Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Is Spring On It's Way? Or Do We Have to Wait Until June?

Are you like me, tired of this hard winter?  When chatting with my sister- in-law, she says that she hopes the rain holds off long enough to dry the clothes outside.  Can you imagine hanging the clothes outside in the cold temperatures we're having!

I had a customer in the store last week who hasn't knitted in a long time, but is making a lovely cable hat, scarf and mitten set for her grand daughter. What she has done thus far was gorgeous, but she was running into problems with the mittens as the yarn she was using was thicker than what her pattern suggested. So, we were re-writing the pattern to suit the yarn. 

You know that's not as easy as one might think and it took us a couple of attempts to make it work properly, neither one of us being pattern writers, but we did it.  The cable was a little like this, so quite intricate.

A few weeks ago a friend of mine was in need of a file folder tab cutting file for her Silhouette SD cutting machine.  It took me a couple of days to get around to it, but I did finally make a file and share it with her.

I was exploring some blogs recently and came across one that explained how to share a Silhouette file without sending it from one computer to another, which is what I do with my friend, and also with my sister-in-law.  
What I did next is what I typically do, and then wish later that I'd done more.  I copied down the instructions, but didn't keep the blog address!!!  

However I do know now how to share the file with any of our blog readers that would like to access it.
All you have to do is click here and you will be able (so I understand) to download the Silhouette cutting file I made.  (Fingers crossed)  

There are three items in the file, a short tab, a long tab and a fold over tab that look like the ones on the left.  These are simply my working copies though, not the cut file, that's in the previous paragraph.  

If it works for  you, then maybe I'll link more that I've made, or maybe you have some files that you may like to share.  
Remember they cannot be files purchased with your machine, or from the Silhouette Store, or that you have downloaded from anyone else's blog. 
They have to be files you've made yourself.
Don't forget you can pick up free cut files for your Silhouette by downloading dingbat fonts that will cut shapes.  Here's one for you to try. There are a multitude of frames, shapes, banners and even a couple of mustaches in this font.

Did you look at the household tips that Di linked us up with here

I thought of another one today and you may well know it, but here it is anyway.  
You can keep celery fresh and crisp for a number of weeks in your fridge by simply wrapping it tightly in foil. I've done this with cauliflower too and it stays white and fresh for much longer than storing it in a container or plastic wrap. 
It's great when it's on sale and you can store it longer...give it a try.

Speaking of specials, have you been over to our face book page and looked at the special Linda put on today?  She's going to put a number of specials on for the month of March to celebrate National Craft Month, so hop over there to take a look and save yourself some money.  Just tell us you saw the special on face book.    Here's the link.   

Don't forget with the changes to business face book pages, you need to log in, hover over the word "Liked" and click on the "Get Notifications" text to be kept up to date as we post there. 

 So what have you been crafting at this week?  I made another felt coffee mug wrap.  I do love working with that felt, such bright colours and easy to embroider.  Here's the latest one.  

See that cute little rose on the front, it is soooo easy to make.
All you need is a rough circle of felt in the colour of your choice.

You then cut in a spiral into the centre of the circle like this.  

I wrap the felt around itself, starting from the centre out.  Some people prefer to go from the outside in, either way is just fine.  On the coffee mug wrap, I stitched the spiral onto the felt with embroidery floss, pulling the "petals" in to look more rose like, and added some yellow french knots to the centre.

Can you imagine the uses for this style of flower?  
It could be on a card, scrapbook page, a pin, headband, a bag you have sewn.  
So many possibilities, and with a few extra embroidery stitches it can look spectacular.
Drop into the store to see the sample mug wrap.

I learned in the last week or so, that we have another budding crafter in the family, and thought you may like to see some of this young persons work. 

Matilda is just eight years old and crafts with her Grandma and sisters in England. 

She has a great imagination which shows in the pillow she just made and decorated by herself, with an elephant face.

She had also made a pincushion earlier.  She has much potential don't you think?

It pleases me to see the younger generation wanting to needle craft, as there are so many people that don't know how to knit, sew, crochet, embroider or anything that pertains to needle crafting.

Keep up the good work Matilda and thank you for sharing the photos with all of us in Canada.

Kids sewing projects
I'm sure there are many children and adults who may like to make this easy bracelet  for St Patricks Day. 
Imagine though instead of a shamrock as the focal point, you made a rose like the one on the coffee mug, it could be worn any time then. 

Drop into the store to get your supplies to make this super easy and fun bracelet.

Were you one of the lucky ones that scored the free scrapbooking class at the Spring Mega Crop Weekend?  There were some eager beavers at the store early on Thursday morning despite the cold.  Some were there just to register themselves. Some were there to sign up multiple spots, in fact up to five when their phone went off to say a friend was caught in a meeting, will you sign them up too please.   
After all, what are friends for if not to come through in a pinch!  

We do still have a few spots left so if for some reason you were late out of the starting gate, drop into the store and secure one of the remaining spots and enjoy a weekend of scrapbooking fun. 

Also for those that didn't make the free class, you can still participate for just $20.00.  You will be making SIX single page layouts for that price, all supplies included.  
All you have to do is insert your photos...now what kind of a bargain is that?

DO NOT FORGET the Garage Sale this coming Saturday, March 8th. Starting at 9a.m. in the morning and going through the day, but remember the best bargains will be there first thing in the morning. We've had great response from our vendors, so I'm thinking there will be something for just about everyone.  

There's lots going on at your local craft store in the next few weeks.

With the Spring All Day Card Day coming up in about three weeks on March 22nd.

Did you miss out of the first class, because if you did, get your name on the waiting list for a second class. 

Be sure to check your newsletter each week, the blog and face book page too.  Sometimes we put extras on the face book page through the week, so make sure you don't miss those postings.

And so we come to the end of another week's blog.  What words of inspiration or fun can I offer you this week.
There is so much peer pressure in the schools, and indeed in the world in general, that makes us doubt ourselves and our abilities at times.  

We perhaps wonder how we measure up against this person or that person, when all we should really concern ourselves with is, how WE measure up as a person.

These words, once again from Ginger's House, seemed appropriate encouragement no matter whether you're young or old.  Perhaps you know of someone you'd like to share them with to encourage them.

Until Later....Happy Crafting


1 comment:

  1. Loojs like we;ll have to wait until August this year!!