Afghans for tots, number eight.

Here’s number eight…

I have been using my left over cotton yarn to make colourful and cuddly little blankets for tots. They all go to a local shelter for women and their children. I hope they bring¬†smiles to some little faces. I hope this inspires you to do something creative with your left-over yarn and fabric. (Hats, mittens scarves, stuffed animals, doll clothes…we are only limited by our imagination. Check out Pinterest for some great ideas and inspiration). ūüôā

Copic colouring…I love my Copics and Vanilla Arts Co.!

I’ve been learning new techniques for colouring with my Copics since I discovered Vanilla Arts¬†Co. The digital images are amazing and each one comes with a “recipe” that shows what colours were used to achieve a professional result. And, if that’s not enough, they also provide a free speed-colouring video that shows you how to colour the image from start to finish. The great thing is that you can stop and start as often as you like so that you can work at your own speed. I joined their Free Digi Club (free of charge) and I receive a free digi once a month, along with the “reciped” and access to the speed-colouring video. Here is one I did last week, called Hudson the Bear (I got it free from the Free Digi Club).¬†The image to the left is what you receive and the one to the right is after I coloured it using the speed colouring video as my guide. I’m really impressed with the results. I probably couldn’t have done this without see the techniques used in the video. Try it out for yourself. I promise you will fall in love with Vanilla Arts Co. Oh, and by the way, I don’t work for the company, I just love their products!

HUDSON THE BEAR before I coloured it. Click on the image for a larger view.

When I received the image I thought,”holy cow, how am I ever going to colour this so it looks real?”And, then, I started the speed-colouringvideo and was amazed at the results I achieved.

 

HUDSON THE BEAR
after I coloured it. Click on the image to see a close-up of the details.

I’m a BIG fan of Vanilla Arts Co. and a BIG fan of Copic markers. Put me together with them in the same room and I’m in Colouring Heaven!!!

Thanks, so much,for stopping by. I hope you will drop in again, soon. Until next time, happy colouring, happy crafting, happy everything!

Gloria
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Little afghan number seven

Yep, I’m still making afghans for kids.

I love working with the bright colours and watching these little blankets take shape. These all-cotton blankets will stand up to all the¬†wear-and-tear a kid can give them. They are a perfect size for cuddling, hugging and generally dragging around. My blankets go to a local shelter for women and children, where I hope they are bringing big smiles to little faces. So, here’s number seven…number eight is in progress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks, so much for dropping in, I hope you will stop by again soon.

Happy crafting!

Gloria

Glass-on-glass mosaic: Earth, Wind and Fire

Earth, Wind and Fire

Earth, Wind and Fire

Earth, Wind and Fire

Yesterday, I took my second glass-on-glass workshop and loved every minute of it. After signing up for it last fall, I spent the next few months researching ideas on Pinterest, hoping to find a project idea that would excite me. No luck.

The day of the workshop came and, I still wasn’t sure what I was going to do. I just knew I couldn’t start a project that wasn’t fueled by passion. And then, inspiration came to me: this mosaic would symbolize the way I feel about life, and I would call it¬†Earth, wind and fire. Earth, because we need to be grounded and create a solid foundation on which to build our lives; wind, because we need to be able to bend with the twists and turns of life; fire, because we must find and follow our passions.

Earth, Wind and Fire, being only my second attempt at glass-on-glass mosaic, leaves much to be desired from a technical point of view. That said, I gave myself¬†the freedom to run with my inspiration, no inhibitions, no rules, no boundaries, no one to please but myself. I’m already looking forward to my next mosaic adventure. Please note that the the photo above was taken immediately after I finished it; it was too soon to stand it up, so we laid it on a big white sheet of paper on the work table. It looks so much better with the sunlight streaming through it.

Here are a few random photos of the project bits and pieces…

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With my vintage window already chosen, I¬†then picked out my glass–one sheet for each of the three elements: earth, wind and fire.

 

 

 

 

 

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Then, I selected some glass baubles that would work with the wind and earth elements of my design. In the end, I didn’t use them all, but it’s always good to have more than you need.

 

 

 

 

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Finally, down to business. Naturally, I started with the earth section, the foundation on which to build my inspiration.

I hope this inspires you to throw caution to the wind and uncage your creativity.

Thanks, so much, for dropping by. I hope you will stop in again soon!

More making afghans for little ones

A few months ago I decided to crochet afghans for kids. I remember when I was in kindergarten I had my own little blanket–all the kids did–which we used a “rest time.”

I bet most kids would like to have their own blankets, so I sent the first three I made to a shelter for women and their children. I have three more ready to go and thought I would show them off here in the hopes of inspiring others to create something similar for less fortunate kids in your community. My next one will be a rainbow of colours, leftovers from other projects.

By the way, I am using Bernat Handicrafter’s Cotton yarn because it stays looking new forever–no pilling no fuzzies! Also, I’m using a 6.5 mm crochet hook; you could certainly use¬†a bigger one for a looser weave and a faster finish time. One last tip, check your local dollar store for cotton yarn–I found tons of it for a fraction of what you would pay at craft stores.

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I hope my every one of my little blankets becomes some child’s favourite “blankie.”

Thanks for dropping by. Please come back soon to check out my next projects.

Happy New year and happy crafting!

Gloria