Thursday, December 27, 2012

Holiday mishaps?

You know how much we plan for our holiday gatherings? I was wondering if any of you have had mishaps during the preparations or the actual party.

As I was baking cookies most of the day on Sunday I was really working at a good clip. When I was baking the sugar cookies I noticed that they sure didn't look as smooth and golden as they usually do, but were rather lumpy and weird. So I tasted one as every good baker must do. Hmmmm, why did a sugar cookie taste like communion bread? It didn't take long for me to realize that I forgot to add in the sugar! Well, I kneaded two cups of sugar into the dough (a doubled recipe!) and baked them as usual. Still didn't look the way they should, but I figured that once icing and sprinkles were on top, no one would notice/care. And I was right...they turned out very tasty!

Luckily that was the worst that happened!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mixed Media Banners, Part 2

Here's the last two banners I made for our screened pool area. I'm really hoping the weather is nice so we can sit outside and leave the doors and windows open. So far our weather has been perfect. Gotta love Florida!

"I'll be Home for Christmas" is one of my most favorite Christmas songs. I grew up listening to my mom's huge stereo console with Glenn Campbell singing that song. Such great warm memories!  This banner is canvas, collaged maps, paint, fabric, cardstock letters, stitching, and a few 3-D items, like that wooden fence and three rows of trim at the bottom.

The graphic for the "Joy to the World" banner was drawn from a graphic from our church bulletin from a Christmas service years passed. I get so inspired from the visuals at church...whoever does the displays and images is realllllly good! So I did my version of that image here. Canvas, Christmas music paper, paint, stamped and hand lettering, glitter and a bit of cardstock. Mary and Joseph are holding Jesus in the center...I think I need to darken the outline of the baby's is in grey Pitt pen but I think it needs to be black for more detail to show.

If I have time I'll be making a few more paper wreath items....but baking Christmas cookies and cleaning the house comes first!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Mixed Media Banners!

I get to host our large family's Christmas this year and have been decorating (and cleaning!) like a mad woman. I've made quite a few decorations and wanted to share some of the banners I'm adding to our screened porch/pool area.

I have four posts which will be graced by these mixed media banners. I'll photograph the next two tomorrow. Each of them are about 18" x 24". Canvas, gesso, paper, paint, and various other items.

"Hark the herald..." has music paper under the base coat of paint. "Over the river..." has old (1925!) newspaper ads. It's fun to look at them closeup.

 The angels' wings are made from fused Angeline fibers. Glitter tulle for the dress and wonderful pompom fringe for the bottom. Machine stitching.

This one has snow of dimensional paint and mica flakes. The bridge railing is 3-dimensional and stitched to the canvas.

I've had a lot of fun with these. It was interesting to watch my husband's face as he saw me work on each layer...I think he wasn't quite sure of what I was exactly doing until the very end. ;-)

More to come...

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Crafting for Christmas!

Are you creating anything for Christmas? Maybe gifts or decorations? I sure am. We're hosting the family Christmas this year at our house and I am so thrilled! I've been decorating like a holiday fool! Here's a few things I've made so far:

I had these (ugly) framed pictures on the walls where my tree is. I just couldn't leave them as they were. So I cut up some paper, stitched it in quilt fashion and added a Cricut silhouette cut out from "A Child's Year" cartridge. I just glued it all on top of the glass so it can be changed out easily. I like it so much I may have to change it out seasonally!

The next item on the agenda was a quilted banner for the mantle:


For this banner I created it just like a quilt with fused raw-edge applique of the letters with zigzag stitch, added echo quilting around each letter, added the bindings and a little bead. I couldn't find any jingle bells so it was a bead at the bottom. I've since found a handful of bells, so I may have to add those instead. :-)
 What are you crafting? If you have a good idea or recipe, please share!