Wednesday, April 08, 2015

keeping your hands busy

While my mother was in the hospital recently, I needed to keep busy while visiting. I can't sit long, and when I am sitting, I have to have something in my hand or I go crazy. When it was time for her to eat, I was ok. I helped her eat and I was occupied, but when it was quiet, and nothing to keep my mind from roaming... it was pretty boring and know me.. when I'm bored, I can get into trouble... What is that saying about idle hands being ?
I took some thread to work with to keep me out of trouble. Not that it helped much, I still had way too much time on my hands. But... I did get a couple of things made. First a shawl for Mom. It started out to be a lap blanket, but when I realized that she was going to leave the hospital and her dress to leave in was sleeveless, I turned it into a quick shawl for her shoulders. I didn't take a picture of it, or her... and I could kick myself. The dress looked very, very nice on her.
The other item I made was a baby wrap. It is a piece of linen that I've had forever, and thought it would be a nice summer blanket for a little one. It is a turquoise color of linen that I picked out when I needed a couple of shirts after I had my son. I thought the linen would be nice and cool... but I never made the shirts. When I would start to sew, my son would be fussy and I just gave up trying to get much done. I folded the linen and put it away, and forgot about it!
just started to tack down
A few years ago, I came across the linen pieces while cleaning up my sewing room and moving things out. I used some of the coral color that I purchased at the same time. It was used in a quilt and a few bonnets, but I saved the turquoise.
I think it is coming out ok. First the crocheted edging and then I made a crocheted butterfly for the body of the blanket. I like this pattern. I've used it for over 30 years for numerous projects. I think the first was for a blanket for my daughter... then a skirt, pillowslips... and back to blankets! It is fast, and pretty and I really love that it looks like a butterfly.

I just got started stitching it down to the linen when they announced that Mom was going to be dismissed, so I haven't finished tacking it down, but it will look better when fully finished. Crochet is a lovely way to keep the hands busy. I think next time I'll make a set of mittens or something a little smaller. Maybe a cap... this size is pretty small (30"x30") but it was hard to keep from shifting off my lap. Think a smaller project would be easier to handle. Last time she was in... I knit an infinity scarf... it turned out ok and was easy to handle.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

One day at a time

The weeks have flown by, never a dull moment with me and my house.
The first of the year brought cold, colds, and lots of work.
My mother had a bad cold that left her feeling terrible. She turned 90 the end of the month and she seemed to be going downhill quickly. But she perked up a bit, after she was over the 'cold' or whatever she had... We had it in the house as well, my son came down with it first, so I am pretty sure it came from school. He now has manflu... not just a cold anymore. sheesh.
So, February brought my birthday, Valentine's, and work, work, work...
March brought the Scottish-Irish Faire... and more work,work, work...
April has brought more sickness for my mother. She's been in the hospital again, which is so sad. It is hard to see her suffering. But... for 90, I guess no one can be without some problems?
There are so many projects that I started, some that I never finished due to time, energy, and money restraints... and some that I have finished and am pretty proud of.
I made a couple of mirror frames for a two little girls, I think they came out pretty well. Was happy that they were delivered without too much trouble...
I say without too much... I broke a mirror.... before I put it in the frame, then one that I had already put in the frame... yikes!  but got them to their house without more trouble...

 They were totally different themes, one was faeries, Pegasus, and flowers, the other was underwater theme... with mermaids and fishes... I like how they turned out.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

swaps and hops

I received my package from my beed peeps partner Alicia Marinache and was so excited to see the goodies that she sent! I love that we have similar tastes and similar ideas of what to send. Neither one of us had any idea what the other would send... but it was similar none the less!
she sent some of the prettiest etched brass components that I have ever seen! I think they are quite lovely and can't wait to use them!!!
She also sent a glass pendant, a ceramic pendant, and a beautiful worn shell, one that has been washed by the tide and sand and is smooth and beautiful!!! I love working with shells!!!

By the way, I never buy purple for myself, but I felt like adding some glass beads that I had received and never used, and they had blue and purple together... so I bought some purple beads to go along with them! And what did Alicia send me?? Nearly the same colors!!! When I sent them, I thought... hmmmm.... those are really pretty! I nearly kept them! LOL!!!  So.. I sent her some resin 'sea' components... and she sent me some polymer 'sea' components!!  I LOVE THEM!
Somehow I missed this picture! I love the color~
            I sent her some purple glass... she sent me some purple!! I love this swap!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Items that I sent to Alicia were very similar in color and material! I sent a polymer clay mokume gane  that I made, some resin 'shells' and resin pendants  and ceramic beads and a Lapis Lazuli teardrop and some glass, Czech, and crystals and even a few seed beads to play around with... I had a few spools of wire that I threw in, oh, and a strip of 'silk' that I thought she might be able to work in somehow. I had hand dyed it and then found out that it wasn't silk well, it is half silk and half polyester! anyway, I thought it was pretty!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Weather and pictures

The weather has been wonderful here the past few days, it has been over 60 each day, which for this time of year is quite normal for our part of the country. I live in the desert so we don't get much in the way of rain and snow, but when we do, it doesn't last long. A couple of weeks ago we had an ice storm that was
 amazingly beautiful and frightening at the same time.  We didn't lose any tree limbs, but the next door neighbor lost a few really large ones and trees all up and down the block lost multiple branches... We were lucky, there were trees down all around the area, some hitting houses or vehicles. We were also lucky this storm that we never lost power, the lights flickered quite a few times. Last year we lost power while we were in Alpine for the Art Walk, We were iced in there, by the time we got home, the ice was pretty much gone here... I only knew that we didn't have electricity by the appliances and clocks around the house flashing.  Year before last, we were without electricity for a whole day, ok, so that isn't bad, but this house is total electric... no electric, no warm food.
We kept the birds fed and with accessible water, the real ice only lasted a couple of days, but the leftover bits in the shade lasted nearly a week. Brrrrrr. I think we adopted more doves than ever before. One day I counted 30 and the sparrows are too many to count.  I love the doves, but so does the hawk that keeps an eye out on the yard. One day he swooped down and grabbed one of the Mourning Doves out of the tree. Now they post a watchbird that will keep an eye out for the others. He is really pretty sitting with his neck craned and watching the sky constantly.
The Guard

 Then we have some of the doves that will fly up and bang on the door, I am not sure if they are trying to get our attention or if they are just stupid and run into the door. They do it whether the inner door is open or not, so I don't think it is because they think it is an open space, but I don't know why they do it. One cheeky little thing will come up to the door and beg.
Elka loves to sit in front of the door watching the birds until they get used to her, then she will pop up and bark or paw at the door and the birds will scatter en mass, she has a satisfied smirk on her face as if she has done a great deed and will be rewarded... I complain to her... leave the birds alone.... Ginger, the new dog... the little micro red heeler that we adopted just before Christmas will run to the door and bark, scaring the birds off, then she will wag her tail... telling me that she has been a good girl and needs a treat... I'll admonish her as well, but as she is still way too skinny, I give her a treat anyway.
Ginger surrounded by her mess

On the new dog front, we are getting used to having a smaller dog around. We still miss MacIntyre, but I'm kind of liking the smaller dog. One, she doesn't take up so much room... she has a regular dog bed, not the oversized humongously big bed that takes up 6 square feet of space (though she will sleep on the big bed just to annoy Elka), she doesn't eat us out of house and home. Ginger doesn't take up a whole couch(seriously, I bought the huge pink couch just so Mac would have a couch to lay on... sad but true)... matter of fact, she doesn't sit on the couch much, Elka take up the whole love seat and I won't allow them on is  the pink couch, I know, I know, that isn't nice... but that was Mac's couch and now that he is gone, it is my couch!    Another thing, Ginger can come into my workroom without knocking everything
Elka laying on Ginger's bed, doesn't fit..
off shelves with either her tail or just by bumping into everything... that is pretty nice in itself. Mac used to come in my workroom and literally knock books off shelves, boxes, saws, anything and everything. Elka doesn't come in my workroom often, she doesn't like to lay down in there, and she doesn't really want to be around anyone anyway. She is so much like a cat... she will come in, knock stuff down, get pet and a nice scratch behind her ear and then leave... Ginger will come in and lay down by me and stay for hours. Which leads me to number one reason I like her, she will lay on my feet... I can't tell you how nice that is! I have terribly cold feet, I like having the small space heater on them and I now share it with the little critter. She is a girl of my own heart... she is cold all the time... I guess or else she has no nerve endings... she sits as close as possible to the little heater, hogging it to herself, which is ok by me as long as she lays on my feet and keeps them warm!!