Monday, August 29, 2016

Lovely Gifts Received...

I have recently received two gifts of the most amazing and beautiful hand crafted works of HeArt!
This CQ (Crazy Quilting) Postcard is from Mary Anne of Magpie's Mumblings. If you do not follow Mary Anne you may be missing out on not only beautiful hand crafting she does but also some very fun and informative links she shares.  There is also a daily quote.  I was so surprised to receive this.

Purple is such a Regal color.  The stitching on this is beautiful.  I was leaving on a long road trip...yes again!  So I wanted to enjoy it and took it along with me to relish in all the different stitches and techniques she has used.  I am taking my CQ online class from Kathy Shaw and need to study.  I am desperately behind in my CQ class but I am not giving up.  More on this later...

Lovely Mary Anne also included some "Ciggy's" for my future CQ projects.  I am so grateful.  Thank you very much Mary Anne for gifting me your gorgeous CQ Postcard and Ciggy's.  I shall treasure them and all the time and work you put into creating this CQ Postcard. 

This is a BLUEtiful hand crafted book that my friend and birthday twin Suz of Suztats gifted me.  Suz knows how much I love the color blue...every shade of blue...and she created this amazing work of HeArt.  Tags and Gelli printing and fabrics of velvet and brocade and a blue shoe charm!  Swoon!!

This is the inside and the white lace creates a pocket.  I believe Suz hand dyes her pieces she uses.  She also tats, knits, and gardens along with her amazing water color paintings.  I am in awe!

A lovely stenciled bird resides in this lace pocket on the back of the book.  There is also a tag with a lovely reference to blue.  It has hand dyed ribbon with bead ends.

This is the front of the BLUEtiful book and it has beaded fringe and another blue referenced quote.  Thank you so very much Suz.  I am feeling very special and spoiled. 
Now I better lie down for I feel the vapors coming on just from these enchanting pieces of true labors of love and talent. 
I will tell more about our latest long road trip on my next post.  Right now I am enjoying the last of August and Summer.  Someone very cleverly said that Summer is going too fast and should get a Speeding Ticket.  I agree!  Fall is in the air.  I must keep busy preparing for my September Sister's Swarm (one of my blog friends used this phrase and I really like it...thank you dear).  Mr. C has arranged to house-sit for a friend of his during this time.  This way he will be able to get some sleep. 
Enjoy every day and Embrace Creative Bliss...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Meeting a Blog Friend...

Hello and I am so happy to be home and able to use Mr. C's desktop computer.  We have been gone and I have lots to share in the next few posts.  If you follow Carol of Just Let Me Quilt you recognize her in this photo.  I was the lucky one to be able to meet Carol while we were away visiting her home town.  We are both smiling and we had such a wonderful visit.  I felt so comfortable with her and our time together was way too short.  Carol's husband and my husband came along and were able to enjoy chatting with one another.  I would have liked to spend a day shopping with Carol and she was more than willing...however our time was overrun with meetings and data gathering.

Carol was so sweet to bring me a gift of some DecoFoil for the cards I create and send each week for Random Acts of Mail.  Thank you Carol for the time you shared with me and the gift of creative fun.  Next time I will be certain to save lots of time for the two of us to explore all the many quilt shops and more. 
Home Sweet Home and lots to do to get caught up with unpacking, laundry, grocery shopping and general house and yard cleanup.  I am already seeing some Fall decorating from some of your blogs.  I still have some Summer to enjoy.  I have a niece and three sisters arriving the first week of September.  We will be having a multi night slumber party and general all around reunion.  I am so happy that I can be the hostess for this and that my home can accommodate us all.  Mr. C might want to run away and visit lots of his guy friends.  He likes my family however he likes peace and quiet even more.  Safe Labor Day holidays to everyone.  Embracing Creative Bliss...

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Happy Birthday Baby...

No photos as I am using my iPad.  Mr. C's laptop did not survive.  We believe it had extreme heat stroke and cannot recover.  He will take his time and "engineer" a replacement.  No ordinary off-the-shelf computer for him.  For now I shall be extremely happy I have my iPad in order to be able to see your blogs and what you are doing to enjoy this Last of Summer.
I always say August is my most favorite month and it definitely is.  Today is my daughter, Jenifer Michelle's, birthday.  She is a woman now and I am so proud to be her Mom.  Happy Birthday Honey!
As for me...I am enjoying a lazy summer and some new adventures.  I'll explain later.
Stay cool in a pool and sip some delicious fruit infused water while you make memories.
Embracing Creative Bliss...

Friday, July 29, 2016

Crazy Quilting Progress...

Here we are at the end of July in just two days and it seems the faster the Summer passes, then the slower my progress is on any of my current projects.  And I have not been able to blog because Mr. C's expensive laptop he shared with me for blogging had a Hot Summer Meltdown and lost all of its ability to function.  No contents and no screen to be seen.  Heat Stroke of massive proportions.  That was not a good thing.  Mr. C has spent that last two weeks trying to bring it back to life and rebuild everything.  This laptop is not only for our daily things and my contained ALL of Mr. C's Hotrod programs, information on the Streamliner Motorcycle, information on each of our daily drivers and all the work he has done to get his exotic supercar to be able to pass California Smog.  No...Not a good thing at all.  He was devastated.  Of course he had lots of it backed up and that was good.  Right now I am creating my post on it to see if I can use it once again.  Therefore I am choosing to update you on my uber slow progress on the Crazy Quilting project I am taking from Kathy Shaw's online CQ course.  Here is her link.  My photos can be clicked on to enlarge.

These seam treatments are the foundation stitches and will be added to and embellished in time.  So far I do not have a comfort factor with colors and such since I don't have the overall design knowledge yet. 

Ahhh...French Knots!  Not my favorite stitch and not easy for me to do.  Now this little row is over 300 French Knots and I still have issues with how to do them.  I am aware that practice makes perfect and am hoping this is true here.  I have over 400 French Knots completed and or done over now so I think I am completing practice and should be moving into perfect...yet I still struggle with such a small little easy stitch.

Here are some other seam treatments and remember this is only the basics.  I am now working on Task 7 and it is really slow going for me.  Mostly because I do not seem to have time for stitching.  I shall persevere and keep matter how long it takes me. 
HOT here just like so much of every place across the states.  Triple digits are not common for us however this has been a record setting summer.  We are fortunate to have air conditioning and as much as I am not a fan we do have it on.  Just stepping out the door takes your breath away with the heat blast.  I usually like it hot but for some reason I am not tolerating it like I used to.  Also I have gotten another Strep throat and feel miserable.  First thing the doctor said to me, "Have you been around kids?"  Why yes I have.  We attended a very large picnic and I must have breathed in some germs.  Mr. C also got sick but with a summer head cold.  We are both very lazy and staying indoors and not doing much of anything.  I pray for everyone (people and pets) to stay safe and hydrated.
I will have another little tatting to share with you soon.  For now I shall let Mr. C know his laptop is working.  Summer Sunshine Smiles and Embrace Creative Bliss...

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Needle Tatted Heart Photo...

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 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 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...