Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Game board / Gift box

Awhile back I came across this tutorial for making a box out of an old game board. I thought this was something I might like to try sometime, so I added it to my Pinterest board.
Well, it's almost Christmas and I was looking for a way to wrap a gift card in an interesting way and this came to mind. However, I didn't have any old gameboards around the house and the ones from the thrift store were nothing special. Enter my friend Aimee, who gave me this gem from her collection. It is perfect since the recipient works in the banking industry.
I think it turned out OK. The only trouble I have is the lid and that I cut through the board and had to make a hinge from tape. I might have to come up with a different arrangement for holding the lid on. It was a fun project, quick and easy, but it does take some finese not to cut through the board when making the sides fold in.  
Here is the link if you would like to try this project for yourself.

Happy Trees and Happy Cards.

A good friend of mine found this adorable felt tree kit at a thrift store. It had felt to make four of these trees and she and made one up for me. I've since made three more for a friend of mine. Talk about "paying it forward".

Anyway, I was trying to come up with the perfect idea for a Christmas card for her and since I love this tree so much, I thought I would make a "Happy Tree" card. I think it turned out really cute. I may add "Merry Christmas" to the bottom, but you get the idea. I just used some old paper from Stampin' Up for the card and the tree and added the black and pink brads for the eyes and cheeks and then drew in the stitching with an ink pen.

Merry Christmas to all!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sky Scarf, November, 2012

Only one more month to go! Can you feel the excitement? Yes, it will soon be Christmas and then New Year's Eve and... the Sky Scarf will be done! I have had projects that have taken more than a year to complete, but never one like this where you had to do something on it every day for a whole year. It has taken commitment, but I'm glad I've done it. After it's finished, I'll have a special post to recap.

You may wonder what the sky was doing on November 8 that made me use the rainbow colored yarn. Well, it was my birthday! I decided to do something different on that one day. I guess I could have commemorated other special dates, but I decided to do just this one for me alone. I cast on 46 stitches at the beginning of the year for this scarf because most of this year I was 46, but now I'm 47 and no, I didn't increase one stitch for the rest of the year's worth of scarf. :)

If you've followed the progress of my Sky Scarf; please leave me a comment. Let me know if you have been working on your own or if you think this is a project you are ready to take on. I'd love to know.