Monday, August 28, 2017

3D for Me!

We have a brand new toy/tool at our house. On Aug 15 we bought a 3D (Dimensional) printer.
There are tons to choose from, or you can even build one from scratch. We went
with the Makerbot Replicator 2X,

This past 10 days have been filled with learning some really new things, like AutoCaD. Never thougt I would learn to draw with CAD.
Filament, Filament, Filament, print polishing, finishing off the prints, and the list goes on and on.
With this new hobby we will be listing some 3d printed items on etsy and also have the for sale.
Call or email if you are interested.

It has been a blast!!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Crocheted Birthday Blanket

I made a very springy blanket for daughter #3 for her birthday which is coming up in a few weeks. She doesn't know and I hope she will be surprised and also pleased.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Some Cross Stitch

I have not made any Cross Stitch projects in a long time because of my difficulty with my eyesight. I have struggled with getting older and losing my perfect vision. It has not been a physical struggle as much as a frustration on my part to accept that my eyes will not work like they used to work.
All that said, I saw a really cute St. Patrick's Day cross stitch pattern recently and decided to make a simple bookmark. The pattern came from here:
Craft Gossip.
I stitched two clover leaves on either side of daughter #3's name and fringed the edges. I sent it to her for use as a bookmark and she tells me she is using it in her journal.

I created a chart using the free software in stitch fiddle and will share that with you here. I used DMC and did not change the coloring during the clover so it was quite quick.
Stitch Fiddle

It was so rewarding that I have started on another new project.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Art In the Open

Been Knitting and Crocheting up a storm lately to participate in Art in the Open in Thomasville, GA this fall. Our team (Cortney, Cindy, and myself) have made Bambi's First Christmas and decorated our designated tree. The exhibition opens tonight and will be up 5 weeks. We are all so excited to be a part of it.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

I Love Yarn Day!

When I received the notice that I Love Yarn Day was only 30 day away, I went into a small panic. I have so much to do to show support and celebration for Love of Yarn. then I realized I show support and love every day when I knit or crochet. 
Loving yarn doesn't need a special day, or even a special event in my life as I already do that every time i pick up the needles or hooks to complete something special, something fun, or something useful. 
My family and friends all know that i take my projects with me everywhere. I don't need a 'knit in public' day to knit in public, as every day i knit in public.
That said, I want to take the opportunity to share how much this hobby has meant to me personally over the years. I have made and given away more hand crafted yarn items that i can remember, each one created with thoughts of the intended recipient as the production was being completed. 
Knitting is so rewarding to my mental health, and so satisfying to my need to give that i am sure i will continue to work with needles and hooks forever.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Updated Sewing Room

For Christmas I asked my kiddos to help me re-vamp my sewing room by removing all the furniture and 13 years of stacked up crafting, sewing, and knitting supplies so that I could come back to an empty room. I wanted to paint the room and ceiling, sand and varnish the wood floors, and rearrange the furniture.
I knew that I would have to purge many, many items and rearrange what I really wanted to keep myself as they would not know what was keep and what was toss.
When we came home from our trip to California the room was 75% empty, and then over the new years holiday the kids and I finished the emptying. Fortunately, I have a big enough house that I just stashed all the stuff into other rooms. I thought this would be a few weeks of clutter. know the story, life got in the way. we lived in clutter for months.
I finished the painting, some of the sanding, and began to think about how hard all this was, then had foot surgery, and recovered. Finally in May I was able to hobble along and begin to purge and re-stock the sewing room.
I am thrilled with the new softer blue color, love the natural light from the two windows, and have even begun to catch up on some of the mending that has been on hold for these past months.
I still do not have closet doors but am considering just going without them for good. I have a small bookcase in the closet and like the easy access.
Here are few photos.