The last little while I have been having difficulty keeping my thoughts in order. I move from, idea to idea, and music to music. I have been getting a little worried actually. Usually music puts my brain in order, but lately it has not been working. I played for a church a couple of weeks ago and I was really scattered and play very badly. I feel so sad about that. I refused to take payment, and I came home wondering if I should throw out the harp. I know I cannot do that, but how to get over this hill? I am playing for a Celebration of Life this week. I had not touched the harp until tonight and I went over my music. I really must learn to breathe and play.
One thing that helped me this week was to pick up a crochet hook and do some work. I have an injured hand from the harp and I wondered if different activities would help it. I made my daughter a scarf for her birthday. It is a very easy pattern although, I think it took at least 15 rip outs before I got it. Then it stuck in my head and I was able to crochet the scarf without the pattern. It made me feel good, it put my brain in order. I might do another one.
The stitch is lovely and lacy. I used Read Heart Soft Touch. My daughter works with people with Autism, and Epilepsy and she loves to wear purple, the colour for these conditions.
I like the way the edge is scalloped as well as the end and the pattern.
I have not had a crochet hook in my hand for years.
I also selected the sentiment for my next sweetling. I am so excited to get to work.
Where does Josh Groban fit into this? I downloaded his new CD and I must say it is beautiful. So as I write this and as I work on my new Sweetling I will be listening to Josh.
Hi: I tried my hand at crochet the other day. I have been looking at patterns and for some reason I decided to try one. So I crocheted an owl. A little owl and I found the pattern at Love the blue bird blog. It was easy. But I wanted to do an owl with the crocodile stitch. So I learned the crocodile stitch, or at least I followed a video over and over. I really don’t know how to do it without the video.
Then I made up a pattern that I thought would work to be an owl. It is a funny looking owl, and I forgot to put the beak on, but it is an owl. I think I should get A for effort.
After taking the photos I was putting away my things and I spilled my dish of pins. And before I started to pick them up, I had help. Four legged help. Simon is always willing to be my support as long as it is not scarey.
I hope you are all doing well. It is getting cold here. I caved and turned on my furnace. I guess I can’t take the cold as well as I used to.
In my last post I mentioned a class I took with Effy Wild. Sweetling. I had so much fun and enjoyed the final result. I am going to try another one. Somehow the process really got my creative juices flowing and I was able to follow through and finish. So here she is. As I look at the photo I see things I will continue to doodle with. But I quite like her.
Here in Canada we have had our Thanksgiving. My husband made this delicious Turkey Pie, and it was as good as it looks. So Mr. Cricket scores a 10.
I have also been busy working on my little pockets, as I posted about earlier. So I am keeping busy. What have you been up to?
I have taken a short little class with Effy Wild called Sweetlings. I had so much fun creating my sweetling. I thought I would share a little.I drew my little girl. I wanted her to look a little sassy. She is to be cut up like a paper doll.
I started a background for my girl. I spread my chosen colours on watercolour paper. I used Neocolor II Watersoluble crayons.
Then I dissolved the colour with Matte Polymer Medium and a piece of wipe. Letting the colour meld together.
Here is my background. I put some scrapbook paper on, and then a little orange and a little white.
Then I added my little doll. Isn’t she cute? I really loved this process. I can see myself doing more. Go on over to Effy’s site and sign up for BOD 2014 and the workshop is a freebie. Great deal, great fun.
I am looking forward to the practice of working in my journal daily. When left on my own I don’t always do it. So January will bring a new year and new start.
I came across Gonerustic in my travels. I just loved, and coveted the little pockets and the beautiful book made from the pockets. I just had to make some. So I did, or at least I started. They are a project from Cloth Paper Scissors, a while ago. I am looking for the article. I have a few questions about making them. Are they ever beautiful.
This is my first one. Above is the front. I am still working on a closure. I have another one just about finished. I think about seven pockets go into the book. A treasure book!!! I will post my pockets as I make them. Want to join me?
I have been growing Indigo all summer in my backyard and watching it develop. It has grown tall and now flowered. I really do not know the best way to use it. So I mixed up some in the blender with a little water and dyed some silk and some cotton. The silk did the best. But I really did not know what I was doing and I hurried. If you know of a place to read about what to do now that I have some, please write me a comment.
Here is one of my beds earlier in the season.
So with my munched up leaves I dyed this piece of silk.
I was able to get some markings by tying with thread. I was excited to get at least some result. Yet I have a lot to learn. I would like to make a vat to dye some more silk.
After my visit with my daughter Laura I made her a journal, and did the first spread. Then I sent it to her with some photos. I am hoping she will fill the book with colour and words.
This is the journal and the spread. The photos in the spread are my beautiful granddaughters. I am looking forward to sharing my love of journals with my daughter.
Hi: I have been on vacation. We traveled to Boston, visited with Mr. Cricket’s brother and then the Boston Temple. We had a great time.
After leaving Boston, we drove east to Maine. We drove through a strong and scarey rainstorm and up to Machais. We settled in there for four days. Each day driving and seeing the beautiful sites. I had heard on a news broadcast about a hike near Cutler Maine through the forest and out to the cliffs of the ocean. I decided to walk it. For three hours (yup I am slow) I walked alone through the forest to the most beautiful site of the ocean. I was a little intimated by the height, I did not take that into consideration when I decided to go. But it was well worth it.
Upon leaving Maine we drove up to New Brunswick to see our daughter Laura and her daughters Nichole and Jennette. We had not seen Laura for quite a long time. It was such a treat to give her a big hug and tell her I love her.
It was then time to travel back home. We drove a lot of miles and had a great time, but there is no place like home.
Can you guess by the photos where I am? We have been enjoying our vacation for nearly a week. There is nothing like a break.
What a good time. We are here to visit Mr. Cricket’s brother and his wife. They are always ready to pose for a photo.
Here they are at the subway station.
I have been asked for the recipe for: (Thank you, Dionne Ruff-Sloan)
RED PEPPER JELLY
2 cups red peppers (I use red bell or shepherd peppers when in season)
5 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 packages of liquid fruit pectin (3 oz. each)
Grind peppers to a pulp in food processor.
Measure pulp and juice.
Put peppers, lemon juice, sugar and vinegar in saucepan and rapidly bring to a boil and stir.
Stir constantly or it will stick.
Take away from heat; immediately on reaching the boiling point and let stand 15 minutes.
Put back on heat, and bring to a boil for 2 minutes…stirring.
Remove from heat……….Add pectin.
Skim with a metal spoon the foam and stir occasionally for 5 minutes on a low simmer.
Ladle into sterilized 1 cup jars or 1/2 cup jars and seal tight. Water bath for 10 minutes.
Let stand for 2 weeks and ready to slather on anything.
Makes 8……1 cup jars.
I am so excited this is my first request. I have not been up to too much this weekend. I always have good intentions and then I seem to fade away. I have been playing the harp a lot and I thought I would try to post a sample of my playing. So I am going to try to put an mp3 file on my site that you can play. I hope this works. Please let me know if it does. Here is the sample. It is called Bonnie Portmore. I hope you enjoy. bonnie
Really? I thought I gave that all up. Mr. Cricket gave away all my canning equipment. What was I found doing this morning, but making Red Pepper jelly and Beet Jelly. Why you might ask? I really don’t know except I wanted to. And they are both yummy. However, I had to buy new jars, and then the canning pot was missing! However, a friend popped in and saved the day by lending me hers. So here is the fruit of my labour:
Pretty colour! I like pretty colour!
Don’t worry Mr. Cricket. I am not going back into full canning swing. Too much work for me! But a little jelly here and there won’t hurt.
I was off to harp practice tonight. I play with three other harpists, once a week. It was fun tonight and we learned a new song. Soon I need to learn how to put a sound bit on my blog and let you all hear what I get up to.
Ta for now.