Friday, January 31, 2014

HAVE A HEART


Free-handed a stitchery and sewed a heart out of osnaburg.  Still have to press and stuff them.  Made a fabric flower and found a matching button.
And that's about it.  I don't venture far from my heating blanket.
Seeing a bunch of hearts popping up all over blogland.  Inspiring.

~*~Lisa

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

WARM WISHES


Was looking through some pictures and came across some older shots I took around the yard over the years.  Knowing most of us are freezing, I wanted to share a little bit of summer with you...can you smell the lilacs?


Black Eyed Susans waving in the warm breeze as you drive down a country road with the windows down...


Daisies in the field smiling up at the sun...he loves me, he loves me not...


The sound of hummingbird wings...crickets...



Gardens and GREEN...

It's just around the corner my buddies...stay cozy with these warm wishes for you♥

(Except you Jackie at The Back Shed!  LOL!  Cooling wishes for you Down Under!)

~*~Lisa

Saturday, January 25, 2014

FABRIC STUFFING


I've never stuffed with fabric before.  I like the look and feel of dolls that are fabric stuffed - heavy and firm - so I thought I'd finally save my scraps and started shoving them in an empty mason jar on my shelf.  I like the look of it - all the colors and textures popping through the clear glass.  

Today I'd like to know if anyone out there has any tips about stuffing dolls with fabric:
do you use partial fiberfill for the small areas?  
do you cut the scraps into small pieces or just cram it in?
do you use any kind of fabric?

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for sharing! 

~*~Lisa

Thursday, January 23, 2014

CAN I CHOOSE MY MUSE?


Pondering inspiration and focusing lately...

One of my biggest inspirations has always been seeing works in progress or the space where others create.  Sometimes when I'm yearning for inspiration I'll search for featured workspaces and studios online.  Today I found a featured doll artist's studio and it was packed with creativity. The artist mentioned her muse.  I thought her muse must be awesome because her creations and workspace were so cool.

So that got me to thinking...what is a muse?  I mean, I know what a muse is...but I wanted to know a bit more.  So I did another online search and read about Greek mythology and the muses for art, music and poetry.  There were pictures of beautiful Greek sculptures of these breathtaking creatures who have inspired the greatest artists throughout history.

So THAT got me to thinking...

"who is my muse?"

Because my little wall quilt of strawberries flying through space looks like poop.
(see "Strawberry Universe" post)
I took a picture to share but chose to spare you, LOL

Seriously...I think my muse is off someplace living it up with an umbrella drink playing checkers on the deck of a cruise ship in a tropical climate somewhere because she sure isn't doing her job here.

If I could choose my muse?  Oh...she would be by my side every minute.  I can just picture her.
So artistic and cool.  So calm and collected.  So talented and able.  She would have a go-with-the-flow {slash} let's-make-this-happen attitude.  

**SIGH**

Yah. As soon as my muse gets back from vacation we have to talk.

~*~Lisa

Sunday, January 19, 2014

JUST SNOW


The view out my living room window last week.  You can see the reflection of the pellet stove fire.


No rest for the weary.  Have to blow out the driveway if we want to get to work.  It was about 6:30 a.m. when this pic was taken.


On his way back for another pass.  
I wish I could package up some of this and send it to our blog buddies in Australia where they are experiencing terrible heat and fires.  Makes me wonder what we are in for here in the States this summer...wishing for warmer weather but as they say...be careful what you wish for.

Have a blessed week ~*~Lisa

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

SIMPLE FOCUS BOARD

Thanks for all the shared ponderings about focusing on projects and in general! It's so cool to be able to bounce things off each other and share and laugh together...love my blog buddies!!!

So talking about focus...one thing I did a while back was put together a real simple bulletin board to pin my notes or sketches or pattern pieces on that I didn't want to get buried.  

It's not a new idea and there are 100 better ways to make one, but if you ever want to throw a "focus board" together real quick and at little cost:

All you need is a piece of foam board that is available by the poster board at the dollar store. I saved my piece on it's way to the garbage.  Cut it down to the size you want - just score and snap it.  Lay it on a piece of fabric that is slightly larger than the board.  Wrap the fabric to the back of the board and tape it to stay.

I just use pins to tack the notes and patterns on the board.  Push pins will go straight through but you could always double up your foam board.  Not a "finished" look, but it works.  I just sat this one on the edge of my sewing table and it leans against the wall.

Sorry about the pics not being good...I need to go back to using my camera and stop being lazy with my phone.

Driving home from work today.  A colorless world.  Blech.

~*~Lisa



Monday, January 13, 2014

STRAWBERRY UNIVERSE

Having trouble focusing lately{slash}still, and guess that might be part of the reason it is hard to finish one project before starting another?

So I was sitting on the couch watching TV (again) and eating something (can't remember what but will guarantee it was either salty & crunchy or sweet & chewy) and a commercial (for something...) came on with strawberries flying through space.

My jaw dropped and out came the words from my mouth in hushed wonder:

"Strawberries in space..."

You know, kind of like "Rosebud....."
(from Citizen Kane)

Something about the colors maybe...or maybe my body was telling me "There! Woman! Look at the fruit!  Put down the chips and Debbie Cakes and eat STRAWBERRIES!"  Whatever it was I eventually grabbed some fabric to try and exercise the vision from my mind:


And a few days later sat on the floor and roughly cut out the strawberries and sat them on a piece of black fabric with white pindots  to represent the dark, starry space sky:


So now...if my brain will allow me to get to the point of actually sewing...I would just do a raw machine straight stitch around the edges and make a little wall quilt.  That might not be a problem if I didn't have the little shabby heart shapes taunting me from the project pile.  Do you ever have trouble focusing?  Any tips?

~*~Lisa

Sunday, January 12, 2014

EDGE OF THE GARDEN


I don't get to sit and watch a lot of movies. My people don't like the same movies I do and I have to be careful because if the story is too sad I am a wreck for days.

Yesterday afternoon we were stuck inside because of the freezing rain and I caught the above movie on the Hallmark channel when I was able to sneak to the back bedroom to plan some sewing projects. 

I'm a sucker for old fashioned ghost stories and mysteries that span time.
ANNNND parts of this movie took place at the edge of a once beautiful garden, abandoned for some 50 years. (The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett remains my favorite book and movie even as an adult)

I won't tell you any more about "Edge of the Garden" in case you want to watch it sometime (I think it's a couple years old at least).  Hint: the last 5-10 minutes are the best part!

(I wanted to let you know too, I recently changed my email because my blog comments were getting caught in my spam and I could not retrieve them. My old email became flooded with spam after we used it to book a hotel last summer and it's been a nightmare. I apologize for not responding via email to recent comments!  Hopefully the new addy will fix the problem. I love your visits and comments!♥)

~*~Lisa

Monday, January 6, 2014

A WOOLIE WIN!

It was so cold today they canceled school!
But guess who was doing the happy dance around the Christmas tree like the Peanuts Gang?

MEEE! I was happy dancing! Today I received Granny Trace's package in the mail.  I was the lucky blogger in her big snow love Christmas fun!  My hubby and daughter stood and stared as I buried my nose into the woolie snow heads above...they are so spicy and yummy.  

Yummy Yankee candles and a huge bag of candy - Trace knows how to spoil! A true Granny! LOL!

The best of all: One of Trace's woolie table runners - my picture does not do it justice.  

Thank you Trace for your generosity and sharing your woolie joy with us♥


~*~Lisa

Thursday, January 2, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Happy New Year blog buddies!
Friend Peggy of A Primitive Plot wanted to see the Jingle Santa's face so I am posting a pic.

I am so very much looking forward to 2014, how about you?  Don't usually do resolutions, but I do plan to try and live intentionally.  I don't want to feel guilty for all the things I can't do but will try to do what I can to enjoy life and for others.  

2013 brought some major changes which were not easy but in the long run were healthy.  It's a big old crazy world we live in and I guess the most we can do is try to do our best in the space we are given and reach out beyond that space when the opportunity arises. Not always easy...but gotta keep on trying.

This year I want....
....to laugh by myself and laugh with others.  
....to encourage others and be encouraged
....to enjoy the earth and watch things wake up from a winter's sleep
....to create - it's important to let your heart speak through your hands  

Started to clean out my craft area (again) this weekend.  One of the best organizational tips I've ever received was from my friend Patti (Primitive at Heart).  By placing each pattern in a page protector and filing patterns by seasons or item, it saves so much space and time.  It makes it so much easier to find a pattern. And the binders and protectors can be fairly cheap.

one of my Chestnut Junction patterns - love them!


I just taped on labels with scrap paper, but you could get fancy with purdy color binders and fancy paper labels and have fun with it.  Patti is one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to crafting.  We can talk for hours about different ideas.  I am blessed to have her as a friend♥

Wishing you health and joy and strength in this coming year friends♥
Looking forward to visiting you and your visits here!

~*~Lisa