29. Music – I created a tape.ly mixtape with just a few of my faves.
30. Completing something to the finality of it. Sticking with it and finishing!! Even if it’s a few days late I was grateful for 30 days! BOOM
I will see you all sometime in 2014. You’re busy with preparations and plans, and I have a list of handmade and homemade that I’ll be working on. Sea Salt Caramels, Orange Marmalade, Granola, Strawberry Jam, Chocolate Truffles, Toffee, Peanut Brittle, Felt ball necklaces, tiny 3-dimensional boxes of winter, a Christmas card photo of the family, festive package wrapping…
Sending you all Happy Holiday Wishes!!
I’ve been playing with wool roving and yarn! I saw some beautiful felt and yarn necklaces in Indie Lab’s shop. I couldn’t justify purchasing one, because of all the wool and yarn I have in my stash. Make your own, or head on over to her shop. These seem like the perfect fall/winter accessory!
It has been an interesting, dramatic, life-changing year all the way around. Through a series of unfortunate events I am digging my new role as grandma! Yep, that’s right we are grandparents. So today I would like to introduce you to little Miss Emery! From the first minute I got to spend time with her it was as if she was already written on my heart. Those big brown eyes, that fuzzy head, her smiles, coos, and giggles all add up to one sweet sugar dumpling. This could be a post about mistake-making, parenting, heart-break, strength, courage, compassion, circling the wagons, praying, crying, acceptance, and love. Which of course it is, but without a lot of words…
Marshall is a great dad!
And it gave me a reason to make these soft crocheted balls for little Miss Emery! (I did not add the cross-stitch, I just used different color yarn to make the stripes.)
I’m glad we are back together crochet afghan and triangle quilt. I was a fool to ever leave your side. Me minus you is such a lonely ride. The break up we’ve had has made me lonesome inside.
Reunited. Solid love. Feels so good. Sing it baby.
And when Everett and I were cleaning his room we came across this scrap of cross stitching he did. I taught all of the boys how to cross stitch back in the day.
At the beginning of the summer Blair, from Wise Craft, started a crochet project follow-along based on an afghan in a 1982 Better Homes & Gardens Treasury of Needlework book. It has been the perfect portable project for car rides, sitting in the bleachers, etc. And with all the different granny squares I have broadened my crochet skills. (I’m avoiding the not so fun part of tucking in all those tails.) Blair has all the different granny squares bookmarked in the link above so if you had a hankering you could start your own.
I am so glad I signed up for this swap! I spent much longer than necessary thinking about it. Which also means I’m a day late sending my fabric out. I once turned in a project late in one of my Design classes in college. And I’ve never forgotten what my professor said. ”If everyone had had as much time as you, they could have created something as outstanding.” This was stated in front of the entire class. I think she was trying to stress that meeting deadlines was an important part of being a designer/artist… and that even if your design is great it won’t matter in the real world if you can’t get it turned in on time.
Thankfully this is not a paying job, and hopefully my recipients won’t mind getting it a day later. I tried some things out on a test piece, and I actually like the random patterns on it. The upper designs were done with a stamping technique and the clouds were done using freezer paper stenciling.
Here are the final results for the swap. I have plenty of fabric though and plan to continue my experiments!