Monday, March 29, 2010

Have You Met Maru???

I absolutely LOVE this cat!  He’s a giggle to watch!

Monday, March 22, 2010

My Needlework Hero…

is Susan Elliot over at Plays With Needles! Just look at some of her work:

The “Giving Purse” she made for a charity auction

June’s bead journal page “My Symphony

November (2008) bead journal page “Abundance

My Needle’s Garden

August bead journal page “A Daughter’s Valentine

As you can see, she employs many different media to create her artwork. Susan’s attention to detail and color placement is exquisite. The words she uses to describe how the piece came together and what it means to her are insightful and motivating. Susan takes you on a creative journey, from trying to make different types of leaves, to beading, to new techniques and everything in between.

If you have never visited her blog before, you should. You will get lost in her family, her art and her heartfelt genuineness. I know you will love her as much as I do!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

I Have Been…

unusually productive with crafting lately.

For me, when I am sewing or doing needle work, I can “escape” reality. I become so focused on what I am doing that there is just no more room in my brain for thinking about the stresses of everyday life. I guess you could say it’s rather “Zen” for me. One site I visited recently described “Zen” as: something that places great importance on moment-by-moment awareness and ‘seeing deeply into the nature of things by direct experience.

I rather like that. Moment-by-moment awareness, although not really practical in everyday life, is a wonderful thing to explore in your down time. I feel it is necessary…like my crafting is necessary to my sanity!

We recently had some disturbing, life altering news. My Husband, the sole provider for our family of 6, has been laid off. Not due to anything wrong he did…in fact, his present and last supervising bosses both tried to get upper management to keep him.
“Sorry,” they said, “it’s just a matter of numbers.” Numbers. We are all just numbers.

Living in Michigan has been a scary proposition for many in the automotive and engineering fields lately. Closing plants, dwindling jobs…outsourcing. My Husband is an engineer. With a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering. Who said a better education will make you more successful in life? We are now in the company of a lot of well educated, jobless families. I worried about them, how they feed their children, themselves. Now I worry about us. We were just barely making all the bills that come with a house, a car, children… as it was.

So, are you nice and depressed now? Enough pity party for me…I think I need to go craft something. I’m sorry to be such a downer, I just really needed to get that all off my chest so I can move on.

This post was actually supposed to be about my needlework hero, Susan Elliot from Plays With Needles, but I think I’ll save that post for tomorrow.

Here a few pictures of what I have accomplished in the last few days. I have also supplied links to the tutorials! They were great stash busters.

First up is a pillow that I made based on Calamity Jane’s pincushion tutorial and the crochet button tutorial from Mademoiselle Chaos:

From My Art, My So Called Life

Next up, two armchair caddies based on Helen’s pattern from Hugs & Kisses (I made mine slightly smaller and without embroidery):3-21-2010 041 3-21-2010 042

A pillow case from a vintage sheet and the first part of the edging for a pillow case crochet along that Cassie over at You Go Girl! is hosting: 3-21-2010 043

And last but not least of my shares for today is a “Simple Party Clutch” offered by Elizabeth of Oh, Fransson! on the Sew, Mama Sew! blog (click here for tutorial):3-21-2010 044 3-21-2010 045

Hopefully tomorrow I will have my originally planned post for you…and…pictures of my FINISHED (last night) tree!!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

I’m Knot Crazy…


I showed you the well wishes project not too long ago. Well, I decided to give it a try, but of course, I have to make it my own! I really didn’t want to make the WHOLE thing embroidered, so I took some off white linen and used water colors to paint it.

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I started working on the tree first, since that is what drew me to the project in the first place. So, here’s what’s in my hoop right now:

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Since I have spent so many hours working on this I took a BUNCH of pictures!!

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You can see the felt I put behind some of the layers to create more dimension. 3-12-2010 008

I have learned one thing, though I still love french knots…I absolutely HATE bullion knots! I had a terrible time making them even! At least it’s a tree trunk and they aren’t perfectly even anyways.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I’m Still Alive…

I’ll have a couple pictures of projects in the next day or two.  In the meantime, I thought I’d share this cat video.  This is so me!!!