Pixiedust's other place
Friday, February 20, 2009
Pixiedust's other place
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Something about sending the rabbit through the rabbit hole?...
and complete the second knot...
Now, continue doing this all around. I made sure that I kept the top and bottom pieces lined up when I was tying them, so the blanket didn't shift, and you end up with one lil raggy tie on one piece of material with nothing to tie to at the end, so make sure your layers of material are lined up when knotting. (Does that make sense??) Also, I recommend tying your first knot not too tight, with the second knot the tighter of the two, to reduce puckering the fabric. I of course went all out and tied the knots as tight as I could on both knots, and ended up with a pretty puckered up blanket. I was able to stretch it out a bit after, but to avoid that I think next time I would tie the first knot a little looser. And you end up with this...
Ta Daaaa! I know, easy and fantabulous, right?? Right.
My son almost tried to claim this blanket for his own, so I had to get it wrapped and rush it out of the house, or he would have been dragging it all over the place. He loves blankets, which I guess is good, as I love making them!
So that's it! Lay two pieces of fleece together (any size you want), cut the edges as long or as short as you want, and tie them together in knots all the way around. Purdy. It was easy and quick (about two to three hours) and my friends loved it, and that's the main thing. Makes me feel warm and fuzzy (just like the blanket).
So I'm starting to feel a little creative again, I think the fact that the sun has been shining a little bit more lately might have something to do with it, as I have had more energy than usual. I have even felt like sewing and doing a few other quick crafts that I have seen and wanted to do. I have a little bit more cleaning and organizing around the house to do. I moved all my sewing stuff, and cleaned up the upstairs junk counter. I need to re-arrange the kids room to fit the crib in and move Rayna into Chase's room (yes they have to share and yes it's going to suck!). Then maybe I can get to some of the projects rattling around in my brain.
Also, I'm trying to keep up with my project 365, so here are a couple of the photos I've taken (I don't remember which days they were for at the moment, but they will be in upcoming layouts from this month I think.) I liked these two especially and thought I would share them with you.
This one is a macro shot I took with my sigma lens (love it, love it, love it.) It is a tulip from a bunch of tulips I bought at the grocery store the other day. I love the colors!And this one is Chase, I was goofing off with him and tickling him and he was all snuggled up with his blanket on the floor laughing his head off, and I thought it would look great in a black and white/sepia/chocolate tone. So that's it for today, maybe I'll get to post some of my layouts in a couple days. Stay tuned!! :)
Saturday, February 7, 2009
My hubby let me go get a new lens for my Nikon D90, so I got the Nikkor 50mm 1.4 lens.
Isn't it be-yoo-ti-full?? I think so. It's also much smaller than the honkin 18-70mm lens I have on my camera most of the time.
I can't wait to try this one out over the next several days. The 50mm is a fixed lens (which for me is something I have to get used to as I can't zoom in or out to frame my shot, I have to actually move myself to get the shot I want) and the 1.4 (at the risk of sounding like an ignoramus, which I totally AM!) means this lens is brighter, and lets in a lot more light. I chose this one because most of my photos are of my kids, and most of the time we are in our house, and the lighting in my house is terrible. Usually very dark, and yellow looking (our walls are yellow but the lights we have don't help matters any). I quickly snapped a couple comparison shots between my regular lens and my new one. This first shot was taken with my 18-70mm.
This one was taken with my new lens, the 50mm.
See the difference?? I did right away, and to me that says something. If an inexperienced eye can pick up the difference, than I think I made the right choice! The whole picture just looks lighter, and brighter. I think I am in love!! I am absolutely going to be ripping off a bunch of pictures, I'm gonna need a new memory card lol. It was nice after having such a crappy week to be able to go and reward myself with something like this, and my whole family benefits too, as these are all of our memories that I'm recording!! They just may not realize it yet :)
Also on a little creativity side note, I will be making a no-sew quickie baby blanket for a friend that just had a baby, so once it's done, I'll show you what it is, and how I made it! Hopefully I can get to that tomorrow, but I think my hubby will be home, so he may have other plans for me. His plans and mine usually do not match lol. Have a great weekend everyone!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Plus, I had a bag of baby clothes hand me downs I was trying to get through, as well as general things like cleaning the bathroom, and none of that got done. It's such a kick in the pants when I can't get stuff done because of the kids. My husband always tells me he doesn't have a problem getting tasks done while he has the kids but they aren't the same for daddy as they are for me. I know the housework will be there tomorrow, but I am such a procrastinator already that when I am actually geared up to do something I need to strike while the iron is hot, or else it could be months before I work up the urge to do it again. I did manage to get through the baby clothes today, they are even washed, but I still have two loads of kids laundry to do tomorrow, as well as tackling the bathroom that probably hasn't been cleaned for two weeks. Maybe three.
The kit is called Alphabet Remix and you can click on the image to take you to Amber's blog to purchase the whole kit, I can't wait to play around and do my own layout, but I loved the quick page so much, and being able to just pop my pictures in and add text is such an easy way to get a page done! Amber also has lots of freebies on her site too.
Here is a layout I did last week using Vicki's and Mel's collab kit Down By The Lily Pond, it's a great kit and I love the colors, and the alpha, and the elements...well all of it actually. I turned my picture black and white and added a little green back in, and I think it turned out pretty well!
Click on the previews to take you to their blogs where you can download the free kit.
Well, that's about it for today. I also did two layouts for my project 365 for week three, but maybe I'll post it next week. This momma needs her sleep so she doesn't get cranky at her kids tomorrow!!
Also, I finished reading Water For Elephants, what a great book. For my full review, click on the book in my sidebar to take you to my book blog. TTFN!!