Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Gluten Free Scones

Have had this recipe for gluten free scones for years but always made it with almond meal, which was easier to find and cheaper than almond flour. Now that almond flour is more common, I broke down and picked up a bag at Costco. There is a fine line between done and burnt so you really have to know your oven and keep check these puppies. I make a double batch since they freeze well. I also use honey instead of agave which I think adds a nice touch. 
Very happy that they turned out so well!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Lawn Fawn Stamp - Home for the Holidays Valentine

I've had this Lawn Fawn stamp and die set for a few month now. I was going to do something for Christmas but as any crafter knows, time just slipped by. 
It's been a very dry month for me in the creative department so that didn't help either. 
I love to watch Jennifer McGuire's YouTube videos (which are great) to get ideas and help fall asleep. It's like listening to a bed time story, yes I know it sounds weird but it works for me! She posted a video doing a semi gate fold card.  It did inspire me to make this card with a yellow VW bug, which was my very first car back in 1975. 
While I was out walking Annie last night I thought it would be fun if I could stamp a dog looking out the back window. Annie is always riding around with me so those who know me and receive this card will understand. I had my fingers crossed that I had a stamp small enough to fit.  I got lucky and had saved some very vintage mini stamps. 
Lawn Fawn - Home for the Holidays
Nesties - Hearts 
Amuse Oval
Amuse Happy Valentine's Day
Memento Inks
Copic Markers

Friday, February 10, 2017

Cookies during the storm 2017

It's been rain non stop and I have a really wound up German Shepherd in the house. She doesn't care what the weather is like but I hate getting soaked. To keep busy while we wait for a break in the storm, I made some gluten free peanut butter cookies. Not the healthiest thing in the world but really hits the spot for my sweet tooth!  It only has 4 ingredients too.
Peanut Butter

Monday, February 6, 2017

3D paper folding workshop.

I volunteer at FabMo every month and one of the new projects we're working on is hosting (providing the space) mini workshops in a variety of the crafts. It was decided we should put our building to better use since it's only open to the public a few days a month. It was a shame to have all this space and not use it. 
One of the big issues I have is not having any place to meet up with other crafters without having to pay an arm and a leg. The workshops are open to the public and the workshop fees are up to the individual teachers. I believe we only post the dates in the FabMo newsletter or you can check the website.  
The next papercrafting workshop is a 3D paper folding class with Tim Ames.  $5.00 to FabMo is requested. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Filling in the hillside with daffodils.

Annie enjoying some sunshine
Living next to a county open space, one has to deal with all the wild life that wanders on to the property. The deer and gophers are the worse and they make it almost impossible to have any type of landscaping. Took me a few years to figure out what I could plant that would survive all the critters. Daffodils happens to be one of the few plants deer and gophers won't touch. So a few years ago I planted 1,000 bulbs to fill in the backyard hillside with something other than dirt. I will be long gone before the whole hill is filled with daffodils but nice to know someone in the future will get to enjoy the beauty.  
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Monday, January 23, 2017

Fabric Kimono Cards - FabMo Paper Crafting Group 2017

This past Saturday I hosted the first FabMo Crafting & Chatting paper crafting workshop. The project was a iris folding card with the fan design. I had my AccuCut machine there along with some other custom dies. Everyone was encouraged to bring in their own paper, so they could make extra die cuts. 
At FabMo we get tons of small square fabric samples from the design center. We have a hard time giving those away. One of the students held up one of the kimono dies to the sample fabric card and BOOM the idea to use them in card making was born. One of the great things about hanging out with other crafty people is brain storming new ideas!

Monday, January 2, 2017

FabMo Paper Crafters Workshop 2017

One of the many things we talk about at FabMo committee meetings, is how to involve more of our volunteers in social events.  It was decided to start informal get togethers with people who share a common interest. Paper crafting of course was one that I signed up for. I will be doing the first workshop on 1/21/17 at 10:00 am at FabMo. What makes this class a little different is that I will bring my  fan die cut and Accucut machine to class for the volunteers to cut out more cards to take home. Normally I don't lug that heavy machine around to class. ;) 

CCB Card Class - Wall Paper & Ginkgo

Cottage Crafts Monday, January 21, 2017  11:30

Finally home for while, so getting back into designing for my up coming workshops and classes.  I volunteer for FabMo every week so I'm always exposed to some amazing things. The wallpaper that comes in from the design center is pretty impressive! I snag this sample a while back. Looks like silver birch barks with copper flecks. At the time I wasn't sure what I would be doing with it (true for all crafters!) but it was too cool to pass up. 
Took me awhile to round up all the parts but I think it turned out well. I finally used my new MISTI tool which I purchased before Christmas. Yes, I finally broke down and got one. ;) It will make it much easier for people in my classes at Cottage Crafts and Google to stamp correctly the first time. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Snuggle Blanket Drive - San Jose Animal Shelter

I've been sewing a ton of tote bags for the Grateful Garment program as well as for the local homeless agencies. It does take a certain amount of fabric to make the totes, which I pick up at FabMo. There are always end cuts, too small of most home sewing projects. I came across a request for kennel blankets for dogs and cats at one of the local shelters. The poor little things get a sheet of newspaper in their cage if there isn't enough bedding. So taking the fuzzy discards and batting that comes into FabMo every week, I was able to make over 60 (update - over 100 sewn so far) kennel pads. Really easy to sew and I've been able to use up my own stash of batting that I've had for years.  Off today to drop another load of bedding at the Adobe Animal Hospital. Then I have to wait for more fuzzy material to come into FabMo. 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Crafting Up a Storm - FabMo Vendor Thank You 2016

I know I've be really bad about posting my crafting projects, but I get behind in taking photos and then forgetting to post. Some of the projects took a long time to make, so again I was more focused on getting the project done on time.
At the end of the year, FabMo likes to pass out cookies to all the vendors that donate the fabric to us. This year we added a little thank note. In keeping with the mission of FabMo, we try and use what we have on hand. I made over 250 cards using paint samples that were cut down into little squares. I die cut out "thanks" from paint chip samples as well. I also helped make these little baskets out of 8" squares which the cookies went into. It was a team efforts with all the sewing, glue and baking involved but we got it done in time. 

FabMo - Volunteer Thank You Gift 2016

This week FabMo hosted a party for all their volunteers. In trying to stay green and keeps cost down, I made fabric envelopes. FabMo gets a tons of 8" square fabric samples so we try and find as many ways to use them up. In making the envelopes, the type of fabric makes a big difference. I was lucky enough to come across a stash of light weight linen. 
I added the card using my Cricut machine.  It's been a super long time since I used it and I was amazed (once again) all the things is can cut out! Will be break out the my Cricut machine more often!

Friday, November 11, 2016

After Election - Safety Pin

There is so much fear now that we have a new president. The news feed is filled with people feeling free to attack anyone that doesn't fit into the mold for what they think an American should look like.  I live in a liberal state, but even here it's showing up. Living in Silicon Valley, which has a huge Asian population, I'm a little more insulated but I know it out there. I'm not surprised as sad as it is. My X hated what he called "the Asian invasion", even being married to a Asian woman and having children together. He truly believes that the white male was endangered and it is all because of the Asians. 
My family history of enslavement (grandfathers were forced to work on building the transcontinental railroad), then forced to leave their homes and into concentration camps while still having their sons join the military, strip of all property becasue they were Japanese. 
I wasn't sure what I could do to help until a friend posted the "safety pin" idea that was used in England when they voted to leave the union and people were being attacked.
Wear a safety pin as a sign of support and safety for those who may be targeted by bullies. Have a pin on and they know you are there to help, a safe person to sit by, someone to talk to. So Annie and I both will wear a pin to show support to equal rights and help those who need.