Sunday, January 15, 2017

New Year a New Un Finished Object Done

So, I actually haven't made any New Year's Resolutions this year, but I do want to keep working on last years resolutions:  finish UFO's!  You may remember that back in June I hosted a Musical UFO challenge and posted my unfinished violin gift box.    Well, I finally finished the box, just in time for a our local Sycamore Music Booster Fundraiser:  A Note to Remember.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

What I Learned Hosting a Year of Challenges

This past year, I decided to host a weekly challenge all year long in an attempt to finish my UFO's or Un Finished Objects.  Every Sunday, except some December Sundays, I posted a Themed challenge inspired by traditional Wedding Anniversary gifts.  I had a few prizes and a few participants.  Here is what I learned from my year of challenges:

  1. Hosting a weekly challenge kept me accountable to others.  Knowing people were following my blog and Facebook group weekly, kept me working on my projects.
  2. Hosting the challenge helped me find a way to get it done.  I have had lots of things on my UFO and craft bucket list and the challenges helped me overcome road blocks.  For example, I have always wanted to make a quotes to live by album and started collecting quotes years ago.  It wasn't until this year that it occurred to me that I could make it part of my planner.  Now I have some of these quotes in an album format and I love my planner!
  3. Sometimes the best way to accomplish a goal is by helping others.  In my early years of being a stay at home Mom, I joined a Mom's group.  They had a speaker who shared that the best way to find a friend was to be a friend   I think this concept worked for getting my UFO's done too!   The best way to get my UFO's done was to help other's get their projects done.
  4. Put it on your calendar!  So, the weekly challenge kept me on task because I knew on Monday's I needed to figure out my next weeks theme and decide which project fit the theme.  I knew I had to start working on the project and write my posts by Friday.  I scheduled crops out of the house so I could get work done too.
  5. Creating and working on projects is more fun with friends!  The UFO challenge group on Facebook really helped to motivate me.  Thanks to everyone who participated and shared photos there!
  6. Better late than never!  Some of my posts were made after Sunday and that's ok because I kept working on the UFO's!
  7. It's OK if you don't finish them all.  Sometimes we don't have time for our projects.  They may be too large for our free time, or life may just be too busy.  I did not post for three Sundays in December, because I was just too busy with the holidays or was working on gifts.  I didn't want the recipients to see these gift photos on my FB or blog feeds.  And one of my biggest projects; a quilt did not get pulled out of the fabric closet at all.  
Posted above it my attempt to organize my craft supplies.  These ar all Anna Griffin sentiments for card making.  

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Fix Your Sizzix Big Short with a New Bearing

I have had several die cut machines and at some point, they have all broken.  I am not sure if it is just a function of age and use, or if I am making too big a sandwich.  My Sizzix machine is several years old and began cutting on one side only.  I found a couple of tutorials on how to fix your Sizzix online and asked my hubby to fix mine.  

So, he took the machine apart and found a broken bearing.  Upon looking for Sizzix parts online, I only found a site that looked Russian.  I was reluctant to purchase from such a site and took a look on Amazon for the same size bearing.  Here is the bearing perfect for the Sizzix Big Shot.  So, for $13.95 my Sizzix is working like it's brand new.  Thanks Amazon and VBX Bearing!
The first thing I cut with my repaired Sizzix?  A Spellbinders Tiered Multi loop bow.  

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Paper Christmas Tree

Have you ever run across a tutorial on the internet with too little details?  I found a fabulous paper tree tutorial, but thought it lacked the detail my OCD crafting brain wanted.  So, I am sharing my paper tree with more detail.  I found the original tree on here.  But it had no information on the size of the circles or the finished size of the tree.  I also thought the wire base would be a bit too flimsy, so I used some Styrofoam cones.
Here is how I made my tree.  I cut my biggest circle at 7" and cut a circle in the center to slip over the cone (see photo above).  To get the lines in my circle like the tutorial, I just traced the markings from a clock face for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,  and 12.  I then drew a line from 1 to 7, 2 to 8, 3 to 9 ( to the line opposite it on the clock face), etc around the circle.  McGill roller ball stylus.
I clipped in leaving 1/2" outside the inside circle.  To get the boughs to roll well I used the
 I cut each circle 1/2" smaller up to the top of the circle (eleven rows cut, clipped folded and glued.  I then cut one final circle and clipped out a quarter of the circle, I over lapped the cone and clipped and folder the final boughs at the top.
My finished tree is about 7" high.  After I finished my tree, I added a bit of Art Glitter to get the look of snow.  Now I have a little something for our music teacher!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Anna Griffin Planner Christmas List and Challenge

I am continuing to challenge you to get your Un Finished Objects done, by posting a weekly challenge inspired by wedding anniversary gifts.  This week I post my 49th challenge, and there is no traditional anniversary gift to inspire this challenge.  So, this week anything goes.  Just share any UFO you are working on write a blog post,  then post a link to your blog post below, or photo online via Facebook and you get two entries this week.

This week I am starting my Christmas shopping and of course I wanted to begin by making a list.  I love a planner for keeping all my to do's in one place.  I have an Anna Griffin Planner, and wanted a Christmas list for it.  Since AG doesn't have this page in her planner embellishment kit, I made my own with some AG supplies.  I started by cutting up some older planner pages so that the lines and check boxes all matched.  Since AG's pages only have lines have way down the page, I added another half page at the bottom.  There was some space in the middle that had no lines, so I added some AG patterned paper and some items from Anna Griffin's Planner Embellishment kit.  

One page of my Christmas list says "believe",  the 2nd says "family" and the 3rd says "friends."   I hope Anna Griffin adds more embellishment packages for her planner!  I love the planner paper crafting and want some more AG options!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

UFO Challenge #48 Anything Goes

I am continuing to challenge you to get your Un Finished Objects done, by posting a weekly challenge inspired by wedding anniversary gifts.  This week I post my 48th challenge, and there is no traditional anniversary gift to inspire this challenge.  So, this week anything goes.  Just share any UFO you are working on write a blog post,  then post a link to your blog post below, or photo online via Facebook and you get two entries this week.
My project today is another page in my Anna Griffin planner.  The quote says, "Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings and friends that turned into family, and dreams that turned into reality, likes that turned into love."  The purple flowers are a Heartfelt Creation stamp, the black paper is DCWV and all the rest is Anna Griffin planner and planner embellishments.  

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Dress Form Christmas Tree with Quarter Scale Form

Last year I saw a beautiful dress form Christmas tree on Facebook and knew what I wanted to do with a quarter scale dress form I have had for years and used as a door stop.  I started this dress form tree project, by gluing buttons, dew drops and other embellishments to the bodice area with a low temp glue gun.  I added evergreen picks from Michaels with a staple gun.  Below you can see the work in progress in my crafting space.

To transition from the picks to the waistline, I used some red petals I got from Mon Ami Gabby and a velvet ribbon from American crafts.   I love the fairy quality of these petals!   I used a rhinestone buckle at the center front of the ribbon.  

To help fill in gaps in the "skirt" portion, I added some holly leaves I cut with my Cricut Winter Woodland cartridge, more petals, and some JoAnn Fabrics 6" organza ribbon.  I added some scrap ribbon, and a poinsettia with more pick embellishments from Michaels as well.  On the evergreen picks I glued a few roses by Recollections.

Another close look at the neckline detail.  I can't remember where I got these pretty stick pins!  Can you see the red and white stick pins?  Love them!

I made this for my niece because I want her to have a special Christmas tree from her Auntie!  Her nickname is La Princesa, so I felt I could make a fairy tale dress for my fairy tale niece!  So, she had to have a bustle right?!

A side view of the bustle.  

I love this project so much I want one for myself!  I went on ebay and found some 1/2 scale dress forms.  Well, that's out of the budget, sigh!  I will begin the garage sale hunt next Spring!  I feel like I just finished an unconventional challenge on Project Runway!  

Quarter Scale Dress Form
The Robin's Nest Dew Drops
Mon Ami Gabby embellishments
Glue Gun
Staple Gun
Michaels Evergreen Picks
Joanns 6" Organza Ribbon
Recollections Boutique Fleur Rose
Recollection Poinsettia
American Crafts Velvet Ribbon
Cricut Winter Woodland Holly Leaf
Mon Ami Gabi Flower Petals


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