Thursday, August 23, 2012
I am continued to be amazed at the creative talents and generosity of such gifted people here in blogland. This very special gift arrived in my mail box just the other day. I couldn't imagine what it was or who had sent it. I had even seen it on her blog post and commented how lovely it was. Me? Mine? For real?
Suz of Suztats is this generous gifted lady. Thank you deeply from my heart Suz. I love them.
Blogging for me is about sharing. Sharing the love of making things. About people I am drawn to. Things we share in common. I love reading comments on my posts. They are for me a confirmation of someone who shares creative interests. They are also a source of constructive criticism. Things that can help me grow and learn. I love it when people really get me...follow who I am and what I do and like.
Suz did just this. She follows me, reads my blog, comments and shares similar creative interests. I had no idea how much she "got me" until this surprise beautiful handmade gift arrived. I adore her art and this flower is hand drawn and water colored by her. I love blue...all shades...my very favorite color. I love flowers. I love thoughtful handmade gifts. This card is all of these things.
This is an ATC and if you read my blog you know how smitten I am with this little art venue. Only 2.5" x 3.5" yet so much creativity in such a little space. Blue hand dyed fabric...beautiful. Lace flowers and a lace butterfly...gorgeous. And the finishing touch...tatting! I am so overwhelmed by this lovely and thoughtful gift. Suz knows how much I love tatting and am trying to learn...without having success. She spent her precious time to tat for me. Thank you Suz for not only hand creating each of these beautiful and thoughtful gifts but for connecting with me and sharing our love of creating, gardening, nature, beading, stitching and more.
I am truly blessed.
P.S. Happy Birthday Suz...we also share the same birthdate and she paid attention and waited an entire year to surprise me!
Our world would be such a better place if we had a lot more Suz's to care about people and pay attention. Now I shall do my very best to be a caring and thoughtful person in return.
Happy August Summer Sunshine Smiles...
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Our weather is continuing to be very hot and semi humid but with no rain to refresh and hydrate our very dry forest land. I embrace the heat...after all it is summer and my favorite month of August.
Enjoy your lazy days of Summer...sunshine, ice cream, bubbles, sunflowers, and so much more are my favorite things...
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
This is a display of vintage purses and hats that belonged to my Grandmother's Aunt Flossie. Some of the hats are mine that I used to wear. I still love wearing hats. I have used the vintage handbags for different events however they are getting rather fragile so I prefer to view them only. Several are hand beaded.
Our weather continues to be in the extreme heat pattern with no rain in sight. We have forest fires burning in so many areas near us (not scary close at this time) that our air quality is very bad, the sky is smoky gray and ashes are falling from the sky. I can only pray that all are safe and the fires are put out very soon.
I have been able to play (gosh it has been a while but my faithful 2012 word has been patient with me) in my studio and I am working on a couple of things I will share in the near future.
Summer Sunshine Smiles as we enjoy the remainder of August...my favorite month!
Saturday, August 11, 2012
I couldn't help myself. Really I couldn't. I made a bracelet for my daughter for her August birthday and she liked it. Then I realized I left my beads all out on the table and they kept calling to me. Since I had liked her bracelet so much I wanted one for me. I never do the exact same thing twice so I searched through my beads and charms and found some similar but slightly different bits. I set about and in short time had made myself a five strand bracelet with seven charms dangling. I kept this one in the monotone shades of light and added both gold and silver tones as accents.
Here is the finished piece. I adore it. Some bling. Some understated elegance of freshwater pearls and mother of pearl beads and leaves. Some high end Swarovski crystal beads which are my favorite.
No velvet ribbon on this bracelet. I tried a different idea and like it very much. I used one half of a toggle clasp to gather the five strands of beads together. This toggle actually has two loops which I attached the charms to. I use split rings instead of jump rings for the added safety of them not falling off.
I have hearts for love, one little crown for fun and a butterfly for 10,000 happinesses. I must admit I am pretty happy with this bracelet.
Have you tried your hand at making one of these? They are super simple and can be as funky or as simple or as elegant as you wish to make them. Great gift idea as the holidays of giving approach all too quickly.
Our heat wave continues. Mid 90sF is very warm for us. Triple digits all around us just down the hill. No rain and everything is so dry. Trees and bushes are turning brown with lack of water. We keep our landscaped areas well watered but the huge forest trees are really crying out for rain.
I am off to volunteer hostess at my local Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center today. I love meeting people from all over...some close by and others from across the globe...who come here to our little town.
Wonderful weekend and I hope you do something special just for yourself that makes you truly blissful...
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The photo above is one of the bags made from a simple square of fabric. I have self lined this one with some cushy fleece in between the fabric layers. I added a grosgrain ribbon hanger with a larger heart button as this was for a friend's birthday. Easy to mail. She has received it and likes it.
Thank you again to Tami at Lemon Tree Tales for this wonderful little fabric pouch idea. I love making them!
This year I am actually praying for some good soaking rain for our area. Everything is so dry and we are in great danger of forest fire. This week we are having a heat wave and people become careless when they are hot and grouchy. Some rain would be most welcome.
Dear Daughter celebrated her birthday yesterday and loved her bracelet I shared here. Maybe I shall make myself one of these bracelets...after all it is August and my favorite month!
Summer Sunshine Smiles for all...
Friday, August 3, 2012
This top photo shows the deck joists and their new layer of protectant. The house wasn't built with it but Mr. C never does anything less than perfect and builds to last more than a lifetime. Just to refresh...this is an upstairs deck that overhangs the garages. It is fairly large at about 600 square feet. Our Great Room and Kitchen both open onto the deck with double french doors. It is a good outdoor living space. We really missed it for the two months we were rebuilding it and not able to access it.
So job well done and thank goodness it is over. Time to BBQ and eat outdoors and enjoy friends and family on the new deck!
Summer Sunshine Smiles to all (including my friends who are having Winter now)...
P.S. This is a form of creating even though it uses not fabric, lace, beads, paper, glue, etcetera. This is what I had to keep reminding myself for the last two months of neglecting my studio and sewing rooms.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Finally I realized I could check my bead stash and make something similar. Here are some of the beads I pulled out to use.
Our weather is Summer Sunshine and brings lots of smiles to my face. I love Summer!
Blissful creating to each of you as you enjoy your days...