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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Had Enough Of That Snow Yet?

If your answer to that question is "Yes", I'm in agreement. However I need more snowman themed items to decorate my home with for January. So out came the sewing machine (Did I see it shake with excitement?), the fabric, thread , etc. Pinterest was pulled up on the computer to search out 'snowmen' and having chosen a couple of ideas, I have three new mug rugs to add to my collection. I still need a table runner or two so that could be something I'll do before the month is out. Yikes! That will be in less that two weeks from now. Where did the month go? One good thing is that we passed the halfway mark and the days are getting longer again.

Here are those mug rugs. They are such quick easy projects to do...instant, or almost, gratification!






Until next time....Hugs!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Words and Phrases

Some people choose a word to concentrate on every year but one word isn't enough for me. I decided to tackle a phrase..."Organize My Use Of Time". I am so bad at this I'm compelled to improve. It's hard to believe how much time in my day is wasted. I know this because I can't seem to accomplish much and with a blink of an eye, it's already next week. Sigh.... With determination, I'll put that in the past and share my progress with you over the coming year.

In the mean time, even though it's close to the middle point in January, already the snow thing is getting old. No, I don't have cabin fever but I need a change from white to green so here are a couple of pictures that were taken in the summer months this year at a local park.




Now doesn't green look better than white to you. It does to me! This last picture was taken in my backyard this summer. We live in the country and wild life abounds here...sometimes.

An unexpected visitor.

Next week I'll share what else I've been up to. Hugs!

PS: I forgot to say returning to blogging is more uplifting that flowers and chocolate, but my husband doesn't need to know that! :) Hugs again!


Monday, January 5, 2015

After Many False Starts

Finally! I'm hoping my blogging is going to be on a regular basis again. At least I'm going to really try.

And what have I been up to? Making art, baking bread, moving my studio from the back of the house to the front, and taking online art classes and online Bible college classes. I haven't touched my sewing machine, except for a mending job, since June. I think I hear it crying from the closet so I'll have to get it out and play soon.

I love to decorate my surroundings with things that speak of the seasons we are in. I've been planning some future projects with a snowman motif. Not because I'm so crazy about snow but I can't think of any other subject matter for this time of year. After snowmen come cardinals. Especially important to me for the bright shocking color they model against the snow, a great contrast! We have plenty of cardinals that have been coming to our bird feeder this winter. One day I counted four males and two females, six in total. And I find it so funny when they are all perched in the barren bushes skirting the edge of the back yard, looking like very large bright red berries.

My last project was an art box intended for a Chinese auction at my art guild. It had snowed that day and I couldn't get my car down our un-plowed 350 foot driveway to attend so I'll probably save it for next year's auction.

Base coated with acrylic paint, cheesecloth and jewels applied




Starlight scene painted inside of lid with mini-jewels added




I'll be tweeking the look of this blog in the next few weeks. And with more projects planned, I won't have time to get cabin fever this year!








Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Happy Hanukkah

I can't believe how quickly this year has passed us by. I haven't been actively posting this past year  but my plans are in the works to post again on a regular basis after the first of January. I'll be giving this blog a fresh new look. There are lots of ideas rattling around in my head to make this a better blog.

I just dropped in today to wish all a Happy Hanukkah no matter how you want to spell it. :)





               Chag Samaech!

Monday, August 18, 2014

And Time Flies!

It's hard to believe but the last time I posted here was July 9th. I guess it's true that the older you get, the faster time flies! And what have I been doing with my flying time you ask. Here's my list:
  1. First and foremost, I started taking Torah study classes from an internet Bible college and lovin'
      it!
  2. Still settling in to my studio. This week we're hanging shelves to provide more storage space.
      Yes, I admit I have way-too-much in the way of art and craft supplies and need more space
       to accommodate them.
  3. Working on new and reworking old artwork to hang up on the bare walls of my studio.
  4. Working on my veggie garden. Lots of wax and green beans this year.


  5. I spend the last 2 Wednesdays playing with encaustic (wax) painting at a friend's house.
Make sure to click on the above picture to read the poem and get a chuckle.
Ribbon Work

Escape

Can you hear?

From The Ocean

  Okay, so this isn't great art. Remember this was just playing and we were trying out the medium.

Toodles until next time.
















Wednesday, July 9, 2014

And Will I Ever Catch Up?

Well, I'm going to give it the old college try anyways! I'm determined to at least try to get back on a regular schedule and post more often on both of my blogs.

I've been a bit busy this past week moving my studio space from the back of the house to a room in the front of the house. That includes exchanging the contents of the two closets for these rooms too. Uh...what a job! Why would you do that you ask. The short explanation is the noise from the neighbor whose property is adjacent to ours. Enough said or I'll just get riled up. Sigh. The disadvantage to the move is that I loose my lovely view to the back of the property. Now I get to look out at our parking area. The advantage is that I gain an extra window for light...two windows!
Woohoo! And an air conditioner! Helps drown out the neighbor. :-)) And...more wallspace for hanging paintings and quilts! Another woohoo!!!!! I haven't hung anything on the walls yet. It will motivate me to make some new paintings.

I'll give you a peek at my new studio but I'll wait to show it again when the walls are more filled up.





See how bright it is! I just love it. I have to say it was a good move.

I even did a couple of sketches of one of my petunias. See...I'm already motivated!


And lastly, I've got to share with you a couple of bandits that showed up in our yard last weekend. We heard a horrible noise that kept getting louder and looked out the window. this is what we saw.


A set of twins looking for 'mama' and making a terrible racket! Young enough to still be fuzzy!

But the most important thing I can write on my blog today is that with all that is going on in the middle east of late...please remember to  "PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM!"

Friday, June 13, 2014

Hoping To Make Up For Lost Time

Wow! It's been quite some time since I posted last. The end of February to be exact. I'll be attempting to post on a more regular basis. At least, I hope to. It seems that time is speeding up and making my days go by in a blur.

In trying to grab hold of time and whip it into shape, I'm changing some of my priorities around. While I have spent many happy hours sewing and quilting, I feel that I'm suffering from quilting burnout. Hence, the change for quilting being at the top of my creativity list to closer to the bottom.  But, being a fickle human being, that could change in a New York minute. Meanwhile, I have also decided to not participate in our local quilt guild for the coming year and to pass the baton for our guild's blog on to another well qualified member. The ladies at the guild are a wonderful group and I've enjoyed the fellowship I've had there. I'm more of the 'independently-minded' artist type and I get the most enjoyment of working on projects of my own separate from group projects. Would I ever give up quilting entirely? Definitely not!

My interest in creating art has risen and I've taken a few online art classes in the last three years. I've experienced using new art supplies in my work recently. In fact, I joke that I have so many art supplies I could open my own store. How long will my intense interest in making art last? I have no answer for that. It could last for years or it could blow away with the next windstorm. Meanwhile, I have accumulated supplies that I haven't used yet and I'm determined to get to know them all.

A painting from one of my classes. Something different from my usual work.

If all else fails and I lose interest in art making, there is always spinning and weaving to fall back on. I know...you're thinking how much does this girl dabble in? I would answer 'a lot'. Some might think I have too much time on my hands. LOL I wish I had more!

Oh, but there's something more to this! I have another blog where I share ideas for those crafters who are walking in the Hebrew Roots movement to incorporate into their creations. http://asweetsavor.blogspot.com/  I also signed up this month to start Bible College. I should complete it in about three years.

The hard part for me is to juggle my time for creativity, household obligations and other distractions. I've tried making a schedule but find it hard to stick to. It seems like there are always interruptions. Ha! Certainly I am not uniquely a victim of this. But life goes on.

I leave you with a iris blossom from my garden that probably was a victim of a curious rabbit. It was broken off at the base of the flower so I rescued it and enjoyed it for the day.


 Have A Great Weekend Dear Ones!