Saturday, October 12, 2013

Grandmother's Dresden (completed)

My grandmother and I have been watching Jenny Doan's videos, and she fell in love with the Dresden Plate pattern, which she calls the "big flowers". We have been quilting on a budget, and so we improvised. Thus, some of the Dresdens have 20 and some more or less pieces. But here she is, so proud that we finally finished it (and without a ruler, either!)

Finally completed! 

Here are some close-ups:



Yay for one WiP finally completed! I hope everyone is having a great Saturday! Love, ~Z

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fall WIP

School has been busy, with practicals and challenging classes-Pathology, to name one, so I haven't been crafting as much. I did stop by a quilt shop a couple of weekends ago, though, and they had a nice selection of scraps, which you could stuff into a baggie for 3 dollars:quite a good deal! Here is the top I pieced with some of the scraps.

It is not bad for 3 dollars, but still only half the size I want, so I am sort of at a standstill while I consider my options. I have plenty of warm hued fabrics to finish it out, but it would be quite difficult to replicate the scrappy spontaneity that made this top so pretty. I'll keep you updated once I do make a decision, I guess.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

crafting update

I have been away for quite a while, as between my medical mission to Guatemala, and the Cranial Academy conference in La Jolla, I've managed to make the rooms quite a mess. Finally, I've started cleaning them up and getting things organized enough to craft again.

I was on a card making kick for a while, and I hosted a card and stamping night at Whitney's house with Kate, Whitney, and Amanda. We had a great time, and I delighted to show them the techniques I've been learning from Britta Swiderski, Nichol Magouirk, and Kristina Werner on Youtube, from embossing to coloring to blending. But I needed a break.

So, I started quilting again. Summer in Vegas is the perfect time to quilt because we are forced inside due to the 100+ heat, and it is usually quite chilly inside from the air conditioning. I found a beautiful Dove in the Window pattern when I was searching on Google images, and with a little adaptation of a Lemoyne Star pattern, made up my own. I'm hand quilting, so it is slow going, but it is nice to get back to needle and thread again.
I'm hoping to make an entire quilt (12 stars), so I'll have to hurry to finish before school starts. I've heard the second year of med school is the toughest: Pathology, Pharmacology, and Microbiology: definitely no time for quilting (or crafting) then! 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Where I've been, and a card for Alyson!

Hello there!
It's been so long since I last posted *shamefaced*. Well, I DID have a good excuse: I had a horrible week of exams and practicals for med school last week, and then this week was me recovering from all the sleep deprivation and excessive caffeine consumption of the last month, and probably the entire school year. I had a migraine the day before yesterday, and then now that I've recovered, it's time to start packing for Guatemala! I'm going to Guatemala for a 10-day medical mission, and I'm so excited. I've traveled through many countries in Central America including Belize, Panama, and Costa Rica, but it's going to be my first time in Guatemala, and my first time going as medical personnel. (That sounds so weird! I'm just a first year medical student/soon-to-be second year medical student! Medical personnel sounds so professional...anyways...)

Here is a crafty update as well! I made this card for my friend Alyson's birthday. Technically, it is a day late because we had a TBL the day before, and we couldn't exactly do anything until after the TBL. Sorry, Alyson!

I'd been wanting to use some Lawn Fawn stamps as a background stamp, so I pulled out the Petite Florals set, and put a bunch of them on the Fiskars Stamp press. Voila! The hat and the sentiment are from the Lawn Fawn's Hats Off to You set. The banner is from the Bannerific set, of course. I also used some glossy accents and a Sakura white gel pen for the dots.  (I need to fix my InLinkz thing, but that'll be after Guatemala.).
I'm entering it into 4 challenges: 


1. Lawnscaping Challenges has a CAS Challenge
2. Through the Craftroom Door has a Anything goes challenge. 
3. PartyTime Tuesday has an Anything goes challenge
4. Simon Says Stamp Challenge also has an Anything goes challenge

Wish me luck! 
Love,~Z

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Spring Break! and a card for Molly

It's spring break this week, so I actually had a couple of days away from studying. Granted, there was still SOME studying: I have an anatomy practical next Monday, so Netter's is basically going to be my constant companion until next week. However, I took some time out to make some cards. Here is the first one: This card is for my friend Molly, who was recently accepted into an archivist librarian Master's program in Boston. Supplies used are all Lawn Fawn: Lawn Fawn Dewey Decimal 6X6 pad, Dewey Decimal sticker, and the sentiment is from Just My Type. More pictures later! I'm headed to school to study for a few hours!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit and Challenge

Sorry I've been away for so long! Med school has definitely eaten up most of crafting time, and sleep time. Ah well. I have been playing around with the Simon Says Stamp March 2013 Card kit, and saw that the challenge for this week was green, so I ended up making a card to go with that theme.

The cardstock, washi tape, sentiment, and 2 of the papers of the flower are all from the March SSS card kit found here: http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/the-54125/Simon-Says-Stamp-clear/Detail

The pink paper is the KI Enchanting Papers collection. I also used the Jenni Bowlin Brown Sugar stamp pad for the sentiment. 

Sorry today's such a short blog. I hope you enjoy, and I promise to be more active once exams are over! 

Best,
~Z