A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.

Let the Mind Run Wild


Sometimes silence screams. Silence is a source of great strength. Let us be silent at times and listen to the whispers of our inner being.~~K A Powell

Over thinking is the biggest cause of my unhappiness. Keep myself occupied. Keep my mind off things that don’t help me. Think positive.

Today, I choose to create space for good thoughts that serve my highest and best, then let my mind run wild.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Light Up the Darkness


No matter what may be going on outside of me–money worries, family challenges, negativity on the news–only I can choose how I want to feel.

Today, I opt to keep cultivating within what I want to see without.

I cannot control the twists and turns of my life, but I can control how I react to them. So make a point to always choose positivity. Choose forgiveness. Most importantly of all–choose love.

I am the lighthouse in the storm. I am the oasis in the desert. Create within myself an unshakable foundation of happiness and peace, and no matter what environment or situation I find myself in–I’ll have the tools I need to stay positive and keep on being my very BEST self.

So today, I choose to light up the darkness!

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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(still doesn’t do MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook, a smartphone, and a little bit of texting!)

In the Nick of Time


I joined a Knit-Along two weeks ago and finished earlier this week my interpretation of Surry Hills, beautifully designed and gifted by Maria Magnusson (Olsson).

I truly enjoyed the modifying progress, experiment in MadelineTosh new Dandelion line using Needle Sizes 2/3/4, and the knit-along experience–seeing my non-cropped Free Spirited Centaurea Montana (click here for keys notes) vision to a pleasing fruition.

Like it?  It’s not too late to grab your complimentary pattern and join the Knit-Along here.  You don’t have to make it too hard. Enjoy today for the simple fact that YOU GET A TODAY.

Source: Maria Magnusson (Olsson)

Need another creative boost? Thanks, Kay Hopkins, for a fun/textured completely seamless top-down, in the round, with raglan sleeves and ribbing at cuffs, neck and hem.  Free offer of ROADS END (click here for free download) expires on June 20, 5 p.m. Pacific Time.  I’m milking over several of my favorite color combinations (or even in a monochromatic or neutral scheme.)  Of course, mine will be adjusted–modifying numbers for lighter-weight yarn and gauge differential. I just love knitting for myself, once more.  Don’t you?

Source: Kay Hopkins

Now for the geek/math knitters, how about a pair of brainy slippers?  Awesome but eerie, right?! Does it make your stomach turn? Perfect complement to the viral brainy hat we’ve all seen for a few years.  Get the complimentary pattern here.  Nothing to it. It just takes a VERY long I-cord. I am doing mine in smaller ~2-3 feet portions and then sewe the pieces on as I go.

Source: Heidi Arjes of Craftimism

Last pattern of the day is this adorable Fuss Free Baby Cardigan (click here for free download) by Louise Tilbrook.  Great use of odds and ends.  Perfect addition to my charty-knit stash.  What a sweet sweater design and beautiful gesture.  Thank you for the “gift,” Louise.

Source: Louise Tilbrook

My Ocracoke lace has been making its way around town today–having fiber fun–in celebration of Knit in Public Week.  Did you do something fun in public today?

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If you are unfamiliar with WWKIPD, read all about it here.

It’s a glorious day here in the high desert.

 

I’m thankful for another “today” and being alive.  If that’s not something to smile about, then I don’t know what is.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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(still doesn’t do MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook, a smartphone, and a little bit of texting!)

Falling in Love


in love–with lace and knitting all over again. My needles have been busy…with more lace cardigans. Details are coming up soon.

I’ve been a bit spotty in my musing here for months, busy living life, hanging out on Facebook, fundraising for music programs and national archery competition, and cranking out quilts in between.

Have you been celebrating Knit in Public Week? Here at Handstitch Studio, “knit” means “do something fun with fiber” and what’s important is the IN PUBLIC part.

If you are unfamiliar with WWKIPD, read all about it here. Are you in need of some inspiration? How about a free E-MAG from Cooperative Press aka Shannon Okey? Get issue one of Knit Edge for free here. Freebie is set to expire on July 8. A ton more of free patterns is coming up next. Stay tuned.

Be fearless and creative. Perfection does not exist.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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(still doesn’t do MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook, a smartphone, and a little bit of texting!)

Delight of the Sight


The more I see

courtesy of Gary Miller Photography

and respect others good qualities

Snow-in on February 8, 2014

the more I open to and develop those good qualities in myself.

Curing fibromyalgia…impossible?  Read Liz’s story and learn how she healed herself from this challenging condition.  Thank you, Kelly the Kitchen Kop, for the post!

Love making more face and body cleaning pads–Go GREEN!

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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(still doesn’t do MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook, a smartphone, and a little bit of texting!)

I’m Never Lost


I’m merely finding my way.

It’s easy to just get wrapped up and never move past.  When I thought she would back away, she walked forward.  Growing through her struggles, confusion, uncertainty, and the moments of bliss as she experiences the natural occurrences that I experienced as I began my journey in adulthood.

Not that she doesn’t get nervous when competing, it’s just that the nerves don’t show.  Here is the instant replay of the teen’s competition piece performed yesterday at 2014 Central Oregon District Solo & Ensemble.  It didn’t matter that how tired she was or who’s in the judging room, she just played her heart out.  (It’s a long piece…so grab a cup of coffee or your favorite drink, sit comfortably, and enjoy.)

Everyone there heard her expressive tone and musical phrasing.  So did the adjudicator.

As defending champion, the teen is advancing to compete at state level in May at Lewis & Clark University.  The improvement in rhythm, technique, and articulation has given her a great set of new tools in her musical arsenal.  Her mentor Lynn Lakin feels she is on the verge of going up another entire level.

I am a proud mother who couldn’t help but share the admiration for my daughter.

beautiful friendship since childhood

With good intention…quilting just wasn’t an option as my vision is still bothering me today.

No worry. Tomorrow will be a better day. I just feel it.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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(still doesn’t do MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook, a smartphone, and a little bit of texting!)

Go with the Flow


Before I can go with the flow, first I have to find mine.

Nerd War Tournament 10 Round 1 Challenge

I am thankful.  Period.

Snow-in on February 8, 2014

When I love and accept life the way it is, I have more power than when I resist and reject life.

Surrender to what is.

Accept reality for what is.  (I got kicked by this vintage crochet pattern instruction hard.  Took a few attempt and ended up doing my own interpretation. It’s fine if you don’t examine them closely. :D)

Learn to go with the flow of life and not against it.  Things will get and life will become a lot easier.  Resist nothing.

Another sample for a crochet class

Have a peaceful day, my friend, and remember to love yourself and be good to yourself.

Another sample for a crochet class

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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(still doesn’t do MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook, a smartphone, and a little bit of texting!)