Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Knitting, Squatting, Sprinting and Staging Through the Snow....

I was so bad! I admitted that in my last post that I had abandoned my blog for way too long and knitting was the reason.  Here's what I've been doing lately.  Thank you SO much Grandma for teaching me how to knit.  I love yarn! 
Also, on a personal note, this is my last week of Boot Camp. I signed up for a 10 week course that starts at 4:30 in the morning for an hour and it's been insane!  But I can proudly say that I no longer hate squats. I used to, they made everything hurt and tried to kill me, but now I really enjoy them and I'm so glad I did it.  Another 2015 resolution almost completed before the new year rolls around! 

However, in my absence of blogging, I also slacked in a fabulous challenge that I love to take part in every year and I left off on tag 3 of The 12 Tags of Christmas hosted by Linda and Sponsored by her store, The Funkie Junkie Boutique!!  Now she's on tag 8...oops!
So, guess what I've been doing for the last 2 days?  
Sprinting to catch up so, let's begin....
I literally love Linda's tags so I try to recreate most of her elements and personalize each little snowman star.  I've used her background design on this sweater vest and the holly tree and pinecone he's sporting for festivity.  
This guy is probably my favorite so far. I never dreamed I'd be making miniature skates (sized down to insane small on my Cameo and cut out from paper, colored, glued parts together, punched tiny holes and laced)  and that was a HOOT!  Linda's tag struck me as having a frozen pond feel and so I went with the colors, the line trees and well, skates...
Gorgeous tag and WOW, the possibilities, but I couldn't shake food. I loved the bell embellishment and it really looked like a decorated gingerbread cookie.  So, I went with that, the tree, and corrugated cardstock.
I loved the printed background but I am a sucker for song sheet, so I substituted my base with that. Linda's display of various colored snowflakes is striking and I wanted to duplicate that snowy feel. I loved the silver and blues together.
I'm finally caught up!!! WOO HOO
OH MY WORD...how fun is this whimsical tag of hers?  Where to begin with the tags on a tag, the trees, the swirls, the colors the stripes...it's so fabulous and captivating. I had to create a little snowman star holding a banner and Christmas signs.  The colors and patterns were great fun to work with too.
And that's that!
I am now caught up and already can't wait for the Tag 9 reveal next Monday sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
One last thing.
My mom and I finally opened our antique booth together at Once Upon a Find.
 It's been a long time coming and I'm so excited!!  We spent Saturday staging for the upcoming Holiday Open House weekend.

Well, that's been life lately.  A little crazy, but a lot of fun and I enjoyed sharing it with you.
I loved your visit and I thank you so much for your time spent here listening to me ramble.
Biggest of hugs to you and Happy Whatever you enjoy doing...
Lisa xx 

29 comments:

Dr Sonia S V said...

Did miss you Lisa and you had created such gorgeous tags last year I was looking forward to your makes this season. And they are fabulous . A big Congrats on your boutique...If I was in your place I would come visit!!
Cheers
Dr Sonia

Samra Leshinski said...

Congratulations on your antique booth Lisa!!! How exciting!!! Your tags are gorgeous and I always look forward to seeing your work.
Hugs

Samra
Paper Talk with Samra

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Lisa, what a line up of gorgeous projects! Congratulations to you. hugs :)

LeAnne said...

Love ALL those tags, Lisa ( as well as the basketweave knitting...one of my favorite patterns!)! But I REALLY want to know about the miniature ice skates...are they paper, wood, a diecut? Inquiring minds WANT TO KNOW! I've been looking for ones like that forever! TFS!

butterfly said...

Wow, wow, wow... and I'm going with one more for good measure - wow!! Starting with the knitting - boy, I didn't know you meant full on textural stuff - amazing!! I can't string five stitches together - it's just not me. Love what you've been doing with the yarn.

LOVE what you've been doing with your Funkie Junkie stars. I still have the intention of playing but it's going to have to be an even more intensive session than yours if I'm going to make it. Inspired by the possibility now though.

And finally - love your antique booth... what a wonderful joint venture for you and your mother - how cool to play with all those lovely bits and bobs. Wishing you lots and lots of success with it, and even more fun.
Alison xx

Sandy said...

I love your booth - would be so much fun to be able to visit. Will you sell some of your wonderful makes in it?
You weren't kidding me about getting up so early to exercise were you!
After reading your post, I think I have to go back to bed!!!!!
Your star men are fabulous Lisa - so many personalities wrapped up in a star.
Would you look at that little bitty skate!!! It looks real - really real!
Your knitting is divine! I need to start crocheting again or learn to knit!!!
You are so pretty Lisa - I smile every time I see your picture!!
Sandy xx

Team Clark said...

Oh my gosh, can't think of words for all this coolness! Your ornaments and gift boxes are just delightful. But I can certainly see why you are vested into knitting - these afghans are tremendous! WOW! Glad you are all caught up on this very fun challenge. :)

Team Clark said...

Oh PS, congrats on the booth, so amazing that you and your mom could do this together! So very sweet and amazing...

Chrissy said...

Aww...you are a star yourself and always rushing around doing stuff..love your cute tags and all the very best with your antique booth..fabulous knitting by the way..I gave up knitting when it used to hurt my wrist something awful..

Luv CHRISSYxx

Ina G said...

Well dear Lisa you have been missed. But you have made up for it with this posting. Is there anything you CAN'T do with those fingers of yours. Love the knitting and you wowed me with those beautiful tags. I so love coming over to see what you are up to as I just love your style and talent. Looking forward to the next instalment. Hugs from Oz

Tammy said...

I'm so exhausted just reading your blog and seeing all the wonderfulness of everything you make! Do you ever sleep? I would say you mastered knitting, congrats to you and your grandma! Each of the snowmen are just too cute, cannot pick a favorite! Lastly, congratulations on your new endeavor oh yes and for completely boot camp!

Anita Houston said...

It may be cold outside, but this post warms my heart! First...congrats on opening your little store!!!! I LOVE that! I wish you much success! I'd love to peruse your goods! Second, all this Christmas goodness was worth waiting for! LOVE your starry guys! LOVE your twists and turns on the tag!!! Excellent!

Samra Leshinski said...

Dear Lisa,
I just wanted to stop by and thank you for making my day with the comment you left on my blog earlier today! You are not only amazing artist but also one of the kindest people I have met in this crafting blog land. I truly and greatly appreciate your friendship!!!
Take care,

Samra
Paper Talk with Samra

Kelly Neis said...

You have exhausted me already, wow are you on a roll of energy and fitness in every way. LOVE the knitting if you are selling I may be interested! Also congrats on your booth as I know you have been considering this for a while now and to share this with your mom, you are so blessed. I wish I could be there to buy all the things you make. lol Do you every need a nap? whew back to those squats Lisa.
Have a great day and thanks for the love on my blog!
Hugs Kelly

Tracey said...

Wow...Your tags are adorable , each one unique..you are so creative. Congratulation on your antique booth, wish I lived closer...it would be so much fun to visit! Happy knitting :)

Charlene said...

Congrats on your antique booth, looks wonderful and I love the green dresser! Beautiful knitting and creations!!!!Yay on boot camp, good for you!!!

Strangely Creative said...

Wow what a fab post! Knitting is something I am hopeless at I really am! Boot Camp sounds amazing - and its a great feeling when you have done a good workout. Love the tags they are so brilliant and your booth looks lovely - I hope you do well! Cxxx

Regina Easter said...

I SERIOUSLY HATE YOU.hahahaha (jk).....your just so stinking talented my friend...what great memory of grandma teaching you that....i bet she was as talented as you....and YES you know I be having Lisa laps when you don't post...lol...hugs

Mitra Pratt said...

oh my goodness such a nice long Lisa Read...made me happy from knitting to all those delicous tags...(OMG ITTY BITTY SKATES HOW DID YOU DO IT) and a BOOTH YOUR OWN BOOTH! you are amazing my friend! Super awesome post...enjoyed it quite a lot with a glass of wine!

Tracy said...

I don't think I could get the knitting thing. My crocheting is barely passable. LOL Kudos to you on the boot camp. The 4:30 time would have been a deal breaker for me. The snowmen are awesome. Your sense of whimsy was on full duty. Love em all Twang! Hugs!

Pia S said...

There's so much eye candy in this post, Lisa! I've admired each and every bag and snowman, they're all looking amazing. And I can see you've got the hang on knitting too now:)

Paper Profusion said...

Wowsers you have soooo much goin' on Lisa and major kudos to you!! First off, your knitting is fabulous, so lovely to have your Granma teach you and you sure have mastered the skill (or mistressed it??). Then you get up each morning at 4.30 to do SQUATS!!!! Are you nuts?? Bet you are in great shape now tho' you lucky gal. Every year I love your take on Linda's tags as they are so outta the box - you havent disappointed this year despite all thats happening. Just love your makes and that little starry guy has won my heart. Then you top it all - huge congrats on having the booth!! What a MAJOR accomplishment and dream come true Im sure. I really hope that this does brilliantly for you and your Mom. So wish I wasnt so far away as Id love to visit and peek into every single little detail and corner. A thousand good luck wishes to you, Nicola x

craftytrog said...

You're further than me Lisa, holidays are my excuse, although I did crochet myself a hat!
All of your creations are fabulous as usual, I adore your little snowmen!
Alison xx

Karon said...

WOW you have been busy. Such an eclectic style - love it. Congrats on the booth too - it looks fabulous! TFS

Lisa S. said...

Wow, don't know where to start...this post nearly put me in a coma L2. You blew my mind with all of the amazing inspiration and Boot Camp....geez Louise. You are inspiring on many levels. I love everything you made, the take on Linda's tags, your incredible knitting skills and the antique booth ROCKS! Might have to travel to Missouri next year chica. :) Love this post! Hugs L1

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Amazing collection of work, Lisa! Your snowmen are so stinkin' cute. This is my favorite collection of yours through the years of TFJ Christmas tags. So many clever details on these little guys! I'm just delighted that you are sharing them with my visitors! I'm sorry that it's taken me two weeks to get around to commenting. I'd like to make the excuse that I've been incredibly busy, but I don't think I have been busier than you and you still manage to leave comments. I'm in awe of all you have accomplished!

Hugs,
Linda

Elizabeth said...

Wow, Lisa! You are back with a crafty vengeance! What a terrific collection of stars you have created! I will be coming back soon to soak in all of the details! 4:30 AM boot camp? That leaves me speechless! The knitting I totally understand, though. It is one of my favorite hobbies, too!

cm said...

Holy moley, Lisa; you are a dynamo! Creative expression to the nth degree happening here! Your knitting is amazing (I still struggle with purls!), your tags beyond outstanding, your antique booth impressive and inviting, and your 'love' for squats (4:30 am? oh my! Your commitment is a WOW+++), ever so inspiring! You are, in a word, remarkable! I'm completely in love with your star tags; those mini skates...ack! In awe...
Hugs~c

Jeanne J said...

Not only are you a craft master, but boot camp? I don't know which one is more impressive.. ok yes I do.. the crafting.. but gosh.. what were you thinking? I suppose it gave you more hours in a day but at what cost? I know.. no pain no gain! Go you! Very impressed... and YES.. HUGE CONGRATS on your antique booth. Wishing you SUCCESS!