have a much larger quilt like this that I adore! Plus it feels so good to find yourself at the bottom of the scrap box!

 On another note, I have been having a terrible time posting to my Facebook for Patchalot Patterns. Things just don't seem to show up. It is very frustrating. And you know I don't post to my blog like I used to. But I am on Instagram and also on Pinterest. In fact I just noticed that I have 91 boards on Pinterest. Someone please save me from myself! I do think it is a great way to catalog photos of quilts and things that you like. I would prefer to fine tune it a bit, but so far making more boards is my only option. I have so many boards now that sometimes I am not sure where to pin an item. So I make another board.

In reference to my last post, I am now into season 12 of Midsomer Murders and they have become a little spicier and perhaps a bit more graphic. I hope I didn't recommend something that you find offensive down the road. Oddly, it didn't seem as provocative to me as American TV. Then again, my head is down stitching for a good part of the program!

          Ð¦Ð²ÐµÑ‚очная страница        
На острове жарко! 
Мозг плавится от этой жары и от накала страстей.
Нас осталось всего 8 человек..

Приветствую всех заглянувших!
Я на острове и полным ходом идет восьмой этап игры "Последний скрап-герой". Организаторы сжалились над нами и дали нам простое задание: сделать работу с использованием цветочков (минимум трех). И у нас случилось цветочное настроение)))

У меня сложилась страница в смешанном стиле: миксд-медиа с шебби. Вот она:


В основе лист пивного картона, грунт, структурная паста через маски. А потом украшалки)) Цветочков у меня много! Надеюсь, справилась с заданием)))

Кладу свою работу в заветную корзинку.. И купаться, спасаясь от жары!

Участвую в задании по скетчу от Скрап-Пуговки

И в Ð·Ð°Ð´Ð°Ð½Ð¸Ð¸ месяца (июнь) "Стиль Шебби + ОЭ надпись из чипборда" от Scrap Box

Спасибо за внимание!
Ваша katt

          Dwell Mini Quilt        
This past weekend I needed a quick and fun project to do. Camille's Mini Dwell houses were fun to make and I just dug through the scrap boxes to find fabrics. Some of them used the tiniest pieces!
I had a little bit of Kona Sky to use as the background fabric and there really isn't any rhyme or reason to the color scheme. I just tried to find fabrics that kind of went together and that were a smaller size print.

I marked the quilting lines on with a disappearing marker and had to quickly quilt it before they all disappeared! I used an Aurifil Wool thread that I had gotten as a sample from the Sewing Summit years ago. I have to say, it gives a really neat look to the quilting. It kind of looks like a thin yarn. I think i'm going to have to see if I can find some more of it somewhere. 
So, here are my little Dwell houses! Tiny and cute and just the right project for me to have something fun and creative to work on over the weekend.

          Five Patterned Papers        

Thank you for your lovely spring garden creations last week. It was great to see so many beautiful cards.

This week I, Miri, want to see lots of colours on your cards.

Use at least 5 different patterned papers

(maybe from your scrap box) and create a colourful card.

Even better if there are lots of “spring colours” (and it’s okay if your create your own patterned papers).

Have a look at the design team members’ brilliant ideas for big and small scraps of patterned paper.








          Mini Golf Scrapbooking Layout Idea        
My family  loves to get together and go out and play miniature golf. Matter of fact, we play mini golf at least once a month locally and then when we travel, we are always looking for new places to play. Several months ago we took our 7 year old granddaughter out to play the game, so I wanted to make a quick & easy scrapbook layout featuring 3 of the photos I took that day.

This scrapbooking page is done in the traditional 12" by 12" size. I don't do digital, so this is classic scrapbook page.

The background is a sheet of pale yellow cardstock. I used my Life's A Beach Cricut Cartridge to cut out the bamboo leaf border from dark olive green cardstock and I used the same cartridge to cut out the page title of "Mini Golf Pro" from the same olive green cardstick. I love that cartridge and use it often on my non-beach pages too.

I cropped down my 3 photos and matted them in a block-style pattern onto coral pink cardstock. I then matted that onto lime green cardstock and then onto dark olive green cardstock. I left an 1/8" border with the lime green mat and a 3/16" border on the dark olive green.

In my scrap box I found some leftover mini golf embellishment from a layout that I did 2-3 years ago. I ended up using the windmill cardstock embellishment along with a plastic blue golf ball sticker. I had a gold club rub-on and added that too. In my own handwriting I wrote the name of the miniature golf course and Par 3...which is what each of averaged during this particular game.

Also from my scrapbook, I added a metal embellishment tag on the left side of the page and on the right side I added a gel phrase sticker "The Sweetest Face" and two round gel stickers feature silver leaves. Quick, Inexpensive and Cute Layout! You can click on each photo which will open it up in a new window and automatically in an enlarged size. This will allow you to see the smaller details.
          Visiting the Pumpkin Patch Scrapbook Layout Idea        
Last October we took both of our grandchildren to a local petting farm and pumpkin patch for some Fall festivities. They had a chance to feed baby farm animals, ride tractors, milk a cow, climb on hay bales, go through a corn maze, take a hayride and of course...we visited the pumpkin patch to buy pumpkins for Halloween.

Today's scrapbooking page idea features one 4x6" photo of my grand daughter and my husband. Pappy happens to be the Princess' best friend! At the pumpkin patch, she selected 3 beautiful pumpkins which they later carved into jack-o-lanterns.

My background is a solid sheet of olive green cardstock. Layered on top of it is a sheet of printed scrapbooking paper in a dark red, dark orange, cream and sage green plaid pattern. It measures 12" by 8" in size. The one photo was matted onto dark orange and dark red cardstock with an 1/8" edge around each mat.

The bottom of the page features a pumpkin that I cut out using my Cricut. The pumpkin was a free pattern on the Cricut Design Studio. I cut it from orange, brown and green cardstock and then ran it through my Xyron machine to adhere it to the page. On each side of that is a chipboard dark red maple leaf. I used two different rub-on words to accent that section and one word says MEMORIES and the other word says TOGETHER.

I ran 1/4" by 12" FALL printed satin ribbon at the bottom of the plaid scrapbooking paper and at the top, to act as a frame for that section. Plus, it finished off those edges nicely. The ribbon is in an orange color and has the word FALL printed on it with brown maple leaves.

I had some dark red and dark orange alpha stickers and used those to spell out the words PUMPKIN PATCH. I placed each alpha sticker onto a yellow cardstock square. I then framed those squares with dark red cardstock. I used my postal stamp edged scissors to make a design around the edge of the red cardstock to add interest to the alpha letter blocks.

To finish up, I had a pack of Soft Spoken sticker embellishments that had a 3-dimensional bat sticker which I added to the top left corner of the matted photo and a 3-dimensional jack-o-lantern (pumpkin stack) sticker which I added to the right of the photo.

Overall, I'm pretty pleased how this Pumpkin Patch Halloween scrapbook layout turned out. I was able to use up some of my scrap sized papers and embellishments that I had leftover from other projects. Always nice to use up things from the leftover scrap box for sure!

Note: You can click on each photo in this blog post which will open it up in a new window and in an enlarged size. This will allow you to see the details up close. Enjoy!
          Paula's ABC Quiet Book        
Today's fantastic quiet book was made by mom Paula, who writes the blog "Making it up as I go."  She sewed pages for every single letter of the alphabet to help her girls learn their letters. Each page has the letter and several different items that start with that letter - for example, the "A" page has an embroidered apple, arrow, and ant. This book has so much cute embroidery - I love all the ideas Paula came up with for each letter! Please, enjoy!

A picture of the outside cover and handle:

How Paula bound the pages together with the cover:


What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence. 
Paula! Stay at home mum, sewing nut, generally driven by the bizarre thought that I must be productive with everything I do.

Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they?
My girls who are two and a half and one.

What's your level of sewing experience? 

How long did it take you?
About four or five hours over six weeks. I was planning on it taking longer, but I put the pedal to the metal to get it done while my two year old was interested in learning letters.

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found? 
Nope. Everything came out of my head or from the scrap box and onto the page.

How did you bind your quiet book? 
Button holes and cord.

What material are the pages made out of? 
The pages themselves are bedsheets that I recycled.

What other materials did you use? 
Felt, cotton, scraps of who knows what, drill, rubber table protector, buttons, velvet, beads, cords, zip.

How much did all the supplies cost you? 
I aimed to make all of it from what I already had (hence cutting up the old bed sheet for the pages), but I did buy some of the fancy buttons and the ABC print fabrics too. Probably about $40.00 AUD all up.

What's your favorite page? Why? 
I love the C page for the simple reason that the car wheels turn.

To see Paula's quiet book on her own blog (with more pictures of details and explanations), click here: Making it up as I go: ABC Book Breakdown

Paula, thank you so much for submitting your adorable quiet book!

Have you made a quiet book that you'd like to share? Click here for instructions on how to submit your own quiet book!

          Card & Canvas        
Thought I share with you a Canvas and Card 
just made for my daughter's friends 12th Birthday.

I haven't created something for ages. 
It was great to put this together.
Starting with a blank canvas and some embellishments, 
die cut glitter lettering and flowers.

I put them altogether and created this ...

Sponged green paint on the "R" and added ribbon.
Die cut in glitter her name & the butterfly 
using Die-Namics dies.
Wooden bicycle and flowers have rhinestone detailing 
and the flowers are joined to the bicycle basket with bakers twine.

A present wouldn't be complete without a card.
Memory Box Honeycomb Die,
Green Tara flowers and Calico Butterfly all found in store at Scrap Box NZ

          More Photoplay Papers        
With all this cold weather, these summer papers are nice and bright.

Pop over to Scrap Box NZ shop and have at look at the other Photoplay papers and more in the summer range.
          New paper brand at Scrap Box NZ        
Now this is one to check out.  

Great pages for journaling, layouts and making special cards.  We just have a few of the collections available, but I'm sure we will add more as they will prove popular.  

I,ve gone mainly for the male pages as I hear so often,  that the guys in our life are hard to create for.  There just isn't enough good papers and 
embellishments for them.  I think these cover some of the things we want to say and the double sided papers are great either way.

and yes there are ones that covers the girls too!

and one for you to fill in - document the scrapper.

You'll find these all over at Scrap Box NZ.
just click here

          Kaisercraft Collections        
Yes they have done it again!  Kaisercraft from Australia have put out some more great collections.  Their papers are a great weight and the images and finishes on them are up with the best.

Vintage inspired pages great for masculine layouts, cards or off the page projects.  Clocks, Draw Fronts, Wood look designs in 12 x 12 size papers.  Red, brown, pale green and coppery colours.

Oh So Lovely - is just what it says.
Pinks, greens, creams, birdcages and Roses.
Oh So Lovely for all sorts of projects from little girls to big ones too!

This collections is great for the teenage boys!
Grunge looking papers with bricks,
 corrugated iron pages.  Cogs, arrows and 
words in greys, navy, coppery browns.

Hope these collections get you inspired 
and you will find all of the papers, 
sticker sheets and collectables at Scrap Box NZ 

Pop on over and have a look!

          What's in the box?        

Flowers, lots of flowers.  
Top up of what Scrap Box NZ already have,
 but also new ones too.

Mini Flowers 1.5cm with little stamens in them.
Organza & Bead twisted trim - adding a new colour - silver

All on the website shortly - check them out!

          New Charms        
These gorgeous charms have just been added
 to Scrap Box NZ website and shop.  
All bronze with amazing detail on some of them.  
Will make great additions to your layouts or cards.

          More New Products        
this time from Graphic 45.

Time to Flourish - this is a gorgeous collection 
of nature inspired designs.  

Journalling & Ephemera Cards.

8 x 8 Paper Pad includes one sheet of all 
twenty-four double-sided designs 
for each Month of the Year.  
Two pages for each month - 
A Cut apart page & a flourish page - beautiful!

The other collection that has just been loaded onto 
Scrap Box NZ's shop is Precious Memories Collection.  
This is just beautiful - old fashioned designs for
 recording baby moments and memories.

These are just a few of the pages from the collection -
 I love the paper clothing pages.  Reminds me of those Paper Doll Books 
I had as a child and always took on holiday
 to keep me occupied (no I Pads in my day!!!).

          Tim Holtz Idea-ology & Prima Marketing        
Two wonderful well known brands in the scrapbooking industry, now on the shelves at Scrap Box NZ.  I mentioned in the newsletter before Christmas, that I hope to bring you Tim Holtz and more of Prima products.  Well I've had fun sourcing them and now they have arrived.  I've added them to the great range of products that Scrap Box NZ carry.

Tim Holtz has joined together with some companies that he designs for - Ranger & Sizzix.  When you are looking for his products you will find them under - Embellishments - Tim Holtz or Ranger Mini Distress Ink and also Sizzix Embossing Folders with his Alterations Texture Fades folders.
Enter his name in the Advance Search & all his products that Scrap Box NZ are currently stock will come up.

Prima Marketing are also a favorite brand that Scrap Box NZ is adding too. SoonI'll be entering the new products that have arrived, including Julie Nutting's dolls(stamps & wooden).  Pop over to the shop and check out what's arriving.

          It's the birthday month!        
or I should say months - August, September, October & November.  Sister's, daughter's, Brother-in-Law's (two of which are 50) and my husband.  Three 50's,  a 15 years, & a tenth birthday coming up.

Below is Brooke's birthday card and as you can see she turned 15.  I really enjoyed doing this card with new flowers from Green Tara.

Green Tara Roses, Small Green Leaves, Cherry Blossom, 4cm Heirloom, 2.5cm Black paper flower, Maya Road Trinket Pin and Shrinky Dink Happy Birthday.  All products listed are in stock at Scrap Box NZ.  The Banner stamp & Glitter Alpha & diamante's were from my own stash.

Hope your weekend is going well.

          Spring Sale        
Pop over to Scrap Box NZ shop, just in time for a 

Spring Sale

25% off

Excludes Silhouette Cameo & Portrait Machines, 
Preorders & Gift Vouchers

Monday 25th - Sunday 31st August 2014

Items already on sale have a further 25% off

          I've been creating ...        
It was a while ago now and took me along time to get started.
My problem was what papers to use on this Mini Drawers by Kaisercraft.

I decided on the Sweet Nothings Collection by Kaisercraft which you can purchase from Scrap Box NZ's shop.  I first painted the whole unit in cream folk art paint (just what I had about).  

 I loved certain parts of the papers and wanted to use them on the drawers and the sides.  So I measured the drawers and placed them on the best bits to showcase the birds, bike and birdcage.

I had heaps of fun creating the top with Kaisercraft and Green Tara flowers.  Maya Road trinket pins, bakers twine, seam binding, pearls and that gorgeous butterfly is shrinky dink.

I don't know why I put it off for so long.  It was a great project and didn't take long at all when I knew what papers and embellishments I wanted to use.  Sometimes that's the hard bit, deciding on what in the stash to use.

If I've inspired you to have a go doing the Mini Drawers, they are in stock at present.  If you find they are out of stock the Mini Drawers can be ordered for you by emailing 

All items in this post can be purchased from Scrap Box NZ's shop.

          New Products & $1 Papers        
Have you been over to Scrap Box NZ shop recently?  If not pop over there now and check out some new products that have just been listed.

Green Tara - Flowers, Jute & Silver Stems
Becky Higgins - Corner Rounder
Kaisercraft - Papers
A few new colours of Bazzill Cardstock
Graphic 45 - Mother Goose & Botanical Tea
Maya Road - Flowers & Heart Buttons

 While you are there have a look at the "Specials" - these too have been added too.  I moved papers and put them on special - now reduced some half price.
          Cutting Board Primer #3: Face Grain #2        

Okay now on to the fitting, gluing and clamping.

My admission is here that I use more clamps than necessary. Now that’s not a job killer – but it can seriously deplete your clamp store while you are doing a run of boards. The general rule of one clamp under, one clamp on top, one clamp under, etc. is basically what I follow.

Let’s discuss the “elephant-in-the-room” issue first – clamping pressure. My general rule is a good fitting joint needs to have just enough glue to have a small bead of squeeze out, and just enough pressure to hold the piece together while the glue dries/cures. While these two elements might be hard to gauge – clamping pressure seems to be the hardest to get a handle on. The cranks on most clamps I think give you a false sense of how much is too much. I’ve seen guys in some of my classes I’ve taught and some of the ones I’ve taken be absolute gorillas in tightening clamps. If your joints are good and you don’t start with too little glue – a snug fit is good enough. Being a gorilla in the wilds of Africa where your strength is the test of the top-gorilla, in the shop being a gorilla has the potential to starve your joint of glue leading to a failed joint. Snug is, of course, a subjective concept and hard to quantify. But my gauge is that I tighten the clamp until it contacts the wood and I can’t move the clamp from side to side. I then do an additional ½ to ¾ turn and stop. If you have zero squeeze out you may need to tighten a little more – HOWEVER, you may also have not used enough glue.

With all that said – there’s a lot more to clamping than my simple explanation – you have to take into account, the wood type (hard or soft), grain types, the type of joint and so on. It’s a subject all in itself and I’ve oversimplified it here. If you want to Google clamping pressure you’ll be inundated with articles, suggestions, opinions, etc. Just remember that you start small and build in your knowledge – if you are just starting in woodworking don’t out think yourself. A lot of this stuff is intuitive, some of it is learn-as-you-go, make a bum project, figure out what went wrong, or read and read and read. Can’t learn it all in one go or on one project.

You can do the same with glue – you can drive yourself crazy looking at every article and every blog on the subject but really it comes down to try one, decide if it does the job for you, try another and so on. I’m not saying study up a little – but if all you do is read, watch, listen etc. you may not have time to do any actual woodworking. Don’t drown in the minutia.

Now as to clamps – if you are using the pistol grip clamps – those are pretty flimsy and you will need to squeeze those are hard as you possibly can – gorilla away on those. But my opinion – on a board/panel/cabinet or whatever you want to be sure is clamped well stick with pipe clamps, bar clamps or the K-clamps. Pistol grips have their uses – but I don’t use them on my boards.

Long and short, a good joint, the right amount of glue and the correct clamping pressure are all three components that need to be used together to end up with a successful project.

My initial clamp set up is to have 3 clamps as bottom clamps spaced at 1-2” in from each end and one in the middle. That’s my base – when my board is clamped securely I add a clamp between the middle clamp and each end. So generally I end up with 5 clamps. (The picture below is not the same board – forgot to take a picture of the board I’m doing.)

After setting up my clamps I do a dry fit – this is where you place your boards in the order you need onto the clamps, snug the clamps up and carefully look at the joints. You want to see if there are any gaps, knick or stray chips that may keep your joints from closing up correctly. My board has a fuzz issue. As you may recall from the first section of this blog – when I cut my thin strips they had fuzz on the edges. I pulled one slice up to show the fuzz.

The fuzz has to go. This is a spot where you can really foul up your project. The fuzz needs to go but you just can’t hit it with sandpaper and make it go away – you have to sand it carefully. That means placing it on a hard, flat surface and lightly sanding it clean. You don’t want to sand so much that you round the corners. If you round the corners you can end up with this.

The photo is exaggerated – but if you round over the edges of your pieces you create a gap. The gap can be overcome by sanding a great deal or planning the board down below the rounding but avoiding it is best. For the most part I use a block wrapped with paper. I use very light swipes and I try to sand evenly along the length. When you put it back after sanding you should look more like this (the board is not clamped – so there is a gap toward the bottom but you get the idea).

So once you are sure that all of your joints are good with no fuzz or stray chips etc. it’s time to glue. Every woodworker has her/his own theory on how to apply glue. Some use a gallon of glue on every joint, others use just barely enough. Try to find a happy medium. Too much glue leads to a ton of squeeze out that has to be dealt with (not to mention the expense), it takes the joint longer to cure and generally creates a mess. Too little glue can lead to what is called a starved joint, which is, essentially, a failed joint.

Another consideration is your application method. Most will use the glue bottle to get the glue onto the joint. Where we deviate is will we use our god given appendage to spread the glue, a brush, a roller or whatever. I admit for a very long time I used my finger. Never lost it, never had to look for the box of brushes or rollers, and it washes easily. This worked well while I only did a few projects. Now that I’m doing a truckload of boards the finger is simple not up to the task. The glue can dry out your skin and lead to cracks, etc. Now I most often use an acid brush. I will say that if you are going to use a brush or a roller – you need to take into account that some of your glue will be sucked up into the tool and away from the joint so you need to take that into account when you apply your bead of glue. This is about right for me:

Let me back up one step. You also need to consider where you are going to place the glue bead. Some swear by putting glue on both sides of the work piece, others swear by gluing one side of each piece. I go with one side. I’ve never had a failed joint so I don’t see the need to use the extra glue. All that glue adds up over time and can eat into any profit margin you may be considering.
I start my glue up procedure by standing my boards on one edge.

You’ll notice in the picture that I have marked “glue” or “g” on all the edges. I don’t do that all of the time but I did this time to illustrate where I intend to place my glue. You’ll also notice that I do not set the very last (furthest away) board on its edge. That board will not receive glue as it will get its glue from the board before. Once the glue is spread each board is then turned flat and the adjacent board butted against it.

One other thing about my glue ups. I add a waste piece on each end of my board blank. The waste piece is always about 4-6” longer on each end. (If my project board is 10 inches then I have 18” waste pieces.) The reason for this is I will be putting the blank through the planer. The extra length will take up any snipe that I may get from the planer knives – leading to less sanding which is always a good thing.

Once all boards are put down flat I first pull in the center clamp and snug it up very slightly. Then I pull each end in and snug those up. Personally, I snug up each clamp a little at a time watching that I don’t accidently get a board to ride up above the level of the others. Once you start to snug up clamps you’ll notice that side-to-side slippage may occur. This is just the two boards sliding against each other with the wet glue. If you have some wiggle room in the length of your boards it’s not that big of a deal. But if you are very close to limit the of what you can cut then you just need to adjust for the slippage.

Another thing that some folks use are cauls on their glue ups and I do as well on the larger boards. For one this skinny I don’t use them. But it’s good to have cauls to work with.

Now that I’ve snugged up my clamps you can see the squeeze out.

You can see two levels of squeeze out. The line at the top is more like I want to have. The middle row is way too much for my taste. The picture just shows the difference.

After I am sure my board is clamped to my satisfaction – I just set it aside. Once the glue dries I knock down any blobs of glue with a hand sander then get the board ready for the planner.

You’ll notice in the previous pictures that my waste pieces are about 4” wide. That’s too wide for the planer. I used what I had, but now I need to cut those down to be able to fit into my planer. Once that’s done I head to the planer and run the board through until the surfaces are flat and smooth. I didn’t take any pictures of that – but will do so in the next section of the blog.

Now it’s back to the table saw to cut off the waste. I set the blade to cut just a tiny bit off the edge of the waste and a tiny bit off of the work piece.

After both waste pieces are cut off then I cross cut the uneven ends to square them up.

Finally, I check that both maple edges are the same width. This time they are not.
I use my square and bring the blade to the edge of the walnut, then snug up the nut and flip the square over to the other side. You can see in the picture that it’s off just a bit under 1/32.

I take that edge back to the saw and nip off a bit and now it’s right on the money.

So now that I have the board to the length and width I’ve got to decide how I’m going to treat the corners – am I going with a complete square look, cut a rounded corner, an inside corner or an oval? These little templates are a great investment. I’ve had this set for about 15 years and I can tell you I’ve used one or another on almost every project I’ve done.

These templates make the following corners.

Each template has a lip that fits over the corner of your work piece.

For this project I am going to go oval. This means I bring out the compass and a square. First you have to find dead center of the board. Simple enough measure the width, divide by two, set your square to that number, make a mark on the board THEN flip the square to the other edge and make another mark – if you are truly in the center your two marks will overlap.

I place the pin part of the compass on the center line and stretch the pencil part to the edge of the board.

I swing the compass around so that it hits just below the edge of the board.

The reason I go just below the edge is that it’s easier to cut on the bandsaw with a little extra at the top.
Once I decide that my compass mark is okay, I make the same mark on the other end. Then it’s off to the band saw. You’ll notice in the next photo that I cut just barley outside the line of my arc. Much less to sand off. If you go inside the line – it’s not a game breaker, just go back and swing a new curve and try again.

Then it’s off to the sander.

My sander is just the run of the mill bench top sander. It does a good job. But there are dangers if you don’t watch what you are doing.

You’ll see the uneven chunk taken out of this junk piece. That’s because I pushed the board too hard and unevenly against the disc. This can be an issue if you have a particular size you are looking for. More times than not you can redraw your line and re-sand.
After I am satisfied with the sanding it’s off to the router to put on a round over.

This is what I ended up with – not to shabby.

That’s about it for this part of the project, but here’s a little side tidbit.
While I was looking through my scrap box for a junk piece to show the sander picture above, I found a little cutoff from a prior project. I don’t throw much of any wood away. In no time at all I turned this little scrap into a small cutting board. It’s about 7” x 4” – not anything more than small – but it’s good enough for the drawer for the one apple or one whatever that that you want to cut but not bring out the big board. It will probably be a stocking stuffer for a friend – or I just might keep it. Who knows!

Okay that’s it for tonight. I know I tend on the side of verbose and I’ve probably left out some stuff and put too much of other stuff in – but I hope the above helps someone out a bit. Any questions, suggestions and comments are welcomed.

          Heart Art Challenge: Week 4        
For week 4, I tried a different background technique. I used two different colours of Distress Ink pads from Tim Holtz, Shabby Shutters and Peacock Feathers. I laid some colour down on my craft mat, spritzed it with water and placed the tag on top. I did that a couple of times, drying in between each application, making sure the whole tag was covered and until I was satisfied with the look.

I've seen this technique used in lots of videos, but never tried it myself. I'm not sure it is a method I will use that often. It was another fun learning experience though. 

Next, I cut out two birds from bits of paper from my scrap box. Once I decided where I wanted them positioned, I glued down the 'mama' bird first. Using a black Sharpie marker and a ruler, I drew and coloured in her legs.

The 'baby' bird was glued down after that and his/her legs were added. The finishing touch was the various size hearts punched out of red card stock. The tag worked up quite quickly and I am very happy with the results.

Check out Bea Grob's video, Heart Art: Week 4. She used the napkin technique for her background. I may have to try that one sometime soon.

          Weekly Heart Art Challenge        
“Let's start a new year with a lot of Hearts. Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for creativity, your mind for truth, and your Heart for Love.”

The challenge is to make one piece of ‘heart art’ each week for the whole year. Bea is using Altered Memory Playing Cards, which are 2.5” X 2.5“. I plan to use #8 shipping tags that are 3.125” X 6.25” giving me a bigger canvas to work on.

Bea Grob, Week One

You can watch the introductory YouTube video here, so you can see her process. She has given herself a limit of no more than 26 minutes per week to make each piece. I think she is planning on making a video each week, and will compile the resulting 52 cards into a small booklet at the end of the year.

Bonnie, Week One
This is the tag that I made for Week One of the challenge. The background was created using the plastic wrap method. It's the first time I ever tried it and I am quite pleased with the results. I will certainly use this technique again.

The hearts were cut or punched out from paper in my scrap box. The sentiment was stamped on with archival ink. I used twine and crochet cotton for the tassel on the top. On the back of this tag, I put Bea's quote seen at the top of this blog post. I plan to put a poem or quote on the back of all my tags.

Follow along with me each week as I create new tags for this challenge.

          DIY Storage Boxes        
I was cleaning out my pantry when I realized these empty easy mac boxes would be perfect size for storage bins....but they were ugly.

 I had a white pillow case in my scrap box so I pulled it out and glued it on the boxes. (I covered the box in paper first, cause I was afraid the words would show through).

 Sprayed the boxes in spray glue, laid the fabric on the box, hot glued the bottom/tops, and glued some cute paper on the inside and had myself a couple of storage bins for...FREE!

 (Sorry for the bad photos...I was in the middle of spring cleaning and didn't want to take anymore time making my pictures look good.)

          March Blocks: two to keep one to give        

These two lovely Bear Paw blocks are the fifth and sixth blocks of the Vice Versa Block of the Month Club - and I love how they look!  I'm really loving these Kona solids together, and  I've heard mention of a LONG ARM being available at Sewtopia (I'm going - eek!) so this quilt top, once finished, may have to be quilted with the big guns.  Have you ever quilted on a Long Arm?  Its fun.  As in quilt an ENTIRE quilt in just an hour or two, no wresting it through your little Janome machine, and go out for Icecream afterwards kind of fun! One of my LQS's rents time on theirs, and so I learned a few years back.  Loading it onto the frame... I wouldn't classify as fun, but doing the actual quilting: awesome and fun. And fast, did I mention that? 

Anyhow - those are my March blocks. I still have a few months to decide what color to use for the negative space in the quilt.  Ash grey? Coal grey? Some other unknown-to-me color?  Or a subtle print?! (see below)
I should start figuring that out now probably.

I'm a member of the Columbus Modern Quilt Guild. There are a bunch of wonderful gals in this group and we have a little Bee going this year!   Janna has March and she requested a 12.5" block with pretty open guidelines: a block we have always wanted to make, or our favorite block. But it needs to be monochromatic with a white, grey, or black background fabric.  Guess which category my flying geese fall into.  That's right, this was my "always wanted to make" block and it actually was fun, and not difficult at all!  I did a little research before starting and decided on this great little tutorial from Pieceful Kwilter.

The blue print is Modern Whimsey by Laurie Wisbrun and I keep finding good sized pieces in my scrap boxes.  No yardage left, sadly.  The white on white print is Bike Path Sun Print by Alison Glass... and its quickly becoming a favorite which means I should stock up now before its hard to find.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


          The Broken Token        
I'm an IT guy by trade.  I work in the Telecommunications industry, setting up and managing call centers for clients all over the US.  Well, to be fair, lately it has been mainly in Minnesota, but I did go to Phoenix a few months ago.  I'll do whatever my clients need me to do, from building call flows to deliver their calls to the correct agents, to building menus and automated systems that allow their calls to be handled without ever talking to a real person.  It's not very glamorous work, most times its pretty boring.  I'm either in the upstairs office of my home or in a random hotel somewhere, eating badly and not sleeping enough.

To gain access to the secure networks of my clients they often issue me a Secure Token generator.  Its essentially a key fob that generates a random 8 digit number every 60 seconds.  I use that number, along with an 8 digit PIN, and a password to log in to the systems I administer and support.  At the moment I have three separate token generators and they all look identical.  I needed something to help me keep them separate.  I figured color coding was the key.

Before I left home on Sunday, I grabbed some scrap pieces of 550 cord from my scrap box and attached them to each token generator.  Sitting in my hotel room tonight, I took a few minutes to tie those scraps into some cobra weave bars.  I don't have anything to cut the loose ends with, nor do I have a lighter to melt them if I could cut them, but they will work until I get back home in a few days.

In a few minutes and a little scrap 550 cord I was able to make something that will allow me to keep each token separate and look pretty cool at the same time.  You know, it doesn't have to be something amazing.  It doesn't have to be insanely complex.  Just making something, and not buying it, not spending money on something that you can easily make yourself, gives you a great feeling.  Try it, you'll like it, I promise.
Tomorrow is the Artful Angels crop in Winchester. It's a brilliant crop and very well organised and run. I am a very organised cropper, I pack page kits with the right embellishments, papers and photos. This month I decided to forge a kit.

I worked from this Cocoa Daisy kit from last year. Excuse the screen shot.

I added more male papers as most of the photos I scrap are of my 3 boys. I am also on a mission to use up scraps as they are getting out of control. Apart from the butterfly paper these are from the scrap box.

This is the butterfly paper that I have made. I used a Martha Stewart punch and just used random scraps. I love it!

These are my embellishments some I have made myself and some are shop bought. I also have a bag of journaling stickers and alphabets.

I have packed this kit with some punches, extra stamps, dies and plain cardstock. I have also added some card blanks to try and use the whole kit up.

Does anyone else make their own kits? It was great to my through my stash and actually pull some of it out.

I will be back next week to show you what I made.

Laura x

          A challenge and some stash busting         
Evening all, I have had a very productive day in my little craft area today. I am on a bit of a stash busting mission this year. My scrap box ( a 12x12 cube that fits in a expedit unit) is full. I am trying to not add to it and to actually use up the scraps.

Over on UKScrappers there is a weekly challenge and this is for February Week 2. The challenge was to use ABC

1- alter something - I covered the chipboard in paper

2- Brads, buttons, bingo card - I used a brad and a bingo card

3- Cream, claret or cool colours - I used cream

Here is my LO using some October Afternoon papers and documenting getting fresh eggs from my chickens.

Well I said I wanted to stash bust so I then went on to make a few cards to add to the card box. I went on to Pinterest and chose a few sketches to work from. I then just chose a stamp set and went from there. Please excuse the mess on the desk.

Well I still had scraps left over so I used a few punches and made these embellishments that I can use on future pages/cards or project life.

I still have these left over!! There is still 3/4 of the blue sheet left but there is cards on the back that I can use in project life so that doesn't count :-) since this picture has been taken I have used the blue and most of the yellow spot paper up on another page.

So there you have it, do you use up all of your papers? Do you have any scrap busting ideas?

Thank you for reading

Laura xx

          Getting stuck in...        
My busy summer had left me a little behind with sewing bee blocks etc. So when I had 3 days to myself I headed to my sewing room and got to work...

As I am Bee Mama for Siblings Together Bee 2 I was rather embarrassed to be 3 months behind... So first on the list was a confetti block for Svea - this was July...

I liked the easy way this went together but it was a little heavy on white fabric... I think this was because I was only making one block... There were quite a few bits left over that I may turn into a cushion.

August was Colourful Log Cabins.... With a contrast centre these were easy to put together and I probably took longer sorting and choosing fabrics than the actual sewing.

This will make a lovely colourful quilt that will give Suzy loads of choice when putting it together... Modern Log Cabin doesn't focus on the distribution of dark/light colours so the old style patterns don't appear but I still think its a fun block.

September -  Leah had chosen String blocks...

We had some fabric kindly donated by Annie from  The Village Haberdashery and Svea had sent out colour themed packs to us all. I really enjoyed doing these, I used a foundation paper like 'Stitch n Tear' which gives a nice base to sew on. The method that Leah chose was to make a HST with the String square and a plain white square - so this divided each block in 2 and we quickly had four squares to play with.. after each block was complete I removed the paper. The pattens available with these blocks are endless...

This is a wonderful way to use scraps and as I am currently having a 'sort out' of my huge overflowing scrap boxes, one of the 'subsections will be Strips.... I have also bought some new dies for my Sizzix and will be cutting other scraps into 2½"& 4½" squares and 2½" x 4½" rectangles.

We are under a week to go before my first Grandchild 'should' make her appearance but 'Operation Baby Watch' is actually blocking out 3 weeks in my calendar just in case... (don't tell the expectant Mum..)
I have made the quilt top but got a bit carried away and it is currently at 60" square...!! Slightly large for a new born so I am quickly making up another smaller quilt that will be easier to carry around and smaller to lay on the floor... I have been wanting to make something from my Summersville charm pack  (by Lucy) and this is just the job, pattern is from one of my all time favourite 'quick quilt' books - Simplify by Camille Roskelly..

Just got to sew it up, pop a border on, quilt it and we are good to go.... So any time you are ready to arrive Little Miss Wardlaw.......?!!!!

          Why didn't I get one first?        

I distinctly remember a little over a year ago thinking to myself “If only I had a table saw, I could do anything I needed to do!” How naive I was. After picking up a cheap saw and struggling for a year with it, I am just now getting to where I can make some really great cuts with it. This was after, though, building a huge sled twice the size of the saw’s table and making other small adjustments as I went and countless other one time use jigs for certain cuts. All of this and I need a new blade seeing as I almost set fire to a piece of purple heart a few weeks ago. Crazy, I know.

Now, in retrospect, there isn’t woodworker alive who didn’t by a tool he didn’t need or before he was ready for it. In the rush of declaring yourself as a hobbyist or professional, we all get into that buy cheap and buy now mentality that is very understandable at first. Honestly, we all remember the rationality of it when it happened even if we shake our heads about it now and poke fun. Still, this is one of those lessons that comes with the territory. Something you have to learn by mistake since none of us listen to the advice of our peers and mentors on this one.

This brings me to my actual thought for this post. Last weekend while cruising the area garage sales, I came across a descent deal on a Craftsman 12in Band Saw-Sander. A crazy weekend and week day schedule kept me from doing hardly anything with it except for two nights ago. At about 8:30, I had the saw in the shop and was systematically unscrewing and unbolting everything I could from the old frame to brush out and wide down with WD-40. At ten, I had just enough time to put the new blade I bought on the way home from work on and fire it up.

Let me say this: I’m astonished at what this (a relatively low end band saw) has the potential of doing. My scrap box has already been ground down into a fine coating for the floor. Most of it was pine of various shapes and thicknesses, but there were a few pieces of rock maple in amongst other things. Easiest cuts I ever made.

So, now I’m wondering why it is that I didn’t spend the money for the table saw on a band saw? For the last couple days I have pondered this a bit and I starting to wonder more about other parts of this. Is the band saw not usually seen as an easy to use cutting machine? Are there really that many cuts that a new woodworker can’t do on a band saw but could on a table saw? Is there a hidden danger in a band saw that isn’t present in the table saw (likely the opposite there)? Do non-woodworkers not really know enough about woodworking to see the advantages of the band saw over a table saw?

More likely, I’m guessing it is the last piece. I know that I knew what a band saw was when I first started, but its possible that I assumed it was only for curved or scrolled cuts. Sort of a granddaddy of a scroll saw. Had I paid more attention to some of books I have read and internet articles and blogs too, maybe I would have made a different decision.

Well, for now, I have one of both and the versatility that comes with that. I’ve already planned out how to make a few cuts on the band saw that I would have used the table for. On top of that, I’m probably going to go broke on extra materials over the next little while building attachments and jigs to make those cuts. Christmas season will definately be a learning experience.

          Sunshine Girl....        

I have managed to find some time to take part in this week's challenge from Sweet Sketch Wednesday this week's challenge with a twist! Simply choose a sketch from the previous month's challenges and the 'twist' is to use paper piecing :)
I have chosen a sketch I didn't take part in this month - #2 shown below

I have used a sweet Penny Black image and coloured as always with promarkers and prismas in bright sunny colours for the challenge at Totally Gorjuss #221 - Sunny Colours.
 The yellow dress is paper pieced with a scrap from my scrap box!
I have also used *peel offs* for the embellishments and sentiment as this is the current challenge over at Charisma Cardz #3 - Use peel offs....
Thanks for looking xx

          Calendar Girls February Challenge        
Hi Friends....Today is the day for our February Challenge! Our hostess Kelly was very creative!

Here were our instructions:

Hear ye, hear ye! By royal proclamation …… I Welcome you all to Ms. February’s Ball!
Each of you beautiful belles – our lovely Calendar Girls - are cordially invited to the Calendar Girls Ball! It’s a month of love, admiration, and red hearts, my lovelies!
What will you wear to this ball? More like what will your CARD wear?! This month – fabulous Calendar Girls,- show us your STYLE! Your card should reflect a representation of what your dream dress would be and the moment each of you beauties walks into the ballroom, we’ll be dazzled by what you (your card!) has on!

1. Challenge 1 -- What’s your style?! will your card be sleek, sexy and black?
Will it be a pink and frilly with flowers? Lavendar and lace?
Will it have Bows? Buttons all down the back? {etc!} You may use any stamped image you like - it should not be a dress stamp, lol – your card should speak for itself with it’s colors and style! Make sure your card has the representation!

2. Challenge 2 -- Show us your true colors at this ball! Add your favorite color somewhere to your card, even if it’s the smallest of a brad or a little flower – it might not match your “dress personality” but that’s the whole challenge! In the words of Tim Gunn, “Make it work!”

3. Challenge 3 -- Shape up for this ball!! Well, this will be one of your EASIEST shape ups evah! Tee hee! on the same card, you must use a SHAPE somewhere on your card! Make your regular card but add a Big-shotted, Cuttlebugged, hand cut out shape to your card. (Ms Feb. will find samples and post to the thread!) Add your image to a nestie, to a hand cut heart, to a circular pattern – etc! Shape up, show your true color and your style!!

I really needed to think outside the box this is what I came up with.

When putting this card together, I needed to look at the different elements of the challenge and systematically answer I knew the card would be a black base, no frills, but simple, satiny and elegant. The patteren paper has a shiney finish to some of the filigree design to represent the satiny element.  Embellishments would be ribbon and pearls, with my favorite color being pinks and mauves. What stumped me was the image, so when looking through my digital collection,  I saw this one from Doodle Pantry and thought wouldn't be it cool if I could make this look like the Enchanted Rose from Beauty and the Beast...because after all we are going to a Ball. I colored two Rose images, cut one out and layered it using pop dots.

Cardstock: Black (Archivers), pink and mauve from scrap box
Image: Doodle Pantry digital
Patterned Paper: Imaginisce
Embellishments: Pearls by Recollections, Ribbon by American Crafts
Other: Colored Pencils, Gamsol, Jelly Roll Stardust pen. Top note die from SU!, corner rounder punch, pop dots.
          Finished Project: Scrappy Tulips Quilted Wall Hanging         
Handquilted Scrappy Tulips
Roughly a year ago, while reading a favorite quilting magazine, I found this tulip quilt pattern. However, the quilt in the magazine fit a twin size bed. I am always on the look out for ways to minimize my ever growing scrap box. I decided on scrappy tulips, adjusting the magazine's suggested block measurements to my liking.

A pleasant afternoon and a warm cuppa was enjoyed choosing fabric - bright, cheery, "Spring" colors for the tulip petals; vibrant greens for the stems; put-a-smile-on-your-face polka dots, checks, and florals for the filler blocks.

A Happy Scrappy Wall Hanging
It's not perfect. It's handmade.

And, I am delighted with the finished product.