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Latte Anyone???

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I’ve been so busy since I last wrote – as I said the flood gates have opened. I need to take more photos than what I’m posting here. I started making needle felted pin cushions that will be for sale. They could also be used for your favorite essential oil instead of being a pin cushion and it can beautifully freshen the air in your room! These are just the start and there will be many more to come for sure.

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I’ve also got a lot of jewelry in the works, both origami and some felted as well. I have tons of new stuff I’ve made that I do not have photos of yet and that is part of my goal for today – getting photos done and hopefully listing some things on Etsy…

 

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And I’m still getting ready for Artists in Action! I’m trying to decide what goes on display there, what goes back to the shop, what goes on Etsy, so on and so forth.

And it seems all my “surprise Subaru goody boxes” have reached their destinations and all my fellow Subaru owners were thankful for them and loved the contents. Always fun to play “Secret Santa” like that. #SubaruAmbassador #SubaruLove

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Artists in Action…

Annmarie Gardens Museum and Sculpture Gardens holds a program each year called Artists in Action where they host artists in the museum in “mobile studios” for various amounts of time so visitors can watch the artists and see their art and how they work. I have had the honor to be chosen as one of these artists this year.

From Jan 28-Feb7 I will set up a studio space in the museum and work on my art each day while visitors watch. (gulp) Kinda makes me feel like a zoo animal at the thought of it, but I’ll be “on display”, examples of my work will be on display and for sale, and I’m to answer questions.

This should be fun and yet at the same time it’s a bit daunting. Now to decide on exact projects to work on while there and get the supplies lined up and order any I need!

I hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday – this was a great Christmas present for me!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

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I have had the idea for the “tree” for roughly 4-5 years now. It was to be a display for an ornament show/sale and I never got around to using it, so I finally did it here at home.  No more waiting!

I also had to get a couple of projects done to get out in the mail. One to a flamingo lover who also loves anything sparkly –

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And the other one is for a baseball lover. I saw the ribbon a few days ago and immediately thought of baseballs and knew I had to somehow come up with a wreath for it.

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I hope both recipients enjoy them!

On the moving front, about 1-2 more trips in my Subaru Outback and I should have the storage unit cleaned out and be done with it! It’s just a matter of getting it all put away in the “attic” space off my studio and the work room downstairs. Once I get done with all that and get everything situated I can then get on to even more art work. And presently that consists of needle felting.

If all goes well I’ll be taking part in an Artists in Residence program at a local museum associated with the Smithsonian. Wish me luck!

 

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Challenge Day on Tour de Fleece…

So yesterday was to be a Challenge Day on Tour de Fleece (TdF) since it was also a Challenge on the Tour de France with them climbing mountains. Chain plying, or Navajo plying, has always scared me because it looked so involved and trying to control the yarn while you “chain” it, keep spinning, and so on – well, lets just say I think I know how Bambi felt in that scene where he went spinning across the ice with all four legs sprawled out!

Add to the confusion I’m a lefty so I don’t “see” things and comprehend them the same way sometimes. There are times they get turned around backwards and it may come out great, just backwards; and sometimes it just comes out jumbled! Semi-dyslexic lefty hazard. LOL

I persevered and for my first chain ply I don’t think it came out too bad. There is definitely room for improvement, but there always is, that’s life.

Now I have to get back to work and make a run to the thrift store to drop some things, pack more stuff for the move. I think a local move from house to house is more of a pain than moving long distance! And trust me, after moving around with the military for almost 25 years I’ve made my share of moves!!!

I’ll still get my “play time” each evening during the TdF to spin some each day but I do need to get things packed and ready to move into the new house.

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Tour de Fleece!

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It’s that time of year!!! Yes, I know the Tour de France is going on, but many avid spinners on Ravelry do our own bit of spinning and hold the “Tour de Fleece” at the same time.  This is my hmmmm, 3 or 4th time spinning along.  It’s a lot of fun, you see some gorgeous spinning done by others, lots of comradery, and just plane old fun.

I haven’t been able to spin as much as I would like to as I had joined in before we started the process of buying a house. So all those hours I saw ahead of me to be spent spinning away challenging myself are now slipping away going through things to send to the thrift store, pack, give away, whatever… sigh But I’m still putting in time at my beloved Kromski Minstrel wheel.

Some fiber-y progress so far –

 

 

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Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves…

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I am visiting my parents in FL (Gypsy, galivanting, traipsing all over) and brought some work with me from Maryland. My parent’s poodle, Rylee, has decided she like the ever so soft yarn… (In comes the thief) It has been a running battle to keep this away from her and she has managed to get it a couple of times and get it up onto her “hidey hole” with her treasures on the back of the sofa. No damage, no big deal, until this morning. LOL You see the aftermath above. I was in the shower, my Dad was running errands, and my Mom was doing a nebulizer treatment when Miss Rylee snuck the ball of yarn and my work thus far off to her treasure trove. Which would have been okay if the Amazon delivery man had not shown up! There was a strand of yarn wrapped around a leg while she went berserk running around the coffee table dragging yarn from pillar to post leaving a trail from up top of the sofa down the front of it, across the floor, around the coffee table and all over the living room until I could get it off her leg! Work is destroyed now so it had to be pulled out and the yarn is now pulled out and wrapped around what was left of the skein! When I get back home I will have to use my skein winder and put it into a cake. LOL

(Don’t think I’ll have any tramps in the post, sorry. LOL)

So, being down here and waiting on results on some medical tests for my Dad and such has made this trip a little stressful. Since I flew down I could not bring my spinning wheel – which I would have brought along had I driven down. That is such a nice rhythmic, hypnotic, “zen” experience and a wonderful stress reliver so I’m really missing that right now. Bright idea – check Google for someplace with spinning wheels to see if I could rent or come get some spinning time on one in a shop. Well, this area is not the best to try and find something like that! Finally found Fab Fibers online and they were already closed for the day, and would not be open again until Tues. but I sent an email through their contact anyway explaining the situation and that I really needed a “fiber fix” and some spinning time.

The owner is so amazing! She personally called me with in a couple hours of me sending that message!!! She is bringing her personal wheel into the shop this Tues for me to get some time spinning! Fiber folks are just the best!!!!

So I will be going to visit her sometime this Tues to get my spinning fix and some much needed stress relief before going home this Thurs.

Of course I have Tour de Fleece coming up and will be spinning my little heart out soon enough. Can’t wait for that event!

So, I’ve lost the battle with one project, will get some stress relief with some spinning wheel time, will probably buy supplies for a pair of gloves I want to start knitting and work on those on the flights home, and will see what I can work up during Tour de Fleece coming up…

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How Sweet It Is…

To be loved by you… Remember that old James Taylor song? Well, it’s true. While I’m wallowing in my misery of a summer cold and photo editing hades I received the sweetest note through my Etsy Shop from a former customer –
Hey Carrie
I was just going through my messages and came across yours. You’ll be happy to know the notebook cover you made for me is still going strong. I always receive a ton of compliments on it whenever I take it out. Thought you might like to know.
Thanks
A
Now mind you, she bought this FOUR year ago!!! I was so happy that she still loves it and still uses it! That was awesome music to this artist’s heart. So if you have ever thought about sending someone a note thanking them for something they made that you enjoy whether it is a few days or a few years later, please do so. A little piece of us goes into everything we make and we love to know it’s being enjoyed.