EASTER AND BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS
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2w ago
Funny,  I never thought in a million years I'd be 68,  but this is what it looks like after a lot of hard work in the gym, Pilates, Intermittent Fasting and only 2 meals a day,  one of which is a big vegie/fruit salad. Seven pds. lost so far and going for at least 25 more. I feel like I'm never going to make it, and it's so hard not to give up. Plus I love food and I live to eat my ex tells me.  He on the other hands eats to live and has never has a weight problem. Ugg! Everyone tells me I hide it well, but only because of big blousy shirts. On another note, I can only rem ..read more
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 ANOTHER TRIP AROUND  THE MOON or is ...
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3w ago
 ANOTHER TRIP AROUND  THE MOON or is it around the sun? No really sure  but what I do know is I just finished another baby sweater from Alexandra at Two of Wands of Season 8 Knit Stars. I love this demo pattern she shows and I had some left over yarn  from another project, so why not try it again? The only bummer I encountered  was that I ran out of yarn when knitting the first sleeve. Oops!! So I went thru my stash and found another similar yarn from Malabrigo. But it was a slightly thinner structure and a slightly different color way. Nooo! So what ..read more
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A NEW HOBBY
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1M ago
EASTON'S AQUARIUM Back in November of 2023  I was visiting with my son and his wife admiring their aquariums,  especially Nicole's Freshwater one.   My son's is a Salt Water tank and too huge & difficult to manage. But I thought I might be able to try a Freshwater one on a much smaller scale. Tah Dah! So the kids set me up with a 10 gallon tank when I was visiting, putting in the dirt, rock and water. I left it with them so they could monitor the progress of it getting all settled in, and they brought it to me for my Xmas present, along with a few snails, shrimps, pla ..read more
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VINTAGE ON DISPLAY
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1M ago
I love my button boxes and sometimes I find real treasures. But for some reason I can't remember where this one came from. Was it on a card someone sent me? Or something I bought at an Antique Mall? Did I frame it with the white surround and then stitch around it? Sadly,  I have no clue. Aging sucks! Anyways, whoever sent it my way or wherever I found it,  I love this treasure which now hangs in my little house/studio entry alcove. I was just chatting with Nancy of Pomegranite Trail and she was telling me how she has saved all her Mother's sewing things  for many years ..read more
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XMAS IN SPRINGTIME
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1M ago
  I woke up to this surprise today when I opened the patio door. These gorgeous amaryllis blooms that must have been buds yesterday. I must admit they were partially hidden beneath some other leaves  that I pulled away to get this shot. What's funny is I don't remember planting this variety,  but I'm thrilled that I did. And usually my indoor amaryllis bloom at Xmas time, right?? Maybe this is a spring bloomer? But who cares, these would be lovely to capture in watercolor. One day. Ha ..read more
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ANOTHER SWEATER FOR MOLLY
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1M ago
KNIT STAR ALEXANDER TAVEL of  Two of Wands  created this sweater pattern for her Knit Stars Debut in Season 8. Her course is called the Duality of Knits and Crochet. So she demos her pattern in both styles of handwork. It has become one of my very favorite patterns to knit up. It looks a bit difficult in it's textural Andalusian Pattern Stitch, but it's super easy! I like it so much that I'm almost done with another one. Will I ever do an adult size of this pattern? Probably not because I'd be scared I wouldn't finish it. Baby/child size are more doable for me. In Season 8 of K ..read more
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COMING UP HEARTS
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1M ago
After seeing my recent post on watercolor and woven hearts, fiber artist Liz Ackert and dear blogger friend in Texas, wove one for her granddaughter's birthday. I sent her my little demo heart  (above left) I used to teach with, along with a piece of the background fabric middle) she had admired. And another blogger superstar and fiber artist Deborah Lacativa sent her  that gorgeous embroidered heart that she sells in her shop. I adore Deb's hearts so much that I've already purchased two. Plus Deb dyes her own embroidery threads that she calls "Dirty Threads" and ..read more
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FORGOT TO SHARE THIS
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1M ago
Easton's Baby Blanket I wanted to make sure my daughter Dani had input into the baby blanket  that I wanted to make for our little man, so I had her chose a pattern and the yarn. I knew she would never like what I would have chosen. Our tastes are very different so I played it safe. Both yarn and pattern were from Shelly Brander's Knitstars shop.  Have I talked about Knit Stars? Can't remember, but it is the most wonderful knitting/crochet store/community of famous knit stars from all over the world. And I mean really famous!! Every year Shelly and her very professional c ..read more
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AN ADD ON
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2M ago
One of you emailed  and asked if I had used an antique button on top of the pin cushion in the last post. As a matter of fact I did.   I honestly don't remember whose button box I found this bit of button treasure, my mom's,  my grandmothers (best guess) my husbands mother,  or perhaps a donated box from a past Principal at Whitney  by the name of Patti Hager. But the thin cardboard these are housed on is very old and worn, with thin rusty metal wire holding them on. I adore old finds like this  and try to make use of them rather then buying new.  My gu ..read more
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ON A ROLL
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2M ago
A CORINNE LAPIERRE KIT from French Needle or Loop London I just couldn't resist this delightful felt embroidery kit from Corinne's collection. I liked it so much that I also purchased another smaller one,  possibly even cuter,  for one of my Tuesday Nite gals, Aileen, who has been with me now for 4 years. She is still working on hers. Back seam side It came with wonderful color instructions, and also encourages you to add your own touches which I did. In fact,  I pretty much changed up the entire top here and a couple goodies on the sides. And recently I gifted it to Alyssa ..read more
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