Crafting Newletter


Feb 26, 2011

OSCAR Night 2011

I can't believe Sunday is Oscar Night - I love it! Jorge and I this year thought we'd share our picks and make things fun for the web world.... I hope you get in on the action and get your own stats up.... Have fun and don't forget the button on the popcorn!

Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception (Jorge's Choice)
The Kids Are All Right
The King's Speach
127 Hours
The Social Network (Evielynne's Choice)
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter's Bone

Darren Arronofsky - Black Swan
David O Russell - The Fighter
Tom Hooper - The King's Speach (Jorge and Evielynne's Choice)
David Fincher - The Social Network
Joel and Ethan Coen - True Grit

Annette Bening - The Kids Are Alright (Evielynne's Choice)
Nicole Kidman - Rabbit Hole
Jennifer  Lawrence - Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman - Black Swan (Jorge's Choice)
Michelle Williams - Blue Valentines

Javier Barden - Biutiful (Evielynne's Choice)
Jeff Bridges - True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network
Colin Firth - The King's Speech (Jorge's Choice)
James Franco - 127 Hours

Amy Adams - The Fighter (Evielynne's Choice)
Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech
Melissa Leo - The Fighter
Hailey Steinfeld - True Grit (Jorge's Choice)
Jackie Weaver - Animal Kingdom

Christian Bale - The Fighter
John Hawkes - Winter's Bone
Jeremy Renner - The Kids Are All Right
Mark Ruffalo - The Kids Are All Right (Evielynne's Choice)
Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech (Jorge's Choice)

How To Train Your Dragon
Toy Story 3 (Jorge's and Evielynne's Choice)

Buitiful - Mexico (Evielynne's Choice)
Dogtooth - Greece
In a Better World - Denmark
Incedies - Canada
Outside the Law - Algeria (Jorge's Choice)

Mike Leigh - Another Year
Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson - The Fighter
Christopher Nolan - Inception
Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg - The Kids Are All Right (Evielynne's Choice)
David Seidler - The King's Speech (Jorge's Choice)

Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy - 127 Hours (Evilynne's Choices)
Aaron Sorkin - The Social Network (Jorge's Choice)
John Lasseter, Andrew and Lee Unkrich - Toy Story 3
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen - True Grit
Debra Gran and Anne Rosellini - Winter's Bones

Exit Throught the Gift Shop
Gasland (Evielynne's Choice)
Inside Job
Waste Land (Jorge's Choice)

Coming Home from Country Strong - Music Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey

I See the Light from Tangled - Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
If I Rise from 127 Hours - Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong (Evielynne Choice)
We Belong Together from Toy Story 3 - Music and Lyric by Randy Newman (Jorge's Choice)

How to Train Your Dragon - John Powell

Inception - Hans Zimmer (Jorge's Choice)
The King's Speech - Alexandre Desplat
127 Hours - A.R. Rahman (Evielynne's Choice)
The Social Network - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Black Swan - Andrew Weisblum (Jorge's and Evielynne's Choice)

The Fighter - Pamela Martin
The King's Speech - Tariq Anwar
127 Hours - Jon Harris
The Social Network - Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Alice in Wonderland - Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips (Evielynne's Choice)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 - Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi (Jorge's Choice)
Hereafter - Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
Inception - Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
Iron Man 2 - Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Black Swan - Matthew Libatique

Inception - Wally Pfister
The King's Speech - Danny Cohen
The Social Network - Jeff Cronenweth
True Grit - Roger Deakins (Jorge and Evielynne's Choice)

Inception - Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick

The King's Speech - Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
Salt - Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin (Jorge's Choice)
The Social Network - Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
True Grit - Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland (Evielynne's Choice)

Inception - Richard King

Toy Story 3 - Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
Tron: Legacy - Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague (Jorge's and Evielynne's Choice)
True Grit - Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
Unstoppable - Mark P. Stoeckinger

Alice in Wonderland - Colleen Atwood (Jorge's and Evielynne's Choice)

I Am Love - Antonella Cannarozzi
The King's Speech - Jenny Beavan
The Tempest - Sandy Powell
True Grit - Mary Zophres

Alice in Wonderland

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Jorge's Choice)
The King's Speech (Evielynne's Choice)
True Grit

Barney's Version - Adrien Morot

The Way Back - Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
The Wolfman - Rick Baker and Dave Elsey (Jorge's and Evielynne's Choice) 

The Confession - Tanel Toom

The Crush - Michael Creagh
God of Love - Luke Matheny (Jorge's and Evielynne's Choice)
Na Wewe - Ivan Goldschmidt
Wish 143 - Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Killing in the Name
Poster Girl
Strangers No More
Sun Come Up (Evielynne's Choice)
The Warriors of Qiugang (Jorge's Choice)

Day & Night - Teddy Newton (Evielynne's Choice)

The Gruffalo - Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
Let's Pollute - Geefwee Boedoe
The Lost Thing - Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
Madagascar -  Bastien Dubois (Jorge's Choice)

Feb 25, 2011

Sandy's Hook- A Crochet Blog: Baby Snuggly

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Posh Pooch Designs Dog Clothes: 12 Collars of Christmas - Pattern Give Away #2

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Feb 23, 2011

SisterlyLv's Basket Showcase & More

Question: How did you get into this type of crafting? I had to ask because as you can see from the pictures this is no ordinary crafting project - something I can only dream of doing. This is the type of craft that truly takes not just talent but a whole lot of patients and apprication for the beauty of Mother Natures earthly beauty "grass" and not just any grass either. Do read this and fall in love with this wonderful artist of the heart and soul that I am lucky and honored to call "FRIEND".

Now lets see if I can tell you what you want.
I started making pine needle baskets in Jan. of 2009 at a class in
Zephyrhills Florida. We had four lessons and then joined a basket group
where we just went weekly when we wanted to go and had group support and
worked on our baskets and got group support and help when needed.

I have always had a love for arts and detail. I have done many things
in the past from ceramics, cake decorating, machine knitting, machine
embroidery, and sewing, but nothing has filled my need more than basket
coiling. I feel like I can let my creative talents flow more than ever before
. I also just kind of go with the flow and a basket for me is always work in
progress. I have ideas in the beginning of what I want to do, but the basket
kind of takes it's own form as I make it.
Coiled baskets go way back in history and they say will last for hundreds
of years if taken care of.
I use mainly Florida long leaf pine needles, Sweetgrass , and will try
other grasses and natural items that I think will work, or have been
told do work. Like Cat tails.
The Native Americans use to bind their baskets with sinew, which was
the tendons from a Deer's leg. I use artificial sinew which is man made.
I also use waxed linen. Some use raffia or palm's but I find it can be
brittle and not as strong as the waxed linen or artificial sinew. When
I make a basket with a handle in it I also put wire in the beginning coil
of the handle to give it some extra support.
I do not apply any stabilizers to my baskets, such as varnish, bees
wax, as it does not need it. When my baskets are made they are done with
dried materials not soaked and they are nice and tight and firm when
finished. I prefer to leave them natural and to have the natural smells that
God intended them to have.
The pine needles are gathered generally in the fall as they fall freshly
from the trees. They are picked as you would a bunch of your favorite
flowers. You check each needle to make sure it has no twists or breaks
in it and if it does it is discarded. Once collected rubber bands are applied
to the end of the bunch and they are wrapped in newspaper and put away
in a dry place for future use. Once dried they are like a piece of wood
and will last for years if taken care of.
Most of the colors in my baskets are created by using colored threads
that are wrapped around the coil tightly so you see only the color and
not the needles. I do use some dyed needles but prefer the wrapped method.
The dye used to color the needles is Rit dye and it is poisonous and
if the basket is going to be used for food I am not comfortable with that.
Even though the needles are rinsed and treated to get all the excess dye
out I do not care to take a chance.
To start a basket you have to have a base that has holes in it to start
stitching the coil around. From the beginning of the basket to the top
of it a basket is one continuous coil. I use a brass 3/16 feral for a
gage for most of my baskets but sometimes larger. Other people use soda
straws of various sized. I just keep it packed all the time and move the
feral up on the coil as I go. Some of my bases are wood with holed drilled
in them. I prefer solid hardwood. I also use other items that I cast in a
clear coat resin and drill the holes in it after it hardens.
I also embellish the baskets with other things to give it shape, design
and or color.
My baskets are a lot of work and an average sized one will take about
20 hours of work to create. But once made I know will last a life time or
more. I do have one that I got a Grand Champion on at the County Fair
Florida that took me about 80 hours to do. But when they are done I am proud
of what I have created.
I just feel that God has given me a gift and I want to share it with others.

SisterlyLv Pam Caskey

A NH Native now a full time RV person
touring and searching our wonderful country to find
a place to call home once again someday. Hopefully where it
is warm in the winter.

Now do you see what I mean about the beauty of her heart and soul that's put into these baskets...

Feb 21, 2011

Mission Montana: MrsCraftyRVing Review and Giveaway ($20 PayPal and...

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Feb 19, 2011

Weird Knitted or Crochet Items I found on the INET

Gas Station

OK so I am bored due to being stuck in the town of Bend, OR due to the snow and weather alert going on for this area till 4pm today. Which means we are staying another night here (remember we are RV full timers).
I floated around the Walmart Craft section looking for clearance items - a must do in any craft store to bang my bucks.... And today they seem to be wiped out in the good deals department - this tells me they get a lot of bad weather here and the house wife muck this department (for crying out loud there is a worn out walking path  - lol).Now I am sitting at the McDonald's surfing the web to kill some time.... tic tock - tic tock for Pete sakes hurry time hurry...
Here is some other funny weird things I found... Enjoy! And if you get bord like I do - don't do what I do just shop at any of my 4 stores - and that will keep you busy for sure...





Hairy Harry

Anatomical Heart Pillow

I am not sure...

NOT weird but COOL

I do hope you enjoyed this BLOG enough to leave a comment! Often I wonder who looks and the only way to tell is when a wonderful person who took the time to read this places a comment in the comment feed box - a girls has to feel some kind of love from her followers!!

Feb 17, 2011

ETSY item I've worked on and placed in my store... I kind of went with Easter colors. The set is a hat and fingerless gloves set. I can custom make in any color.

I am kind of a stand still - what sells at this time of year. How do I keep up with the fads, of ladies, teens and babyware in the crafting world? LOL these are questions I will have to research for myself. But if you have a suggestion - I have a comment box and welcome them all... As many of my family and friends know I depend on my ETSY sale in the winter months. We have 4 stores and wow it's just not doing well.... Any secrets to share. Yah Yah I do network click on twitter and facebook and it will take you to my page. And of course I blog (well getting back to it - with the new computer it will be a daily - well almost daily thing).




Just a reminder of all of our ETSY store is below - do stop by - place your custom order if you find an item not done in your color or style and by all means twitter, facebook this blog insert - you can see the symbols below and it will take you there directly and you'd be helping a FRIEND....






Feb 16, 2011

Shamrock a summer plant of Ireland. A common idol for Celtic artwork. Legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock in the fifth century to symbolize the divine nature of the trinity when he introduced Christianity to Ireland. "The Wearing of the Green" also symbolizes the birth of springtime. Irish legend states that green clothes attract faeries and aid crops.

by Rebekah:

I am a shamrock
Who hides on the ground.
When you come and find me,
Don't make a sound.

Pick me up very carefully;
Don't let me fall apart.
You can make a wish from me
By holding it close to your heart.

I am new to the Shamrock world of crafting. I can now make Shamrocks in which my GranMum would be so proud. It's who we are. I have other MUTT qualities running in my veins as well. It just so happens my favorite color happens to be green too.

I am also excited that someone thought I had talents worth buying. For I sold my first set of Shamrocks on my ETSY STORE. I hope to continue doing so as we approach St. Paddy's Day. I am often asked where is the best place in the USA during our celebration of good ole Patricks day. EASY Philadelphia.... Not only for the pride of the city but for the food, beer, and best of all the company. Been there and done that for many years... However I am not an Eagle Football fan - and happen to love NY Giants - but Philly don't hold that again me lol.

Here are my Shamrocks in which can be used in a number of projects. Place a pin and wear proudly, sew on a blanket, bag, towel, jacket, tissue box and I can go on and on but you get the idea...

3 Leaf Shamrock Clover

4 Leaf Shamrock Clover

Feb 15, 2011

Another short blog insert. Crafting for the store is a bit slow only because we are on the move. Making our way to OR to visit our dearest friends. But for the last 24 hours we have been stuck in the middle of a winter storm. But here are some pictures of final projects we manage to finish up with in the last couple of weeks. The good news is that I bought myself a new computer so I'll be able to start blogging more often. Sorry so short and I do hope you enjoy our finished completed project that are up for sale.

Feb 7, 2011

Jorge and Evielynne Adventures on the Road: MrsCraftyRVing 30% off sale...

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Feb 6, 2011

Mama always said...: Giveaway ending Monday

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Feb 5, 2011

Mama always said...: Mama Always Said 100 Followers Giveway


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