Friday, September 19, 2014

Fall is already in the air...perfect knitting weather!

I've been busy creating so here are some of my newest projects!


This is a sign for a wedding - the placecard sticks will go into caramel apples so the people can take a treat (the apple) and find their seat (with the numbered placecard.) The placecards are made of cardstock disks that I cut on the Cricut machine, I added the guests' names in calligraphy. The little couple on top is a design I created for the theme of invitations, etc. and I did each one individually. The disk is then glued onto the stick and raffia added. There is a space for the table number.



This will sit flat on the entrance table. It is a reclaimed frame, painted flat black and dry brushed. With a foam core backing, I then put black bristol board for a background and then white bristol board on top of that. The guests will sign the white board. I lettered it with black ink and added a raffia bow.



This before and after is an old settee.  I stripped off all of the fabric to begin with. My husband cut new wood pieces for inserts and the seat. I painted it gray and then dark waxed it to bring out the details. The trim (hard to see it) is black along the bottom of the new cushion. I got vintage fabric at a thrift store and washed it then used it for the cushion cover.




This is a long infinity scarf knitted with two colors of yarn on large needles.
 I then stitched the ends together.  It's toasty warm.





This is a yellow knitted infinity scarf, I was fooling around designing a stitch repeat that I liked - knit and purl stitches.




A toddler cowl - pink acrylic yarn.  Safer for the little one to wear than a dangling scarf.




Extra long baby yarn scarf. Knitted and added fringe.  Super soft!


That's about it for now. I will be adding more projects as I complete them. 

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Thanks for looking at my projects!



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Time to take a knitting and crafting break and blog!

I didn't realize I was this far behind in my blog!  I knew I was behind but this is terrible! I have been so busy crafting and knitting that I just didn't get to typing. Throw in a computer that blew itself up (well, not totally but you get the idea) and my days turned into weeks.

 Here are some of the projects that I have been working on the last while.


Black cozy cowl...this is one of my favorite things to knit, 
you can wear it rolled up or down depending on the weather.





This set of 3 canvas signs were for my friend's daughter's wedding in Michigan. There were little kiddies in the wedding who carried these as they up the aisle. They are a rubbed gray background, black floated around the edges and lettered with black paint. White grosgrain ribbon was inserted through holes I drilled to make it easier for carrying.  When I get the professional wedding photos I will add them to the blog.




 Table numbers for a wedding - black bristol board with white card stock on top; I scored them for easy folding, numbers are on both sides.  I used black ink for the lettering.



A family sign....I did an antique rub on the canvas and and made the lettering with my Cricut machine using colored cardstock.  The hearts are scrapbooking paper cut with the Cricut. It has been varnished to seal and protect it and hung a little hanger on the back.



Using soft baby yarn, I knitted this hoodie-  it can be worn up to cover the ears or down as a cowl scarf.




Table number for a wedding. The Mason Jar will be filled with some beans or rice or stones to hold the stick. It is a tongue depressor with raffia tied on it; the numbers (both sides) are done with ink on cardstock.



Yellow baby blanket; acrylic...one of my favorite patterns.



Baby blanket, acrylic; using larger needles.



Cowl/infinity knit with orange acrylic yarn.



Purple cowl/infinity knit with purple acrylic yarn.




Aqua cozy cowl - wear it up or down! Acrylic yarn.

 
Reclaimed wood sign....I attached three planks together to make a sign board.  I painted the lettering (wedding info) and lightly sanded the paint to distress it. The nail holes and some of the rusted nail heads remain.  I have attached a wire loop onto the back and tied some raffia on it. 



Super soft baby blanket I made for my new little neighbor. 



Long scarf made with pink acrylic yarn on large needles to make it have a lacy feel.


Ivory baby blanket made for (and modeled by) the newest member of our extended family. 
Soft baby acrylic yarn.


Cowl made with multi- colored yarn.




Baby's room canvas - canvas board, basecoated with acrylic paint;  taped off the borders then stenciled the checkerboard. Painted Tigger and put a quote from AA Milne.  I put a coat of varnish on top then drilled two holes to insert the wire for hanging. Topped it off with a green grosgrain ribbon and it was ready to hang.



Charcoal gray cozy cowl.  Wear it up or down. It is a donation for a silent auction for an event in October.


Baby canvas - acrylic paint on canvas with an AA Milne quote.  Hook on the back.

 
Purple ombre cozy cowl - used two shades of purple yarn to fade into each other.


I think I am about caught up for now. Thankfully I had backed up my photos onto a disk before the big crash.  I will be adding more projects periodically to share with you.

I can be found on Pinterest at:


If you would like me to make a project for you, just ask!  I can be reached by email at:


Thanks for looking at my projects!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Let's Meet Some Fellow Crafters and A Project of Mine

Today I want to introduce you to some really creative folks.  If you are familiar with Etsy, you may know my friend LindaEve. She does outstanding work repurposing fabrics into lovely bags among other things...a true Eco-Etsy gal.  


Linda and her husband Mark Everett are dyeing to tell you all about their newest project - over-dyed scarves made from bamboo/organic cotton fleece, bamboo/organic cotton jersey, and repurposed pure linen. These delicious, colorful scarves are currently for sale at Ebb in Hopewell NJ and at Through the Moongate in Highland Park NJ, as well as online at Linda's Etsy shop


These scarves of bamboo are soft and welcoming....many color choices available to go with any outfit.


Can't you just imagine the feel of these wonderful linen scarves?  What a great fashion accessory!

Scarves are so 'in'.  They can be tied in a variety of ways and with the different fabrics available, you are sure to find something that fits your style and budget!

Contact Linda and Mark through Linda's Etsy shop or visit the shops above if you are in the NJ area. If you have any questions, they will be happy to answer them and also to discuss your needs!  These make the perfect gift for your graduate, Mother's Day, birthdays or just for yourself.  Be sure to let them know that Sue sent you!

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I am finding that some of my projects around the house have been keeping me away from updating my blog regularly.  I do love to paint and am a neat painter but am not looking forward to doing the ceiling in the bathroom as I always seem to make more of a mess than I do with the walls. This small bathroom is going to be transformed from a taupe room with ivory and burgundy toile curtains to a darkish gray and I am going to order some of my own designed fabric from Spoonflower to make the shower curtains. The main theme of this room will be dark gray and white along with some black accents.   My fabric is based on one of my Zentangle designs. A sample of the fabric arrived, it is so much fun seeing your own design imprinted on fabric!  Slowly I will get this room done!

For now, I will just post another of my ink projects.  It is relaxing to sit and 'doodle'  

That's it for now.  Off to paint my mailbox....since it is still so cold outside I took it off the house and brought it inside. I am sanding it and giving it a fresh coat of  ivory paint and then will letter/number it with my address in black paint.  With my address on it, I will always know where I am!  

Thanks for looking!  I can be reached at penandinkwell@yahoo.com. I also love Pinterest and have creations posted on my boards.  



Sunday, February 16, 2014

Have needles - will knit!

Winter is the best time to knit when you live in a cold climate area. Hours spent indoors during the winter allow for some extra crafting time.   I am getting a good start on gifts for later this year!
Stay in, stay warm, and create!

 This cozy cowl is made from an acrylic yarn. 
 It can be worn like a turtleneck or unrolled upward to keep the wind off your face.

This is a purple infinity scarf that can go around the neck twice or worn longer - it's up to you!


Another infinity, this orange scarf will keep you nice and toasty!

This is a traditional long scarf with fringe. 
 I have combined two colors of yarn - green and navy for a fun look.



I have a few other projects on the go right now and will add them soon. 

Hopefully spring is just around the corner but until then, I will keep on knitting!

Thanks for looking!


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If you would like to chat with me about anything, email me at penandinkwell@yahoo.com




Friday, February 14, 2014

A little bit of fridge decor

I am trying to play catch-up again. Most days I am crafting and then don't get to writing but here goes....

One day I was in a dollar store in a small town not far from here.  It isn't a big chain-store dollar store so I wasn't sure what they would have.  To my surprise I found little hard backed canvases in 4" x 6" size.  From an earlier post you can see that I combined some photos with paint and Mod Podge and made some little magnets for family members.

In gift stores I have seen inspirational magnets so thought that I could come up with my own verses/sayings and paint my own.  So I got out the paint and varnish and got to it.  Previously on other projects I have used magnet strips but I have found  self-adhesive magnet sheets that I was able to cut and these stay flat and are easier to use. To make the magnet extra secure, I spread a light layer of Weldbond glue on the canvas before sticking down the magnet.

Here are the results....  
All of the original verses are c. 2014 Sue Lane







Until next time...

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Thanks for reading!

Sue





Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Trying to play catch-up!

With the holidays now behind us, it's time to get back to business! (It's not a business as such, just need to kick-start the to-do list!)

I made several (and I mean several) projects for Christmas and other occasions. My work ranges from calligraphy and ink art to knitting and sewing.

So with that said, here come the photos of projects that I could not post until after people received them.  

If you are interested in anything, please contact me at penandinkwell@yahoo.com and we can chat!

 I repurposed a "Smuckers brand" jar to make a soap dispenser!  First I lacquered the labels so that they could withstand water.  I know labels are sometimes hard to remove but I imagine that when you want one to stick, they come off!  Next I drilled a hole in the top and inserted the pump.  Using expandable Gorilla Glue I bonded the pump to the inside of the lid.  Voila!  Pretty cute if I do say so.
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This is an ink art project on white card stock for Grandma. No two projects are alike.
 This is a 5" x 7" design which I then framed.
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This is my 2013 Christmas card. Starting with white card stock, I then punched snowflakes in red scrapbook paper. I glued that to the card stock. On top of that is an ink art design of a stocking. 
The card is finished off with a red grosgrain ribbon. 
I lettered the inside of the card with red ink and created a verse for my recipients.
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This is a sweet little girl that I wanted to spoil. I knit her a yellow super-soft blanket (which I have posted earlier in the blog).  The latest gift for her is an 8" x 10" canvas board....base coated in acrylic paint, stenciled on top of that. I added some little dots and then lettered her name. To finish it I drilled into the board and inserted wire and tied a grosgrain ribbon on it. It hangs on her bedroom door.
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Above is my design called a cozy cowl.
 It is a knit cowl that rolls up or down depending on your needs in the cold weather.  My model loves it!
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Here is an infinity scarf that I made with acrylic yarn. It is extra long so can be looped around the neck twice.  It was a gift for the girl who does my hair.
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To go with his sports-themed room,  here is a football ink art project. 
His Grandma framed it in a black frame for Christmas.
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This bookcase has been around for many years. It was pretty beaten up so I mixed some of my own chalk paint and went at it.  Layers of paint later, I lettered the top with a quote that I liked. To finish it off, I used finishing wax. It is really durable and my bookworm daughter and  her husband are using it already.
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Another ink art project. This is also a 5" x 7" size.
 The recipient is going to frame it in a glass borderless frame. Their last name is encircled with designs.
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I knit this baby blanket with soft yarn. 
It is a fun pattern to do, you just keep increasing and then you start decreasing. 
There are lacy holes along the  border to add to the design.
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Baby Kinley has a 5" x 7" canvas that I painted with acrylic paints. 
It is protected with varnish and  has a tooth hook on the back for easy hanging.
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E is for Everett! 
This 8" x 10" design is black ink on card stock. It is personalized for the couple.
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Another repurposed wood sign made for a housewarming/Christmas gift. 
Random lengths of wood that I distressed further, acrylic paint.....cleats on the back and hanging wire.
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These wreaths go by many names like rag wreaths or scrap fabric wreaths. I bent a heavy wire hanger into a circle and got going..... I tore lots and lots of fabric into strips that are about 2" wide (give or take). Then I cut the long strips into manageable-to-tie strips.  Round and around I tied the strips, alternating (but not being too exact about it) different fabrics. When I was almost done I also cut teal grosgrain ribbon into strips and inserted those randomly around the wreath. The hook part of the hanger became a closed hook when I bent it with pliers. I hung this up using fishing line so you can't see that.
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This is long infinity scarf that I made using double strands of yarn for extra thickness.
 It can be worn long of wrapped twice around the neck.
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This is a black infinity scarf, nice and thick and warm that I knitted.
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 This infinity scarf is being modeled in the photo above. 
It is knitted making ribs. It can be worn up or down, just roll it to the size you want.
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A personalized ink art project. 
Black ink on card stock, unique design, family's last name. Lots and lots of little dots!
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Red knitted scarf, about 58" long and 8" wide. Nice and soft.
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A Nana ink art project with the grandkids' names incorporated into the design.
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Two cozy cowls. 
 These are made of Softee Chunky yarn (the brown one on the left) and 
worsted yarn (the black one on the right). You can wear these rolled up or down. 
Super warm, fun to make!
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Another personalized ink art project with the family name and monogram. 
Lots and lots of dots in the background, too. This is 8" x 10" and has been framed.
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This is a matching set - ski band with tucking and infinity scarf. Knitted using worsted yarn. 
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This personalized ink art project is done on 5" x 7" card stock.
 (The yellow border is just because of the scanner. ) 
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This shawl is made of baby yarn on large needles. It wraps around to keep you comfortable on chilly days. 
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This is another personalized ink art project. It features the last name and a monogram S.
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A new project that I have started is making magnets. I use small rigid canvas boards and do a base coat of paint. From there I distress it using gel stain.  I have photocopied a photo on it and used Mod Podge to adhere it to the board. Finish off with a heart and name in acrylic then coat the whole thing with Mod Podge.  On the back I have glued magnet strips and it's ready to put on the fridge!



Another kiddie magnet made the same as above with paint, stain, and Mod Podge. It is important to get a photocopy made of the photo; if you use one you print from your ink jet printer, the ink will run. So I found getting a few of the photos photocopied on to one sheet gave me some extra in case I ran into any problems but the Mod Podge worked really well.
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I painted this large canvas as a donation to a silent auction that is being held at a local fundraising breakfast for a local family. I wrote the verse (c. 2014 Sue Lane).  Acrylic paint basecoat and then dry brush make up the background. I used acrylic paint for lettering.  For the star, I used Patio Paint textured paint and that made the star more dimensional.  I came back with the navy paint and put 3 coats on top of the texture. To finish it off I brushed on satin varnish. There is a tooth hook on the back for hanging.
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Another personalized ink art project in 8" x 10" size. I had made one for my neighbor.  
These are fun to make and one-of-a-kind.
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This large canvas is for Jake. 
I painted his favorite activities - football, hockey and guitar along with his name and hockey league. 
It is done using acrylic paint and varnish. 
There is a  hook on the back for him to hang it in his room.
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This little canvas magnet is for Jellybean - the baby in the ultrasound. 
The technique is the same as the magnets above for Trevor and Asher.
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Currently I am working on some new projects - knitting and painting.  
(Of course I do have to fit my housework into my schedule, too.)  
I'll soon take pics of the newest designs and post them here.

I think I am caught up for now. I will also be pinning these to Pinterest to my 'My Creations' board
 but  I am not doing that all in one sitting...that would sure clog up the feed!

You can follow me on Pinterest - http://www.pinterest.com/sue_montgomery/boards/

And if you have a Pinterest page, I would like to follow you, too.  
I can be contacted by email at penandinkwell@yahoo.com

Thanks for looking!
Until next time (when I won't post so many projects at once!)