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With the weather getting warmer and my mind wandering towards non-fiber crafts, I haven’t been updating as much. I have been pretty busy though. I thought I’d do a big photo post today.

Please forgive the quality of the pictures – I took them in the back room and the light in here is really terrible. I’ve learned my lesson with these lol; I’ll continue to take them in the dining room where there’s a lot more natural light.

central park hoodie body

I didn’t have enough room to spread it all out, but the back, both fronts and what I’ve started on one sleeve are all there. I haven’t been working on it as much as I was (I’d probably be done with it by now!) but I haven’t thrown it in a drawer and forgotten about it yet. This is good!

I’ve mainly been journaling the past week or so and have a whole bunch of pictures of different pages.

why not anyways

The first page. I’ve had this large sketchbook for a few years now and because it was pricey and I never think my work is good enough, I’ve held off on using it for anything. This was pretty much just a page to get the ball rolling and to tell myself firmly that it didn’t matter what it looked like, as long as I was stretching my creativity and enjoying it.

I was browsing craftster awhile back and came across a large thread on journaling. I snagged a LOT of the ideas from the thread and added a few of my own to start this journal. It’s interesting enough (ie: NOT just writing about my day) that I may keep with it. Adding some artistic elements to it will help as well I’m sure.

media happenstance 1

media happenstance 2

Media/happenstance pages. These pages are where I log what I’ve read, played, watched and listened to each day. I love this because I’m able to go back and see how my music tastes change from day to day and movies and books that I’ve watched/read that I enjoyed.

word of the day 1

word of the day 2

Word of the day pages to brush up on my language skills. Yes, I really did use the word bird-dog in a sentence yesterday!

a directory of beautiful things

A directory of everyday beautiful things.

today i feel

A quick blurb about how I’m feeling each day.

dreams

A dreams page that I’ve yet to fill out. I actually remember one I had last night so I’ll have to write it down.

weather

A weather page to record the temperature and wind activity.

i am

A page on who I consider myself to be.

quotes

Random quotes I like and find inspirational.

what i learned today

I learn something new every day, now I can write them down so I can appreciate the small things I take for granted.

Here’s a few of the artsy pages I’ve done. Nothing terribly great yet, but I’m expanding.

unsent letters

An unsent letter page. Good therapy and maybe one day I can re-read the letter in the little pocket and see if anything’s changed.

briar rose

I have this old children’s book of Sleeping Beauty that I absolutely love. The pictures are beautiful so I used one of them and a small passage from the book for a page. You can’t see it in the picture, but I embellished the picture with silver and gold, and some deeper colors for her make up and the Prince’s eyes.

tea and sympathy

I named this one Tea & Sympathy. It’s mixed media with acrylic paints, gesso, vellum stickers, paper doilies, artists chalk and an old print from a book. A little bit of everything really.

When the weather gets hotter I tend to leave my blogs to collect dust. I might not update regularly, but I will definitely still be around! I need to remember that just because I’m not updating as frequently I still need to visit my friends though. So if you haven’t seen me for awhile, I’ll be by soon!

Oh! I almost forgot! The new Knitty is out – go check it out! You can click the link on my sidebar.

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I don’t yet feel that the week has started, despite it already being Tuesday. We spent Saturday at my in-laws house learning how to use her GT Xpress 101.   I went and bought all the ingredients for omelets and it convinced me that if I ever have about $180 to throw away I’d like one of those machines. They’re pretty handy.

My mil has a cat. Her name is Seven Toed Pete.

I took a break from cooking to get some shots of Pete because she’s got seven toes

seven toed pete

Isn’t she beautiful? I decided to get artsy like Hammie and take some black and white and some sepia photos. Aaaand, proof that Pete is a seven toed cat in case no one believed me…

petes toes sepia

Fascinating, no?

Yesterday I spent most of the day winding yarn. I was wading through my craft room and found a bag with three sweaters I’d bought last spring. (Yes, it’s so messy in there you can lose entire bagfuls of sweaters.) I bought them at a place here that has clothes for $5.00 a pop (now $5.99, thank you inflation) and they tend to sell out of season stuff for .99 or $2.00. I found three sweaters of the same size, in the same yarn for .99 apiece and scooped them up, only to forget about them after taking the pieces apart. This is what I wound up with:

tweed yarn

That’s the top of my freezer. There is SO much yarn there! I still need to wash it, but I’ve got most of the work done. I like the yarn but it definitely needs a bath because it’s kind of squished from being knit up for so long. I could probably get a blanket out of the amount of yarn that’s here, but I think I’ll make myself something.

I also made myself a pair of flannel pajama pants last night. They’re so soft and warm! I needed a new pair so bad because my yoga pants were annihilated from Moxie grabbing the cuffs. These aren’t quite so long so maybe she won’t grab them as much. No pictures of those unfortunately because I’m wearing them at the moment and no one is seeing my fat butt right now.

On the knitting front; I’ve mainly just been playing around with this little baby sweater that caught my fancy. It’s on size 2 needles and involves lace, so I’m not working on it every day. I’ve mainly been vegetating and trying to decide what I want to do. I’ve been thinking about my art journal for awhile now and making new books. I don’t really know what I want to do…I’m just kind of floundering with a head full of ideas right now. I may pull out my watercolor pencils later today.

Thursday is mine and Paul’s 11th anniversary. I’ll probably just make a nice dinner at home and we’ll celebrate during the weekend in Laughlin or something.

Now, I’m going to get a cup of coffee and try to re-read this to make sure it makes sense…I need to remind myself not to ramble when I’m not fully awake!

I spent most of the morning playing catch up and I’m finally done!  For today anyway 🙂

The first one is just a little victorian style candy cone.  I used glittery felt and ribbon.  I’d like to do some really intricate ones one of these days because I always thought they looked beautiful on a tree, but I don’t have a lot of fabric at the moment.  Well, I do, but I need to go through it because it’s all tossed together and I just didn’t have the energy to rifle through it today.

The second, third and fourth are just painted wooden ornaments.  Our friend Jennifer that came to visit brought them for me and I thought they’d work well for my challenge since I did have to paint them.  My favorite is the snowman because after I painted his body white I covered the still wet paint in glitter and then brushed it off.  She brought two others as well but they were so pretty that I didn’t want to cover them up with paint.

The last one is a little fair isle stocking that’s knitted flat and then sewn up the side.  I’d never done fair isle straight and it was a lot of fun.  I had a great time changing the colors around and adding stripes to make it my own.  You can get the pattern here.

I’m happy that I caught up with my challenge.  I’m the type of person that can’t stand to make plans and then give up on them.  I was feeling a little down that I was making such a big deal over it but I sucked it up and just did them and now I’m back on track.  Now…what do I make tomorrow?

Yesterday I promised myself a Hedgerow Coat free day.  I didn’t look at it, pick it up, nor did I knit a single stitch on a single row of it.  It was a great break!

Instead, I focused some of my chaotic creativity towards some other projects I’ve been wanting to work on.

First I made a dishcloth.  Yep, still couldn’t drag me away from my knitting!  This is A little lace kitchen cloth, © Carol Bristol Designs  It was quick and just the thing to help me steer my thoughts away from that big ‘ol coat.

Next I started a pair of slippers for the hubbin’, but it was crochet, two strands held together VERY tightly and my wrists hated me for it.  So I put the first one down when it was about 85% finished and decided to work on those very sporradically!

I finally settled in and concentrated on working with my altered book.  I’d had an idea and just ran with it.  This is what I came up with:

I don’t think it’s finished yet.  It needs something else, maybe a design down the right side of the left page.  I’m not sure.  Here’s a close up of the quote:

If you can’t read it, it says “True love does not come by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.”  The quote is by Jason Jordan.

One more picture before I run away for dinner!

When I was done painting and cleaning my brushes, I decided to make some pretty paper by balling some plain white paper up and putting it in my rinse water to soak.  I guess Gutter thought that he’d help dry it with the warmth from his body, because this is what I came across last night!