Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Luckily, the friend I shared a booth with last year doesn't mind if she has the booth all to herself this year, but has offered if I have a few things to put in, I am welcome to. Unfortunately, these days I go to bed at around 9pm. Just enough time to get home, relax for a few, make dinner, eat dinner, clean up after dinner, play with my dog Kane, relax for a little while and then to bed...no time for crafting.
Maybe someone is trying to tell me to give up?
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Big changes are coming in my life. Although I am keeping it a secret for now, I assure you everything is good, and this change is wonderful.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Yesterday I took the day off, a much needed 3 day weekend. (The last tax deadline, October 15th, has past and I have survived...barely) Sunday I pulled out my three small bags of berries to de-thaw. I was able to get about 2 gallons of berries, a small amount for me.
Thru smashing and adding a small amount of water I was able to squeeze enough juice for two batches. Not a lot but at least some.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Here is my newest item:
The Mushroom Stash Necklace
Will fit a lighter or lipstick, a roll of cash or whatever you wish.
Monday, October 4, 2010
After about a 15 minute walk, we approached the beach. I was at first amazed with the view (I never get tired of pretty landscapes), then I looked down....
Look closely at the beach, (click on the picture to enlarge) yes that is beach glass! And lots of it. Most were fairly small pieces, but I was able to find some big pieces. There were lots of Amber, Clear and Green. I also found some blue, yellow, a small red and some other neat things out there.
Here is all my loot...
Monday, September 27, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Please forgive my absence, I will have an exciting new post after September15th.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Up on top of my to do list....make more Gnome Families!
Monday, August 9, 2010
"No I am not!"
Now I think he may be right. The Gnome house for my niece was 95% done a week and a half ago. I just needed to make one more little kid, and give the first kid arms. That is only an hour (or two) worth's of work. An hour, and it took me a week and a half. I did finish it and mailed it off last Saturday.
I finally started taking in some of my pants, which are all to big now. Total weight lost so far? 23 pounds. (The last 10 is hanging on.) BUT I just couldn't finish all of them. It is really easy and I have all of them marked, which is the time consuming part of the job. So why did I leave pants undone?
The vest/shirt I picked back up, sitting on the bottom shelf of the coffee table. Little progress has been made. I would love to make an inventory of all my unfinished projects, maybe seeing them lined out on paper would give me incentive to either finish them or scrap them.
So, am I afraid to finish things? Or is my attention span really that short?
Friday, July 30, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Why did they decide to throw an egg at my house? Well, my poor kitty was sitting in the window, taking in the night. It was about 2 or 3 in the morning. Some kids walking by see him sitting there and aim their egg at his poor little head! This scares the geebies out of him, and wakes the husband sleeping on the couch. (The couch is right next to the window, which was open.) He assumes the cat just had a normal cat freak out moment and falls back asleep.
I understand kids don't have any respect for other's property, but a poor little kitty, minding his own business...uncalled for!
Friday, July 16, 2010
I now present to you....the counting stick...(or very simple Abacus)
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
How sweet it will be to finish something!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Where am I at towards my goal? I am down a total of 16 pounds, in two months, and still 10 pounds to reach my first goal. The last month has been slow and not very motivational, but at least I seem to still be losing and not gaining.
Back to the treadmill....
Monday, June 14, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Needless to say, when you live where I do you don't even try to stick to diets on vacation, and I did not.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
So the journey begins...or continues...
With the inspiration a good friend, a month ago, after swearing off diets I decided to try counting my calories. Research on the Internet informed me to lose weight I needed to eat only 1200 calories a day. So I tried it....the first week, with only counting calories I lost 2.9 pounds. Yippee!
The second week, nothing. Nothing gained and nothing lost. A little discouraged, but not defeated (yet), the third week, I decided to start walking while still counting my calories. 4.2 pounds lost. This last week, 3 pounds. I think I am on a roll now.
The goal right now is to lose a total of 27 pounds. Each day is till a fight to stick to the plan. Write down all calories, walk everyday, and drink lots of water. One day at a time, but hopefully I will get there.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Do you have raspberry bushes on your property? Do you know what you need to do to produce great bushes each year? I didn't till a week ago, now that I do, I feel I need to share with the whole world! A raspberry "cane" (basically a stick growing out of the ground), produces fruit the second year of it's life. Meaning one raspberry bush, or whatever you want to call it, will grow two canes...the first year cane #1 will produce fruit and it will grow a second cane that will not. The following year, cane #1 dies and cane #2 will produce fruit and so on and so on. All you have to do, each year around this time, is break off the "dead" cane. You will be able to spot these as they will not have any buds on them and they should break off fairly easy. If you live in a place that gets cold winters, I suggest clipping off the tops of the canes that will produce fruit (about 5 to 6 inches), as the tips are probably burned by frost.
That's it really simple. Now what to make with your raspberries when they come in??
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
It only took me 2 months to finish a hat for a co-worker of mine, but I finally finished it. It was a simple crochet hat with a brim. I had to re-do the brim 5 times before I could get it the right shape...talk about frustrating! The hat turned out great and she loves it. I was so glad to finish it and get it out of my house that I didn't even take a photo of it. Now on to the numerous other unfinished projects.
Walking. I am finally into a routine! It only took a couple months to get a schedule down to actually walk everyday, but I have finally done it.......till the next time I decide "I just don't want to walk today".
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Gel Bleach Pen
- Start by putting the cardboard inside the shirt to separate the back and front, so you don't get any bleed through.
- Using the Chalk, draw the design you want. I would make it fairly simple, too intricate would be hard to draw with a Gel Bleach Pen.
- Next, with the Gel Bleach Pen, carefully "trace" over your chalk.
- Let the Bleach do its job. I left the bleach on till the gel was practically dried out. (About 45 min)
- Rinse off the Gel.
- Wash in washer.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
And now for the craft...you know there was going to be some kind of craft right?
All the ladies received a crochet flower brooch, made by yours truly. They are really simple to make and a great way to use up scraps of yarn.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
This has been just an idea in my head since Christmas and I almost gave up on the idea.
Rewind to the beginning. My good friend calls me up and tells me she has a Christmas present for me, but there is a stipulation...this spinning wheel has been donated to the High School Drama Club for a stage prop. The Drama teacher is worried that the wheel will just be destroyed by the students and appears to be in very good shape. It can be mine as long as if they ever need it as a prop for a play, I would be willing to let them use it. Hmmmm a free spinning wheel and all I have to do is agree that IF they ever preform a play that needs a spinning wheel I have to let them borrow it. No, I can't do that!
Are you kidding me, of course!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I am bringing the 80's back and going to wear with pride my "Culottes". They are much more fashionable than the one's I wore when I was eight years old and frankly, I can't believe I ever stopped wearing them. I hardly ever wear skirts anymore, the weather where I live is just too unpredictable. The wind will pick up without warning and so will your skirt....right over your head.
(Picture coming soon)
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Though this job requires so much of my time and attention sometimes. The balance between work and play can be so hard to find when you are exhausted from work to play. As things are going it is taking me a week to finish a split skirt. It is only 4 straight seams and two curved, a hem and casting for the elastic waist band. How do you balance your work and play?
Monday, March 8, 2010
Today the sky is not grey and rainy, but white and snowing and blowing. Oh joy winter has finally hit.
As far as crafts go, not much has been happening. Hopefully soon I will have some new things to show off. Three weeks ago I did a Matryoshka Doll painting class (Russian Nesting Dolls), they are almost complete, just having a tough time with the faces....I hate faces! I am also trying to finish up my nieces Christmas present that I didn't finish in time for Christmas (I know bad auntie). I have also been working on some new skirts for work. Unfortunately all these things are unfinished, where o where did my motivation go??
Friday, February 5, 2010
In an attempt to spark my creativity I have started an art journal, and up to this point there is about as many entries there as there was blog post in January. I really need to get myself out of this funk.....I just don't know how.
How do you spark your creativity?
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
You will need:
- One 12" x 12" square of cork material.
- One sheet of 100% wool felt (craft felt will work as well, just may not hold up as well).
- e-6000 adhesive.
- Dimensional fabric paint.
- Tools to cut and measure.
- Your imagination!!
Using the E-6000 adhesive, glue your felt to the cork. For best results spread the glue in an even layer. It is also easier to apply the glue to the cork instead of the felt. One more thing...you can use lots of adhesive. I chose the E-6000 because it is water proof and very strong.
You now have the base for your coasters. At this point it is up to you to be as creative as you feel like.
Using Dimensional Fabric Paint, I decided to go simple with three dots in each corner. Feel free to go crazy, just remember you want your glass to sit on an even surface.
Friday, January 8, 2010
2009 was a good year!
- Bought my first home.
- My husband and I celebrated our one year marriage anniversary.
- Met my adorable niece in September, she turned one this October.
- Did two craft shows...they weren't the greatest, but I did them.
- Tried Woodburning and Reverse Print making for the first time. Love Woodburning, not so much into print making but fun regardless.
- Started learning bookkeeping, I am now the Receptionist/IT/Internal Bookkeeper for the company I work for.
And many more ups and downs, but all in all a great year! Cheers to 2009 and on to 2010!