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Oct 14, 2014

Christmas Advent Calendar Twinchies

Christmas is coming and with a new-ish grandson born in February, I set about to make an Advent Calendar like I did for his brother and sisters. Technically, these are twinchies, since they're about 2" square.  These are always a lot of fun to make, in my opinion.

My daughter in law, Julie, has also made a few of these and is now making a couple for her god-son and daughter. I'm sure they'll love them. Julie is very imaginative and when I can't come up with anything, I just steal her ideas. Lol...I mean, why not, she steals mine! It's all in the family! 

So here are some of the squares I made: 

A while back I showed you a couple of hats I made.  

I had one more to make and it's finished now. 

The pattern is by Simply Made, by Erin and is available on Ravelry for $5. Totally worth it. It's nice and warm. I used the Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Yarn by Lion Brand. 

This one is for my daughter in law up north. 

 I hope it fits her well. It's always hard to size properly when they're not here. 

Well, that's all I have for you today. Have a wonderful rest of the week! 


Sep 30, 2014

A Squirrely post with a Digital Stamp Freebie!

Good Day! 

Is there any better indication that Autumn is in full swing when the trees sway back and forth and an array of colorful leaves saunter through the air? It is such a beautiful time of year! It's been fun walking in the park with my bestie while taking in some of the changes that are happening...much too quickly, I might add. I love the Fall, but I know winter is just on my doorstep.

First I'm going to share my freebie with you and then a few photos of what's been happening. :) 

This image was inspired by Gingermelon's Peek a Boo Pals. I've been making these for my granddaughters and I think they're so much fun to make!! There's a link to her Etsy Shop on her blog.

Here's a peek at the two I've made recently. They still need bows in their hair and around the neck. 

Aren't they just adorable? The hats are removable. I thought I could make one plain and then make some clothes for her that the kids could put on her. In fact, I want to make a few more ALL of these!!

I've also been crocheting some hats...

This is the Payton Cloche Hat. The pattern was created by The Velvet Acorn. The original has velvety ribbons in place of the buttons. However, I was asked to make it with buttons, which is also super cute!

This is a My Little Pony Hat I made for my granddaughter. The pattern is from BriAbby if you'd like to make your own. This one was a request, but it kind of freaks me out because of those big eyes. I still think it's adorable though. :)

Remember the walk in the park I told you about earlier? Well, I had a little visitor...I think he was looking for food! 

I love the last picture especially. The caption should read, "Got any food?" That's what he was looking for. These guys are so tame. A lot of people must feed them. Adorable little guy! 

They sure can be noisy though...sometimes I hear them squeaking loudly in the trees when we walk by. Mischievous little things.

Well, that's all for today! Have a wonderful Autumn-y week.


Sep 17, 2014

Wonky House Digital Stamp Freebie

Good Morning Ladies,

This will be a quick post.

I've been making up some new digi's for Squigglefly, but put one aside for a freebie...a little wonky house. 

I thought this image would be great as a treehouse, or it might even work as a gingerbread house. 

I've been asked to do up a few crocheted hats and cowls for my family, so that's keeping me busy right now. More to follow on that! 

I am also going to make some little stuffies to sell along with some hats, or just to make up for my granddaughters...haven't decided yet, but when I get some made, I'll put them up here on the blog. 

I have a terrible headache today, so I"m going to keep this short. Enjoy the freebie! 


Sep 8, 2014

Barnemix is Mixing Up Some Fun! Check it Out!

Hi there!

Sometime ago I was asked to sponsor a few images for a Norwegian website called Barnemix. To my utter delight, the projects were posted this week, and they are Fa-Bu-Lous!!

The first image was Garden Girl which was made up into an I Love You Card by Anita Saeterdal. I just love what she has done with this image. The flowers, the ribbon and the colors she's used. It's beautiful!! 

Next up is my snooty little gal "Walking the Dog" image. I love the fact that there's a notepad included with this image, and I love the stripes and the purple. It's wonderful! This one was made by Nikki for Barnemix, but she also has a blog called Nikki's Handmade Emporium. Check her out! 

Nikki also did up one of my Vintage Car digitals. Love it!! 

Next is another "Garden Girl.Yes, I'm going to have to work on the names of my digitals...I'm just not good at that. 

Now I absolutely love what Linda Heskestad has done with this image because she's used it for a mixed media project. 

Look at all that wonderful texture in the background! I love that she added the sprinkles of water for the flowers. 

That's not the best part though. The best part is that she's done up a Video Tutorial for you all! How great is that? 

Also, I have kept my Christmas Digi Stamps in limbo for a while. I went into the shop, shook them off and renewed them. There's lots of them there....check out my Etsy Shop

Well, that's all for today ladies! I hope you're all having a wonderful week!

Special thanks to Anne Lise Johannessen for allowing me to be a Sponsor this month on her wonderful site. Please check out Barnemix and see what they're up to! Maybe you'll even pick up some Norwegian! :) 


Sep 3, 2014

Six Little Owlets Jumping on the Bed!

I'm back for some freebies, as promised!

 Tell your stamping friends, and tell them to tell their friends, and so on, and so on....

It's a fun little image. Don't like the bed? Here's one with just the owlets....this one is free for a short time, so get it while you can!



Aug 29, 2014

Idle Hands? No!

Welcome to the end of August!

As I type that, I'm finding it hard to believe. It's been a hot summer filled with a beautiful garden (which means lots of canning), visits to and from family, sewing, crocheting, and lots of studying for a course I'll be teaching this Fall. 

I hope you haven't felt too neglected and that your summers have also been awesome! 

I'll be honest...I feel a little guilty, but at the same time, life happens. I've even thought of ending this little blog, since I don't make any money with it and haven't had time to do tutorials, which I would've loved to do and which I know gets traffic. I'm actually quite good at that sort of thing, if it weren't for the time it takes.....

I'll see how this Fall goes and if it happens...if not, I'll reconsider what I'll do with the blog at the end of this year.

So I'm just going to show you what I have been doing. Within the next 2 weeks I have to do up some digitals for a couple of sites that are sponsoring my work. I'll be sure and do up a freebie for you then. Promise.

My computer isn't working well right now...my screen is black. I am typing this with an additional screen off to the side so that I can see what I'm doing. Annoying, to say the least, but it is what it is for now.  I'm sure there are bigger problems in the world. 

First my garden. It started out like this........

And ended up like this....see my granddaughter's head? Most of the tomatoes (in the back half) just exploded and are leaning over. We can't figure out a way to stake them high enough. They're really producing though.

I picked a bunch of the basil a while back...

and made Pesto. YUM!  I have enough basil out there to make more now. 
See below for the recipe.

Here are some of the tomatoes. I had opted to have lots of Roma's, a few eating tomatoes and maybe one cherry tomato....but my husband helped. I ended up with about 4 cherry tomatoes, 3 Roma's and 6 eating. In the end I decided, hey...they're all tomatoes. In the pot they go! 

I turned them into stewed tomatoes. These are great in my spaghetti...I'm known for my spaghetti. 
Those green things on the bottom of the picture. Well, they were supposed to be long english cucumbers. We kept waiting for them to turn dark green...until they began turning into monsters. 

Then we realized what we had were Armenian cucumbers. 
They're not bad...much like the long english but a lighter flavor.

Remember all that fabric I was given? Kai wanted some shorts with pockets. 
What Grandma would say no to those big brown eyes of his? 

I also made this little dress. It's the La Jolla Bow Dress. Google it, it's a free pattern. Easy and cute! I added the band at the bottom as it wasn't in the original instructions. 

It was my first time shirring with elastic....turned out pretty good considering. 

And it's just about time to start making soap again. However, my DIL and I decided to start with these lotion bars for her little ones. One in particular has very dry problematic skin and this bar is all natural. Easy to make too. I kept a couple, then gave one to my mom, so I have one left. I keep it in the fridge because it is very soft. They hardened to a lighter color than in the photo below. 
See below for the recipe.

Here's the Sock Monkey Hat I promised to make for our littlest grandson, Cooper. His mommy picked out the colors....I love them! That's keep his noggin' warm up there in cold Ft. McMurray, Alberta! 

We also made some things this summer. Here's a little balloon bracelet we made. You're supposed to use the long animal balloons, but all I had was water balloons. It kinda worked. The kids didn't seem to mind too much. It was just something to do to keep them busy while babysitting.

Oh, and remember the studying I've been doing. Here's my notes and some hand outs for 9 chapters out of the 11 or 12 we'll be covering. There'll be more handouts as well. All neatly typed out and ready to copy for the students. Yes, I've been busy! 

Basil Pesto Recipe

2 cups fresh basil
1/2 cup parmesan
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup EV olive oil (I used just virgin)
2 cloves garlic
juice of 1 whole lemon
1/3 cup pine nuts (I used walnuts...all I had on hand)

In a food processor, finely chop the garlic.
Add basil, chop until fine. 
Add cheese, nuts, salt and pepper. Pulse until it looks coarse and pasty.
Slowly add olive oil while the processor is running. Keep running until well mixed. 
Add lemon juice slowly while running processor. 
Mixture should be a bit wet/oily.
Store in airtight container and keep in fridge for up to 1 week. 

Pesto can be frozen. I poured my leftovers into an ice cube tray and covered each one with a bit of olive oil. After frozen, I removed them from the tray and put them into a ziploc bag for later use. 

All Natural Lotion Bars

1 cup coconut oil
1 cup cocoa butter
1 1/3 cup grated beeswax
2 tsp. Vitamin E Oil 

I melted the first three ingredients together in a double boiler slowly and added the Vitamin E after. I then poured them into silicone molds. 
They were very soft, so I put them in the fridge after about 4 hours and left them overnight. They came out solid. They melt with the warmth of your skin and are perfect for the little ones. 

I wanted to keep these all natural and they smell like chocolate because of the cocoa butter. Kai says they smell like vanilla. He must be smelling the natural beeswax. 

You could add essential oils if you wanted to, but why?

I will be keeping mine in the fridge when not in use. 

September is just around the corner and life should settle back into our regular humm again. In the mean time, have a great long weekend and be safe on the roads!


Jul 28, 2014

Cute Dress Patterns...

Hi ladies!

Well the heat is on again in my part of the globe! So with all the free fabric I just received, it was a good opportunity to stay indoors and make some dresses. I'm sure there will be more sewing posts in my future. 

This one is a free pattern I found at TJ's Fabrics for a curtain dress. It's easy to make and an easy pattern to follow. I love hers in the bold colors, but we opted for a toned down version with a smaller bow.

Here is our take on it:

I managed to take a better photo of it which also shows that the bow is removable.

Then I bought a pattern from Etsy for The Ella Dress by Petite Kids Boutique. I absolutely love the fabric she used on hers as well...I wish I knew where she bought it because I'd love to make one just like it in the near future.

Here's the fabric I used with this pattern. I do like it. The pink fabric is actually a small polka dot: 

Although the skill level is a bit more than basic, it was an extremely easy pattern to follow, an enjoyable dress to make, and it turned out awesome. I absolutely love this one and will be making more.  It's hard to tell but there's a bow in the back of it which covers some ruching. I think the bodice is adorable. The pattern covers sizes 12 mo. to 8 years. I'll be getting lots of use out of this pattern.

I don't know if I've ever mentioned it, but I used to sew professionally. It was for a small company called Rainbowear here in Kamloops. They made adorable clothes with a bit of an english flair. I love making clothes for kids and it's fun having little girls to sew for. Finally! : )

My daughter in law has picked out several fabrics for some things she'd like me to make, so I will probably be showing you as I go along.

I am still doing a lot of studying as well, and life in general is busy (babysitting grandkids, cooking meals for family, canning, etc.), so the cards and digitals are on hold for a little while. Please be patient with me!

Hope you're all having a wonderful week so far!

Thanks for stopping by! Blessings,


Jul 24, 2014

Cards, Company, Kids (Great kids) & Clothing

You're here! 

You have been MIA a long while....no wait, I guess that would be me.


First ~~ a warning. It's going to be a long post ~~
(BTW...that's a freebie, if you want it.)

Here's what's been happening:

1) Can anything take away your energy like a 40 degree celsius day (104F)? How about 2 of them in a row -- preceded and followed by several 35 degree (95F) days? Not to mention the smoke from 130 fires burning in BC

I'm surprised I didn't melt away. I've been ridiculously hot, smoke covered, and sweaty! It's been brutal.

2) I've had company since the end of June and all my attention has been for them. I don't get to see my son and his family all that often so I cherish the time I have with them. There's 7 of them, so our little family of 3 increased to 10...and did I mention it was hot.
That's my son Darren, with his beautiful family! It was so good to see them!!
3) I've been studying like crazy. I will be teaching a Bible Study at my church this Fall. I've decided to teach on the book of Genesis. 

I have a small book of information typed out already, and I'm on verse 3. Yes, of chapter one. Sigh....

4) My yard has been a continual mess, but I am not complaining for a second because I am so happy! One of my sons built a large shed in our backyard, and two of my sons (and one DIL) built us a lattice and wood wall around our balcony complete with led lights.  There's some painting left to do, but what a difference it's made already. I have incredible kids!!
My son Mike working on the roof of the shed (it's 8' plus the roof,
but our garden area is much higher than the rest of the yard.
My son Darren and DIL Mandy with a couple of grandkids in the background. :)
Here they're working on the lattice for the balcony.
5) I was the overjoyed receiver of a ton of free fabric from an estate. It's all about who you know, and in this case it was my daughter in law, Julie. I spent half a day going through a wall of fabric and brought home 6 large bags full.
Cotton polyesters
Cotton polyesters

A bunch of shimmery stuff
Cotton polyesters

Knits, flannelette, furriness and fleece
A variety
Then there were small pieces of fabric, bags of faux fur and bags of batting. It will all have to be washed and sorted, but what a wonderful find. I see some quilts in my future as well. :)

In the meantime, here's what I made for my little 20 month old granddaughter with some of the fabric. There will be more sewing at a later date.
I used a free pattern from TJ's Fabrics Blog. This one has subdued colors and a smaller bow, by request. :) Oh, and the bow is removable.

What else has been happening, you ask? 

The Squigglefly design team has been very busy making up cards with some of my images. :)

Believe it or not, we should probably be getting started on our Christmas cards soon. It seems Gail, from "I Like Paper" is right on time with this card! Click on the link to see a larger photo of the details and a photo of the inside of the card.

At "Holley's Blog," Holley did up a one layer card using images from one of my lightbulb sets. Very cheerful and great coloring! Check out the link for more information.

This image is available in my Etsy Shop

Also in the shop along this genre, are these images: 

Last, but not least, Kathy from "Entering Kathyville," made up this cute card using a new image of mine. The challenge was to use up scraps.

This image is available in my Etsy Shop. There are 2 images and 4 sentiments in the set. Check it out!

Since it's been a while since I started this post , I can report that we had so much rainfall yesterday, along with thunder and lightning, that it caused flash floods here in Kamloops. Can I say "extreme weather!" Jeesh!
That was just one spot....they had to close down some areas.

Well ~~ that was one long post ~~ if I do say so myself.

Hopefully it won't be this long between posts next time. However, in the summer, anything goes! :)

Have a good week.