Crafting in the Rain: August 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

It Came!

Yay--it's September 1st!  Do you know what that means?  It's my favorite-youngest-sister's birthday.  (Happy birthday Elise!) also means the first issue of CuttingEdge Magazine is live!  This magazine is designed for electronic cutting machines and has been months in the making.
So much work has gone into the production of this first issue, and I'm excited to be able to share with you a sneak peek of one of my projects that I created for the magazine.

The Sept/Oct issue focuses on school and Halloween themes, and you can seem more teaser pictures of projects over on the Facebook page.

Also, I wanted to thank everyone for the great comments on the home office camper.  My husband has not let it go unnoticed that the post now has the second most number of comments on my blog (behind my houndstooth boots--which I'll be able start wearing again soon as the weather's cooling!)  I think he's pleased :)  

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Make a Splash--Stencils

I'm sure you've noticed the stenciling trend is still going strong.  Today I've got a couple of ideas for you to add to the growing supply of inspiration.

I know (at least for me) summer is a hard time to get projects done because the kids are all home from school and we've got fun things planned that we're trying to do.

So I'm very grateful to Kathryn and Vanessa for joining me in this month's theme!  Click over to their blogs for more details on their projects.

Distressed Wall Art
I made this distressed wall art for my husband to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. “Feels Like Home” by Chantal Kreviazuk was our first dance song, so I thought the quote fit the occasion perfectly. This project gave me an opportunity to break in my new Martha Stewart heat tool and make my own stencils. So much fun!
I love sentimental decor, so this personalized sign is awesome.  

Stenciled Curtains
I found an awesome stencil at Wal-Mart for about $2 a loooong time ago, so when I found out the material for this challenge was stencils I was so excited! I used acrylic paint and a sponge applicator and some plain white curtains and (what seemed like hours later) I was all done stenciling! I think they're gorgeous! I love them! Thanks Steph for having me as a participant!!
This made such an impact--they look totally designer!  


Painted Nightstand
Perhaps this is a bit of a stretch to call painters tape a "stencil" but it just goes to show you how easy it is, right?  This nightstand started out a bland tan color and I painted it white with light blue stripes across the top.  A bit of sanding and wax, and it turned into something lovely!

I hope you've been inspired to go find something to stencil.  See you again at the end of September for another Make a Splash post.  Be sure to email me if you want to participate!

And as a special bonus, here's a little sneak peek of one of my projects that will appear in the first issue of CuttingEdge Magazine

Be sure to check out the Facebook page too--thanks, and have a great day!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Beachy Spinner Card

Short and sweet post today.  It's been too long since I last made a spinner card, so it was time to try one again.  The little crab is stuck onto a penny and it spins across the slot as you tip the card from side to side.  So cute!  

Spinner Card by Crafting in the Rain

The crab is a Lettering Delights file and the stamp is from My Thoughts Exactly.  

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Picking Peaches

We had a great time picking peaches the other day and the peach crumble I made was so yummy!  Today I'm slicing up the last few to freeze for smoothies.

I took my new camera along to play around with some shots and here are a few I took.

You can see I still need to work on settings with faces so they have the right exposure.

But it was still a super fun day, and I'm glad we went! 

Also, there one day left to go vote for my quilt block if you didn't get to it yet

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Vote for My Quilt Block

Good morning--we're heading out to pick peaches today, but before we leave I wanted to hop on and ask you to please click over and vote for my quilt block.  I moved on to the voting round!

It's this one, remember...made out of scraps from the quilt Emily and I made together.

Follow this link to the contest, and click "vote" that's ABOVE the picture of my block.

Thanks bunches--I'll let you know how it turns out!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Exciting Announcement: New SVG Online Magazine

I hope everybody had a good weekend.  Our highlight was having a few people over from my husband's work for dinner and the cotton candy machine we rented.  It was seriously fun (and sticky!)

I have some great news to share today, and if you have any kind of digital cutter you're going to love this!  I am part of the creative team for a new online magazine called CuttingEdge, and I couldn't be more excited--

How would you like to find inspiration and helpful hints about using SVGs, as well as discovering new files?  Each 2-month issue contains a featured SVG designer, tutorials, and projects with detailed pictures and instructions from the members of the creative team.

The magazine will go live on September 1st, but you can go over already to learn a little about my fellow team members.  Be sure to come check out our Facebook page where subscriptions will be given away upon reaching 50 likes, 100, 200, etc until September 1, 2012.

Additionally, we'll be giving away gift cards from Lori Whitlock and My Thoughts Exactly.  You won't want to miss it.  I hope you'll come check it out!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Camper Trailer Turned Home Office

What do you do when you work from home, but don't really have the space, and don't really have the money for a whole room addition to your house?  Renovate a camper trailer of course!

My husband works about 3 days a week from home instead of going to the office.  It saves time and money from commuting, plus income tax from not working in Oregon on those days.  It's great!

But he used to have just one small corner of our bedroom set up as his office.  It meant trying to keep Asher out of there all day, having to check if he was on the phone before I could go put laundry away, stuff like that was a little annoying to each of us.

Then he got this crazy idea to buy a camper to set up in the backyard and work from there--and it's ended up being the best idea!

You should probably know that our backyard is kind of foresty-and not really manicured, so it was no big deal to set it up out there (and certainly no HOA around here that would care)  And he gets to watch the goats all day.

Here's a before picture of the inside.  (We had already taken the drawers out--remember one got used in my porch makeover as a planter)

and here's how it looks after our handyman did some magic in there (we did do the painting ourselves.)  It got new framing, new insulation, vinyl on the floor, beadboard on the walls, and panelling on the ceiling.

Panoramic view of the inside:

We recently had our electrical panel replaced and in the process had a new outside outlet installed on its own circut. That way if I turn on the hair dryer I won't trip the breaker that's powering his computer.

I have to admit, when my husband first proposed the idea I wasn't really sure if it would work.  We both love the set up though, and with a small heater and portable a/c unit, he's comfortable through all seasons out there!

So be honest--what do you think?  What would you turn a camper into in your backyard?

Sharing at Under the Table and Dreaming, Today's Creative Blog

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Nikon CoolPix P510

Thanks for the comments and advice I got the other day when I asked about cameras!  I cashed in my Christmas and November birthday presents in early to get a new toy:

I ended up picking this Nikon camera.  It is not a dslr, and there's not an option for changeable lenses, though the zoom is great on it.  I felt like this was a good choice for learning manual settings and having a camera that didn't feel SO huge to carry around with me when we go out.  Plus, we got it from Costco, so I have a couple of months to play around with it and can return it if it turns out to really not be what I want.  But really, I think I'll be fine.  

I mostly want to take better blog pictures and better pictures of the kids.  I'm not doing crazy telephoto stuff or extreme sports and action shots.

I've been reading things online to learn about aperture, ISO and shutter speed, as well as checking out the manual on CD that came with the camera.

And look--here's one of my practice shots--unedited even!

What are your favorite photography learning resources?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Backpack Gift Box

I know some places have started up school already, but we still have 3 weeks til the kids will climb up those school bus steps again.  Yay for more summer!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Rainbow Quilt Block

Remember the easy quilt I made with Emily?  I had just enough scraps left over to make a quilt block to enter in this challenge at Happy Hour Projects.

I kind of wish I was ambitious enough to make enough more of these squares to make a real quilt, because I think it could be just modern enough for my liking.  But instead, I will probably frame this one for Emily.

Tell Me About Your Camera

I realize that saying "You take such great pictures...what camera do you have?" is akin to telling an amazing cook "This dish is delicious...what kind of pan do you use?"

The skills are more important than the tool.  But I'd like to learn some of those skills and improve my photography a little, more than I can do with my automatic point and shoot and my camera phone.

But at the same time, perhaps a huge DSLR with tons of changeable lenses may not be quite right for me either.  I'm not looking to become a professional photographer for sure.

Do you have any advice that can help me out?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Waffle Cone Smores

Happy S'mores Day!  

Today's post is all thanks to my husband.  The other day he had the great idea of stuffing a waffle cone with chocolate chips and marshmallows and baking it in the oven.  10 minutes at 350 was perfect to get everything melty and toasty.  Add it to the list of all the other tasty-looking indoor s'mores recipes you've seen on Pinterest :)

And we have a winner for the My Memories giveaway!
Congratulations Elizabeth!  I'll be getting in touch with you.

The $10 off code is still good for anyone interested in purchasing the software too!  STMMMS83740

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Multnomah Falls

Is this gorgeous or what?

Not a bad deal--living close to stuff like this :)

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Seafoam Candy

Who here has had seafoam candy before?  If you haven't, you're missing out, I say, but it's not easy to find.  It reminds me of my mom, because she's always loved it and always got super excited if we found it somewhere (usually in a little candy shop while on vacation) We actually had some at the fair this last weekend and then decided to try out making it. 

I made it twice (the first one didn't work out) so I ended up combining a few different recipes we found online.

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
2 tsp baking soda--sifted
1 bag milk chocolate chips

Sift the baking soda
Line 9x13 pan with foil

Mix sugars and syrup in a heavy bottomed pan and stir while heating, all the way up to 288 F  (most recipes said 300, but my first batch tasted burned even cooking to only 294 F)

As soon as it reaches 288, remove pan from heat and quickly sprinkle baking soda over the mixture and stir rapidly to thoroughly mix.  It will turn bubbly and light colored. Once the baking soda is all incorporated, spread it in the pan fairly evenly, but don't "mess" with it too much because you don't want to be popping all the tiny bubbles.  

Let cool and harden then break into pieces.  Dip pieces in melted chocolate (I used Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips) and let the chocolate set (I kept mine in the fridge since it's been so hot here the last couple of days)  Also, don't be scared if the candy tastes a little funny before it's dipped in the chocolate.  The baking soda gives it a bit of a salty taste, but it meshes perfectly when the chocolate's on there!

What do you think--will you give it a try?
Want a sweet recipe that doesn't require cooking? Try this Caramel Twix Dip

10 Year Anniversary

 As of last Friday, it's been 5 houses, 4 states, 3 kids, 2 of us and 1 amazing adventure to be married to my favorite person in the whole world for 10 years.  I'm happy to say we are closer, better friends and more in love than when we started out as "23 year old kids."

Incorporating the gift suggestions for the occasion, my husband bought me tin roof sundae and soda in aluminum cans.  I loved it!

I made him this sign that's kind of been on my to-do list for a while, and I finally had  a perfect reason to just get it done!

And it's true...I couldn't be happier!

**If you had trouble entering the giveaway yesterday, I think I fixed the issues, so go ahead and try again**


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