Sunday, May 22, 2016

merrily we roll along

do you look at your blog stats? I sometimes do ... and this morning I did. I usually have a couple hundred views each day. But yesterday on this sad neglected blog, on a Saturday, I had 948 page views! WOW! I don't know how many were real flesh and blood people and how many were "bots" but good heavens! Probably four real people and 944 robots bwahahhahaha. Truly, thank you for still looking in here ... 

still no word of reply from my swap partner ... I have begun to wonder if I am invisible ...

c'est la vie. tra la tra la.

in other startling news ... I've started Pilates. I finished my PT for my scoliosis and my spine specialist recommended I follow it with Pilates. It's akin to torture, in case you didn't know LOL. PSA: do not wait until you're in your sixties to exercise and take care of yourself. no sirree!

with all this falling apart and nursing my back, I've returned to working on my family tree again and I'm reading more and watching way too much election coverage. I keep hoping my crafty mojo will return but between a creaky crackly back and the disappointment of the swap, I haven't been able to muster any enthusiasm or inspiration. WAH! 

I can be found (infrequently posting) on Instagram. Love the freedom of it, post a pic, write a line, done. So many bloggers I thought had disappeared are there, posting great stuff. Dive in, the waters fine! 

Happy trails to you until we meet again here, dear Bots and Humans! xoxo

Thursday, May 5, 2016

open letter to my Swap Partner who has gone *poof*

Dear swap partner o'mine ... yoohoo ... yodel-lady-who ... have you been waylaid by a band of hooligans, or fallen off the planet?

Perhaps you've had a bout of amnesia and forgotten me?

It's been four months since I've heard from you.

I wrote you again, it's been one month ago now and still no word of reply from you.

This makes me so sad and confused.  I have waited patiently. I don't understand. At all.

Do you know I can see you on Facebook and Etsy? 

From what you told me in January, I was worrying about you - so I'm glad to see that you are doing fine ... so how about sending me an email and letting me know what's up?

Saturday, March 12, 2016

missing you

I miss you guys! Hope all is well with you. I'm just hanging out over here, being a couch potato for the most part. Getting very little done these days, my back hurts all day, every day. OUCH. Physical Therapy has not helped - and possibly made it worse (I have curvature issues) ARGH - my PT is having me take two weeks off and then we'll review. My spine doctor has begun to mutter the possibility of surgery to me. No no no! WAH. 

March 10th was five years since my Dad passed away. Grief and loss are such strange and somewhat indescribable things. I feel as though I've been walking through a fog ... slowly, feeling my way, waiting for the mist to clear. The sun breaks through more often now but there will always be an ache and a longing. 

My cousin emailed me this week that she and her sister were going to have a hospice evaluation for their mom this week. I just wept, reading her email. Aunt Emily is the last of our parents, the last who will love us unconditionally and the last keeper of our collective family memories. We are a small family and a family that was never close. I have struggled since my dad passed away, to make connections where there were none.

(my mom, gone nearly 20 years now, is in the middle of the photo and my aunt Emily is the one on the right end)

My brother has been gone more than 20 years now. We feel his presence in his daughters and now his grandson, who bears a bit of a resemblance to him and that warms our hearts and lifts our spirits. We are all connected, part of a continuum.

This week I had an overwhelming sense that I should google a friend of mine who I hadn't heard from the past few years. Linda and I had been friends in the early 80's. We had met at a needlework store we both frequented (a lot!) and became friends, bonding when both of our marriages were falling apart and ending. Our lives would no longer intersect after a few years but we would sometimes speak on the phone and then later send news in Christmas cards. 

Yes, I did google and I found online that her (next) husband (of 25 years) had passed away in late 2014, from an inoperable prostate cancer that spread.

I had worried I had offended her somehow or that she no longer liked me but as is more-often-than -not the case, her silence had nothing to do with me, at all. 

Knowing her, I know she dug in with everything she had, to love and attend to her husband, every moment of every day. They had always been as though they were one, one heart one mind one being. Theirs lives were each other and rarely extended beyond the two of them.

Good gosh, I've probably depressed three quarters of you reading this (if anyone still is!!!) LOL! Sorry! Just a lot of emotional events for me in the space of a few days and I had the need to blabber on ... and on ... and on ...

Now would be a great time to give all those you love a hug and a squeeze! Just sayin'.

And on a much lighter topic ... I'm mulling over a crafty project! Been a long time ... 

Much love to you my bloggy friends, take care, be well!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

seasons greetings

(Charles Phoenix and his Redi-Whip filled, volcano-like exploding Christmas Cake)

As this blog prepares to retire for a long winters snooze, I am wishing you a lovely holiday season and much joy in 2016! 

We've hit a new height in holiday procrastination this year - the feather tree has not even made an appearance yet. Indeed, all that has been completed is the most important thing, the wrapping of FIRST CHRISTMAS gifts for my little grand nephew. Oh and the buying of Amaryllis (since I can never manage to remember to buy bulbs in time to grow my own!), they remind me of my mom, who loved them so dearly - a must have for Christmastime.

Knock on wood, thus far we've had a healthy holiday season and been able to go see Charles Phoenix's holiday retro slide show again and go to the Swedish Christmas Fair --- next up is a stage production of A Christmas Carol, can't wait!

I am very much enjoying "blogging without obligation" and radically decreasing my online presence. Having spent many (many!) years in front of a screen, watching my rumpus grow and ankles swell, manically trying to keep up with a gazillion blogs for the latest creative wonderfulness, it is a HUGE relief to let it all go.

No more stressing over posting, or following, or commenting or responding or emailing. Zero obligation + zero guilt = sheer joy! I'm doing it My Way, like Frankie Sinatra.

Happy Hannukuh, Happy winter solstice, Happy Festivus, Happy Yule, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwaanza, etc. everyone!

Take care and be well!

Friday, December 4, 2015

a swap for all seasons no. eleven - what I received from my partner

[sigh] ... so near the end of this fabulous swap now ... This is my eleventh sampler I've received in A Swap For All Seasons.
My partner this month was Bev, of Country Frog Creations. Love it so much Bev, so very charming. I adore blue and I love the snow theme and all the little snowflakes and snowmen! 

Thank you so very much Bev, it was a pleasure to meet you and be in your partner.

Happy December and Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 30, 2015

a swap for all seasons no. twelve - what I made for my partner

Number twelve! My last sampler I made for my partner in A Swap For All Seasons. After this post, I'll have my final two that were made for me by my partners for November and December. I'll share them with you when they've arrived. 

(You have no idea how extraordinary this is that I've completed this year long project! I'm the Queen of Unfinished Projects --- certainly when I make something for myself, it never gets finished. I guess making things for someone else and having a deadline is the key --- I am extremely motivated by not wanting to let anyone down or be a flake or be late. Another unheard of milestone for me, I finished my last two ahead of schedule. I am also the Queen of Procrastination and Last Minute Frenzy and I am sooooooo shocked at my on-task speedy self ... I have joked that surely there has been an alien abduction LOL, because I don't recognize this person!)

I made my twelfth sampler for my partner, Pam, of Treasures N Textures. I had thought it would be fun to try to make samplers that fitted the month or season whenever possible. Hence my little snowman guy I made for Pam. One of my favorite holiday songs is "Winter Wonderland" and the lyric "in the meadow we can build a snowman" became my theme for the rest of my project. 
It's been a pleasure to meet you Pam and be your final partner in A Swap For All Seasons. I had so much fun making your sampler for you!

Dumbstruck over here that another year is coming to a close ...

Happy holiday season everyone!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

a swap for all seasons no. eleven - what I made for my partner

We've arrived at number eleven now in A Swap For All Seasons. This month my partner was darling Jan, of Jan's Arty Junk. You've probably guessed by now that I'm all about themes LOL. (I got all giddy and had the giggles when I found that I had Acorn scrapbook paper WOOHOO!)

I had so much fun making this autumn themed sampler for you Jan! 

Just one to go now - already made and mailed to my final partner. Sad to see this swap end, such a lovely experience.

Happy stitching and crafting and a very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Monday, November 2, 2015

a swap for all seasons no. ten - what I received from my partner

Oh gosh, can you believe October has come and gone?!! This year is a-flying by, isn't it! 

On Saturday I received the above mondo fantastico sampler from my partner Debbie, of Kitten Creates. I adore the tradition of Dia de los Muertos and it couldn't be more perfect for me Debbie. Such fun fabric and the embellishment details are so great. Love it to pieces! 

My sampler ... and goodies (so much fun - skelly sockies, candy corn fabric and skelly washi!) ... were wrapped charmingly, it all made me smile so much. Thank you so much for everything Debbie! 

Only two more samplers to make and receive in Linda's wonderful A Swap For All Seasons, it's been  such a lovely creative journey.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

a swap for all seasons no. ten - what I made for my partner

Things are getting decidedly spooky over here for A Swap For All Seasons! Since I was (amazingly) running ahead of time for this round, I was excited to get a chance to do a Halloween themed sampler for my partner, Elizabeth, of "Tales From The Pond"

Hope you enjoy it and it's not making you all shivery shakey, Elizabeth!

Wishing everyone lots of creative fun!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

a swap for all seasons no. nine - what I received from my partner

We've finished number nine at A Swap For All Seasons, can you believe it?! I sure can't!

Yesterday I received the sweetest sampler from my partner Elizabeth, at Tales From The Pond. So darling, I love it so much Elizabeth! Thank you bunches, it was a pleasure to meet you and be your partner.

Elizabeth wrapped everything up so charmingly in the colors of Fall, made me smile. (Oh how I wish it were Fall here in Los Angeles - I can't remember when it wasn't hot, it's been hot for so long here.)

Hope you're having lots of fun out there crafting and stitching! 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

a swap for all seasons no. nine - what I made for my partner

Number nine sampler completed and received in A Swap For All Seasons, only three more to go now.

Dear Debbie, of Kitten Creates, was my partner to create something for this time around. Debbie loves to sew and quilt and I had found this fun fabric with a notions theme and thought it might be something she would enjoy.

And talk about serendipity and convergence of craft supply hoarding LOL! I found the fun vintage graphic for the card in a 1938 issue of "Home Arts Needlecraft" magazine I picked up several years ago and I found I had a vintage pack of rick rack and made a copy of the magazine graphic and rick rack label to use - both blues matching perfectly, like they were meant to be together. YIPPIE!

It's been a pleasure being your partner Debbie, I had so much fun making you a sampler!

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

a swap for all seasons no. eight - what I received from my partner

Can't believe we've completed eight rounds of our mini samplers in A Swap For All Seasons now! So much fun and so much delicious creative Happy Mail. 

Yesterday I received my sampler from my lovely partner, Jan, of Jan's Arty Junk. So charming! I love it so much Jan. I adore house images and Jan made it even more special and dear, by adding our address numbers to the wee hoosies. Made me giggle out loud, so very sweet. Thank you so much Jan!

I've begun number nine for my partner, so there'll be more to share hopefully soon.

Wishing you very happy remaining days of summer and a lovely long holiday weekend!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

a swap for all seasons no. eight - what I made for my partner


Time is surely flying! Can hardly believe we've completed our eighth sampler in A Swap For All Seasons! Two thirds down now, one third remaining.

I made my eighth sampler for Linda, our swap creator and hostess.  I knew Linda enjoys vintage fabrics and images and combined that with a vintage embroidered doily I had in my stash. 

It was such fun to be your partner and make a sampler for you Linda!

Happy stitching everyone!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

a swap for all seasons no. seven - what I made for my partner


ACK! Terrible photos, I could kick myself. I took these with my iPad and forgot to take some ("slightly") better ones with my camera (I'm monumentally camera challenged). sniffle sniffle. 

My partner in A Swap For All Seasons for July was darling Jan, of Jan's Arty Junk. I always need a theme to get going and July and summer = the beach, to this Southern California native. 

It was such fun to meet you Jan and make a sampler for you!

This swap is such a delight - meeting all these lovely kindred crafty souls and (surviving LOL) the challenge of thinking of something new each month and trying new things. So inspiring.

Wishing you new crafty adventures!