A Cardmaking Mood

Sometimes I venture into the crafty realm outside of just sewing and quilting. Way back before I started sewing I actually played with rubber stamps and scrapbooking. Today, for some crazy reason, I was inspired to make a couple of cards for fall and Halloween. I know most people don’t exchange cards for those reasons, but my birthday is only four days before Halloween and when I was younger, my favorite colors were even orange and black! I also noticed that I had some of those clear stamps that were for Halloween so I thought “hey, why not?” and started playing. The first one I made was a lot like those cards I made WAY back a few years ago that look like a sort of log cabin quilt block. Here it is:


It’s not actually crooked, too much, it just scanned in that way.

The second was inspired by a cute pattern for an adorable embroidery project I found on a new (to me) blog call The Sometimes Crafter. I LOVE the name of that blog because that totally describes me too! She had this cute pattern and instructions available for free and since I was playing with paper, I decided to trace them out onto my scrapbook papers and make it into a card instead. I like her tree better, and I might even go back and add some more paper to give mine a little more heft. But I think it came out cute anyway. By the way, I {heart} my Xyron Create-a-Sticker machine!

Thank you Christina Lane for this cute pattern!

Thank you Christina Lane for this cute pattern!

So stop by and tell Christina a big thank you for her cute pattern! I think there is still time to stitch this up into a cute trick or treat bag! Too bad I don’t know anyone who will be trick or treating this year!

I’m sorry for my absence from this blog for awhile. I’ve been spending all my time updating the Crafty Girls Workshop blog. I also just haven’t had any time to do anything sewing related so there hasn’t been anything to report on here. Bummer, who would have thought that opening an online fabric/sewing/quilting store would actually give me less time to sew and quilt! Until next time, I hope you get to  have a lot more time for crafting than I have.

Happy Spooky Stitches to You,



October 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Crafty Girls Workshop, random stuff. 1 comment.

Happy Halloween!

WARNING: This post is not necessarily about sewing or quilting but I will probably figure out a way to relate it back to those points somehow.

I have always loved Halloween (probably because it is four days after my birthday).  When I was little, my favorite colors were even orange and black!  Now that I am 28 I feel a lot more mature and I am just enjoying the fall weather we have been having here in south Texas. Usually we have one season here, HOT, interrupted by a few cold fronts with LOTS of rain in the winter. But, in the past couple of years, I have noticed it has been cooler in the summers (barely reaching 100 degrees) and wetter.  Then, in the winters it has been dryer but last winter we had a freeze for two days that shut down the roads and the schools and EVERYTHING! It was awful for someone who is paid hourly and had to spend the next three days working 10 hours shifts to make up for it (me) while my husband, who is a teacher, got those days off and still got paid his usual salary. Granted, he had to make those days up at the end of the year, but that’s a small sacrifice and the district usually plans in a couple of “bad weather makeup days” for the students anyway. OK, I digress, sorry.  As I said, this year the weather has been awesome! All last week we had cooler mornings in the 50s! Then it usually warmed up to the upper 70s by the end of the day. Figures that today the high is 84 degrees!  At least the kids can wear their costumes and not worry about freezing their tails off, as I am sure they will do in Bozeman, MT, where my sister lives.  This is the first year that my hubby and I will be passing out candy.  Last year we chickened out, turned off the lights, and went out for dinner. This year I am looking forward to passing out candy. I think I may even dress up in my Renaissance costume from the Ren Fest. Won’t that be a surprise for the kiddos, they are in costume, but they probably aren’t expecting the person handing out candy to be in costume too!  We’ll see how tired I am when I get home.  My luck, I will dress up and then all the kiddies will go to the mall for “safe” trick or treating. I did notice last year that most of the houses on my street were very dark. I hope we have kiddos coming this year. Well, I made a graveyard cake, in honor of this spooky day. I took a picture with my camera phone, so I applogize for the quality. I have better pictures at home but I won’t be able to post them until tonight, so I wanted to post something today. The ghosts are just made from white icing I had. It was actually really fun to make. Those are crushed up oreos on the top. And of course, the traditional Milanos cookies for the grave stones. The cake itself is a devil’s food cake. Strangely appropriate. I hope it is as yummy as it is scary!

 Graveyard Cake

Now for something related to sewing. I worked on the Christmas applique project last night. Finished one and a half more flowers. Only one and a half more to go, then the leaves, then…oops don’t want to give too much away!  I will try to post most pictures of that soon as well. I am starting to feel like I am really making some progress. Turns out my guild meeting is a week from tomorrow! So if I want to have it finished in time for show and tell, I really need to work on it every day this week! I hope to be putting the final touches on it by Sunday, that’s my goal at least. OK, sorry this post was soooo long. Hope you have a happy, spooky Halloween!

Happy Spooking and Sewing,

Anna L.

P.S. Just wait until I have kids, won’t it be fun to make their costumes every year!


October 31, 2007. Tags: , , , , . Holidays. Leave a comment.