Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Vintage Christmas Card

When I found this vintage postcard, dated 1907 at a flea market several weeks ago, I had the perfect person in mind that I wanted to give it to. Rather than using a stamped image, I wanted to create something different incorporating this postcard. The end result turned out just as pretty as I thought it would. I used vintage lace on the top corners, then sewed red thread around the edges. I finished the card off with silk poinsettias I found at Michaels. I hope you guys like it. Now I just have to wrap it and give it to my dear friend Barb! Her husband has a antique museum next to their house filled with vintage farm equipment, old tractors, classic motorcycles and many other things I can't possibly name. I think this card would just fit right in.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mommy's New Toy. The Janome 4120 QDC Sewing Machine

After doing exhaustive research, including visiting several dealers to find the best sewing machine on the market, I finally pulled the trigger and bought a JANOME 4120. The other top contenders were the Bernina 350 and Baby Lock Elizabeth. Although I loved the other machines, which offered many features and benefits, I chose the JANOME 4120 because I believed it offered the best bang for the buck. The Janome 4120 boasts over 120 utility and decorative stitches, one-hand needle threader, top loading bobbin, locking stitch button, easy touch LCD screen, automatic thread cutter, needle-up/needle down,  start and stop button, speed control, and more. The Bernina 350 retails for around $1200, while the Baby Lock Elizabeth cost roughly $1100. I was able to purchase the Janome 4120 for $899 before taxes. The trick is going to several dealers to find out who is offering the best price. This might be a time consuming process, but in the end can save you $100 to $200 dollars. All the dealers offered sewing classes with a machine purchase, which is extremely helpful for a beginner like me.

Mommy's New Toy

Examples of Utility and Decorative Stitches

Since I began making cards and doing crafts several months ago, I wanted to invest in a good sewing machine that would last a long time and would do what I needed (sew decorative stitches, make buttonholes, work with crafts, and do simple repairs). The Janome 4120 does all that and more. In fact, even my five- and four-year-olds have played with the machine and love it. I've had this toy for about a week and so far I really like it. The motor is fairly quiet and the machine itself is relatively lightweight. The look is sleek and simple, with the option to use a foot pedal or go auto-pilot. How cool is that! I will update you in a few months on my progress and the machine's performance.

Following are highlight specs on some of the top sewing machines:

Janome 4120

120 Utility Stitches
Font with Block, European, and Cyrillic Characters
One Hand Needle Threader
Memorized Needle Up/Down Setting
7-Piece Feed Dog
Automatic Thread Cutter
Start/Stop Button
Locking Stitch Button
Speed Control Glider
Stitch Pattern Programming
LCD Screen with Touchpad
Top Loading Bobbin
Good Customer Support
Accessories are more affordable than Bernina

Price $899 up

Bernina 350 (Considered Cadillac of Sewing Machines)

85 Total Stitches
Manual Thread Cutter
One Hand Needle Threader
Needle Stop up/down
Speed Control
LCD Display
Front Loading Bobbin
Accessories are pricey
Good Customer Support

Price $1599 up

Baby Lock Elizabeth

178 Built In Stitches
One Hand Needle Threader
Top Loading Bobbin
Automatic Thread Cutter
LCD Screen
Start/Stop Button
Speed Control
Needle Up/Down
25-year limited manufacturer warranty
Good Customer Support

Price $1200 up

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Ho Ho Ho Santa Clause Is Coming To Town!

I had fun making this card for a close friend of ours. The Stamp is from Stampin Up and the sentiment is from Michaels Crafts. I used a little bit of glitter to give the card some sparkles and finished it off with some flock. Overall, the card was easy and fun to do. I hope you guys like it.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Shall I Play For You

Hey everyone, I've been pushing myself all week to knock off one more task before Christmas, which is completing my Christmas cards. So far, no such luck. I have a few more to go and with kids, work, and more work, it seems this project is almost impossible. Luckily, I finished making this adorable card last night called "Shall I Play For You," by Mo Manning. I think the little boy and his dog are so cute. Hope you guys like it.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Urchin With Bird By Mo Manning

Happy Friday everyone. I was up late last night trying to finish this Christmas card after putting my girls to sleep. I look forward to this hour because it is the only time of the day I get to do what I love and not get interrupted by kids, phone calls, pick-ups, and work. Only downside is that my husband sees less of me, but luckily I have a very understanding and supportive partner. I always put a lot of thought into making a card because I want the colors, fabrics, embellishments and other mediums to work well together. Well, this is what I came up with. I hope you like it. The illustration is called Urchin with Bird, by Mo Manning.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Three Carolers

I hope you enjoy this Christmas card I created with one of Mo Manning's digital stamps. She is such a talented artist whose work reminds me that of another famous artist, "Norman Rockwell." This card took me awhile to complete because it was my first handmade Christmas card ever and also I wanted it to look perfect. So here it is folks. Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011