November Pumpkins!

November has arrived! This month is filled with pumpkins, family gatherings, turkeys, beautiful leaves, pumpkin pies, and so much more!

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Many of you know how much I love scarecrows! I just had to share this one with you!

My pumpkin collection continues to grow. Three tiny crocheted pumpkins were given to me by someone very special. Aren’t they cute?

Ceramic, pumpkins, fall decorations, pumpkin collections

I’ve had these two ceramic pumpkins for a few years. The fallen horse figurine represents our last name- Horsefall! My husband brought it home from one of his business trips. The horse has fallen because he laughed too much! Typical for our family!

Ceramic pumpkins, collections, horse figurine

It’s time to take down the Halloween decorations, create some holiday cards, and move forward toward the end of 2017! Wow! Time passes quickly!

Remember to get your holiday cards early! I would love to create them for you!
Contact me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com for special requests or information.

Wishing everyone a wonderful November!

Thank you for visiting!

—Vickie

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Too Many Embellishments?

Hello!

I’m popping in to share a little idea I came up with while I was sorting keys after our recent move.

There are many ways to identify keys. Instead of putting them on a bulky key ring, I decided to add a little tag to give the key a name.

Since I was sitting in my creative room to sort the keys, I realized I had so many embellishments that I could put to another use! These tiny metal tags were perfect! I have had them for so long and rarely use them, so I was excited to repurpose them.

Repurposing embellishments, craft supplies, keys

I just used my fine tip Sharpie permanent marker to identify the key. A simple idea, but it used up a few items in my craft stash!

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you enjoy your creative day!

~~ Vickie ~~

Playing with Yarns!

Yes. I’ve returned to my basket of yarns. When I recently reorganized and cleaned my craft room, I realized how many balls and skeins of yarns I had. All sorts of colors, weights and types. What a waste of storage space and beautiful yarns! I decided to use them or donate them.

Basket of yarns, knitting, slippers, using scrap yarns

When I was in the 9th grade (many moons ago!) I learned how to knit these slippers. It was the popular item to knit during the time. I’ve been knitting these slippers off and on ever since. They were made with white and solid colored yarns when I learned how to create them. They can be thrown in the washer and dryer and come out looking new again!

In recent years I’ve used the different varigated yarns along with a matching solid color. They look so different when completed. It is a bit tricky to lose count on the varigated yarns, especially when you get to the same color as the solid yarn.

Checkerboard knitted slippers, slippers with pom pom,, knitting,

Checkerboard slippers, knitting slippers, varigated yarns, knitting

If I make these for a girl or woman, I usually put a pom pom on the top. The guys get a bow or a simple braided knot on the top of their slippers. I’ve even adjusted the pattern and made baby slippers and smaller sizes for children. I’ve used the smaller scraps of yarns to create colorful slippers too!

My stash had several smaller balls of yarn. I know I could never find the exact same weight and color, so I considered these colorful scrap of yarn. I needed a new pair, so I started knitting a pair using these scraps. Each foot is different, but that’s okay with me!

Ways to use yarn scraps, knitted checkerboard slippers created by HorseMark Cards, knitting, slippers

Do any of you remember these slippers? Do you still knit them? I could not even begin to explain how to make these, as I found out recently when I tried to teach a friend. She just watched and followed along with her own set of needles and yarns. There are a couple of videos online that show you how to make these, but they were a bit different than how I learned. One was in French, so that isn’t helpful for most people.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I create as I sit and watch a movie or a ball game. Thank you for stopping by my blog! I hope you have a creative day!

~~ Vickie ~~

RePurposing Items to Create Cards!

We received two phone books in the last few days. I guess some people still use these, but I usually just toss them into our recycling bin. I decided to keep these, thinking I could use them in some way. Perhaps I could create a card! 🙂

Since I didn’t want the complete names and numbers of people to be shown, I decided to use a flower die that was thin enough to only reveal parts of the information. The flowers on these cards were created using a die from Elizbeth Craft Designs. I stamped the leaves and stem and cut them to finish the flower. I even used the ‘yellow pages’ to design my flower!

repurposing phone book pages to make cards, created by HorseMark Cards
The flowers are cut from pages from a phone book!

My family loves attending live theater, especially musicals. We received a flyer in the mail announcing that “Hamilton, the Musical” was going to be in San Francisco! I immediately knew what I would do with it!

Since the flyer was printed on sturdy card stock (and clean!), it was perfect to use to create a card.

Hamilton, musical, Father's Day Card created by HorseMark Cards
I repurposed the flyer for ‘Hamilton, the Musical’ to create this Father’s Day Card!

Since my husband is such a big fan of the broadway musical, “Hamilton”, I knew I had to create this card for his special day! When I gave it to him, he reminded me that Alexander Hamilton was one of our founding fathers. That made it appropriate for a Father’s Day card!

hamilton themed fathers day card

I still have several traditional papers in my craft room to design many more cards, but I like the idea of repurposing some items that add different elements.

Catalogs, magazines, and printed photographs can also be repurposed to create new items. I know many of you have used different things when you create your projects! It does add variety to our designs!

Thank you for visiting my blog today! I hope you like my ideas and are inspired to create something different!

Enjoy your creative day ~~ Vickie

Thank You for Your Blogs!

Hello and welcome to my blog!

While browsing through my Facebook feed, I noticed that some of my favorite blogs and friends’ pages were absent. Well, this seems to be the ongoing problem with Facebook as it tries to determine what we want to see. That’s another story.

This did prompt me to switch over to my wordpress blog feed and check out some bloggers that I was also not seeing in my reader. As I began to click on blogs that I was following, I found the reason for their absence in my feed. Many bloggers were no longer blogging, or had not posted for quite some time.

card with cats created by HorseMark Cards, family, friends, communication with cards

Blogging takes an incredible amount of time, so I can understand why some of these blogs became dormant, or were dissolved. Most of the blogs that I followed that no longer exist were not blogs that were sponsored or produced income. I would hope they were blogging for their own personal interest and they decided to take a break or move on to something that gave them the same sense of accomplishment that inspired them to begin a blog in the first place. I will miss them, but wish them success in their new ventures.

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My blog is about four years old now and I still enjoy it. Many times I have slacked in posting on a consistent schedule, but I have always come back within a short time. Sometimes a break is needed to recapture the spark of blogging , or personal life takes priority over preparing a post.

If you have a blog and are still enjoying it, I wish you well and hope it continues to give you good feelings. For those that have stopped blogging, or those that are thinking of starting a blog, I also wish you the best. Whatever one decides to do, much happiness to you!

thank you card with tree, hearts, butterflies created by HorseMark Cards, appreciation cards, followers

Thank you to all the bloggers that have shared their ideas. A huge thank you and shout out to the readers that have read, liked, commented, and even follow me on my blog! I appreciate it!

Enjoy your creative day!

~ Vickie