Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pillow Ticking Bias Binding Becomes Eco Chic Women's Pouch

Pillow Ticking Women's Pouch

I dunno...I "kinda really sorta" like the way this pouch turned out. I will have to consider making one for myself one of these days. The exterior is made of rows of pillow ticking bias binding leftover from another sewing project sewn onto the interior fabric, with a layer of cotton batting sandwiched in between. The interior fabric, including the pocket, is what's left from a wallhanging (previous post), the red button came from Goodwill, and the Angel zipper charm was won in a Listia auction.

Cat Naps and Human Cat Mats

Afternoon Snooze

This looks like a shot from a grainy foreign film. The cat is accustomed to getting into my lap when I'm sitting in my hickory rocker taking a little break, or on the sofa watching a Netflix movie in the evening. This is the first time he wanted to snooze while I was lying down. He was uncomfortable with his first position...but you know cats. They figure it out!

Taupe Cathedral Windows wall art

This is one of those wallhangings that was not preplanned . It began with using a linen dress for the frames. Then the frames sat in a drawer for probably a year, or maybe even more. I kept loving on em....something about the sagey-grey colors feels restful to me. A few months ago I did buy several fat quarters that I thought might be suitable for insets, borders, etc.  And last week I began working on completing the piece. Scrounged around in my bias binding drawer yesterday & latched onto the navy and taupe stripe binding. The second photo of the quilt looks is so not my forte!

Intriguing Tangram Placemat

Looking straight at it this simple quilt design looks like bowties, but takes on an elongated stars look at an angle! (found the placemat at Goodwill & had to bring it home!)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Taking the New Cat Mat for a "Test Drive"

Testing, testing....

This is fabric I bought at with free photons. The batting was a machine quilted silk blanket from the neighbor's trash. The silk fabric was worn but the cotton batting is very thick & perfectly intact...makes a very nice weight cat mat.

Happiness Unhappiness v.s. Joy

Yesterday's insight: 

*Happiness is a chemical in the brain which I experience by "doing" for others. After awhile the brain auto-corrects & balances out, which explains the cycles of happiness/unhappiness and the need to do something again to feel happy.

*Joy comes by opening the heart & releasing one's Essence. The supply is endless & does not require "doing" for others.

*I got the visual of a window in the heart area. Upon opening it rainbow colored butterflies (representing Joy) flew out & went everywhere.

July 18, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

One Definition of Success

“To live well, to laugh often, to love much, to gain the respect of intelligent people, to win the love of little children. To fill one’s niche and accomplish one’s task, to leave the world better than one finds it whether by an improved flower, a perfect poem or another life ennobled. to never lack appreciation of earth’s beauty or fail to express it, to always look for the best in others, to give the best one has. To make one’s life an inspiration and one’s memory a benediction. This is success.” 
(variation of the original)

"A door opens in the center of our being and we seem to fall through it into the immense depths which, although they are infinite, are all accessible to us; all eternity seems to have become ours in this one placid and breathless contact. Where already, supernatural instinct teaches us that the function of this abyss of freedom, which has been open within our midsts, is to draw us utterly out of our own selfhood and into its own immensity of liberation." ~Thomas Merton

Sunday, July 17, 2011

facebook wisdom

‎"At some point you will realize that you have done too much for someone, that the only next possible step to do is to stop. Leave them alone. Walk away. It’s not like you’re giving up, and it’s not like you shouldn’t try. It’s just that you have to draw the line of determination from desperation. What's truly yours will eventually be yours, and what's not, no matter how hard you try, will never be." ~ L. D. D.
via: Kitty Ackerman Armstrong on facebook

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Christmas in July Sale

CIJ10 is the "Christmas in July" Discount Code for the month of July. Enter it upon checkout for a 10% discount on your selections! For more see my etsy store: Christmas in July Sale .

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sweet Geranium Cathedral Windows Wallhanging

Cathedral Windows

Sweet Geranium by Free Spirit

Finished today! This is the first black background I've tried with the Cathedral Windows.  For more than 10 years I refrained from using black because I thought it would be too fatiguing for my eyes, and discovered much to my surprise, that it actually was not!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

I Have a Heart Shelf!

A Goodwill  Shelf

Today Fred installed the wall shelf. It was a Goodwill find that fits my needs perfectly. My needs being that of having something attractive to hang my tote bags onto for photo ops. Little things like this actually make me feel quite happy!

Floating Petals and Reclaimed Linen....

My latest....

For all the little details click....this link!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Fiber of America Etsy Treasury

One of sixteen photos in a treasury collection featuring fiber art and craft handmade in the U.S.of America.

For the rest of the treasury click ... Fiber of America Etsy Treasury