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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Sunday, January 17

Hello 2016

Well hello to 2016. It's a new year and it's a new beginning for me. I am hoping to make 2016 my best year yet and I'm doing it by getting healthy and staying healthy...both physically and mentally. I have developed such a habit of thinking that everything is my fault and that I should have done better. Well, that stops now. Just as I cannot take credit for others successes, I shouldn't take credit for failures either. Thus begins the "taking care of me" phase of my life.

 One way I am doing that is allowing myself time to photograph without the guilt. I always tell myself "I should be cleaning, or doing laundry or something constructive" rather than taking pictures. In the past I couldn't really fully enjoy photography, especially still life photography, because of the feelings of guilt. I've been doing a lot of thinking and I've realized that it's ok. The time I spend on photographing my pretties is time I allow myself to be free and not worry about anything...I am taking care of me!

In 2015, the best thing I did for myself was to join Kim Klassen's The Studio. I've made some friends and found some kindred spirits. I've learned a lot about still life photography and in 2016 I'm looking forward to learning a lot more.

This morning is a cold grey day.  We are expecting rain/snow later.  My beloved Steelers are playing in the playoffs this afternoon and I plan on snuggling under a blanket to watch the game.  BUT...this morning I took time to play with a new pretty I got this week.  I got these beautiful hydranges and the jug from Save-on-Crafts here and here,  The light is not very pretty but I worked with what I had.  I also lean toward dark and moody....

I am obsessed with up close and personal photography so every time I shoot, I make sure to get some extreme close-ups.  This is my favorite way to shoot.

Any Thoughts?

I'd love to hear any thoughts you may have.  How are you getting healthy in the new year?  I love and appreciate your comments and I read them all.

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Sunday, November 29

Aaahhhhh Nuts!

Just sitting here today thinking about decorating for Christmas.  I happened to remember buying a bag of mixed nuts at the store the other day and thought I'd get them out and play.  I'll start decorating tomorrow  *grins*.

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