Thursday, February 28, 2013

New Journeys

So often I am reminded of the fragile state
of being human.
All too often I forget to take care of myself
and do things that are good
and healthy for me.
I'm hoping to embark on a new journey
of self improvement.
My hope is to focus on matters of
the heart, mind, body and spirit.
If I don't take care of myself,
no one will...

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Quilt Shop Inspired

Every time I'm at my local quilt store
I see this doll...

And I think how easy she
would be to create,
however I haven't made her yet.
I need to make this soon!

I also see this fabric journal holder.
I love all the pockets.
One with zipper and one without.
Just so much I could do with this!

Another one of those projects I see and think
how easy it would be to make,
yet I've not made it!
Now I'm challenging myself to make
these two projects before month's end!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Joy of Inspiration

Between playing with my new iMac

reading craft books,
I've been really busy!
So much inspiration!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Special Delivery

The computer stork left this on the door step today!

A friendly sign!

oh so shiny

oh so sleek

Hallo iMac. I love you!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Zipper Pouch

Made this zipper pouch from the book
Everyday Handmade

I loved this canvas material
and didn't know what to use it on.
I'm happy with the end result.

Same ribbon I used on the fluffy bunny.


I still need to tack up the corner pieces
to completely finish this project.

Once done then the pouch will have
a boxy bottom.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Honk Honk

The vintage Benz died
so we
 had to find new wheels
 to drive.
I think she's pretty awesome!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Altered Sweater Dress

I absolutely love this sweater dress!
Its soft and warm, but the sleeves are awful!
The flared part make this dress
impossible to do anything in!
No cooking, crafting or sewing can be done
while wearing this frock!

So I have a bunch of charity shop jumpers
that need to be put to good use!
I plan to attach these sleeves on my dress!

This will make a HUGE difference!
The one important thing;
I'm using ribbed sleeve of blue jumper
 to replace ribbed, flared sleeve from dress...
Ribbed, they stretch the same way.

As you all can see, the width of
blue sleeve is narrower
than the grey.
So I will need to pin them snug.

All pinned and ready to...

I've removed the platform base
on the sewing area so I can
slip the sleeve onto
the sewing arm base, for a smoother sewing experience.

I'm careful to remove the pins so to avoid sewing over them!

I'm using a zip zag stitch too,
to give it a bit of stretch ability.

Done with one sleeve,
now the next!

No need to bind the edges, as the double seam I made
around sleeve arm will hold the fibers, enough.
If i had a serger machine, I might
serge the edges, but it's not really needed
for this project.

A nice enough finished seam!

Now it's ready to wear!

Today is a perfect day for it too...forecast is snow and rain,

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Another Day, Another Project...

Spring is on the way, so
I made a chocolate bunny!

Ok, so maybe it's not real chocolate,
but it's soft and cuddly!

I got the pattern for the body from this book,
but I didn't add antlers (as seen on book cover)
and I sorta made up my own face for it!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Another Sewing Project

I made this ladybug zipper purse from
this book.
Lots of fun projects in it!

Had it not been for my Mother,
I may not be arts and crafty!
She bought me my first sewing machine
the year this photo was taken!
I actually used it to create the ladybug purse!
It's over 25 years old too!
Mum passed away nearly 9 years ago!
I miss her!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Treasures Found

Found this at an estate sell
near a friend of mines house
near Petersburg, VA
What a great treasure!!!

It's in mint condition!

With all the parts to it!!!

I also found this
within the downtown area
at a local pickers
estate sell flea market!

So many great wooden pieces
to pick over to make
cool stuff with!

What a great day of picking!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Inspiration Come From...

Silly Stuff inspires me,
like this big blow up tube of paint!
It's just too weird and that inspires me!

Sparkly stuff inspires me too!
And pink hearts!

These trinkets and treasures
I have on my desk
inspire me
especially on days I'm 'stuck'
for ideas.

Natural light upon crystals
break my struggles into
wonderment very easily.
Have you just taken a few moments
just for you,
to sit a do a bit of meditative,
creative, inspiring
Try it soon.
It's good for you!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Nana's Babysitting Adventure

It's like a 'find waldo' page...
can you spot the baby in all this
jungle of toys?

It's cold today
in my loft so wee lad
needs hat and extra socks!

It's funny,
with all the frilly, fancy new
baby toys out,
the 'simple' toys still win out!
'Rubber Duckie I Love You'

I wonder if he knows instinctively
that his Nana is a zany sorta lady?

I think he enjoyed his over night stay with Nana.
I'm so glad my daughter and son-in-law were able to
celebrate their wedding anniversary, away, overnight
so I could spend such a special time with my wee grandson.

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