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Reflections Of You 5 Facts Friday 2 Days Late

I'm late again! This is my 5 facts Friday posted on Sunday. It's one of those little things can make my week fun - I enjoy matching the 'facts' with the images. Maybe one day my 5 Facts Friday post will be posted on Friday!

Repetition: Kat Sloma's Exploring With A Camera

Kat Sloma offered a photo challenge based on repetitions - and when you look for them they're all around you!  The staircase at work has always fascinated me when the sun and shadows are just so. It looks like so much more than a stairway to and from work. To me it's become more of a metaphor - walking into the sunlight and leaving the cares of work behind.  I'm grateful to have these stairs to walk to walk from - in other words I am grateful to have a job - but oh! how I long to linger in the sunlight filled world of creativity!

The Most Fun-To-Knit Hat Imaginable!

Pardon the occasional cat hair in this photo! 
This is the Anemone Hat in progress. I'm almost finished knitting the sides and will soon be finishing up with the crown.
This is a Cat Bordhi pattern. It's call the "Anemone Hat" and when I saw it on Ravelry over the weekend and just couldn't resist the urge to try it out ! The pattern has options for multiple sizes as well as the option to begin the hat with either a mobius or a simple circular style (my choice for this first attempt).  It's is SO much fun to knit! The tendrils looked impressive and complicated to me at first glance but in reality they couldn't be easier to make!
Wearing hats is new to me. I used to have very thick hair and never got that cold nor do I like the way I look in hats. With some years gathering on me though my hair has become thinner than it used to be and hats are becoming more of a desirable accessory to have on hand. That being said, I am terribly finicky about what hats I …

The Weekend's Muse

The Muse was generous with her gifts this weekend. Things  seemed to flow with ease. Maybe that's partially because I got some projects that had been looming over me done and put of the way. It felt good to make things simply because I wanted to and not because I had to!

This "purse-within-a-tote organizer" is a demo piece that I am just mailing out to C&T Publishing tomorrow. They are about to introduce this material as a  new product. Sixteen of us were lucky enough to grab a slot to make projects using it. My bag was made to look like aged faux leather. I stamped with one of own hand cut stamps and then colored it. I'll add more later about this great new product when I have discovered when C&T plans to introduce it to the public. Trust me though - it's a product that has many applications and I think it will be a great seller. Yes! You will want to try some.

5 Fact Friday

I love this new bit of Friday fun from Kim and Xanthe.  Check out the link noted above as "ROF" and join in!

The Climes They Are A Changing

Where I live, near the Canadian border on the west coast, was late to endure a heat wave this year. Unlike the rest of the country that experienced drought conditions and excessive heat early in the summer, those of us who live near the Canadian border (on either coast) have enjoyed relatively cool temperatures for most of the summer – until now.
I have a very unscientific theory that genetics plays a part in how your body can cope with heat. I’m a born and bred New Englander now living near the Canadian border on the opposite coast. My ancestors were all ex-pat Brits who lived in New England for more generations than I can count on two hands and two feet. I think our blood runs thick. When I lived and worked in Texas I was never able to adjust to the heat and I had a hunch that no matter how long I lived there my blood would never thin enough to allow me to adjust. My ‘comfort zone’ is a northern climate. Thick blooded people, I believe, suffer more from heat than do m…

Thank You Christine or What To Do When The "Fine Art" Gremlins Bite

Some of you may have seen this on FaceBook already. I added it there this morning as I thought through whether I would offer this little piece for raffle or not.
This is a 9" X 12" canvas that I put together for a raffle that is held at our County Fair to benefit  our local Arts League. It's a real mixed media piece and although it was not quite what I had planned to do - I finished it on time at least and was ready to submit it - or so I thought.  I sabotaged myself though as sat at my desk today looking at it. Despite my co-workers assurances that they all really liked it I was daunted by the idea of offering it for raffle in 'competition' with the work of a group of 'fine' artists. I decided that I would just take it home and pay them for the canvas so they would not be out any money.



Yes, it's a happy piece but I guess for some reason I was/am just not that happy with it. As I walked out of the door from work my friend - and short timer co-worker…

My Favorite New Cure For Dried Up Paint Jars !

How many of us pick up a jar of paint only to find that it's unusable because it has dried out? I got so tired of that happening that I began to look for something that would help me rejuvenate the paint - saving me money and headaches. Most paint mixers are made for gallon buckets of paint and I was having little luck finding something that would work in my small jars of paint. That is until I discovered this little gem! It's one perfect little gadget that won't break your budget either! It's a bargain that really does it job. Made by the well know airbrush company Badger, this little mixer is battery operated (AA) and has been worth it's weight in gold - or really, in paint! I just open a jar of dried up paint, add distilled water and mix away - leaving me with 'normal, beautiful, color that's ready to look shine again.  I've taken a jar of paint that was so dried up that I had little hope of resurrection. I added some distilled water and let it sit…

Hay Bale Season & Blogger Options

Seeing the hay being baled is one of my favorite parts of living in a more rural community. It always seems to signal one of my favorite times of year. The bales are so cool -but hard work for the farmers! !
It's been sunny and beautiful here on our island - we've been some much more lucky than so much of the mainland this years. Our temperatures are far more salubrious than what much of the country has suffered with .Today, however, the Oregon Science gadget "told" me that it was 104F on the porch - and 75 in the house (with a small window ac unit running no less!). It's summer and my aches and pains are happy with the warmer, drier weather.
I've got some projects to get worked on but I've been struggling with how to accomplish a couple of things that I wanted to do with my blogs. I registered my domain name some months ago and tried to build a website using both of their suggested method - a WordPress platform or the Weebly Drag'n'Drop platfor…

Hay Bale Season & Blogger Options

Seeing the hay being baled is one of my favorite parts of living in a more rural community. It always seems to signal one of my favorite times of year. The bales are so cool -but hard work for the farmers! !
It's been sunny and beautiful here on our island - we've been some much more lucky than so much of the mainland this years. Our temperatures are far more salubrious than what much of the country has suffered with .Today, however, the Oregon Science gadget "told" me that it was 104F on the porch - and 75 in the house (with a small window ac unit running no less!). It's summer and my aches and pains are happy with the warmer, drier weather.
I've got some projects to get worked on but I've been struggling with how to accomplish a couple of things that I wanted to do with my blogs. I registered my domain name some months ago and tried to build a website using both of their suggested method - a WordPress platform or the Weebly Drag'n'Drop platfor…