Sunday, December 28, 2014

Doorstep Creations and Serena

Our home has been happily full of children and family, and still is off and on for the next week or so.  It's been wonderful, but I love this post holiday quiet time of year.  The new year looms, and I'm excited yet peaceful.  I'm already looking ahead to the greens of springs, but so enjoying the winter browns and golds.  Christmas brought me this lovely lady to reside with us.  She came already named, Serena.

I think she'll be happy here.

I've been rug hooking and playing with designs and colors.  I did this piece and incorporated a little fiber collage I made a few years ago.  I had acquired the piece of antique paisley, and instead of cutting it to hook, I kept it whole and worked it up into this rug. 

I made these bags awhile back, but recently added the pretty vintage-like ribbons.  Have sold a few that were very similar, but decided to keep these for myself.  I find that I don't keep many of my smaller creations, and later wonder "why?".

I did the same with my flirty ribbon shawls.  I've made five, and sold every one.  I didn't take a picture of any of them!  But I was SO happy to have moved two shawls on to a lovely lady visiting here from Mississippi.  She had the most fabulous vibe about her, and I was honored to connect and share a creation of mine with such a lovely person.  The following is a shot of one of my shawls that is long gone.  But not to worry!  Another is currently on the loom. 

Hoping to get back to my sketching this week, and out and about with my sketching buddies, Mary and Tammy.  I feel really rusty! 

Lovely New Year's Wishes,

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Calming Books and Beauty Oil

Hello!  Such a busy time for many of us, so I'm going to share a few "lovely" things that are making me content, calm, and happy.

Firstly.... a couple of wonderful little books have come my way.  I've been reading gobs of fiction lately, and these two little gems are a nice change of pace.

The first is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.

This is more than your average organizing system.  Actually it's way more than that.... so far it seems to be about decluttering not only your space, but life in general.  The author teaches her method all over the world, and it's just a nice peaceful read.  Great for this time of year and excess.  Even if you don't feel you have clutter, there's plenty to learn and a different take on organizing.  You can find it here.

Another book I've got in my pile is The Gifts Of Imperfection: Let Go Of Who You Think You're Supposed To Be An Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown.  I've just started this one, but I'm liking where she's going, and her happy writing style.  You don't have to be in the middle of a "life drama" to get something wonderful out of this book.

You can find this one here also.

Okay..... here comes the beauty part!  It's all about oil, especially in the winter.  I've almost completely given up on lotion because oil seems so much better for winter skin (well.... and summer too).  Here's a couple of products I've been using.

The first I discovered when reading a book by one of my favorite "common sense" authors, Mireille Guilano.  She writes about an oil called Aragon Oil.  I've been using it daily (actually throughout the day) on my face, nails, and hair for over a year.  Oh Gosh!  I love this stuff!  I know Walgreen's carry it, but too expensive.  I buy pura dor' and one bottle lasts a good year.  I buy mine here.

Another new oil that I'm so pleased to have found is......

Dr. Teal's Olive Oil Bath & Body Treatment.  You can find this about anywhere.  I came across it at the market.  It smells heavenly, and no oily residue.  The price is right too!

So.... just a couple of "happys" to share with you over these holiday times.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Studio Show

If you're in the area, this will be a nice show to attend.  My husband, Jim Mayfield, will be displaying his work along with several other talented area artists.  Hope you can make it by!