Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Marching to Their Own Beat!

These little guys are just the cutest! They even have working hinged mouths. They stand about 5" tall, just a perfect height for the little Christmas bags.

It's Movie Time....Where's the Popcorn??

This is one of the movies I previewed early this year for the kids. I was so impressed by it that I decided to purchase 3 copies, one for each of the kids (Matthew, Brandi and Ryan)...yes, I know...they are all grown up now with little families of their own....but you are NEVER too old for a cartoon!

This particular movie is based on the Fairytale by E.T.A. Hoffman and features the voices of Leslie Nielsen as the Mouseking; Robert Hays as Squeak; Fred Willard as Bubble and Eric Idle as Drosselmeier.

Cutting Board

I used to have one of these boards (once upon a time maybe 4 or 5 moves ago!!) for my sewing room. I purchased this smaller one (18"x12") to help with the cutting of the paper for the displays. There is nothing like these self-healing cutting boards. Now all I need is a rotary tool :)

Crazy for Beads

Well this blog will cover both projects that require beads --- the Wine Glass Charms and the Sugarplum Faerie Pendants.

I purchased some beading matts. These ones are made of foam and not the tacky ones that I originally wanted. I will have to wait to see how well they work.

I ordered new beads for the Wine Glass Charms in a 4mm size as I found the seed beads just a bit too small. I am extremely happy with colours I got and have now placed another order for more of the same. 


Jump rings....lots and lots of jump rings. As these are needed to attach the Wine Glass Charms to the wires and also they are needed to attach the Sugarplum Faerie Pendant to the bead charm holder. It is hard to tell in these photos but one set is matte and the other set very shiny. 

And finally, I ordered a longer length of beading nails and ended up ordering the eye type instead of the flat head! Oh well, the correct ones have now been ordered. 

Wooly Birdies

I managed to pick up another ball of yarn so I complete the final 6 partridges. This wool is of a different colour so I look forward to seeing how they turn out. The photos show the yarn to be quite a dark shade when it is actually quite creamy in colour.

Flower Petal Faeries

Well there are many components to this project!

Firstly, the wire. As this is a speciality cloth wrapped wire I must say I have had a lot of difficulty in finding what I want. The wire that I was able to get is of the correct gauge but I wished that I could have found it in other colours.

Perler Beads, not as easy to come by as one would think. These are used underneath the bottom layer of petals to make them balloon out. 

Feathers....I thought that some of the Faeries should have real feathered wings not sure how they will work but I look forward to experimenting with them.

I recruited my Mom and my husband to spend an hour or two taking apart flower heads. Thank you sooooo much :) Now, I should have all of the flower petals that I will ever need to complete a whole bouquet of Flower Petal Faeries.

As well, I purchased more of the wooden boxes that I need to hold all of the Faeries precious goodies. These need to be stained to match the doors.

Soapy Bubbles

Some days a complete stranger goes out of their way and gives you a wonderful surprise!

I was in at Michael's Crafts buying...well....lots of stuff and while in the check out line, this wonderful woman came up to me and handed me a 50% off coupon, she smiled and said "my dear, your basket is fuller, here you need this more." I couldn't stop thanking her!!

So I used the coupon on the 10lb brick of moisturizing clear glycerin soap. And yes, I know I shouldn't have been carrying it around the store in the first place!!

I also picked up some colouring dyes...well more than some! I picked up every package they had :)
The sets include the following colours: Lilac, Peach, Seafoam, Yellow, Red, Blue, Turquoise, Lime, Orange, Wine and Gold. 

The store only had 2 types of fragrances though - Pearberry and Honey Almond. I will need to order the other types I need on-line. 

The Spree

Well a trip to Alberta and the VISA is just a hurtin!!
Where to start, oh where to start!

As I have so many parcels to go through, I have decided to do this by project :)