Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Iron Craft #6: Hometown History

This week's challenge:

I admit it, I was having a block coming up with a challenge theme, so I asked my husband to come up with one. He wants us to make projects inspired by the history of the city where we live. Just in case you find your city’s history boring, you can also be inspired by a city you lived in in the past." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

I don't really find Winnipeg boring, but I was feeling a little homesick for the city I grew up in, so I decided to make a craft related to that.

I grew up in Lethbridge, Alberta. It's a city in Southern Alberta surrounded by prairies, and coulees (valley type grassy hills). One of the largest landmarks in Lethbridge is the world's longest and tallest trestle bridge. You see it stretch across from one coulee to another when you enter the city.

Some pictures of the High Level Bridge in Lethbridge Alberta:

So I decided to try my hand at "replicating" that bridge in paint.

I'm not that good of a painter, but my painting didn't turn out too badly.

I even put the train on the top of the bridge. Trains actually still go over this 100 plus year old bridge every day.

I'm going to hang it up somewhere in my house, I just haven't figured out the perfect spot just yet.

Anyhoo... to see all the hometown inspired crafts from the Iron Crafters, check out the Flickr Group.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Iron Craft #5 - Teeny Tiny

The challenge this week:

"...your challenge is to make something in miniature, something teeny tiny." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

I was super into this challenge because I've been meaning to make a teeny tiny - yet very useful project - for a long time and needed the push to finally do it.

Ta da!

A teeny tiny flower pin cushion for my wrist. I've been absolutely terrified that the cat will get into my large pin cushion. So I've been shutting it in a drawer. But then when I'm doing a sewing project I bring it out and have to carry it back and forth from my work table to my sewing table so that I can keep an eye on it. Much easier to have a tiny one on my wrist. Then I don't have to constantly worry about it.

And in case you thought that this looks like a teeny tiny torture device, it really isn't. I crocheted a bottle cap into it to block the pins from poking my wrist. Yay!

A link to my project on Ravelry (where you can find the free pattern I used).

And if you'd like to see all of the teeny tiny projects from the Iron Crafters, check out the Flickr Group.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Logan's Makin' Vids - Tutorial for Windows

Logan’s makin Vids

I’ve been wanting to make gaming videos! And I finally found out how. :)

  1. How to record! First I opened the windows game bar with windows key + G! Then the game bar opened and I clicked record. It works awesomely and I made a video with it

2. How to record your voice! First dad gave me a headset with a microphone on it! First we tried windows voice recorder it didn’t work that well. So I downloaded Audacity it works awesomely with my headset!

3. How to merge them together! So I wanted the sound and the video to be in the same thing. So dad went on google and found Windows Movie Maker! We wanted to use that so we downloaded it. It was a stupid download cause we had to download a ton of stuff. But it works so it’s worth it. To merge them together go to record sound and click down and click add sound go to your sound and click and add it to yours and save it then your done!Have fun with your video!

Written by Logan - March 13, 2016

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Logan's Slime Rancher Information

I know I have seriously been neglecting this blog. But what better way to resurrect it than by having a guest post by our very own Logan? Lately, Logan has been really into a computer video game called Slime Rancher. He has collected tons of information that his readers might find interesting and important about the game.

So here you go!

      Rancher Best Information

  Favorite Foods                 

Phosphor Slime’s Favorite food is Cuberrys

Honey Slime’s Favorite food is Mint Mangos

Rock Slime’s Favorite food is Heart Beets (If you listen you probably  hear a veggie)
Tabby Slime’s Favorite food is Stony Hen

Rad Slime’s Favorite food is Oca Oca (Not in the game yet)

The Tarr’s Favorite food is Ranchers! :O

Boom Slime’s Favorite food is Briar Hen

()           Slime Rancher                ()        


Next (To Be Continued...)

- Written by Logan for Team LT

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Tooth Fairy Pillow #2

Several years ago I made a tooth fairy pillow for Logan.

Now it's Lane's turn. She insists that she has wiggly teeth. And they could possibly be wiggly... but I think at this point it's more in her head. She has such a strong personality that she might actually will those teeth out of her mouth. She really really really wants the tooth fairy to pay her a visit. She wants so much to be like her big brother.

So I decided it was time even if those teeth weren't coming out any time soon. Well... maybe Lane decided it was time. She needed a tooth fairy pillow so that she would be ready.

It's made in a similar style to Logan's. A pocket on the front for the tooth. And a large pocket on the back to house the sweet sweet money that the tooth fairy leaves behind (and maybe a note).

I like that the pillow can be hung on Lane's doorknob. You know... so the tooth fairy doesn't disturb her when she sleeps. ;)

Monday, 9 November 2015

Iron Craft 22: Fall is Falling

This week's challenge:

"We have had a glorious fall here in Minnesota and, even though snow is predicted for today, I’m not ready to stop celebrating it. For this challenge make something inspired by fall. You can use the fruits of fall, gourds, leaves, dried flowers and seeds; the colors of fall, red, browns, yellows and oranges; or maybe the scents of fall, bonfires, cinnamon and apples."

This week I was looking outside at our tree int he front yard and marveled a bit at all the birds that are attracted to it. The tree is bare now because all the leaves had fallen in the past few weeks. All that is left on it are the berries. The birds love these berries. They aren't so interested in our tree when it has it's red leaves on it in the summer. But they flock to it in autumn and winter.

Thee tough birds that don't migrate south and decide to stick it out in Winnipeg in the winter are what remind me that autumn is upon us. They feed off of those berries all fall and winter.

So here is my autumn bird project:

Meet Stevie the autumn bird. I made her on the prettiest autumn colours I could find (including orange which is my very favourite colour). I bet she would love to hang out on our tree and eat those berries all day long much to the chagrin of our cat who watches them from inside and plots about the day she might escape and catch those birdies!

What reminds you of autumn? Is is the cinnamon and apples? is it the leaves falling? Is it that crisp feel in the air?

To see the fall is falling projects from all the Iron Crafters, check out the Flickr Group.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

The Making of My Mukluks - Part 2 - Finished!

So after 6 classes, I have a pair of finished mukluks.

I'm so proud of myself for learning a new skill.

Check them out:

They fit perfectly. I love them so much.

And I'm even more proud of myself for pushing through my anxiety and actually taking a class with a friend when my natural instinct is to hide away at home and not bother with the scary social situations.

And I got a fantastic pair of boots to show for it. I

I have 3 more kits waiting for me to make. One of each of the kids and one for Terry. We're all going to have the nicest winter boots this year.