Monday, October 14, 2013

Wow time does fly!! Since i haven't posted lately, I decided to share the biggest part of my project. My way of saying I'm sorry for ignoring my blog.
I've been very busy painting some things to fill orders and crocheting an afghan in my "down time." That really is funny to read any creative person knows...there is no such thing as down time!

This tree takes up the largest area on my project, I'd say about a third of it maybe. It was actually the first thing I decided to put on the fabric. I love old trees, always have. The kids came later, but I love them too, so there are several around.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Ok, so, I guess I'm not quite the blogging type....I tend to get sidetracked very often and seem to forget all about the people who are actually interested in my story....temporarily, at least on my part. I can promise to the moon and back to be more vigilant about posting but...I don't even believe myself as I type it. I will promise to try even if I do need a push from my sweet sister now and then.

I spent a month with her and her hubby recently, and they made me feel like family....oh wait, I am family! Well they went above and beyond in my case. They made me feel very welcome and now that I'm back home, I miss them a lot. We still do the phone thing, but it's not quite the same as being able to trade thoughts as they occur to you.

I finally met all the ladies who take classes with Sharon, my sister, and it was great to put personalities with the pics she posts on her blog. I might still get a couple of names mixed up, but I know them by their actions and words more now. Several of them found out that I painted a little and actually tossed me some orders. I painted frantically, 12 to 15 hours a day and still left a month later, unable to fill them all. I am now working on them at home, hoping to complete them in October before the snow starts here in the mountains.

I will take the finished work to a pre-determined spot, meet my sister and she will carry them back to her ladies in time for the holidays...what a plan! I will get it done though. I am nothing if not determined when I decide to do something. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Well, at long last, here is another piece of my huge project. This is a little deer eating in a field, and is in the upper left of the whole piece. I have basically finished with the main components and am now adding things here and there....until it feels "finished" to me. It was and is something just for me, a one of a kind thing that no one else will ever have. I will finish it one day....hopefully sooner than later, and I will cherish it knowing all the work that I put into it.
Sharing it with you has made me see it more differently than before when it was for my eyes only. I now feel almost obligated to get it done and framed. It seems unfair to leave it as is for much longer. I am going to paint for another month or so, and then I need to make a couple of things for Christmas, and I need to take some more classes at college...start a new job...maybe I can get it done by 2015? We'll see....sigh....we'll just have to wait and see.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


    Okay, I'm new at the blogging thing and am the first to admit that it will take time to make it a habit. I was reading my sister's page and dang it! there in bold red letters she referred her friends to my I feel bad and have to post something...thanks Shar...:)
      My so called yard sale/bake sale was an interesting experience, though not very lucrative. I think I found out people here really enjoy the food more than the "stuff" I was trying to sell them. I'm just glad I decided to include baked goodies and drinks so I could make a little profit at least.
      I included another little part of my project, a sweet little girl in a poppy field. This piece will be finished soon, and so now I need to think about how to finish the mirror frame that started it all.Thinking consumes a lot of my time, because the ideas are forever popping up and the possibilities for all things crafty are endless.
      I always have several projects going at once, and I sometimes feel like I'll never finish any of them. My most recent one is an afghan for my oldest son. He asked me if I would make it, back in January. He laughingly said it could be for his birthday in October. I laughed along with him, thinking it would take a couple of weekends at most to complete it. Well, I'm not laughing anymore. It is now the end of July and I still haven't finished the thing....grrrrrrrr. It's just crazy how fast time goes by, especially since I passed the big 50 marker.
      I'm thinking I need to do a lot less of the thinking and a lot more of the doing....just a note to self. It helps me remember better if I have it in black and white....maybe. Til next time.     

Monday, July 1, 2013

AWOL...but I'm back!

So sorry I seemed to be AWOL, but I was trying to prepare for a rummage/bake sale for this past weekend. I baked my tush off and carried cart after cart of goodies down to the community center and got all set up....just to discover we had no advertising. we'll try it again this coming weekend, and I know we have ample advertising this time. I guess the good news is I already did most of the grunt work well in advance...haha. 
Above is yet another little piece of my embroidery project. I am very close to finishing it now, but I'm still going to reveal it like this, one little piece at a time. When all of them have been posted, hopefully I will have completed the framing and will post a pic of the much anticipated (mostly by me!) final result of many long months of work. 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A safe Place To Live

     I decided that after all it had been through, I needed to give it a safe home. I thought my bedroom would be just the spot for it. 
     Now that I knew where it was going to hang and what  it was going to be used as (a frame), all that was left was to figure out what to make for the opening.
     I searched the internet for inspiration, day after day, hoping for the little spark to light up my imagination. 
     I was talking to my sister one day, as we both perused pictures and I happened upon the Sarah Kay drawings. I fell in love with her style and the children were oh so adorable.
      I began saving all the sweet images in a folder on my computer. I hardly took the time to look at them; I was just so taken by her drawing.
      The image above is a Sarah Kay drawing, which has become a tiny piece of the same project I mentioned in my last post. I will continue to update the story as well as bits of the embroidery I have added as well. Til next time...

Sunday, June 9, 2013

A Little Piece Of My World

     This is a tiny little piece of a very large one that I have been working on for the past year. I'm hoping this blog might be the push I need to finally bring it to completion.
     The way this project began goes back at least four years. I had an antique mirror that initally belonged over a dresser. I found it alone, discarded by it's owner and decided it needed to come home with me. I set it on top of a small bookcase by the front door. Yes, I left it there, leaning against the wall, just inviting disaster. Well, the mirror sat there like that for several years until one day, I decided to move a curio cabinet upstairs....needless to say, the mirror became a casualty.
     I loved the frame and held onto it, not being able to do anything with it, until one day I thought about using it as a frame...not for a mirror, but for something craftsy.
     My search began in earnest. I had no idea what could fit into that particular size and shape. I looked all over the web, but nothing called out to me. finally one night, feeling defeated and frustrated, I decided I would make something for it.