Friday, November 25, 2011

I am still here.....

.......I know I haven't posted a papercraft item in quite sometime.  If you email my sister Sue, she will give you the exact amount of days since my last post.  I have been knitting.

Photo from Caron Website

I started knitting a cardigan over a month ago and after knitting for hours my neck began to hurt.  I have severe issues with my neck that often result in cervicogenic headaches (very similar to migraines).  I did consult with my surgeon and he said knitting was okay.

I am making the Sophia Cardi found online HERE.  I am using Caron Simply Soft, color Ocean 9759, less than $3.50 per skein at Walmart.  Ocean is a deep teal, teal is my new favorite color!

I am a little bit of a perfectionist and have had to take out a number of rows.  I finally figured out that if you put markers between each pattern set, it is much easier to find your mistakes.  I also have taken hints from the Big Book of Knitting and from this great website Knitting Help which demonstrates all aspects of knitting.  I just hope I used the right tip in the right location.

This pattern uses the Horseshoe and Broken Rib stitches.  The front sides and back are made as one piece.  I changed the pattern in a few places.  Instead of three stitches for the bottom hem and front edges (both left and right), I added two addtional stitches.  I used the Seed Stitch instead of the Garter Stitch for the borders.

I have finished the front and back and have begun knitting just the back section.   The left and right front stitches are on stitch holders.  Hopefully someday, I will finish this and it is nice enough to wear outside my house.
Front and Back (one piece) and Upper Back

Bottom hem of cardigan

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"Performs related duties as assigned."

Did you ever have a job description that listed a number of responsibilities and the last one was "Performs related duties as assigned?" My job description as a senior secretary at Kent State University included that description. This was one of my assigned duties.....


.....turn a bus into a boat.

Gilligan's  Island

This is what happens when your employer knows you can sew.  Under this ship is an ENTIRE BUS!  This boat float was made in the mid 1990's.

I was responsible for:
  • Creating the pattern
  • Tracing the pattern
  • Sewing material to metal frame
Praise the Lord they didn't make me dress up as Gilligan. 

I worked in the Campus Bus Service Department.  Every other year or so, we gutted the inside of a bus that was no longer usable and created a float for the Homecoming Parade. 

Our first float was the magic lamp from the movie Aladdin.  We paper mached a bus that was wrapped in chicken wire - what a mess that was.  We also created space shuttle and diner restaurant.  Phew....glad those days are behind me.

The moral of the story:  Keep your mouth shut!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

All Occasion Planner

Amazing Crafters - Sharing Their Talents!
I am often inspired by the many women (mostly women) that share their talents to everyone via the internet. I have created a few tutorials in Adobe PDF and know how much time it takes to create on tutorial. I have not attempted to even make a video to post to YouTube. I use a customized search on YouTube and look every day for videos created with Stampin’ Up! tag lines. I stumbled on these videos this week and I had to create a planner for myself. I decided to make mine an all-occasion planner rather than a Christmas planner.

Check out these two videos by Michelle Suit to see the step-by-step process to make the planner. I did not come up with the planner idea and they are not my videos. Please take the time to “Like” the video and post a comment for Michelle. Videos: Part 1 and Part 2.  Please refer to Michelle's video for an explanation on how to put the planner together.

Stampin’ Up! Products
  • Tangerine Tango cardstock
    • 2 pieces, each measuring 8 1/2" x 11 (Score at 5 1/4" and 5 3/4" along the 11" length)
    • 2 strips each measuring 4" x 1 3/8" (the final measurement after using the Scallop Trim Border punch is 4" x 1")
    • Flower on envelope
  • So Saffron cardstock
    • 2 pieces, each measuring 5" x 4 (Score at 1/4", 1/2", 4 1/2" and 4 3/4" along the 5" length and score at 1/4" and 1/2" on one of the remaining sides (I constructed my pockets differently than Michelle)
    • Front panel embellishment - circle
  • Old Olive cardstock
    • Front panel embellishment - scallop circle
    • 1 3/8" circle
  • Whisper White cardstock
    • 1 1/4" circle
  • Haiku Designer Series Paper
    • 5" x 8 1/4"  to cover the panels.  (I covered four panels)
    • 3/8" x 8 1/4" to cover the spines
    • 4" x 1/2" for trim on pockets
    • 5" x 2 1/4" to cover the legal pad (Score at 1" and 1 1/4")
    • 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" to cover envelope
    • 1" x 12" for front panel medallion embellishment
  • Tangerine Tango and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers
  • Broadsheet Alphabet stamp set
  • Scallop Trim Border and 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle punches
  • Flower Burst Embosslit die
  • 5/8" So Saffron grosgrain ribbon
  • Sticky Strip
  • Multi-purpose Liquid Glue
Other Products
  • Envelope - A2 size (5 3/4" x 4 3/8")
  • Scallop circle die (3 1/4" diameter)
  • Circle die (2 3/4" diameter)
  • 3/8" coordinating ribbon (similar to Old Olive)
  • Low-temp hot glue
  • 5" x 7" legal pad
  • Velcro dots (I placed these behind the legal pad instead of adhesive)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Kissed Pretzels

I haven't taste tested these - that is my husband's job.  I found the idea on the internet (of course) - they would look better with pretzels shaped in a circle, but my local Walmart didn't have them.  Rold Gold does make a bagel pretzel that is in the shape of a circle, I might just have to try them.
Preheat your over to 250 degrees.  Place pretzels on a cookie sheet (I am using parchment paper as a liner) and place one Hershey Kiss in the middle of the pretzel.  Bake for three to four minutes - don't leave the room.  I baked mine for 3 1/2 minutes.
Remove from the oven and gently place one M&M in the middle of each kiss.  The kiss will spread out; patience will give you a better looking Kissed Pretzel.