Keeping Warm

It was a busy weekend trying to finish more items on the Fall Fun Activity List.

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It was a beautiful warm day out so we finally got the chance to read outside and enjoy the fresh air. Since I also made Rice Krispie treats we had a delicious snack to go with our outside time.

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Another item off the list, I finished the DIY Fleece Blanket. I love making these knotted fleece blankets. It has been a few years since I have made one so I was excited to put it on my fall fun list. If you have never made one they are a great gift that are easy and quick to make.

DIY Fleece Blanket

Materials Needed:

  • scissors
  • two pieces of fleece material, I usually choose one pattern and one complimentary solid colour, the dimensions vary depending on the size of blanket you want just make sure both pieces are the same (wash material first before making blanket)

First layout both pieces of material flat, one on top of the other, and cut material ends so all edges are even. Then cut out a square in each corner of the blanket, I usually use the length of my scissor blades to measure. Be sure you are cutting both pieces of material.

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Next cut strips along each edge the same length of the corner cut out and about 1/2 to 1 inch in width.

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Then take the top and bottom piece of each strip and tie them together in a double knot. I like to tie the corner pieces first just to hold everything in place.

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Continue to tie all strips together along the edges, be sure they are matched up properly so you are not skipping over a single strip.

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Once all the strips are tied you are finished!

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Down The Buttonhole

My sewing adventures have begun. I have attempted my first project and emerged successful. The big hurdle of my project was that I needed to learn how to make a buttonhole. I’m not going to lie, it was hard. My first three attempts failed which was incredibly frustrating. I wanted to quit but decided to keep going and I persevered.

My fourth attempt actually looked like a buttonhole and the fifth and sixth started to look pretty good. After I got the hang of it I just wanted to keep making buttonholes, it was fun.

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After I figured out how to make a buttonhole I had the rest of my project ahead of me. A drawstring bag was what I was making and it came out great for my first try. The pattern was quick and easy. I finished the bag in no time. I cannot wait to get more material and make some more. My sewing adventure has begun and I’m looking forward to every step of the journey.

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Sew Sensational

Today I made a big step in my creative endeavours and bought my very first sewing machine. It was so exciting. I cannot wait to start my first project. There are so many things that I can make on my own now that I have a sewing machine. Clothes, purses, blankets, and so much more. I’ve done things here and there with material but I wanted to expand my options. It is something I enjoy doing and now I feel as though I have started on a whole new adventure.

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Not sure where this adventure will take me but I am looking forward to every minute of it.

~n

Now For A Little Something Different

We are all a little creative in our own ways. Etsy allows us to share our creativity with each other. On Etsy you can buy or sell handmade or vintage items. There is so much to discover on Etsy. I have bought clothing, toys, and art from Etsy. It has so much variety I love it. I can find just the right style for me or the perfect gift for someone.

Check out Etsy for yourself you might find something to buy, or maybe you have a little creativity you want to share.

My Seven Favourite Websites (in no particular order)
1. TeeFury – A Few, Or Seven, of My Favourite Things
2. Gelaskins – Time For A New Face
3. Blurb – Little Book Here, Big Book There, Here a Book, There a Book, Everywhere a Book Book!
4. IMDb – I Know Him From Something
5. TED – Have You Met TED!
6. Etsy – http://www.etsy.com
7. Come back tomorrow for the finale.

Little Book Here, Big Book There, Here a Book, There a Book, Everywhere a Book Book!

I Love Books! Children’s books, novels, cookbooks, photo books, empty books. Books are a very large part of my life and I read daily. Imagine my over the top joy at discovering I could make my own book.

For today’s favourite website check out Blurb!

At blurb you can create, publish, and sell your own books. Any kind of book you want, it’s all up to you. I’ve done it and I love it. In fact I still have a few books available at Smile_Me.

My Seven Favourite Websites (in no particular order)
1. TeeFury – A Few, Or Seven, of My Favourite Things
2. Gelaskins – Time For A New Face
3. Blurb – http://www.blurb.ca
4-7. Stayed tuned throughout the week as I continue to reveal.

Inspiration Sensation

Getting inspired could possibly be one of the easiest and one of the hardest things to do. When inspiration hits it’s like bam! and your ready to go. When inspiration decided to go for a walk and got lost, well it could take awhile for it to find its way back to you. As an artist I thrive off of inspiration. I need it, I live for those moments when an idea strikes. It can be incredibly frustrating when I loose my inspiration. Sometimes it is for a day, sometimes a week. It always finds it way back which I am always grateful for. Anything and everything can inspire me on any given day. It could be something I hear, see, or feel. My environment, senses and mood (when it’s happy) help me get inspired. What I initially am inspired about may not be close to the result but it gets ideas flowing and creativity happening. Inspiration can come at any moment, usually when it is unexpected. You can be inspired about anything. I love being inspired to do or create something, the excitement and energy that it gives you is a wonderful feeling. Inspiration is all around, we just need to let it in.