Bible Pages and Photos On the Wall

Let me see if I can find some pics of a project I did recently, one involving bible pages and photos and wallpaper paste . . . . .
This is my sewing room.

Published in: Uncategorized on October 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A Tip About Color

My internet connection has been . . . . disconnected for most of today. I have missed writing . . . .

Before I forget, I would like to add something here, something about blogging – and then I want to write a short tip about color and how to use it with confidence in designs.

The thing about blogs is this: You can copy and paste any blog entries you make into a Word doc and then save it to your computer. This is really great news as far as I am concerned: I not only have a blog ‘out there’; I also have a copy of every blog I write for future reference.

OK. The color tip: Any – and I do mean ANY – colors go together IF they have the same shading to them – if they have the same amount of black and/or white.

That is all anyone needs to know about color; with this info, one can make confident color choices, whether it be for decorating or painting a picture or sewing fabric or crocheting or knitting with yarn. Just make sure all your colors have the same amount of shading.

Note: If you create things but you’ve never heard this color tip before – or you’ve read countless books on the subject and come away more confused than every – you already use this shading info when you choose fabrics. If you’re like I was for years, though, you didn’t do it consciously so you ended up taking a lot of valuable time making color choices, plus you sometimes made bad choices if you didn’t have the time to ‘intuit’ your color choices. Am I right?

Oh, and while you’re at it: Make sure you juxtapose colors so as to create contrast between the colors you choose; this gives anything more verve.

As Nike says, ‘Just do it.’

Me, wearing one of my sweatshirt creations

Me, wearing one of my sweatshirt creations

Published in: on March 12, 2009 at 3:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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Latest Project

I just finished crocheting another tote! This was crocheted with strips of fabric – fabric son Allen and DIL Leah got for me for my birthday a while back. When I started to run out of the main color, I added a few more fabrics to the mix. I really like the result . . . .

Creative Project: Totes

Creative Project: Totes

PS: The other, sewn, tote was made with burlap. I like it too . . . .

Happy Day!

Published in: on March 1, 2009 at 5:42 pm  Comments (4)  
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Meet My Friend Suzette

I hate to compose anything when I don’t have Office Word format to correct errors for me. So I thought I’d try something different this morning: I’m composing my weblog entry in Word format, then I’ll copy and paste it into my blog. That way I can [also] save this to my computer when I’m done; that way I’ll have a copy of it for myself, if you see what I mean.

I talked to dear friend Suzette yesterday. Suzette and I met over a pile of fabric in a department store over 20 years ago. I was there to pick out fabric for the back of a black and white quilt top I’d just pieced. This total stranger and I got to talking as I raked through fabric and we ended up friends. (She talked me into getting mustard-yellow for the back of that quilt!)

This post has no real theme. I’m just reminiscing about my friendship with Suzette. She is not on-line, by the way – a fact that is astounding to me: How can two people be so different and still be friends?

Suzette has been there for me through thick and thin, though; that’s the most important ‘fact.’ She has give me words of advice over the years that have revolutionized my life. Here are two examples of times when Suzette has ‘saved my bacon’:

One day when I was facing a problem of long-standing in my life – facing, yet again, the same struggles Suzette had heard about a hundred times before – Suzette got a funny, far-away look on her face as I finished cataloging for her my latest list of problems. Finally, she says to me, ‘Sue! You don’t consider consequences!’

I knew immediately that Suzette’s assessment was spot-on: I had a pattern in my life that indicated that I was not in the habit of  considering consequences before I jumped  into things.

I also knew instantly why it was that I was in my 30’s and yet did not know how to consider consequences. But that’s another story for another time. Suffice it to say that, after Suzette pointed that out to me about not considering consequences, my life improved vastly . . . . .

Another time, in conversing with Suzette one day, she told me something that really made sense. Here it is: She told me why it’s important to live one day at a time.

I know, I know: We’ve all heard this time-old adage many times in our lifetimes, but Suzette told me why it is that we need to take one day at a time. She said, ‘Sue, it’s when we take one day at a time – it’s when we stalwartly refuse to worry about tomorrow – that God is able to bring wonderful things into our lives.’

The bible puts it this way: Fret not; it leads only to evil.

Put another way: If we worry about tomorrow, God is not able to bless us the way He would like to do.

What a Friend!!

What a Friend!!

Suzette! What a friend!

I quit.


Published in: on February 27, 2009 at 10:58 am  Comments (3)  
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Sewing Room Side of Basement

This is somewhat how my sewing room looks now.

This is somewhat how my sewing room looks now.

Let’s see. Since this shot was taken I have changed a lot of things. For example, pictures now ring the whole perimeter instead of just being on the one wall. I changed the border, too – maybe more about that in a future post – and I covered the shelving units on this side and put my fabric out of sight in the back of said shelves.

I call the walls ‘watermelon walls’. I got the watermelon effect by using 2 colors of paint in one roller pan with one roller. And, yes, they do stay separated, at least enough to see the different colors.

Oh, did I mention that I have 7 sewing machines?

Published in: on February 11, 2009 at 5:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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I can’t imagine a better place to start with blogging than with a blog about my mom. Let’s face it: I have more history with her than with any other human being.

I didn’t start to get along with my mom until I was in my mid-40’s – over 10 years ago. It’s a long story. Suffice it to say that I eventually called a detente and we started at that point.

I had a dream one time, in which I ‘saw’ just how enmeshed my mom is in my life. I had NO idea of this entanglement till I saw it in that dream. It was then then I began to realize that I have no choice in the matter: I must deal with issues between us or suffer the consequences – feeling of guilt and remorse.

I didn’t start out hating my mom. My earliest memories are of me, thinking my mom was wonderful. But then she did something that really upset me, and I didn’t forgive her for almost 40 years.

No, that is not accurate. It wasn’t that I did not forgive her; it was that I didn’t know what to do with her in my life. I’ve heard it said that we hit a target if we concentrate on it. So I had a dilemma: I did not want to become like my mom, but since I concentrated on her so much (in my hatred of her) I found myself emulating her almost against my will. In short: I was very confused!

It’s been said that hate is not the opposite of love, but, rather, indifference is the opposite of love. I have always loved mom – I have never come close to being indifferent to her.

I felt betrayed by my mom; that was the gist of the problem I had with her. The other feeling that I experienced in re to mom was . . . . . frustration. I felt loathe to be around her, but I missed her horribly when I was on the ‘outs’ with her. The whole thing remained an enigma to me . . ..

Then one day I realized that I did NOT have to make the same mistakes mom did, and that started me on the road toward a relationship with her.

I once asked a friend if she was going to make the same mistakes her parents did, and she replied, ‘No! I’m going to make my own mistakes!’ How true that is when it comes to me and my mom: In trying to avoid her mistakes, I made my own!

I quit!


Mom & I

Mom & I