Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Rain, Rain, Go Away....

come again another day...do you remember saying that as a child?   Maybe it's the English in me and the fact that we had lots of rain in England.
Anyway I'm really not saying that at the moment.  The rain on Sunday certainly took away a lot of snow and I even saw crocuses peeking up in some gardens in town.            
Spring has sprung!
My sister-in-law asked me if we were bringing rain coats with us when we visited, although my sister said they'd been having some beautiful weather where she lives.  If it was only the weather we were going to England for, guess who we'd be visiting...LOL!

We had another lovely day on Saturday with the ladies at the All Day Card Class which we held in the Community Room at the Independent Grocery Store.  Some of them had traveled two hours to get to class, then five hours of busy card making before turning around again for that two hour journey. Dedicated crafters don't you think?

I'll be putting the cards onto Flickr so that you can see them all there.  We didn't get a sense of any one card being a favourite, but they did like learning a new way of tying a simple bow.  Ask us how we did it the next time you're in the store.

We are always impressed by the talented people who are our customers.  One of those talented cardmakers shared a card with us that she just made using a Die-namics die that she had us order in for her.  It cuts a lovely flourish from card stock and becomes a very nice embellishment on a card or scrapbook page.

Here's our talented card makers card.  Don't you wish you were the recipient of this lovely card! What a great job of colouring her image too. It looks to me like she used a Spellbinder scallop square die cut behind her image and you see that lovely flourish on the right side coming over the focal point, that's the Die-namics die.

I can see we may well be selling lots of these delicate die. This small one is the perfect size as you can see for a card maker, but it comes in medium and large sizes which would work well on a scrapbook page too.  There are other shapes too, leafy or border, flowers and many other shapes all attractively priced too.  This small flourish was just $7.69.

We are always thankful to our customers who show us new products to stock the store with.

Did you see this scallop punch that Linda had on the newsletter today?  We used it in the All Day Card Class and it got a work out with two classes, 45 ladies and we found it worked a treat.  It was a new company to us recently and a great price point. If you're looking for a small scallop punch at just $9.59 this one is well worth your consideration.

I've made another digital stamp for you to use on your birthday cards.  Here it is.  Remember to left click to make it larger and then right click to save to your computer or to copy into your word or publishing program.

I've left the word "Happy" blank so that you could colour it in to suit your card.   Enjoy!

Rachel and I were busy yesterday with the doll she's making.  She now has hair! Rachel wrapped yarn around a piece of cardboard to get the length she wanted, then sewed the strands together ready for sewing them onto the head.  Once that was done, the strands were braided and ribbon added to the top of the braids and voila!  A very pretty little hairdo.  Only felt shoes to make and an embellishment to be sewn onto the doll's blouse and she's good to go.  I can hardly wait to show you the finished doll, such a great job she's done on it.  What a lucky girl that's going to be the recipient.

I've had a busy week this past week, and haven't browsed the web as much as usual.   I did find this though as I was looking for some needlework sites and thought it was worth a moment's consideration.

Take a look at the website here and you'll find some lovely needlework samplers if that's your interest.  To get the pattern, you simply click on the name of design you want in the  "Shared Files" box on the right hand side. This one for example is called No Farmer ever Plowed and is near the bottom of Shared Files box 1.  You can download the pattern key as well as the coloured photo.

And for all those ladies that are joining us at the Mega Crop Weekend in a couple of more weeks.  Take a look again here for some great ideas to prepare yourself to get the very best our of your weekend!   Just scroll down a little way to re-read the article, so many good ideas for prepping yourself.

I can't leave you tonight though without sharing what happened at our family dinner Sunday night.  We had a delicious dinner with Cheesy Chicken wrapped in a crescent roll with potatoes, carrots, broccoli, peas, corn and mushrooms....hmm hmm good!  
Dessert followed with the choice of, or maybe both, homemade strawberry ice cream or cheese cake.  Sounds good doesn't it!  

Certainly no-one was hungry after that delicious meal.  

However....as we all sat around doing different things, Jonathan decided he wanted to bake something.....anything.  After a look through my pantry, he decided to make some mini lemon tarts, which he did and they were delicious too....oh the calories that were consumed that night!!!  

My point being though, how many fourteen year old boys suddenly decide not only they want to bake something, but do it!

Until later...Happy Crafting


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