Sunday, July 17, 2016
I promised to actually show a photo of my needle tatted heart. The blue heart is the one I did in class. The red heart is one I came home and created to try to keep my brain on tatting track.
Just one day later I tatted another red heart...no you do not see it in this photo because it turned out so wonky that I can't really call it a heart. How quickly I forget what I just learned.
Then I went back to YouTube and tried to needle tat the yellow edging. I must have bungled it and took out my tatting...including all the knots...at least four times and finally I gave up.
Well I am happy to say I never really give up...I merely get frustrated. I viewed RustiKate on YouTube so many times and I still had issues. It wasn't the needle tatting part but instead it was the sequence of the rings and chains. How many times I had to untat and begin again I lost count. However I am happy to say I am making progress. I even sat in the truck and needle tatted while Mr. C unloaded a huge full load of weeds and yard debris at the local "dump" now known as the recycling center or something like that. I think if I stay the course needle tatting will be my very best road trip take-a-long...except while I am doing the driving. It really is portable. Soon I will tackle another heart just to be certain I can do it from reading the pattern.
Our weather is perfect Summer warmth and sunshine. We are still in extreme drought and very high fire danger. We have zero rain forecasted. July is zooming past at warp speed. Soon it will be Christmas. I am enjoying your blogs and seeing those of you who are creating Christmas projects in July to have a head start on the busiest season. I am determined to keep Christmas simple this year.
My heart is heavy with all the horrors of death and destruction happening in our World. People! Please stop the insanity of killing your fellow humans!! Lives are precious and priceless and we all need to respect that fact.
Love and Kindness is what we need more of. Enough said...
Sunday, July 10, 2016
I have discovered...well maybe just honestly realized...that I have a love for all things textural. Like these fun and fabulous yarns. I thought it wise to see just what I have and sort them better than they were. I crochet, do some knitting and use yarn fibers in my creative projects..."Wear the Boas Are" and other assorted crafts and creations. Having a nice variety is what inspires me some times and it appears I certainly do have a variety of yarns. There was one trip to San Francisco that Mr. C and I searched out small independent yarn shops to buy unique and amazing fibers for embellishing boas (there are two images in my banner) and it made for a very fun and interesting trip...also very expensive. Thank you Mr. C for indulging me.
Therefore while sorting I knew I needed to downsize my five very large containers of yarns. Well how does one decide which yarns to eliminate when they love them all? And you never know what project will be next and need just what I eliminated. So...I arranged the skeins in size order and that helped me figure out what to save. The really large beige skeins in the background were for arm knitting and that never happened so they are out! The lovely medium skeins of blue and purple had been duplicates or triplicates and already served their purpose so they could be eliminated. And the tiny little "Bon Bon" skeins are what I kept. They are very tiny and do not take up much room.
Here is a very large oversized market bag that is crammed full of some of the yarns I shall donate. Then there is another very large pile of yarns that I shall pass along to my granddaughter who just learned to crochet. She is making baby booties and outfits for her previous job of day care nanny. She still visits and loves her little babies but has moved on to her new career of teaching high school English. I am very proud of her!
I did manage to save and keep at least three large containers of yarn for my own use. I just love them too much and needed to have them near me for comfort.
I shall show my tatted heart once I take photos on my camera to upload to this PC laptop. For now I am not able to figure out my iPad blogging with photos. Thank you everyone for your understanding and comments. Diane of lacelovinlibrarian.blogspot.com had a good suggestion but I was not successful...yet. And Annie of http://freezeframe03.blogspot.com has even lost sleep to try to help me. Thank you Diane and Annie for I am truly grateful for your help.
Our weather is glorious with a cool breeze. Today Mr. C and I will do some outdoor painting to correct the blue I painted the gutter downspout which should be grey.
We were out of town last week to help our dear friend Sandy in Bakersfield (6 hours south of us). She fell and shattered her shoulder and had to have serious surgery. Her doctor was able to put Humpty Dumpty together again with a large 6 inch steel plate and 11 very long screws placed every criss-cross direction to give strength to the rebuild. Sandy is strong and she will mend very well providing she slows down and doesn't overwork. We will be following up with her.
May you be enJOYing your Summer/Winter and realizing Creative Bliss...
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
I honestly do not know what I was thinking! I have always loved CQ...Crazy Quilting. There is a wonderful lady named Kathy Shaw who does beautiful CQ work. She also has classes available online from time to time. I couldn't help myself this time and I signed up for her Basic Crazy Quilting Class...BCQC. Here is the link to her website and you will want to see everything.
So here is my first assignment and I didn't have too much trouble. Four neutral fabrics and a wrapped hoop. Done.
Next came time to take those four neutral fabrics and cut them into pieces. Oh...I needed a fifth fabric so off to the store I drove. In my hundreds of fabrics do you think I had just one more neutral that would work?!! Okay now I can relax and cut my pieces.
Well now it is time to sew those pieces back together again. After all it is called Crazy Quilting. Only quilters would take perfectly good fabric and cut it up only to put it back together again into one piece of fabric. I will tell you that I did more seam ripping than normal. I must have some sort of "spatial dyslexia" because my pieces kept getting sewn in the wrong direction. No matter how careful I was I kept sewing them wrong and only after sewing did I realize that my seams were not going to work out in straight lines. Oh dear! This is the correct pattern. Whew!
I also discovered that my original Q-Snap frame was too small and would not fit my fabric piece. DRAT! No local stores to run to and buy another larger frame so Amazon came to my rescue. Meanwhile days are rushing by and I am not keeping up! Do not stress over this Sherry. There is no deadline (is there?). Breathe and just have fun with this.
Well here is my fabric block all sewn together in the proper class shape and size. I have it hooped in my new larger frame. Now what...
I must say that no matter how difficult I make this for myself, Kathy has been wonderful and very supportive. She has a very comforting way of teaching and I am very grateful for this. Thank you Kathy for offering your BCQC and for keeping it free. Yes, I said free. This is rare in our world.
Our weather is very cool and not at all Summer-like. We are supposed to get rain tonight and tomorrow and it will be very much appreciated. El Nino has not delivered nearly enough rain for us to get out of our drought. And Fire season is upon us in full scary mode.
Not much creative going on here as I am continuing my purging and donating in order to downsize. Mr. C is busy with a plethora of projects both inside and outside. We have lived here eighteen (18) years and soon it will be time to move. Mr. C is restless and tired of all the maintenance of eight acres of property and a multi-story home that is bigger than we need. The seasonal elements are hard on wood and paint and there is constant work for him to do. Even hiring a helper is getting to be too much to manage. So we search... Mr. C wants to move out of California and that will be a challenge because we are both natives and love it here. However progress will prevail and we will find our next community and home. In the meantime...you can find me making huge messes in most every room. I am off to load up the truck with another array of boxes, bags and baskets full of goodies to donate to Hospice. I am a frequent donator...
I do have my new BCQC to keep me busy too. I shall share more next time. Summer Fun for All...
Winter Bliss to my friends across the world. Embracing Creative Bliss...
Monday, June 6, 2016
We are having Summer here and the temperatures are very hot. Mr. C's Roses are blooming nicely. With all this heat I need to clip them early in the morning so they don't wilt by evening. The colors and blossoms are so beautiful.
These light colored roses are the most fragrant and have the true old-world smell of roses as we knew growing up. Mr. C is truly enjoying his beauties this year.
I am not doing well with keeping up daily. The time is passing so quickly that I am way too behind. I haven't sewn enough Dresses for Girls Around the World. So far I only have four completed and two more in the works. Our self-imposed deadline is coming quickly for this batch.
This past weekend Mr. C and I enjoyed some local activities. We attended our local airport's open house including our Cal Fire Attack Base planes and pilots/crews. It is always so interesting to learn how they take such good care of us when fires are raging. I am thankful to pay our double fire assessments that we have each year. On Sunday we attended our local Soapbox Derby that happens at our local park. The road is closed and the derby "cars" have gravity drags. We have everything from Mr. Potato Head to Stanford built racers. Here is a link to see images of entrants. It was fun to see and cheer them on. Oh but the heat just about did me in. This is the first time Mr. C and I have been able to attend.
I hope you are enjoying your Summer/Winter and doing all that you love. Embracing Creative Bliss...