Friday, July 25, 2014

Thread the Needle Day

Today (Friday, July 25) was National Thread the Needle Day.  Who knew?  I didn’t yesterday, but I do now.  The internet is a marvelous thing – just full of useless facts you never needed to know!

But that’s beside the point.  The point is how did I celebrate Thread the Needle Day?  With needle and thread, of course!  Imagine that!

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I stitched some hexies.  This seems to happen just about every day, although not for long periods.  It’s great for sitting in front of the TV but since I don’t watch much TV this project is taking a looooong time!

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I also threaded a beading needle and finished the fringe on this butterfly.  This particular project has been languishing since mid-June.  Today it got finished!

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My doll club took a class on making these boxes to display small dolls – or any art/craft/ephemera, really.  Now that my box is finished I need to decide what to display in it.  My finished dolls are all too large.  I guess I will have to make a new one!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Running Out of Time

Entries for the Hoffman Challenge are due in just under two weeks.  Yikes!  At least I have started, but just barely.

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She’s got one leg stitched and the head is attached.

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I’d better get really busy on the costume, though.  Not something I want to rush.  Since I never seem to plan anything simple, I know there will be lots of detail work. 

Wish me luck!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Journal Update

I haven’t had much to show off the past couple of months, but I’ve managed to do at least one journal page each week.  Here are some of my favorites.

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Imagination, March

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Reading, or Storybook.  Also in March

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April was all about stars.

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Potential, in May

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June has been all about music.

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Sometimes I get so inspired that a single prompt will end up as two or three pages.  I’m doing everything in PhotoShop Elements now, and sometimes even know how to use the tools correctly! 

If only I could say the same for my other endeavors!

Monday, June 9, 2014

TaDa!

A small fanfare because I’ve actually finished a project within a month of taking the class!  The usual practice is not only do I not finish the project right away, I usually don’t quite finish the class!  But, this proves I CAN do it! 

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This is Cinderellie – sort of.  Our teacher proposed what would have happened to Cinderella if the glass slipper didn’t fit after all.  We had a lot of fun imagining scenarios, but in the end, I went for the conventional version.  She kept fighting with me whenever I tried something new, so I let her have her way.  LOL!

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I had a lot of fun making up a little group of mice for her.  I can imagine her surrounded by mice, but there’s no need to get carried away!

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I learned soooo much in this class and had such fun.  I need to keep practicing, though.  I’m at the stage where I have to follow along with what the clay does.  Where I want to be is where I control what the clay does.  Biiiiiig difference!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sticky Situation?

OK, that’s a bad cliché because this post is about glue.  Sorry.

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This is what the drawer looks like that holds all my glue and tapes.  The sticky stuff.  It’s really a mess!  The other day, while I struggled to get the glue in the bottom of the bottle up to the applicator tip, Sarge observed that I should store the bottles upside down.

I had to think about that for awhile.  This morning, I needed a different glue and this mess demanded to be addressed!  Everything had to come OUT of that drawer!

There were some interesting discoveries:

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Apparently I’ve succumbed to “take several – they’re small!”

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This is what happens when you pick up the box of toothpicks/craft sticks/coffee stirrers – upside down!  Several times apparently!

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Now, why would this stuff be in the glue drawer?  Hmmmm.

But in the end, things look so much better and I can actually find the glue I wanted!

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All it took was some quality time with a cardboard box, roll of tape, and craft knife. 

Oh, and the glue I was searching for when this all began?  EMPTY!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Pins, Anyone?

My new friend and I are still debating clothing options, but in the meantime, my hands have not been idle!

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These are pincushions I’ve made for my quilt guild’s sale next month.  They are all made from “orphan” blocks.  That is, quilt blocks that were left over from another project . . . or the ones that did not turn out right . . . or the ones where I misread the directions.  LOL!

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But the cool thing about these pincushions?  They are made with used CDs.  Back before removable drives and cloud technology, etc., I backed up my computer files onto CD.  And I have a LOT of them!  (I use a needle to scratch the surface, so the data is no longer recoverable.)

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So, two CDs, two circles of fabric, some plastic pellets, some fiberfil stuffing, and a collection of trims – and you’ve got a pincushion!

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I have one I’ve been using for years at my worktable and I couldn’t craft without it!  The pellets (or sand, or walnuts, or whatever) give it some weight so it stays put and it’s large enough to hold a lot of needles and pins.  The weight and solid base means I can load it up with looooong doll needles without any tipping.  I LOVE that!

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Wow!  I make them sound very impressive, don’t I?  Maybe I should make some more!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

My New Friend

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It’s been a busy four days, and my friend and I are exhausted!

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She has had her hair styled and we have been discussing clothing options.  We’ve agreed on something to coordinate with her mod color streak, however we haven’t been able to agree on anything else yet.

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The shoes don’t quite fit!  She won’t be doing any walking on the trip home, though, so she’ll be alright.

Me, on the other hand, will definitely be dragging by the time we get home!