Fingerless gloves

While going through my yarn stash I cam across a few projects that needed to be finished.  This is one of those projects.
 I've tried a couple of different patterns and these are the easiest I've found. It's a free pattern over on Ravery they are called fingerless gloves by Eleven Handmade. This is not the true color.

Here is another picture and they aren't this color either. They are dark red but I don't know how to take pictures so that I can get the true colors.


Mind verses Reality

Some things with the best of intentions things go terrible awry.  This is one of those times.  I make some fabulous almond short bread cookies and least they are in my mind and they sold very well at the farmers market this summer.  So to make them look nice I used my spritz cookie press but that is so much work and would confuse people as they would think they were Spritz cookies.  So when my sister told me about a Norticware shortbread pan I bit, hook line and sinker.

Looks pretty cool, doesn't it?
Here is a picture of what the cookies should look like.
Looks delicious doesn't it? In my mind this is how my cookies were going to look.
In reality this is how my cookies look.
Almost the same, right?
I'm not giving up hope yet, I'm going to try the recipe that came with the pan, and if that doesn't work ......
I have a new tray for serving cookies.
Happy baking!


Christmas Cards - Done

This year I decided since cards are my business there is no reason why I shouldn't be sending out lots of Christmas cards especially to my customers. Now you might think I would just whip out 50 simple cards and be done with it but no, I had to do it the Cindy way.

Here is just a sampling of some of the cards that were sent. In case you aren't familiar with the Cindy way, it means lots of stamping, burnishing, punching, cutting, embossing and layers.
Now I can think of a reason not to send out lots of cards, it a massive amount of work, ha ha. I'm raising my right hand, and next year I solemnly swear to start in October, not the second week in December.



With the cold and snow comes my yarn.  Since I complain and get totally stressed and whatever I'm working on ends in disaster when it comes to knitting I've decided to stick with what I know and that's crocheting. I made this little bracelet a while back and don't think I've ever posted it.
It was one of those super quick and easy projects fun little funky projects that I like to do. I added some Stampin' Up vintage looking buttons.
I also found a cute little rustic looking star over on Rivalry.
I like to decorate one of my tress with an old fashion feel to it so I'm thinking some of these stars and a few hearts might just be the ticket. I used Sugar and Cream cotton yarn and a size  F hook.  It came out to be about 3.5 inches.


Rapunzel Scarf

This is a super easy crochet scarf that I found on Ravery.  It's called the Rapunzel scarf and it's just five crochet strips that are braided together. It's made using the double crochet foundation stitch. You can see the you tube video here if you want a little peek at how to go about learning how to go about it.


Tree Cards

I always put a little something in the bags when I deliver to my Stampin' Up customers so this time I made some tree cards that I absolutely love.
 I used one of the in colors, mossy meadow for the trees and the base cardstock and crumb cake for the outside and inside. The trees and stars are from the stamp set Festival of Trees  and punched them out with the new tree punch. These are from the seasonal catalog and you still have time to purchase your set if you haven't already.
 The embossing folder is Filigree Frame, also from the holiday catalog. I have been hoarding a couple of products and decided to use them. Some of the cards I used the Natural Trim Ribbon and the ribbon slides and the others I used the antique brads with the seam binding ribbon.
The inside of the card.
I also made a couple of these funky little cards just for fun.


Busy Little Beavers

This week end Michele came home with lots of ideas of what she wanted to get done.  She sells Thirty One Bags and accessories and wanted to make something for thank you for coming gifts.

So we got crackin' and made little packets of tags. Twelve packets to be exact.

Here is a sampling of what they will get just for showing up.

She wanted to make Christmas gifts as well so I had to clear a path in my sewing room so she could make these adorable little cup cozies.


Stampin' Up Event

The annual holiday event that my fellow Stampin' Up demonstrator and I put on was a big success.
Here are the pics from the projects we made.


Craft Fair

I've been gearing up for my last craft sale of the year and deciding what to make and bring.  I'm leaving my cards at home since there will be others there selling them.
 Floppy disk note book, gift cards mini note books, Monopoly game piece note books.
 More tags and I still can't figure out my camera randomly turn things sideways.
 Frozen hair clips and snowflakes.
Journals made from game boards.


Money Grows on Trees

This Halloween I decided not to give out candy.  Since we live on the edge of town and don't get many trick or treaters,  I decided I really don't want any extra candy laying around so this year I'm giving out cash.
I cut orange paper 3 x 3, then got out my envelope punch board and punched and scored at 1 1/2 inches. I then placed three quarters inside, folded it and used pearl cotton to tie it.  I had leftover stickers from Paper Pumpkin so I used those to decorate them.

I went out and cut some branches off one of my shrubs, put them in a fruit jar and proceeded to hang the little packets of money on the tree.  I didn't anticipate the money being so heavy so it really didn't work out as well as planned, as the braches aren't really strong enough but I did manage to get a few of them hung.


Cricut Club

Saturday I got together with some friends that formed a cricut  club so we can learn and use our cricut cutting systems more. Each month two people design cards and bring the supplies needed to make the cards. I still don't use mine (it's just so much easier to grab a Stampin' Up punch) but they keep me in the group anyway. And I'm so glad they do because we always make super cute cards.


Paper Pumpkin

Stampin' Up has a program where you can sign up to get a monthly box of fun paper projects to put together.  Sine I am a demonstrator I thought I better subscribe (at least for a while) to find out what it all about. This month is was all about Halloween, now I usually don't really get into Halloween that much, but I really didn't want boxes of unused projects sitting around so I'm going to try to keep up with making the projects.

These are the little burlap treat bags that came in the kit, along with the little stickers, paper, Halloween stamp set, orange ink and sequence.  I'm not a fan of sequence in any way shape or form, but since it came in the kit, it was either use it or toss it, so I used it.


Tune in Tuesday

Last night I had the honor of being the guest at a local homemakers group.  I was invited once before and they decided I should come back again.  Last time I did Easter projects and this time they wanted Halloween/fall projects.
They are such a fun group and many of them seem to pride themselves on not being crafty so I started out with a tiny little file folder candy holder.
These are so much fun to make with the envelope punch board I can't stop making them.  I've made them in so many sizes I can't even count. This size is 4 x 2 5/8 inches and scored at 1 3/4 and again at 2 inches. The top is punched at the top at about 3/4 inch.

Next we made a mason jar card. I've made a few of these in different sizes as well.

Then we moved on to decorating small boxes.

 We saved the best for last and made a little luminary.
We stamped on vellum and put a little tea light inside. The measurements for this are - black cardstock 10 3/8 inches x 4 1/4 inches. Score along the bottom at 1 1/4 inches and for the sides score at 2 1/2 inches (4 times).  The vellum is cut at 2 5/8 x 2. The windows were punched with the decorative label punch. I used glue dots in the corners of the vellum to attach them to the card stock then used red score tape to put it together.


Fall Retreat 2014

Once again we had our fall retreat and wow, what a productive group we are!
Jeanette worked on a baby quilt for a up and coming grandchild.

Evy worked on Christmas cards.

Sally worked on quilt blocks for her quilt guild.

I some how managed to finish a denim quilt top. I had the blocks already cut so it went together pretty quickly.
I also made a bracelet for my sister with fabric that she brought back from Nigeria.

We were also blessed with seeing some deer out the front window during dinner.

 Evy made cards -Evy style- 104 to be exact.

 Then when she finished those she jumped right into making some with pictures that her friend takes.

 Jeanette finished the top of her baby quilt then moved on to some embroidery.

When Sally finished her quilt blocks she made some adorable quilt labels for the backs of her quilts.

I also worked on a twisted log cabin table runner.
Did I mention that we also had time to enjoy five wonderful meals?