My mom

My mother

My mother

I miss her. I guess that is the way when you have been blessed with an exceptionally good mother. I knew more than anything, that I was loved. I hope she knows how much I loved and love her.

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home sweet home

 
peaceful pond
peaceful pond

I have been away too long. We have been searching for a new home and the journey to find this place has taken our time and energy, but boy is it worth it…because now I believe this place will give that energy back ten fold. It feels like it will be a very peaceful place to be and call our home.

We are still in the middle of things, wish us luck that everything falls into place, this little peace of land has already got a hold of our heart strings. We will be busy packing, cleaning, sorting for the next month and if all goes well, we will be in our new home the first part of July.

I have been sewing a little on the side to help myself feel calm during these transitions. Here is an example. This little bag was a Mother’s day gift to my mom.

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I hope that you are well, and your homes are giving you joy and peace.

Laney

new old toys

We got a new toy…….hours of fun………and it’s pretty too.

p.s. found it on etsy…..which is fun too……….even if just to window shop!002

Happy Love Day everyone!!

the stuff that dreams are made of

wow! Thank you so much for everyone’s kind, and real endorsement of my dream career. If you all can imagine it from my description, maybe it can become real….like the velveteen rabbit….

The last post was sort of a stream of consciousness description of how I want my days to be.

I debated about writing this post, wasn’t sure if I should just let things stand, didn’t want to dissapoint, however my desire to be truthful won out.

Now, what I’d like to ask is…….if you read the last post, do you have any advice? Any ideas, concrete direction…..do you know someone who has a similar business…..how did they do it? Know of any good books to read about business plans, dreaming, recycled toilet paper rolls?….had to throw that in. …..

Hope all of you are well, and thank you!!!

p.s. I have a wonderfully generous and kind-hearted husband, a spirited, beautiful child and a loving, funny family….and great friends!..I’m RICH!

arty farty dreams

I wake up, no where to rush off to first thing in the morning.

Make breakfast for my child and I….something healthy.

look at the calendar….classes start at noon.

watercolor, quilting, embroidery, polymer clay, rughooking……….

answer emails and phone calls, about my creative art expression classes for both children and adults.

Head to the library……pick up some books about painting and polymer clay.

My son comes with me to work everyday, we hang out, talk, laugh, make art with people, listen to music.

Friends come to teach more art classes, it’s like a party.

It’s sunny, big picture windows let the sunshine stream through the windows, fresh flowers on the counter, children’s artwork hangs on the wall.

art books line the wall, a library to fuel our imaginations, the floor, polka dotted with bright cheery paint. 

Adults laugh, talk about life, their worries melt away while they endeavor to create, bringing forth bits of their souls.

children, giggle to discover how good it feels to use lime green paint on large  crisp sheets of paper, with big handled brushes.

We recycle, and find all kinds of uses for toilet paper rolls.

I love this, it feels like play, I pay my bills, our needs are met.

Fun day!

Wow…what a fun day. I’ve gotten the chance to have a booth at a local shop, and will be working there occasionally, helping out. It was such a blast to be around other people that are creative in similar ways as me. A bunch of people that are visually oriented and love old things..it was cool. I was surrounded by old smells, vintage fabrics, cool vintage furniture and silly, funny people. The customers were happy and it was fun to look at their treasures and even sell a few things I’d brought in…….there is a certain rush when someone sees enough value in what you have collected to buy it. Here are a few pictures for all of you who like old things. enjoy!

       

                

     

 

 

 

ideas brewing

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more buttons…..i can’t help myself.  I bought a thrifted blender last weekend, for making paper…some day. I have wanted to teach myself and my son how, just needed a blender. I got it home and it didn’t sound or smell good when I plugged it in. So I took it back today and used my $5 to buy a tin, 3 books, buttons, thread( I like the way they recycled the wooden spools) and a crystal salt shaker…..I like the salt shaker so much, but I want to hang it in a window for the prisms it casts…….so I will be thinking of ways to suspend a salt shaker…….

oh and I found another blender for $2……..need to go research paper making.

SO many things I want to do creatively…..

wonky paper piece

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The batik is new, it seems I can’t go to a quilt store with out getting at least a little fabric. All the other is thrifted. The flower/star is a little over 10 inches wide. it will be part of a messenger bag for my niece Chelsie. I don’t think she reads this blog…so hopefully it’ll remain a secret…

It needs to be quilted. I was winging it while making the templates….my diamonds are too wide. I’ll keep experimenting with sizes and shapes. Piecing by hand is peaceful, though slow. I rediscovered a thrifted quilt book that I had misplaced under fabric. It has  instructions on English paper piecing, I might just figure out what I’m doing if I read the book instead of just looking at the photos. I am such a visual learner, but words are really useful sometimes.

Hope your weekends were creative and relaxing.

hexagon fun

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I have been bitten by the paper piecing/hexagon bug……here is my first attempt. There are a lot of good tutorials and helpful hints out in cyber space. I’m grateful to all those talented people who share their knowledge. How do you like my vintage wall paper?? My bathroom needs an update…it’s just the bathroom though and it can wait. Each of the six sides are 1 inch wide. These are all vintage fabrics,  little squares found at a thrift store, and I wondered how I could use them.. These hexagons are addictive…not sure if I could do an entire quilt..maybe..

Here is the hexagon appliqued onto red cotton fabric, with colonial knots added on top of the red pen dots. It will eventually be made into a tote for my mom.

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From Chaos to Order

I have some uninterrupted time to clean and organize my home…yippeeee! Real Live Spring cleaning, I’m so excited. It’s almost too overwhelming…one thing at a time and it will only get better. Does anyone have any advice for a hopeless pack rat? If there is any remote chance that I may need or use something I hold onto it. I think I must have gotten that trait from my mother…..It has come in handy at times, but mostly I just feel like I’m one step away from one of those people who’s homes have trails to walk through. Wish me luck! I’ll keep you posted on the pursuit of serenity.

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