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Happy Memoril Day In Honor Of My Uncles

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These are my three maternal uncles all of whom were special to me. They all served in WW II . My grandmother got o the point that she was terrified of the telephone - or telegrams as they were each stationed overseas. My Uncle Jack received 2 purple hearts and a silver star, my Uncle Bill, a pilot, was the man who inspired my own aviation career. They were all amazing men, good Irish men, who believed that it was right to fight for their country. May they all rest in love and in peace.
This is my beloved grandmother, their mother. She was my best friend and my strongest supporter. I miss her every day. I composed this image from an original photograph of her that was taken in 1916.
My "Memorial Day" manicure in honor of all of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. A rather silly tribute perhaps, but it keeps he meaning of the day right in front of me.

'Sunshine and Shadow'. My Version Of Marc Smollin's Pterotactyl Shawl

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I'd been working on this shawl for some time and now it's finally finished. I love it! This is the Pterotactyl Shawl by Marc Smollin. It was an easy going pattern. It's a perfect size, generous - not too small and not too big. A perfect summer shawl or winter large scarf  I used one of my favorite yarns - Tosh Merino Light in "Candlewick" (I need to buy another skein of this luscious yellow) and "Zhivago Sky" which is a blued gray that I also really like.
 I love the tactile (as in PteroTACdyl) elements of this shawl. Simple but so effective! On my needles now is the Enchantment Shawl.  I started it last night after I fingered through my stash and found two skeins that will, I hope, play very well together! I have a feeling that I am going to like this one too! 
As I work on  my little embroideries it's a constant choice whether to knit or embroider. I can't think of anything that will make me not want to knit though - I think that now I will a…

Lynn Krawczyk and Virgina Spiegel's Java Art plus Some More Woolie Fun

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I am so pleased to have been able to be a part of Virginia Spiegels's "Java Art" project in honor of the publication of Lynn Krawczyk's wonderful new book, "Intentional Priniting" . I had eagerly awaited the release of the book, and it does not disappoint.  It's a real 'keeper' of a book; beautifully done, wonderful projects and expert guidance in a variety of methods for making your own adventures in printing a success. If you don't already have the book - you should go and order it right now!
The simple directions were to make anywhere from 4-12 blocks for exchange. I only made 4 - I should have made 12! The blocks had to include the coffee cup design that is rather a 'signature' of Lynn's. You could use the design in any way you chose, but Lynn offers the thermofax screen on her Etsy shop and so I decided that I wanted to give using the screens a try. Oh My! I want more screens - they are so easy, and so cool, to use ! My han…

My Wee Woolies and Colored Tips

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You know that yo have a good friend when she reminds you that you have been remiss in your blog post responsibilities. Thank you Janet!  Times slips by and I most often think that I have posted more often. I really DO ned to update some reviews for some excellent new books - maybe tomorrow for those. Also, if I put something on FaceBook, I tend to think that everyone already knows about it, forgetting that there are many folks with more common sense than I seem to have who simply don't do FaceBook!
I have been enjoying my small woolie embroidery endeavors. This is a small series that will be a quilted wall hanging. It includes some of the things that are close to my heart. The idea began with some small patterns from Lisa Bonjean, although I can't seem to find it on her website . As time went by I decided to make up a few blocks of my own, as our favorite things were not, necessarily, the same.   I fashioned these cats because my world would not be complete without them - wel…