Thursday, January 28, 2016


noun in·ten·tion \in-ˈten(t)-shən\

Simple Definition of intention (from Merriam-Webster)

: the thing that you plan to do or achieve : an aim or purpose

Full Definition of intention

  1. a determination to act in a certain way : resolve

  2. import, significance

  3. what one intends to do or bring about

  4. a process or manner of healing of incised wounds

  5. concept; especially :  a concept considered as the product of attention directed to an object of knowledge

That’s it – my Word of the Year.  I decided I need to focus on where I’m headed and what I want to achieve – as opposed to just letting each day take me where it will.

Our intention creates our reality.”  --Wayne Dyer

Last year, my Word sort of fizzled out some time in March.  I don’t want that to happen this year.  To help keep this year’s word in front of me, I created a planner.


I searched for quotes about Intention and included one for each week.  Some are about what Intention can do for you, and some are reminders that it takes more than just intent to make progress.

Mindfulness has helped me succeed in almost every dimension of my life. By stopping regularly to look inward and become aware of my mental state, I stay connected to the source of my actions and thoughts and can guide them with considerably more intention.”  -- Dustin Moskovitz


I printed out calendars for each month as well, and space for notes, plus a review at the end of each month.  I even made a separate section with specific goals and space for more notes.  Oh boy, am I ever organized!


I had the most fun, though, binding it all together.  I saw a post  somewhere once where the binding had heart patterns in it.  So, I figured why not put the year on the spine?  It’s pretty rough (and it was really a hassle to do!), but I am amazed that you can actually read the year!  Wow!

So, now that January is almost over, how am I doing?  Well . . . . . my intention was to write this post at the beginning of the month .  . . . . and my intention was to actually write two posts – one for the Word and one for the planner.  But, hey!  At least it’s still January!!

Maybe February will be better.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Saying Goodbye to 2015

This is the time when everyone is posting a wrap-up or recap of the past year before turning toward the New Year.  Well, actually, everyone else did this LAST week.  I’m always late!  Sigh.

I didn’t seem to take as many pictures this past year as usual (Note to self:  add “take more pictures” to the ToDo list – item #3,086!).  The one advantage is that it was easier to put together this summary layout.


Most of those photos were posted here at some time during the year, but in case you missed one or two, here they are.



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Well, now that that’s out of the way, I can get started on this year.  Lots of fun stuff coming up.  I’ll try to keep you posted and (ahem) take more photos!

Monday, January 4, 2016

If I Were A Superstitious Woman . . .

I might be worried about how the last week or so predicts my next year!  It’s been a bit frustrating, really!

It started with this guy:

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I’m showing you his picture again so you can see the before.  Once he had a body I baked him again.

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Yikes!  I didn’t notice his head was right up against the heating element.  Oh my.

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So, his hat just needed to be bigger.  I couldn’t bear to put him aside.  He’s so darn cute!  Here is the rest of him.

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It wasn’t exactly smooth sailing to get to this point.  That beard had some issues, too.  But I learned a lot of lessons on this project and I’m ready to motor on.

Posting to the blog became a problem when I started getting errors in LiveWriter.  Seems LW and Google have stopped talking to each other.  I started using LW because I don’t have the patience for posting directly on Blogger.  Pictures are a problem, and you know I like to use a lot of pictures!

Eventually, I discovered some other bloggers having the same problem, and followed them to the solution – OpenLiveWriter.  Yeah!  We’re back in business.

Er . . . maybe not.  No internet on the (new) laptop!  Everything else seems to be working, so I start trouble shooting and get no where fast.  Eventually, the tablets lost access, too, and that pointed to our WiFi. 


So, new equipment installed, devices reconfigured, and NOW we’re back in business!

I’m taking the view that all the equipment has been upgraded and all the “bad” stuff has already happened.  So, smooth sailing and blue skies and all that from now on.  Right?  Right.

Saturday, December 12, 2015


I’ve finally realized that I can’t post very often if I keep waiting for a finish!  There are so many works in progress, that I seem to be always working, but never have a finished item to show.  Personally, I enjoy reading blogs that show how a piece progresses.  Apparently I am not good at that kind of post.  But I’m going to try – at least once!

Beginning with quilts . . . this one is soooo close!  Just one more border, but it is really big already.  Borders get harder to sew the larger the quilt in my experience.  The story behind this quilt is that the butterflies were designed and appliqued by my MIL in the year before she died.  She had finished the blocks, planned the layout in Electric Quilt, and purchased all the fabric for sashing and borders.  So I decided to finish it.  And I’m still finishing it!  Probably one more sewing day for this one, then I can show you another Quilt In Progress.

For dolls, this one has been in progress for quite awhile.  I think the doll herself was a muslin pattern tester.  I dressed her at a club meeting earlier this year.  She needs a face and shoes.  And probably more embellishing.

This little guy IS finished, although I don’t know what I’ll do with him.  On a whim, I purchased some Heather Bailey patterns and made this of scraps from one of my quilt tops.

This cheeky fellow is coming along nicely.  Sarge found him a nice stump to lean against and I can now finalize his pose.  Arms come next.  I have the hardest time doing hands, so it may take awhile before there is more progress to show.  Yes, he’s pretty skinny in the thighs, but I do plan to put pants on him, so they will be fine in the end.

While I had clay out, I did these fun faces following a video by Fabiola Perez.  She made hers to look like Santa’s elves, but I’m thinking of something a little different.  They need some antiquing and then something to be mounted in/on.

My most recent sculpt . . . a certain “jolly old elf”.  I had to get something holiday-themed in here!  Lots more work before he’s done, though.

That’s all I have pictures on so far.  Let’s see . . . there’s an owl, two more quilt tops, an embroidery cloth, some new art journal pages . . . then there are the projects all lined up to put into the queue.  Good grief!  Who has time for housework?  (hee hee!)

Now, if I can stay on task long enough to finish any of this, I’ll be back here to show you eventually.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

So Much For November

imageWell, November has been pretty much a bust as far as creativity goes around here.  I have several works in progress – but the progress has been So-o-o-o Slo-o-o-o-o-w!  So slow, in fact, that there hasn’t been much of anything to take photos of. 

imageOne reason I haven’t been very crafty involved a trip to the ER and a quick surgery to remove a “rotten” gall bladder.  Medical procedures are so advanced these days!  Quick in and out and three weeks later I’m as good as new.  Except for those four little scars, anyway!



But the MAJOR disruption has been a new laptop for my studio/sewing room.  I do a lot of planning, designing, and creating on my computer and it was past time for an upgrade.  I was running out of space, and everything was getting bogged down and frustrating!  So I shopped around and worried about the cost and all that, and finally ordered a Toshiba.  I knew it would take some work to install my software and transfer (a lot of) data files, but I used to do this all this time.  Plus, I had a PLAN.

imageI’m sure you can see what’s coming . . . even Plan B was not.quite.working.  You see, several of my applications need to have internal data exported and imported, which I did.  The real problem, tho, was with tagging my files in Photoshop Elements.  I have about 40K digital art files cataloged in PSE, and without tags I would never find anything.  (I want to note here, that each letter of the alphabet in each style and/or color is an individual file.  Still, I DO have a lot of stuffs!)  So I was careful to write-to-metadata and import-with-tags and likewise mumbo jumbo.

imageImagine my reaction when I discovered that roughly half of those files did not come through with any tags at all!  Well, maybe you don’t want to think about that!  So, for the past most-of-a-month, every moment I can spare has gone into re-tagging all those files.  Thankfully, I have learned some tricks and shortcuts over the past year so it isn’t quite as awful as it could be. 

And I’m down to about 2 thousand files, which is pretty darn good!  I’m hoping to have something creative to show you pretty soon.  Thanks for your patience.  And thanks to Microsoft ClipArt, and for the pictures in this post.  I couldn’t post without pictures of some kind!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Productive Week

A number of finishes this week!  I had some appointments, too, so I’m not sure how I managed to be so productive.  Sometimes the stars align properly!


This is from Bethany Reynolds’ book “Stack-n-Whack-ipedia.”  I enjoy the process and had this piece of fabric I bought specifically for Stack-n-Whack.  I hoped it would make nice kaleidoscope blocks – and I was right!


Here’s a couple close-up shots.


I think this style appeals to my hidden mathematical side.  The blocks are very precise and geometric – yet there is a total randomness to the way each block turns out.  I suspect there will be more of this at some point!


Today’s finish is another block from the Seasonal Silhouettes BOM.  If  you look closely, you can see there are three apples in the center.  I haven’t decided exactly how I’ll finish the details on these, but hopefully the apples will pop a bit more when I do.  Just four more blocks before I have to make some decisions!


Lastly, a two-page spread in my Art Journal.  I picked up some Margaret Applin stencils for creating mandalas and have worked on this page in odd moments through the last couple of weeks.  The stencils contain designs in an arc and you can use the same stencil all around (like the background mandala above), or do all sorts of mix and match – which I did on the foreground mandala.  I’ve been reading that drawing mandalas is used in meditation and spiritual healing.  I don’t know about the spiritual part, but I know I could zone out really well while coloring these in!

In other news, the pugs went walk-about this afternoon – yes, again!  I knew which direction to start looking, so they were not very far away.  Jake “needed” to be carried home.  Wuff – he’s heavy!!

What about you – do you draw mandalas?  Do you meditate while drawing/coloring?