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.