Thursday, July 11, 2013

Down By the Sea

I have been going swap crazy on Craftster. I am currently in a Hit the Beach swap. We had to make our partner something that was beach themed. Of course I decided to make a wreath. I was inspired by My Very Educated Mother .

I started with a dollar store swimming pool noodle. I taped it up to make a wreath form.

For the ocean (or the sky) I used chunky blue yarn and for the sand I used burlap. I added some shells and there ya have it, a beach wreath.

For my small item. I decided to do a sea glass vase/jar and fill it with gummy sharks. The paint came out a little darker than I wanted and I really wish the directions told you for a completely smooth finish you really need more coats or that it take 4 days for it to dry and then bake. I'm still pretty happy with it and may play with other shades.

Now on to the next swap....Sideshows, Halloween and Make a Friend. Yahoo for crafty goodness!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Busy, Busy, Busy

Someone once told me that idle hands are the devil's workshop. If that's the case, I've got nothing to worry about because I have been super duper busy.

First, I just finished up another Craftster Quickie. This time I made corn starch clay. It was pretty cool! I love the white porcelain look of it. 

Second, I've been stitching like a mad woman. I've been picking little projects that I can do while watching movies or TV.

First, a group of cuties with pups!
Girl in bath

girl and pup embroidery

Blonde with dog

Yep, I was totally singing the Wonder Woman theme when I did this one last night.
Pixel Wonder Woman

If that wasn't enough, I had to do a beach scene to get me in the mood for summer!
Woody wagon

Sunbathing beauty

beach chair

Whew! June was way too busy! I need a vacation! Who am I kidding, stitching and crafting are my vacation! 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Cool Stitching

Over the weekend the heat was a little more than the pups could take so instead of worshiping the sun gods, I stayed inside with the A/C blowing on me, stitching, while Lola, Pete and Jujube crashed around me. I decided to watch a few shows I had on my Amazon Prime watchlist. 

The first show was London Hospital. Such a great series. Unfortunately, BBC only filmed 2 season. Boo on that! The series is set during the industrial revolution in London. It centers around the famous London Hospital. Be warned! This show can be gory! It depicts the era with gritty realism. The stories are based on newspaper clippings, journals and hospital records. At the end of each episode they give you a bit more information about the history of the story. 

After watching London Hospital, I needed something a bit lighter, so I went with Sherlock. Yes, I know...I'm late to the party about this one. Can I just say, BRILLIANT! Love this series and I can't wait for the next season. The story is set in modern London with the usual suspects, Sherlock Holmes, Watson and Moriarty playing games, creating and solving crimes. Steven Moffit of Dr. Who fame has his hands all over this series, which makes for excellent writing and producing. 

What are you catching up on this summer? Any series that you are just dying over that I need to see? There are a lot of hot days and a lot of stitching ahead of me.