Monday, November 22, 2010

2 Fun Days

Do you ever want to do something and the more you think about doing it, the better it sounds? I was like that about visiting the fabric store, I told you about in my last post. I had built this place up in my mind, to a level that was really unrealistic. My friend Margaret and I, went on a road trip to visit this fantasy fabric store.  Needless to say, as with anything we remember and have exaggerated in our minds, it was less than I had imagined.   But, there were some redeeming factors, it was located in the downtown area
of Cincinnat,i where the architecture was rich with details.  I love to imagine what the area would have been like in it's heyday.
The  back wall of the fabric shop was covered with this mosaic.
                                   
There was a nice selection of fabric.
But it was small and as I said before, just not what I had built it up to be.
That is my friend Margaret, trying her best to find something she could not live without.

Margaret is like me, we LOVE fabric.  But from the Textile Trove, we emerged empty handed.
The Christmas ornament class was not anything we were interested in, so we hit the road to look for other diversions.
That was Saturday,
 Day 1 of 2 fun days!
Sunday brought another adventure with my DH.
We have a creek behind our cabin that has dried up, due to the extreme drought we are experiencing here in Kentucky.  The lowering of the water levels has uncovered some real treasures.
Old tree stumps that were so neat looking!
You can see how very dry it is here.
More neat pieces of wood.
When you are looking a these pieces of wood, you don't consider the fact  that your back is not what it once was.  Another thought that escapes consideration, is how in the world you are going to carry the wood out.   Even though the creek had dried up, the bottom was muddy.  No way to drive the truck back in there.  Well, 2 angels just happened to come our way.  Tessa and Tori were their names and the they rode in on a white horse (4 wheeler).  I called to them and asked would they please help us bring the wood out.  They were a great help and we could not have done it without them.  Thanks girls!  I told them I would be blogging about this and would put their pictures on here, I hope they see this.
While my DH was busy cutting wood, I took the opportunity to do a little glass hunting,  sea glass, mermaid tears what ever you call it.  I had a good friend Jennifer,  she loved sea glass.  Jennifer passed away earlier this year from breast cancer.  I always talk to Jennifer when I am looking for sea glass. 

Jennifer must have been walking there by my side,  look at this haul.  I even found a few pieces of broken china and a piece of metal I can use in my artwork. 
Wishing all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I am thankful for each one of you.
Love to all,
Debbie 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Off To See The Textile Trove!

My good friend Margaret and I are off on an adventure tomorrow.
We are headed to Cincinnati, to visit the
St. Theresa Textile Trove!
http://www.sttheresatextile.com/

I first became aware of this shop, at the
Quilt Show, in Paducha, KY some years
ago.
The booth space this shop had, was full
of people and large boxes of fabric.
People were diving into the boxes and
hauling out fabric!
I made note the shop was in Cincinnati,
not too far from where I live.  I thought one
day I will go there for a visit!
Tomorrow is that day!
Margaret and I will take a Christmas Ornament
Class and have time to look around the shop!
If you have visited the area and know of other
great shops please, leave me a comment so
we won't miss anything!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

There is a Word for People Like You!



Laura has been my blogging friend since I began
my blogging adventure.  She had a May Giveaway
that I won.  The beautiful pillow that was the prize
for that giveaway, is in my living room.  Every time
I see it I am reminded of Laura and our friendship.

Yesterday, I received a box from Laura in the mail.
When I first saw the box and noticed the return address
I could not imagine what Laura could be sending me.
In my wildest imagination, I could have never guessed
all the wonderful things this box held.
A Santa was there on top to greet me,
along with a card that expressed; Laura
sent these things, she had made, to bring me a smile!
As I continued I found this sweet scripture filled
booklet and a prayer box.
Inside the prayer box were 3 snowmen!
The next thing I unwrapped was this sweet
Christmas decoration that looks to be made
on a vintage soap cage.
An original watercolor was the next treasure.
Yes, Laura is a very talented artist.  I still have
the card she sent me back in May.  On that card
is a pencil drawing of her beautiful Granddaughter!
A stained glass sun catcher that will be beautiful in
my sun room window.  I blog from my sun room so,
I will now have a reminder of Laura there as well.
Laura also painted this tin
Angel ornament for me.
And would you look at this bird nest!  I love birds
and bird's nests.  I have a small collection and this will
fit right in.  There is a rose soldered charm in the
nest.  Yes, she made that too!
I have recently become involved with a group of
bloggers that stitch on wool.  We have a group
called, "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Goat".
Well, Laura would fit right in with that group,
just look at the lovely Penny Rug/Mat she sent.
Laura, how did you know I have chickens in my
kitchen?
Thank you Laura, for all of the wonderful things!
Your Random Act Of Kindness was certainly
appreciated! 

Love to all!
Debbie



Friday, November 12, 2010

A Fonzie Santa

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!

  My friend Connie has recently become interested in
needle felting.  I had mentioned I had made a Santa using
the needle felting technique.  She asked me to post a photo
of Old Santa. 
I took the class to make my Santa,
from Norma Campbell in Springfield, KY.
The class was given in her home on a beautiful
farm in central Kentucky.
The class size was small and we were given
a good deal of personal attention and
an excellent lunch as well.  I am not
sure if she still gives classes as a
google search revealed limited info
and a broken link to a web site.

I enjoyed making the Santa and
brought him home to mixed reviews.
"He looks like Fonzie!"  "Aaaayhh!"
Was my DH's response.  My daughters
gave him a look and an eye roll.
I could hear them thinking, "Now, what
is Mom going to start making?"

I promised Connie a photo so, I had to
dig Santa out of my numerous Christmas
decorations.  When I found him, I had
to laugh!  He brought back some good
memories and that is always a good thing!

Hope you all have a good weekend!
Aaaayhh!

Love to all,
Debbie

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I Will Sing A Song of Praise

You  may remember my post a few weeks ago,
The post addressed the fact I have
Thyroid Cancer.
I had a large cyst removed from the left side
of my thyroid, that was determined to be
cancerous.  The same song, second verse
referred to the fact I would have a repeat surgery,
removing my thyroid.  The cancerous cyst
was encapsulated, with no lymph node involvement.
Due to it's large size, a total thyroidectomy was
recommended.  Having that completed, I am now on
to the next phase of my treatment.    In a few weeks
I will have a Radioactive Iodine treatment.
I will be on a Iodine restricted diet for 2 weeks
before the treatment.  I have been looking
this diet over and making a somewhat limited
shopping list of foods I will be allowed to eat.
Being on a restricted diet may have some weight
loss benefits!
I am so thankful the tumor was found and dealt with.
I will follow the recommended diet and hope the
Radiocative Iodine treatment is successful.

I want to thank those of you who prayed for me, 
sent emails of concern,
called to checked on me,
sent delicious food,
or thought of me, at some point in your busy day. 
I am also thankful for a skilled surgeon, and
a wonderful hospital where I was treated
like a queen.
An endocrinologist that explained everything
to me in detail was comforting, knowing what
to expect and do, is enpowering.

Love to all,
Debbie

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cuff Bracelet Tutorial

After posting my cuff bracelets, I had some emails
with questions on the construction process.

I started out with a piece of felted wool.
(Felted Wool is wool that has been washed in
hot water and dried in the dryer.  This process
creates a piece of wool that is like felt, the more
you  wash and dry the wool the less fraying you
will have.)
I then used some fabric dye to give it some color.
Note there is some fraying on the edges.  I have a
front loading washer and those washers take forever
to felt wool.  You need lots of agitation to create
dense felt.  (Now I have some things that agitate
me, but I am not wool so that won't work.)
The next step is to press the felted wool and cut
your cuff to the desired shape.  Since the fibers are
intertwined you can cut most any shape and have it
be  stable.
I hooped the fabric to apply the vintage image I wanted
for  a focal point.
 
I then got to do something fun!  Look through my
stash for images and embellishments.  Buttons, beads,
torn strips of fabric and ribbons.  The ribbon on the
right with the blue tag, as well as the image came
from Pat Winters.  Pat does beautiful work and has
an assortment of lovely images for sale. 

The next steps were adding all the goodies.   I began
with my focal point and added whatever looked good next.
Along with a heavy duty snap or button for a
closure.
My  completed cuff.

Love to all,
Debbie

Monday, November 1, 2010

Sisterhood of the Traveling Goat Elaine's Goat


You may remember Elaine's Goat when it
arrived at my home.  I say it because at the
time it had not told me what it wanted to
become.
As part of this "stitch around" you cut out your
goat and send it to the next stitcher in your group.
Elaine cut hers out and send it to me.
I am to put "it" on a background of my choosing
and embellish "it".
I have completed my assignment.  "It"  became
a she and she is named GOAT
"Gone On A Trip".
GOAT has been attached to her background,
sorry Elaine, I ain't tellin' what that will become.
She has been embellished and a little work on
the background has begun.
The next stitcher is DeeDee.
I will send Miss GOAT on her way with
a note explaining my vision for her.
DeeDee will then embellish most
of her background and send her on to
Lizzie.  Lizzie will complete the background
and finish the project.  She will then send
Miss GOAT home to Elaine where she will live,
Happily Ever After!

Love to all,
Debbie
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