Well, I never would have believed you, had you told me that I could write enough to fill a journal, let alone multiple. This morning as I was cramming my writing on the last bit of pages, I couldn't believe that I was closing in on another one. It began earnestly in 2000 while reading the book The Artists Way by Julia Cameron, as a daily assignment. I've since attempted to give it up, but really it is like giving up breathing for the soul. I never really thought that I had that much to say, but apparently I have a ton of jabbering going on in my mind that needs to get out. I have experimented with different styles of journaling, art journals and such, but I am finding that I really just need to dump what is on my mind and be done with it. I save the Art Journal pages for more arty things now, just something to create in. I just can't tell you how much journaling has changed my life, and I applaud every teacher and class that encourages students to speak their mind and thoughts and feelings on paper. But, of course, and this is a big BUT, I also believe that these pages should only be shared at the discretion of the student. I seriously encourage anyone to read the book The Artists Way and do the assignments, you can do it on your own, or find a group, I have done both, and every time I do it, I gain something from it. And it's not just for artists, it truly applies to everyone that is a bit stuck and wanting to make some changes in any facet of their life. It's a real eye opener. Be brave and jump in, it's an amazing ride finding out what really makes you, well, you! And I already know that you are amazing! It's gonna be SO worth it!
was our guild stitchin' day. Each month we have an open stitchin' day, to
gather and work and visit and share. It's a great time to get to know
others, meeting times are just too busy to really visit. I always
struggle with getting some handwork together and my machine being upstairs, I
really don't like the idea of toting it down very often. I have been wanting
to make yo yo's, for no particular reason, and happened upon the Yo Yo Maker by
Clover. It sounded too good to be true. Okay, now add to the fact
that I had a box FULL of squares already cut that fit the maker, I was ready to
go. I got started slowly, but it got easy real fast. I might be
addicted, at least until that box is empty. It's so bad that I was making
yo yo's in the car as O'Lydia was driving yesterday afternoon, and she doesn't
even have her official license yet! Bad Mom or addicted yo yo maker, I
ask you! So I would definately say, if you like yo yo's, you gotta get you one of those makers by Clover! And to make it a bonus day, Susan P. came in with things to offer and I snatched up 2 pieces of patchwork that are just yummy lovely. Simple squares of bright florals and stripes all stitched together, I am a happy camper. I've also been working on a string quilt from a workshop months ago, I'm down to the borders now.
Hope that you find joy in the simplest pleasures today.
I would love to tell you that I have been up to something amazing, but I am in a sugar coma, and haven't done anything exciting. We made Sticky Popcorn last night, and it turns out that I have no self control when I pass that huge bowl on the counter, hence the sugar coma. So just in case you are in need of a day off, I'll share the recipe.
5 quarts popped popcorn, with unpopped kernels removed
1 cup butter
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups miniature marshmallows
2 cups nuts
1 cup M & M's or Reese's Pieces
In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, bring butter, sugar, corn syrup and salt to a boil for 3 minutes;stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and add vanilla, careful, it boils up a bit. Then mix in the marshmallows until melted.
With popcorn in a very large bowl, pour mixture over it and then sprinkle on the nuts and M & M's, and stir like crazy until well combined. Eat from the bowl, or make into popcorn balls.
Then sit around with that sugar haze looking at everything wondering, "should I take a picture of that and post it." I answered, yes. Here's a snap of the sticky popcorn and some vintage goodness around the house.
When I woke up this morning and saw fog, I was in awe. I love photos that you can only capture in it, the haze, the romance, the mystery. Many of my favorite photos are in fog, along with some that I shot around the house.
These are just some of the images that made me fall in love with our property. I am a country girl who married a city boy. In his attempt to please me in every way, he agreed to move to the country, "IF we could find enough land, close by, at a fair price." Yikes! But I NEEDED elbow room, I would search until I found it. I must admit that I was wearing out, when he came home one day and said that he had heard of some land for sale that we should look at. It wasn't as far out as I had wanted, I had grown used to the solitude of a commute through the countryside every day growing up, but it fit his requirements. I had been reading some Rosalind Pilcher books at the time and they name every property in England, so I declared that we needed to name our property, and Settlers Peace was born. We settled into peace, with our mailbox across the street in the city limits and my arms streched wide enough to spin in glee. So while I often want this to be a crafty blog, it's really a creative blog about my heart, and home is a huge part of it. I hope that you can enjoy it as well. Have a blessed day!
There are some major advantages to knowing celebrity quilters and how and when they liquidate their stash. Becky Goldsmith lives in my town and word gets out when she donates her trimmings for the church garage sale. I headed over there early and made it out with a stack of fabric, mainly plaids, that I am excited about using soon. They just make me think of summer, and my Savannah is a plaid lover. She is already trying to lay claim to some of them.
I haven't really been able to get in the swing of anything, but had signed up for an inchie swap and did manage to get those done. They will be mailed off to exchange and I should have the new batch back in time for the 4th of July.
I am already working on another doll quilt, but I must say that I am getting a bit distracted by that new pile of fabrics. The good news is, they do finish up quickly and I can get to them before long.
Hope that you are withstanding the winds lately. If they'd just get down to 20-25 MPH I may be able to get some weeds killed. But at this point, I'm afraid that I'd be doing damage in Oklahoma!
I'm still trying to adapt to the changes to typepad. I think that in many ways it's going to be easier, but by now you know that I don't like spending my time learning computer skills. So far, I'm managing, and hopefully they don't make changes to frequently. I am truly loving the motivations that blogging gives me to finish projects. It's worth the adjustments with the computer. Enjoy your day!
It seems that I haven't had time to do anything, and yet I have finished two doll quilts! I have only had a few minutes at a time to sew and it all came together into a finished project. And I find that amazing. I have a tendency to tell myself that I need huge blocks of time to be able to get anything done, and it's just not true. I had delusions of hand quilting my little traditional doll quilt, I barely had one basket quilted and had such hand cramps the next morning that I ripped it all out and did it on the machine. I really just wanted it done and decided to go for the ditch. I heard my friend Peggy ranting in my ear the entire time "If your going to quilt in the ditch,at least get close to the ditch!" Not a relaxing thought as I was sewing, but I forged on and got it done.
What it really did was inspire me to try a more freeform project, and I got right on that. It was great to actually try out some of the ideas that I had while sewing the traditional way, and get me back in my grove.
I think that the binding kind of kills the contemporary look of the quilt, but I'm not changing it. To give you an idea of the tiny size of the pieces of pink fabric, the entire band is 3" wide.
All of that fabric that I have, and I enjoy sewing out of the trash the most! Hope that you are enjoying the little bits of your days. The little moments and pieces of our days all grow to become what we call life, enjoy and embrace them!