Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I am not knitting, crocheting, or doing anything fiber or even craft related. Unproductive is how I feel... so......... I decided to take a look at some of my old projects to help me get my creativity back...
Calling this"a retrospective" makes it sound very artsy, and artsy is what I am missing,,, so for the next few days, I will be featuring a retrospective of some of my stuff.
LA dE DA !!!
A number of years ago, I made some projects using broken bits of pottery and dishes. Primitive, but pretty. The first is a flower pot, using a clay flower pot as a base.
The second piece is familiar to anyone who has used my bathroom,,,,,,,,,,,(a very elite group) it is a trash can,,, uh um.......waste receptacle.
The shards cover a metal base. Much lighter to handle than the flower pot.
While I enjoyed making these, I do not think I would ever do it again, too putzy... and messy and well, just not my cup of tea....
More tomorrow........... I bet you just can't wait, RIGHT???
Monday, July 30, 2007
Relax, this post is not all about her, it is about strength, and stubbornness and determination......... and a picture is worth a thousand words... Emili is born to all these character traits..........just being a female in our family------------
Let me explain. Yesterday was my mother's birthday. She is 80 years old and one tough woman. Her life has not always been easy, she has jumped many hurdles........... and yesterday she celebrated those 80 years with such grace and joy.......
Thinking about it, I wondered to myself how she has done it...........but there it is on Emili's face,,,,,,, the photo shows how my Mom, my grandma, and all the other women have done it ,,,,,,,,,,, sheer determination!
"Where there's a will , there's a way...." I don't think I have ever heard my mother utter that cliche......... but she sure has modeled it for us... It has passed through the generations, maybe it's in the DNA,,,,,,,, the proof is in the grandchldren and great-grandchild.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Emili sun dyed some silk scarves while visiting me on Monday.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Friday, Mary M brought homemade strawberry jam......
Also on Friday,,,,,,,, I went back to the MD and got a cast on the affected limb.
Here is a tiny photo of my arm after the dressing and before the cast...... It is tiny photo for those of you who are squeamish,,,,,,,,or just would rather not see such things,,,, if you click on it , it will become larger and details are more clear...
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Kinda describes my days lately. Just killing time,,,,, waiting to heal. There are only so many things I can do with one hand,,,,
Today I decided to kill time by sorting my stash of new, old, vintage, crummy, good knitting needles. Circulars went in a large basket, DPNS went in a small basket and straights were put in crocks. This task took me all day! Remember,,, one handed!
Crochet hooks were put in this nifty container.
I purchased this container at an antique show a few years back. It probably was a shop display for steel crochet hooks. It came with about 20 hooks, all very tiny and all very rusty. There is even a nifty little covered box on the back!Now it holds an assortment of books, wood, plastic, metal and bamboo. I can't believe that it took me 2 years to get my hooks into this nice piece.
I am sure that once I start looking around the house I will find more hooks and needles , in projects (under sofas)... and other places that I don't expect to find them.
I also came up with an entire basket full of knitting notions, stitch holders, markers, rulers, etc... I can't believe that I have so many of the old fashioned safety pin type holders, I usually just use a piece of string.
In sorting through my circular needles, I found a lot of metal circs that I know that I will never use again. I am keeping the 12 inch ones and taking the rest to the shop to use when I am doing demos, or when people need needles to practice on.
It will be interesting to see how long this new found tidiness will last. I hope I am healed before I get sloppy again. We will see.......
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
learned to read with this crowd!
I have some ideas about what I will make when I am able. In the meantime, just looking at the fabric makes me smile, remembering....................
Dick and Jane and the rest certainly lead a "white bread" kind of life didn't they? Not much racial diversity, or diversity of any kind. As a child, my life was sheltered. I lived, shopped, studied and worshipped with people with looked like me.
Now, 45 years later, two young people, both blood relatives to me, sit at my kitchen table. Both have brown hair, brown eyes, and one has decidedly brown skin. I am grateful that my house is a multicultural home.... it's never boring...........Wouldn't Dick and Jane be surprised?
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Monday, July 9, 2007
(I requested the tongue-sticking-poses.) Mondays are always fun! I made Emili a new dress, the photos show it unhemmed....she was patient while I sewed....
I also finished crocheting something fun today,,, but it must remain a secret until a regular reader's birthday passes later this month. So if your birthday is coming up, I have your gift ready.......HMMMMM..who and what could it be???
I felt the urge to do some handwork today while I still can,, I think six weeks in a cast will drive me crazy...... I can blog with one hand, I am almost sure of that!
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Here are my hands adding wool to a tub of very hot water, and Dawn dish soap.,,, picking out bits of stuff* as I add it to the wash water. I then left to do other, less desirable chores.
Like cleaning the junk out of my car! Being a pack rat, to me, my car is just a mobile closet, another place to store valuable stuff.
Or stuff I don't want to deal with...... Oh, denial is a wonderful thing sometimes.
"Did I really pay that much for a book, what should I do with the evidence of a junk food indiscretion?" If I leave the receipt or the wrapper in the car, I don't have to admit it!
So on a 95 degree day, I decide to face my dark side..........it was just slightly akin to hell for me.
Back to the wool..... Here it is in the first rinse, again in hot water. Looks much better, doesn't it? That's because the wash water looked like chocolate milk when Dave dumped it for me.
Dave is working now,,,,,,,,,he just wants to get it over with, I think. It's after five, he thinks it is time for a cocktail.
The entire wool washing process was witnessed by a little wren, making a terrible racket! He or She was upset with us for being too close while He or She was busy building a nest.
In spring, the male wren arrives and begins to establish his territory. You'll know he has arrived when you begin hearing him sing from his perches.
As you watch, you'll notice he begins placing sticks into prospective nest holes. He may build as many as twelve different nesting sites. After pairing with a mate, the male takes the female to each of the nesting sites he has begun building.
The female selects the one she likes and begins to rebuild by adding soft materials to the nest before laying eggs.
House wrens are cavity nesters and as such, are an ideal candidate for attracting to birdhouses. In fact, these birds seem to prefer man-made nest boxes to natural cavities.
Now, we should take a lesson from the wrens....... the females only choose a mate until the male has made SEVERAL suitable homes for them!
VM???? Vegatable Matter,,,, bits of hay, chaff, burdocks, etc.
Well skirted??? to skirt: to remove low-grade wool and foreign matter from the outer edge of fleece. That means Poop,,,,, most of the sheep poop had been removed!
stuff??? More poop