Thursday, April 25
When we were done, I handed her a finished potholder and her smile said it all. She was proud of herself. Then she hands it back to me and says, "Here mom, I made my first potholder for you! Will you treasure it forever?" How sweet. And yes, I will treasure it forever. It's the simple gifts that are the best!
Tuesday, April 23
I went out and bought myself a handy dandy little yo-yo maker. Which I highly recommend so that said yo-yos don't become UFOs if you know what I mean. Some of them made sans handy dandy maker were starting to look pretty wonky!
So, what am I making you might wonder. Then again, you might not wonder, but I will tell you anyway. It is my lofty goal to make a wall quilt. Something similar to this, but not so big and notreally those colors. Hmmm, I guess the only similarity between that and the one I'm making is that they are both made of yo-yos. Good enough.
I am in a use what you have modus operandi as of late. Because I have found in going through my treasures ( see my last post) that I have many a crafty little bit to my name. I sure hope I still like these colors in say ten years, because that's how long it may take me to get this done!
Sunday, April 14
I have kept it no secret here on this blog that I strive to simplify my life. Constantly. These past weeks have found me going through all of our worldly, earthly, treasure, sh*t as my grandpa would say. We have too much stuff. Even after going through all of it, we still have too much stuff. But, now it is manageable. So, what I've learned from my time doing the sh*t shuffle is this:
* Having too much stuff is a big waste of time because 1) you are picking it up all. the. time. and 2) eventually you have to go through it when, let's say, you could be doing something productive like making a quilt.
* Kids don't need all their toys out at once. Put some of it up and then rotate the stock. They'll think they've gotten new stuff when you get out the packed away toys. There's only so much stuff I can pick up while singing a merry little clean up song before I start sounding like a sailor under my breath.
* Going through it all is a lot of work. Don't try to do it all in one day. However, leave no 'stone' unturned and then when you are done, go back and look under each 'stone' again. More stuff will be found that you can live without. Guaranteed.
* It's best to have time sans kids (especially when going through their stuff). If you can't, then turn on music, make a game of it, make a pile and when they are in bed stuff it into boxes and get it the heck out of the house before they wake up, find the boxes and intermingle all their stuff together again. Because it's always fun to go through the same stuff...twice.
* Don't strive for perfection (this is my downfall), let it be. Just let it be. Go with the flow and get done what you can. While cleaning one part of the house, inevitably another part(s) will get cluttered, messed up, etc. Take a deep breath and just let it be. Chances are this house will never grace the pages of a decorating magazine. Nor, is that really a goal of mine anyways.
* Lastly, and this might be the most important one of all, treat yourself to something when the work is done. Food is always a major motivating factor to me and so treats throughout the process kept the junk train going.
So, tell me are you in the midst of a spring clean out? If so, how's it going?
Saturday, April 6
there's new yarn in my basket! Yes indeed, I've gotten myself some Swan's Island fingering yarn in Spring Green (what else?) to start a little Peasy for mama.
Hoping you've got a fling a window open spring day in your neck of the woods too.
Friday, March 29
Tuesday, March 26
Lately, my workbasket has contained lighter weight projects, in anticipation of the arrival of spring. I'm saying this of course as the ground is covered with snow. The first is a little doily. It's from one of my Japanese crochet books (they have the loveliest patterns). I know doilies get a bad reputation, but I like them. Fashionable or not, my home will always be brimming with doilies. White or ecru are my favorites, but on occasion it's nice to bring out a little color. I've bought all my Japanese crochet books from here.these pillow shams in grey mist. Hmmm. I might have to splurge.
white. One can never have too many crocheted blankets, right? The ISBN numbers for these books are as follows:
Doily (which is actually a crocheted placemat) on page 21 is 978-4-8347-2837-8
Blanket (which is actually a bread basket cover) on page 52 is 978-4-415-10530-7