Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WOYWW 300! Live Long and Prosper!

A hour ago there was nothing on my desk.
My plan was to show you an empty desk, and ask for your prayers as I prepare to enter into a time of silent retreat.
I decided last week to use this title, and then we got the news that Mr. Spoke was beamed up for the last time!
Then Suzanne sent me this weeks files.

Only for you dead deskers- raw photo, unglued unposed- my crafters soul laid bare on my desk!
May it be so for us all!

All these files are ON SALE- tho I heard the site has crashed ! 

Poetry Journal Monthly
don't come hungry!

Could be finished cards will appear Thursday!
The small neat pile of stuff middle right is the beginning what I need to take with me to taping three segments of Craft Corner, a local TV spot.

Forgive me if my visiting is sparse for the nest few weeks.

Comments and Questions welcomed!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Poetry Journal Monthly March 2015- Strawberries - T is for Tuesday

Poetry Journal Monthly 
is a place to share and enjoy poetry, poets, creative journaling and each other.
PJM has moved herself over to RainbowWeaves in honor of simplicity.
Guidelines are here.
Please join me in bringing more poetry, color, creativity and journaling into our world.
Give Mr Linky, below, some love and leave a comment for  a prize drawing of a
Quietfire Design rubber stamp.
This poem was copied from memory after a 30 day silent retreat.
I'm about to go back into silence as the earth is coming out of hers.

I was planning on re journaling this page, and it didn't happen, and so dear readers, please share with the poetry you have- it doesn't have to be fancy or right.
You want to share it and I want to read it!

Strawberries

Strawberries are too delicate to be picked by machine.
The perfectly ripe ones bruise at even too heavy a human touch.
And then I understood one day, that every strawberry I had ever eaten
Every piece of fruit
had been picked by callus human hands.
Every piece of bread
Every drop of wine
represents someones knees
Someones aching back and hips
Someone with a bandana on her arm to wipe away the sweat.
We cannot get away from the truth
that the only way we can live
Is to feed one another.

Alison Luterman

Strawberries are in season from Florida and so far this year are sweet and succulent!
My drink is a cranberry sour cherry juice, tart and refreshing.
I probably wouldn't pair them and it made a good photo!
Link up with other drinks and eats at
T is for Tuesday

Comments and Questions Always Welcomed

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hearts in spite of myself -My Religion is Kindness-RAK winners and more.......

DT sister Bad Sherry suggested I use my Chickenwire from MD Craft and Hobby in a frame.
 I've been pulling out piles and reorganizing and getting rid of a lot of stuff!

Materials and Supplies
Instructions
  • Clean frame and remove backing.
  • Cover backing with embossed paper.
  • Cut chickenwire to size and place in frame opening overlapping the frame just a bit.
  • Replace backing.
  • Cut "kindness" from the Silhouette file
  • Glue in a few places on the chicken wire.
  • Admire!

WhenI make a new structure I like to make a sample first, out of whatever paper I have laying around.
Not so with digital cutting. Cameo requires quality paper.
This was bumming me out as I was wasting a lot of expensive paper on samples and design ideas and mess-ups!
My clean out uncovered lots of good paper that who knows how it got here, and I've never used it as I don't like it very much, and I now have a very respectable pile of paper for "dummies".
The down side is this could justify buying paper stacks with patterns that don't especially appeal to me!

I said I was sick of hearts and I am not saving the bits left from this cut!

The set and the back of the card, with double sided gold paper I have been saving for a dogs age!
 Front of the card
 The favor box and tag.
I couldn't decide about the heart embellishment
 2 hearts?
 or 4?
RAK! Leave me a comment and I'll send you the box.
(I'll pick one commenter)
 Stamp storage ideas!
A funny thing happened on the way to the stamps.
The box got full of stuff!
I need a label that says stuff!

Lots more on the files and mat shots at

RAK winners from last week are
Gail
JudyKnits
Mboykin
Send me an email( in my google profile) with your mailing info, and which card you would like.

Comments and Questions Welcomed!









WOYWW 299 -Decisions, Decisions!

Anyone else feeling 299 pressure?
My brain is frozen!
It is not in my plan to live where it can be 0F
and white stuff is more than a fleeting photo op.

I remember standing in the Hardware Store in September and talking myself out of buying bulbs to force 
as I am cheap
as they were expensive.
Today...worth every penny and interest spent!

The desk is littered with this weeks new Quietfire Design cut files and frozen brain is having difficulty making choices.
Please come back on Thursday for the exciting conclusion!
and
winners of last weeks RAK( envies are peaking out far right) and this weeks RAK op!
( if you decide to leave a comment it could be you)
I'm in a RAK mood.

Still clearing out, and found an old tape dispenser with nothing in it and thought myself brill to fill it with a washi tape I use for random taping.

Brave Girl cards- make some- give some away! 
Be Brave!

An idea ahead of it's time?
Where has the month gone?
Post now or meditate on it for next month.
Oh decision, decisions.

I've decided to stop rambling on and hop around the world through desking!

Comments and Questions Always Welcomed!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

15 minute wonders- Spring Doily Cards- RAK Giveaway!

Set your timers!
Details on Quietfire Creations!
Leave a comment here and I'll send one of the cards to three random commenters.
All files available at


Tulip
Shamrock

Are the screen shots helpful?
What do you want to know about using digital files and cutters?
Remember to leave a comment for a RAK!

 Comments and Questions always welcomed!



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Thinking of you! Bernat Mega Bulky Yarn Crochet Bag

One of the highlights of CHA is the Prime Publishing event that brings together bloggers and suppliers, for food, drink, fellowship and SWAG!
This year the product packages were mailed to us.

I got one (count them 1) skein of
 Bernat Mega Bulky yarn.
Points for an informative label
I almost never use acrylic yarns.
I was bemoaning this to my DT sisters, who reminded  me, it's not
all about me!

Can you smell the wood burning?
Thinking cap on!
the hand feel and knitablility of the yarn was much more pleasing than I expected
and I still wouldn't want to wear, or suggest anyone knitting a thinking cap, or anything else to wear, out of it.
And remember, only 1 skein.

Hence, the bag!
Flowers by Little B- also from the Prime Event.

I found a  free pattern, online on the Yarnspirations site that called for 3 skeins, so I just left out a few rows.

Materials and Supplies

  • One skein Bernat Mega Bulky Yarn.
  • 15mm crochet hook, or hook that will give you the gauge .
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
  • Stitch marker
  • Little B flowers, lace, gemstone for embellishment -optional
Instructions

 Size U.S. N/15 (10 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
ABBREVIATIONS: 
Sp(s) = Space(s)
Approx = Approximately Ch = Chain(s)Rep = Repeat
Rnd(s) = Round(s) Sc = Single crochet Sl st = Slip stitch 
GAUGE
6 sc and 6 rows = 4” [10 cm].
INSTRUCTIONS
Ch 2.
1st rnd: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st in first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st in first sc. 12 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 18 sc.
4th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 24 sc.
5th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 30 sc.
6th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 4 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 36 sc.
Next rnd: Ch 1. Working into both loops, 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st in first sc.
Rep last rnd until work is the size you want,
. Do not fasten off.
Handles: 1st rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 9 (12-15) sc. Ch 6. Skip next 6 sc.1 sc in each of next 18 (24-30) sc. Ch 6. Skip next 6 sc. 1 sc in each of next 9 (12-15) sc. Join with sl st in first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 9 (12- 15) sc. 10 sc in next ch-6 sp. 1 sc in each of next 18 (24-30) sc. 10 sc in next ch-6 sp. 1 sc in each of next 9 (12-15) sc. Join with sl st to first sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off. 56 (68-80) sc.

Add some Little B flowers or other embellishments by sewing them on with the thread yo use to create the flowers.
All you do to make the Little B flowers, is pull the thread!
I dyed these with ink on my craft sheet and added a piece of lace and a diamond.

Using a 15mm hook, I had this much left over.
Maybe I wouldn't use this bag, and yes, dear readers, this is for you!
This is an easy crochet project if you are comfortable with single crochet and increasing and decreasing.

I have another idea coming soon with another product I would "never" use- so please visit often.

Comments and Questions always welcomed!

WOYWW #298- Confetti Confession

Not much.
I'm sick of hearts, not the same as heart sick, so did a tidy.
Lovely swap envie!
I'm doing a weekly cuts post on Quietfire Creations and here are the makings of the newest files!
I love confetti!
These cards will be 15 minute wonders, so look for details on Thursday.

Swaps!
I love them!
Valentines!

Now you know what's on mine, so what's on yours?
Comments and Questions Welcomed?