Saturday, November 29, 2008

On Ravelry

Hey fellow Ravelers! Over the past couple of days, I've been updating my Ravelry notebook, downloading info and pictures for all my past completed projects. You can find me here:

I'm a complete hooker and most often a threadie-- many thread, lace, beaded items, etc. Anything I've done in yarn is there too. It's an interesting and odd assortment of projects; everything from doilies to amulet bags to the famous Dr. Who scarf. So stop by, say hi, check out my notebook, friend me, whatever your fancy-- I'd love to hear from you.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Morning Prayer Collage

I've always collected poetry and prayers for my BOS, especially anything that is seasonal or nature related. I especially like Celtic poetry and prayers because of their rhythm.

Lately, I've been collecting prayers to say as part of my daily devotions; morning prayers, prayers for mid-day, evening and bedtime prayers. I decided that instead of just writing them down or printing pages of them for my BOS, I would create a collage for each group in my journal.

My current focus has been prayers that can be used to greet the morning and prepare for the beginning of the day, so I decided to use watercolor pencils to sketch a sunrise. I did layers of watercolor pencil mixed with regular colored pencil. Then I used water to soften the watercolor pencil lines, let the pages dry, and repeated that process a couple more times until I liked the look.

Since I wanted to fit as many prayers as possible on the 2 page spread, I typed the prayers on the computer and printed them out. Then I cut them apart and framed them with lightweight cardstock. Once I came up with a layout I liked, I pasted everything down. Then I used rubber stamps to embellish with little swirls and suns and to title the collage.

I like the look of the vibrant oranges, yellows and purples together-- the pages seem full of morning energy to me.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A Cozy Trade

I'm looking for crochet patterns for tea cozies. A friend and co-worker wants to arrange a trade with me-- an alpaca shawl for a crocheted tea cozy. I'm thinking perhaps it should be a nice tea set-- cozy, place mat, napkin ring, maybe a coaster for good measure-- to make it a fair trade.

Here are links I've found for free tea cozy patterns that I thought were cute:

Rosy Cozy

Scallop Tea Cozy
which is similar to the...

Foxglove Tea Cozy

Simple Teapot Cozy could be fancied up with some crocheted flowers

Inexpensive patterns:

Honey Bee Kitchen set

Crochet Garden Tea Cozy (the smaller picture, pattern with rose)

Now to see if any of these patterns are appealing to my friend, and onward from there...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Funky Faces

Experimenting more with stamps and polymer clay this weekend. Working on a new idea for a necklace. It could be a bit too strange for most people, but someone may like the concept. I'm having fun with it, at any rate.

I've strung the necklace a couple of different ways so far, still playing around with it, though. We'll see how it turns out.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Tarot and my *NEW* Esty Store

My tarot card for this moon cycle is The Empress (3). Little did I know just how appropriate this card was going to be when I drew it last January for my new year's spread.

Keywords/phrases from TP&S: mother, fruitfulness, healing, prosperity, creativity, productive action, abundance. Now is the time to express creative instincts in productive action; any kind of artistic endeavor will prosper.

Why is this card so perfect for me right now? Well, the new moon cycle began on October 28th and that's when I began putting together my listings for my **new** Etsy store, which is NOW OPEN!

I am never more content, balanced and focused than I am when I am creating. It is a meditation for me and a banquet for my senses. I love creating beautiful items and it has been a goal for the past year or so for me to create enough pretty, unique and useful things that I could open an Etsy store and share my creations with others who will hopefully enjoy them, too.

This week I've realized that goal and I'm excited! I'd love to have you visit my new shop and share the excitement with me.