Saturday, January 28, 2012
In real time this was quite quick to crochet...well if you added up my hours it wasn't quick, however remember I was staying in a hotel all day every day and 8 or 10 hours can pass very quickly if your hands are busy and you are creating something new and exciting.
Have you crocheted or knit any of these neck muffler scarves? If so, I would love to see photos or hear of how you made them.
I believe I was channeling my Grandma when I was working on this. She could look at something and then go home and make it without ever seeing it again and without photos. Of course I took my camera back to the shop but forgot to actually take a picture of the one LuLu made. I was too busy buying more yarns and some bamboo knitting needles so I can try to knit. After all...Grandma crocheted and knit lots of fabulous things and most of the time she had numerous projects going all at once. If only I can channel her to help me knit something usable...
Blissful Creating as this January 2012 comes to a rapid close. This world must be spinning faster...
Friday, January 27, 2012
I sat at my little cozy coffee table and glued with my trusty glue stick I had brought with me. Then I cut out the shapes and fringed them. Hmmm...I liked them however they were rather plain and needed something more.
I had no more supplies with me but knew I had just the perfect item at home so I put them in the bag for safe keeping.
Once I was home and unpacked I got out the walnut spray stain and spritzed the feathers. Much better.
Mr. C was aghast at "MORE SCISSORS"! Ever since he met me and helped me move (we are do-overs so lots of baggage with me) he has never gotten over how many scissors I have. He tells people I have hundreds. Hmmm...I wonder how many screw drivers he has? Alas it does not matter. A person needs tools to do a good job and that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
I could imagine that any of you have more than ONE pair of scissors in your possession. Could I be correct?
I will be making more of these and using lots of different papers...music, tissue, wrapping, thin shopping bags, text pages, and whatever else comes to my crafty hands.
Have you made some and what were your finished projects?
Yesterday we had rain all day...one of my friends called it an Irish Mist and that really did describe it better. It required windshield wipers when driving but overall very pleasant. Today we have beautiful sunshine and perfect temperature of about 60 degrees F. I hope you are having your favorite day...
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Part 2 continued from previous post...
I was having issues on my last post I just completed a short time ago. Something about Blogger not being supported by my browser and hmmm...would I like to download Google Chrome. In this house I NEVER download anything without Mr. C's strict approval. His computers have always been his lifeline and company earnings so he is very protective of what content is on them and how they are used.
I did interrupt him as he was working and that never goes really well either. Thank goodness he took a break and looked at what I was not conveying very well. Mr. C does not know Blogger nor does he want to. He is not interested in blogging or sharing of photos or any such ballyhoo. He is happy for me that I am enjoying blogging so much but that is as far as his interest goes.
We took a little drive and got a delicious Gyro at our favorite little place for lunch.
When we returned he sat down at my computer and read a few things. Then...he actually downloaded Google Chrome for me. Now I am doing a test post to see if Blogger will behave better. So far so good. I have been able to upload a photo from my pictures file. On the last post I did something I have no idea and Picasa did a photo for me which posted. I have never even used Picasa so go figure.
So we shall see if Google Chrome really will be helpful and if Blogger really will behave for me.
This is how I created some Valentine ATCs while I was in my little cottage away. I acquired some lovely paint chips from the local orange big box store in burgundy, red, pink and whisper pink. I used my heart punches, which I had with me, and made a little pile of hearts. With my ATC blanks I had pre-stamped, my trusty glue stick, some scissors, red Happy Valentine's Day ribbon and a few pre-made hearts from K and Company I was able to create Valentine ATCs. These got mailed out to a very few people all while I was out of town and away from my studio. It is possible to be creative with very little supplies and space.
I was very happy to play with my paint chips and make something fun and colorful. I have used paint chips for lots of projects in the past. I do try to only acquire them when I am actually buying paint and painting supplies however sometimes I just need a very few without the need for the actual gallon of paint. I was making a substantial purchase of other items they sell.
What have you done with paint chips? Please share your projects you have created.
I had another photo to share, however it seems that Blogger has become extremely difficult and misbehaved for me. Something about my reader no longer recognizes my format??? I have no idea what that means. I only hope this will post properly.
Wonderful Wednesday and Blissful Creating...
Monday, January 23, 2012
I have not been able to keep up with blogging as well as I would like. It seems that my desktop computer at home has special programs that the shared traveling laptop does not contain. Therefore I am at a loss when it comes to sharing personal photos and updates on projects. So...
Home Suite Home. Living in Bakersfield while Mr. C helps a dear friend.
I cannot complain as I have everything I need (minus my computer and programs!) for daily living. I like to refer to my space as my little "cottage". This Homewood actually is very nice and they fix breakfast daily and dinner Mon - Thurs. Hot tea and freshly baked cookies are my favorites every day. Yes, I will need to get back to WW and Zumba and work it all off!
So in reality when did it become a requirement to live in a space that is so huge and have so much to take care of and maintain? Cozy cottage...cozy cottage...cozy cottage...
Next I will share with you how I never get bored and how I was able to play even while away.
Thank you to those who wondered where I was. Your care and concern are very much appreciated.
Now I am going to catch up on lots of blogs I missed reading...while doing laundry, grocery shopping, bill paying and all else that needs attention.
Hooray for rain and a bit of snow for our winter is now behaving properly. It is good to be home!
I am loving all the Valentine Heart projects I am seeing...what are you working on?
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I am happy to say that I have a clean slate of health, and I have much more energy and stamina these days. I follow Weight Watchers program and like to attend the weekly meetings when possible. I did reduce my weight and am continuing to focus on what I eat and how to get exercise without exercising. I just bought this new cookbook and will be trying at least one new recipe every week. I am not one to spend a lot of time in the kitchen...unless I am gluing and glittering projects on the table I shouldn't be working on. Bahahaha :o)
I also found this on Pinterest...I am afraid I am getting addicted...and definitely will be trying this idea. I do not like to pack a lunch and never have liked it since grade school when I had to make lunches for me and my two younger sisters everyday. This salad in a jar is brilliant and even if I am at home it will be so easy to get the jar and place a beautiful salad bowl on top and turn it over. Perfectly dressed salad that easily. You can even do this a couple days in advance as long as the dressing/liquid is on the bottom layer of the jar and the lettuce is at the top of the jar. No more excuses about how time involved it is to make salad if you do this and make three at a time instead of just one.
May you each have a wonderful week ahead and eat healthy...for yourselves!
I have been busy but will share later as I don't have my camera program on this borrowed computer in order to show any photos. Another reason I am so happy to view Pinterest and find great photos to share.
Happy Healthy Hugs...
Monday, January 9, 2012
I am not getting tired of making these so you may see more in the near future. Are you making anything with wool fabric? Are you tired of seeing these flowers?
This new year is beginning well and I hope you are enjoying good health and creativity.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
You see, Marie is the most giving and kind hearted soul. She cleans houses for elderly folks and also spends lots of time just listening to them and being a comfort. One of her ladies knew that Marie was meeting me for my birthday (this was last August) and that I love dolls. That sweet lady who doesn't even know me told Marie that she had some wrapping paper and went to get it. It was a roll of vintage wrapping paper with these amazing dolls all over it. How very thoughtful.
So when I met Marie for our get together and she told me the story I decided that I would make some cards with the paper. I made two sets...one for Marie and one for the lady who gave her the paper. I made each card different and sometimes added lace or paper doilies. I lined each envelope with pretty paper. Then I tied the sets with ribbon and gave them to Marie for herself and to pass along to her client.
This is such an easy way to use paper that would otherwise be thrown out. I like to crumple the paper and give it a real worn look with all the wrinkles and character. Wrapping paper works really well because it is lightweight and easy to work with. You can tear around the image for one look or cut around it for another version. If tearing...remember the paper torn off away from you will leave a clean edge and the paper torn off towards you will leave a white edge. That can also be part of the look for the finished cards. Try using tissue paper on cardstock. You can either buy blank cards and envelopes or you can cut card stock and use that for the cards. Envelopes are fun and easy to make from templates or just buy blank envelopes at the supply store.
Hmmm...gifts for birthdays, holidays or next Christmas. Make a few sets here and there and put them into that gift cupboard for just the right occassion.
P.S. It is always extra nice to stamp handmade on the backs of the cards. I don't date them from experience of misplacing them and finding them years later...not good to give an old dated card set that has no vintage value.
Do you make and give handmade cards? Do you premake cards and keep a supply on hand for all those occassions that pop up at the last minute?
Now I should do as I say and play in the studio making some card sets.
Joyful January 2012 to everyone...
Friday, January 6, 2012
From reading your blogs it would seem that 2012 is off to a really creative start.
I am so grateful for all of your comments and I really must admit that I look forward to them. Do you enjoy comments left on your blogs?
Blissful and Creative 2012 to each of you...
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
I continue to love making my gifts I give as it really keeps me in total thoughts of that special person I am creating something for.
As I post this I can hear my wool fabrics pieces calling me to create with them. I love the feel of wool and how easy it is to work with. It adds a wonderful richness to the finished piece.
Do you create with wool fabric? What do you like to make with it?
Blissful creating in this fresh new year 2012...
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
My gift cupboard is pretty bare after the holidays. I am one of those types who shop and make all year long and keep a cupboard of gifts for recipients. Actually my cupboard is fairly small so I also have a dresser with the drawers to fill with gifts to give. It works especially well for me...that is if I label the specific gifts with the name of the person I am giving it to. :o) Do you keep a special place where you store gifts throughout the year? Do you forget you have a gift for someone and then find it much later on?
Our weather is unseasonably warm and we have no rain or snow so far. You have probably seen how dry Tahoe ski resorts are and the lack of snow for skiers and boarders. It is almost 200% less snow pack than this time last year. Oh dear...we may need snow and rain for our water table and economic base. Mr. C has had to fill our pond with our well water because it got so low. He ran the hose for two days and just got it to the lowest level we keep it filled. I would welcome rain.
Wonderful week to each of you as you pursue your New Year goals and resolutions.
I am off to play...