Friday, May 27, 2016

Split Personality

Hello, everyone.

Two finished objects this week!  When my Cascades sweater grew too big to carry with me, I cast on a new knitting project.  Since Cascades was so complex, I picked an easy garter-stitch shawl for my travel project.

Dichotomy by Amy Miller was the perfect choice - easy enough that I did not need to have the pattern in front of me on the train, but some interest mixed in with short rows and intarsia.

Added bonus, I had not knit intarsia before, so I got to learn a new technique.

I also got to try a new yarn - two in fact - Into the Whirled Bethel Sock in the Whovian (blue) colorway and Into the Whirled Bukavu Sock in the Melange (orange) color way.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

You Zig, I'll Zag

At long last! I finally finished the sweater that I have been working on for the last three months.

Granted, I have not been knitting on it as diligently as I normally would have, and I got slowed down quite a bit when I joined the arms to the body and it became to big to carry with me . . . but still, three months is an awfully long time for a sweater.  So long, in fact, that I went down a full dress size since I cast on.

The pattern is Michele Wang's Cascades, which I knit using the Woolen Rabbit's Emma (undyed).  

A bit big, but good for layering and it will make a wonderful knock-around sweater when fall rolls around.  

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Peddler's Village Strawberry Festival

Today we headed down to Pennsylvania for the Peddler's Village Strawberry Festival or, as we call it, the Quest for Strawberries Festival.

Peddler's Village is a nice collection of shops and restaurants and a great day outing from the City. The festival was a good excuse to drive down for the day. We started in the crafters' marketplace, acquiring some excellent honey, syrup, and candies, then we headed toward the shops. At this point, we were beginning to wonder where the strawberries were.

We found our first few berries at Skip's Candy Corner, which had scrumptious chocolate covered strawberries and some chocolate and Reese's Pieces covered pretzels that weren't so bad either.

There were more and more strawberry sightings as we wandered through the village, mostly in the form of strawberry shortcake stands. Yummy strawberry shortcake.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

White Memorial Conservation Center

I traveled up to Connecticut yesterday to spend a beautiful spring afternoon outdoors.  I discovered the White Memorial Conservation Center near Litchfield, Connecticut.  4,000 acres of forests, fields, and wetlands and more than 40 miles of trails in northwestern Connecticut.  I only explored a small section, taking the 3-plus mile loop around the (not-so) Little Pond.  This is an easy walk along flat paths and a boardwalk that circles the pond.

In addition to the spring buds creating a lovely backdrop, there were birds everywhere.

And a frog.

As the day wore on, the light became even more beautiful.

Of course, I took lots of photos, all of which can be found here.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Hall & Oates (Scrapbooking with Intention)

Hello, everyone!

This layout was created for a Get It Scrapped blog article on intention in design. Check out more examples here.

I really wanted to capture the atmosphere of a concert my husband and I went to at Madison Square Garden. I mimicked the stage lights by using a starburst stencil and blue and black papers, with starts stamped in the background.  I also chose silver alphas and embellishments to reflect light and energy on the dark background.

Supplies: Paper, Chipboard & Ephemera: Simple Stories (Life in Color); Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Gilded); Twine: Lawn Fawn; Stamp: Fontworks (star); Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine (tinsel)

Detail shots:

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Best Friends (25 years and counting)

Hello, everyone!

It's hard to believe my best friend and I have known each other for 25 years ... which means it's been almost 25 years since my senior year of high school started. Ouch!

I used a low-quality Instagram photo for this layout. Since the photo itself was a bit over exposed, I wanted to keep the layout as light as possible. I built up my layers with white modeling paste over white paper, then text on velum before bringing in the light aqua and corals. Strips of these colors at the top and bottom of the page help to frame the layout.

Supplies: Paper: Simple Stories (I Am), American Crafts (DIY Shop); Frames, Stickers and Chipboard: Simple Stories (I Am), Pebbles (Home + Made); Enamel Dots: Simple Stories (Life in Color); Stencil: Tim Holtz; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (pumice stone);  Die: Spellbinders; Other: modeling paste, India ink, miscellaneous label

Detail shots:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Belated Birthday Layout

Hello, everyone!

Every year I do a layout about where I am at right now. I try to do this layout around my birthday in January, but some year's it takes me awhile.  In a way, I'm glad I delayed, because it gave me a chance to take control of a few things (like my weight issues) and be in a more positive mood when I scrapped this layout.

This layout was created for a Get It Scrapped blog article on mixing a variety of textures on a scrapbook page.  For more great ideas, check out this article here.

Supplies:  Paper: Simple Stories (Homespun), My Mind's Eye, miscellaneous cardboard; Wood Veneer: Simple Stories (I Am); Cut File: Dragon Crossing; Dies: Cuttlebug; Paint: Liquitex, Gelatos; Metal: Karen Foster; Twine: Stampin' Up!; Doily: Bo Bunny; Enamel Dots: Simple Stories (So Rad)

Here are some details shots that capture all of the textures I incorporated:

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Croton Dam

The weather's shifting and I am fed up with being cooped up inside. I made an impromptu decision to escape the City for an afternoon and go exploring. Destination - Croton, New York. The spillway from the dam combines with water from the Croton River to make an amazing waterfall.


Manhattan Meetup

Hello, everyone!

I've met so many wonderful people scrapbooking, including the girls of the Manhattan Meetup. It was wonderful getting together for an afternoon just to hang out and catch up.

I decided to put the pattern paper aside for this layout and play with stamps.  I stamped several flowers on white cardstock, colored them with Copics, and them cut them out. Once I had all of the pieces ready, I placed them around my cardstock background until I was happy.

Supplies: Cardstock: Recollections; Alphas: October Afternoon (Daily Flash);  Stamps: Stamps for Life; Ink: Studio Calico, Copics; Enamel Dots: Simple Stories (So Rad); Labels: Studio Calico

Detail shots: