|Posted on January 6, 2011 at 11:56 PM||comments (1)|
I got the arms done! It took three tries, no tv, and to be alone while working but I finally got the arms of the bear done! I'll get a picture up tomorrow or day after.
I'm supposed to be visiting Recaptured Originals on Tuesday to drop off product for consignment. I’m very excited.
Recaptured Originals is a shop in Jeffersonville, Ohio. The owner, Claudia,shares a very similar mentality to myself. Recycled, repurposed, remade items are beautiful and needed in these commercial times. We buy and toss out and buy and toss out so many things. Our water is polluted, our soil is chemically treated to produce more food (that just goes to waste anyway), and our air is turning brown with smoke, smog, and fumes.
Claudia, along with her partner, has created a shop where people can go to purchase lovely artwork and everyday home and personal accessories made of recycled materials. As soon as her website is available, I’ll post it.
I’m also supposed to be meeting with another shop owner sometime soon. Pam operates The Mustard Seed Retreat and the Cline Plant Farm. She has transformed an old farmhouse into a classroom and writers day retreat.
I’m very excited about the opportunities I’ve been offered recently. It looks like I have some decisions to make in the near future. Up until just now I thought that I wanted to go to school and take up teaching, as in children’s education. I’ve always wanted to open my own store though. I want to teach art somehow. Mostly I want to teach art to adults.
Children have their own art inside. Adults, as they get older, forget their art. As if getting older lets all the creative leak out. Maybe that’s why we get wrinkles. Our creative leaks out leaving us a little baggy in places.
Good night all,
|Posted on January 5, 2011 at 11:35 PM||comments (0)|
I am yet to finish the teddy! This patteren is driving me crazy. I've knit the arms twice already and both times they've been incorrect. I'm going to have to start them over tomorrow and go on till they're done right, or at least done.
I'll get it right eventually.
|Posted on January 3, 2011 at 11:11 PM||comments (1)|
Happy New Year everyone!
I hope everyone's New Years weekend was awesome. Mine was. My cousin and her hubby came down, out of the blue and spent the weekend. We hung out and did stuff.
LOOKIE WHAT I"VE DONE!!!
I have to say that the patterns are a little confusing to me. I tend to like my patterns spelled out row by row. The patterns in The Knitted Teddy Bear are not spelled out row by row. Confuses me, might not confuse you.
My mom requested a teddy out of great-grandpa's sweater yarn, and I'm thinking I might make one for my great aunt, and my aunt as well, if there's enough yarn, which I don't think will be a problem. I've barely made a dent in my supply and there are still the front panels of the sweater I can take apart.
Have a great evening all!
|Posted on December 31, 2010 at 12:07 AM||comments (0)|
Within the last month or two my grandmother passed to me a sweater that was her father's. She had cut from one of the arms to make something for one of the teddy bears that she collects. Right then and there I knew that I'd be ripping this sweater apart for the yarn and reknitting it into a new teddy for grandma to sit somewhere in her house. The yarn is in an off-white color, acrylic, and very scratchy. I realized this evening that I can't use the original buttons from the sweater for eyes, though. They are made to look like leather and they have little X's on them. Don't want teddy to look like a dead cartoon character!
This afternoon I went off to the library in search of something fun tokeep my mind occupied. I found The Knitted Teddy by Sandra Polley. There are quite a few lovely bear patternsin this book and patterns for clothes for them. There is also a little historyon various teddies.
So far I've almost finished the sides of the head.
My yarn is smaller than the pattern calls for and the needles are only one size down. I'm hoping that it's not too far off. The pattern I'm using is "Robert". He's ultimately supposed to look like the bear on the cover.
So, I'm off to read some of my books.
Have a lovely evening everyone!
|Posted on December 30, 2010 at 1:58 AM||comments (0)|
There is so much going on in the world.
I look around and I see shapes, designs, ideas.... I look at groupings of leaves on plants. EVERYTHING is inspiration.
I am going to order this book:
Know that I will be reviewing it here.
That's all for tonight. I'm working on 14 things at the same time.
Looking to be inspired,
|Posted on December 29, 2010 at 12:02 AM||comments (1)|
As I told my mother today, the need to create something sometimes comes on like a sneeze. First it's a little itch, then a tickle, then you're holding your breath wondering when it's going to come.
You wait for the explosion and when nothing happens you're desperately trying to find something to urge it on. When I'm trying to find a creative outlet, usually I use one of my favorite web applications "StumbleUpon" and click the button like mad to see if anything hits me. In the last three days I've hit the button a total of who knows HOW many times. Though I've come up with a good deal of very wonderful sites, nothing has hit me like lightning to help my creative process.
On the other hand, here are some great sites that I've come across in my travels:
If you've never heard of StumbleUpon.com, I definately suggest taking a look.
|Posted on December 27, 2010 at 11:08 PM||comments (0)|
Here we go!
I've never written a blog before. It came as a suggestion from a dearfriend of mine, a very crafty lady herself, "You need to blog!"
I tried to avoid it, but here I am.
After looking at about a hundred thousand websites out there that seema lot more popular than mine, and seeing that they all have blogs, I've decidedto give it a go.
In future blogs you can expect to have a monthly (for now) crafttutorial, updates on products that I sell, product demos and reviews, andgeneral journaling.
For now, stay warm!