All Sparkly and Glittery….

This isn’t my usual.  I’m not really a glitz and sparkle kind of a girl, but I couldn’t resist this…..

Glitter Eyelash Yarn

It kind of reminds me of Christmas tinsel garland, but it’s not.  It’s called ‘Glitter Eyelash Yarn’.

It’s from Martha Stewart’s craft and yarn line.  Now I don’t knit (although it is something I would love to learn, maybe this is the year), or really crochet.  But I couldn’t resist the colors…

Look at the tiny, tiny yarn, and it’s so soft!  With some other holidays on the horizon (yes, I am thinking ahead!), I have a couple of ideas….

You’ll see more of this in the near future!

Enjoy your day, and thanks for coming by!

 

The Unveiling

I know that it still seems like I am not here.  I am still painting, and have made a few things for The Stitchin’ Chicken.  But that will change soon!  It is time that I let you know what I have been up to.  I have opened another Etsy shop, Creative Trims! I have been so busy researching, purchasing, cataloging inventory and taking pictures!

I have consistently found that it is hard to find good quality trims at a reasonable price. Especially if you live in an area that doesn’t have a lot of fabric or craft stores.  And to get a great price online, you usually have to purchase large amounts.  My hope is to fill some of that void by doing the research for you, offering a variety of items and making them easy to purchase.  (This is one of those ‘you can shop in your pajamas’ things! lol!)

I currently have 61 listings, but about 130 more items to take pictures of and list!  I currently have ric rac, some by yardage and some by the spool, and in different sizes.  Also grosgrain ribbon, again different sizes, in solid and polka dots.

I also have some organza in a couple of different widths….

And a few different twill tapes….

These are just a few pictures of what is available.  The inventory that I have to still list  includes gingham ribbon and additional styles of grosgrain.  I hope to be adding some vintage buttons and lace trims soon.

If you or anyone that you know may be looking for trims, please send them over to Creative Trims!  Let me know if you are looking for anything in particular, and I will see what I can do to help you locate it.

Thanks so much for coming by!

My Pumpkin Patch

I have been growing my own pumpkin patch here….

Pumpkin w/Sunflower

Small Pumpkin

Berries & Corn Pumpkin

Pumpkin w/BirdnestThis has been keeping me busy this past week.  I took a couple into work that I had left from the batch that I had made last year (I think that I had sold about 8 of them last year)……

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These are just a few.  I can’t seem to keep up with the orders at work!  But I love it!  Since fall seems to be slow coming here, these have really made it seem more like the season!

I’ll be posting more about what I’ve been up to in the next couple of days.  For now, enjoy the fall and planning the upcoming holidays!

Take care, Cheryl.

BC Crafters, Gardeners and a Quilter!

I want to share these pictures with you, of a group of talented crafters, bakers, painters and quilters that sell items at the Bella Coola Farmers Market.  The market is very small, most of the vacationers are gone now.  There were a few wildfires that were started with lightning strikes, a couple of weeks before I went up.  So most of the vacationers left.

My mothers usually has a table at the market where she sells their honey, some garden produce, sweets that she bakes and items that she sews.  She didn’t participate when we were there, but she thought that we would enjoy seeing the place she is always talking about spending her time from late spring until early fall.

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This is Wilma.  She is the local quilter that also teaches classes commissions quilts for vacationers (and locals if they wish) and sells fabric on occasion.  Her she is chatting with my mother and father (he is behind mom!)

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Here she has a table full of quilted postcards.  She told me that she has made about 500 this summer! You can see the outdoor theme must be a good seller here.

DSC03040This is a table runner that she made by weaving fabric together and then quilting over it, and doing some bargello piecing.

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Here is a Sunbonnet Sue baby quilt and a dolphin quilt made by Brenda, who was one of Wilma’s students.

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Here are a couple more of Brenda’s quilts.

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There were lots of knitted and crocheted baby items,

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Some beautiful hand carved wood boxes,

Here’s a closer look at the work….

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Some paintings (there are a lot of artists in the area!)…

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Some homemade jam, and lots of baked goods!  You can also find fresh eggs here. There wasn’t much of the fresh produce left by the time that we arrived.  Apparently it goes fast!

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Since the area only has about 4,000 residents, during the summer months, I thought that it was wonderful that the locals have a place to show their talents off, and bring people together.

I find it so inspiring to be able to talk to others see what they are doing.  There are so many talented people everywhere.

It was such a pleasure to be able to visit with everyone here and photograph their work!

I Won!!

I had a wonderful time participating in the Ultimate Blog Party 2009.  I visited a lot of great blogs and websites, and  I have to say that the people that I met were absolutely wonderful!

As I mentioned when I posted about the blog party coming up, there were also giveaways!  And I won one!

Here it is…..

The package arrived.....
The package arrived.....

And what was inside???

This pretty little package!
This pretty little package!

And what is it??  Alright, alright, I’ll tell you!  This beautiful little blue feather birdnest!

Little blue bird nest!
Little blue bird nest!

This beautiful nest was created by Robin Schloemann over at Robin’s Blue Nest. And she was so wonderful to donate it as a prize for the Ultimate Blog Party 2009! Here are some more pictures of it for you to enjoy….

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Blue Nest
Robin's card
Robin's card
Bee closeup
Bee closeup

Isn’t this great!  I just love it!

Make sure you go over to Robin’s blog and visit.  She is very creative and does many different things, a very fun place!

Book Review – Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts

Martha Stewart Craft Books Well, here it is!  I have to admit that I was pretty excited to see that Martha Stewart had a new book about crafts out!  This is a hefty book, with a wealth of information, done in Martha Stewart impeccable style!

If you are at all familiar with Martha Stewart’s craft books, you’ll know exactly what I mean.  If not, this is the book to try!  This book has 30 chapters covering 30 different techniques.  It is organized by topic from A – Z and includes step-by-step instructions and full-color photographs.

Martha’s team of editors have compiled a comprehensive array of crafts that can be done by crafters of all skill and experience levels, including children.

Each topic covered starts off with a little background and history and covers the materials used.  You’ll get a list of the basic material required and the projects that follow, will include the additional supplies needed.

Here is a page from the technique of  Botanical Printing.  The section will start with an introduction to the technique.  If you look further down the page, you see the section ‘About the Materials’ on the left, and the ‘Basic Supplies’ on the right.

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Here is a page from the book showing the information about leaf printing, the basic materials needed and pictures that show you step-by-step how to do it.

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Here is a project in the paper origami section for a project to make paper origami lights.  You get a lot of diagrams and full-color photos for each project.

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In the back of the book there is a section for basic techniques.  There are illustrations to show you how to do them.  There is also a section of sources for materials and supplies.  I find this helpful because I can’t always get the materials I would like for a project.  I have tried several sources recommended by Martha Stewart in the past and have always been pleased with the quality of the items, the service and the prices.

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Templates

There are several templates located in the back of the book.  Some need to be enlarged, but most are already the correct size to use.

I know that I am going to get a lot of use from this book.  The array of techniques that can be learned and the beautifully photographed pictures are so inspirational.  I hope that you check it out.  I don’t think any crafter should be without it!

I know that just looking at the array of techniques included in the book and the beautiful photography will inspire you to try something new.  I know that I am going to enjoy this book immensely, and I’ll be taking it out any time that I need inspiration!

Maker Swap over at Miya’s!

Miya is sponsoring a maker swap!  Contact her here, and check out the requirements.  She will be matching people up to swap something that you make yourself.  It could be for a guy or a gal!  Make something great for your partner, and send it off!  Her deadline for entry is March 15, you will know by March 18, and you have until April 1 to mail out your swap. The swap can be International or local.  You need to let her know if you have any restrictions.

I hope you join in the fun, and happy swapping!