Stained Glass Cardinal

I used to think of glass as an unyielding medium. Boy, was I wrong!

Glass-on-glass cardinal. I was so excited when I finished it that I wanted to take a photo right away so I could post it. That’s my sweet husband’s thumb on the left, patiently holding my art up to the window while I took the photo.

Learning how to make something with stained glass had been on my bucket list for decades. So, I finally took a class on how to make a sun-catcher. While I enjoyed the class, and was very proud of my finished product, I wasn’t convinced that stained glass was my “thing.” That said, I spent hours and hours wandering through Pinterest and found myself captivated and inspired by the photos of stained glass art. Sometimes you have to try something more than once to really get a taste for it, right? Well, three or four stained glass workshops later, I’m hooked!

Back to my statement about glass being unyielding: once you learn the basics of cutting glass, you can make it take on any shape you want. This cardinal, (shown above) which I made today in a workshop led by Cindy Laneville, well-known Ottawa Valley stained glass artist, demonstrates beautifully how glass can be manipulated with a couple of simple hand tools.

I hope this inspires you to try something new. Check your bucket list and just go for it!

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). 🙂

Making afghans for little ones

crochetwordart_color-728x696Now that my children and grandchildren are all grown up and prefer to wear the latest styles (not Grammie’s crocheted stuff), I decided to start making afghans for less fortunate children. I have tons of colourful craft cotton, which never gets fuzzy or worn-looking and can take a real beating. Perfect for the little ones to curl up in. I’ve made three, so far, and have a fourth on on the go and a fifth one planned. I love to be busy, especially when I’m just sitting on the sofa watching television. Anyway, blah, blah, blah…here are my first three afghans.img_8662 Feel inspired?

This is a close-up of one that I crocheted as a simple rectangle. To keep it interesting, I used a variety of  simple stitches, including single, half-double and double crochet.

Here’s the second one, which I made from 12 simple granny squares. I crocheted them together with white yarn and added a simple border. Well, Cookie seems to like it!

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Here’s the third one, just one big granny square with lots of bright colours.

2016-11-22-09-19-38Afghans numbers four and five are in the works, so come on back soon to see what I’m doing with my giant basket of yarn.

Happy crafting, happy crocheting, happy everything!

Make someone smile: send them a card!

The late Dorothy Parker once said, “I hate writing, I love having written.”

I, on the other hand, love crafting and love having crafted!

I am a papercrafter, through and through. I love making cards, tags, mini-albums and scrapbooks.

I love my designer paper, card stock, Copic markers, Prismacolor pencils, sparkles, pretty images and ribbon. I love my stamps, ink pads, embossing powders, glitter glue, pop dots, snail tape, embossing folders, die cutting machine, glue gun, paper-cutters, chip board, baker’s twine, buttons, bows, gel pens, scissors, brads, heat gun…well, I think you probably get the idea.

Every card, mini-album or scrapbook I make really is a work of love. Every letter, every flower, every bit of trim has to be just right.  I work feverishly on every project–housework and cooking just have to wait! And then, when the last embellishment is glued on and my “Hand-crafted by Gloria Sauve” seal is put on the back, I get to experience a that wonderful sense of elation that only comes with creating a “work of art.” So this is how Michaelangelo, Debussy and Shakespeare must have felt! (Okay, maybe I’m not quite a s famous as these guys, but I am a legend in my own little mind).

But, all kidding aside, the real joy comes from seeing the look of pleasure on the recipient’s face or getting an e-mail of thanks. If I can do something that makes someone smile and have a great time doing, then I am blessed!

There’s an old adage that says, “A busy person is a happy person.” It is definitely true!

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t crafted something lately, give it a try. Knit, crochet, sew, build something out of wood, make some play dough, or just slap a coat of Mod  Podge on a flower pot and shake some sparkles on it. It’s fun! It’s satisfying! It will make you feel like a kid, again! And, I promise, you WILL forget all about work!

Mini-albums–vignettes of your life

This is me at 17 (1965). It was taken by a photographer at the ballet school where I studied (and taught on Saturdays to pay for my own classes).

When I was a kid, back in the 1950s-60s, my parents took a few photos–but only on important occasions, like Christmas, summer vacation, First Communion and Confirmation. Eventually, my mom would get them developed, show them to us once and then hide them away in a deep, dark closet. Oh, how that frustrated me. I mean, come on, photos are for looking at and enjoying!!

I’m now 64 years old, and just three years ago I managed to get those photos from her (she was actually glad to get them out of her closet). What a treasure box of memories.  The idea of making a huge scrapbook sometimes feels like an onerous task, but mini-albums, or vignettes of your life, as I like to call them, are (in my opinion) easier and more fun to create. Also, I like the idea of focusing on one topic at a time.

I’ve never made a scrapbook about myself, but I’m thinking that it might be nice to leave one behind for my kids to enjoy after I’m gone…which won’t be for a very long time, I hope!

Over the past year, I have made several mini-albums for my family. (They serve as both a card and a gift!) For my grandson’s 18th birthday, I made The book of Austin, an envelope mini-album that focused on his many talents. Click on the photo to see a video of the album in its entirety. 

 When my granddaughter, Lindsay, turned 21, I made one that was sweet and pink and girly, just like she is. I made this one from toilet tissue tubes. It was my first one, and I really had fun with it! Click on the photo to see a video of the album in its entirety. 

The next one was for my granddaughter, Ashleigh, who also celebrated her 18th birthday this year.  Ashleigh’s album was a flashback of her life from birth to 18. It was so much fun looking through her photos! I had to enlarge this photo of the cover and, in doing so, I lost some of the photo quality.

 Click on the photo to see a video of the album in its entirety. 

By the way, I have thousands and thousands of photos, both printed and digital. I keep the printed ones in photo boxes, filed by each person’s name. So, for example, when I want a photo of my mom, I just got to the “MOM” tab and  there they all are. I also keep a tab for group shots. This filing system makes selecting photos for a project so easy.

As for the digital photos, I create digital file folder for each year and file the photos as follows; BIRTHDAY-Angie 45th; BIRTHDAY–Ashleigh 18th; BIRTHDAY–Mom–82nd; VACATION 2012…and so on.

My latest mini-album is of my nephew, Eric and his new bride, AnnMarie. I’m going to post it, shortly!

Make one soon for someone you love–why not for Christmas! It doesn’t have to be huge, just six or more pages. I promise you  it will be a treasured gift and a lot of fun to make and give.

P.S. In the making of my mini-albums, in addition to photos of each person, I also included inspirational thoughts and messages, digital art that I coloured with my Copic markers, metal charms, ribbon, shiny beads and other bling, as appropriate.