Thursday, December 5, 2013
Not very much is happening in the creative studio. I stitched some tissue holders. I used some fancy fabrics that have metallic silvers or golds. I like these to hold tissues for pockets or purses. And they are easy for gifts that require mailing. With the high costs of postage these are fairly affordable to mail inside a Christmas Card. I wrap them in lightweight tissue paper to keep the envelope from getting too bulky.
Since I have not been very productive in the sewing room or studio I can show you my desk the past few days. Lots of packaging and mailings. I prefer to still hand address and hand write each and every Christmas card I send out. Yes, it takes a very lot of time however I feel it means more to the recipient if they see I have taken the time to relate to them with a personal message. Am I checking off my lists? Yes! Thank goodness I wrote out my lists as they are helping me stay focused and on target. Today Mr. C and I had a list of errands and we thankfully accomplished every thing...except the smog test on our vehicle in order to register it before time runs out. Can you believe two smog stations are swamped with work and have approximately 4 hour waits? Who knew?!!!
Our weather is extremely cold. The decks have ice on them that hasn't melted in two days. The pond is frozen and I could have sworn I saw Zippy Chippy the chipmunk and his squirrely friends ice skating across it singing Christmas carols and having a winter blast. Well at least it made me smile. I hope you are safe across the states as the snow and ice are causing great difficulties. We are expecting snow very soon.
I am enjoying everyone's holiday decorations. Many are very serene and calm in theme and that is so refreshing during this hectic busy season. Thank you bloggers for always sharing so generously. As always I love reading your comments and suggestions. Mr. C says I am addicted to blogging and comments. I say that is a very reasonable and healthy addiction. Oh yes...chocolate too! My latest craze is See's Sugar Free Dark Bar. At first I thought why bother? Then I tasted them and they are yummy. I feel like I am being a bit better than bad. Well, it makes sense to me and I am the one who has to weigh in each week and be accountable. That's my story and I am sticking to it.
Enjoy Creative Bliss and December Delights Dears...
Monday, December 2, 2013
My efforts paid off big time. Remember the little felt elf shoes I made hoping to entice some little elves to come and help me with my lists of projects? I am happy to say the elves arrived and definitely helped me! Thank you elves. We made bags...several bags. Great for market or any shopping. Great for running errands and delivering packages at this time of year too. Great for gifts.
Lots of pockets to hold all those small items. Fabrics that are serene yet pretty and sturdy.
Soft colors that coordinate. Ribbons tied to keep the sides contained or they can be untied to really hold larger items.
I think pulling together the fabrics is a fun part of the process. Cutting all the pieces is not my favorite part but the elves didn't mind so much. They were so helpful knowing how much I needed to get these done as they are gifts for dear ones on my list.
Each bag also has the removable bottom for wiping any spills that may happen. Strong and sturdy.
The elves really enjoyed eating my pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting for energy. Thank you elves. You have saved my sanity.
I post this tip every year as I begin my process for wrapping gifts. I use a pallet knife for cutting my rolled papers. This is the safest way I have found that actually works and makes a nice clean cut edge on my paper. I share this because my mother who could wrap fabulously used a pair of large scissors open and ran them along the folded paper edge. I still have a deep scar between my thumb and forefinger from the scissors gouging my skin while I was cutting paper decades ago. NOT SAFE at all.
So far I have never been cut with this method. Do you have a tip for wrapping gifts?
Our weather is supposed to turn cold and snow is predicted. I will be thankful for the water table. Mr. C and I are still raking and picking up huge piles of leaves and pine needles from Fall. The trees are almost done dropping. Mr. C also did his rooftop gig of cleaning out the gutters. I was so nervous the entire time but he did really great and wasn't dizzy or off balance at all. Thankfully he is greatly improved and well. Our roof is very high...three stories high...and fairly steep and slippery. You can understand why I was a wreck.
December Delights and lots to enjoy. I am going to savor the magic of this time of year. What is your favorite part of December? Yesterday we took time to go to town and enjoy the crowds of people out shopping. I was enchanted to hear the bells and see the horse drawn carriage travel up and down our little main street of town. I feel blessed to live in such a wonderful place. I have been spending lots of time helping out at my local Chamber of Commerce. I really enjoy the hub-bub of this season. Our town puts on Victorian Christmas and it is magical. I have included the link if you wish to see.
May you be enjoying creating or cooking or baking or whatever makes you the very happiest. Creative Happy Hearts and December Delights Dears...
Friday, November 29, 2013
Do you like to follow lots of varied blogs? I do because I never know what I will be inspired to attempt to create. Do you follow Sew We Quilt with Madamm Samm? She is amazing and puts together blog hops like I have never seen before. I recently followed one of her fun hops and she notified me that I had won a Q-Snap Frame. I was thrilled. In less than a week I received my frame in the mail. Here is is assembled. This was super easy to put together. It is very lightweight and easy to handle. I have yet to put fabric in it to test my embroidery skills and will be doing that right after the holidays which are trampling me right now.
Here is the Q-Snap Frame as shipped in a simple padded envelope. If you need a gift for a stitcher I would recommend these for certain. I read lots of reviews and everyone was favorable. I am including the link for your convenience.
Here is the frame in package. How simple yet how smart. I like this very much. Thank you Madamm Samm for your wonderful blog hops and gifts galore. I feel very fortunate indeed. I am enjoying this latest hop "Black Tie Boogie". Such talented and creative participants in your fabulous hops dear.
Here is another dress form pin cushion with some beaded pins adorning her. I hope the recipient likes the colors. I picked them especially just for her.
And one more I completed. I am able to check off a few names on my gift list. Feeling better each day as I stitch and stuff and embellish and bead. I love creating gifts tailored to each person. I do have a few items to shop for however you will not find me out at any malls or major stores this weekend. Instead I will be home creating and making. I will also be attending some local artisan craft fairs to support local artisan craft people who make wonderful things. I prefer to shop local and help my fellow crafters.
Even though Thanksgiving is in the past I shall continue to be grateful for my blessings. I am still doing my good deeds everyday and you would be amazed at how often people just don't get it. I have to tell them, "Please don't spoil my good deed I am trying to do." I don't think some have even heard of doing good deeds. Kindness is such an easy trait to share with others. May there be more kindness in our world.
Our weather continues to be warmer than normal and very dry. I shall be doing some hand watering of plants outdoors so they don't dry up and perish.
Safe keeping as you go about your holiday busy-ness. Joyful creating as you decorate your homes and make or bake your gifts. Peace and Bliss...
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Oh how can it be such a very short amount of days until Christmas? My lists are long and time is short. Thankfully I have been able to spend time in my studio and check off an item or two. When you have a gift to make do you begin with an idea or a sketch or a pattern or maybe something else? Do you follow your original plan or do you "wing" it as you go along? This bird nest cone is one of those gifts that was in my head for months but never clear as to how I would create it. I gathered supplies and they sat on the table. I would add or subtract from the lot and there they would sit. I never had the right inspiration...until...
I just began my project and it came together from entirely different components. Nothing at all like I had in my mind. This is my best way to create. I let the gift speak to me and determine how it wants to come together.
I am so pleased with how this turned out. Even Mr. C was liking it and that is rare. I used lots of fibers, laces, ribbons and my special hand sewn origami bird. What do you think of the finished gift? I am hoping the recipient will be very pleased as well. This bird nest cone is due to take flight to its new home very soon.
While sorting through my supplies (insert "STUFF") I found this Christmas card I made years ago. The envelope has a .63 cent stamp on it to include the extra hand cancel postage so this tells you it was a while ago. I hand made the fabric beads and then formed the tree using the beads and embellishment beads. A snowflake bead for the topper. Some inking around the edges and off to friends and family that year. Mr. C saw this on my table the other day and said, "That is a lot of work and no one will appreciate it." I understand he is probably right however that never stops me from spending inordinate amounts of time making and sharing my joy of creating. I am always drawn to the unique and hand made from the heart gifts. I believe my time and creativity is part of the gift I am giving. Money and store bought do not always give from the heart. I treasure making something special for someone.
We have had rain and then very strong gale force winds for several days. Today was hours of raking up pine needles and debris into piles. Tomorrow we will load the truck and deliver them to the county landfill. It is time consuming and labor intensive and expensive but necessary. A huge pine tree fell across the roadway and took out phone lines but no one was injured. We did have a struggle getting home around the road blockage but managed to drive around the cones from the top after trying the bottom of the road. It was dark and we had no idea what was closing our street. Power was out for several hours too. Thankfully all is well. More rain is expected for Thanksgiving.
I have much to be thankful and grateful for...Family, Friends, Food, Shelter and my Loving Husband. May you each have a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving. Blessings to all...