Monday, January 12, 2015

a little sewing

Hi Everyone!  Thanks for the comments on my last post.  I know bringing my craft desk back out of storage is probably a lot more exciting for me than it is for you! lol  My husband did make my desk for me.  He made it about 7 years ago.  (It's hard to believe it's been that long ago already!)

I haven't been creating anything for months now, but I did do some sewing last fall (and some quilting I'll share in another post).  I made some little wallets for my kids, but I didn't get a photo of them before they were whisked off to be played with.  I also made a couple mini pillows for my youngest two sons for their stuffed animals.  My oldest son and my daughter sewed their own little pillows and stuffed them.  They've practiced sewing a little bit here and there and always really enjoy it.

I was needing a pincushion for when I'm sewing so I made this little patchwork pincushion.  I love the look of patchwork quilts and pincushions.  They just make me happy.  :)  This little pincushion is about 3 x 3 inches.

Another sewing project from last fall was these pillow cases.  My older three children picked out the fabric at the quilt shop and I whipped these up for them.  (Sorry for the slightly blurry photo.  I took it on my phone.)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Happy News

Guess what my husband brought out of storage for me?  My craft desk!  I'm going to be busy this week purging supplies I don't need anymore and organizing everything.   I'm really excited to have it back!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Dreaming of a White Christmas

Hi Everyone!  Hope you are all having a great Fall!  I think Christmas will be here before we know it!  Still working on my husband to get my craft desk back.  (Things have been really busy.)  I do, however, have another card to share with you!  :)

I used the adorable Teddy with Robin image from Lili of the Valley on my card.  I paired it with some patterned papers from Maja Design's It's Christmas Time line and added some flowers and gold filigree corners from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The leaves are some old ones I had in my stash from Prima, I think.

I colored the image with copic markers and added some glitter to my snow after I was done coloring.  The sentiment is from the Christmas Grungy Sentiments set.

I used another piece of pattern paper from Maja Designs for the inside of my card and kept it nice and simple.  I'm playing along with Lili of the Valley's current challenge which is Anything Goes.

Have a wonderful week!  Thanks so much for stopping by!
Niki :)

Friday, October 10, 2014

clearing out lots of stamps

Since I have asked my husband to bring my craft desk back out of storage, I've decided that I need to go through my supplies and purge lots of things.  I have been pretty good about going through things at least a couple times a year, but I want to really be tough this time and get rid of things I haven't used in a long time.  Most of my supplies are still boxed up, but I did keep some stamps and basic supplies out.  I went through my stamps and purged lots of them.  It seems like there are some illustrators that their stamps are really cute, but I never get around to using them.  Anyway, it's time someone else got some use out of them.  So, I started my Sales Page back up and listed lots of stamps. I'm offering them here to my blog readers first, but I will be posting them elsewhere soon because I really want to get things out of my house.  I'm going to be purging lots more things, too, if there is anything in particular anyone is looking for.  Feel free to ask.  Some things will likely just be donated and never show up for sale here.

My Sales Page

Have a peek and send me an email if you're interested in anything.

Monday, October 6, 2014

new blog banner

I don't have a new card to share, but I thought I would share anyway.  I wasn't happy with my blog name because I wanted it to incorporate a love of lots of different crafts.  I haven't really shared much besides cards on my blog, but I do enjoy other crafts as well.  I settled on the title "Happy Crafter's Cottage."  So, I needed a new blog banner.  I picked out some of my favorite cards and created this:

(You can see the full image on my blog.)  I think it will work for now at least.  Sorting through card photos really made me want to make cards again more.  I was thinking today that I need to convince my husband to bring my craft desk back from storage. lol 

Happy Crafting!

Friday, October 3, 2014

moments filled with wonder

Happy World Card Making Day!!  I happened to see a post earlier this week on Facebook about a blog hop celebrating World Card Making Day and thought it would be fun to join in.  It's been quite a while since I shared a card here on my blog and I've definitely been missing stamping and card making.  Things have been busy with kids and family, but I hope to get to stamp more soon.  Anyway, on to my card. :)

For my card, I used the gorgeous Silver Fairy image from Wee Stamps.  (You can buy the image in its digital form from Wee Stamps here and as a rubber stamp from Whimsy Stamps here.)  Sylvia's images are always some of my all time favorites and I just love this image.  The sentiment is from the Magical Mini Letter Seals sentiment set from Whimsy Stamps.  I used some patterned papers from Maja Designs.

I colored the image with copic markers.  (Sorry, I didn't write the colors down this time.)  I added some white paint to the edges of my cardstocks, image, and sentiment.

Lots of beautiful flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts along with some leaves I had in my stash.  Twine, button, crocheted lace, and doilies all from my stash as well.

The metal filigree corner was originally silver.  I embossed it using some Frantage from Stupendous.  It's a thick embossing powder with some glitter in it.  I simply dabbed my filigree corner on an embossing pad and then in the embossing powder.  I heated the filigree corner (held with craft tweezers) from underneath so that the embossing powder did not blow away before it melted.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have fun on the World Card Making Day hop!  I know there is going to be lots of amazing inspiration shared!  You can see all the links here in the World Card Making Day blog hop.

Niki :)

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 :)