Saturday, June 13, 2020

Staycation projects

When I saw this motif on Atty's Instagram I had to try it.  It's just a happy looking 
hexagon motif shape.  I'm using up some of my left over Dahlia yarn from Wool 

Since lockdown began I've seen more painting artist's do live paint party's on 
Facebook.   I've joined a few now or watched them after to do the painting.
I've found painting has tapped into a new creative side.  I've been thoroughly 
enjoying it and learning new techniques as I find more instructional videos
online.  Here are some I've done over the last few weeks.

Hubby asked if I was giving up crochet since I've been painting more. I said
never, crochet is my first love.

This one was done by smearing using tin foil and q-tips.

I have been working at home since lockdown and just had a second vacation week.
Staycation but that's ok.  I have gotten more crafty projects done, enjoyed the outdoors 
and biking riding.

Our garden veg have been growing quite well.  The pandemic has changed how people
view food I believe and found that seed packets were selling out quickly this year.
Hubby started all the veg from seed.

We have been on a few drives around our county.  It's been nice enjoying nature and
parks.  Here's some pics from a local area park with it's blooming trees and hosta 
garden area.

Hope everyone is well and staying safe!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Finishing Projects

It's always a good feeling finishing projects.  This Dahlia Blanket I started at the end of January 
and finished at the begining of May.  That's pretty good for me to complete in three months.
I love this blanket and super happy how it turned out.  I gave it a wash and it's so soft and cozy.

As opposed to this blanket which according to old photos I only started over five years
ago.  This blanket is smaller that the Dahlia blanket and it still took that long.  Just one
of those work on it whenever while watching TV projects.

But it turned out well and blocked the ends to show a more defined V shape.

I finished these flowers Attic24 posted about a while back. 
I didn't make it a long garland but just enough for over a window or something.

I started doing something with my Granny Chic fabric jelly roll.  I'm not a 100%
on what I'll make but I'm leaning towards a bag. 

I finished my latch hook rug project.  Now to put it in a frame.  

So nice to have better weather to get out on our bikes again.
Hubby and I went for along bike ride last weekend.

Baby geese out in full force.  

And planting begins.  A bit late this year due to the weather but what 
else to do during this time. Hopefully we'll have some nice veg this summer.

Happy Weekend All!

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Endless Crafting

It's been nice having so much extra time to work on crafty projects without the distractions 
of usual hectic life.  I have completed my Dahlia blanket rows and now working on the
border.  I am so happy with it! It took me about 3 months working on it usually watching
TV most evenings and weekends.  

I completed my rainbow of hope and is now hanging in my front window.

I tried another mask pattern from Craft Passion, more form fitting. I didn't use the 
cord or show lace tie as she shows.  I modified mine a bit to use elastic around ears.

I bought Helen Philips patchwork bird pattern a while back and finally made
one for myself.  I'm sure I'll make more. 

I tried another paint party as I wanted to try this owl.  I'm not in love with the
background as the original artist's was more suttle.

I am almost done my latchwork mini rug.  I haven't done one of these since
I was a kid.  When I first got it I was a bit put off by how close some of the
yarn colors are but once I separated them and followed the chart it was easier
to follow.  

How are you doing with this new life?  Keeping busy?  Appreciating the small 
things more?  I am.  It's amazing how we used to just go out and waste time 
shopping for things we don't need.  Now it's online if you need to but you 
realize how much you can live without.  

Happy Sunday, Keep Calm and Craft On!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Still Keeping Calm?

Another week gone by staying home and another birthday has come and gone.  
Needless to say it wasn't much celebration as it's just another year older. 
I've been working from home but now on staycation for a week. 

I've been inspired by all the posts of various crafters rainbows of hope.  
Mine is still a work in progress as I am still making the clouds and assembly
to hang in the window. 

We'll get through this!

I'm still working on the Dahlia blanket.  I have two more colors to add 
before starting the border. 

On my birthday I tried something new.   Painting.  I have been wanting to try
to paint something for a while now.  Locally there is an artist that turned
to online paint parties since people cannot gather together at the moment.

 It was a nice change to try something new and forget about all that is going on.
I see how you can get lost in imagination and thoughts while painting.
Not perfect techniques but I am still quite proud of my first attempt.

And another project I had been wanting to make, well again, it another ultimate
wallet.  I made one last year but the zipper started coming undone.  I thought trying
a nice cork fabric for the outer would be nice.  It's tricky to work with as I started making
the flap of cork but realized it's too stiff to be folding frequently. 

It took most of the day yesterday to prepare and complete. I'm happy with the results 
and tried to reinforce the zip a bit more for this one.

I've also made some masks.  My cousin is a nurse and gave her some.  

Stay safe everyone!  Crafter's always find something to do while stuck at home!