Sunday, December 31, 2006
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Friday, December 29, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
We were at our son's home a couple of days ago and as I turned toward the door, there on the wall was this cross stitch sampler I had completed for them for the Christmas of 1996.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Mariella got me! I've now got meme in my hair and running down my shirt!
So here's the rules...
Each player places the rules on his/her blog, then lists 6 weird things about themselves. They then meme 6 other people, placing their names at the end of the post and leaving a comment on each of their memed friends' blogs telling them they have been "memed"! Then don't forget to go read all of them!
- I snore
- I have a habit of gently squeezing my left hand with my right hand when I am thinking about something.
- Since I quit smoking in August, I have to have something in my hands to do ... crochet, embroidery, naalbinding, knitting... it doesn't matter what it is
- I would love to have met Leonardo da Vinci.
- I have always wanted to meet a leprechan. (Perhaps someday I will under our huge oak tree!)
- I find it a shame that so many arts and crafts are so neglected as to almost become a forgotten art form ... i.e. naalbinding and card weaving.
Now for the meming of the memors from the memee.....
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
We spent the day running around ... did some Christmas shopping at the outlet mall with DH and DS.. It's no wonder I stay at home so much. Breaks my heart to go places that 10 years ago were brand new and roaring with customers only to see them today with the entire food court closed down and half the store fronts closed. What happens while I am hibernating in my craft room???
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
While our son was home on leave from Iraq, he got me some lovely alpaca yarn. I first started using it in a knitted shawl that I posted about on Nov. 9. I had to purchase more yarn as I went along on the shawl and then as I got closer to the end... realized that I didn't like it! Out it came...then I had to decide what to do with that wonderful yarn. I tried doing fingerless mittens... huh uh... nothing seemed to be right. Then I came across a vintage pattern that looks like it would have been published in the 40's or 50's online... I printed it off, but now I can't find where I got it to post the link! Anyway, the cuffs need to be finished and the seaming up the sleeves needs a little tweaking, but I think I like this better.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
After a month of on again off again working on the Ranger newsletter, it is finally DONE! I did the Pack N Go on it, got the mailing list ready and it will be at the printer's tomorrow morning. WooHoo!
- Cute clip art that makes me smile.
- Typing away with ALL my fingers and actually able to read it, too.
- That faint vision at the back of my eyes of my grandson smiling and saying "I might actually like doing this, Grandma".
- That other faint vision at the back of my eyes that shows the other grandson stirring shredded cabbage and making coleslaw.
- The color green.
- The shape of an oak leaf.
- Adhesive tape.
- Photos of the great grandsons!
- Coke art...
- Belly laughs
- Remote controls
- Post it Notes
I feel much better now...grin Nothing like a list to let you know just how much you really have to be grateful for!
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
"Maybe it's our free will misdirected or just a shameful pride, but we live our lives with the conviction that we stand at the center of the drama. Moments rarely come that put us outside ourselves, that divorce us from our egos and force us to see the larger picture, to recognize that the drama is in fact a tapestry and that each of us is but a thread in the vivid weave, yet each thread essential to the integrity of the cloth." Dean Koontz ... Life Expectancy
Monday, November 27, 2006
First... sorry about the long delay in posting... I guess my brain has taken a bit of a vacation.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Ours was very quiet around here. The kids all had other plans, jobs, obligations..etc. So we went out to eat Thanksgiving Eve..grin... and enjoyed Thanksgiving Day with just the two of us at home.
While the sons worked on my laundry room door and the grandsons worked on Avernum 2, I painted eggs. All in all, I think I got about 5 finished. I started using darker backgrounds and I think they are better all around... but that's just my opinion...grin
Sometime during the day, DGS and I decided to finish the card weaving piece that I had "in my loom"..grin He tried several different turns and came up with a couple of nice patterns. We then cut it off and he took it home..grin I really think I need to build a loom...
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
A couple of days ago while Bev was here, I had DH cut me a sliver of oak. I got out the trusty old file and went to work. I love my new needle... It makes a real difference in what the stitches look like. I will have to learn some new stitches, but the Oslo stitch is the one that I used to make the small amulet bag. I made the beads using Sculpy clay. The finger weaving that I did using #8 crochet thread will work as the closure for the bag, but it is a little too stiff, so I think I will use some embroidery thread to make another one. In another post, I will put up a pic of the bag I made using a regular metal darning needle...grin It's a real hoot!
Sunday, November 19, 2006
A couple of days ago I finished the Cheerios... then decided to cut up the boxes and make cards for tablet weaving... and it amazingly worked! Not a wonderful first try, but wonderful enough to surprise me...grin There are more pictures on the Fabric Follies site... Then I tried my hand at finger weaving... and made a wonderful tiny cording that is extremely strong (see pic below). I can see both of these made using Kreinik gold or silver threads and being quite lovely. I am trying to thread my cards now to see if I can do a pattern that will allow me to put whatever words I want on the strap... More on that later.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Since I don't have enough hobbies and interests already, I thought I would try a new one. There have been "socks" or slippers found at Viking archeological digs that were done with a process called naalbinding. This was the precusor of knitting and crocheting and is more durable... with the added benefit of being actually "knotted" so when the fabric is cut it does not come apart. It is done using a wooden or bone needle that looks very much like the "toothbrush" needles used for making toothbrush rugs. Since I don't have one, I used a large darning needle and some Wool Ease to see if I could even come close to the stitches. These pieces are the result. This video is so easy to follow that the basics were not too difficult to figure out. Perhaps with a little more digging into the online instructions, I will figure out how to make those wonderful socks and slippers...grin
Friday, November 10, 2006
I finished 3 eggs today, but can only put up this one that I put the hat on and how 'bout that flower..grin This girl wants to make a real statement. The bead in the middle is one that I made on the first day I quit smoking. The other eggs are for gifts so can't put them up yet...
Thursday, November 09, 2006
It's always a good thing to talk to good friends. It's been mentioned several times now that I really need to pick back up on my blogging...grin So here it is...
Monday, November 06, 2006
It seems that none of us have really gotten down to the nitty gritty of planning what to do and with whom for any of the upcoming holidays...hmmm Guess it's time to do some planning.
I was going through my jewelry box the other day when I doing some Victorian stitching and came across this pin that I just had to have a couple of years ago... love it...grin
Friday, November 03, 2006
It seems that a while back I hit a blogging snag. And it's still snagged. I sit down to blog and my mind immediately blanks... ughhh So here goes in a very probably quite disjointed way...grin
Monday, October 30, 2006
Back to the doctor today for final checkup after the heart stent... clean bill of health... he says I can do anything I want...grin So, we almost immediately got into the hot tub for the first time in two months. I cannot say how wonderful that warm water felt... After supper, I actually got to do the dishes... This wonderful man of mine has waited on me hand and foot for two months... almost literally. So tonight he got to sit in his chair while I did the dishes...
"just click on the button and a new membership password will be sent to you" it says....well, I'm still waiting for that email to get here after several times of clicking on that button..grin
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
We haven't done much of anything. Jim, Don, John and Tomomi came last Sunday. What a lovely day that was. Three of the sons here at the same time... it was better than Christmas. He is leaving tomorrow to spend a week with his dad and will be back for a day on his return to Dallas to the airport. I miss him already. This is a photo of the lane in our meadow... he took it during a walk yesterday...
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Never underestimate the power of the door bell to change your entire outlook on life! DH answered the door... I heard a voice I recognized and I looked around for Brigit to be running all over the furniture and barking...but there was no Brigit.. so I walked on into the den and my heart flipped.(Reference this post) It's a 22 hour trip and he said he made it to Dallas on the 20th, stayed over in a hotel and rented a car yesterday morning. He made it home about 1pm and still looks quite tired. He's only home for a couple of weeks and then must return to Iraq until the end of January 2007, but what a gift those couple of weeks are.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Friday, October 20, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Don't ask me what they all are...grin John was so tickled that he called me as soon as they got home on Saturday. I know Tomomi won 1st Place in the Completely Hand Quilted category. She was going to send me a picture with the ribbon on the quilt, but the blue ribbon disappears in the blue of the quilt!
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
I was crocheting along a few weeks ago with no idea what I even wanted to make when this little cloche happened. (Still trying to get rid of that Homespun yarn...sigh) Now that I have it, I have no earthly idea what I will do with it because I look totally idiotic in any hat other than a wide brim Southern Belle type hat... and who wants to wear one of those these days...
Friday, October 13, 2006
why I have never really taken up knitting... If I put it down, I can never tell by looking at the stitches on the needles where I am.. It's not that I can't do the stitches, it's that I get so frustrated and always just start over... after a while the whole piece just gets put down and forgotten. Which is a real shame... I love knitted work... the way it looks and the way it feels. This swatch was done a couple of days ago to see if I could keep up with the pattern that has been put on firefly's blog for her knit-along. It's a very easy pattern and I have enjoyed knitting it. Then I tried it using a larger yarn and longer cast-on and the moment I put it down mid-row to talk to my DH... that was the moment it ended... I could not recognize the stitches to tell where I had stopped. Any words of wisdom?? tips?? advise??
I found this little ditty on Pat Winter's site and had to try it...grin
|Your Element Is Water|
A bit of a contradiction, you can seem both lighthearted and serious.
That's because you're good at going with the flow - but you also are deep.
Highly intuitive, you tune in to people's emotions and moods easily.
You are able to tap into deep emotional connections and connect with others.
You prefer a smooth, harmonious life - but you can navigate your way around waves.
You have a knack for getting people to get along and making life a little more peaceful.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to try to make my own doll. (I don't know why..) So I took a pencil and drew off what I thought looked like one on a piece of muslin. I folded the muslin, pinned it so it wouldn't slide around and sewed around the doll outline. By gently pulling the front forward and the back backwards, I sewed a dart from the chin to the top of the belly on the front side. Then I cut a slit in the back and turned the doll inside out (... which is harder than it looks as the arms and legs are very small!) I stuffed the arms and legs individually, sewing across the groin and armpit area as each one was stuffed. Then I stuffed the head and body, closing the open slit by handsewing it using a slip stitch. Here is another example of trying to get rid of that Homespun yarn... By pulling out the cotton thread that keeps the Homespun together, I found that it makes a very soft fluff that is great for the hair. After a couple of false starts (sounds better than "have no idea what I am doing") , I found that by combing out lengths of the yarn, it would hold together and could be sewn onto the head. Now... I looked at it for a while and could not find any inspiration to continue. So I crocheted the little dress to fit it. Something was still not right. The face I painted on it was awful. Then I decided to paint it white... the whole doll. (Should be done before the hair... just so you know!) So today, I decided to try another face... then I decided to paint on clothes...the clothes looked funny against the white...so I painted the body again.. pink this time... So here we are... having to wait for the paint to dry... Will update in a day or so... (grin...fun project)