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Posts tagged ‘handmade’

New Year. New Day.


with new possibilities.

Today, I start a new chapter in my life.

365 blank pages. I decide what goes in ’em. Rest assured I’ll fill ’em to make it the best chapter ever.

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. As always, they are FREE.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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

Crafts, Food, and Friends


My favorite things. What could be better?!

In this life, where I seem to add more to my to-do list than I have time to check off, getting together with my girlfriends is one sure-fire way to get a craft I’ve been dying to make made, err, at least started.

As far as I’m concerned, there are two guidelines to hosting a successful open-craft afternoon: pick a craft and promise sumptious delights and yumminess.

Besides being crafty, when hosting a gathering, Kristin is second to none.

My craft of choice today was embroidering

Leaves…and birds.

Who ever says creative minds are rarely tidy? Storing loose floss on miniature clothespins isn’t anything brilliant–really simple–but, sure works for me.

The day ended with History Pub at Father Luke Room, McMenamins.

Topic of the evening was Whiskey Flat and Prohibition: The Happy Days of Home Brew and Moonshine in Bend’s Mill Worker Neighborhoods with Tor Hanson–hosted by Deschutes Historical Museum, Oregon Encyclopedia, and McMenamins Old St. Francis. From simple drunkenness to moonshine gangs dynamiting policemen’s homes, I truly enjoyed the history lesson ripped from headlines tales of prohibition Bend.

Do you have a favorite craft or outing you share with your peeps?

Are you, like me, still in holiday mode?  Or have you reverted back to work mode?


Quite refreshing to get the rain today 😀

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)

Five Days…


with family and friends,

cooking,

baking,

and crafts.

No elevator pitch.

No shop talk.

Just sheer social enjoyment. A little wholesome goodness to make my holiday season all the merrier.

A night with a few close friends is like a mini-vacation. We bare our souls. We rant. We rave. We laugh ’til we cry. We giggle.

I just can’t help thinking how perfectly it describes what girlfriends are all about. Okay, I know at my age, I can hardly call myself girlnot by any stretch of imagination. Yet, girlfriend tonic describes it so perfectly, never mind what my age!

It’s amazing how revived and refreshed I feel when I get together with friends, in a warm home filled with delectable fragrant aromas, laughter, and delight. It makes me feel young again. Maybe that’s the secret of girlfriend tonic. It’s just what the doctor ordered.

Connection is what the holidays are all about.  When I am pouring from a pitcher, nothing else can get in. Be that pitcher. Fill it with love, acceptance and gratitude…that is what I will pour. FILL THEM UP.

How often do you get together with your close peeps? What do you rave about this holiday season?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)

Six Days…


Has life been a little crazy for you today as it did me?   Take a few minutes to just sit back, breathe deeply, relax, reflect, refresh, or take a walk.

So far our forecast is nothing but sunshine sunshine sunshine, a bit cold but no SNOW.  I shall have to move to the midwest or east coast so to make snow angels and snowballs to throw at the postman/woman!   How is it where you are?  Warm?  Cold?  Wet?  Or dry?

Isn’t this Craft-from-Trash puppet cute as a button?   It was created by my younger teen, my constant inspiration, two summers ago when she was ~11.

The big thing with Upcycled art is that recycled puppets should be looked at like object manipulation or found puppetry.  That is, you should try to avoid recreating traditional-looking puppets. Use the object’s qualities to decide how best to reuse it.  Puppet makers are early obsessive, compulsive collectors.   I save every usable scrap of foam, fleece, fabric, clothing, and all sorts of materials (aka junks or craps.)   By doing so, I not only reduce the amount of waste produced, but, also save money on materials in the long haul.

Extending this:  I stock up on materials when they are on sale, keep and collect stuff I have no immediate use…however do inspire ideas. Talking about upcycled, handmade goodie ideas, I do have a larger-scale experiment in the work. More elaboration in the new year.  Do you have a favorite upcycled project at home and/or at work?  Anything you’d like to try?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)