Saturday, December 31, 2016

no. 96

Sat here trying to figure out what to write on the last day of 2016.  After several attempts, I think there is just one thing to say.  Wishing you all a wonderful New Years and thank you for allowing me to share my creativity with you over the years.  Looking forward to many more posts in the year to come.


Friday, December 30, 2016

no. 95

It was brought to my attention, a couple of weeks ago, that I tend to use the word "cute" too often to describe just about anything.  The person who notified me of the repetitive use was none other than my soon to be teenage son. 

What is wrong with "cute"? 

Once it was pointed out, my mother and I did come to the realization that we do throw the word around quite frequently.  So we tried to use some alternatives, but nothing seemed to compare to the simplicity and flexibility of the word "cute". 

Here are some alternatives: charming, adorable, beautiful, delightful, pretty, pleasant, and dainty.

Oh well, he isn't around at the moment so I am going to say that today's project is just plain cute.  That was the intention, that is the result and there is just one way to describe it in my eyes...cute.

Celebrate the cuteness! (shh, don't tell him I said that.)

Thursday, December 29, 2016

no. 94

There has been a lot of day dreaming over the past few days.   Several "what if" scenarios dancing through my mind as I rock back and forth in my cozy, squeaky rocking chair.  Not sure if any of them are leading me in one particular direction, but I am keeping the dazed look, thinking party in my mind going until their is a connection between idea and action.
Guess this is a result of looking for more in life, and what brought me to creating this today. 

It all started with a white tea towel that acted as my blank canvas, one where anything is possible.  Leave the white cloth alone and it will still be useful as a tea towel.  (In my kitchen it wouldn't be clean for long, but still it would serve a purpose.)  What happens next, when you place that towel in crafty hands, is a whole different story.

First came the black thread stitched outline of the flower layers.  A bit of free-styling here.  Next, picking out the colors of thread to get me to the next step.  Then, onto the stitching.  Each layer unique from the others.  In the end, all of the layers come together, each one different, to create something that no longer resembles a plain, white tea towel.

The most amazing outcome to a project is that everyone has their vision of what is possible.  Not everyone would choose to take the same steps.  Not everyone would pick the same threads. 

The is the beauty of a blank canvas, anything is possible.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

no. 93

Oh what a day for something hot, spicy, and...pretty?  Yes it is!  

Tinkering back in the crafty space and teetering between a project and wanting to head back to bed.  So before I choose one of those options, keeping my fingers crossed for bed, I wanted to pop in to share the chili pepper I stitched together in November that I am now just getting around to sharing.  

Probably not the biggest fan of chili peppers, bell peppers LOVE, just not a heat and spice kind of gal.  
Hope you are all staying warm up north, we seem to be cooking a bit down here, and be back tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

no. 92

I am currently well into my 39th year and, what seems like, a quickly approaching 40th birthday is coming my way in 2017.

There is no panic setting in about the grey hairs on my head, the wrinkles on my face, or the fact that just thinking about staying up past 11 is exhausting.  I have come to accept that it is what it is.  However, I wouldn't be sharing this if it weren't for the fact that I seem to be experiencing flashbacks of myself sharing my goals and dreams with others and then suddenly struck by the realization that many have not yet been accomplished.

Daily routines.  Growing kids.  Things quickly fill each and every day.
So, where does that leave me?

New Years resolution? Not quite. (Never have been good at making them.)

November was the turning point for me.  There was a sudden need to be back around family in the northwest, hoping that some down time would bring about clarity, a clear plan for how to live a more full life.  What I got was a little unexpected, and here is where it ties into me being creative.

** Note to Self:  I have to start making more choices/actions in my life that I have dreamed about and envisioned for so long. **

Each time I sit at the craft table, or rather my dining room table, I think about each piece that goes into my project.  The colors, the layers, the thread, the theme, etc..  There is so much intention.  During those few moments I make the choices that bring me to the end with something I love and cherish and ultimately helps me express myself artistically. No one stands over me, guiding me, telling me where to place a piece of anything (that would be strange at this point anyway).

When all is said and done, I have fun sharing that with the best creative community here, in the blogging world.
That is where I am.  Have to live each day with intentional choices and making sure the dreams I have in my head come to life like these projects I share here.

There are nine months remaining until I hit my 40th year.  Change is coming and I am excited to see where it leads me.

Happy Holidays and will be back to sharing more soon (ok, maybe not so much of the talky-talk sorry!)

Love this quote:

Sunday, December 25, 2016

happy holidays.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and New Year to come!  Be back to sharing soon!