Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Embellisher Projects Pictures

Pictures!Felted Wool Scarf
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Fuzzy Scarves, Cute Jewelry Box, Fiber Art Pictures and my creative machines.  "These are a few of my favorite things!"
Silk Wool Roving Scarf

Felted Jewelry Box

Winter Moonlight

Yellow Bird


Circle Swirls

Starry Night Sky-

Quilt Sampler

I love December!

Cold, Clouds, Sun and snow flurries on the ground, gotta love flannel PJ's, wood fire, Early Grey Tea, Christmas shopping till ya drop and sewing, sewing, sewing surprises..  It is December and not much snow yet in this part of the world, but I have dug out my cross country ski's out and plan on using them this year.  I purchased a Baby Lock Embellisher and have been using it.  It is so delightful, the textures, the fibers and the ease of discovery and creative challenges.  My mind goes overtime with the "what if I did this, what if I did that"?  I am also researching what to teach at the "So Many Stitches" sewing shop where I purchased my machine.  http://www.sewmanystitches.com/   My First Thoughts for classes are something that is useable, so I made a felted scarf, a fibert art silk scarf, and small felted box and a winter scene artwork.  After playing and designing, I feel people need to unlease there hidden talents, let the creative juices flow, push the way you normally do things, dream up the "what if's"  If this could be learned, then your life becomes a new adventure, with exploring, experiementing and discovering.  Stay tuned for new pictures, new ideas and maybe even a free on line class in my blog to mirror the class at Sew Many Stitches. 

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Green 'Fried Tomatoes

No, I never like them before,  Poor man's food,  but tonight I fried them with Penko Flacks and Potatoe Cakes, and fried beef leftovers.   I loved all the olive oil fried foods. Hit the spot.   Sorry I didn't take a picture.  My DH ate them before I could.  My DD  (Dear Daughter) took my 2nd Bernina Sewing Machine I purchased in my life time.  It is a Embellisher and I told her it was hers, but it would stay at my house, and she could use it here.  BUT she is making a monkey halloween costume for my favorite grandson, AIDAN, which is in the blue jammies above.  with his cousins, Emma, and Adeline.  SO I let her take the machine home.  I am glad she wants to use it.  I miss it ,but it is hers.  I am so glad she got a Bernina before I did, way before I did.  Love you Angie.  YOur Mommy loves you.  Always know that.   ME

Friday, October 22, 2010

Time to Blog

The Link above is for my favorite class in Fiber Art.  I joined "The Smashees"  Click on the link to join too.  It is 8 months of learning, sewing, painting, dyeing from one of the most creative people I know.  Only 20 Pounds in England and about $36.42 in US Dollars.  I can't wait for this to start. So much to learn, so little time to learn it.  Also check out http://www.shelaghfolgate.blogspot.com/ for all her wonderful work and learn a little about her. 
Sunny and very orange, red, tan, yellow, turning, twirling, flying and dropping leaves in all their glory in NW Ohio.   
I would show you a picture of my trees but the computer hasn't been co operating.  Well in reality, nothing seems to be going right. 
The bank won't let me in with on line banking because my mother wasn't with me to ok it and my name is not on her account but she is 86, knows nothing about computer's, my sister name is on the account, but she is 62 and can not figure out how to do on line banking, so what the f.    
"Join me in the craziness" or NOT!
My two computer won't down load PDF's, one downloads, but won't open, one open's but can't send it to the printer.  Problems, Situations, Go figure.  I can't? 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Making My Dreams Come True: Caterpillers, Butterflies, Life after Death in Heaven

Making My Dreams Come True: Caterpillers, Butterflies, Life after Death in Heaven

Caterpillers, Butterflies, Life after Death in Heaven

Caterpillars transforming, Crystallise then a Butterfly,  An earthly Life transforms in death into Life in Heaven with our Lord.  Mom: You are at home now in the Lord, We will be with you in a blink of an eye.  Love your Mom, Thanks for being the best Mother in Law I could ever have.  Be Free in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Sewing Projects

Here are some pics of what I've been doing lately.  I am learning, expanding and figuring out my muse. 
This is strips of my hand dyed embellished fabrics with a squiggled free motion and applicated roses with metallic threads from creative challengers 2010.

Wonky house patches with Peter Rabbit looking out the windows from blocklotto.
Blocks from Kates Blog. 
Boy I have to learn to take better pics, these are awful.  Stay tune for additional musings.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Simple Life Urban Farmgal

This is a strange year for me.  Some of you know, I closed my consignment shop called "Just for You, Too, in January after a 7 years stint.  Since January I have been trying to figure out what my life's calling is now and how do I pay off my loan from the shop that I took out to make it rich, but ended up making me poor.  Simple living was what I wanted.  Back to gardening, eating healthy, selling on e-bay & getting exersize.  But instead, I have been learning- Learning to accept an angry middle -dementia mother (85), learning to support an end of life Hospice mother-in-law with ALS (78), & learning to help a 86-year old neighbor, whose family have all passed on, who lives in a nursing home.  I am exhusted with dealing with their issues.  Add to that watching my two grandchildren once a week, helping my other daughter with our new grandson and being there for my other children and husband; has left me wanting to run away or get a real job so I can really say No to everybody or, or what?     Who am I, What do I want to do??????
My older and much wiser sister told me this morning that where I am at, right at this moment' is where I am suppose to be.
Just Be,  Be Available, Be Open! 
            I guess like a flower?

Simple Living-Just Be, Just Be Open to the Universe, to Nature, to God's whisper & to my Inner Heart Beat. WAITING!

The book I am reading right now is "Twelve by Twelve - A one-room cabin off the grid & beyond the American Dream" by William Powers.  http://www.williampowersbooks.com/

A book about a 36 year old guy, who is feeling out of sorts with American Living after living and working with the Bolivia People trying to save the rain forest.  He stays in a 12 by 12 shedhome in NC near No Name Creek without electric, gas or water.  http://www.tumbleweedhouse.com/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbRvsWuWNUM
New word to add to my vocabulary:  permaculture farming-"the things your grandparents knew and your parents forgot,"   Holistic approach to sustainable landscape, agricultural, and home design.   
I just want to find a place like this to run to.  No phone, No emergencies, No drama, Just CALM!    Imagine my surprise as I thought about this!  

My 10 by 12 creative sancuary!
My fish pond with waterfall!

  Well imagine, to my surprise, that I am doing just that.  My sewing/computer room that I spend most of my time these last 8 months is a 10 by 12.  Even though I live in a suburb, geese & hawks & bats fly over head, my waterfall sounds comes from my small home-made pond filled with 20 or so fish, and even though I don't live in a forest, I have a small garden with 5 large trees on my small square of land.  The river is just a small walk away in which I can kayak in quiet solitude. 
The Mighty Maumee River.

This way of life has been healing for me!   Create, Sew, Paint, Write, Assist, Help, Listen & Just Be Open to what God has for me!
I am one blessed woman!  WAITING-Just Being, Just Open!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Hair color Bronze Copper Brown

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Coming up flowers!

A lily for my mother in law!
A hibiscis for Lee!
A Rose of Sharon for my Mom!
August is coming to an end.  The weather is perfect 70-85 degrees.  Slight Breeze, Blue Skies, but soon Fall and Winter will appear.  And thoses are special times of the year too, but I love summer and this one in Northwest Ohio has been very hot, hot, hot.  But I just came back from a short trip to Florida and it is much hotter, humid and plain icky.  Flowers were few there but the were lovely tropical plants with a lot of color.  I love flowers.
Stenciled composition of roses.
Quilted, inked and gold sprinkles applied.  This is my Creative Challengers 2010 project that I am working on, Stay tunes and I will show you the finished project.  I'm not sure as what this will turn out to be. 

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Feeling Better all the time

Well, the Health Department called.  The hospital reported my condition and they want to see if their is other people who have come down with this food poisioning.  After an hour interview on the phone, they feel I did not get it from the cooked turkey breast that was out dated.  Either I contacted it from swimming in a lake infected with the bacteria, or my cat ate a bird who was infected and I cleaned the cat box, or my feeling was my chickens who might be infected.  (I did not tell them I had chickens)  But birds of all kinds, ducks, geese, chickens, turkeys carry the bacteria, sometime it affects them sometimes not, and it is in their waste.  So after discussing this with my sister, who raises chickens and have never gotten sick, and after speaking with the farm I purchased the chickens from, I gave the chickens back to them, who will seperate them for observation, and take a sample from them the the University of Bowling Green to have them checked for the bacteria. 
I am sad without my chickens, but I do not want any of my grandchildren getting this bateria. 
I am back to creating a dress for Emma, fixing a groom's mothers dress for their wedding this weekend, blogging and doing a lot of yard work and expanding my small patio.  So things are back to normal, whaterever normal is. 

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Back from the hospital bed!

This is one of my adventures that is not a nice one!  I got kicked in the stomach by the food poisioning called  "Campylobacteriosis".  And I wasn't even camping.  Eating a pre-processed turkey breast cooked in the crockpot at home.  It started on July 14th evening, ( I will save your from the nasty details, to say the least, it wasn't pretty)  I reached 202.8 on the thermometer that night with cramping & etc.  I went to doctors the next day, after that, I went to lab, I ended up deathly dehydrated, very low potassium count, eratic heartbeat in the hospital ER on Sat, July 17.  To say the least I couldn't even lift my head.  On July 18th, test results came back, so an antibiodic was finally given.  I have lost 10lbs. Finally, today, July 20th, I got out of bed, but just to get more blood work done to make sure potassium levels have risen.  I am finally feeling much better, but now I am afraid to eat anything.  But I'm still not hungry, but I'm having yogurt, melon, scrambled eggs, toast and lots of GatorAid. 
I know I am not the first that has had this, but it threw me for a loop de loop!
    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, review all cautionary information about keeping your area clean where      you are cooking, checking all expiration dates on the products and throw them away, Wash your hands and all your food, including fruits and vegtables.     Don't get lazy, this bacterial can kill in someone not healthy to begin with, the elderly or the young. 

"Campylobacteriosis: Disease caused by Campylobacter jejuni, now the leading cause of bacterial food poisoning, most often spread by contact with raw or undercooked poultry. A single drop of juice from a contaminated chicken is enough to make someone sick with Campylobacteriosis.
Campylobacteriosis usually strikes only one person or a few people at a time. A common way to become infected is to cut poultry meat on a cutting board, and then use the unwashed cutting board or utensil to prepare vegetables or other raw or lightly cooked foods. The Campylobacter organisms from the raw meat can then spread to the other foods. The organism is not usually spread from person to person, but this can happen if the infected person is a small child or is producing a large volume of diarrhea." From http://www.emedicinhealth.com/   

i heart fiber art      

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Two "C's" Chickens, Creating

The Chicken Coop is done, thank you hubby!  He did a much better job than me, oh course, he could find the right tools.  The Three Haines girls are doing well.  They are trying to get through this 90 degree weather.  The favorite spot is on the grass under the ladder with their mouths open.  Chicken's don't sweat they say.  Cleo wants to chase them.  "Ok, girl, quit barking"  http://www.backyardchickens.com/  I can't believe I have chickens; they are fun.  Maybe I am a farmgal after all.  http://www.maryjanesfarm.com/ 

CREATING:  My new Project for http://www.creativechallengers2010.blogspot.com/ Again I have no clue what this will become, but I am stretching my chicken wings learning, hand dyeing, hand embellishing, and tension play.  Check back to see what this will become.  It is a mystery.  The colors in the 1st pictures are more exact and to me they look like the stratus, or layers of the Grand Canyon, what do you think?  Leave me a message! I would love to hear from you!   Chris

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Nuno Felting With Annie Lawrence

I took a fantastic class with Annie Lawrence and the  Perrysburg Arts Council in Ohio at the 577 Foundation, Perrysburg, Ohio.  I'm the one frowning.  It was 90 degrees and we were working with wool.  It was very tedious as it took us all day to make one scarf.  Nuno Felting is incorporation wool fibers into Silk material.  Lots of soap, water and roll, roll, rolling technique.  After the 1st day, I swore I would not do it again.  But like any artist, I worked my butt off again the next day making another scarf, but stopped at 1:00 to jump into a swimming pool.  I do love the results.  If you ever meet a Fiber Nuno Felting Artist at an Art Fair, Please remeber it took them all day to make one scarf/bag/belt/purse/cloth/jacket.  It will be well worth the price they ask for it!  One of a Kind!  OOAK!These are the 1st day's drying scarves. And this is Annie!.

"Do you like the results? asks Annie.
A wonderful wall hanging, I think I will make!
Designing, Deciding and Delighted!What a wonderful day at 577 Foundation.  We are so blessed to have this beautiful facility and fantastic people who organized this and other fiber classes on this weekend.  (Perrysburg Arts Council)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hennrietta, Harriet, Hannah, My Chickens

Well, I went and jumped into Suburban Farming with 3 Ameraucana Chickens.  Hennrietta, Harriet, & Hannah.  I love them.  So cute about 4 months old.  I learned so much this last 2 days.  1st-I can't build anything with crap.  This was all in my garage as I want to recycle, except the chicken wire.  So this will be temporary until I can get the right tools and materials.  This was made with bed slats, left over plywood and leftover wheels.  I wanted to be able to move it all over yard, but I'm now changing my mind.  My dog Cleo, hates chickens and I'm not sure China, my cat likes them either or should I say She does- wants to kill them.  Emma, my granddaughter, announced that she is allergic to chicken's, so she doesn't want to touch them.  Her mother told her so.  My husband and youngest son are so mad at me, but oh well.  It is the first thing they look at in the backyard when they come home.  My chickens are not friendly yet, so I am working on that.  I will keep you posted as to when they lay eggs.  Blue, I hope.