Saturday, December 25, 2021

Christmas Joy 2021

Happy Holidays ~



by Mary Oliver
If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,
don't hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty 
of lives and whole towns destroyed or about
to be. We are not wise, and not very often
kind. And much can never be redeemed.
Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this
is its way of fighting back, that sometimes
something happens better than all the riches
or power in the world. It could be anything,
but very likely you notice it in the instant
when love begins. Anyway, that's often the
case. Anyway, whatever it is, don't be afraid
of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.
Devotions - The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver (Poems from Swan, 2010)

Monday, July 12, 2021

A Rainbow on Gray Cloth

Gray Goods: fabric that is freshly off the loom, woven but unfinished

April 1, 2021

The 7-yard JST Muted Color warp has been woven and cut off the loom. It's beautiful.

The next step in the process is finishing which means checking and repairing any weaving errors then washing/drying/pressing the fabric. Since all my hems are hemstitched I won't need to worry about fraying when I give the cloth a nice hot bath and air dry.

Eventually I'll cut the eight sections apart and figure out how I want to finish my hems. But for now I'm enjoying the pleasure of gazing upon my colorful woven cloth.



Happy Spring 2021


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July 12, 2021

My, it's been awhile.

So the cloth - most likely dish towels -  has been washed and they're sitting by the sewing machine waiting to be finished.

Yep, the gray cloth is still waiting but I'm at least going to finish this blog post and hit the publish button.

Er, Happy Summer 2021

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Like a Boss

Oddly enough when I woke up this morning Card-Making was the furthest thing from my mind. In fact, I had thought my day would include scrubbing the bathtub, laundry, and other fun chores. Woohoo

My To-Do list had gone unchecked because I had spent the last two days crafting all the things. I spent the better part of Monday outside spinning, spinning, spinning. When I finally went indoors I ended up weaving on a pin loom and then weaving on the Lil' Gem floor loom.




Tuesday was spent knitting on a pair of socks - I turned both heels and now it's just a straight shot to the toes. Lucky me.

This week I've been able to craft all the things because The Man is on a camping/fishing trip.



When we saw The Man disappear down the driveway Zeke, Jack, Boots, and I danced our "Home Alone Happy Dance".


So, anyway, back to card making. In between the crafting projects I also spent a goodly amount of time (as one does) on Etsy looking at stationary and handmade cards; I especially liked the embossed cards.

So this morning while I was on the computer I entered "DIY embossed cards" and found a simple tutorial. Fortunately we have white Card Stock (110#). After cutting a sheet of paper in half, I was back at the computer to google, "how to make a torn paper edge (deckle)".

I gave it a try and it was amazingly simple and satisfying.

For the second sheet I took pics.

First I folded the paper in half lengthwise. This is where the card will fold in half.


Using the back of a knife I scored the length of the long edge.


Next I painted water on both sides of the paper along the scored line. When it looked soaked through I carefully pulled the edge off. It magically tore away on the scored line.




When the paper dried I cut it in half, which makes two 4.25" x 5.5" cards.



Next up, DIY Embossed Cards here's the link to the tutorial again.

I made a stencil/template which is fancy talk for cutting a square out of a greeting card. Yes, I know it sounds simple enough but I'm terrible with a sharp blade and I especially lack Xacto knife skills.



Using the window as a lightbox I traced the inside edge of the square with a big fat wooden knitting needle.


 Ta-da, an embossed square.



The word "stencil" tickled a memory and in the kitchen drawer I found a package of baking stencils. I put the Xacto knife back in The Man's desk drawer. phew


 I positioned the stencil on the front side of the card, you know, the public side.



The stencil is under the paper and you're working on the inside of the card. This time I outlined the heart with a wooden crochet hook. See the multi-crafting theme here?



Ta-da, embossed like a Boss.



Psst, I'll be doing housework tomorrow. In addition to the chores on my To-Do list I'll have to corral the craft projects scattered throughout the house. Really.