Thursday, January 26, 2012


Hoping I will get better as time comes. Right now it kinda looks scary. 
Can you tell what my new interest is? Yup, if you guessed knitting, you're right. I finally forced myself to take a knitting class and as you can see I'm still just an amateur.  I am hoping in a few months (maybe I'm being a little to ambitious) that I can knit and needle felt my own purse. Luckily for me, there is a local yarn store that's ten minutes away from my house, so I have no excuse but to get my butt out there and master the art of knitting! Wish me luck. Have you guys heard of Raverly?  It's a great website for fellow knitters like myself. There are forums, links to knitting resources, meet-ups, patterns, and knitting questions, all on this website. If know of any other websites about knitting, please let me know. Anyone else knit?

My Sanctuary A.K.A. Anne's Craft's Room

I thought I would show you my little place of heaven today, also known as my craft room where I retreat to every night. After a long day of work, kids, karate, cooking, cleaning and chauffeuring, I always look forward to the down-time in my sanctuary, creating cards, coloring, sewing, cutting, and thinking up new ideas for projects. Anyhow, here's a look into my private escape. Sorry it's a little messy. I try to keep it tidy but it's impossible. Maybe it's because I always have at least three projects going on at the same time.

Table, Shelves, and Hutch are from Ikea

 Ikea CD shelves were used to store all my Cricut Cartridges. The larger bookcases are from their BONDE line.

I bought this rotating rack from a Scrapbook Store for $50 that was going out of business.

My handy Janome 4120 and Singer Sewing Machines. 

I purchased this unit from a Scrapbooking Store for $30. I love that it can hold a lot of markers. Can't you tell I need to buy more Copic Markers. 

My Black Cat Cougar and Cricut collecting dust at the momment. 

Here is my 12 x12 and 8 x 11 paper rack system. This method is so much better than putting them on the bookshelves. 

Here is where I put my punches, stamp paper, stamps, Cuttlebug, embossing folders, photos and scrap paper.  

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Vintage Handbag

I was so pleased of the outcome of this handbag for many reasons. For one, it was my first attempt of making a handbag from scratch. Secondly, everything including the tote itself was made from recycled items. Thirdly, I used my new Janome 4120 to create it. Not to mention, my mother who is quite the seamstress herself was surprised I was able to accomplish such a task. Thanks mom! Anyways, here is the finish project. Doesn't it look like something you would find at Anthropologie?

Purple Base: From an old cardigan at the thrift store
Strap: Leftover fabric my mother gave me
Pin: Flea Market
Lace: Estate Sale

Vintage Valentine's Day Card

A couple of weeks ago, I visited my local flea market and picked up a bunch of vintage post cards. Since Valentine's Day is next month, I decided to create a Valentine's Day card from one of the postcards I purchased. I love recycling old things and creating something out of them. I was happy with the end result. What do you guys think?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Vintage Postcards

This morning at the flea market, I picked up several vintage postcards which I plan to make into cards. They were 3/$1.00 which I thought was a pretty good deal. I love the look of vintage cards. Don't these look beautiful. Can you guess which card I will be using next. Hint: It has a heart on it. Stay tuned for the finish card.

Felt Hair Barrettes

For several weeks now I have been determined to make my girls their own hair barrettes. Well, I finally had the chance this week to finish them and I think they turned out pretty darn cute. I cut the flowers out of felt and then shaped them into roses. I then sewed the roses into white felt which were attached to the metal barrettes. The cupcake, cow, and pig are Puffies felt stickers that were bought at Micheals and then sewed onto felt. I loved the way the barrettes turned out and they were super easy to make. Hope you guys like them.