Monday, December 9, 2019

Winter Puzzling - 'Next Stop'

I traded this beauty locally for another 'well-loved-but-time-to-move-on' puzzle. 'Next Stop' by artist Douglas Laird, and beautifully crafted by Cobble Hill Puzzles. At the time of posting this, I had trouble finding it online, but I have seen them around!



I could not be happier with my trade. This one is a keeper for sure. I did it straight after the trade during the summer and then hauled it out again last week to kick off my winter themed puzzling.

I enjoyed it as much the second time. It is quick to do - at 500 pieces- but so beautiful. And those yummy quirky shaped pieces are a delight!



I darkened the image below a bit to show the delicious linen textured finish of the board.




And a little festive close-up of the interior of the train station.



Nice big pieces..




This one stayed on a board a few days longer so I could feast my eyes on the picture a bit more! The label on the box does not hide much of the image...one might consider framing the enclosed poster...

See you next year 'Next Stop'!


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Blankets, Blankets, Blankets!

What a joy to make some baby goodies again...and so much pink too. Ahhhh that felt good.

After being dropped by a local chain store, that cancelled my order giving no reason at all, on the day it was supposed to arrive no less!... I finally had a box of delicious yarns delivered and set to crocheting straight away. (Yarn Canada coming to the rescue)

However...while waiting for said box to arrive, I decided to use some remnants from another project to knit this 'pixie baby nest' from a book I found in my local library ('35 knitted baby blankets' by laura strut)


The buttons can be undone to allow for easy access into the bag, with only the very bottom third sewn up to form a pouch.

I think the little triangle hood will come in very handy and I like that there is no seam to bother a little head as it rests on it. The tassel is a cute touch too, decorative, but will not get in the way.


And the whole lot folds up nicely to slip into a bag or stroller for a little back-up warmth.


Then on to the pink stuff!

I liked the look of this waffle stich blanket by The Crochet Crowd (free pattern HERE) and I used Bernat Pipsqueak for mine (Cotton Candy) Love how this turned out! It is super soft and although a little heavier than expected, totally delicious! Mama wanted a square blanket so that is what she got!



Mama also asked for a pale/soft pink square one and for that I found this Fast Free, Easy pattern by Amy Solovay.
It really was fast and easy and drapes beautifully. I used Bernat Baby Softee yarn in 'Pink'


And here they all are together, in better light! (it can be very grey around here this time of the year!)
I took myself off for a little visit to deliver them personally! What a joy!






Thursday, November 21, 2019

Winter Time Cards

Did I ever have fun making these! All the stamps I used are digitals from the Lili of the Valley Shop

For the snowman trio I used patterned papers from my stash, an assortment of dies, ribbon and stamps from various sources. I pulled out whatever would work with the images. All the colouring is done with coloured pencils.






For the next 3 cards I used the same approach, pulling out whatever I thought would work with the images. The back grounds were made using the embossing folder technique where one uses wax paper in the embossing folder and then iron card stock over the wax paper. This leaves you with a beautiful resist pattern to ink blend over. I used dye inks for blending.
I also added bits of cheesecloth on these and a few hand stitches to the one with the stocking. The colours used are right up my street and the entire process was most enjoyable. The images are so precious...










You'll find :-

The single snowman is HERE

The Rabbits in the Stocking is HERE

The Girl and Robin you can find HERE


Get them from :-  Lili of the Valley Shop


Thursday, November 14, 2019

Winter Trio - Sure-lox Puzzle

I enjoy doing puzzles with snowy scenes. I think that oldie from my childhood set my love for them. You can read more about it one HERE.

Several years ago I picked up this one by Sure-Lox called Winter Trio from a local store. This was my second time doing it and I enjoyed it very much. It is not the easiest to do, especially when not pre-sorting the pieces, but one never gets the feeling of going nowhere. I like to puzzle that way : challenging, but achieving.



Lovely painting here of this magnificent buck...



The pieces fit together well, although I did find that several would fit, and many more would nearly fit, into incorrect places. I did have to double check many and found several incorrectly placed.



However, I was more alarmed by the box, which is made of very flimsy, thin card, and the tape that just peeled right off and would not stick down anymore. I did re-tape it, but it is a good thing I store my puzzles in zip locked bags as a rule.





This one is a keeper and is going straight back to join the others in the cupboard to be enjoyed again in the future.




Saturday, November 9, 2019

Cuckoo And Friends

What a fun title! Made me smile, as did the puzzle. It was a quick one to do and very enjoyable.
Great job on this one Cobble Hill!



It was quite easy to sort the pieces out by individual house, as there was enough subtle variations in the colours to tell them apart.

Love the close up of the cuckoo clock! And I really like the branches on the wall in the background. I breaks the solid colour and certainly adds interest.



And just a little more information about Cobble Hill puzzles from the back of the box...






Happy puzzling!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Remember When

My favourite kind of scrapbooking is working with old photographs. Sure I do enjoy keeping those photo books up-to-date with what's been happening in our lives, but oh...those oldies...




For this wedding picture page I used a new kit by Cathy Krenek (Cathy K Designs) called Reminiscing. I mean just look at it...how gorgeous is this?!?




Oh and heads-up...there will be freebies for this one. Cathy will post them on the blog or share them through her newsletter. Find them and sign up HERE. They may not be posted when you read this, but check back later, they will be!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Colouring - Tropical World - Millie Marotta

I did this page for a colour challenge on a group on Facebook. The challenge was to use greens and a maximum of two more colours.



I'm pleased with how it turned out even if looks like nothing particularly impressive here. Being a double page spread, it makes quite the impact in real life.



It was an enjoyable colouring - the shapes being large and open and the limited palette is always fun (to me)




I enjoy colouring the art work by Millie, the lines are clean, I like all the line work inside the shapes with the option to colour each small area or simply colour over top of the lines, treating it like a large shape.



Millie Marotta - Tropical World