Sunday, December 7, 2014

Mario Kart Birthday Party

Another year older for Mr. Rylan! Happy 5th Birthday Grandson! As you can see the theme of the party was Mario Kart. Bright colors and lots of fun characters.

I had to google most of the characters for Mario Kart as I'm not as up to date on these things as our little ones are. Sooo many ideas started to pop into my head. Once my son told me that he had purchased the Mario Kart remote control car for Rylan's gift, I knew which direction I was headed with the decorations.

First I started with the card. Very easy card to make thanks to Sharyn's Stamp Biz for her how to. Fast, simple and perfect for any Mario & Luigi lovers.

Nest came the birthday hats, and once again I searched online and found a real easy method to make the hats thanks to Cute As A Fox. I cut the circles out on my Silhouette Cameo and added some gold brads, at the corner to make sure the visor stayed in place, then stamped happy 5th Birthday around the monogram L & M.

Purchased some bright plastic cups at WalMart and cut out some characters and then stamped and glued them onto the cups...and what would Mario Brothers be without their mustaches? I cut out mustaches and then glued them onto straws! Perfecto~mondo!

Banners: Now they were easy enough. Cut them out by hand, printed up the characters, added my own twist, stamped and added some tape, brads and mustaches (of course) and kept the V for
added bonus  ~ a little something to add to the walls to help decorate and bring the theme to life.

Being Christopher bought Rylan the Mario Kart remote control car, I decided to make a 'start your engine' sign.

This is the birthday Banner that I made for the wall, which was kind of hard to get it all into the picture! Bright, colorful and wishing Rylan a Happy 5th Birthday with some of the fun characters that I printed up and cut out, glued onto the banners.

I searched, printed, cut, stamped and glued until my heart was content! Then we partied and enjoyed celebrating a very special little grandson's 5th Birthday. Wonder what theme will be in demand next time?

Thank you for stopping by and checking out another project of Nanny Donna's Corner, and so

Binou and I say chow for now! Hope you have a scrap~happy day!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Hello Kitty!!

I'd like to introduce our new addition, Mz. Binou!! We adopted her from our local SPCA through Pet Smart and what a fun, smart bundle of black fur she is!

Every morning I get my 'cat scan' with a final kiss on the nose to let me know all is good. Then she nicely settles with her paws on my shoulders, with a little face rubbing for good measure and settles her behind ...on my keyboard blocking all view of the screen....mmmm, perhaps she is trying to tell me something? lol

If I am crafting, she is sitting right behind me on top of the back of my chair or...yes, you guessed it, on top of my desk amusing herself with EVERYTHING. I also discovered she is a little thief in the making. She loves to pick up my crafting supplies and make off with it...always fun, specially since I usually leave my desk/working area a darn mess. 

Oh well, certainly makes for an entertaining life....and knitting bahahah took on a whole new meaning with Mz. Binou around.

Just FYI, we were not sure what to call our new addition, until our little grandson, Liam walked in and met her and immediately he wanted to know what was her name. I thought of Minnie Mouser but according to Mr. Liam, she looked exactly like a Binou...therefore Binou was Christened and from that day forward she is Mz. Binou!

Mmmm, what have I been up to? Well, took a mini break from posting and such, simply due to health and time and not to mention family responsibilities. My mother has been battling skin cancer for years but at the age of 84, it had come back and was a mess. She just finished a month of radiation and is now recuperating at our Community Hospital.

So, not to cry into my Cornflakes, or anything of the sorts as I know everyone has bumps along their way and now it's my turn and we will come out of it fine one way or another ~ it's just time consuming and burns up a lot of energy.

Escaping to my craft room doesn't happen as often as I would like BUT at the same time I do manage a little...and SO enough blabering about nothing here is one of my most recent card projects. Hope you enjoy it!!

Ta~dah!! This card and Box was made for a very special 'sister' who will be turning...shhh 65! Being we are in the month of November and we have experienced a few flakes and cooler weather I decided to go with a Christmas kind of theme. Red and White always stands out fresh and crisp.

To make this card,  I managed to us my Big Shot, Silhouette Cameo, some embossing folders and my printer!! A touch of glitter glue to add a little sparkle here and there...oh and how could I forget, I made the box for my card with my trusty Ultimate Tool from Crafter's Companion Boxer Board and also my Martha Stewart Score Board.

A stamp from my stash, a couple of sparkly brads for the center of the poinsettia flowers and a red ribbon to tie it all together.

I cut a 12 X 12 inch white cardstock in half and then scored it with my Martha Stewart Score board to make three equal parts. The firsts flap on the inside I printed a birthday sentiment in the Silhouette Cameo program, cut it out and then layered it with a red nestled shape. Added a smaller poinsettia, sparkly brad for the center of the flower, glitter glue around the boarder and Le Voila!

Big Shot made the corner embellishment from one of my dies.

open up the final flap to reveal....

 A Happy 65th Birthday! Note, it's typed in large and bold print...ya know, 65 and all!! Oh so sorry, but I just had to!!! and I should talk, I need glasses for far and close...and it's getting harder and harder to see anything close by!! lol 

The box was made with the Ultimate Crafter's Companion Boxer Board, easy peezy. Add corner brackets and a flower...a little ribbon and your all set for a Christmassy Birthday Card Set.

Anyhow, thank you for stopping by and I am hoping to find some spare time to post and play along with all my crafty peeps!

Keep on crafting ~ best therapy in the world!!  ;)

From Nanny Donna's (dusty) Corner, take care ~ Hugs!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Meet Lily~Anne

Hello, it's been a while hasn't it? Like I've said before, sometimes life gets in the way of crafting, but crafter's move on!!

I'd like to introduce Lily~Anne, a rag doll that I made for our little grand~daughter. She has a penchant for blue hair and bright colors, thus Lily~Anne came to life in Nanny Donna's Sewing/Craft room.

Out came and old pattern that I had for a very long time, some mix~matched material from my stash, purchased some variegated blue yarn and got to work. What started out as a  s l o w    project, due to Mr. Arthur taking up residence in my hands/shoulder (naturally, it would be my right hand that gets the nastiest being I am right handed ) and because the idea of taking my time and not spending hours on end just doesn't seem to sink in all that well, I decided that I would start early on this project and work a little at a time on it...well, that was my intentions until the birthday party was moved up!! so Nanny had to boogie to get this one done on time.

The part that took the longest was her hair. I did not like having the hair 'loose' on the 'scalp' and having the 'scalp' show through...and sewing yarn to a piece of binding, well, now isn't that fun?

I ended up cutting the yarn by wrapping it on a piece of cardboard, then placing scotch tape down on my work table and sticking the yarn evenly, then sewing the binding down the center of all the yarn. BUT this wasn't what I wanted (scalp showing through) and then I thought 'mm, what if I braided the hair and then sew each braid to the 'scalp', that would hold the hair in place ~ no scalp showing through!! Yay! BUT time consuming or what and try holding a needle with fingers that just don't want to work!! HELP!

Slowly I got the hair done and I really loved the outcome...BUT more important Logan really loved her dolly and named her Lilly~Anne as soon as she saw it.

Her boxed pop up birthday card was filled with balloons, harts and fun birthday wishes ~ which I had made far in advance...slowly ;)  see, I am learning! Pace myself. Yup, but man that is hard to do when you just want to dig in and get~r~done! lol

Learning to deal with anything that slows us down or limits us takes time. I've always tried to pack in as much as I could when I felt good, no migraine, but that doesn't work when you have Arthritis. Pacing yourself and rest is important, learning to take care of yourself and manage EVERYTHING on those terms takes time and patience...but it is doable ;)  Ya, easy to write it down, not easy to live it!! lol

Hope everyone is having a great crafty day, going at our own pace. Take care,

Friday, August 8, 2014

Crochet Poncho & Hat Pattern

Cute Poncho & Hat

This little poncho and hat has been a popular little project that I shared on Craftsy as Docha and have had many request for the pattern and so, here it is ;)  Enjoy!

Poncho directions are for size 1 ~2 years; changes for size 3 ~4 years are in parentheses. Hat directions are for size Small; changes for sizes Medium and Large are in parentheses.

You will need approximately 14 ounces Soft Baby yarn by Red Heart ~ crochet hook: 6.5mm (U.S. 10.5)

Gauges: 11 sts = 4"; 18 rows = 11" in pat with 2 strands.

Poncho ~ Neck Circumference = 18 (20) " Length from neck to front center point = 15 (17) "
Hat circumference = 16 (17, 18) "

Note: Work with 2 strands held together as one throughout.


Back and Front: (Alike): ch 32.

Row 1: (right side) Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across: turn ~ 31 sc.

Row 2:  Ch 3, skip[ first 3 sc, (3 dc in next sc, skip 2 sc) 4 times, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) all in next sc, (skip 2 sc, 3 dc in next sc) 4 times, skip 2 sc, dec in last sc: turn.

Row 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in sp between dc and first 3 ~ dc group, * 3 dc between next two 3 ~ dc groups **: rep from * to center ch ~3 sp: (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) all in center ch~3 sp: rep from * to beg ch~3, end at **; 2 dc between 3~dc group and ch~3, dc in top of ch~3: turn.

Row 4: Ch 3, skip first 3 dc, * 3 dc between next two 3~dc groups **; rep from * to center ch~3 sp; (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) all in center ch~3 sp: rep from * to last 3 sts, end at **; skip next 2 dc, dc in top of ch~3; turn.

Rep Rows 3 and 4 5 (7) more times, then rep row 3 once more. Fasten off.

Finishing: Sew front and back tog along sides.

Lower Edging: With wrong side facing, attach contrast yarn at side seam: ch 1, sc in seam, * skip 3 dc, 7 dc between next two 2~dc roups, skip 3 dc, scbetween next two 3 dc groups **; rep from * to center ch~3 sp; (7 dc, sc) all in center ch~3 sp; rep from * to next seam, end at **, then rep from*across; join with a sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

Neck Edging: With right side facing, attach contrasting yarn at side seam at neck; ch 1, work 54 (60) sc around neck; join with a sl st to first sc, turn and continue for 5 more rows. Sl to first sc and fasten off.

Flower: With contrasting color of yarn, ch 3; join with a sl st in first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 1, 10 sc in ring: join with a sl st in first sc.

Round 2: Ch 1, *(sc, dc, tr) all in next sc, (tr, dc,sc) all in next sc; rep from * around; join. Fasten off.

Attach flower at left side neck edge.


Ch 3; join with a sl st in first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 1, 8 sc in ring; join with a sl st in first sc.

Round 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around ; join ~ 16 sc.

Round 3: ch 1, (sc in sc, 2 sc in next sc) 8 times; join ~ 24 sc.

Round 4: Ch 1, (sc in 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 8 times; join ~ 32 sc.

Round 5: Ch 1, (sc in 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 8 times; join ~ 40 sc.

Round 6: Ch 1, (sc in 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 8 times; join ~ 48 sc.

Sizes (Medium, Large ) Only: Ch 1, (sc in (15, 7) sc, 2 sc in next sc) (3, 6) times; join ~(51-54) sc.

All sizes ~ Next 5 (5,6) rounds: Ch 1, sc in each sc around for 14 (19, 19) more rounds. Fasten off.

Flower: Make flower as for Poncho. Attach to left side of Hat.

Now, I hope I have not made any typing mistakes, as far as I can tell, it's o.k. and I certainly hope that I do not get in any trouble passing this pattern on as it is not my own pattern. I purchased the leaflet some time ago and so far I have not seen it again.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I have.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Just a Quicky ;~)

The nice weather is here, strawberries are growing (among grass growing in my garden!) and it's time to plant our veggie garden. Can't wait to start digging and planting and then watching the fresh veggies grow...making my mouth water for the fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, green/yellow beans and oh my lovely strawberries. How I love them!

The rhubarb is coming along nicely and mom is patiently waiting for me to bring some over to her. The rhubarb came from our country home which was sold once dad the rhubarb tastes extra special.

I hope everyone celebrated a lovely mother's day yesterday ~ thanks to my hubby and children, grandchildren I had a great mother's day. It brought warm fuzzy feelings to my heart.

I have not been in my craft room of late, due to Mr. Arthur ~ he is not playing fair but then when does Arthritis play fair? lol My thumbs are not behaving, so it's rest time...for a while until Celebrex and whatever else it takes to make it behave, then back to playing. For now, I will keep browsing all your lovely work and look forward to working once again in my playroom ~ er, craft room ;~)

It is camping time, so that will help for sure!! lol Campfires, nature, nothing like it. Enjoy the sunshine!