Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Look what I got from Sue in western WA! This is for joining in her Pay It Forward on her blog. It is a postcard she made for me.
I love the colors and look at the sequins and beads that make it sparkle. She even included a bird since I am Freebird. And notice the little heart. This makes me feel like I am in a steamy, colorful rainforest with it's heart thump, thump, thumping to the tune of all the life in it.
Thankyou so much Sue! I treasure it.
Now, I haven't had any takers on my second Pay It Forward. Who knows you might get something like this if you sign up. Then again, it might be something really different. You won't know unless you sign up here .
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
made for my grandchildren when they were born. The green one is the first one. It was made for my grandson. This picture was taken last summer when the quilt was 13 years old and I can say the quilt has been in constant use all these years.
Next comes the big-star quilt. It was made 11 years ago for my first granddaughter.
The small-star quilt was made next but the squares were made by hand as a portable project I had started a couple of years before. I pieced the blocks together by machine though.
And last comes the 7 year old quilt for the baby of the family. Good ol' Attic Windows. The kids are all pretty attached to these quilts.
My daughter, thank goodness, didn't relegate these to the awful status of "family heirloom" meaning no touching, no attaching to, but instead felt the kids should use them even if they wear them out. I sooo agreed with her on this but we lucked out and the quilts have held up very well.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
You Are Teal Green
You are a one of a kind, original person. There's no one even close to being like you.
Expressive and creative, you have a knack for making the impossible possible.
While you are a bit offbeat, you don't scare people away with your quirks.
Your warm personality nicely counteracts and strange habits you may have.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Pay it forward rules: I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a Comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange, and who make the same pledge on their own blogs . I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward meaning you will do the same for three people who comment on your posting on your blog.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Happy Easter everyone. We have a tree in leaf and a couple of wild flowers blooming. Living in the desert with a well means no lawn so we enjoy the wild flowers while they are here. When they turn into stickers I don't find them so attractive but for now, so early in spring we are happy to see as much green as we are.
Anyhow, we are having a wonderful spring day to celebrate this holiest of holidays. New life is in evidence in nature to remind us of our spiritual possibilities. Isn't is wonderful?
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Well, this is my inchie for this week. The theme was "words". I wish I had punchers to cut smaller circles so it would have come out better.
For anyone too young to know, the BeeGees were a fabulous group way back in the late 60's and early 70's (hope I've got my facts right, I just liked them way back then).
I have bought better pens to write with but they haven't arrived yet. At least, I hope it's the pens and not my writing that's atrocious!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Did you know tomorrow, the 20th would have been Mr. Roger's 80th birthday? 1000 Faces of Mother Henna is having a sortof celebration and you can be in on it. Although it's very late to do this it doesn't take much. Just make some sort of art involving a sweater and post the link over at Mother Henna's. Then we can see what everyone has done to celebrate. I am posting this now and then I will go do my something. Hmmm, what will it be?
The 20th is also my mother's birthday. She would have been 84 years old. I know she is with me in spirit and has a new birthday into heaven but I still think of her on the one I knew. Happy Birthday Mom! She taught me Handmade Is Good. I thank her for that although I gave her a bad time about wanting perfection. I don't do perfect but she was good at it.
Well, I got my pieces done. The first is a picture of knitting needles on a red sweater I made. Anyone for pik-up stiks!!
The second is a composition I came up with and it really is a sweater (albeit a partially made one) in a jar. These took me about 2 hours to think of, photograph, and finish up. Go ahead, you can do one!
Monday, March 17, 2008
I hadn't done an inchie this week after trying to start doing one a week with the Inching Artists because I didn't get to it by Friday. Now, what gave me the idea I had to have it done by Friday, I certainly don't know but when I went to the blog to see what this week's theme was I found out it is posted on Tuesdays. That means if I got it done tonight I'd be in under the wire! All this time constraint business is probably my own silliness anyway.
The theme for this week was numbers. 852 is a number that has cropped up for my husband so many times in his life that he feels it must have a special significance for him. He just can't figure out what that significance is! When he first joined the navy it was given to him as part of his service number. Then he was stationed aboard a ship with that number twice. Since then he has seen it on addresses, mail and many other things besides just happening to look at the clock so many times to see it at 8:52.
So I decided to do my numbered inchie with that number. I used both roman numerals and our regular numerals to make it. I like how it turned out and if anyone knows any significance to 852 I'd sure like to hear what it is. He's thinking it means May 2, 2008 (military dates use year, month, day).
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I know some of you are sick of snow. I've lived in Minnesota, Illinois and Wyoming so I know what heavy snow is like. That's why I enjoyed this snow - just the pretty part and no ugly mess to deal with.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
I finished a rosary for her daughter-in-law today also. There is a bit of a story to it. Almost two years ago my nephew and his family (living in Japan) had to flee their house in the middle of the night due to a fire. They barely got out with their children; they couldn't even save the dog or gather any belongings at all. When they were finally able to get back in they found two items unburned - a rosary of her father's and a crucifix over a door. That's it!
My nephew asked me to make a new rosary for his wife from the broken one that survived the fire. It was old and a man's style so I asked each of his sisters and his mother for 10 - 6mm beads of their own choosing and asked my nephew to send 6 - 8mm beads. I supplied the centerpiece (a fish pendant of the Hill Tribes Silver that Fire Mountain Gems sells) and silver wire. The crucifix was cleaned and reused from the old rosary. My husband drilled two holes in the bottom of the fish pendant and I blended the beads everyone sent. I'm glad my sister sent a packet of mixed colors as that helped in the blending. Now I just need to make a bag or paint a box to hold it. I plan to use my fish stamp I made and showed here to go with the fish centerpiece. I figured it should fit with the way the Japanese seem to love fish in one form and another and another!
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Arline of Shared Stuff By Arline has tagged me. Now I need to come up with seven random things about myself (seven more things, see here ) and then tag 5 people. I'm not sure who to tag as this one just found it's way back to me so it's gotten around. If you haven't been tagged and don't mind playing along leave me a comment and I will announce you as tagged so people can go see what you have to say and get to know you a little better. It took me a few days to think of things - guess I don't know myself very well!! Okay, here goes:
- I live in my mind mostly and always have. As a kid I usually played by myself as my game was in my head where others didn't know what was going on. My family think I'm in Lala Land but I'm really right here. I just may not be paying full attention to the world outside of myself when they think that.
- I am very scatterbrained and unorganized. Today I forgot I had coffee reheating in the microwave, almost burned my husband's sausage, and almost burned my waffle as I had my attention more on my computer than on the task at hand. Organization is a pile here, a pile there, and another over there and heaven help me if I need something that is in one pile when I am working with another. I do find my stuff but it might take a little while!
- I can't sing. Really. I have even been asked not to sing by my husband who can carry a tune. I know I can't sing as I can hear how awful I sound. If I can hear the difference between what sounds good and what sounds bad, how come I can't get my voice to make the changes? If you can sing then thank God for it as it is a gift we don't all have.
- I have trouble with poetry too. I can't understand most of the poetry I find in my magazines today. I like Walt Whitman and Shel Silverstein so I guess it's more modern or free verse I have the most trouble with. I am going to get a book to study on it though. Even though I can't change my voice I might be able to figure out the poetry. At least I am going to try.
- I like bubble baths and hate showers. What's the point of using up all the water unless you are going to spend an hour soaking up the warmth while reading a good book or magazine?
- I don't like to go into a small shop and walk out without buying something. I feel guilty for not buying. It's a stupid thing as no one can force me to buy but I feel guilty nonetheless.
- My husband was my first boyfriend. Not my first date, but he was the first guy I wanted and when he first told me he loved me (mind you, I was a 17 year old high schooler and he was a sailor just come back from Viet Nam) I asked him how much so he said "enough to marry me" to which I replied "When?" He asked my dad for my hand the next time he came to see me.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Sharon B. of In A Minute Ago blog has announced the challenge for March.
- Do you ever notice the little things, the small moments, the details in life? This months challenge is to do just that, pay attention to the tiny details. Sometimes the small things become emblematic for something larger. That is it! I am going to keep it brief.
I was going to just share these pictures of a hint of spring coming on the dawn but now I am sharing them and also making them (or a detail of them to be more precise) my project for this month's challenge.
I am thinking I can work in most if not all of the colors Sharon has chosen for this month also so for the first time I will be going for both sides of the coin! I'm not sure if this will be a beaded work, a floss embroidery, or a collage of some sort. I just now found out what the challenge was and knew immediately what the main idea was. Now I need to work out the details. I find it really helps to sleep on it so that is what I am going to do. Besides, I want to start my February BJP page first.