Friday, April 24, 2009

Something Crafty

The Beatles and John and Yoko. Felt pins

A doll for my baby niece. I love her smirk.

Felt food pin cushions for my Granny S. and close up of strawberry, my favorite part.

Okay so far I've blogged about not blogging, UFO's and gardening. I though it was time to post some crafty things.

Here are some pictures of my favorite projects to date.

There are of course a ton of projects on my list. Some I've already written about.

My head is constantly filled with ideas for new things to make. One is using the large stack of magazines I have under my desk to make cards, jewelry or wall art.

Sometimes my head is like a flooded river to fast and dangerous to be productive. I am hoping that writing about it will help me focus.

What helps you focus?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day

Today Sophie and I went to the garden center and bought some dirt.  That sounds ridiculous to me since there is dirt everywhere, but we bought the good stuff anyway.  Six bags of it in fact.  I figured that if I went and got it now it might help get me motivated to start cleaning out and preparing the front flower bed.  I also got a new pair of gloves and a tool that I don't know the name of.  It's long and has a small curved fork on the end.  I figured it would help in mixing the bagged dirt with the "native" dirt.  We'll see....

I also noticed that we have some irises blooming today.  They are on of my favorite flowers.  These were already planted when we bought this house.  There's a pic up top.  

Enjoy your day and I hope you can spend some time outside.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Ah Spring!

Well it's truly felt like Spring lately around here.  The trees are budding and flowers are sprouting. Oh yes, and it just keeps raining!! I'm a bit tired of that.  

I have yet to plant anything of my own .  I do plan on it,  I even have a large stack of seed packets just waiting to be sown.  I'd love to have Poppies, Zinnias, Foxglove, and others fill my rather large front bed.  I just haven't gotten to it yet.  YET!  Just keep saying it and it will happen.  

The lovely flowers pictured up there are from my Grandmothers yard.  She always has the most beautiful flowers all around.  She lives in Arkansas, where it's just far enough south to have all sorts of beautiful things blooming already.  
She's my gardening, and overall, inspiration.  

So, until I have beautiful flowers of my own to share, enjoy hers.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

All I want to do is create beautiful things, that people want to buy.  

I am writing this to try to affirm it.  The power of positive thinking.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

UFOs ! (aka. unfinished objects)

I promised myself when I started this new blog that I would keep it up to date .  I thought I would make at least one post a day and have fantastic photos to accompany the posts.  Well, that hasn't happened yet.  Mostly because my photos are on the PC downstairs and I have been spending most of my time up here on the laptop.  I really need to coordinate this.  

Let me just apologize for the lack of interesting content to date and try to make up for it by discussing some current projects I am working on or that I still have floating around in my head.

The main thing on my mind right now is Easter.  
I love Easter almost as much as Christmas, but I like Spring better than Winter, so Easter wins out.  I love the colors of Easter, which are soft and fluffy( like a bunny or baby chick perhaps?).  
I also think of the fresh green of Spring during Easter.  Easter never held much religious meaning to me, though I was raised a Christian, I think of Easter as more of a time of renewal, which I suppose is the point of the Resurrection story.   Hmmmm....

So what does all of this have to do with my projects?  Well first, I did clean up my studio/laundry room so that it's easier for me to work.  Second, it means I am working on some tiny bunnies as gifts.  Mostly for my nieces, nephews and my two kids.  
I follow several artsy/crafty blogs and one of my favorites is this .  I love her work and she has the cutest patterns.  The tiny bunnies are a free pattern which is even better.  
I have the bodies knitted and several limbs done, but have a lot of work ahead, so I'll post some pics later.

Another project I have on the table is a quilt I started for my daughter Sophie.  I bought the pattern and fabrics way back when she was about 2 months old.  I got the top pieced pretty quickly, but I only just got the batting and backing basted to the top.  I stopped there, because I am not sure how I want to quilt it, though I know I will do it on the machine.
I have only completed one quilt before.  Shocking I'm sure!  It was a butterfly quilt that I made for my niece, the first Snider-girl born at the time.  Her birthday is the day before mine as well, so I wanted to make her something special.  It wasn't perfect I know, but I was pretty proud of it.  I now need to just sit at the machine and start quilting I guess.  I had told myself to get it done before Easter, so we'll see.
Jarred also has a quilt started.  His will take much longer as there is a lot of handwork in the design.  I hope he won't grow out of the design before I can complete it! 

I also have to make a list of five different projects for my Facebook friends.  I posted "First Five to Respond" about a week ago, because it looked really cool.  Pay it forward and give a chance to give my friends some loverly handmade goodies.  I have really been trying to come up with some cool things to make, not just what I like, but what the person in mind would like too.  Something that reflects their personality, as I know it. I haven't seen most of them in over 15 years!  It does make me a bit nervous though.  I have the fear that I think I am better at what I do than I really am.  I try not to let that get in the way though.   
So far I think I have some pretty cool stuff in mind.  We'll see how my hands implement my ideas.
Get to Work Hands!!