Monday, February 23, 2015

Scrap Happy

Diagonal Diamonds
Since it was cold and snowy last week, I took refuge in the sewing room to play. I didn't want to spend a lot of time designing, so I dipped into my boxes of cut scraps and started stitching. What fun it was to let the designs come without a particular result in mind.

The first little quilt, Diagonal Diamonds, started with 2 1/2” strips, cut into sixty degree diamonds. The bright colors are bordered by snowy white. I'll find another colorful print for the back and binding.
Morning Meditation

This table mat was super quick to make. I used 3 1/2” strips and only three colors in muted green and gold. Morning Meditation will look pretty on my dining room table.

Crayon Box is another colorful mix made up of 2 1/2” strips and 5 1/2” squares. The sewing went fairly quickly but it took longer to lay out the blocks and balance the colors. 

Crayon Box

After all that creative crafting, I was inspired to put everything away and clean up the sewing room. I sorted magazines and clipped articles to keep in my idea notebook. There are still plenty of scraps left for another week or two of wild and crazy sewing. I thoroughly enjoyed my snow days/sewing retreat. And, by the way, I did get a bowl or two of snow cream!

Creativity is messy,
and I am very creative!

Sewing is cheaper than therapy!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Snow Day

I'm impatiently waiting to see the 6" to 10" of snow that the weather dummies predicted for today.  So far there's about an inch of ice pellets with another inch of snow on top of that.  Lately it seems they always get whipped into a weather frenzy and over-predict.  I hope there's at least enough for snow cream! 

Woodland Retreat
While I wait, what to do on a snow day?  Hot coffee, of course, and read the hilarious book that I started yesterday.  Monday is usually housecleaning day but since it looks pretty good, a few hours in the sewing room sounds like more fun. 

Vanilla Cream Lace
Although today I'm wearing a warm flannel shirt, I did finish two crochet vests this month.  I love the blended, almost camo look of Woodland Retreat.  The light and airy Vanilla Cream Lace went fairly quickly.  

I'll never outgrow the excitement 
of looking out my window 
and seeing falling snow.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Seek Your Passion

passion [pash-uh n]

: any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling
: strong amorous feeling or desire; love; ardor
: an intense enthusiasm or desire for anything
: the object of such a fondness or desire

Passion is powerful. Passion is the energy that drives us to achieve. It causes our eyes to light up and our faces to glow with anticipation.

Be passionate about life. Find love and revel in it. Indulge in hobbies, activities, people and surroundings that bring joy. Tackle projects with enthusiasm. Seek knowledge, creativity, and beauty in ordinary settings to inspire happiness.

Dare to dream, dare to imagine the possibilities of living a life full of passion.

Anything that gets your blood racing
 is probably worth doing.” 
~Hunter S. Thompson

One person with passion 
 is better than forty people merely interested.” 

Every single day, do something
 that makes your heart sing.” 
~Marcia Wieder