Posts Tagged ‘arts & crafts’

I was going to write about the debate last night but I find my pinterest account more interesting—much like the super bowl from Sunday night. Just like FB, I said I would never have a pinterest account. I finally set up one a few weeks ago—didn’t tell anyone. I wanted to store some images and information for something I am writing and it was the perfect thing to use. Then I added some other categories. I don’t follow people and I don’t usually re-pin things from other people.



I found a photo of a flower decorating idea the other day. It’s pretty—I think. I find it hard to understand how popular it has become—interesting. I try to remain in the shadows. My FB is lagging—I really don’t like it because only one of my real friends is on there…ok, maybe 2. 😀 Interesting how we connect to each other and don’t connect.




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My Boo-boo

The pattern calls for 3 picots and I made 4. What a bad mistake even if it is early on. I thought about doing an alternating sequence but if I can’t remember 3 rather than 4 do you really think I can remember to go 3-4-3-4?? Not in any way, shape, or form–too many cobwebs. And, by adding the extra picot I made the chain longer which will not look right. 😦

I was so happy to get some smaller yarn to try. It is more dainty looking (I cannot say “daintier”). This is a size 20. I had been using a size 10. There is a big difference and the needle I am using now is a size 7 which also makes a difference. Is that confusing enough? The yarn/thread goes even smaller believe it or not. Normally this wouldn’t be a big thing but since the thread is smaller, I could not get the finishing knot out. I still have almost no feeling in the right hand and it has become more cumbersome to use. All of this will have to be trashed—not that it matters about the knots but about the long tail that doesn’t show.


If you would like to learn this type of tatting, there are plenty of videos on the web and there is a book I purchased at Hobby Lobby using a 40% coupon making my total to be about $15. It is not the best book but it included needles (not sure all of theirs do). It is called Learn Needle Tatting Step-by-Step by Barbara Foster. This particular book included 4 needles AND a needle threader. A set of needles was about $12 on its own, so I figure I did pretty well.


I have a lot to learn and as evident above and there are lots of misfires in that brain of mine. I still confuse right and left but we won’t go there. Have a most blessed day and may you be a light for someone who needs it today. Happy Gardening in all that you do, and we can all become master gardeners on the road of life! Please take care. 😀 


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This is my clutch that I am making to carry my super duper cell phone, credit cards, and thousands of membership cards (maybe not 1000s). I have more to do… (these photos were taken with my phone–I’m not impressed)


Left–Clutch closed  …………  Right–Clutch open        Zippered pocket is for change; pocket behind zippered one is for cell phone; card pocket above is only tacked in and not finished. More work to be done.

I used batting and flannel to pad it and then machine quilted it. This is not exactly what I wanted but it will do.


And, this is how far I have come with my tatting for the towel—more than halfway done but I have gotten sidetracked.

I worked on it when I had to have my tire replaced because I ran whammed into a curb drain at the cemetery. 😦  As so many tell me, “If it wasn’t for all of the bad luck you have, you would have no luck at all.” 😕


New project…

I am making some changes in ‘my’ bathroom–little things. When we bought this house 20 years ago I chose a shower curtain that had a similar design as the wallpaper. I want to remake this room into something like a spa for ME. I have to take more baths now because of pain—I want to really enjoy this room. I want to close the door on the world and have the bath be transformed into my own private sanctuary.

Can you hear the waterfall, the birds chirping, and smell those beautiful flowers…oh, wait, that is my bubble bath … 😀


I looked through countless shower curtains online and in the stores…found a few I liked but there was something not right about each one—not in stock, wrong material, too much, too much for shipping, takes too long to get it, etc. And, if I order online I won’t know exactly what I am getting. This is a big deal for me. I have picked out 5 automobiles (4 NEW cars and 1 used truck) in the same time I have had this same shower curtain… I really didn’t want to make a curtain but guess what…yes, that is what I am doing. 🙂


I found a king size sheet SET for cheaper than what I was planning to pay for a curtain, made out of the material I was looking for…  It doesn’t match my wallpaper but without much thought, I proceeded to get a matching bath rug and now need a matching or coordinating/contrasting bath mat.

Ok, it’s RED. Kind of reminds me of my hair color right after I dyed it. I think this color has become my favorite though purple will always have a place in my heart. 


What’s next? A tattoo? Maybe a red heart? I am not a tattoo person but I need things to signify that I am making changes in my life. I draw the line at any more piercings though I can’t feel on the right side… 


Have a most blessed day and Happy Gardening! 😀


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I learned to tat today! I really did. I can’t believe it. The classes began back in September but things prohibited me from getting there. A friend paid my registration fee–thank you! I am not excellent (yet—and I doubt I will get to where I want to be but…) but my picots finally look more alike than the last 100 times I have tried. This lady uses a weaving needle and it is the difference between night and day. I wish my grandmother could see me now. I hope she would be proud of me—her little sugar pie learning something that I can only aspire to be as good as she was and will never come close but I’m trying. I was a quick learner and caught up to where the group is but I want to do some practice runs before I start my towel project. And, I have to teach the girls to tat…


Other things…

When I decided to put the book online, I had no idea it would take so long to get the photographs just like I wanted—even some of them aren’t exactly like what I want but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have 8 more photos to do plus the “cover” photo needs finishing. I had to redo about half of them because I didn’t like the way they looked after I put them on the page. I really hope this turns out good. You will know when I get it done… I think I need to really celebrate that day because I never thought it would take so much time but then again, I have had some things come up along the way.


Have a great day/evening and Happy Gardening! 😀


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It has been a week since I have gotten my new phone—we are still getting to know each other. I hated strongly disliked the ringtones but my daughter helped me fix that. It now has a portion of one of Audiomachine’s works. I wanted something that would get my attention and I love this particular piece of music. Next, is deciding on wallpaper but I actually like the leaves…


Yesterday was my last day with my tracfone. I have had it at least since 2006 but possibly since 2005—it was the first one and it still works. People are amazed that it does. It has been dropped, crushed, banged, etc. I never thought I would leave it but figured it would die first. It was one of the phones that still allowed free incoming texts…


I am making a carrying case for the new phone and decided to upgrade to a clutch-like purse to carry my credit cards, medical card, library card, and other of the many cards I carry. That way they give the phone support and I don’t have to worry about carrying them separately. The tracfone is about the size of one stack of cards; this phone is about the size of two stacks of my cards side-by-side. It’s funny. I have been carrying the cards in a phone case and the tracfone phone in my pocket. For a while, they both fit in the case but the number of cards has quadrupled. 🙂 

I plan to use one of these fabrics…

… and I plan to add straps to the bag because of the way I am–I will leave it somewhere the first time I use it. I’ll try to show the finished project if and when I get it done. Right now, I am still searching for my lavender thread. If I go to the store to get a new spool we all know I will not walk out with one spool of thread now don’t we?


I hope all things are growing great in your garden. Happy Gardening! 😀


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Saturday shopping


All week long I have been looking forward to today so I could treat myself to some things at Hancock Fabrics—some fabric including white flannel, thread, Ric-Rac, etc. One of the biggies was to get some wool (fabric)—not wool blend…real wool fabric. They didn’t have much wool blend but they didn’t have any 100% wool. That put me off my game so much that I only bought about 8 things—no fabric. My daughter was happy because the line around the cutting table looked more like a line for black Friday. My pocketbook was happier but this just means I have to hit more stores this week or order online and I don’t think I have that much time.

I hope your sewing garden is looking better than most outdoor gardens. Happy Gardening! 🙂


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Artists create according to how their spirits are strummed. Some use difficulties and tragedies in their lives to take us to new heights. They show of their experiences not only through their eyes and ears but through their souls. As an artist, it is how we endure these tough times that gives a picture of our journey. This can be in the visual context or the auditory, written, and other. Whether the artist really wants you to understand, he or she is “telling” of their experiences, so art is more than what we see or hear—it is what we feel as an artist and it is what we feel as an observer–though they may not be the same. Make sense?

Intentionally or not, I am drawn to people and their blogs who tell of this journey. Some artists are in the infancy of this voyage. Some are in the middle and some have reached the other side. Creating art is good therapy for people with sufferings of many kinds. We need to learn how best to express ourselves for us to continue the journey. And, this is not a planer existence. We as humans are comprised of multilayers. Sometimes all of the layers are not in sync. It takes time. Sorry if this is a little deep—it is not meant to be.

Works and creations are how we cope with life. Many will tell you that they do what they do for another reason but so many artists are giving a reflection of who they really are—what they really feel or have felt and their connection to life. Artistry is the best gift we have to deal with our problems. Sometimes, we don’t know or understand our need or desire to why we want to express certain things but I bet if someone watches long enough and really gets to know you, they will understand.

In the past two years I have watched such people. Some were just beginning on their journey. I have watched a metamorphosis take place as time goes along. Some have completed their journey and are to their Happy Place. Others are still working along. No matter what, their journey is beautiful.

I am a very non-superficial person. That is why I am such a caring individual and why I get hurt so easily. Sometimes, we need those times of difficulty to bring us back in line. For so long, I had problems creating new things—those from the heart. I think I had to begin my journey again. The journey is the real story. I cannot rush it but enjoy it as I go. I wish you the best wherever you are along the way.

Happy Gardening along your journey!


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As I was going through some old photos, I found this one taken with my roommates when I was in graduate school. I’m not sure if this was for Halloween, but I remember coming up with the idea of dressing as a caterpillar. We got an old sheet and cut holes and decorated it. We made a tail for the end and I had some of those glitter balls for the person in the front (me). I don’t know how I got to be in the front…seriously. I used some fake eyelashes (with glitter) and we covered our hands–excuse me, feet :)–with socks.

Polka dot caterpillar

I think we look special! What was really crazy is that we walked to the party which was across campus—can you believe we actually went out like this? I was always up for a dare. People honked and yelled as they passed by and we gave them a show—a dance step or two as best a caterpillar can give :). Oh, those were the days…

Happy Gardening and may your memories be happy ones!


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Is he not the cutest kitty? This is my helper who sometimes is more help than I want, but he is so adorable. Quilting can wait a bit…

Hope your day is going well! Happy Gardening! And, Simon says, “Happy Scratching!”


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  • I have several projects I have been working on at one time—not usually a good thing for me but it keeps me motivated.

The first is a soft block–a cube. Again, Simon likes it so it will probably remain with him. It is made from some of the same material used in HIS quilt 🙂 though it wasn’t meant to be his quilt—or his block :). I thought about making blocks with lettering on the sides for a baby or something to that effect—actually, to go with the quilt—but I’m not into baby things right now. Here is Simon with HIS quilt and HIS block…

Simon and HIS quilt and HIS block

The pantry shelf cross-stitch is complete. The one on the left is the new one and the one on the right is the one I did many years ago.

Pantry Shelf cross-stitch

I am not happy that canning lids have changed since I used to make these. I have several hanging in my kitchen and if I add to them, I will have to change the rings to match. Progress… Change does not always equal progress.

Then, there is this simple cross-stitched cross with beads.


My first thought was to give it a halo effect with thread and add some beads on the main part of the cross but I opted to add beads for an outline. It is ok and looks better than this photo but next time I will stick to the plan…

The next table runner is coming together. At least the blocks are pieced together. I have to add the strips and begin quilting.


For wall hangings, I like to use polyester batting but I will use cotton batting for the runner. BTW, the next quilting project will not involve pinwheels or watermelons but will consist of flowers—oh, I love flowers!

Lastly, I made appliqué templates for another sewing/quilting project.

Applique templates

I have misplaced a project that I didn’t finish and cannot seem to locate it. The pattern I drew is also AWOL and must be with it. I have to start over and I really hate that!

Overall, it was a fair week for creating, designing, and finishing projects considering the pain I had after the procedure. The pain is not as bad but my leg still looks like someone ran over me with a car and backed up to do it again :). In time, I will be back to my old self–I hope!

  • What projects have you been working on? And, do you find that you have more or less time to work on them in the summertime?

When the girls were younger, I couldn’t wait for them to be out so I wouldn’t be on the road running them everywhere but then when summer came, there was always something I had to do other than making things—grownup things and not kid things and was relieved when school began. All of my time spent with the girls was so treasured but there never seemed to be enough time for everything–still isn’t :).

Whatever you are working on, I hope your projects are coming along nicely. Happy Gardening and may your day be truly blessed!


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