It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. Helen Walton

Friday, August 30, 2013


A bit of whimsy this week.  We celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary this week.
I don't have any idea where the time has gone but I do know I would
pick the same guy if I had to go "hunting" again.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tipple-Love it or hate it!

This week"s challenge at I am the Diva is Tipple-love it or hate it
I happen to love it but have really been suffering a lack of creativity lately.
Does that sound like a whine?  Well maybe it is!
So, here is my Tipple

And here is why I am tapped out.

I am not a knitter, but am trying to be one.
I am taking a lesson in making socks and decided to challenge myself.
I am doing one on a magic loop and one on 4 needles...and another one on magic loop.
I am fried!
Thus the simplicity of "tipple" this week was a pleasant escape.

Friday, August 23, 2013

My favorite Sharon Balzer Design stencil.
I had a WIP that I had no idea what to do with it when lightening struck.
I traced the design onto the canvas with a Sharpie and then filled it in with black
The canvas was ho hum but I like this.

All of the grandkids are heading back to school.  I try to make a card for each of them to encourage them along the way. 
Here are some of samples

Monday, August 19, 2013

Leftie Challenge

It's Monday and there is a challenge from over at
I am the Diva.
This week we are to do a monotangle with our left hand.
Sounds easy enough, until you try it.
I had spotted Kathy Barringer's "Lovely Loops" and decided they would be a snap.
This takes such concentration and it still is all wobbly.

 Then I decided a grid might be easier.
My apologies to Beth Snoderly for my attempt at "Quare".
And last but not least, my final attempt at a grid.
The pencil grid was easier this time, but those hearts!
I was exhausted when I finished.
Great challenge Laura!

And after all of this, I see I was supposed to use "bales".  Somedays I should just stay in bed!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

I kicked the "monkey"

I hope you have read Danny Gregory's blog on the "monkey".
You MUST read it!  

A couple of weeks ago the blahs hit.  Even my doodles looked crummy.
Always wanting to keep my creative juices going, I went back to my knitting and 
left my art table alone.   I thought about what I had read in Danny's column but just couldn't shake that "monkey".  Two scarves and a pair of socks later, today I sat down to see
if I could at least add to a page I started weeks ago.

Not done yet but definitely not as crummy as some of the stuff I have done lately.
So I pulled out an old canvas with three layers on it.
And here is number four.

Danny, thank you so much!  I think I am feeling better now

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Challenge 130, Henna Drum by Jane MacKugler

I thought I had an idea...but I didn't.
You know how you visualize something and set about putting it on paper
and it just doesn't work.
Well, this is it!
I am back doodling in my dictionary again and I thought this would make a great border.
It does, but just not on a busy background.
Lesson learned but I will post it anyway because I want to share how much fun
the dictionary is.  The pages have been glued together to give it less bleed through.
This is a work in progress with Copics
And then I treated myself to new pens at the back to school sales.
Thank you Laura for a great challenge and Jane for a new tangle!