Saturday, April 13, 2019

New York Thousand Island State of Mind

Hello Everyone,
Here is my April 2019 project for Better Life Blog - Cricut and Silhouette CraftingThis month we used crayons and melted them with a heat gun to make a beautiful map art!  #vipcraftersclub

On my Silhouette, I used Oramask 613 stencil vinyl and cut out my home state of New York. I used painters tape and taped all around the stencil and the rest of the board, so that the melted candle wax stays within the stencil. I chose about 7 different crayon colors and melted one at a time and took a straw and just blew the melted colors around within the stencil. Once I got the look I was going for and it was dry, I removed the painters tape and any crayon shavings that were on the frame.

I then cut out on my Silhouette with Oracal 651 glossy vinyl the word "home" and the "anchor" and applied it to the board. 

I love how it came out. I will probably make another one to show all the different states and countries we have lived in since E has retired from the Military. 

If anyone would like one for their home state, please drop me a line.

Have a great weekend!!

Enjoying The Journey in The Bay

Hello Everyone,

I finished my first project for March 2019 at Better Life Blog - Cricut and Silhouette Crafting. I had so much fun and I learned so much from Nancy and everyone in the group. It was my first time working with Oracal  813 stencil vinyl with my Silhouette, weeding, working with Folk Art chalk paint and the first time using Dr. Ph. Martin's watercolor paint for making the cardstock butterflies. I love how it came out and can’t wait for next months project! #vipcraftersclub

I've already had inquiries from some people about wanting to purchase one. If anyone is interested, please drop me a line.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Beading for the Soul

Hello Everyone,

I know...I know. I have been MIA for a very, very long time. Please forgive me. I first lost my sewing mojo for no apparent reason at the beginning of last year. I know this happens to a lot of us and I have read about it on a lot of blogs and other social media pages that I follow.  I figured if I look at Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and other wonderful blogs I know this will spark ideas and thank goodness it worked. Well, this also sparked my beading and jewelry and mojo back too.  

Last Spring, my father passed away. It was unexpected and I was not prepared to lose him so soon. You always think you are going to have so much more time with your parents. I am just thankful for all the time that I did. I loved him so very much. It was a very hard summer of grieving and I know that he would want to be sewing and be crafty. 

I have been watching a lot of Candie Cooper who is one of the Bead Goddess' of Jewelry Making. This kit is sold out in her store, but, she has other beautiful earrings/bracelet kits, monthly clubs and gorgeous jewelry in her store. Have you watched her FaceBook Lives too? Or been to her Etsy shop?

"Attitudes of Gratitudes" Bracelet and Earrings Kit" by Candie Cooper (I chose this kit "Attitudes of Gratitudes" because I loved the name and the color.)

Well, Candie's FaceBook lives are the reason why I got back into making jewelry again. She has wonderful tutorials on her page too. Thank you Candie!!

Let me take you back a few years. When we were living on a Military post, and I started my crafty adventures (ie sewing, knitting, beading, etc.)  I started making bracelets and necklaces. Here are the post I did and here are some of the pictures from those posts. 

The bracelet I made for my Mom in the picture above broke.

I had also made a Fleur de Lis necklace charm necklace for myself once and it broke and was gone.

So, needless to say, for the longest, I wasn't making any bracelets or necklaces.

When I ordered this kit from Candie's Etsy Shop I couldn't wait to receive it. It didn't take that long to put the stones in and once you got the hang in using the prong tool it was easy. It looks so pretty alone on your wrist or stacked with other bracelets. The bracelets can look dressy or casual. The earrings are fit very comfortably in your ears too. I have very sensitive ears and when my ears don't like earrings they let me know. 

  • Made in the USA chain
  • Chain is oxidized silver color
  • Total chain length 9" (6" row of crystals)
  • Swarovski Crystal
Source: Candie Cooper

Source: Candie Cooper
 I used this prong tool to push prongs over to set the Swarovski Crystal.
Source: Candie Cooper

"Roses are Rose Gold Crystal Bracelet kit" by Candie Cooper 
Source: Candie Cooper

Source: Candie Cooper


  • Made in the USA chain
  • Chain is oxidized silver color
  • Total chain length 9" (6" row of crystals)
  • Swarovski Crystal

Now, that I have my crafty mojo back. I have been venturing into other crafts. I can't wait to show you what I have been making.

Have a great weekend!


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Test Pattern for Hvar Jacket for Itch to Stitch

**UPDATE: Our amazing designer Kennis and her family were burglarized while they were away on vacation. Unfortunately, her sewing machine, computer, and camera equipment were stolen.

She is holding a pattern sale to help pay for the replacement equipment. Please stop by her shop and she is doing a special “we just got robbed” sale:

For one week only (until October 31st), these six patterns will only be $5:
All other patterns in the shop will also be 20% off. This is the best time for you to finally get the patterns on your wish list! Thank you for your support!

Hello Everyone,

I completed testing a pattern for Kennis at Itch to Stitch. The pattern is an adorable chic jacket called the "Hvar Jacket". You can purchase the pattern in her shop. I chose this plum color and thought it would be perfect for the fall weather. I love how you can dress it up or make it casual and chic with a pair of jeans or khakis.

©Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife
Are you ready for the jacket season? Whether you are a veteran seamstress or a sewing novice, you are going to enjoy the simplicity and grace of the Hvar Jacket. This unlined jacket can transform a ho-hum outfit to the epitome of modern chic. In the Hvar Jacket, you will be fittingly polished at any event!
©Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife
Hvar Jacket Features:
  • Unlined bodice with optional Hong Kong seam finish
  • Graceful waterfall collar
  • Chic pointed front hem
  • Long sleeves
  • Layers feature (print only the sizes you need)
©Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife

Skill Level: Beginner+

Sizes: 00 – 20 (See “Size Chart” tab below for detailed measurements)

If you need help, don't worry there are very detailed instructions in helping you create it and Kennis is always there to help you out. Also, everyone on her Facebook page is always eager to help too.

Have a wonderful day!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Test Pattern Beausoleil Top for Itch To Stich

Hello Everyone,

I completed testing a pattern for Kennis at Itch to Stitch. The pattern is an adorable top called the "Beausoleil Top". You can purchase the pattern in her shop on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

This pattern has a dress and top option. It has the on-trend "cold shoulder" short kimono sleeves with cuffs, a comfortable scoop neckline, center back lapped zipper, relaxed fit above the waist, easy-to-wear A-line skirt, patch pocket with the dress option, bra strap holder and a layers feature (print only the sizes you need).

I got this cute pink polka dot cotton fabric and notions at Joann. This top is so comfortable and can be worn with shorts, skirt, capris, khaki's or denim. I can't wait to make more and the dress!!

The pattern instructions/illustrations were very detailed and easy to understand. Also, Kennis gives you links to tutorials on how to do a lapped zipper, grade seams, and a bra strap holder. 

If you need help, don't worry there are very detailed instructions in helping you create it and Kennis is always there to help you out. Also, everyone on her Facebook page is always eager to help too.

Have a wonderful day!!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Crimson Tide Thank You Gift Package

Hello Everyone,
I wanted to make a special "thank you" gift package for E's boss. She was a very good boss to E while he worked with her and especially since he was "out-processing" for his retirement from the Military.
I was told by E that she was a very big University of Alabama (Crimson Tide) Football fan. E showed her my blog and the different types of bags that I have sewn over the years. She loved the Lapin Noir bag by Sara @ Sew Sweetness.  I added an extra zipper pocket on the backside of the bag for more storage.

If you want to see the other bags that I made out of this pattern, you can view them here and here.

I also decided to make a travel neck pillow for her busy travel schedule and a journal (fabric and journal I found on Joann's website).

Have a wonderful day!!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Veteran's Day and Remembrance Day

Good Evening,

Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. An official wreath-laying ceremony is held each Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, while parades and other celebrations are held in states around the country.

Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans--living or dead--but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. Today, Americans take time and recognize the valor and sacrifice of our veterans. We will never forget the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice and all those who have not yet returned home.

A recognized symbol of Veterans Day is the red poppy. In World War I, Soldiers who were returning home, reported seeing battlefields covered with red poppies blooming. In their hearts, the red poppies symbolized the bloodshed and sacrifice made by the fallen soldiers. After the war, groups began making red paper poppies as a way to raise money for the wounded veteran's and selling them on Armistice Day (Veterans Day). The red poppy remains a symbol of solidarity for Veterans.

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. ("At the 11th hour" refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 a.m.) World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. The day was specifically dedicated by King George V on November 7, 1919, as a day of remembrance for members of the armed forces who were killed during World War I.

The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields". These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red color an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.

If you know a Veteran or someone currently serving in our country's uniform, take the time today to thank them for their service and sacrifices. 

On a personal note, thank you E for keeping us safe, serving our country and keeping us out of harm's way!! I love you!! Thank you, to all of my family members and friends that have or are currently serving.

Thank you, Veterans!!

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