My introverted side has been in control for a while, but I’ve finally gotten to the point where I’m ready to share things again. It’s not like I haven’t been doing anything
My Cossack Poncho
The “Cossack” refers to the yarn –Sirdar, and free-to-me via someone else’s de-stashing. It’s a dark, blackish-blue with strands of pale turquoise and flecks of copper — great with jeans and got a lot wear in the last few months.
2015 Handmade Gift Extravaganza
This year, everyone on my list got one of these cowls.”Only” twelve in these pics — I made a total of 15, and all done (and blocked!) before they needed to be wrapped on the 24th. (pretty sure that’s a first for me…)
And last — but definitely not least — my new Schacht Flip Loom, a much hinted-for but still unexpected birthday gift from JayZee.
A close up of the on-loom project, a scarf in self-striping sock yarn warp with weft of solid blue fine fingering yarn. It’s done and off the loom now, waiting for me to get up the nerve to full it.
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant. If it did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. — Charlotte Bronte
Things have been a little rough for me the last couple of months, both physically and mentally. In the midst of the record-breaking snow this winter here in New England, I’ve had a frightening flare-up of a chronic medical condition, and our beloved 21-yeard old cat died of her own chronic condition. I’ve kept my head above water by continuing to make things, but feeling a little bit too vulnerable to share. I woke up this morning wanting to start sharing again, so I think I’m coming out of it.
There’s a light at the end of this tunnel.
See you soon.
Just over a month since my last post. Time to play catch up again.
- MoWriMo — I got bogged down my a nasty cold in the last ten days of the month, but I managed to keep up pretty well up to then. I’ve got the drafts of 3 and a half new chapters of my novel, a total of just over 10,000 new words. I’m happy with where the story went while I was getting there and I never once had to resort to typing nonsense to keep up my word count.
- Secret make-one-for-everybody gift project: I’ve completed 7 and am halfway through with the eighth. That means 4 more to go, and probably more like 5, as I’m not 100% happy with the way one of the 7 looks. Given my past history with this sort of thing, I’m absolutely on track for on-time completion.
Before I get another week behind, here’s my entries for the last 3 episodes:
Episode 4: In which Kat and Susi at Just Crafty Enough sent us suits made for Ken dolls to remake for our models. Here’s my before and after:
Episode 5: In which we designed a red carpet dress for Heidi Klum. I really liked the back of my dress, with twisted straps and draping that conceals a center back slit.
Episode 6: In which we design an alternative wedding gown (and something else for the reception, for bonus points.) My quick-change demure lace-skirted gown to flashy gold sheath dress was designed with my werewolf model in mind.
Coming up: Red carpet gowns designed to set off red carpet jewellery. I haven’t started yet. I could be in trouble if I don’t make some decisions and get moving on this one.
Even though I tried a lot of different things this month, mandalas will probably always be the thing I draw for concentration, meditation, for bringing myself to a place of safety and serenity. Here’s a some of the mandala ICADs I did in July — I dated many of them prominently because I was trying to keep track of the days when I really needed what they bring me.
Well, I’ve done it again, and now I need to do what I always do — catch back up again. I have been keeping up with my ICADs, but posting them? Not so much…
This is a set I did earlier in the month, playing with texture, and purposefully avoiding the use of black fine point markers and colored pencils (my go-to media.) Instead, the Necessary Roughness set includes lots of paint, stamping (including stamping directly from the pad), magazine page paste-up, and even a card I turned into a little loom and wove with bits of yarns and thread. I’ll have to admit the last is my favorite — it’s even go me thinking about doing some weaving on a larger scale (and drooling over looms.)
The cards from Thursday (Ker-Pow!) and Saturday (Arrows/Repeating Pattern) were definitely influenced by the helluva week I’ve had.
Both in my go-to/security blanket black fine-point marker and colored pencils — in the case of the Arrows, a different pencil for each.
Here’s the cards from the remainder of the week: Magenta Gingham (memories of a favorite dress from my childhood); M Is For Magenta Mandala (because I love the color too much to stop at just one); “89” (idea for repainted our mailbox, which is in dire need); Another At-Work Mandala (like I said, helluva week); Peek-a-boo Polka Dots (inspired by this quilt tutorial), and Rainbow Blanket (In which I decide to be an early adopter of week 4 theme). All fine-point marker and colored pencils except for the first set — two tones of magenta acrylic paint for both, white paint pen for the mandala.