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Posts tagged ‘Craft’


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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Fret Not

if you miss Cyber Monday. I am certain there will be Cyber Tuesday, Cyber Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and even Sundayfrom now through the month of December…well into the new year!

Retailers across the country want your money regardless what day of the week it is.

Remember when you went over to your best friend’s house and asked Can you come out to play?

Remember the pure delight of playing?

Too often, our life is driven by a To-Do list.

Playing nurtures our spirit, allowing it room to breathe and express.

Tonight, Kristin and our dear friends Myria, Jenn, Mikayla, and other crafters were prepared to play and giggle!

There is no obstacle to incorporate play into my life. One of my favorite things about it is its adaptability to any time frame and almost any environment. I can choose an hour to a whole day! How about you? Let’s have a play date!

Stitchin Post, not only the friendliest place to shop

is every crafter’s haven to hang out.

Whatever you can do…

or dream you can do.

Begin it!

Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.~~Goethe

Thank you Jean, Valori,

and the fabulous crew

 for such a fabric-licious, fun-filled Make-It and Take-It party and all the remarkable holiday craft ideas!

Here is one example I will be making this holiday–hand-stitched and embroidered well within 30 minutes (or less)–inspired by December issue of Quilting Art. Buy Local. Shop Small.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Nurturing Creativity

Hope you locals/visitors made it out to Fall Festival today.

The art booths, live music, and loads of activities sure captivated audiences of all ages for the two-day festival and was a huge success…thank goodness the rain held out.

Fall is an excellent time to reconnect with members of the community.

The festival had a terrific line-up.

The spectators were great considering Bend is a relatively small town.

A rare treat for anyone interested in the humanities, arts and culture…and Upcycle.

Added yet another interesting layer to the festival for me was seeing in person Cynthia Lucas and Jenna Rose–the two NW Portland designer brains behind Bella Sisters.

I am so inspired by their Vintage textile creations and the amazing quality and special characteristics embellishments incorporated to their reclaimed cashmere/high quality wool clothings and re-designs of their upcycled making.

Look for The Bella Sisters line of jackets, sweaters, and new designs–made almost entirely from recycled materials–at First Thursday or Portland Saturday Market.

Another excitement for me was Flood Clothing‘s newest one-of-a-kind stylish hats made of upcycled tee and men’s polo shirts: New Style, Sun Drops, Neon Tropic, Heart of Gold, On Hold…just to name a few. Be sure to check out TheSteps Jacket, its latest clothing line. You may find Flood at Portland Saturday Market too.

Here meeting Ingrid Ostheller of Ingrid’s Creations was an added bonus.

Design is not an artifact.

It’s a process.

Talking to Ingrid is like attending a master class in creativity.

I love to decipher the nuances that make the imaginative/creative persona that she is.

Now comes the fiber art finale…Best of Jury winner Reiko Archer’s nuno felted, wearable-art scarves

and beautifully landscaped wall panels

by Rei Garden

Truly an inspirational weekend…hearing Patricia Bennett Wilson shared some of her blind Grammie’s music and tales…Imagine how the world could be, so very fine and happy together.

Never imagined how wonderful and wholesome this children’s book could be. The story is great alone or used with the CD that accompanies the book.

Thanks to my girls for getting me to the festival. So much fun. It was truly, madly, deeply amazing!

I really enjoyed myself at this festival–shopper’s delight with a plethora of unique world items for sale

and was glad I got to take part in one of Central Oregon’s long standing traditions.

Do you have a Fall Festival in your neck of the woods?

Did you embrace the vitality of Fall?  Most importantly, how do you make most use out of  all the newly acquired creative ideas?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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The Art of Tightrope Walking

trying to stay in balance.

The point raised yesterday was that I did what I needed to do. Despite my annoyance that I hadn’t done any of the things I thought I wanted to do, I did do the things that needed to be done.

And that, some days, is a massive achievement.

When I woke yesterday, I didn’t think Hey today I will start to conquer my phobia about driving or climb the butte.

Life doesn’t really work that way.

I don’t often achieve what I thought I wanted to, but as collateral benefits, I do the things that actually need doing, like taking the girls to meet up with a friend at Fall Festival

So when I got up this morning, after another restless night and poor sleep, I thought, let’s just take today one moment at a time.

One minute,

one hour at a time.

Life happens in increments.

Blossom Merz from Wolf Creek, OR, aka Weaving Monk, has been weaving for 15 years.
His gorgeous capes may be seen and purchased at Etsy too.

Sometimes I need to do the little things first.

So, a new day every day.

I don’t do the whole motivational stuff.

That’s something I may hang onto.

A mountain is never climbed in one leap, in seven league boots.

It’s climbed in slow, steady steps…with rests and basecamps and time to enjoy the scenery, smell the roses.

In this path, I can’t see anything of the road ahead.

I have no idea what road I am traveling on.

I know where I am headed, true, but not where I am on the journey.

Sometimes it’s important to stop worrying about Am I there yet?

Remember, every day a new start…

The Bank of the Cascades Fall Festival presented by The Source Weekly offers the perfect opportunity to spend a day of distraction in downtown


soaking up some culture. (The must-haves: Best of Jury winner Reiko Archer’s nuno felted scarves by REI Garden, upcycled vintage jackets by Bella Sisters, stylish repurposed hats by Flood Clothing…and glorious felted & knitted hat designs by Ingrid Ostheller will be in separate posts over next couple of days.)

I was surprised to run into the inlaws, my nephews-in-law Joel, Cory & his girlfriend’s gem.

There are a variety of performances/family activities for visitors to choose from.

Gourmet Oktoberfest fare to complete the ultimate Oktoberfest Experience

And don’t worry about a babysitter, bring the kids to Fall Festival!

Workshops designed especially for children abound, taking place throughout the weekend.

These events will engage the kids with hands-on fun,

and themed activities

While you’re in town for Fall Festival tomorrow

don’t miss these other opportunities to improve your experience

and round out your weekend.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Animal Cracker Lover?

Do you simply toss those empty, plastic jars in garbage?  Hope not.   One man’s trash is another man’s treasure…especially through the eyes of a knitter, crocheter, felter, spinner,  seamstress, beader…craft junkie.  This is a photo of some of Jan’s stash.

Jan keeps her yarn in recycled plastic jars.   Each jar holds about ten balls of Noro or eight skeins of Malabrigo worsted yarns.  Living in the tropics, it’s an ideal/inexpensive solution.  They serve her well.  Jan slips a sheet of  snuggle fabric softener in each jar to keep her stash fresh.  What a terrific system to keep nesting moths and field mice out–and dry from tropical humidity in summer months. You would think Jan loves animal crackers, wouldn’t you? Hah, not exactly.  They are treats for her 10 dogs!  No kidding.  Apparently, the ingredients seem better than dog treats Jan finds locally.

I am a big fan of upcycleing/recycling/repurposing and have my eyes on those huge, hard canisters from Sam’s Club Pretzels.

To make a DIY yarn storage, use an Exacto knife to cut a hole in the top (sometimes several spaced apart) and insert rubber grommets you may get at Lowe’s for $.88.   The groove is just the right size to fit the thickness of the lid.  What do you use for storage?   Store-bought or recycled? 

Today was a productive day.  The key behind me having a productive day was taking control of what I was working on and made time for the most important tasks.  It didn’t come from just crossing things off my to-do list.   My productive day was the result of knowing that I worked on the really important things in my day, that I moved forward on an important project.  It’s the difference between being proactive, rather than reactive–it’s taking control.  A shift/change I’ve learned over past six weeks was to work with my new body clock.  I became more aware of when my modified peak and down times of the day are and note the things I could leave for those times.  For some routines that work against my natural tendency, I make just a small adjustment at a time.  What an impact this baby step has on my productivity!

Now, Eustacia, a faux moebius, is off the needle, washed, hand-shaped/blocked…and air drying.  I will share more on this spectacular knit after my return from Portland tomorrow night or the following day 😀

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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