Snowstorm of the Year! Jonas passes through!

The weather reports were all over the board with some reports of only 6″ and others up to 12-24″.  We are very good about preparing for storms in our area, especially since hurricane ‘Sandy’ struck a few years back.  Extra batteries, firewood, food staples, blankets……we know how to get through thus! I remember being so cold after being without heat for a week that even my teeth were cold……brrrrrrrr. 

So the amount of snow that this snowstorm generated was more than we expected but we haven’t had precipitation for quite awhile and quite honestly, we needed it! And it came on a weekend, so most people were home. People made the best of it…….we usually do!

Stay warm wherever you are!

   
 

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What’s In Your Bag?- Portable Projects that Travel Well!

If you’re a creator/ crafty gal like myself, you want to make use of every minute to make something. I’ve been doing some small portable gift projects that I’m looking forward to giving this holiday season. I also am on a limited budget since I’m a ‘senior citizen’ and have to be careful with spending!

My portable bags go with me almost everywhere……babysitting, car rides, doctors office…….you name it, I’ve brought a portable project along!

I have a scissors, needle and thread, crochet hook, yarn, small amount of poly stuffing, embroidery thread………basically anything I can think of that I might need to work on a project. And usually they are small projects. 

  
I finally finished the checkbook holder for my mom. It feels good to get it done!

  
And I found these adorable leather coin purses at an Alternative  Gift boutique at a church. Proceeds go to various organizations to buy food, books, building supplies, etc., for underdeveloped countries. Many of the gifts, these coin purses included, are hand made by someone from those countries. They are well made and sturdy too. I couldn’t resist since my grandchildren love cats and owls! And since they (grandkids) are too small for real coins, I decided to make a small felt owl and kitty to put inside. I want to make a few felt coins as well but the owl came out so cute and I’m working on a kitty next!

  
And I also am using up my extra cotton yarn to make soap saver bags. They are so useful and pretty at the same time. All I need to get is some soap bars suitable for gift giving and I have a nice homemade gift. They make wonderful hostess gifts too. I found the pattern on Pinterest of course. It’s from ‘The Painted Hinge’ and here’s the link: http://www.thepaintedhinge.com/2013/11/20/washcloth-and-soap-saver-set-free-crochet-patterns/

It’s nice that it’s an easy enough crochet pattern for anyone to do and it’s wonderful to use up that stash of unused yarn! Before I forget……..I used Lily Sugar’n Cream cotton yarn that you can buy at most craft stores but here’s a link:

http://www.joann.com/lily-sugar-n-cream-super-size-solids-yarn/8230674.html?mkwid=hJp1i1FH%7Cdt&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=&utm_campaign=Shopping+-+Needle+Arts&CS_003=12310904&CS_010=%5BProductId%5D&gclid=CJvMrMnz2ckCFYIfHwodaAAE8Q

  
And here’s little owl again! Couldn’t resist just one more picture!

  
So……….what’s in your bag???

Happy crafting!

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Days Until Christmas???

Yes! Thanksgiving is finished and after a whirlwind of cooking a delicious meal for my family, I am exhausted……..no………..still in a food coma, on what’s known as ‘black Friday’. I have no desire to shop, which is typically what people do on this day supposedly to get bargains on gifts for the holidays. 

Well, I have started with some homemade gifts……I like to keep,things simple but heartfelt. 

My mom needed a new checkbook holder so I started this one for her. It’s almost finished!

  I still have to sew around the outside and attach a snap closure. I found the pattern in this craft book.
  
but made it slightly larger. I think she will love it!

I have plans to make a few ornaments out of homemade clay. There’s a homemade clay recipe made from cornstarch, baking soda, and water that is really nice. I’ve used it before and it comes out very  porcelain looking. I’ve made fairy dolls with it with pleasing results.

So……..enough for today. I will get back with more gifts that I made soon!

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ArtistMum: Painting Flowers

I love flowers! And I have as many varieties as my little yard can possibly hold! Purple coneflowers, iris, clematis,  lilies, roses, mums, black-eyed-Susie’s, hydrangeas, and more that I can’t think of right now! And they make perfect subjects for painting. 
So I began a watercolor with roses and mums from a photo I took awhile ago with the intention of painting it someday. Watercolor is something fairly new and challenging for me. I like it but I’m not sure about it…….does that even make sense? It’s very good to paint though. I find it takes my mind elsewhere for awhile. It’s all good!

Here’s my preliminary sketch:      

 And here’s the progression:

    

I’m hoping to finish it soon!

So what are you painting these days? Hopefully something that brings you joy! Happy paintingšŸ˜ƒ
              

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ArtistMum: Sculpting in Wire

Wire is a medium that can be daunting to most sculptors and I have to admit that I am one of them. To sculpt an object from wire, one has to measure and manipulate, wrap and squeeze, and look from all angles.

Here is a short video of my wire process when sculpting a pair of wire shoes!

  
Thoughts??? Would love to hear some comments!

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ArtistMum: A Little R & R

Everyone needs to take a rest once in awhile. It refreshes the spirit and creativity. A few days of this will re-charge any soul………
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Again……I am trying to post photos and they crash before I get to choose them…..sorry. WordPress has to take another look at the glitch.

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ArtistMum: Rag Rug Rage

What do you do with a stash of fabric that you don’t plan on using or is seriously out of date? Think Halloween prints or several versions of holly, snowmen, or snowflakes! Yes! That’s what I had in my fabric stash! And I wanted to downsize a bit…..you know……so you can buy some more???

Well, I got to tearing fabric strips and began crocheting them into a wonderful rag rug! There are many tutorials out there on how to connect your strips and how to crochet them. I used a very large crochet hook, size ‘S’, and my strips were about 2 inch in width. The finished rug came to be about 35″ X 51″, which was a decent size.

Here’s a YouTube link which I thought was good for beginners. 

So………attack your fabric stash and go make some rag rugs! They’re fun to make and look wonderful too!

   
   

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