Hi, my name is Carmen. Welcome to Beyond The Fringe!
I love sewing, crocheting, paper crafts, drawing, doodling and more. I also like to create digital stamps and sometimes offer vintage graphics, many for free. I am a mom and a grandmother of 8 adorable grandkids whom I love to make things for.
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Jan 3, 2017
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OR, she might even make one for you. :-)
Ya, no picture for you! I have to keep my dignity intact.
Well, I guess you've made it to the end of this blog post.
Thank you all for coming by my little blog on the web this year! I really do enjoy seeing your comments and interacting with you either here or on my Facebook page!
I hope you all have a VERY Merry Christmas and Best Wishes in 2017! Remember to hug your loved ones every day, just because!
Snow Angels and Mistletoe Kisses to you all,
Dec 10, 2016
Nov 24, 2016
I guarantee that if you like to knit or crochet or work with wool in any way, you will LOVE this post!
Oh Lordy! I'm not sure the photo even does them justice! The hues are deep and penetrating.
Working with this wool was reminiscent of a night spent by a cozy fire in a warm, woodsy home. I love that feeling! The wool strands are quite strong, yet soft and I found it a pleasure to work with. It's absolutely lovely to use and the projects turned out beautiful! I used my wooden hook and had no problem working the stitches through at all.
I may be a hippie at heart....
These ones were made with Noro Kureyon wool color #310.
The pattern was a free pattern from Two Little C's. I wanted a plain pattern that would bring out the beauty of this wool. I love my new, warm, unique looking fingerless gloves!
Then, -- when I wasn't looking, Morris the Mouse fell off my hook! He's a bit naughty in that way.
The wool color I used for Morris was Noro Kureyon #362.
Many thanks to Yarn Canada for introducing me to this beautiful wool!
Oh Morris, BEHAVE!
Win Socks for Life! Well the yarn, you’re on your own after that.
Yarn Canada is giving away a 25 year supply of yarn and wool ($1000 worth)! WOWIE!!
The prize will go to whomever can show how their life will most be changed by winning and what you will do with the prize. Let them know why your knitting or crocheting hobby is important to you and how a lifetime supply of sock yarn would change your life.
Look at that colorful goodness, oh my!
This is one long post, but if one of you wins it, I'd be a very happy camper. So go and fill out the entry page and keep your fingers crossed.
Good luck everyone!
Nov 21, 2016
Nov 3, 2016
I'll bet you know what kind of hat this is going to be. That's right, it's My Little Pony. This is my second attempt at this hat and both have turned out nice. The pattern is by BriAbby Designs and I absolutely love this one. It's well written with enough photos to help you through if necessary. This pattern can also be made into a unicorn when following directions. It's magic!
Done and ready!
I'm still purging as well. I recently took another load to the Salvation Army, and a few sleeping bags and sheets for my DIL, who asked for them. Having had four children, I know how nice it is to have extras on hand, but it's just me and the mister these days, with the exception of family and friends that visit...but I have enough.
Next I'm onto some headbands.
Have a good weekend everyone,
And he said to them, "Take care and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
Oct 23, 2016
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We've been renovating my bedroom, ensuite and the stairs and hallway. We painted the ceilings, walls, and put in new carpeting and flooring. It looks so new and fresh and clean. I'm in heaven!
There's no way I'm putting everything that was in that room back. So I'm purging. I've gone through all our clothing and other belongings, and donated a ton of stuff to either missions or the Salvation Army. There are some personal things like photos to go through. That's going to be tough.
After losing my Mom, and helping my in-laws with their home, I've realized I just don't want to leave a lot of stuff for my kids to have to deal with. Not that I'm planning on dying anytime soon, but why wait?
I like a clean home, but I feel like I'm just cleaning stuff that I don't need, or storing stuff I don't use. How silly is that? Have any of you been doing that too? I think we just get into a rut. Well I'm getting out!
As you know, I love to do all sorts of crafts, so in keeping with my purge, I've decided that I need to pick a few crafts I love to do, and let the rest go. I know, shocking! I can't believe I am actually following through.
With that in mind, I took part in a "De-Stash the Stash" Garage Sale and made some money. I didn't sell everything, but I got rid of a lot of the big stuff and made more room in my house. It feels so good. I'm not 'there' yet, but I'm getting closer.
So if you're in a rut in whatever areas of your life, do what I did! You'll love yourself for it. It feels so much better, easier, less demanding. We are so busy these days, but I wonder how much of that busyness we create ourselves. Even with things like our online presence! I want to simplify my life and spend time doing things I love and being with people I care about. I want to use my time wisely!
Finally, I have about 5 birthdays coming up, so I am making some cards, quick cards!
Below are 5x7 photo paper with distress ink blown with a straw. I spritzed it with shimmer mist to help it spread out a bit. I intend to stamp them but am still waiting for them to dry. I'm not sure how this will work out, but hopefully it'll work. A girl can play.
Very plain and simple cards, but still homemade!
Well, that's all I have for you today. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and for those in Canada, a Happy Thanksgiving!!