Creative Bliss

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Aloysius the Owlet (or maybe the penguin...)

Hi there!

Back again. I know feast or famine, right? Two posts in one day. If you didn't see my other one about the crochet-a-long I'm trying you can check it out here. This one is about a crochet project as well. Sorry, no cards...yet.

Back when I found the Happypotomus pattern from HeidiBears, I also saw a pattern for Aloysius. He is an owlet. A pretty dang cute owlet. I tried reallllllly hard to resist buying the pattern. But(hangs head)...I caved. Every time I thought about it, I'd hear it calling to me...you know you want to download me and make me. Not in a creepy way, mind you. Okay. What really struck me was the wings on the doll. I thought they were so neat looking. So, anyway, I had a certain someone who came to my mind when I looked at the pattern, too. I've crocheted it, boxed it up and sent him to his new home, where I'm sure he is going to be very happy.

I've developed a pretty neat friendship with a gal named Kay over the past couple of years. I've talked about her before on this blog. If you haven't been to her blog, My Joyful Moments, you should seriously take a peek. Oh and plan to stay a bit as you meander around and take in all the eye candy. This gal has got some serious card making talent. She is also a fabulous polymer clay designer as well. She has an Etsy shop where she sells the clay ornaments that she makes. But you know what? They sell out in minutes. That's how fantastic her ornaments are. I mean, I don't even get to see them posted, they are gone before I can get to the shop. As I said, we've developed a pretty special (to me) friendship and she is the one who immediately came to mind when I saw Aloysius. I'm not sure why, as I have other friends who like owls too, but I felt a strong urge to create him for her and so I did. He's in his new home now and so I felt like I could share.

The penguin part comes in because he sort of also looks like a penguin. It could be because I didn't stuff him all that well. Oh well. Owlet, penguin, I think he's cute either way. :)

Enough talk....here he is!

I really liked the look of the wings as a solid color, but what really drew me in was the scallop on the wings. Gah! So darn sweet!


Now I ask you, could you have resisted this face?

So, now you see I've been a little busy creating. But I couldn't really share until it was all done. 

Thanks ever so much for stopping by.
Hope you have a great week!

Hugs,
Jeanne
PS Kay, I hope I didn't embarrass you. I'm just get so happy when I see what you create and I want to share it with others. 

I'm Trying Something New to Me...

Hi friends,

I hope you are doing well. It's Girl Scout cookie selling season and the girls and I have manned (or should I say womanned?) a couple of booth sales this weekend. Wasn't sure if they would work out given the dire predictions for massive amounts of snow forecast that never materialized in our neck of the woods. It snowed and is pretty dang cold, but not near as bad as was forecast. Well, except maybe the cold part. It's about 12 degrees outside right now. Brrrr. But you didn't stop by to hear me talk about the weather. 

I've started a type of project I've never done before. It's called a crochet-a-long and my friend, Erin, told me about it. She is doing it and encouraged me to try. Basically a gal is releasing a crochet pattern for a 12 inch sized block twice a month for the year. At the end of the year you would have enough blocks to join together to make an afghan. Here's the link to her blog, Moogly You can also go to her blog and copy the pattern and if you are a member of a website called Ravelry (it's free to join this site) you can join the group and get tips on the techniques and share what you are creating. You can also get answers to any questions. I honestly wasn't sure if I'd be able to do it and in fact the 4th block pattern has already been released and I just finished block 1. But, who cares really, right? I liked the look of the project so I thought I'd give it a go. So that is my trying something new to me. 

I was having a very difficult time coming up with a color combination I liked. I had some yarn and I bought some skeins of colors I liked and thought would look good together. I tried coming up with my own color combination and started and tore out my work about 4 times and just about gave up the whole project in frustration. I don't know why I have such a horrible block about figuring something like this out, but I do. So, I decided to follow the order of colors that the gal who is releasing the patterns is using. I'm not using the same yarn, but her order of colors is pleasing to my eye. My order was looking like yuck and even my girls concurred that my selections didn't look that great. 

I'm using Red Heart Super Saver yarn. Mainly because I like that there is no dye lot number. What that means is when I run out of yarn, I can get another skein and know that the colors will look the same. This way I don't have to have a ton of yarn sitting around should I not finish the project or whatever. I can run out and buy it as needed. My colors are from the center out: Perfect Pink, Lemon, Spring Green, Turqua, Medium Purple, Soft White. I've read that some people don't really like Super Saver because they think it doesn't wear well over time. I have two afghans my mom made for Steve and I over 20 years ago and they are in great shape. My experience with this yarn is always positive. 

Okay, enough gibber jabber. Here's Block #1
 I learned a couple of new stitches with this pattern, which is always fun. The braided look is called Jacob's Ladder. To make the stitch used to create Jacob's Ladder, I learned to do a quad treble crochet. Basically this creates a long enough stitch/loop to make that braided look.  Which sounds a lot harder than it is to create. I really like the texture this adds to the block.

Back: Erin, Jeanne
Front: Jessica, Amy
Here we are at Erin's. We drove down to her house for a visit the Friday before Valentine's Day. Thanks for sending me this picture, E!


Thanks so much for stopping by. I know my posting is pretty sporadic these days. It's not for lack of desire, believe me. I do appreciate that you keep checking in. 
Have a great day! :)



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Blue and Gray Happy Birthday Card

Hi There!

Thank you so very much for the lovely comments on Happypotomus. The young lady who I made it for adores it and wrote me the sweetest thank you note. Made my heart happy for sure. Actually her mom threatened to keep it for herself. Ha, ha! Anyway you are very sweet for liking Happy as much as I did(and still do). 

I was in need of a birthday card or two and saw this on Wizard's Hangout. So pretty and I owned the main stamp set she used. Whoo hooo for me! I sat down to try my hand at it and this is the result after it was all said and done. I don't think creating clusters is my forte, so I copied the placement of the images as much as I could. It took me three tries to get the spacing somewhat right. So not my forte. But I tried and this looked okay to me.

I also made one in the yellows/oranges, but didn't get a picture of it. I already sent it off...was on a time crunch, of course. 

The three blue flowers in the center are fussy cut and popped up with foam squares. I added Stickles to the centers to keep this less bumpy.

Stamp sets are CTMH: Lifetime of Happiness (C1589), Curly Greetings for the Happy (old set B1143) and Happy Birthday (C1257, also an older set).

Colors are Heavenly Blue, Whisper, Slate, Lagoon, Pacifica and Black (all Close to My Heart inks)
The Happy is from an old CTMH set called 


Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you are having a great day!
Hugs,
Jeanne



Saturday, January 17, 2015

Happypotamus!

 Hi there!

I've been a busy little bee since I last posted. I have been working on a new project. I had shown my co-workers photos of the giraffe I crocheted for Amy last year. My assistant manager has two daughters. When she saw the giraffe, she told me her younger daughter loves hippos. She mentioned she knew her daughter would love a hippo version of the giraffe. I knew then I would try to make it for her daughter as a surprise as kind of a thank you to my asst. manager for how kind she has been to me since I started working in the kitchen. I had wanted to make it time for Christmas, but quickly realized that wasn't going to happen! So, I started a couple of weeks ago and just finished Happy a little while ago. My assistant manager also said blue was her daughter's favorite color which is why she/he is mostly blue. I found the pattern here. In case the link doesn't work, it's on Ravelry and also in her Etsy shop as well as on Craftsy. Here is the link to her blog. It will always have the direct links, I'm thinking. So, here is my version of Happypotomus. Enjoy!

That is a cute face, right?

Well, hello there!



Oh my, the rump looks a little big from this angle. Sorry! I do think it is a cute shape, too. 

This is the belly side.

Such a cute face!

The doll is crocheted with size 10 cotton thread-Aunt Lydia brand. I used a size 7(1.65mm)crochet hook. It is stuffed with polyester fiberfill. The eyes are 12mm safety eyes. I didn't use the backs to attach them. I used the small holes in the ends of the shaft and the directions in the pattern to attach them. 

I got a lot of this done last weekend during the football playoff games. Bummed that the Broncos didn't pull out a win, but happy to have been able to accomplish so much of the project! 

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a great day!
*Ü*
Jeanne

Monday, January 5, 2015

Three More Stitched Ornaments

Hi There!

I have some more Christmas ornaments to share. I got the pattern for these from this book called Cross Stitch Christmas Creations. It's full of designs to be stitched on perforated paper and I have had a great time stitching these patterns. I could probably spend the next year working on the projects from this book alone, but I decided to put it aside for now because there are many projects I'd like to work on. What struck me the most about these ornaments is how shiny they are. I just finished them a little bit ago and Christmas is packed away, so I can't say for sure, but I have a feeling they will look so pretty with the lights on the tree reflecting off the shiny silver paper I stitched on. These designs called for Kreinik #4 braid thread, which helps add shiny texture to the ornaments as well. Wish the camera could pick up on how nice these look in real life. I  thought the color combinations were very striking.  




This is how I finished them so one doesn't have to see the messy backs. I used super sticky double-sided tape to adhere the two sides together. 

That's it from me today. The girls and I had today off for a teacher work day, so we are all back to school/work tomorrow. Who knows when I'll be able to finish my next project to share. Hopefully sooner rather than later. 

Until then, thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day.
Hugs,
Jeanne


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Sending Hugs

Hello and Happy New Year! Hope you had fun celebrating New Year's Eve. Party animal that I am, we played video games for a while and went to bed well before midnight. And then I got woken up by the revelers in the neighborhood who were clanging pots and yelling and the ones who shot off fireworks. Hrm...maybe I should have just tried to stay awake! LOL I managed to fall back asleep before too long though, so it's all good. :) I'm such an early bird that forcing myself to stay awake til midnight doesn't sound appealing at all. Greeting the day at 5am is not a problem though! Ha, ha!

Hey, I have a card to share! Whooo hoooo! Starting 2015 with a crafty bang! How about that?! Actually I have two cards to share. One was completely made by me and the other one got a huge assist from my crafty co-hort, Jessica. I recently picked up some new stampy goodness at a local scrapbook store (and on sale to boot, whooo hooo) and have been itching to play, but didn't find my way into the crafty mode until the other day when I started stamping and die cutting the images. It took another few days before I could sit down to put the card idea I had together. (I know I saw the idea somewhere, but couldn't find it again, so this is from my very hazy memory). Jessica wandered by as I was getting started and asked if she could color, too. :) Sure!
This is my card.

This is the one Jessica worked on.
Looks pretty awesome to me!

A nice side by side. 

I used distress inks (Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire and Seedless Preserves) to sponge the sky.  We used colored pencils and odorless mineral spirits to color. I tried to add some Wink of Stella here and there, but you can't really see it. I also added some Icicle Stickles under the trees for some sparkle. 
Stamp sets are Lawn Fawn: Snow Day and Making Frosty Friends, along with the dies for each set. Sentiment is from another Lawn  Fawn set  called So Much To Say.

Thanks so much for stopping by. 
I hope you have a spectacular day.
*Ü*
Jeanne

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Cross Stitch Ornaments

Hello and Happy New Year to you! 

I hope you are well and getting excited for the coming year. I guess it's coming ready or not, but it probably helps to look forward with a sense of excitement over a sense of dread, yes? 

I haven't been able to sit down and create stamp lately. Although to my credit I DID head into my crafty space and clean off the surfaces(are you tired of this tune? I sure am). It almost looks barren with everything put neatly away and not piled high to the ceiling. I must be enjoying that look a little too much for I appear not to want to mess it up at the moment. I have been stitching though, and recently completed some cute ornaments. I didn't actually even start these until Christmas morning after the gifts were opened and the girls were playing with and inspecting their new goodies. LOL They aren't very big, but I think they pack a very nice cuteness wallop. 

I originally saw the idea on Pinterest, but am not much of an online shopper, so didn't order them. Imagine my delight in finding the pattern and sleds a few months ago when I discovered the stitching shops not too far from me. :) They are stitched on perforated paper. I like the addition of dimension with some beads and buttons. 


I hope you have fun ringing in the new year with your family and friends. Be safe, whatever you do! I'll probably be curled up on the couch stitching away...

Thanks so much for stopping by. 
Hugs,
Jeanne