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My New Summer Shawl

I'd started this shawl before I made the Camus Shawl earlier this year. It's my first attempt at any sort of lace knitting and I was able to successfully complete it thanks to a hint from Ms. Oberle herself on my favorite knitting site, Ravelry,  Now that I've got the hang of lace knitting I'm loving it ! The simple hint, which is probably obvious to most experienced knitters, was simply to use pattern markers. Worked like a charm! Knitting is my favorite thing to do in the evenings - makes me feel less guilty about sitting in front of the talking box (aka the tv).  This shawl was knit with Filatura Di Crosa Maxime sock yarn. I love the picot edge detail - and that was a first for me as well. So easy and so effective! More techniques for my knitting arsenal tool box! The finished size is 36" X 90" (91.44 cm X 228.60 cm). It blocked out so beautifully. I had also never used blocking wires before and wondered how they would work - the answer is that they work

15 Minute Journal Page

One of my issues with art journaling - as much as I am obsessed with it - is that I take a long time to make a page. I think there are times when that hinders me. I have to accept the fact that journal pages are intended to be spontaneous - not always planned and, at times, over thought. There is a time and place for that as well but a journal page can be done more quickly. Some of you may know that I am over-saturated with all things that must be "fast, fun and fabulous". Ugh! I like slow cloth, slow food and slow journal page making. The theme for this month's journal page at The SketchBook Challenge is " Out-On-A-Limb or Branching Out". I happened to watch a little doodle video there by one of my favorite art journalers Diana Trout , author of Journal Spilling. I thought it was exactly what I needed to do to get myself out of the "it-takes-a-long-time" rut. I challenged myself to make a journal page with 15 minutes. using only 3 colors (plus the w


If you would like a lager view -double click      I ave been eagerly processing my adventures in PhotoShop Textureland thanks to an online class with Kim Klassen called The Art of Texture. AS I have mentioned before - I'd decided that the time was now to learn how to use PhotoShop. I am using CS3 and dearly wish I could afford the upgrade to CS5. One day I will!  This has been my first adventure into really using one of my own images and trying to master some of the mysteries of layers. I love it ! This image began with one of my favorite photographs of  a " polly nose " from a Japanese Maple Tree to which I added about 7 layers and various other fun PS functions. I added one of my favorite quotes from author Barbara Kingsolver from her book "Animal Dreams": "... it's surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time...." I would love to know what some of your favorite quotes are! Share them with me !

If At First You Don't Succeed : In Case Of Emergency Redux

Before After I wasn't happy with the page I made for Michelle Ward's Crusade #50 - posted earlier today. I just couldn't let it rest so I decided to take more drastic action rather than waste the background which I really liked. I cut out the offending areas and replaced them with old family photos that are close to my heart. Although I would perhaps still like more contrast in the piece I am much happier and now feel that I can move on to another page - of something !

In Case Of Emergency Remind Me ...

Each month the inimitable Michelle Ward from Green Pepper Press posts a challenge theme for the month. This month's theme was "In Case Of Emergency". I think the idea was of a more realistic case but somehow when I started working on the page my thinking became more abstract. Most of  my birth family is gone and so, in case of emergency I want to be reminded of things - about them and about myself. I want to know that tomorrow will be better and that I will still be loved and appreciated. You can really see ( through some of this glare) how polished I got the surface of the Venetian Plaster that I mentioned in yesterday's post. I am thoroughly besotted with the stuff and have another page drying now. It takes colors beautifully - and, if I make a mistake I can remove color with alcohol easily and completely. I didn't like how bold the text looked on this surface and so I used an alcohol soaked cloth to take it all down a notch. There are some things I am not hap

My New Favorite Mixed Media Tool

My newest favorite tool for mixed media use is Venetian Plaster. I'd never heard of it before II picked up a copy of "Surface Treatment Workshop" by Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson. I have to admit that I hesitated to get this book. I am behind on my reviews of many great craft books and I wasn't sure that anything could be as good as my favorite book from these two authors "Image Transfer Workshop". Happily this book is, indeed, as good. It's beautifully laid out, contains superlative instructions and has some amazingly terrific ideas. For some reason I was intrigued by the description of Venetian Plaster "...Venetian Plaster gives you a unique finish that cannot be replicated with any other medium...." Hummmmmmm. That's quite a big claim. I did some online research to learn a bit about this intriguing stuff and then went in search of a size smaller than a gallon. I wasn't sure that I could get this on or small island b

Wanna Personal Make-Over?

I was web wandering today and somehow came upon Elle's Make Over App .I didn't really have much hope that it would work very well - mostly because I couldn't think of how they could make it work - but it DOES work. I tried to use the photo above (which is pretty indicative of the "me you would see on the street) and it worked okay but I ended up taking a "no holds barred",no make-up, hair pulled back, cruelly frank full face photo with my computer and uploaded that. No I can;t share that one because it might frighten you as it did me ! Like the old troll lady who lives under the bridge! With this app you have the ability to change your hair - many styles and many colors, jewelry, make-up, (from lipstick, eyeliner,brows, base etc) hats, and accessories. I learned a bit from this little exercise too because I was able to tell what colors work well for me- most I knew but some were a bit of a surprise - and which don't! I don't make a good blond at all

Our Cat-a-versary

It was a year ago yesterday that " The Till" aka The Tizz" came home with us. It has been such a pleasure to watch her come into her own. She turned 4 years old on March 28th and celebrated with a fish treat! Finding her was the best part of having back surgery. She blesses my life!

Spring Themed ATC's

 This months inspiration for our ATC swap on " Arts In The Cards " was a poem by e.e.cummings called "In Just-Spring". Sometimes I love the whacky word art of e.e. cummings and sometimes it irritates me. It always provides imagery though and I like to think that this was what he would have wanted. I'll have the poem itself added to the end of my post today - maybe the imagery will speak to you too. I found using the imagery of the poem a challenge - but decided that if I tried to base an image on the poem itself I would have a difficult time. So,rather than focus on the poem, I chose words from the poem that meant something to me.  I combined different parts of of several images to create the image I used for this card. I am really enjoying learning to us PhotoShop CS3 and now even wish I could manage to get the new version - though I am priced out of that high-falootin' market it seems! Each project is a lesson... it's a good way to learn!  I had to pla

It's Spring - Except For The Weather- Plus More On Our vashon Island Trip

One of my personal favorite trees and a field of daffodils. I had to stop and snap this photo while I was on the way home last Friday. That's what I love about a powerful pocket camera. I always have it with me and now have no more excuses to not take the pictures that I used to say "dang, I wish I had my camera with me"! My camera is attached to my small pocketbook on a lanyard - and is always at hand - plus I now have my IPhone. No more bad excuses to miss these amazing photos! For some reason I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately. There are a lot of changes happening at work - employees who have been with the County for many, many years are electing to retire. Hey! I'm with them - and would follow immediately if I could - it just makes me feel like the earth beneath my feet is shifting. Change can be a good thing - and I have had to put my faith in believing that everything will work out for the best. If I was younger - and didn't have the back probl