Sunday, August 7, 2022

Hot...Hot... Summer!

   It has been a hot summer this year. Last year we put central air in our home, and am I glad we did.  Except I do kinda miss having the windows open with fresh air flowing in. I open the windows first thing in the morning, but as the hot air begins we close them. 

  Fall and Spring are my favorite seasons. Then I can keep windows open and hear the birds tweeting from outside. It's August so I guess we still have some hot warm days ahead.

  We took our granddaughters for an afternoon of mini-golf. They really enjoyed learning how to hit the ball. They had some great shots.

 I was pretty happy with my game, too. I was able to on at least two hole hit it in to the hole in two putts. Proud, I am. I have not golfed for years. Putting was my favorite part of golfing anyway. 

  Izzy did a great job this time. Last year she was not impressed with golf, but this year she seemed to really want to finish the course. 

 Evy really tries to follow form and get the ball in. It was a hot day so I was surprised the girls lasted the whole course. It was a little busy but we did not have to hurry at all.

Mini-golf training
 
 The ice cream at the end of the day was the best part. We watched as other families were playing at each hole. But the ice cream really cooled us off under the umbrella shade.

 It was a lovely day with the granddaughters. Love this memory. We might be able to try another mini golf course before the summer is over. Hoping it won't be so hot, too.

/The front
It took me forever to make my granddaughter's 5th birthday card for her. She is into cheetahs right now so I wanted to make one with a cheetah on it. I  used my Cricut to find just the right cheetah . Most of them looked like they would eat you. This cheetah looked the friendliest of them all. 
  I found a tutorial on how to make this center fold card. Perfect for the images and sentiment I wanted to use. 
  I love my Cricut. I used it to draw the sentiment you see on either side of the center.
The back


      I didn't want the back to be blank so I used a running cheetah in the jungle to finish the theme.

I hope she likes it. I also hope she doesn't see it before her birthday at the end of the month.  Five years has gone so fast. 





  This doll that was made my Christina Ruigulles is on our Etsy store now. It is a vintage doll since I bought back in the 1980's, I think.
  She is in good shape as she has only been on display all these years. I really love the detail that she put into her face. She does an awesome job. I am not sure if she is still making these dolls, though. 
  I have a link to our store: Cooksistersdesigns on Etsy. Be sure and check  it out. 
  Well it is going to be another really not day her in Yarmouth. The weatherman is say the humidity will be high as well at tempertures reaching 90 degrees.
  I think we will be staying inside today  in our central air conditioning. I would really like to spend some time outdoors but I do not like the humidity.
  I hope your day is cool and comfortable. 










Saturday, July 23, 2022

Been Too Long!!

   I cannot believe I have not posted anything for so long. I feel ashamed and yet I have been really busy. I am going to try and make a commitment to posting more often and more regularly. I must set a routine to remember to post. 

  This summer has flown by. I worked on doing the crafts for our chuches VBS (Vacation Bible School) for most of the spring. We had over 50 kids come around the end of June. I enjoyed working with students again. They were so interested in the crafts I had set up for them. 

  I have been working on fewer crafts of my own because our inventory is so high right now. We are doing The Italian Heritage Craft Fair in December , but we have plenty of projects ready. 

This is a decorated cigar box .

This cigar box is one example of what we have available for sale. We backed out of Cole's Corner because we did not do well there. We believe it is the state of our economy that are keeping people from buying right now. 

 I don't blame them with gas and food prices so high. Crafts would be way down on my list of things that you have to have. So we are just working on fun things that we enjoy making. 

  I


  I have been working on cards mostly because August is a big month for birthdays in my family. The top card is for my brother-in-law, Tom. He turns 70 next month.

I used my Cricut to cut out the images on golf. The number 70 is a die cut I have on hand. I have Cricut Access so that I can find all the images I need to make a unique card. 


  I got the sentiment off the computer looking up on Pinterest. I is wicked cute. I think Tom will like it since he is an avid golfer. The gof cart is from Cricut also. 

  Love using the black and white for vivid contrast. Easy to read and enjoy the pictures.

Mike's Card

 The other card is for Mike who is our daughter's partner. We hope to see them soon as they live out in Colorado.  Flying right now does not sound too good, though.

 The running man is from Cricut Access too. Mike is a runner and helps to set up races in Colorado. I think he will enjoy this card.

This item is for sale on Etsy.

  This flattened tin can flower holder is on sale now on our new Etsy Store. My sisters' and I decided to try online sales. 

  We are hoping that we will do well and therefore do less craft fairs. So far it has been slow. The economy is not much better.

 Anyway if you are interest in checking out Cooksistersdesigns on Etsy just put our name in the search or use this link.

Cooksistersdesigns

 You will find our crafts are upscaling items, new ways to use old items , and a few items that someone else crafted and we are ready to part with them.

 Hopefully you will see something that you like or will inspire you to put something of your own together. 

  We went on a trip to Boston in June. We went with the our son and his family, our grandchildren. It was fun. My sister, Adrianne, let us stay with them as they are in Rockland, Mass. She went with us to the Boston Aquarium, too. The kids loved The Science Museum and the Aquarium. 

 Adrianne and Lenny have an awesome pool that is heated. It was a lovely time. The weather was perfect.
Here are a few pictures from our trip. I made an album for each girl to be able to look back and remember what fun we had with family. 


We are going to Disney World this year and I plan on making an album for each of them to put their pictures in to remember the time spent together. 


When they are in high school/college I love the idea that these photos will be a way to look back and think about their awesome chldhood. 


 Well, I am getting my Sunday School lesson ready for this week. So I will sign off and hope that I will be on again soon. 

 Hope everyone is having a great summer. It will be gone before we know it. 



Thursday, December 30, 2021

Happy New Year!



I have not been blogging for awhile now. Feeling guilty, so I am starting before the New Year to get me off to a good start. My New Year's Resolution is to keep up my blog on a weekly basis. I think I can put that in my plans now. 
Sisters' Designs now has a small area at Cole's Corner in Wells to try and sell our crafted items. We are excited about this venture. Diane, the owner, has been so nice to us as we try and create a niche that will attract people to our endeavors. 
This is a music box that I made using a prebought box from Tate's in West Bath. It was perfect for this lovely little song, "Love Story".  I love the pink rose on top.


Music Box for sale.

I made another music box , but I actually made the box from chipboard and decorated it with Graphic 45 paper called, "Love Notes". 

 It is an awesome collection of paper that is perfect for Valentine's Day. 

This music box plays " Somewhere Over the Rainbow". Love the little feminine accents such as the pearls and the pink shoe. Could it be any prettier?

I think this would be great for anyone looking for a gift for someone to give on Valentine's Day. I am thinking of charging $30.00 for each music box. If they don't sell, I plan on giving them to my granddaughters for Valentine's Day. So either way I am happy that I made them.

Music Box for sale.


   I also took some small ball jars and decorated them with snowmen using my Cricut machine to cut out the images in my SVG file. 

  I thought they were super cute especially for a saleable item this winter. Who would not love receiving these little guys. I am thinking that the jar could be filled with candy, or soaps, or anything that would be fitting for a gift or a favor. 

 I like recycling items so they do not end up in the trash. This idea is one of our driving thoughts for my sisters and I. We plan on trying to use our talents in making old items new again. Not an easy task I will tell you.

Snowmen gift idea!

    On a side note, I am please as punch, to show you my new acquisition for our bedroom. This is a storage solution I found on Amazon for my scarves, winter sweaters, and whatever does not fit in my bureau. 

   It fit perfectly in this little area outside of our bathroom door.

I love how the handles are a wooden color and show off the black of each little cubby. 

  I can't tell you how it puts a smile on my face to be more organized than I was before this item was put together by my DH.



    We had such a fun Christmas with our kids this year! It was good to be together and enjoy the happiness of seeing our grandchildren open their gifts. This picture is when they saw the innertubes their parents gave them to use on our hilly hills around the area. They have tried them out for real and you can imagine how much fun they had. 

 

Fun at Christmas....

  I hope everyone stays well and has a Happy New Year. I know we are going to try and see the silver lining in all things.

  Stay positive and healthy. 

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Where Has Summer Gone?


 Summer has shot by like a rocket. I have been busy doing gardening work and crafting. The hydrangeas are coming in quite well this summer. We bought two more because they do so well here. 
 We hired our neighbor to use his tractor to pull two mini lilac bushes away from our shed and help us plant them in the front . What a job! 
Still gotta take out the other plant.
They seem happy in their new place.
Cool tractor!
  We were so happy to have him work with us cause we were pooped. We could not have done it without him. 
  I really like how everything came out though. I plan on planting flowers in front of the shed. 
  It is raining now so no planting until it clears off. I will use flowers from my other two beds to help with the cost of buying new flowers. I love how I can move plants to where I want them because I have so many.

  I have also been using my Cricut Machine to make August birthday cards. Whew! I have alot of family with birthdays in August. This is just one for my brother-in-law. He is an avid golfer so this is perfect for him. I bought the SVG file from Lori Whitlock. It was so easy to put together.
The front
 The golfer on back is a stamp I have from Stampin Up. I just fussy cut him out after coloring him. I like how it came out.

The back.


  I am excited because Sisters' Designs 
Candlestick with moulds
got accepted into the Kennebunk Craft
Fair for 3 Saturdays in August and September. 
 This is new for us so I hope we do well and have fun meeting new people that like our crafts.
  This candlestick is one I was working on. I used moulds from IOD . I glued them on and then painted them a mineral chalk paint color. I decided that using a white was on the whole candlestick would give it a beachy look. It came out great.
  You will have to come to the Pavillion on Main Street Kennebunk to see it in its finished form.
Banana holder is now hold a basket.
     Here is another piece I am trying to sell at the Kennebunk Craft Show. I used a 
transfer on the bottom. I added a lacy handkerchief to the basket to make it look a little more elegant.
  I love that mineral color and use it alot. I need to buy more. 
  You could hang anything you want from the hook, but I really like the small basket.

  Our granddaughters are growing up but we still love babysitting them whenever we can. This is a great picture of them having fun together.
  They are so sweet and kind to each other. Such a joy to be with on these days. I try and take pictures each time to keep a memory .
  Hope you have had a good summer so  far. Maybe I will see you in Kennebunk Artisan Market Place on August 14th. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

February Fun~

This is the weather outside our home this February. We have had 
snow and more ice.
This month has been a busy month so far. We just got back from our trip to Florida, which was a fun trip. 

  We quarantined and then got out Covid test which proved negative. Amen.

We were able to see our grandkids again which is always fun. It is good to be back to our regular routine again too. 

We have not had alot of snow this month, but have some of the light fluffy stuff which I will take any day compared to the heavy snow. I HATE the ice because of my fear of falling. However, it is pretty on all the trees and shrubs. We did not lose power which I am so grateful for in this cold weather. Not as cold as Texas though. Praying for them down there.

Love these drawers. Not from Ikea.
   My DH was so good to me this month. For my Valentine gift he put these 4 drawers together and the 4 cubbies on top. He anchored the top to the bottom which is awesome because it makes the whole unit so strong. I love them.
   These drawers are not from Ikea, though. I purchased them from Wayfair. They were ten dollars cheaper than Ikea and free shipping. Color me happy. I am still moving things around to fill these drawers. I have not labelled them yet til I am done moving. But  I absolutely love them. They look so clean and neat. I have organized the rest of my craftroom around this inspirational drawer organization. I feel a halo about to land on top of my head. 
Valentine Cards



I worked on these Valentine cards for my family. I used my Cricut machine to cut them out from My Scrapchick file that I bought. I have not heat embossed the sayings yet onto each card. I was waiting for my Versa mark pen to come so I could finish them. One said, "Toadily  Awesome, Lovin every inch of you, Bee mine, and Love Bug". I thought they were wicked cute. 

    

Happy Valentine's Day

  I also made these candy

 boxes for my grandkids.

 This was also a file I bought from My Scrapchick. She was having a sale so I got them for half price. She is great for having sales on occasion. I love her files. Most of them are super cute. 

 These boxes were easy to make and held about 8 pieces of chocolate. This was perfect as we were going to celebrate Evy's 6th birthday the next day.

Birthday Girl!
Sharing 

  Evy is into Transformers as you can tell from her shirt. She has a new haircut too which looks adorable on her. We had great fun watching her open her gifts. She is such a good sister to , Izzy. Izzy would play with one of her gifts as Evy opened another one. Evy was fine with sharing. Both girls are so sweet to each other most of the time.


Tags for Evy's gifts

  I made these tags to go on Evy's gifts. I think they are so cute. I bought them from Wish so I do not know who makes them. I colored them with my Copic markers which was fun. I did not have any Transformer stamps so this would have to do. 

   I will end this post with a picture I took while in sunny Florida. The weather was so great while we were there. Thanks Chris and Tom for a wonderful visit. Hope we can do it again next year without masks and hand sanitizer. 

Florida





 
 







Monday, January 11, 2021

January Blues

Mark's Card for his birthday
  January has been a ho hum month. We have gotten some snow, but the warmer weather has brought rain which has taken all the snow pretty much away with just an inch or two left. 
  I like it to snow the light fluffy stuff so that I can go out and push it around and not worry about my back going out. Oh well, we will just have to wait for it.
  In the meantime I am crafting for birthdays that occur in January and February. I am loving my Cricut  for cutting out these awesome pieced to make a beer mug for my brother-in-law, Mark's birthday. He collects beer mugs for fun and he has quite a collection. This will be perfect for him. 
  I love how realistic it looks with me inking the suds a little to give it more on an authentic look. Even the gray paper I used for the actual mug gives it a realistic slant. Hope he likes it. This beer mug comes from Dreaming Tree SVG files. It only costs about , I believe, around 2.50. Much cheaper than a die. 
  

  My friend, Cindy, just bought a Cricut for herself. I went over to help her move files to her Design Space. She is a quick learner and has sent me pictures of the projects she has done since my visit. 
  She graciously made this "cozy" for my Cricut. It is so cute. Love the tassels that go around the outside. It will keep dust out of my machine and give it an awesome look. Thanks, Cindy!
  
Knobs
Happy Birthday Card
  I made birthday card for my daughter-in-law, Kristin, Her birthday is in February. I used the eclipse technique again. I really like how this technique looks on cards. You can also use it to make a frame sampler, too.
  I used my Stampin Up Tranquil Tulips stamps. I really like this set cause it reminds me of spring to come. 
  Look up the eclipse technique on Pinterest and some awesome projects come up to save. 
  
Great technique

  This well wishes card was super fun to make. I used my watercolor paint to dab onto the paper in a haphazard way. Then I used my Stampin Up stamps called Dandelion Wishes. This is a great stamp set for cards. I also used it on making coasters, too. 
    I purchased some knobs from Hobby Lobby cause they were on sale. You got half off most of the selection. I use them for music boxes or any box I might like to open.
  The small black knob I am using on the top of my lantern as a decoration. My DH has to cut off the screw a little bit cause it is too long, but it will work great. Love a sale. 


I am hoping that we will have a Spring Craft Fair to go to at USM in April or May, not sure when it might be. My sisters and I are working this winter on the possibility that we might be able to participate in it. 
So I have been looking at ways we could display our work for customers to see our projects better.

Display stand
  I put my wooden stamps in drawers that are labelled so that I could use this graduated stand for our goods. I think it might work. It will surely save space on the table and give the customer a better view. We will try this come spring , if we are able. 




  Well, I guess I will get back to work on making a new card called Outside the Box. My Favorite Things coined this name. They are selling a die for 50.00. My sister and I are making a similar card using out Cricut machine. We can make it larger or smaller which is awesome for us . Will post pictures next time. 

  Hope you all are well and happy. Keep safe. 



Wednesday, December 30, 2020

After the Holidays are Here!

It has been a busy winter so far. I wrenched my back shoveling the heavy wet first snow. It laid me up for about 2 weeks. No shoveling for awhile. Then I got a cold and was tested to make sure it wan't Covid-19. It wasn't, thank goodness, but it has taken awhile to get over it. I am well and back to crafting again.
I have been making these 4 x 4 frames and putting some interesting poems/ quotes in them. They are so easy to make and only take one sheet of 12 x 12 two sided decorative paper. It is all about the scoring and folding. Here is a link to the gal that gave awesome directions that I followed. It is from Mixed Up Crafts. This gal does some fabulous projects and does a great job with her videos. This one was on Youtube.
I recently made this sympathy card for my friend Helen. She lost her brother this past week. I wanted to reach out to her and let her know we are thinking of her during this difficult time. I thought these tulips from Stampin Up's Tranquil Tulips collection would work well with the eclipse technique using square dies and mounting with strips of foam adhesives. Love the way it looks. Planning on making more using this technique.
We had a lovely Christmas with family. We usually get together with my brother and sisters,but due to Covid we decided to forgo that this year. So we spent Christmas with our son and his family. It was a lovely time. One of the best gifts I got was a picture of our granddaughters. They are such sweet girls. I love to see how well they play together when we babysit once a week for them. We are so blessed to be a part of their lives. The girls love to craft in my craftroom. They make amazing projects. I thihk it is a good thing to have them start early to appreciate their creativeness.
I will end my post with a recent purchase I found on Amazon. My sister, Chris, told me about these tea lights that come in a disc that is remote controlled. I thought this was a super idea for some of my 3d projects. You can place it inside a lantern or a Christmas tree and use the remote to turn it on instead of opening it every time. Love it. You have to make sure and not lose the remote cause there is no way to turn the lights on without it.
Well I hope to post more often now that I can use my laptop in my craftroom to actually sit down and do it. I hope everyone has a happy holiday. Praying for everyone to get the vaccine as soon as possible. Happy crafting...

Hot...Hot... Summer!

   It has been a hot summer this year. Last year we put central air in our home, and am I glad we did.  Except I do kinda miss having the wi...