Monday, April 13, 2015

any interest in distress ink reinkers and palettes?

I originally purchased these to learn to paint images with distress inks.  I painted one image and then things went into storage last year.  I really don't think I am going to end up using them since I haven't been creating cards for quite some time.  All the ink pads and the reinkers that went with them are pending.  But I have 17 more reinkers that I did not have ink pads for plus these 3 distress ink palettes.  Two of the palettes are labeled for the reinkers I have and the third is new in the package.  I would love to sell the reinkers are a lot (with the palettes if possible).  I am thinking $4 per reinker and palette.  Please email me if you are interested.  I had a few people interested in the ink pads, but only heard back from one person when I emailed.  I'm sorry if you missed out!  (I will delete these posts after items sell.)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Patchwork Quilt

I finished up my first larger size quilt yesterday.  I designed it last fall and then life got busy.  I pulled out the fabrics a few weeks ago and got to work sewing it all together.  I even did the quilting on my old Singer Featherweight.  I am beyond excited to see it finished!  My kids were already snuggling under it last night while we watched a movie.  

Paper crafters might recognize the fabric.  It's October Afternoon's Sidewalk line that was released as fabric through Riley Blake.  It's always been a favorite of mine since I love October Afternoon.

I chose a bold fabric (also from the Sidewalks line) for the back of the quilt.  I love how it brings out the red in the patchwork.

I decided to use this black fabric for my binding.  I'm not sure who makes it.  I saw it at my local quilt shop and thought it was perfect to help the colors in the front really stand out.

I haven't been blogging much for quite a while now.  It seems I've lost the desire to paper craft much.   I am loving sewing and quilting.  I think after paper crafting for almost 9 years, it's been fun learning something new.  I've even been debating selling a bunch of my stamps.  I'm not sure I'm ready yet, though.  I love stamps and card making still, but just have not had the desire to do it.  Anyway,  I do update my Instagram feed now and then if you'd like to follow me over there to see what I'm up to.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, March 9, 2015

mini quilts for stuffed animals

Hi Everyone!  Long time, no posting from me.  Hope everyone has been doing well!  I have gotten all my paper crafting supplies organized in my desk, but haven't had a chance to create anything.  Something about 4 kids keeping one really busy.  lol  Anyway, I did have some little mini quilts that I created last fall for my children for their stuffed animals.  (They average about 14 3/4 x 16 3/4 inches.)  I've been wanting to learn how to quilt so these small little quilts were perfect for practicing.  Be sure to scroll down to see them all.  (I think the last one is my favorite.)  :)

I created this first mini quilt for my oldest using some mini charms from Moda's Road 15 fabric line.  The border, binding, and back fabrics on all the mini quilts were all from my local fabric shop.

This mini quilt was for my youngest.  The mini charm pack is from Moda's Milk, Cow, Kitchen line.

This one is for my middle boy and used a mini charm pack from Moda's Bartholo-Meow's Reef.

I love the backing fabric on this one.  It reminds me of waves in the sea.

This last mini quilt was for my daughter.  I absolutely love Moda's Miss Kate line from Bonnie & Camille.  (Love all the Bonnie & Camille fabric lines, actually!)

I used a cute little heart fabric on the back.  I followed Amy's amazing Beginning Quilting Series as a guide when making all the quilts.

Happy Crafting!

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 :)

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!