Monday, August 22

Favorite Things About Fall



Labor Day is almost upon us which brings about my favorite time of the year.....AUTUMN!  I thought a post about why autumn is my favorite would be fun.


First and foremost...the leaves.  I love the colors...all of the reds, oranges and yellows....just beautiful!




Then of course, there is this.......


I need not say more  *grins*.




Oh and this...........



and these....
  

this..........



this..............



We can't forget this *grins*




So what are your favorite things about fall?   Sweaters?   Boots?   Halloween?  Drop me a comment and let me know what you are most looking forward to.

  
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Sunday, August 7

Note Cards

Hi again!  Personal handwritten notes grow rarer by the day.  In a world where people have everything, a handwritten note sealed with a stamp can be far more valuable than any material items.

When was the last time you sent someone a handwritten note?  Very few people take the time to express their feelings on paper.  It's time consuming and a little old-fashioned, and it requires a little vulnerability on your part.  Yet who doesn't long to receive a handwritten note in the mail.  There is no better feeling in the world than to know that someone is thinking about you and cares enough to let you know.

I am introducing my new Note Cards into my Etsy Shop.  The cards are 5.25 x 4.25 and come in sets of twelve (12) with white envelopes.   The inside is blank making them perfect for any occasion.

These cards make an excellent gift for friends, family....even yourself!  A great idea for thank yous, family notes or personal stationery.


There are art cards with lovely watercolor images:



There are personalized art cards with watercolor images:



And there are photo cards (all of the photos were taken and copyrighted by me):


Please come visit my shop and check out these cards.  I promise you won't be disappointed!




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Tuesday, July 12

Woven Scarf

I've just finished my first "masterpiece"  LOL.  I've been teaching myself to weave.  I started out with the cardboard loom which I showed in this post.  I've also been playing with a "stash buster" loom from Purl and Loop which can be found here.

I wanted to be able to make something a little larger than the mug mats so I've invested in this rigid heddle loom from Ashford Looms.


I just finished this scarf and even though it's my first attempt and there are some glaring boo-boos,  I'm pretty proud of it.



I used Ice Magic Light yarn in brown/orange/camel/white.  It was really easy to work with and I've got a couple of other color combos I'm going to use.  The most difficult thing about weaving on this loom was warping but even that was relatively easy.   Weaving this scarf was definitely faster than my usual crochet method.  I really enjoyed learning this new skill.






I'd love to hear from you.....even just to say hi!  Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day!


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Sunday, June 26

Mug Mats



Hello there....it has been a while.  I've had quite a few changes in my life the last few months and teaching myself to weave is one of them.  I've got such a stash of yarn.....in fact I have so much yarn I could probably open my own shop *grins*.....  I decided to learn to do something new with it...enter weaving.  I've done lots of surfing looking for the "right" thing for me.  I've learned quite a bit from weaving on cardboard looms to weaving on a rigid heddle loom.  I'm starting small and using my cardboard to begin with.

I took a piece of cardboard and cut it to the size I wanted.  Then I measured down 1/2 inch and over 1/2 inch and made marks every 1/4 inch on each end and cut each mark.



The yarn going north and south is called with "warp".  I then warpped the loom with Cream n' Sugar cotton yarn by wrapping the yarn around the cardboard like this:



One completed, I turned to the back of the cardboard and tied the two loose strings to keep everything in place.



One the loom is warped, you can then begin weaving.  The yarn going east to west is called the weft.  You weave by threading the yarn on a needle and sending the needle under and then over each string:


You switch going from left to right by going the opposite of what you did the previous line, going under the over, etc.



You continue back and forth until you reach the length for your project.   Then, one by one, you cut the strands on the back and tie the ends to keep everything in place.


These are just a few of the mug mats I've completed.



I'm hoping to work my way up to weaving on the rigid heddle loom soon.  If you have questions about my process or just any interest in weaving, please leave a comment and I'll get back to you.  I love learning new things and this has been a delight so far.




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Sunday, February 7

Seeing the Light

The phrase "seeing the light" has many different meanings.  As a photographer, seeing the light means really studying the source, direction, temperature, the effect on  your scene.


2016 for me is the year of the "new" me.  For a long time now I have been in a dark place in my life and it hasn't been very nice.  I've pretty much isolated myself and stayed inside, both figuratively and literally.....cut myself off from people who care about me.   The word "no" pretty much became my vocabulary.  I didn't realize it at the time, but it was dragging me deeper and deeper into the darkness.  This has been reflected in my work which has been dark and moody for a while now.  There is nothing wrong with dark and moody and I'm proud of the work I've been producing.  I just wondered if I'd ever do light and airy again.

I made myself a promise that this new year was going to be the start of a new me, in a lot of ways.  I'm not making promises that I know I won't be able to keep.  Every year I do that to myself and I realize now that it was just keeping me in the dark.  So this year, no resolutions to lose weight or any of that.  This year my resolution is to bring myself into the light.  And I'm doing that making baby steps.  My first baby step is to not have an excuse when my sisters or mom ask me to do things with them.  We used to go every weekend and discover new things to do but we've all had health issues over the last 18 months that have slowed us down.  In my case, I took the easy way out and began the isolation.  So I guess my actual first baby step was recognizing that I take the easy way out and trying to change that.

I was invited to my sister's to play cards last night and I actually went!  Baby step.  A step into the light................


It was an awesome evening.  We laughed and got caught up on "stuff" and it was wonderful.  I want to thank my sister Brenda, my best friend, for not giving up on me.   Even though I would say no or have an excuse, she never gave up asking.  And my mom......you are THE best mom in the world.  I don't know what I'd do without you.   My daughter, Bre......you and Landon know what you mean to me...there are no words.


So, today is a good day.  The sun is shining (for now *grins*) and the Mountaineers won their basketball game and I feel good!




I would love to hear from you about where you are in life, or your photography, or just anything in general.  Have a breathtaking Sunday everyone and enjoy life!



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