Such complicated and confusing times we’re living in these days. Do I go out or stay in? Mask all or some of the time? Travel?! It’s all so exhausting. What I do know for sure, for me, is that the value of making and creating keeps me calm and grounded. Using my hands to make something beautiful or yummy lifts my serotonin levels quicker than anything. Sitting, wondering and discussing what to do next creates such anxiety and even anger. Now is the time, especially with fall here, to drag out those watercolors, dust off that old cookbook your mom gave you a million years ago, pick up those needles and some gorgeous luxurious yarn and make with your hands. This does not have to be some great work of art. Whatever puts you into this happy and mindful zone is doing the job. Also, maybe gift some little bit of your creativity to someone without it being a birthday or any special occasion. A “just for fun” thing! Would love to hear what you do or make these days that lifts your spirits.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Sometimes I have difficulty staying in my happy place which is mindful and creative. But, my best solution for that is to get outside and walk, garden or just sit and observe. Lately we've had a visitor to our pond. This large friend swoops in and we never see him arrive or leave. He obviously likes to visit the pond, which is overrun with gold fish.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
I haven't blogged in a really long time. I had lost interest, and found myself smitten with Instagram, which is a site that I really enjoy still. But, I decided to give blogging another try, hopping to share more thoughts and content. Hopefully I can stay with it. There's still blogs that I love to look at, and I think more people are starting to blog again. Maybe?
Monday, June 3, 2019
Monday, February 18, 2019
There should be a nice full bloom from both our dogwoods out front. White and pink.
I've had flowers on my mind and spent the last week making a new pillow. I just sort of free hooked with no particular pattern mind. My only plan had been to leave a nice bit of natural linen showing.
It looks sweet next to my old snowdrop pillow I made several years ago.
I also made a batch of posy pins.
These are really fun and fast to make. I will be teaching two classes on various ways to make these later in March.
Yesterday I decided that I wanted to clean out my bookcase and dedicate a couple of shelves to my textiles and fiber art. This is the case in the spare bedroom.
I took bags and totes I had made and stored away and put them out to see...I also have a few textiles out I purchased when in Guatemala last year. I have a nice little library of textile books and publications that were scattered throughout the house and studio. I grouped my favorites together on the shelf, and will donate rest to the library. This sort of job is great when I'm between projects. Perusing through my books keeps me inspired and dreaming about what comes next. Well.... actually now that I look at this white bookcase, which is really quite large and painted with white chalk paint, wouldn't it be interesting to paint it multicolored with some stenciling? I'll probably be out buying paint tomorrow. No kidding......
A little February heart rock laying on a needle point piece I did at least 20 years ago.
Enjoying the quiet while it lasts.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
It's fun to make them into little pins. Directions for all of this comes with the pattern.
Here I have it pinned to my navy pea coat. You can see a peek of a bag I needlepointed at least 20 years ago. The pattern is from an old folk art needle point book by Mary Norden. I've needlepointed several of her patterns..... not doing needlepoint these days, but who knows, may decide to give it a go again.
I will soon be teaching a rug hooking class at Pheonas's. Pheonas's is a CHARMING historical home turned into a shop and studio in Billings, Missouri.
Over the course of two classes we will hook and assemble this pretty pansy pillow.
We will meet Saturday February the 9th from 1:00-4:00 for hooking, and Saturday March 2nd at the same time for assembling. All materials are provided, and no experience is necessary. Great time of year to learn a new skill, or add some additional techniques to your rug hooking repertoire.
Hope you're warm and cozy.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
P.S. Next post I'll take time to write a bit more.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
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