Friday, August 22, 2014

Another quote to share

Tales from a happy house.: About Me: ..."learning from my mistakes and trying my best as I go"
I hope that I remember this from Gillian, as I embrace the challenges and celebrations of life.

I love reading these quotes. So true.

GraceLinBlog: fortune cookie friday: "Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." - Buddha

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mandala update

I've continued to use up my yarn by crocheting mandalas, discovering different patterns and color combinations.  My next step is to find a layout to display them.

I've been waiting to see how Lucy at Attic24 will be displaying all the mandalas she has received (as of today, she has loaded photos of 1,190 on her pinterest board. Wow!) at Yarndale 2014.  Will she hang them?  Will she attach them to the wall(s)?  Will the cover the workshop tables?  Will they be part of the outdoor yarn bombing?

For now, I am planning to attach my mandalas to this artist's canvas and fill in the extra spaces with some sort of crocheted flowers.  Do you have any suggestions?

I hope you are happily crafting too!

Monday, August 18, 2014

On my Wall

"On my Wall" for today is by another of my favorite artists, my Aunt Donna.  She painted this when she found out I was engaged, so I would have something to hang in my new home.  This is the third house it has hung in.  I love the colors and her mixture of watercolors and pastels.

Aunt Donna was a wonderful artist, crafter, mom, and listener.  We had lovely discussions about my hopes for my daughter and understanding how to raise my son (She had four sons and I came from a family of daughters).  She frequently told me, "Find what you think and feel.  You're smart and can make the right decision."  This is in my thoughts for many aspects of my life ... marriage, parenthood, careers, where to live, how to find something to enjoy.  Missing you Auntie Donna.   Thanks for all the inspiration.

Monday, August 11, 2014

On My Wall 8/11/14

This is another piece by my daughter.  She made this in her high school ceramics class.  She was inspired by Spring and chose a photograph of cherry blossoms by a lake.  This piece inspires me to use unusual color choices.

Friday, August 8, 2014

upcycling for my garden

In the spirit of Finish-it-Friday,  I completed a project for my garden.  I wanted to make a few shiny accents to place along my garden path, to add some interest and distract from my transitioning plants and plants thinning at the end of their season.  I saw a bunch of upcycling projects on pinterest.  I like the mosaic gazing balls, the glass totems and the colorful hanging pendants and chandeliers.  You can see my inspirations here 

I decided to use an old ceramic vase, some spray paint, heavy duty glue and pennies.  Simple materials, simple project.  Hahaha!  You may have seen the below photo in Sunday Snippets post, months ago.  I used E6000 glue to adhere the pennies to my painted vase.  That went so slowly that I only completed a few rows and stopped working on the project.

I had used the liquid glue, thinking that it would be able to stand up to all the moisture in the garden.  I switched to using my glue gun, to speed the process along and finish.  Let's hope it holds!

I'm glad that this one is completed.  I have a couple of other ceramic vases that need to be recycled and a bunch of leftover pennies, so I hope to make more of these.  

I guess the lesson for today is do what it takes to get the project done.  What projects have you recently completed?  Please share your ideas with me.

Happy crafting and have a wonderful weekend.