Category: Crafts-DIY

In Praise of Unfinished Business

December 20
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This past Mercury Retrograde really threw me. I hadn’t even noticed that it was going to go Retrograde in my 6th house of Work/Health, which is probably why I was surprised I was sick and overworked for pretty much all of it! Ironically I only started feeling back to my normal energy level last Wednesday after Mercury went Direct. Before then, my head was foggy and my energy level so low I did nothing of the holiday revelry that others have this holiday season. Now that I’m back in action, however, with only 5 days left before Christmas, I feel completely behind the 8-ball! I’ve been scrambling to get presents and feeling like this should be early December, not less than two weeks away from 2012!

I always loved school for the sense of completion it gave; you took a class, worked hard, got a good grade, and then the class was over. Until you took another one! But life is not like school in that lessons do not come pre-packaged with a syllabus and homework reading, no one is really monitoring your progress except yourself, and there’s no teacher to give you a gold star or an A for important accomplishment or an official Transcript!

Which is why, I shouldn’t really be so hard on myself that I have an unfinished holiday ornament wreathe on my wall. I began to decorate my apartment early this year, by Nov. 19th in fact! I was having a get together and wanted to have some pre-holiday cheer. It was a good thing I did, given that I never really got around to completely finishing the ornament ball I made. If you look closely you can see that for the upper right area I ran out of ornaments but I simply put the darn thing up anyways! I figured I would get around to finishing it before the holidays.

That hasn’t happened, but I realize that in fact, it’s OK to have unfinished projects and goals in life. In fact, it’s more than OK! Because if my house were perfectly clean I might have too much time on my hands, and if I finished every project or book I tried to read, I might not start anything or certainly would curtail my personal growth in a lot of areas. They always say it’s OK to fail because you learn from your failures, but I’d like to point out this holiday season that it’s OK to not finish everything you start. To leave something for later. I always think that I’m going to have time to organize my CD collection, but the truth is, it may never get organized (and at a certain point you have to ask, since all my music is digitized now anyways, do I really even need to organize it?).

So as I review 2011 and think about my accomplishments and resolutions that I did achieve and the ones that I did not, I contemplate the unfinished holiday ornament wreathe on my wall, and think “It’s OK that I didn’t get it all done in 2011. There is always tomorrow!”

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Summer Hats!

June 17
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Summer has finally come and with it, blazing heat and sun! Hailing from the moss-covered town of Portland, Oregon I realize the need for shielding my too-fair skin from scorching with too much sunlight. So I’ve brought out the sewing machine, put it back to use, and have been on a hat making binge!

So far, I’ve made two hats from this wonderful Martha Stewart Living hat patten and just love them! Being fabric you can choose your colors and patterns, the final product is both washable and easily portable and travel friendly. Not only that they are reversible so I am thinking of colors that might work for different seasons, like a brown interior that can be reversed for Fall. I’m working on a third now adding some ribbon. So much cheaper and much more individual than trying to find a hat to purchase!

Now I can enjoy endless outdoor activities without worrying about getting too much sun!

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Happy Friday With Rue Magazine!

March 25
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I usually try and enjoy every day as if it were Friday but after the past couple of intense weeks we’ve had, I’d just like to say “Happy Friday!” to everyone! I think I’m still mentally caught several weeks back, and yet April will be here by next Friday. Yes, that’s right, April is just around the corner. I am so not ready (and apparently with the snow we’ve been having, neither is Mother Nature).

But wherever you are with everything, one thing is sure, that you’ll love perusing through Rue’s new March/April issue! I’m not sure which story I like best; the “Dark Light Shining” with it’s California hippie, New-Age ambiance, the “Sweet Dreams in Spades” about Kate Spade’s new bedding line, or the 60’s and 70’s retro influenced “Theory of Relativity.” Any way you cut it, it’s some very inspiring stuff! A pick-me-up on a cold Spring day, I say read it now!

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Spring Sunprint Art Project!

March 23
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Although this week started off with Monday pouring rain, and we’re to have more rain (and potentially snow!) tomorrow, one of the nicest things about Spring is when the sun finally does peek it’s shy head out of the clouds and welcomes us. It’s not too soon to start your seedlings indoors in anticipation of warmer days ahead. I’ve also decided that on the Spring agenda should be trying to make some sunprints with this “Super Sunprint Kit” above from Terrain (also available elsewhere).

What better way to immortalize cherry blossoms, daffodils, and hyacinths of the season? Maybe even some peonies would be nice! Of course one needs a nice bright sunny day, as well as a willingness to experiment. What’s great about this project is that it combines artistic, crafty diy, as well as scientific elements, such as how long to expose the paper and the brightness of the sunlight. The good news is that if you experiment enough, you’re liable to have a nice collection of prints going. Then you can hang a whole series in your apartment or house carrying the excitement of Spring all year long!

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A Knitting Break!

February 11
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I’ve been a bit under the weather this week, and have really only been good for coming home and except for one dinner with a friend have been doing a bit of knitting while watching a bit of telly and then going to bed. I am so looking forwards to doing NOTHING this weekend! Well, nothing except watching more “True Blood” and knitting that is!

If the Groundhog was right last Wednesday, we’re in for an early Spring, and although I’ve been wearing my trapper hat every day this Winter, I hope we’re set for at least slightly warmer weather ahead. That means I can ditch the trapper hat in favor or something slightly less warm, and more fun! Which is why I’m knitting up a bunch of these caps for when Spring comes. Don’t they look fun (ignore the slightly Stepford Wives aspect of the image)! My grandmother used to knit these for me, however since she is no longer here I have to knit them myself. It’s a great way to use up those leftover balls of yarn one has lying around!

I’ve created this pdf of the pattern through something which I’ll discuss in greater detail in an upcoming post. I’ll just say, it’s change my life (and no, it’s not the rabbit!). Feel free to download and have your own knitting break!

Double Click on the link below (and then click again on the link) to download pattern!

Cap pattern

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