A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Friday, August 29, 2014

On a quest

Today DH and I took what we fondly refer to as a 'sanity day' and headed off to do some thrifting.  I was hoping to find some old tarnished silver pieces that I could use in my studio to store things like pencils and such.  I lucked out and found one piece that I loved...

As you can see, it's already been pressed into service!

I saw a few other pieces but they were too small to be of any use.  The search will continue.

Today the quote is from Mark Twain  "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover." 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Embroidery that's out of this world!!

I had heard (and read a little bit) about the costumes that have been created for the television show 'Game of Thrones' and, although I don't watch the show, I was intrigued enough to find out more and oh boy, did I!!!!    I have to share the link with you so that you can go and be amazed and the absolutely incredible detail that went into items that were probably only seen fleetingly in the show. 

I will warn you now, it's a rabbit hole of eye candy, so you'd better do a bathroom break and get yourself a pot of coffee before you go HERE

The quote for today is from Og Mandino.... "I will love the light for it shows me the way.  I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars"


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Road trip!

Today we went on a little road trip with our friends and I thought you might enjoy seeing just a few of the sights we found along the way...




We visited several different places where the water was absolutely stunning.  The sound and the fury of water is something that has to be seen to be believed.




This is only a sampling of the scenery!








We stopped at a wonderful place where there were tons of wood carvings.
I could have brought several of them home quite happily!





All of these things, plus the bestest Thai food for
lunch!  

A wonderful day!!

Today the quote is very fitting and comes from Patch Adams.... "Nature tops the list of potent tranquilizers and stress reducers.  The mere sound of moving water has been shown to lower blood pressure"


Monday, August 25, 2014

Something that tugs at the heart strings

Many of you are most likely familiar with the amazing things Vicki Boster of the '2BagsFull' blog has done to make this world a better place.  Things like the 'Pink Scarf Project' for breast cancer awareness and the 'Grow Your Blog' party.  She is definitely one of the most giving people I know and her latest venture is no exception.

Her latest project is called 'Letters From Africa" and I'm asking you to please go and read her heart-wrenching post and seriously consider helping out.  Go HERE to find out more.

I will leave you with the same quote that Vicki used at the beginning of her post, because it truly does say it all.  The author is John Bunyon.... "You have not truly lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you"


Friday, August 22, 2014

Another section, and collaboration

Here's another section for my second white cloth...


Several parts of this were taken from vintage dresser scarves and small tablecloths. 

The 'thing' on the middle left is a padded form that I then wove with crochet cotton and then surrounded with bullion knots.




As always, you can click to embiggen!












For the 'collaboration' portion of this post, here's a picture of a Prayer Shawl that I completed for a friend.  She loves to knit the squares in various patterns, but doesn't care for the putting together aspect of the project.  I put them together and crochet an edging.  We have done a number of these and I finally decided I should show you one.




Today the quote is from Sharon McAuliffe.... "Better to bloom late in life than to not bloom at all....to dry up as a bud and never release what has been hidden"



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Gifted treasures

A friend of mine is moving away and has been downsizing her stash of creativity fodder and today she gifted me with these special treasures...



My friend is in her 80's and she said that the tatting book, shuttle and the lovely little motifs (there were several) were done by her mother.  Although I can't tat, I felt very blessed to become the caretaker for such treasures.  The book was copyrighted in 1944.


Here's a close-up so you can hopefully see the details a little better (click to embiggen!).  The bracelets are more recently made I think, but I'm not sure about the collar.  I think it's crocheted using metallic thread, but it could be a form of weaving.  Unsure of the possible age of that either.

One of the tatted motifs will be making an appearance somewhere on my current white cloth.

Today's quote is from Henry Thoreau.... "The question is not what you look at, but what you see"


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Poking, proding, bloodletting....and knitting!

Yes, I've been knitting.  #1 son (the one with the big feet that can't buy slippers in a store) put in a special request for a new pair of the felted slippers that only his loving mother can make, so...


Now I have a special request to make another pair for our daughter-in-love.  She'd like hers in opposite colours and it crossed my mind that she would like them different so they wouldn't get mixed up.  Hah - her feet are little bitty so there's not a chance!!

While I was at it, I used up some of my leftover felting yarn and made this little bag...



Both are made using Paton's Classic Wool yarn and the pattern for the slippers is the Felted Clogs from Fiber Trends.  The purse is the Dumpling Bag pattern by Sharon Dreifuss which can be found on Ravelry.

The poking and proding and bloodletting portion of this post refers to the yearly visit to the doctor that I had to do today.  Always a joyful proposition, but I have to say our doctor makes the whole process actually a good experience.  She's definitely a gem!

Today's quote, from William James.... "To change one's life:  Start immediately.  Do it flamboyantly.  No exceptions"