Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Sister's Birthday Celebration

My sister Marie recently celebrated her birthday which coincided with Easter this year.  We met the day before to celebrate and avoid the Easter crowds.  I always have such a wonderful time with Marie.  She is such a sweet soul and so grateful in life.  I love Marie! 

Because her birthday was shared with Easter this year I stitched this little egg themed booklet for her.  The cover is linen and includes a heart and beads along with my stitching of a Jenny of elefantz design. If you click this link you can visit Jenny and learn about her wonderful monthly Stitchery Club.

This is the little stitched booklet inside where I added a simple pin with an M for Marie and a Butterfly pin because Butterflies are the Bearers of 10,000 Happinesses.

And keeping with my new mug mat obsession I sewed these for Marie.  No photo but I also included a bird themed mug and a nice water bottle for her to stay hydrated.

Marie loves Nature and Birds so this fabric was perfect.

I am so grateful my sister is happy with simple handmade gifts.  I also gave her the blue tatted bookmark (in my previous blog post) and a new book.  She is beyond an avid reader.
I had a nice time with my sister and I am grateful we live close enough to be able to get together.
We are having more rain. There can be no progress made outdoors on spiffing curb appeal. Way too wet and muddy.  There will be enormous amounts of clean up and weed abatement when dry weather returns.  With all this wonderful rain the plants are growing and everything is blooming.  The blooms get destroyed by the pouring rain but we are so thankful for the water table.  Some ski resorts are planning on staying open right through the summer with over 700 inches of snow!  Quite the contrast to the last five years of "exceptional" drought.
Mr. C and I have lost a wonderful friend who lost his battle with cancer last evening.  Prayers for the entire family who are grieving.  His wife just passed less than three years ago after her years of battling cancer.  I continue to pray a cure be found for all cancers.  I just do not understand.
These days and weeks are flying by so fast I am missing my summer before it even gets here.  I choose to embrace each and every day and not rush any of them.  Blessings and Bliss...

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Bookmark not Bracelet...

I am trying to improve my Needle Tatting skills.  However I can see I need a lot more practice.  This pattern I tatted is from YouTube One Virtuous Woman and you can click this link.  Thank you OVW.  I used size 10 crochet thread in a pretty blue color. Here is my link to show the bracelets I tatted for Christmas last year.

Instead of finishing it as a bracelet, I finished it as a bookmark. I added a heart charm to one end and a tassel to the other end.  My sister is a voracious reader and she has a birthday coming soon.  This will be part of her gift...along with a book she hasn't read. 
We are having Winter in full force for several days now.  Pouring rain, strong winds, lightening and thunder...oh my!  California is grateful for the water table.  I think we might be ready for Spring very soon.  We have the pollen!  At least the rain helps to keep the pollen washed off the decks and railings.  If I park outside at all my black vehicle is yellow in no time!
We celebrate lots of birthdays in April...18 and counting.  Mr. C has his birthday this coming Wednesday April 12th.  I have no idea what I am doing but somehow we'll make it a special day for him.  He does like to be pampered and he does like good food.  Hmmm...
I shall do some laundry while it is raining.  So nice to have everything clean and fresh...inside and outside.  What do you like to do when it is raining?  My Grandma liked to go for a drive along PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) and visit the beach during a rainstorm.  She even recorded the beach with rain on a little cassette player she had so she could listen to it from time to time.  I didn't appreciate this until years after she was gone and now I understand her love of Nature.  So I shall enjoy our rain even though there is no PCH and no beach close to me.  Happy April Showers to You...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Mug Mat Swap...

This is the package of goodies I mailed to my Mug Mat swap partner.  I had fun creating these for Terry.  Thank you Donna of Brynwood Needleworks for organizing and hostessing this fun swap.

I have always loved fabrics.  I like to feel them.  I am pretty careful when I select fabrics for colors and coordination.  But...I must be dyslexic when it comes to sewing them together.  Oops...upside down does not do it for me.

Here I am frogging.  It must be right or I cannot continue.

Okay now.  All going in the proper direction.  I do really like the fabrics and colors in this selection.

I actually made Terry two mug mats just in case she wants to sit with a friend and enjoy a cuppa and a snack.

Here is another set I sewed for Donna our hostess.  She and her husband really enjoy music so I selected music themed fabrics.

I am very grateful I entered this swap for it challenged me and I learned how to sew binding on like a tiny miniature quilt.  Donna liked her surprise mats.  This will be the year of mug mats as gifts I am thinking.  It meets my happy factor of sewing and fabrics and fun. 
It is amazing to me that this is already the first week of April.  Mr. C and I spent a few days in Sonoma and Novato to enjoy some CSRG (Classic Sports Racing Group) auto racing. There were so many priceless fabulous cars and everyone was very friendly.  The weather was beautiful...except the wind!  Allergies and sinus infection not so much fun now. 
Lots of birthdays to celebrate in April...family and friends. 
You will find me busy cleaning house and Mr. C outside cleaning and mowing and blowing.  We are hoping to have a Broker Open House and find a buyer for our newly reduced pricing.  We remain optimistic.  We have been excellent stewards of this home and property for almost 20 years and it is time for us to move along and let someone else enjoy our labors here.
Prayers for all affected by horrific weather conditions across our nation and world. 
I'll take short breaks and try to visit each of you.  Happy Spring and Birdies Singing...

Monday, March 20, 2017

Cards Need Envelopes...

Let me warn you there are lots of photos for this post.  I recently shared how I made lots of cards in preparation for all of my weekly and April's National Letter Writing mailings.  Well then I needed envelopes for all those cards.  I thought I would buy some but didn't get to the store. I couldn't find my envelopment maker due to it may be packed away.  So...what to do!

I got out my supplies and made it up as I went along.  Fun papers 12" x 12" I cut in half.

Then I scored the 6" x 12" strips at 4 3/8", 8 7/8" and 10 1/2".  This size will fit my 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" cards I created.

Next I clipped the flap corners off to give it some interest.  At this point I could have used any of my fancy paper scissors or my fancy edge punches. I merely was keeping it simple.

The flap I glue sticked. I will confess the glue stick did not stay stuck and I ended up having to redo all my flaps with Yes glue.  I always learn something each time I craft.

Here are envelopes in process.

Knowing my envelopes had no side space for stitching or gluing I decided to use my Washi tapes and let them seal the edges and add decoration to my papers.  I need to use my Washi tapes because I have learned they have a shelf life and some no longer peel cleanly and some no longer stick at all.

I had fun selecting decorative papers for my envelopes and matching them up to my cards.

Here are some cards paired with envelopes ready for personalizing and mailing.  Many of my papers can be addressed with a permanent Sharpie pen and some I prefer to use a separate label.

Thank you for following along with me.  I do hope recipients of my mail appreciate the time and effort I put into sending cheerful happy mail.  Mr. C thinks I am nuts to spend hours making them.
We are awaiting more rain.  It is overcast and gloomy.  Earlier today Mr. C and I washed his sports car so he could tuck it away for safe keeping until sunnier weather.  Even though today is officially Spring we know we are in for at least two more months of Winter.  May your flowers be blooming.
Now we are on to Easter and lots of fun ideas. This year one of my sister's has her birthday on Easter so we will be double celebrating. 
Discovering My Bliss in 2017...

Monday, March 13, 2017

Making NLWM Cards...

I NEED a lot of cards.  So I walked into my studio last week and with all good intentions of sorting and purging and downsizing...I instead found myself making cards.  April is National Letter Writing Month and I always participate.  Lindsay Ostrom, Miss Creator of Cuteness, is our fearless cheerleader/organizer for this FB group.  Thank you very much Lindsay dear.  In years past I have mailed to everyone but that got a little too carried away for me.  So now I will have one pen pal and then of course send to others at my discretion and time allowances. 

I have lots of supplies and have vowed to use what I have and not run to the store for more stuff!  Here you can see I am going old school and stamping and embossing cards.  Mr. C has been the only user of my vintage purple heat tool in his car building garage the past few years.  Not now!  I was in my glory with embossing those fine beautiful powders onto card stock.

Here you see I didn't just make one. I wanted to make lots so I have a good supply in my stash.

I also use catalog and magazine cut outs, along with card fronts from received cards and of course my Lindsay designed coloring images.

I am in no way any type of artist however I do have the supplies necessary.  I buy them with the hopes that I shall become an artist via osmosis.  LOL  I did stamp this and then embellish it with my colored pencils.  I wanted a very serene scape.  Yes, I am the one who colors a sun in the top corner of my paper...ever since I was old enough to color.  I still need a lot more cards. 
Our weather has been perfect with sunshine and blue skies.  Mr. C and I have gotten out to take a walk several days now.  Yesterday we drove a few hours north and schmoozed with lots of auto racers at Thunderhill Racetrack in Willows, CA.  The day was so beautiful and we were in no hurry.  We had spent the week previous cleaning and keeping up with this home and property in hopes that the sunshine would bring perspective buyers.  No one...not even one.  We will be having another meeting with our Broker.
I see Easter crafting and decorating is on!  I love what you all are doing.  My Easter decorating will stay hidden in the cupboard this year so as not to offend any potential buyers.  Make it look like no one lives here! 
Spring Flowers and Butterflies are showing themselves to many.  My daffodils are blooming and I love them.  Pollen season will be quite intense with all the rain we have finally gotten. 
Lovely days to all...<3