07 October 2015

You're invited!

Hello my friends!  It is time to shine up those boots, put on your prettiest stockings, and gussy up the old broom.  Hold on to your hats, because the best Witches Tea Party around has sent out this years invitation.  
I do hope you'll be able to join us for a wonderfully fun Witches Tea Party.  There will be treats, spells, magic and maybe a few tricks.  If you want to join in, click here to be transported to A Fanciful Twist so you can sign up.  I hope to see you there!

love & blessings

06 October 2015

october art...

October seems to be about art and creating this year. 

I joined in with Inktober this year. My drawings are little but it's a start.  I think my favorite so far is day 3.  The tree and mushrooms.  Although Day 2 - the little lady on the left, I was very upset with it at first as I'd made her face way too long, but I found a fix by adding a scarf.

 I've also been working on lots of little things for Halloween.  I started working on these little witch hats last month.  I've had the forms for several years but never did anything with them.  I think they are kind of cute.
The sun is out.  Finally.  It's so nice to see it and to not have so much rain. 

I think that's all for this little post.  Hope you are all having a wonderful day.  Are you working on any projects this month?

thanks for stopping by, 
love & blessings

03 October 2015

busy little bee...

 I've been staying pretty busy lately.  Lots of knitting and studio play.

 My Steelers Scoreboard KAL.  I've the first game and part of the second on the needles.  They don't play again until a week from Monday, so I'm hoping to be caught up.  I knit pretty slowly and my stitches get tight if I'm not paying attention.  It has taken me about seven hours of knitting to get that far.  Because of how slow I am and all the other things I'm doing, I've decided to hold off on the Heels scoreboard I was going to knit.  
 I found these little cork top bottles at Target the other day.  They were $1 each so I bought several.  I've already put two to use and I have plans for these two.
 My Halloween mantle decorations.  I'm pretty happy with it.  I tend to move things around and rearrange a lot during the season so we'll see if this gets tweaked.
 My new shoes!  I saw them used as a decoration at Mary's blog and fell in love with them.  The last time I was this crazy over a pair of shoes, I was never able to find them. So, I went on a mission.  I found these on sale at Kohl's website, plus I had coupons so they were pretty reasonable.  I never order shoes online.  I have a hard time finding shoes that fit comfortably, so I'm always afraid to go that route.  But I just had to have these, so I took a chance.  They came today and I tried them on right off.  They fit!  Plus they make me about 4 inches taller (which is great when you are as vertically challenged as I am!).   I also found a cream colored pair which I really, really want and am fighting with myself about ordering.
I've spent quite a bit of time in my studio the past several days.  I've played with paint, feathers, tulle, wood, glitter and clay.  I've been wanting to get my hands in clay for over a year.  Finally!  It felt really good.  I have several small things drying.  I am looking forward to being able to paint them and see how they turn out.

That girl up there.  I think she's finished.  The paint is still drying and I may put a sealant on it, but I think she's done.  (The picture is just a small portion of the piece.)  She's one of my faceless girls.  I've done a few things like that, where I leave the face blank.  She could be anyone or everyone.  I'll show her full picture soon.

It's still raining here.  Well, not right this second, but it has been raining every day.  I woke yesterday with aches and pains and was freezing.  I decided to keep myself home.  Today was even colder and I'm congested and my throat hurts.  Maybe walking in the rain is not such a good idea.  I hope to get back to walking tomorrow.

Well, I'm off to work on that scoreboard kal.  How's your weather?  Have you decorated for Halloween?

thanks for stopping by, 
love & blessings

30 September 2015

the joiner...

I've never really been a joiner.  Being socially awkward makes it kinda difficult to join in conversations.  The last few years, since I started going to The Red Thread Retreats, I've become a little better about joining things.  I've participated in lots of online classes, mostly art related.  And, of course, there are the blog parties.  

Now I've decided to try joining a knit along or KAL.  I learned about the scoreboard kal here from Vicki of knitorious.  I've been going back and forth about whether or not I should try it.  I commented on her last post where she showed us progress and she was sweet enough to get in touch and encourage me to try it.  So....

Yep, I'm joining in.  I'm a little late (it's week four for pro) but that's okay.
Reasons for joining: 
 1-it would make a great birthday or xmas gift for my Steelers obsessed brother, or I may keep it for myself!  Either way he'll get it next year since the season won't be over until after the holidays.  
 2-learning something new
 3-knitting is fun!
 4 (the biggest reason) - I need something to knit while I watch the games and I can't work on my shrug because it is purple.  I know, I know...crazy talk.  That's okay, SteelerNation will understand.  :-)

So, I've joined into that.  Then I thought, hey, what about the Heels?  I could make one for them too!  Yep, when I go in, I go ALL IN.  I'll also be knitting a UNC Tarheels scoreboard.  (Hopefully!)  I have the materials and I've already set up a project for it on Ravelry.  It would also make a great gift for my brother or my mum.  

Back to joining.  So, earlier today I saw on Instagram about this thing called Inktober. It's a month long challenge to draw (in ink!) something every day.  Well, I'm pretty sure I'm going to participate in this too.  I'd like to work on drawing and this sounds like a good thing.  I don't know if I'll post about that here or on Instagram.  

There are also lots of blog parties/challenges happening but I haven't joined any of those.  I'm saving up my Halloween ideas for a special party. (I hope it is happening this year as I wasn't able to participate last year.)  

So, yeah, I guess you could say I'm a joiner now.  haha!

Hope you're having a great week.  We have the sun peeking out today.  Haven't seen it in a week and there is more and more rain coming our way starting tonight.

I'm off to start my scoreboard.  Are you joining any fun challenges/parties/projects in October?  I'd love to hear about them. 

thanks for stopping by, 
love & blessings

ps...the first photo up top shows my yarns for the scoreboard projects, the second is my progress on my shrug, and the last is what my crazy crochet blanket looks like right now. xo

27 September 2015

rainy sunday...

Rainy.  That's been our weather for several days now.  I'm not complaining.  We need the rain, not as badly as others, but I'll take it.  Falling asleep with cool air blowing through the windows and the sound of raindrops.  Autumn goodness.

There's been apple desert.  I'm not sure if it should be considered a crumble, a pie or a whatchamacallit.  I used the failed biscuits as the bottom "crust".  Then filled the pan with my Grandmother's Apple Pie filling.  The topping is a sort of crumble.  It is really good, when warmed.

I made the soup that I mentioned two posts ago.  Oh. My. Goodness!  So very delicious!  I didn't have chorizo, so I used a local sausage.  I cut the recipe in half since it's just me.  It is wonderfully delicious and I highly recommend it.  The only thing I will do differently next time (and there will be many next times) is to cut back on the crushed red peppers.  

During a break in the rain this morning, I went out with my camera for a little macro play.  I love getting shots like that.  Seeing those tiny details brought out.  I'm thinking of taking a basic photography class.  With my social anxiety issues, I don't know if it is something I can do, but maybe I can gain the courage to try.

Today is the first day in eight days that I've not taken a walk.  Not a stroll, but a fast paced walk.  Some days when I walk, it is very hard to move and very hard to breathe.  Some days it is better.  I'm proud of myself for going when I get back and feel good that I'm making the effort.  But today...well, I may still make it out there today, but I'm feeling so icky that I just don't know.  Which leads to my feeling bad about myself.  Sort of.  

I've been doing this every day for a few weeks now.  I discovered it via Aine's blog.  It feels good when I say this.  It feels good when I think about it.  And on days like today, when I just can't do something I know I should, I don't feel so bad about myself as I would have in the past.  I don't beat myself up about things like this.  Which is a very good thing.

thanks for stopping by, 
love & blessings

ps...don't forget to take a peek at tonight's full blood moon & eclipse!  I'm hoping the clouds will part here so I can see it. xo

24 September 2015

I've got mail...

Actually, this mail came at the beginning of the month and I just realized I never shared here.  

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that one of my favorite people in the world is Vanessa of A Fanciful Twist.  I love everything about her blog and her work and have wanted to order something from her shop for a long time.  With Halloween approaching and the possibility of some Halloween Tea Parties, I decided to order a set of her labels. 

Actually, I ordered several different sets.  :-)

So, on a dreary and overcast Saturday my package arrived at my door.  I was sooo excited I can't even tell you.  I opened it right away and found this little note included.

 I must admit I was very curious and even more excited (if that is possible!).  So, I flipped over the big pack and found this!
I don't think I can describe the squeal that erupted from me.  I think it might have only been heard by dogs it was so loud and so high!  I started jumping up and down and dancing around.  When I finally stopped, I realized I had tears on my cheeks.  Yes, I was crying.

I've loved this drawing she did for ages and had wanted to order a print.  My all time favorite house, drawn by my all time favorite artist and favorite person!

So why was I crying, you ask?  Honestly, because I think this is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me.  I was so touched that Vanessa would think so kindly of me to send this to me.  It's just one more example of how wonderful a person she is.  

They were happy tears, I promise.  

If you've never visited her blog, click on that link up there and do it.  It is magical!  And be sure to check our her Etsy shop.  She has so many neat things to see.

I emailed her to thank her as soon as I calmed down.  But I just wanted to share here and say another great big Thank You, Vanessa!  I ♥ you!

thanks for stopping by, 
love & blessings

23 September 2015

Blessed Mabon

Hello Autumn, I'm so glad you're here!  I hope you are all having a wonderful Equinox, be it Autumn here or Spring for those on the other side of world.  I'm so glad that Autumn is here and I can enjoy spending time out of doors.  The heat of summer has said goodbye, mostly, and everything is turning up pumpkins!  :-)

I appreciate your comments on yesterdays post.  It means a lot to me.  I intend to keep coming here and sharing and hopefully you'll keep coming back.  

Since there was nothing to harvest in my own little garden, I went to two farmer's markets today.  First stop was the little one in the town I used to live in, my favorite.  I wasn't planning to purchase anything but ended up with a nice bunch of green beans and those four cute little white pumpkins on my mantle (first photo).  At the second market I found a couple of small pretty mums, and some pansies, plus more pumpkins.  If you hadn't noticed, I'm a bit of a pumpkin nut.  I tried growing my own a few years ago and but it was a big bust.  I've only grown one pumpkin successfully in all my growing years.  But that's okay.  So long as someone out there is growing them, I'll be buying them.  

Tonight's sunset was just stunning.  I really wish my photos were better.  It started out orange-y and turned sort of cotton candy pink. So pretty!

I haven't worked on my shrug in a few days, but I'm quite pleased with my progress.  I had to frog it twice.  The first time I realized that I'd somehow knit up the edging incorrectly.  Once I fixed that and was starting on the main part, I discovered somewhere at the beginning I'd added an extra stitch. So, rip, rip, rip again.  Now I've got the hang of it though and am moving along.  The next four days call for cold and rain, weather-wise, so knitting may be just the thing.  And soup.  I'm going to try this one that I've seen both Alicia and Amanda talk about.

How's the weather in your neck of the woods?  Is autumn making an appearance?

thanks for stopping by,