This blog is a result of the spark my Aunt Martha ignited in me to CREATE! She said, "you must create is a gift and it would be a shame to waste it". "Two hours a day" she said...I balked. Does creating supper count? Stacks of brightly colored folded laundry? Nope. Trust me, I would LOVE to have two hours a day to create, and some days I have the time to, but mostly I find it hard to have two hours. However, I am committed to not waste the gift and the projects you see here are the product of my unleashed passion.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

It's been a good week. I never fail to marvel that God's GRACE is sufficient to meet our needs.

I missed showing a bead that, while not my favorite, is Reece's favorite and he chose to wear it everyday. It was supposed to look different...I messed it up, then changed it to cover my goof AND then burned it in the torch, but he likes it and I'm glad he does, so I'm showing it here!

My sweet Aunt Martha sent us this cute valentine's card:

She designed this card series and named them "Out of Bounds Angels". I love that title! It's time I gave a shout out to her blog Reconciliation, where she talks about the cards and regularly shares her musings and heart. She also sent me a vest pattern that is really neat and suits my body shape...I like the "b" view best and can see potential for creating something lovely.Love you, Aunt Martha!

Played around with some watercolor lettering using negative space letters. Nothing spectacular, but it's one of the ways I "played" this week. I liked doing it though and think it warrants some practice and perfecting.

Reece has been working on a woodcarving/burning project in Boy's Life Skills class at our homeschool co-op. It's coming along nicely, I think!

Knitted and felted I-cord, sewed it together and began embellishing it. Not finished yet, just still deciding on what to do to the bracelet next. Beads?

The clipboards I talked about making in an earlier post. Melanie, which one do you want? I was leaning towards the pink and brown one, but you tell me! Did you want a journal too or just the clipboard/pen?

And I finally got around to making one just for ME! Ward loved it and told me to put it in my Etsy shop when it opens, but I loved it too and decided it would be MINE. The color in the first pic is the true color...don't know what is up with the color in the second one.

Crocheted hand warmers. Had to make these up quickly because I knew I was going to be taking photos outside yesterday and couldn't find one of the other pair I made. They crocheted up in about an hour a half because I used bulky yarn and a big hook. Simple pattern if anyone is interested...let me know. They certainly helped yesterday in the frigid cold!
I bought a few cheap wool sweaters at thrift stores this week and following this tutorial from Betz White, came up with this:
The gray is an oh-so-soft cashmere felted sweater (and I hung the scrap in my blazer for the picture...heehee!). The green was merino and it felted up so luscious and thick...quite a bit thicker than the melton we used in class, Martha. The burgundy is actually from a rectangle I knitted, felted and cut. I really liked the end result...what do you think?

I know this is image heavy, but I wanted to show you everything I'd been up to. Now I have to send my camera off for repairs, so I may be absent for a bit...maybe all these pictures will hold you over. But just in case they don't, here is a picture I shot yesterday of my friend Shannon's new baby, Gabe. Shhhhh, don't tell her I did them...I snuck him off while she was teaching drama class and want to surprise her. Three different edits - which do you like best?