Friday, November 21, 2014

The calm before the storm

HA!  That just means I've been sluffing before the deadlines hit the top of the list.  The fluffy stuff is not too deep for wading easily along the path.  But soon I'll need to start shoveling.

 I got this Drunkard's Path project put together.  I was thinking a table topper but now I'm thinking pillow. It is only 18 inches square.  Amazing how these projects shrink up!

These are cut and being a bit bigger should sew up rather well.  Fall is done but...

And then this plan is gonna be Fun!  All the solids are in the washer as I type so I can get cutting next week.  This will be a lap quilt I'm thinking and I really liked Vicki's layout using graduated fabrics.  She also mentioned using five values rather than three and that makes more sense for transitioning.   I have a die for the small size and will need to draft a pattern for the bigger DP blocks as this uses two sizes.  I also have more Bali's to choose from in my stash.  :O  

I have been focusing on updating the ol' wardrobe and I have a hot tip on a jean skirt so I'm off for a visit with the grand kiddies and hopefully acquire my last wardrobe addition.  Then it'll be back to dealing with the storm that has occurred in the playroom! I've certainly been mixing media!

For more Drunkard's Path ideas check out Field Trips in Fiber's Cross the Drunkard's Path Quilt Along.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Before the path freezes

We are into winter here. The path will be requiring regular shoveling.  :O

Before travel gets 'interesting',  I brought the youngest grand kiddie for her visit to Gram'elle's house. She didn't seem too very interested in the mechanics of blog writing.  :O

She did perk up considerably when we played with the Drunkard's Path blocks I'd unearthed from the wip pile. 

I don't know if I'll make it bigger but I'm sure I can find something for the last two corners. hmm, I can see I need to study this a bit to get everything oriented.  Grand kiddies could (?) be my distraction but then paths do get kinda twisty all on their own.  lol

Jolina and I are off to the city and then I'll be home alone for a while.  I hope to hunker down and get some sewing done so I can show some finished projects for Vicki's Cross the Drunkard's Path Quilt Along.  Hmm, I might need to stop at a quilt shop today because she has an amazing layout on today's post.  :)  Hi ho, hi, ho, its down the path we go......

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The fact is...

I am working on my November Journal.  The first pages were hard to fill because this month I'm focusing on the book, The Happiness Project.  What to put???  I so HATE analyzing myself!

I'm in therapy!  Well, not exactly.  But I should be. ;^)

Then I read Vicki's post on Quilting Without Abandon.  Darn it.  That is me.  So I laid myself down on that couch and ... 

 It is a start!  Made my head hurt and my heart race but it shouldn't be too hard to figure out what makes one happy and then 'abandon' one's self to it!  Should it?

Next page!  One question is what did you do that made you happy when you were a kid.  A dip pen makes me happy!!!  :)  Cutting and pasting does, too!

 I  also found some blocks for Vicki's quilt along so that was encouraging.  I do believe arranging quilt blocks makes me very happy!

And of course art class with the grand kiddies who are waiting for me to get there asap!  Whatever they do, they do with abandon!  And that's a fact!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A place to remember

The Rooster has a little black book.  He has had one for a long time.  It held important information concerning breeding dates, which ram went where,  ewes and their lambs, and successful pairings, etc.  Spare pages began to hold other info such as serial and parts  numbers.  The flock is gone.  The black book remains because the memory wanders off just like the odd sheep who tries slipping under a fence.

I am Queen of the Slips.  Slips of paper that is.  :(  I have tried day timers and annual journals but my attention span seems to last six months and then I'm back to scribbling on slips of paper.  :(   Now the slips piles of paper are threatening the kingdom.  :(  Time to abdicate! 

I don't have a small shirt pocket so my book must be bigger.  Perhaps if I incorporate various kinds of slips I won't wander off looking for options.  I luv themes.  I can do a book of the month and play at the same time.

My fall scarf is the theme.

I coloured the cover and began to add layers. 

I gathered an assortment of papers from my stash.  Before stitching the papers in I added some details with stencils.

I added layers of text and texture to the pages.   Lots of fun!

 Some pages turned out good, I thought.  I even left space for documentation. :)

Some pages turned out bad but I think I can help them with some journaling additions and there is always gesso! :(

Some are ugly from when a thought was acted on too impetuously.   :O This was a image transfer whose black background proved troublesome.  The solution was evn moreso!  :( But its never a mistake and there are always creative opportunities to pull out of the bag of tricks. Or so I want to believe.   I debated moving into my default setting which is to start all over.  But November is marching along and this is a journey!  Hopefully I'll remember where my luggage claim tickets are soon.  ;^)

I also need to remember that my style is unfolding. I'm reminded of the slogan Calm Down and Carry on!   I get that less is more when it comes to the variety and number of options.  I had way too much fun trying too may things.  I am recognizing continuity.  Now I need to learn subtlety!  :O

I don't imagine this particular journal will slip anywhere.  It is pretty busy which pretty much guarantees visibility.  Perhaps I should jot down some restraints for next month on the last page as a reminder of what not to do.   you know, the what ifs...

Oh!  And I may need a reminder to post the rest of the story when this month slips from the calender. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

A Month to Remember!

The second month of fall has been revealed by a stiff cold breeze that tore off the October page.  The first month was a swirl of leaves and smoke as we stripped the first layer of forty years of Stuff from the yard site.  Feels good.

Now to tackle November's list.

I read The Happiness Project.  In fact I am passing my first copy around.  I think I'm generally a happy person but there is always room for more happiness and that takes some thinking and doing.  So I bought a second copy and I am going through the book again with an highlighter and with some specific goals in mind.  The first month is Boosting Energy- both physical and mental aspects of energy.  I'm all for that although I'm tweaking her plan which is what will make us both happy.  LOL 

Both my DD's and I have been talking lots about food.  In the manner of KISS, I'm going to try the 100 days of mini pledges from 100 Days of Real Food.  And, once again, make a conscious effort to drink more water.  First week is to add at least two servings of fruit and/or vegetables to EVERY meal.  I had carrots and parsnips and onions for breakfast and I'll sip on a shake during my work through lunch break!  ;^)

Because I have lots to do!

The new monthly journal is ready for assembling and documenting as soon as I insert the project page.

I want to get my needle felting project completed.

I have been a slacker in the Drunkard's Path project and hope to stagger back on the path asap!

The school project/job is not short of ideas.  There is an interest in knitting!  The grand kiddie also has an ambitious project to make a 'dress' for her mum.  :O  I need to dust off some old and forgotten skills!

It looks like a memorable month!!!

Friday, October 31, 2014

On the run!

I'm seem to be still settling into my new schedule.  A busy week ended with my grand kiddie #2 and I making a run into the city.

She wants to knit her mother a dress for Christmas!  :O   I bought two versions of the spool knitter and some wool and some embellishing yarns.  There are way too many choices in this shop!

Then she was off to the car to separate her stuff out.  I had to explain that the 'expensive' yarn was mine.  She did leave me one spool knitter.  The plainer one of course.  LOL

Then we were off for lunch.  Chapters!  I managed to conceal a kit for bracelets that uses a spool while she checked out a dozen other 'must haves'.  :O    I'll peak at the bracelet directions and save it for later.  I hope!

Slightly rested, we then went to look for new winter boots for me.  uhm, I think they are forecasting more than a skiff of the white stuff!  LOL  The ones I chose are a whole lot more functional!!!

As  soon as the car stopped she raced into the house, up the stairs and examined the loot!  There goes the directions!  I hope she keeps the play doh somewhat separate. 

And now that she is somewhat settled, I am sipping my coffee, checking out my magazine that has an article from Vicki at Field Trips in Fiber.  I have been field tripping but I haven't done much with her Drunkard's Path Quilt Along.  The new boots fit into the fall wardrobe nicely and I did a somewhat coordinated homemade journal for the second month of fall.  Hopefully I can keep running and do a bit of catch up.  

Monday, October 27, 2014

Back to normal???

I've been falling into Fall.
I am working on my fall wardrobe and this scarf has the colours and feel of fall that I am after.  I am purging my closet to reflect this look.  I am NOT a clothes shopper so I'm adding a few basics via the Internet.  Gee, I hope they arrive before the season is over!  lol

I rehung this shower curtain as it is so very much my fall look.  It was made a long time ago on my old serger.  It is the Yellow Brick Road pattern which I neglected to read carefully.  But I think it is better for the 'modifications! 

The Grand Farmer's new toy is a big hit.  It is a great help for fall work.  Of course, enthusiastic helpers make the job much more interesting as well.   I said. "All three?".  And he said who was he going to ask to get off!!! 

Now I have finished my classes and I seem to be settling into my new work schedule.  I had vowed I'd only post 'finished' projects so hopefully I can leave my new book where it lies and get sewing!  :O  I'd like to return to my normal posting schedule.  Next post will tell if things are really back to normal!!!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Encouraging links

I am still thinking about blogging and how to do it well.  Design Sponge had a great post this week on 10 Things I Learned from Life About Blogging.  I thought she made some excellent points.  We are all linked together here in blogland where we can learn from life and benefit each other.  :)  Be encouraged!

and Seth-   The Sound of Authenticity.    :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Stepping up the pace

I have been busy!  I left early yesterday for my needle punch class so I could check out a new quilt store and I'll be going back!  Then I hit a store selling wool so I could check out wool rovings!  Whoa!   Makes me want to dig out my old needles!  I was thinking I should stay away but then I saw 'modern' spools for making those long ropes of knitted yarn that we did as kids. My grand daughter wants to learn to knit.  I do believe it can be a field trip!  :O   I did hit the book store for coffee break and a foot rest.  I DO luv books!

Speaking of tired feet, I expect my new runners will be paint splattered shortly but they are quite comfy!  They match my thrift shop man's shirt.  Hopefully I can quit ruining my own shirts!  :(  I don't have time for clothes shopping.

oh, man!   Do I LUV this needle punch class!!!   And this isn't even close to being finished but here is a teaser till I have the finished tablet cover.  whoo hoo! 

Spent the day working with my young 'artist'!  How wonderful to do work that I luv.  :)   Makes me wanna quicken the pace even more!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sorta Falling

I think, pardon my language, SNOW will be a welcome event around here.  The Rooster has had us on a big push to remove clutter and simplify.  We collapse into bed rather tired, awake a bit stiff, but otherwise feel tremendously invigorated by the progress we are making! 

It is wonderful to see scrap leaving the yard and smoke billowing!   I was concerned about the 'good' wood but the Rooster says not to worry, he can make more scraps.  LOL  I can relate!!!  Dust in the corners bothers me but the focus is on primary purging and we'll go back next spring/summer to clean and reorganize of the important stuff.

The new job has resulted in a bit of reshuffling.  Looks like two full days rather then one full and two half days.  Not to mention the 'meetings'!!!    But even those are looking to become shorter and not so frequent.  Of course,  I'm also readjusting expectations and daily plans as we sort through all the possibilities and try different things.  The Artist's Statement is taking some time but sorting through favourite styles, techniques, and purpose is fairly enlightening.

I have always liked the concept of the seasons.  I'm a bit behind switching into fall but I have to say that things are really 'Falling' into place.  I scooped up seven canvases at the thrift shop which I can use now and then paint over later.

I've been reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.   It is helping my focus and hopefully my productivity.   I've been jotting down thoughts and I plan to begin in November.  She starts with clutter.  Well, actually energy!   Lots of things deplete our energy.  Hello, clutter.  :(  Good bye clutter!  :)

I've been through my closet before.  Its a challenge because old houses don't have much in the way of closets.  But then a link which led to another link which led to something called a Capsule Wardrobe uses a seasonal concept.  Aha!  I have some more sorting to do!  :)  I'm not sure I want to put stuff under my bed as I finally got all the books out from under there.  :(  But surely I can find a place to store out of season coats and sun dresses besides the back of a full closet.  Make that a stuffed closet!  :O

I've had to spruce up the wardrobe a bit with the new job, don't cha know!  A few key pieces and then I want to use my new embellishing skills to personalize my clothing.  Perhaps if I look like an artist, I'll feel like an artist! 

Looks like I'll be sorting things out for the first  month of Fall with the hope of harvesting and preserving good stuff for the clear white look of winter!  I'm hanging onto the good weather though just like these late roses!