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Friday, January 30, 2015

Pen and Ink

My Zendoodle drawings are beginning to take on lives of their own! 

I've decided to start offering these little creations in my Etsy Shop as digital download files that one can print on their own printer at home or in a lab.  My Baby Shower Book is now available.  All letters of the alphabet incorporated into pages that can be printed and handed out at the shower for friends and family to complete and return to the expecting mom giving her cherished words of wisdom and advice and also creating a little picture book for baby as he/she grows.  Pages can be collected into an 8x8 or 12x12 photo album.  I've also included a cover page.  I'm trying to find a cost-effective way to have the pages bound as a book that can be passed around at the shower.  Any ideas, I'm all ears!

I've begun work on shower invitations and printable artwork as well.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mandala Zendoodle

While waiting to hear about our big move, I spent a little time Zendoodling!  I wish I had more time for drawing, but I always have too many projects going.  And, there's just not enough time for everything.  I'm spending lots of time cleaning, repairing, sorting, and what I call purging.  It's very satisfying, but I'd rather be doing this...
Had fun creating this mandala zendoodle for my craft room.  I drew the pattern on 12x12 vellum paper and outlined with a permanent marker.  On the backside of the vellum, I used watercolor markers to add color blending them to create shadow and depth.  I placed a piece of white cardstock behind it when framing, but am curious how it would look just with the vellum framed allowing the wall color to show through.  Think I'll give it a try.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Eagles Along the Mississippi

We haven't been able to make it out to see the eagles in a few years.  The day started out gray and dreary, but as noon approached, blue sky was beginning to appear.  I was so glad we waited until afternoon to go.  We drove up along the Great River route through Alton.  Along that road, we saw four eagles, one close enough to photograph.  The last one, we spotted down near the conservation area.  He was a bit skittish and every time we or someone else would approach the tree he was in, he'd take off to the next one.  We circled around and tried to find the Trumpeter Swans, which were a bit too far away to see clearly.  When we came back to where the eagle was, he decided to fly back in toward his original perch and that's when I caught him overhead at a full wingspan. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Broomstick Lace Infinity Scarf

I've become sort of obsessed with this new stitch I learned before Christmas.  I've lost count on how many scarves I've made and given away!  I found the original pattern here at the BHooked Blog.  And since she's got a wonderful video tutorial, I won't go through and tell you how to do the Broomstick Lace Stitch.  I have, however adapted the infinity scarf pattern a little.  After making several of these scarves, I found that when worn, the scarf curls into itself leaving the "wrong" side exposed.  So, I'm hoping I've solved this problem.  Here's the pattern I am now following.


Broomstick Lace Infinity Scarf

Red Heart Unforgettable yarn - 1 skein or
Hobby Lobby's  Yarn Bee Diva Sequin yarn - 1 skein
I crochet hook (I may have used a J on this one)

Chain 30, attach last chain to your US 50 knitting needle per instructions found at BHooked.
Row 1:  Complete 6 Broomstick Lace Stitches which includes returning with your single crochets.
Row 2:  Ch. 1, turn, SC in back loop in next 30 stitches.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 28 times with Yarn Bee Diva Sequin yarn.  Additional rows can be added if using Red Heart Unforgettable yarn as their is more in a skein.

You will now have a scarf that is reversible...the same on both sides.  If curling should occur at least it will look nice on either side. :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Revisiting Joy Dare

I've decided to recommit to finishing my Joy Dare...counting one thousand gifts.  Being thankful sets you on a whole different course and I've missed my moments this past year.  It's important to remember to Whom we are thankful for all the blessings, big and small, in our lives.  It all started when my MIL gave me the book, One Thousand Gifts.  After reading this gift, I felt a shift in my life.  It came at a really dark time, but counting my gifts brought a beautiful light.
282.  Diamonds
283.  Cozy PJs
284.  Christmas lights

285.  Reconnecting with family
286.  Gift of pearls
287.  Ornaments on a tree

288.  Yarn slipping through my fingers
289.  Kitties eyes peaking from inside the Christmas tree

290.  Rare snuggles from Frosty
291.  Marshmallow santas
292.  Chinese dinner
293.  The gift of a Savior born long ago

294.  The joy of Christmas
295.  The joy felt in giving something special
296.  New blue walls
297.  Handmade soft afghans

298.  Time with my kids
299.  A chance to still be "mom"
300.  Scent of Christmas cookies baking

301. The beginning of a new adventure
302.  Sunshine streaming through a window
303.  Sapphie hiding in a basket

Friday, January 16, 2015

Painted Chest

Thought I'd never get this little project completed.  It's been a pretty busy few months.  I bought this chest years ago at a little consignment/refurb shop.  They had painted it white and yellow.  It needed a desperate facelift. 

After sanding a lot of the old paint away, I used a black chalk paint for the base coat.  The second coat was a barn red.  Using a wet cloth, I carefully rubbed away the edges and some of the surface to reveal the black and give the piece a worn look.  Took me awhile to find a stencil to use on the top, but finally found that at Michael's craft store.  After the stenciling was completed, I gave it one coat of wax for chalk paint, then applied a matte polycrylic finish.  Added a set of really pretty drawer pulls found at Hobby Lobby as a finishing touch.  It's a perfect compliment in our home.

Ebony is very nosy.  She thinks she needs to investigate everything I do.  Every time I try to photograph anything, she's there!  :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Simple and Soft Crocheted Afghan

I finished up a couple of projects before Christmas that I just haven't had time to get to writing about.  This beautiful afghan was the third one I made in this pattern.  I finally had a chance to make "me" something!  It's super easy and quick...making great gifts.  I've given two as gifts and they loved them.

I used 5 skeins Pearl and 5 skeins Seafoam Lion Brand Homespun yarn for my yarn colors.
Using two strands of Lion Brand Homespun yarn (one of each color) and a size 16mm or similar size crochet hook, make a chain approximately 45 inches long.  Mine took 62 chains. 
Row 1:  Starting in second chain from hook, single crochet across.  Chain 1, turn. 
Row 2-?:  Single crochet across, Chain 1, turn. Repeat until afghan is desired length, approximately 60 inches.  I continued until my piece was about 65 inches long. 
Tassels can be added, but this yarn frays ALOT so depends on your preference. 

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