Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hi there! Are you going to CHA next week?

I am fortunate enough to be going to CHA this time, WOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I am so excited, I have been a fabric, craft, and paper addict forever it seems. Well, at least since age 9, which believe me was a looooooooooong time ago! :) I made some badge holders to wear for a few buddies. Here is a pic of mine, I am still adding a wee bit of embellies, but keep changing my mind on what I want to add. I did fold and stitch my ribbon in half, I like it a wee bit better this way~

Here is a pic of the 4 badge holders I made ~

Here is a pic of the embellies I sent to everyone with their badge holders (so they can customize them to their liking if they wish to add a bit) ~

Can't wait to meet them in person, we have been online pals for quite some time now. Should be lots of fun. I can't wait to meet lots of my online friends at CHA, it will be so exciting!!! Plus just see all the fabulous crafty goodness that is available, oooooooooh my!

I have a challenge posted at Citrus Tree Studio, hope you will join in the fun. I had the ad or art inspiration challenge for July. I used this art piece by Linda Paul, I loved the rich summery colors and beautiful peppers ~

I created a little mini using the fab fab FAB July Port Townsend kit. My inspiration from the piece, the beautiful ruch summery colors and the cascading theme~

Front unfolded ~

Back unfolded ~

You can check out the kit here. Make sure you check out the challenges while you are on the site!

Remember I told you I would have directions on creating 4 mini albums using white cardstock, mist sprays and some of your favorite patterned paper? Well, it was posted on the Bind-It-All Blog on Tuesday July 13 if you would like to take a peek. Of course I used the oh-so-fabulous So Lovely Collection by LilyBee, LOVE that stuff!!! There are boatloads of pics posted in my tutorial. I would love it if you stop by and scroll down to view it. Please leave me a comment so I know you stopped in. :)

Well, I have been a sewing nut lately, and boy has it been fun. I haven't had a chance to sew much in the last year or so, and since that is something I have been doing since I was nine years old, I miss it when I don't have time. Here are a few things I have created lately ~

I will be working on wedding flower girl dresses soon, as well as lots of tablerunners and other wedding type items. Can't wait!!!

Time to run, I have to can pickles, spicy beans, and make 150 zucchini muffins today. Not to mention plan out my CHA trip for Tuesday, yikes! Hope to see you there, if not, I will catch up with you here when I return. Happy crafting everybody! Have a super week ~ Pam

Monday, July 19, 2010

Farewell to an old friend :(

I am sorry I haven't posted in a few weeks. We recently lost our almost 14 year old basset hound Elwood. He had been sick for some time, and just passed a little over a week ago. He will be missed, he was a super smart and unique personality. His sidekick Jake is feeling very lost without him. Jake is about 12 years old, so he is getting up there too. We don't know Jake's exact age, we adopted him from the Humane Society about 11 years ago and the vet thought he was about 1 year old when we adopted him. The picture I have shared is of Elwood (on the left, he is the black, white, and brown basset) and Jake (on the right, brown and white basset). We picked Elwood up from the breeder when he was only 6 weeks old, so he has been a big part of our lives for many many years.
Good bye Elwood old friend, you will be missed.
I will post a few projects next week, sorry for the delay.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Hope you had a happy 4th of July!

Thank you to all those who have sacrificed to make our country free! I hope you all enjoyed a lovely 4th.

We managed to get a lot done this weekend, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends as well.

I have a few projects to share with you. But first I want to share pics of our first batch of dill pickles for the season (37 quarts so far, most of the jars pictured are 2 quart jars)~

Here is a pic of our garden from a week ago, it has grown a LOT since then (I'll post pics again next week) ~

We shared lettuce, cucs, broccoli, and radishes from our garden and made a salad that fed about 125 people last week. Our church has a Tuesday evening program that prepares dinner for inner city residents and has a service for anyone interested in attending. We will be sharing lots more produce with them this summer! :) I am thinking green beans, garlic, and bacon will be one of the next dishes we share.

It is kit reveal time at Citrus Tree Studio, and boy oh boy do I ever love the kit this month. I worked with the gorgeous Port Townsend kit (Cindy offers 2 kits monthly, you can choose one or both). Here are some of my creations so far ~

and a card too ~

I will have a blog post on the Bind-It-All blog sometime this month on creating four 6 x 6 minis out of six pieces of double sided pattern paper and some white cardstock, so keep your eyes peeled. One of the minis was the little mini I did for Sophie's little sweet baby Sage. :) I used the Lovely Collection by Lily Bee for all 4 mini albums. If you haven't checked out the Lily Bee products yet, you should. They are beautiful!

I also created a few quick money holder bitsy albums ~

I also made another bitsy mini, (I am trying to stock up on some stocking stuffers as well as use some for open houses we have to attend) ~

That is about it for this week, but I will have another project to share next week. Have a fabulous week! Happy creating ~ Pam

How did I come up with Pam's Eclectic Stuff?

Pam- that is me. :)

eclectic --adj.- selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
*Since I like a huge variety of arts and mediums, this seemed perfect, we will talk about the best of various styles or ideas.

stuff- The noun stuff has 7 senses -
1. material, stuff -- (the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread")2. whatchamacallit, stuff, whatsis, sundry, sundries -- (miscellaneous unspecified artifacts; "the trunk was full of stuff")3. stuff, clobber -- (informal terms for personal possessions; "did you take all your clobber?")4. stuff, stuff and nonsense, hooey, poppycock -- (senseless talk; "don't give me that stuff")5. stuff -- (unspecified qualities required to do or be something; "the stuff of heros"; "you don't have the stuff to be a United States Marine")6. stuff -- (information in some unspecified form; "it was stuff I had heard before"; "there's good stuff in that book")7. stuff -- (a critically important or characteristic component; "suspense is the very stuff of narrative")

*What more needs to be said? I really thought about using Pam's Eclectic Sundries, but I thought that might be tough to remember. :) Stuff is easy and conveys a variety of meanings. I like the definition- miscellaneous unspecified artifacts. I also liked whatchamacallit, but that is a lot of typing. :)

So there you have it!