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Reflection


I’m still swimming in reflection, excitement, and gratitude.

From my family to yours, here’s to a firework-filled 2016.

I have so much in store and can’t wait to live, breathe, experience, explore, experiment, and share ’em! For today, I’m sending sending you all my LOVE!!

Thank you for stopping in and sharing my blog with friends. It brings me great pleasure, once again after a long hiatus, to take you along on my journey of self discovery, self love, and crafty (mostly wet-felting, hand appliqué, and quilting of late) adventures! Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects. Don’t forget to sign up for Susanna IC Winter Mystery Knit-along. As always, they are FREE.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Think Outside The Box


with the body and brain?

How far outside the box should I sit? How did the researchers assess one’s creativity? How in the world does sitting outside the box bring about a bump in creativity?  I find science behind creativity fascinating–when it tends to happen, what fosters it, what inhibits it.

I have always been one who likes to bend the rules, a curious mind that needs to explore and understand how a process works. Maths and problem solving have always come naturally.

I wonder how many supervisors in a workplace will take note and stop expecting staff in “creative” posts to act like adding machines.

Now run along and create something…

If weather warms up tomorrow, I may just have some modeled shots of my two newly finished spring cardigans to show you.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Eleventh


Some folks are honored with the gift of freedom.

They are completely detached from stereotypes, the latest fashions and stipulations of society.

The rules of life for them require the highest of values–not based on what they are supposed to do and be–rather from inherent and sensible duty to their own nobility and poise.

Is there greater freedom than that? While walking alone on their own path, the best of humans are always silently accompanied by their equals. Just be assured, my sweet boy, I am and forever will be here for you…every step of the way and in every walk of life. Smile to life and to the freedom on the horizon, my brave son.

I’m dedicating this powerful clip to you. The words we speak have such an incredible power over our lives and a profound effect on us and those around us. Whether within our own thoughts, spoken or written, words have the power to transform the world we live in. May you (and I) use them with care.

You rock our world. Happy birthday, my son, my gentleman, like no other.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Beauty of Life


is while I cannot undo what is done, I can see it, underdstand it, learn from it and change…so that every new moment is spent not in regret, guilt, fear or anger, but in wisdom, understanding and love!♥

Happy Pi day…maybe I should cast on an EZ Pi Shawl to commemorate the day. Instead, I am working away on this sweater.

Pi day in 2015 is going to be so cool. 3/14/15. I have no idea if I’ll remember this three years from now, but I want to make hubby a cool Pi pie that day.

Did you have yourself some pie today? What’s your favorite?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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2011 Sock Summit


I can’t believe it’s been two years since the first one!  Get your mouse ready. Registration for the biggest sock knitting (and crocheting) event on the planet will open tomorrow, May 4, at noon (pacific daylight time).

I spent hours last night reading, re-reading, ranking, and rating the class and teacher lists and finally, after much hair-tearing, came up with a list (kept running into schedule conflicts with classes I most wanted to take…always seem to meet at the same time?! Do you have the same challenge?
Beautiful Spring
Portland is only a few hours away so surely I’m not the only one planning to attend? I’m giddy with excitement and completely overwhelmed at trying to pare down my choices. Anyone else? I’m all about hanging at the convention center to spin, drink, and eat…with a few road trips to Upstream Alpaca, Button Emporium, that fabulous restaurant in Wilsonville, strolling the vendors each day. What’s your plan?
COOL Rollerskating Fun
COOL Rollerskating Fun
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!


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Snow White


After the drudgery of winter, it’s so nice to feel the warmth of spring…only if it could make up its mind.
Dusting
I wound up over 850 yards, 500 grams of Cashmere/Wool blend aran yarn today…ready for sweater quantity dyeing (or, another sweater quantity knitting?)
Cashmere/Wool Blend
Just wish there is a safer way to do natural dyeing. Most people see natural and automatically think it = safe. The catch with natural dyeing is that the mordants I have to use to set the dye are SO toxic and nasty. What’s the POINT?!
Cashmere/Wool Blend
For now, I am staying with my food/cake dyes, Wilton’s icing gels, and Kool-Aids. So…what color should I dye these hanks? My heart whispers PURPLE…Solid or semi? Decision, decision. How to make your heart and mind work together? My head hurts!!!!
Summit Concert
Both teens were performing on the same stage at Summit High, first time ever!
Summit Concert
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!


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Moment of Silence


courtesy of kluc.radio.com

My heart aches every time I think about the sheer enormity of the earthquake and resulting tsunami happening in Japan and the Pacific basin. On days like today, when the bleakness becomes too much to bear and glitches aplenty, be thankful…be appreciative…be Pollyanna even if it’s for a minute! Reach Out! Do what you can to HELP. Since I’m not rolling in Benjamins, but, am rich in tasty yarn, a little knitting knowledge and other crafty goodness, I’ll be raffling off some goodies and services to help raise money for disaster relief. If you are a knitter/lace-lover and/or know someone who is, buy a pattern from designers (like one of my favorite lace designer Moni) who donate all or partial sale proceeds to relief efforts in Japan TODAY.
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Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!


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