Saturday, May 28, 2016

Organized Threads & Flosses...





Today is a beautiful day.  Saturday of Memorial Weekend.  It is easy to get caught up in the idea of having a long weekend...for projects and fun and entertaining and BBQing...however I am reminded of the great sacrifices our service people and animals have made for us.  We have FREEDOM because of all they have done for us through the years.  I am humbled by the gratitude owed to so many who gave so much to keep us free.  Thank you all for your service.



I am thankful that during our recent Winter months I spent a lot of time organizing my threads and flosses for embroidery.  Have you ever purchased a skein of embroidery thread just because?  And then realized that you already had that color?
 

 
Now I am happy to find just the color I need or should buy next time I feel the urge to obtain a skein.
 

 

I still have other threads however they are more for crochet and crafts and are on their own larger sized ball skeins.  I have them located in a nice large tub on my shelves in the studio.
When I find a wayward skein that may or may not be with a forgotten project I now wind it and place it with it's cousins...all ready to party.
Blessings on this Memorial Weekend Holiday.  Safe Travels.  Embracing Creative Bliss...

Saturday, May 21, 2016

15,000 Tulips Outing...


In mid-April Mr. C and I went on an outing to see 15,000 tulips.  We merely needed to drive about 45 minutes from our home.  This is an annual event and yet we had never attended.  I am so thankful we did this year.  If you want more information just click this link.
I will let the photos speak for themselves.  I took these on my Canon Elph digital and never retouched them so you can imagine the glorious sight to behold in person.  Please enjoy as I will remain quiet.  If you click on a photo it will appear in a larger format to see the beauty more clearly.












Now you want to plant some tulips don't you!  This was such a beautiful outing and couldn't have been a more serene setting...even with lots of other visitors enjoying the tulips.
Our weather turned back to Winter and it is cold, rainy and even hailed yesterday.  Lots of fresh snow higher up in ski country Tahoe. 
I am busy catching up from another trip Mr. C and I recently took and I shall share that very soon.
Embracing Creative Bliss even though I have not spent any time creating anything.  Blessings...

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Needle Tatting Envy...


Here are some amazing gifts I received from my "Sister" blogging friend Suztats.  I am so in love with tatting...both needle and shuttle.  Some day I will learn how to tat.  Of course when my Grandma and her friends tatted I never took the time to learn and now I am even more determined to know how to do this wonderful craft.  Suz does Needle Tatting and she has ever so generously made some and gifted them to me.  This first photo shows a Gelli Tag Suz created.  And two fabric ATC's.


I am in complete awe of this fabulous piece.  It is a very small ring that has been tatted with an edging.  In the center is the most beautiful and amazing Tree of French Knots to form the flowers.


Do you see the fabulous tatted Seahorse Suz created for me?  It is so amazing and reminds me of the time I was able to actually pet real Seahorses.  Of course you already know how I love the color blue!


This ATC is very tactile with all the fiber background and then the tatted floral bouquet complete with beaded centers.  How will I ever learn to create such wonderful tattings myself?  I do have a recently found source for Needle Tatting lessons and they will hopefully happen in June.  Yes, I have tried to learn to tat from DVD's, Books, and YouTube and all with no good results.  I am the type of person who needs to have someone show me in person and then hopefully I get the idea of how to do it myself.  Please visit Suztats in the link above to see her Creative Bliss.  Thank you so very much Suz Dear.  I shall cherish these pieces forever.
I know I said I would share a little outing Mr. C and I took, however I have not uploaded or edited any of the photos and the outing was all about the photos of what we saw.  Maybe next time I will have my act together. 
May is upon us and time is not standing still.  The days are running together faster and faster.  My little jobette at the Chamber is done for now but may have a few more days of helping and training later this month.  I already miss not being there everyday. 
The Sun is shining and the flowers are blooming and life is good.  I am Embracing Creative Bliss even though I have spent zero time in my studio or sewing room.  Soon I hope. 
Prayers for the Canadian fires to go out and allow rebirth and healing to so many who have endured unimaginable devastation. 
Do today what you really want to do and never put it off...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Friendship Quilt Block...


I have always been in love with fabrics and I have sewn for many many years.  What I do not do is quilt.  I find it too precise and exacting and I am not so good at math.  However, I do attempt making blocks from time to time.  In the past I learned how to sew a "Friendship Star" block.  When some of us were invited to create a quilt block for our friend Lindsay of LindsayOstrom blog, I knew exactly what I would sew.   I dug out some of my fabrics and the traveling images were just right.  Lindsay loves a good road trip. I sewed my block and delivered it to our local Ben Franklin so that Francis could put them all together and make a quilt for Lindsay.  When I turned it in they gave me a fabric pen to sign my name so Sherry is printed on one of the little girl's suitcases.  I took this photo before I added my name.



Lindsay has been going through a rough patch with her ailing mother and taking care of both her parents way out of area.  I am so grateful for being included in this Friendship Quilt project.  Linnea actually took this photo and was instrumental in helping create this quilt.  Here you see Lindsay hugging the quilt while some of her friends honor her and lend support.  My block doesn't show in the photo but I know it is in there. 
Nothing creative going on here as I just finished my six week jobette at the Chamber.  Six weeks turned into ten weeks as the bookkeeper resigned.  I would have loved to stay on permanently however Mr. C and I have some plans that are already set in motion and working did not fit into those plans.  I am happy to say the Chamber has hired someone I like and I have done some training with her.   She will fit into the Chamber family quite nicely. 
Our weather has been all over the spectrum from Spring Sunny and gorgeous to rain and hail and very cold temperatures.  Winter never leaves completely until well into May and sometimes even into June. 
Next time I hope to share some lovely photos I captured on a little local trip Mr. C and I took.
May you be rejoicing in your Creative Bliss.  Hopefully I shall get back to my beloved blogging and creating now that my schedule is more open.  Spring Sunshine and Smiles...

Monday, April 18, 2016

Celebrating April Birthdays...


Happy Birthday to my younger sister Marie.  On Saturday we got to spend part of the day together to celebrate.  We always love to shop the craft stores and Michaels did not disappoint.  We are too funny selecting what we love and then telling one another how we really don't need said item/s.  Finally we have our selections and can move along to other adventures.


I had a very special place I wanted to share with Marie.  These Demoiselle Cranes are my favorites at the Auburn CA Bird Sanctuary.  Marie said they look very Art Deco and I completely agree.  I just knew she would appreciate this beautiful gem just minutes from the hustle and bustle of traffic and shopping crowds.


Mr. C and I stop here quite often when traveling up and down "the hill".  We have watched it grow and become very popular through the years.  I never tire of stopping and enjoying the calm and beauty of it all.


I was very happy to see my beautiful sister enjoying it as much as I enjoy it.  Here we are sitting on a bench just soaking in the amazing exotic birds and koi fish.  Then it was off to lunch and lots of chatting and laughter.  I treasure my times spent with Marie.  I have lots of sisters.  She lives the closet to me so I get to see her more often.  We live an hour and a half apart so usually meet in the middle.  The weather was perfect and the company was perfect.  Hug your loved ones and let them know you love them...often.
Spring is in full bloom and pollen sharing.  I will share what Mr. C and I did on Sunday very soon.  Not much crafty going on here except my mailings in April.  I keep forgetting to take photos however you can believe I am making and mailing lots of postcards, cards and pocket letters this month.
I hope you are enjoying a beautiful Spring.  Embracing Spring Sunshine Bliss...