Month of LOVE…

So it’s February already…and Valentines day. I’ve been doing the things I love and a few things I don’t, LOL, but they tell me that’s being an adult.

I’d like to share a couple items I’ve been working on this month. Because I don’t have enough to do…insert hiccup here…I’ve decided to make monthly welcome sign for my front door. I have found that the wood or metal ones I usually have bang in the wind and drive the girls crazy because they think someone is knocking on the door. I don’t like driving my girls crazy…which drives me crazy, so I thought by making a new softer sign to match Tyler would be a great way to practice on stitches, felting and other techniques. Here is Tyler, our new door sign and what I learned.

Tyler comes from my Avon selling days. I think he is so cute. He comes dressed in warm winter clothes and I like to decorate him and he stands on the front porch, welcoming the neighbors home from work or coming to our door. I’ve actually had neighbors tell me how fun they think my front porch is and now they know I redo it every month…they look forward to seeing what’s next. This month of course he’s already to find his Valentine. I was hoping to find candy or flowers there this morning…LOL. No such luck.

Here is the door sign. I have a “welcome” that I will add to future signs, but it still needs to be painted and figure out how to hang it from the rod so every time I change the sign, it fits right. I am also thinking I will paint the dowel rod a dark brown. So there is more work fun and planning to be done.

I am trying to master my felt making into more even in thickness. I did really good with this one. I have a couple wrinkles, but will work on that. I added the hearts in the same way I would add an appliqué, during the felting process. I pre felted them slightly. I  used a cookie cutter for the shaping and hand felted with needles just enough to keep it’s shape and just enough for it to work into the felt background. They are nice and thick, with texture to give it a little pop. One heart has gold tinsel to add some bling to it. We LOVE bling.

Inside the house I have my celebration tree decorated and my swan filled with flowers. They add just enough decor to the house to keep it fun.

Here is a new hat. Remember my last one…OMGosh it was so hot to wear. Seriously I think I loose 10 pounds in sweat! every time I wear it. So this one is much lighter and even has some holes in it. You can’t really see them. I’m hoping this will help with the heat problem, however, I’m not sure the shape will hold up. So I’m still trying to figure that out. Reminds of something you would see at Hogwarts, LOL. But this is one of those items right now that “practice makes perfect” and someday I will have a nice hat.

I use merino roving in greenish blue with stripes purple. The green matches my jacket and of course I LOVE purple. I sprinkled in some silk roving…just love the way the felt itself turned out. The hat will take some getting used to.

So those are my creative adventures so far this month. I’m still working on my purse. The felt fabric I made for it is really thick so it’s been giving me a little trouble. I’m stubborn though and will figure something out. What has your creative adventures been lately? Do share. Remember you can always click on the photos to see a larger view.


Catching up

You can click on the photos below to get a better view.

Isn’t amazing at how time flies? I’ve been working on settling into my new home and feeling very comfortable and happy. I have been working for a temp agency to learn the area and build my resume and think I’m ready for a permanent job now. Fingers crossed the new year will put something in my lap.

The girls and I have been soaking up the lifestyle here…beach, mountains and TONS of walks and hikes. We are blessed to live within a small radius of 4 different dogs parks which we depended on at first, now only use them when we need a quick fix. The girls are VERY spoiled and deserve every bit of the spoiling.

With the job hunting we’ve been walking the local neighborhoods and making a list of companies to apply at…two birds as they say. It’s really giving the girls a workout (me too) because we do a lot of training. They are getting so good and LOTS of compliments from the people walking by. Makes a mama proud.

We do walk in the rain, LOL…not as much rain here as people want you to believe. Seen below is two parks we like and then me all wet on a REAL rain day. The photos of Summer in her favorite water hole in what we call cheater park. It’s down the street and see that hill…yep, when mama is lazy we go to cheater park and I throw the ball up that hill to run Summer. Randi loves to wander in those woods in the background. Everyone is happy. The other park is a long trail off to the side of a railroad track. The other side a beautiful brook that makes the most beautiful sound. This is actually our comfort hiking area. When things are tough…we go here for the spirit lift.

I’ve been filling my spare time with improving my felting and crocheting techniques. I’ve met a great group of women that meet every Wednesday at the local library and we work our yarn for about 3 hours, tons of laughs and help when I need it.

Here are a couple gifts I made. First up is a crocheted shawl I made for my Japanese sister, a crocheted shawl and nuno felted scarf. The two purple scarfs are nuno felted for Gypsy girl and Boy toy, then tango girl got the web scarf with silk sari and metallic threads running through. Last is for our countess who travels the world. It’s beautiful colors with felted strip running down the middle of chiffon. I had a lot of fun making these gifts for everyone.

I’m bringing back my celebration tree, only in small version. I’ve had this metal ornament tree for years and haven’t used it. SO…now it’s in use. Here is my January 2015 celebration with snowmen and icicles. I am looking forward to redecorating it every month this year.

I have my planner ready to go, my words for the year and feeling like life is good. Ready to get healthy, happy and moving. How about you?

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This week…

I’ve been working on this piece of fabric (bottom photo) to make a matching handbag to my cowl and hat. I will add the finished product soon! Need a refresher course on blogging, LOL. DO SOMETHING CREATIVE EVERYDAY!

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it all started with…

I really love being in my home. It’s a passion, comfort zone and I want it to be a sanctuary, my place to be safe, happy and in love with. So here’s what I’ve been working on.

Round one. It’s all started with a plastic tub and my table top water fountain I found in a box.

If you know me at all, you know my love for my girls. They are spoiled, but not rotten.

girlsI’ve had this glass bowl for their drinking water. They are so big I have to refill it at least two times a day. I’m lazy and so have been looking for something bigger. Here’s where the plastic tub comes in and the creative juices started flowing…kinda like my fountain. The girls LOVE running water, not sure… but probably the lab in them. The tub holds about 5 gallons-ish of water, but didn’t look pretty. I also needed an area to bring my plants into for the winter and so one thing lead to another and here is what I came up with.

Luckily I let the fountain sit in the water over night, because the next day there was floating pieces in the water. It’s the bowl crumbling, not made to sit in water. The whole thing is a unit so out it came and is sitting on my counter now.

We had enjoyed the water sound during the night and the girls loved drinking from the tub right away. So this idea couldn’t get stopped…NO! After research and thinking about it, I went out and bought a fish tank pump to recycle the water and it also keeps it smelling fresh and healthier for them. I added the gravel and a grow light over the top, those came from my garage. I was so excited after setting it up and the girls still loved it, I ran back to the garage and started digging into my garden boxes. I picked out all the stuff I LOVE and boxed up the rest for donation…2 boxes down and out with no hesitation. I brought in my few plants I’ve had on my patio to make sure everything fits and it’s just beautiful. We now have in indoor pond I call, the watering hole.

All this is arranged on the floor under the counter. It fits perfectly so no one will trip, it’s out of the way, BUT kind of in the center of the house. For me being an air sign, the sound of running water really relaxes and comforts me and the girls just love it. I’ve noticed a lot more potty breaks are needed, LOL. I add about a gallon of water a night before going to bed and all is well in the world.

Round two

While working on the pond I started looking around my apartment and decided it’s not exactly what I want. It’s not fully me yet. With my new life style I am trying to adopt fresh and raw foods twice a day. In the evening I’ll have a cooked meal. So that meant I needed a counter top herb garden right! I’ve been playing with sprouting and dehydrating and it was as simple as hanging my grow light under the cabinet, some old garden items that I LOVE, arranging a few plants and planting some seeds. Here’s what I have now.

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I am trying to use my most beloved things and donate what I’m not using anymore. I don’t want the clutter and memories of it anymore. I am new! Now this is where my Mom might have a cringe, but remember Mom…these are the things I love. Use it or donate it. I am making my home a home. One that makes me feel more than good.

First thing I did was lay down a door mat that I’ve never used. I love it though cause it says “live, love and laugh” on it. Three things I love to do. It will help protect the counter and although you can’t see the writing anymore, I know it’s there and bringing positive energy for my herbs.

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Second thing I did was to find a “pot” for my herbs. I’m starting with seeds I had, if they don’t grow I’ll get some plants later. ANYWAY…I have this stack of glass bowls. I am a dish collector like my grandmother and mother. A lot of the dishes I have are from them (makes it hard to “donate), including this Princess House bowl…my mother may be having a heart attack now.  This is the one bowl I can’t let go of. I’ve had it since I was young…like in my teens. My grandmother and mother started collecting Princess House for me and I still have some awesome pieces. However, I’ve actually only used this a couple times. Usually a huge holiday dinner, which I don’t see me having for a long time…so, use it or donate it. It is now my herb bowl which sits on a lazy suzan. Easy to spin! This makes me happy and it’s really beautiful! The tiny glasses behind are some fun glasses I’ve always loved and now growing avocados for me. We’ll give my Mom a minute to catch her breath.

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So now I’ve added my sprouting dish (it’s under the dome) my wheat grass, which I need to get a new one because this one is pretty used up now, orchids (one of my fav flowers) and arranged everything to make sure it all fits nicely in the space.

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All my plants were brought with me, ones I couldn’t leave behind for one reason or another. My chickadees are from my friend Anni, my christmas cactus blooms so beautiful and was huge. I still have my plumeria on the porch cause she’s just going crazy with blooms. I put my ti plant by the pond. I use it to make Hawaiian food for my boys at the holidays. These were plants that I couldn’t live without and prayed the snippets I took from the main plants would survive…they did and are doing so well. They are here to remind me I’m going to be ok.

 

I’ve hung some fun garden items to make it fun. It’s gotta be fun! You can see my dehydrator sure gets lots of action and just off to it’s side is my vita mix that also gets lots of action making my smoothies and now I’m learning soups. This is my happy, healthy counter. I LOVE this space. It makes me smile.

My girlfriend Gina runs a fun web site on up-cycling/recycling everyday items. I get a lot of great ideas and it’s fun sharing back and forth on her Facebook group. If you like to see what she does go to GinaZee.

Here is one of my projects I shared. During this sanctuary set up, I found an old container with candy sprinkles in it. I won’t be making cookies like that anymore and wanted a better way for my spices. Here is a simple up-cycle/recycle.

Basically I added some paper around the top…funny is about cupcakes. Wrote the spice name on top, and it now sits on the back of my stove. There are some really healthy spices out there and so I actually need another because I am a spice lover and this is just so handy. I have at least 6 more spices I would love to just grab and use.

I’ve asked Gina how I can get rid of all these belongings without dying inside and basically she said, love it or bless it to someone else. This project is really helping me in more ways than just getting my house the way I want it. It’s helping me grow, helping me part with cherished items of the past and giving me a chance to bless others, come out of some dark pain, and basically healing me from the inside out. This is my healing adventure. I’m far from done and I know this will take a couple more months and today… I’m ok with that.

Ah, the sound of the pond, deep breath and off for round three. I will get back to my office/art space. Hope you enjoyed the post. Usually they aren’t this long, but obviously I had a lot more to say, :) Here’s to our health, happiness and use it or donate it and recycle everything you can. Until next time, do something creative every day!

Site News and updates

NEWS:

First bit of news is… if you look over to your right, under “follow me” I have two new links. I am linking to the site photos and over time it will be fun to see all the beautiful things that come through the site. It’s set up now as a slide show. I will probably change that later as the photos grow. I plan on getting back to my site now, lots of things to do, lots of things to see and LOTS of things to share. I will be taking things slow, not like last time.

Second bit of news, under the photos link you will see a “Creative Vi Videos”. This link gives me so much joy, I just can’t tell you how happy I was to find these videos. These are all the videos I had on my web site last year before the big crash. My heart sings that they are not lost. I hope to start adding to them again. I have some fun ideas and adventures to share in the future. So with that said I’m going to share one of my most favorite of all times…I just LOVE this little girl. Destiny, take it away…

If you like what you see, please comment.

Feeling red…short and sweet

I am not sure if I feel red because another job interview went wrong or I am just really liking red today? No matter, I’ve had fun creating some red and feeling better about life now.

I started with an easy dye bath of red dye. After I soak my silk scarf in some vinegar water, I lay it nicely into the dye bath and try to get all the air bubbles out. I put it in the microwave for about 4 minutes, bring it out and turn my fabric. I am hoping this will create a better and more even dying on the fabric and not have light splotches. That will come later. I returned the container back to the microwave for another 4 minutes. When done, I took it out and set it aside to let it cool down for a while. BUT, being me…I couldn’t wait or stop there. So I removed the scarf and placed it in a glass jar to finish cooling and put in my next victim…I mean scarf. :) While that was in the microwave I decided I wanted an orange one too…might as well, right? I don’t think I mixed in enough yellow or maybe the red was still to strong because I got this bright red instead, pretty though.

Looks like I will need more practice mixing and making my colors and think I might go get me a few yards of practice silk at the fabric store to play with. I’m still trying to decide which type of dye I like best and what method of dying I like best AND well, you KNOW I’m having fun playing.

Where’s my next victim…I MEAN SCARF!

Spring in Everett WA

I am so happy to be back by the ocean. Some days I can’t believe I spent so much time away from it. It’s my place on good days, bad days and everything in between. I can walk and talk with God. I come home comforted and at peace. I love to watch my girls run and play…they think it’s all about them, LOL. It is a great way to burn their energy for sure.

This is a digital page I made for an online art class I’m taking. I was trying to do some fiber work that didn’t work out…that sometimes happens in the art world. I won’t elaborate because I do plan on trying it again, it’s a great idea and I will share it later.

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