February 21, 2011

New Obsession!

I got my Silhouette Die Cutting Machine a few weeks ago and really went to town testing it out the first week…Check out some of the things I made!
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First Project: A simply made but complicated cut birthday card for a friend!
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A design for my netbook in vinyl…not quite ready for wall art yet, the original reason I wanted this machine! I had seen many people creating cool word art for their walls in vinyl using this machine, and really wanted one!! I bought some regular vinyl, some frosted vinyl and some white heat transfer vinyl…check out these amazing tshirts that I have been able to make for the girls :) I see many birthday presents for parties in the future!!
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And here are some cool frosted labels for some glass jars…
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I’ve also realized that this machine is great for cutting shapes from cardstock, and hence my newest obsession has started: cardmaking!! When I saw how easily I could make really cute die cut shapes on the machine I have been reading tons of cardmaking blogs to get inspiration…so far I have been watching tons of you tube videos these two ladies have made about card making and scrapbooking…
Remember, I look like this at the moment…
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…so I have a lot more time on my hands and I am afraid I have lots of time to go shopping online too! I have ordered lots of card blanks, stamps and other goodies to add to my current small sampling of paper and supplies I already had…You will probably see finished cards being added to my finished projects on the blog!
Here are two more cards and a gift tag I have made so far…
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I have managed to finish some other projects though too!! Here are Aisling’s legwarmers finished…
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And wonder of wonders, I have actually finished this hand pieced and hand quilted drunkards path quilt I started ages ago! This will hang in the guest bedroom at some point…
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I have also finished the quilt top for my friend going through chemo…working on the freemotion meandering now…ugh…hate wrestling the quilt through my little sewing machine!!
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So, as you can see despite the hopping along, I am still managing to get a little bit done, as well as the bit of housework I can manage: dishwashing, cooking and laundry… I am having fun being served my breakfast and SUPERVISING all the sweeping, mopping, and bathroom cleaning. I do admit to helping reorganize the playroom while scooting around on hands and knees, I couldn’t take the clutter…Dave and the girls were cleaning the room by stacking things in the corners and in cubby holes…ugh! Only a few more weeks of staying off that leg (move to a cast with a boot for walking next) so guess I should live it up while I can! Friends are picking me up a few times a week for trips to a local cafe and for patchwork group, so am getting out a bit!
Guess I better go, we have friends visiting today and want to get some stuff done before they arrive! Hope to hear from you!

February 3, 2011

Just limping along at the moment…

Gimpy FootHere is my current position at home after a surgery last week to help lessen the pain of a damaged tendon in my left ankle… Six weeks off this foot and a lot of hopping then I hope to do physio and strengthen this foot so I can do a little more walking for exercise again! Before I used to walk the girls to school, but never did any more than that as it was quite painful to walk on! Here’s hoping the hopping does some good! I want to be able to enjoy walking for as long as my MS lets me (and lets hope that is many many years to come!).

Since I can’t do a whole heck of a lot of physical stuff (I do dishes, washing and directing of kids and husbands!) I have managed to be productive on the knitting end…and finished a quilting project…

Some ballerina legwarmers have been knit…legwarmer

A hat has been knit for a friend who is going through chemo treatments in the States…

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And some baby onesies have been made for my dear friend Barbara’s new little girl Molly!IMG_2173

I hope to start posting lots more cards and creative projects in the future because I have purchased this lovely thing, which can cut out vinyl for wall lettering and tshirt transfer projects, paper, and even fabric now… I have seen many peoples creative projects with it all over Blogland and was totally inspired. It is coming over from the States and I can’t wait to start creating with it…maybe some vinyl wall quotes to put up first, or some cute tshirts for kids birthday presents…or some birthday cards…


My main priority for February is to make a quilt for that friend who is going through chemo…a blue and green quilt… I have gotten squares from many friends here and from Kate in England, so between my own and my generous friends I hope to get a good start on this quilt this week! I wish there was more I could do, but I feel like this is something I can physically do to help comfort such a faraway friend!