Monday, 6 October 2014

Card Creativity

Why is it as we get older the days move faster? Already two months since my last post but at least I have not been idle during that period.

You will notice a new look to my blog - brighter colours, sharper text, and three new things added - Pages at the top of the blog (only two at the moment - Home and Christmas Cards); a "Pin-It" tag in the sidebar - give it a try and see if it works; and a "Pinterest" tag - it will take you to my Pinterest Boards - hopefully (if not please let me know).  Any feedback on any of the add-ons would be very helpful. So I haven't been completely idle.

The month of August was somewhat hectic in our house with very little activity undertaken in the Woman's Cave.  Time in Tasmania, visitors, and caring for my 99 year old MIL for five days, soon took its toll with a dreaded MS relapse in the middle of September. However, one must build a bridge and get over it and I am delighted to say, we did!

One of the downsides of a relapse (leading up to and following) is the loss of coordination.  As a result stitching in the Woman's Cave has been on hold for a month.  But that doesn't mean all creative activity came to a halt.  I did manage to almost complete two projects!

Pinned and ready to quilt
Country Romance top complete
Back in February I posted a photo update on an old BOM project that I was working on - A Country Romance.  I am pleased to report that I have now completed ALL the blocks and have pinned the quilt (with the assistance of a fellow quiilter - thanks Marilyn) ready for quilting.  Not sure when that will happen as it is quite cumbersome trying to handle it on my home machine (and I value my fingers too much to chance anything motorised at the moment) but at least it is finally together after six years in the cupboard!

My first Scrappy
The second project I did actually complete and it was one that I started in May before going to Tasmania.  All quilters know about the "scrap dilemma" - where a box/es overflow with scraps we are so reluctant to throw out.  Well I don't have a large number of scraps as I have only been quilting for a short time, but I thought I would try to "tidy up" the scrap box and attempt a slightly different quilt - my FIRST scrappy quilt.  Not bad, hey?

The hold on stitching meant I had to fill in my time with other creative activities.  So the "stitching" room became the "cardmaking" room.  With inspiration gleaned from other creative pinners on Pinterest, and using the OGO's lovely iPad, the creative juices began to run wild. THIRTEEN beautiful cards in one session - wow, that was a wonderful day's work.

More motivated than I had been for awhile I moved onto starting my Christmas cards.  Yep, that's right folks - that time is almost upon us again, so now is a good time to start. Twelve cards completed, so well on my way for a tick in the box of Things to Do for the Silly Season. You can see my efforts if you click on the 'Christmas Cards' in the pages bar above the post or go on over to my Pinterest Boards for a look at all the other cards I completed.

Still on the cardmaking projects, I found the Pinterest site very helpful for learning new techniques - well, new to me anyway.  So I decided to give a few of them a try and was delighted with the results.  I have also been experimenting with my 2013 Christmas prezzie - the wonderful Sizzix machine.

So you see, I have found other avenues to have a wonderful time creating in the Woman's Cave. Although I must admit that I am looking forward to the time when I can resume my embroidery and stitching activities.

Until the next time.
Happy stitching (or cardmaking) to all.

PS:  Don't forget to leave me some feedback on the "new look" blog.