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!
Niki

new blog header

Last rambling post (I hope).  I think I'm going with Apple Blossom Crafts.  Mainly because I have a pretty photo I took a few years ago to use as a header for my blog.  (Great logic, right?)  lol  Anyway, it's simple, but I like the pretty flowers.  The blossoms never last long on our crab apple trees, but I look forward to them every year.

Thanks for joining me as I take my blog on a little different journey.  No worries.  I still love stamps and paper crafting, too.  I just want to be able to share other things, too.  I never did show you the baby blankets I knitted for each of my kids when I was pregnant with them.

Have a great day!
Niki :)

a few name ideas

I've been pondering the whole name thing a bit.  (You know, because it so important. lol)  Would it be better to start a new blog and leave this one dedicated to paper crafting?  I know most of you come here for cards anyway.

I've had a few ideas for blog names.  One is Apple Blossom Crafts (my pretty much abandoned etsy shop is Apple Blossom Paperie).  Another was Dream, Stitch, Create.  Or there was Stitched with Love and Care (kind of corny) or Happy Stitches.  I like to sew on my cards so stitching still applies there, I think.  For Love of Creating might work or My Happy Place.   Handmade Creations by Niki could work if I wanted to include my name.  Ugh.  I hate naming blogs.  (I've always hated that I chose "My Paper Creations," but I couldn't think of anything else at the time that wasn't already taken.)

Sorry to fill your inbox with my ramblings.  (Maybe I should use Ramblings of a Crafter. lol)  Off to feed the munchins breakfast!  Have a great day!
Niki

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ideas for blog title?

I've been thinking that I'm going to be branching out more here on my blog.  I love to create things with materials other than paper some times.  I knit and sew.  I've done cross stitching and plastic canvas in the past.   I want to learn to quilt and crochet.  Right now I'm really drawn to fabric and love working with it.   Seems that it might be time to update the name of my blog if I'm going to starting sharing other things I create.  So, does anyone have any ideas for a new name?  I was thinking something with stitching, but not necessarily.  I'm kind of drawing a blank.  Instead of creating a new blog, I thought I would rather change the name of this one since I will still be paper crafting as well.  Maybe it would better to start fresh with a new blog?  I don't know.

Do any of you sew, knit, crochet, etc?  I'd love to see your work! :)  I've created a couple little bags for my older children and some pillowcases for the older three.  I'll try to get some photos of them soon.  They are all in use right now (and that makes me happy). :)
Have a great weekend!
Niki

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!
Niki

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

last call

Hi Everyone,
Last call on many of the items on my For Sale Page.  I'm going to go through the box and donate much of it so I don't have to store it.  I will probably keep some of the stamps to sell (but might decide not to when the time comes).  Email me here.  Anyway, hope everyone is having a great summer!  The realtor comes today to give us an estimate and we'll decide if were listing the house or not.  (I don't do change well so the whole thing is making me worry.)
Hope you all have a great week!
Niki

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! 
Niki