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I sat down this morning for a little spinning wheel time. My mom fell and broke her hip a few days ago, and it is my version of prayer… On the bobbin, I had all the samples we got in the PLY Away goodie bag, and as I finished them, I added little bits of fluff that were sitting on the side table.I still don’t have a full bobbin, and …

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Is it any surprise that I am still spinning? I have been trying to spin every day, at least half an hour, but most days it is much more. This bump of roving is my last from Taylored Fibers in Quilcene, Washington. I went there as part of the Jefferson County Farm Tour in September 2014. My first experiences with Barry’s fibers was on a spinning retreat with Judith MacKenzie …

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The Proloops Potholder – Easy Enough for a Child Once upon a time, many moons ago, in the land of Easy Bake ovens, Spirograph, and hook rugs, I received a potholder loom. I was what? Eight? I don’t remember my eight year-old self having a problem making potholders. And, like the aforementioned crafty stuff, I believe I made a total of three potholders. Truth be told, I made one hook rug …

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In between the work I have to do today, I have been knitting a few stitches here and there on a scarf that I have knit a time or eight before, the Traveling Woman, by Liz Abinante. I don’t know what it is about this pattern, but there is something very soothing about knitting it that turns me toward total relaxation. My brain engages, but it isn’t terribly complex. There …

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I have been working on some of my gratitude projects. I have 10 this year, five from an offer I made via fb, anf 5 via an offer I accepted from my neice (also via fb and a slightly different offer. Technically I only had 4 responses to the first offer, so I went and chose a fifth to be grateful for. I will do much the same for the …

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My friend Patti Digh announced a fundraiser for the Richmond Animal League because her friend Amy McCracken asked for her help. She is doing this for her friend, I am doing this for my friend…who knows why my brain makes the connections it does, but it did, and I emailed to be included and forgot about it. I know instantly I would use this photo of my dad from the …

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I was all set to post, and got distracted by a blurb in the latest Food & Wine magazine about Shrubs. I have added a link on the sidebar to a now defunct blog about them so I can read more, and so can you if you are so inclined. One such previous recent distraction was breaking Wilton’s icing food color when dyeing fiber. In this case, wool and mohair …

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The second session of my painting workshop started last week and as part of forcing myself to show up and just do it, I am blogging about it. It adds a layer of accountability that really pushed me forward in some way. If you read any of my previous posts about it, you’ll know I don’t in any way consider myself a painter. My day job is not going anywhere. …

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This is the last painting for my BIG class. class is officially over, but I am not quite done with this painting. For the final installment we were challenged to paint creative juicy BIG by taping 4 of our regular BIG papers together. I jumped right in. Meet Max. He is my grandfather and he died while my mom was pregnant with me. Max and Anna came to the US …

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Yesterday, I went to Dr Sketchy. I had read about it not too long ago, and when Kat asked if we wanted to go, I said yes right away. June was a knitting theme and I figured I could knit if the drawing wasn’t quite working out. Elizabeth went too, and we had a fun time. There was a variety of timed poses from 2 to thirty minutes and a …

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I was really curious about the water connection. The memory painting which is crap, leading to the lighthouse painting which I like well enough to put up out in the studio. Why so BIG? What inspired taping two sheets together? Should I really put it into the Big Show? I decided to not enter it for a couple of reasons. Getting it there will be a challenge. I don’t …

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The following is an excerpt from a class blog I did from my FEARLESS painting class. I got curious about my painting from week two. Water was flooding my consciousness so much so that  I could have drowned in the possibility of it. Then this song started playing in my head. It was stuck there and needed an exorcism. Honestly, The Water by Feist plays in my head a lot. …

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This is how it started out. I was really just trying to get paint onto the page and not think too much. I decided to limit myself to three colors and I do love me some pink and orange. I was going to go with lime for the third, but then the yellow caught my eye. I was feeling I might need to don my sunglasses, and then the idea …

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Following is a post i made to the blog for my BIG painting class. Since the recurring theme is to be/become FEARLESS, I am posting it here and then I will take a deep breath and link it to fb…FEARLESSly… As week one passes by, I find myself a little more in touch with the idea of process. I have known for some time I am a process knitter, …

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Glad it is Friday. I don’t know if I could take another day in this work week as it is totally kicking my ass. Still trying to find a painting groove. I don’t think being un-enamored with it has anything to do with the size of this journal, but more to do with there being zero sense of confidence in knowing what I am doing. I try to just do …

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Since I am going on a FEARLESS painting adventure called BIG, I thought I would play pretend being fearless right here and now. As a prelim to BIG, and as part of the 21 Secrets (you can still sign up through the end of May) online workshop, I am currently taking Connie’s Abstract Adventure workshop. It’s painting in a BIG (22×30 I think)journal. A large watercolor pad to be more …

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I haven’t really dug un deep yet, but wanted to share this new (to me) workshop experience while it is still early in the process. 21 Secrets is a group of 21 independent art workshops that are running simultaneously from April 1- August 1, and on August 1, whoosh, it’ll be gone. The kicker for me is that all 21 workshops are bundled together for $59. It is self paced …

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I just uploaded my work for my watercolor sketchbook class for week three. This is week 5. In my defense, week three had us in Florida on vacation and then week 4 was work catch up so I  haven’t really been doing much of anything creative. Week three’s assignment was to sketch and paint (if allowed) on location in a museum using the Tombow water soluble markers. We went to …

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I was going to comment more on my week one images that I posted below, but just never got back to it. I still haven’t painted the chimebox or Nola, and I still haven’t caught Lilli sitting still long enough to sketch. The class in general, is about getting out and doing this on location. From real life. I went last Saturday with Elizabeth and Kat to Empire Cafe. It …

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I was going to go back to the keys in the previous post and explain about the class I am taking, but work got away from me and it just didn’t happen. I finished the page today and while I am unappy about the smeary mess I made of it, it is a class, and I am learning, so I won’t be making a rundown of all the problems my …

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I don’t think I have blogged about this art journal yet at all. It is from an online class I am in with Kelly Kilmer called Memories and Reflections. It is an art journaling  workshop class that is self paced. Last year, I tried several different classes and formats, both paid and free, and to date, I like Kelly’s way best. She presents the material in an easy way that …

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I just finished my spread for Leanne’s book in the Frida Kahlo journal swap that Elizabeth and I are participating in.  The pages came already gessoed and I decided that I would paint my last few journals since it is something that challenges me (meaning I have little experience with it and I suck at it). Given that, I am pleased with how this spread turned out. The back …

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Seriously. What has happened to the knitting? So glad you ask…I have been knitting away on the Guernsey Wrap and I think the knitting will be done this weekend. Then it needs a serious wet blocking and I will report fully on it as soon as it happens. For now, holiday goodness might be winging its way to you…

 

I bet you can guess where this is going! And the back…

 

I got another journal out the door for the Frida Kahlo round robin I am participating in.  Something was blocking my chi and I was just not feeling like doing this one. I decided to go with that and the resulting piece is called Frida’s Migraine. I started using all black and white papers and stuff. Then I added the letters. Then the splashes of color. Then some pen …

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I don’t really feel ready to commit to a letter a day, but I can commit to an envelope a day, at least for the short term. I have a few Jim Shore ornaments perched on my desk at work and these mail art envelopes (the first three) were inspired from them. I bought a box of holiday cards at Michaels over the weekend to collage and stamp. I think …

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Tracy’s theme just said visual journal.  I hope it was okay to set this up as a spread. Various papers, chalk inks, copic markers, paint pens.

 

Might this be coming your way?

 

It’s a secret. Shh…

 

Simple Wisdom for complex Lives. What more could I ask for? This book’s title and subtitle really tells you everything you need to know about it. Life can be easy. All you need is a wee book. I recently had occasion to interview the author. She was in my house for about 20 hours. We made merry. We were indeed up talking until about 2:30 in the morning. Did I …

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I suppose I have to consider the years we did Emerald Pillows when I think of being a published artist, but I am officially a published visual artist! Yesterday, I received my artist’s copy of Four Word Self Help by my dear friend Patti Digh of the blog 37 days. I answered the call for artists and am honored to have been chosen. I used one of my dad’s photos …

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I found these alphabets from a link from Kelly Kilmer’s blog (linked left) and made these which I put up for anyone to use as they would like.words

 

I am on my way. I started the Little Sheep rug hooking kit this week. I reserve my official opinion until I am done, but it is a much slower and deliberate crafting experience for me. It is pretty straight forward in terms of process: insert hook, pull up loop, repeat. My challenge lies in finding a happy point of focus. My glasses are tri focal and I absolutely hate …

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That would be my mom. And her birthday is tomorrow. But I am thinking about it right now and these days, that is when I need to act, when I am thinking about it. There is a somewhat less than delightful mania going on in my brain these days and I find I have to take extra effort to stay in the moment and do now rather than acknowledge something …

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My crafting ADD has definitely been established as both a phenomena within a single craft (multiple works in progress) and a multi-craft issue. Last week, my brain was definitely missing a beat as it went into a bit of an overshelmed state. Of course there is knitting going on. And art journaling (not one but two online classes at the moment with a list of several more I am interested …

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Green paper, a blog I discovered recently and linked on the left, has issued a collage challengeand provided a collage page as a PDF download for the challenge. I am not sure I am finished, but for purposed of this challenge, I need to call it finished and get it posted. I might do some further embellishing with pen and stuff. I used one of the beer six-pack panels on …

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For the past several months, I have been taking Kelly Kilmer’s A life Made by Hand journal class. I definitely like the process of creating something and have several journals from that class going. They are all in process and will be for some time. A lot of my fellow students work a little more deliberately focused and see a journal from start to finish iver the course of a …

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Purple…I looked through some knitting and most of what I have available is purple as part of something or with other colors. Nothing to be found that is solely purple. The first purple I found is from the Color on Color scarf. That scarf could be used for every day this week except Saturday. Second is from the Pueblo Stole, another scarf that could be used on almost every day. …

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We were supposed to be in small town central TX this past weekend, but then the weekend prior, the washing machine changed our plans. We decided to be real grown ups and change the plans rather than tax our budget for the foreseeable future but both taking the planned getaway *and* fixing the washer. Grown ups or not, we found ourselves able to still take off Friday and enjoyed a …

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I decided to make the back cover of the recycled journal a second front cover, so the resulting book will meet in the middle and flip sort of. This is the tyvek padded mailer that has the cow on the other front cover. On this front cover: The elephant scene and the desert sunset are both wine labels, there is a note on the top that came from a skein …

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This is a page in my recycled journal, the one with the cow on the cover (go ahead, click on the image). There is a piece of a magazine page, some tisue paper saved from a gift long forgotten, a card I recently received and a card I recently made. The card I made is one of a series of cards I am making using my dad’s old photos and …

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I finished the spread for Tina’s journal in the RRJ2010 project with the Simple Living Ravelry knitters. I used some images from a holiday article on nuno felting (the penguin and polar bear) as well as a prompt from the Life Made by Hand online journaling class and the shoes and Buddha from a class collage sheet handout from Kelly(buddha is cut off in the thumbnail, but if you click …

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I feel like I have been on the go again more than home, and with good reason. Two weeks ago, Elizabeth and I went to visit our friends Lisa and Harry in Hastings, Nebraska. It was a 16 hour drive and really, as long drives go, it was a pretty easy straight shot north. We met Lisa and Harry about a year ago while on a 37 days retreat given …

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Last week I was working on a spread for the Round Robin Journal exchange project I started. The journal that I was working in was a simple composition book and I was a little leery about doing a collage page on such flimsy paper. To get around this, I simply glued a few pages together to make a sturdy base. It worked really well and once it dried, I went …

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I discovered yesterday that my neighborhood has qualified for the new automated recycling program. We have had curbside recycling with an 18 gallon bin. That is totally indufficient for the two of us, and was problematic when we had 2 grown boys full time. The new automated program uses a 96 gallon wheeled, lidded bin, much like our existing trash bin. The biggest difference is that they will now be …

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I just put my second RRJ2010 (my own being the first) journal into the mail. I had fun working with the pastel pots again and plan to use them more in the near future. The spread, or rather creating it, went a long way toward averting (hopefully cutting off and not just postponing) me being in a bad movie. I have come to accept that they just happen and it …

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