Monday, September 22, 2014

Instagram or Flickr

I was thinking that it might be fun to use either Instagram or Flickr to share things I'm working on when I don't have time to write a blog post.  (I've not been very good about blogging this year! Yikes!)  But I have been creating.  So, do any of you use Instagram or Flickr?  Any thoughts or pros/cons of each?  It was easy to add a Flickr badge to my side bar and I'm still deciding if I should add an Instagram one, too.  I'd love to hear what everyone prefers and why.

You can find me on Flickr here:

Created with flickr badge.

I'm on Instagram under nikiestes.  Clicking here might take you there. (Honestly, I think Flickr is easier on the computer.)

Have a great week!
Niki :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

more bags

I am back again, but to share something this time instead of pestering you all for ideas. :)  I finished the bags for my older children last week, but didn't get a chance to take photos.  They had to use them right away so they aren't quite as crisp as they were when I finished them, but they are being put lovingly to use and that's more important any way.

My daughter chose a pretty pink fabric for the handles and lining and a burgundy floral pattern with some pretty pink flowers for the outside fabric.  I used Amy's Easy Fat Quarter Bag tutorial again for both bags.

It's hard to believe she is 8 already.  She's my tomboy who still loves pink and some girly things, but she can definitely keep up with the boys.  I guess that comes from being surrounded by brothers.  Although I've never really been too girly and I have 3 sisters.  So, who knows . . .

My oldest son loves ambulances, fire trucks, police cards, helicopters, etc.  Pretty much anything with flashing lights and sirens.  This fabric I found was perfect for him.  We paired it with a navy blue for the straps and the lining is the same as the outer fabric.

He's already 10 years old and growing up so quickly.  He was still excited about his bag, though.  I love seeing how they are all excited to use them.

J had to sneak in the photo with his bag again so he wouldn't feel left out.  lol

And Baby T had to help with photos again, too.  Not sure what it is about hanging the bags on a door knob to snap a photo of them, but it makes them irresistible.  :)

Hope you all have a great weekend!  We are off to go camping!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

new love

I went to an estate sale recently and came across an antique sewing machine.  I didn't really know anything about it so I came home and researched it a little bit.  It turns out the machine was a Singer Featherweight 221.    It seemed to be in pretty good condition.  So, I went back up to the estate sale and talked to the family more about it.  The owner's kids told me they only ever remembered her using it 4 times.  Long story short, it came home with me that day.

Isn't it so pretty!?!?  It's in beautiful shape.  It has a few light scratches, but nothing too major.  The decals are all pretty sharp with only a light rub in one spot.  My husband oiled it, polished it, and checked the wiring.  I got a kit from April 1930's to give it a tune up.  I researched the serial number and it was made in February 1952.

Yesterday, I figured out how to thread the top stitched and the fill the bobbin.  I also figured out how to adjust the tension on the bobbin and the machine.  It's all a learning experience for me because I haven't sewn that much before except on cards.

I've been wanting to do some sewing and learn how to quilt for quite a while now.  Finding this beauty was just the push I needed.  I took my kiddos to the fabric store last week and they each picked out a couple fat quarters to create some bags and some other fabric for pillowcases.   They want to learn, too, especially my daughter so I thought pillowcases would be a good place to start.

Today, I sewed my first project on the machine.  It sews like a dream!  I'm a perfectionist and a novice when it comes to sewing so I love that I can control the speed so easily.  I've never used my larger machine that much because it sews too quickly for me.  I used Amy's Easy Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial to create this bag with some fat quarters my middle son chose at the fabric store.  Her tutorial was really easy to follow and I love how it turned out!

This was the fabric that J picked.   I tried to talk him into another color/design for the inside, but he loved the green and that's all he wanted. :)

(He's getting to be such a big boy.  We celebrated his 4th birthday the end of June.  Where does time go?!  He is seriously one of the sweetest little boys ever.)

I think he really likes it.  lol  It's filled with trains now and the older two are anxiously awaiting their bags.  I wasn't able to get started on their bags.  I had a little one needing me.

The littlest one really wanted to help when I was taking a few photos.  He reallllly wanted that bag!  He's crawling and standing by things and into everything! lol  It's amazing how quickly they grow and change.

I love his little pudgy legs and arms.  It's so cute seeing a tiny, little person standing up and he's so proud of himself.

I may be a tad more than impartial, but that little adorable face just makes me happy.  He is such a cutie and such a blessing (like all of our children have been).  I'm really trying to soak in every minute of the baby years.  They go by so quickly.

Have a great week!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

happiness in the little things

Hi Everyone!  Thanks so much for your sweet comments about the last card I posted.  I love hearing from all of you!  I'm back to share another card today.  We've been passing around lots of fun germs in our house so I'm a little later than planned getting this up. 

For this card, I used the pretty Miss Mary Contrary image from illustrator Elisabeth Bell (available through Whimsy Stamps).  I used some papers from Maja Designs.  (Love their papers!)

I colored the image with copic markers.  After assembling my card, I added lots of flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The vine/leaf die under the flowers is the Vine Die set.

I used a sentiment from the Magical Mini Letter Seals sentiment set.  I use this set so much!

I've been gathering ideas for homeschooling my preschooler.  Anyone have any great sites or insight to share?

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

all you need is love

It's been a long time since I posted.  Life has been busy with family and kids and I haven't been papercrafting for quite a while now.  I do have some cards to share that I created recently for Whimsy Stamps.  I can't be on a design team right now with things being so hectic, but I had a chance to guest design for Whimsy and am excited to get to create a few cards.  I still love it when I get time to create.  It just seems to be hard to fit it in lately. 

Anyway, my first card features the adorable Penguin Proud Parents image from Crissy Armstrong.  Such an adorable image!  My patterned papers are from October Afternoon's Silent Night collection.  The die I used behind the image is the Double Scallop Doily Die.

I colored the image with copic markers.  (Sorry, I didn't write them down this time.)  Then, I added some Snow Writer from Deco Art under the image.  Love the look it adds.

The sentiment is from the All You Need is Love sentiment set released from Whimsy in January.

I hope you've all been having a great winter.  Lots of snow off an on here.  I'm ready for spring. :)

Have a great day!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Birthday Wishes

Hi Everyone!  Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?!  I don't know where the month is going.  Things have been really hectic lately and I haven't had a chance to stamp or create a card for a couple weeks now.  I do still have a few cards left in my drafts that I haven't shared, though.

I made this card for my son's 10th birthday last month.  I love this little Surprise! image from Lili of the Valley.  It works great for feminine and masculine cards.  (I shared a feminine card last month using this image.)  I'm afraid I can't remember what papers I used on this card.  I think they were from My Mind's Eye.

The image was colored with copic markers and the sentiment is from the Vintage Sentiments - Occasions stamp set.  I finished the card off with some green twine, red buttons, and cork stars.  I love the texture the cork adds.

Have a great rest of the week!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Snowy Village

Hi Everyone!  Hope you're all having a great weekend.  The weather here is icky, cold, and snowy.  Perfect day to stay in, watch a movie, and play monopoly. :)

I have a little CAS card to share with you today using the Snowy Village image from SP & Company.  It was release week this week and this image is one of the new stamps available now.  I also used a sentiment from the Holiday Insides set.  My patterned paper is from the Echo Park Reflections Christmas paper pad.  You can also find that fun woodgrain cardstock in the store along with the blue lagoon button.

Have a happy weekend and thanks so much for stopping by!
Niki :)