Saturday, March 8, 2014
It is not like me to post personal photos however this time I am. I have always been very happy with my hair and the way God created me. In my younger years I colored it everything from dark black to blond. I never bleached my hair so it remained in good condition. But after many years of Loreal I never achieved the Heather Locklear cute sexy look that Mr. C loved so much. As I aged I decided to grow it out and let the natural color show itself. I wore it far too short several times through the years and it really never was "me".
So about three years ago I just stopped getting it cut. This is the result. I have very thick and heavy hair.
Over the holidays into the new year Mr. C kept saying my hair was too fly-away. Yes, it had a lot of static with wind and coats in the cold. It made me start thinking that maybe it was time to get it cut. I even measured it to see if it was long enough for Locks of Love. Yes, however they don't want "grey" hair.
I dropped in to see my previous hair dresser (Marye) whom I always adored and she was very sweet. I made an appointment for the last day of February. I cannot believe how nervous I was. I studied hairstyles online and printed out lots of pictures. I dug through old photos of me and took them along too.
In the end this is me with my new haircut and style! I love it. In this photo my hair is still wet. My hairdresser was amazed at how great the condition of my hair was in after three years of only me tending to it. No split ends and not dried out frizz. Yay! So this is the cut with my naturally wavy/curly hair left to air dry. That is the secret to my good condition...I try to never blow dry or as they call it...blow fry my hair.
I can honestly say Marye did exactly what I wanted and what my hair needed. The longest she cut off was about six inches and the majority was about 2 inches in length cut off.
I am able to have my long hair and enjoy it. My mother had long hair for many many years. I can't say Mr. C was overwhelmed as he expected some fabulous hairstyle that just isn't me. I never spend time on my hair any more than I have to. High maintenance is not my style for anything.
Thank you for indulging me sharing something not involving fabric, beads, buttons, lace or fun stuff.
Today was gorgeous weather and we went for a walk along the water canal. Tomorrow is supposed to be more rain and I say yay! Our water canal is barely flowing with only a few inches and should be a few feet.
Enjoying friends and food and life. I love reading your comments and seeing what you are busy doing. Creative Bliss to all...
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Here are my ATCs for Kimberly's ArtJoyStuff swap. I used vintage sewing pattern directions for my background. Then I used vintage buttons, safety pins, snaps, fasteners, needles, lace and thread to embellish each ATC. Many of these vintage supplies were from my Grandma's sewing basket. Hard for me to use up but happy to share with others who are creative.
I hope the swappers like my vintage theme. I had fun putting these together.
Then I stitched a little pocket folder out of the pattern directions to enclose each ATC. Using another vintage safety pin to close the end. The little safety pins I have had since the popularity of beading them and making necklaces, bracelets or earrings. Well, if you are too young to remember this trend I will share something one of these days. Yes, I still have one of the necklaces Grandma and I made. Very Vintage!
Okay, last night I was blog surfing and read Connie's Freemotion By The River post. As I read it through it caught me and I knew I would have to participate. Thank you Connie for sharing this QOV need. I am over-committed yet I just felt that I had to research it further. So off to Kevin the Quilter blog for details. Hmmm...the purpose of the block drive is right for my heart. It fits my 2014 "giving" purpose. I read and re-read until I convinced myself that I can definitely sew these simple blocks of fabric and mail them to Kevin. He will be doing the hard work. I marched upstairs and told Mr. C that I need my sewing machine back from service and I need to buy some solid fabrics. His only question was, "You don't have fabric?" My reply, "Not solid fabrics in these colors!". Once I filled in the need Mr. C was totally understanding and knows I will be participating without a doubt. I couldn't sleep until after 4 am for trying to figure out how much fabric I need for the block pieces. This morning Mr. C figured out my yardage and cutting lines for me. I notified Kevin that I will be sending blocks for QOV...Quilts of Valor. Kevin emailed me with huge gratitude. Now I ask any of you (sorry no International) reading this blog...if you sew at all and want to make these simple blocks for such a worthy cause please visit the links I have included. Pfaff Sew La Te Da will be very busy when she comes home.
Winter is staying with us as we have wet drizzly weather every day now. No complaints here! For all who are snowed in and Polar Vortex frozen I wish you Sunshine and Spring. For England I wish you dry weather so your floods will subside.
I love being creative with paper, fabric, and all my wonderful supplies. Feeling Blessed Everyday...
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Many of you know how much I love blogging. I find such amazing and interesting pursuits. Recently I found A Swap For All Seasons and wanted to learn more about their monthly swaps. I contacted Linda and learned how I could sign up to participate. March was my very first time. The theme was Yellow and Spring. In Linda's swaps you send to one person and receive from a different person. Hmmm...
So, with the theme in mind I created my required card and tag as you see in the first photo.
Here is some of my yellow themed ephemera I included in my swap package. Yes, I painted the mailing envelope bright yellow.
I also included some yellow glitter foam and yellow scrapbook papers. I also like to add some postcards that represent my home ground. I sent this package to Linda of Lambsworld. I was very nervous hoping she would like my first attempt in this swap. I am happy to say she did.
Susie of South City Hues sent me her package of Yellow Spring Bliss. I was excited to open this envelope with the sweet Spring flower on the front. Inside were two envelopes of Yellow Spring happiness.
This is the card and tag Susie created and gifted me with. I love them both. She put a lot of time into each.
Here is the fabulous yellow ephemera she included. I am sorry about the photo but you can see how fun all the elements are. A tag book, teeny tiny little bird eggs, buttons, ribbon, lace, slides, paper bird and flower and the intricate folded flower. Thank you very much Susie. I adore everything!
Not surprising I have signed up for the April swap. Theme of Mother's Day and Peach. I better get busy.
I am happy to report that we are having rain. Lots of rain. It has been raining for days. We even had a couple of lightening and thunder storms. The lightening was the brightest, whitest that I have ever seen. Some of it was very very close and there was no delay in the thunder clapping. Fortunately no damage to big trees or structures here. A big sigh of relief for certain.
March has come in like a lion and is roaring loudly. Let it rain for we still need so much water.
Mr. C and I took a quick get-a-way to Sacramento. We stayed in an historic old hotel. Visited the traveling Viet Nam Memorial Wall at the Capital grounds. Of course we ate really well. I had French Macarons for the very first time at Estelle's Patisserie. We dined at The Grange and I highly recommend it as a very fine dining experience with amazing delicious food. It was a nice time even with the rain and winds. Always nice to return safely home.
We also delivered my sewing machine to the repair shop and it will be about three weeks. They did try to untangle the thread but it will require an entire dismantling and service to get it done. Maybe I will get some house chores done this week. Of course I will also spend time in the paper department creating. What will you be doing this week? Let's make beautiful things and be joyful...
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Without my sewing machine I have been spending time organizing. Here you can see my threads and bobbins are together. No more guessing which shade of ecru is on the bobbin. Writing on my bobbins did not work for me. I would like to give credit to the inventor however they are unknown to me. My grandma used to do this sort of thing decades ago however without the fun buttons.
Because I buy the larger spools of thread more often than the small spools I did go and buy longer wooden golf tees. I used to have a dentist who used wooden golf tees to set my tooth crown. He would have me bite down on the tee while it laid sideways on the crown. I trust the golf tee was not a used one. LOL Oh where was I... Yes, the wooden golf tees. I poked them into a used mailing box for steady holding. These are some fun wooden floral buttons my friend Ana of Scrappy Pink Corner gifted me with. Thank you very much Ana Dear.
Using Glossy Accents or any glue of your choice that would work merely affix the button onto the tee top. Let them dry until set. I didn't add thread to these like the others in photo one. If adding thread...do it before the gluing. Now I am ready to keep bobbin and spool together in my sewing cabinet drawer.
I am not making a lot of progress on my Fellowship of the Flowers. Instead I am enjoying the few I have already prepped for stitching. Here is a finished project using one of my flowers. I made a wool felt bag and added the flower for interest. I blanket stitched it onto the finished bag. Hearts and flowers are always in season in my world.
We are awaiting a storm which is supposed to bring us some good soaking rain and snow in the mountains. It is chilly and breezy so I can feel the storm coming. It is time for me to go outside and do a little weeding while I can. I have the perfect stretch to accomplish this afternoon.
I am enjoying lots of blog hopping. Welcome to my new followers and comments. I read and enjoy every one. I will be busy in the studio when time allows. I am currently going down memory lane as I sort through some things. I save every bit of everything anyone sends to me. I love it all. I am honored to have such great blogging friends. I will be surprising someone soon with something. I do not like to have give-aways on my blog. Instead I like to honor my faithful followers with a surprise from time to time. If you have never shared your snail mail address with me and you would like to do so then please email it to me. My email is in my profile. You never know when I may send along a surprise bit of mail. Hmmm...
Enjoy Creating and Making Your Joy Blissful Everyday...
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Before my Pfaff decided to take a much needed rest and maintenance vacation I was able to sew another little fabric box. I shared some others I made in this previous post. Those of you who know me realize how much I go overboard when I like something. I make and make and make. This time I made one that I put my artsy pens into. I love seeing them on my table. They make me happy. Yes, I am aware that they should be laying on their sides but somehow mine always prefer to be standing up tempting me to use them.
Here is the inside of the box. I stitched the inside flaps so that they are little open spaces. Each one can hold several pens where you see the printed fabric and another pen on each side. And of course the entire inside space can hold lots of pens and fun drawing tools. Do I draw? I wish!! Only in my imagination as I cannot seem to put my drawings down on paper. I admire all of you who can draw such amazing things.
Here is a side corner view of my little. box. I think it turned out to be about 4" square. It is pretty sturdy.
How fun it would be to make some more of these and fill them with lots of fun things for gift giving. Art related goodies, snack food related items, office supply goodies, stationary supplies, and maybe even some fabric fat quarters or threads. What would you fill one of these little fabric boxes with? I still think they could be done in those fun masculine fabrics and solve gift giving for men and boys. How about one filled with Legos or Match Box Cars? Maybe some card games for the Senior residences. Oh my brain is on a roll...Easter grass and Peeps...Oh My!!! They really are quick and easy to make if you follow my previous post that has the link to an excellent tutorial.
I spent Friday at my local Chamber of Commerce and had so much fun meeting visitors and helping out. I even got to "dress" a front window with Mardi Gras ephemera. No photo to share though. My bad. Our little town does a wonderful Masquerade Ball and Mardi Gras Parade and Street Party. Here is a link to see more about this fun event.
This coming week we are supposed to be getting a really good storm with rain and snow for the ski resorts. Maybe this will help alleviate some of the massive storms the rest of the country has been experiencing. Thank you everyone for your rain dancing and prayers. California is still in an "exceptional drought" however we may be able to help at least the short term desperation. Farmers are not able to plant their lands and that will affect everyone across the nation.
Creative Bliss to All...Lets make something we love!