Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Still crafting

I haven't finished anything recently because I started a project that is taking me longer than I had anticipated. I am making a shawl and it is going slow. I just can't seem to get into this project but I am too far in to not do it. So I am working on it a bit here and there.

I am seriously thinking that it might be a smart move to begin a small project to work at the same time so that at least I am doing something that I will finish. It is hard for me to stay focused on  craft projects when I go so long since I have had a finish.

Anyway as soon as I have something to post a picture of I will be sure and do so. Until then I hope everyone is having a blessed early Spring and is taking time every day to do the things they enjoy doing.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

two in one day???? What's up with that?

As I was doing housework, trying to blow off steam from the frustration of losing all my pictures, my eyes fell on the most recent cross-stitch that I completed. I had to chuckle at the irony. It was as if God was saying HEY YOU. I got it Lord, took me a few but I got it....

While I am not going to spend another half hour taking pictures of all my completed projects I had to take a picture of the one I finished this morning that my eyes fell upon as I was cleaning and having my tantrum...


Simple yet profound words...Give thanks...sure I lost some pictures but I will never lose the memories of the events photographed. So for that I will give thanks. I spent a half hour taking pictures of things I had made for Christmas presents and that time was wasted when I lost those pictures...but I am looking forward to the times of celebration and being with loved ones when those gifts will be given and for that I can give thanks.

I lost some pictures and was letting it foul my mood when there are people going through real losses this season. I have a roof over my head, food in the kitchen, a supportive and wonderful husband, amazing children who make me very proud to be their mom, a church family that strenghtens and grows me in my faith. I have a lot to be thankful for and to let a small bump in the road cloud my day would be a vast waste of my time.

Thank you, Lord for the reminder that if we stop and look there are always things for which to give thanks. The sun is shining and once again the Son shinned on my life and brought a much needed correction. I will choose this day to give thanks and not whine about things that really are not as big as I was letting them be.

A frenzy of Christmas gifts flying off my needles

I prefer the simplicity of things and ordinarily I do not like a lot of decor type stuff setting around the house. This year with our oldest moving back in and construction on a soundroom for music and recording, I had decided to tone down the Christmas decor. Well that didn't happen...because there is one time of year I don't keep it simple. And we are now in that time. My daughter and I got the house ready for the holidays this week and yep I decided to put up all four trees after all (One large one and three smaller theme trees).

I have been finishing up gift items and my needles of all types have been busy.I took pictures to share but...I made a grave error when putting them in folders on my computer and actually only saved the shortcuts...and unfortunately before I discovered my error I deleted all the files from my computer. I am too lazy and bummed to retake all the pictures....Unfortunately I lost some that I really wanted to save of some singing gigs of my kids and a birthday party. I am seriously hating technology right now. Okay I realize it was my fault and not technology but I am still ticked.

Most of these items have been finished here in the last several months. I have now completed all of the handmade gifts I am giving this year. What has been on your needle heading up to the holiday season?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tug of War

I have had a tug of war of sorts between journaling and doing other things that I usually do on paper and doing them via the computer instead. It has been amusing as I have even in the course of a day gone back and forth between the two modes of recording my thoughts and other writings.

On the one hand is pen and paper…granted a slower form of getting my thoughts down but one of comfort that I have turned to many many times in the past because…well for many years that was the only option for recording my thoughts. I was in high school when home computers started showing up but they were very limited and expensive. So for many years my mode of writing was pen and paper.

Then the computer age engulfed and more things were possible on a computer. And while I have adapted to some things giving up the pen and paper has proved a challenge for me at times. This year it has reached new heights because also I have been focusing on simplifying and minimalizing my life. That makes this mode of writing and record keeping, make much more sense than a pen and paper. Even knowing that fact I have had a time convincing myself to get with technology.

I can see the benefits. 1. I can record things much faster typing. 2. It is neater and I can actually read it. 3. It is easier to store and doesn’t end up filling up a landfill. 4. It is easier to keep organized so it makes it easier for me to find things when I need them later.

And as far as cons there truly aren’t any that I can think of except that for some strange reason there are times I want to write with a pen on paper. Perhaps it is just waves of nostalgia that will pass the more I resist?

I read recently that a school district is currently trying to find out what they need to do to make their internet ready for the students to be doing things online. They are letting the kids bring their i-phones and i-pads and the like with them so they could see if their internet connection needed upgrading because they are preparing for the future when all homework will be done via computer or i-pads.

The publishers of school books have said they will no longer be making printed books in several years or so. That means that schools are going to have to get with the technology that is out there. I can see the advantages of going to e-books. The kids won’t be carrying around heavy textbooks. Hopefully this will also mean the cost for textbooks will be decreased although I am sure the publishers will try fighting this if at all possible. They will be able to be quickly updated so that the things the kids are learning are up to date. They will be doing their homework on there as well so that cuts out the need for a mountain of paper and pencils and pens and the like.

There are many school districts that no longer teach cursive writing, choosing instead to focus on teaching the kids keyboard skills. I am torn how I feel about this. I see the reasoning behind it as cursive writing really isn’t a reality that kids are going to need. However, how will they sign a legal signature? And the basic form of communication for many years will be dead to them and thus dead to future generations.

It sort of saddens me that my grandkids will never know the excitement of opening a new package of unsharpened pencils and smelling the wood. They won’t go shopping for notebooks and folders and the like. Their shopping will be only for an computer device that will allow them to store the data they need stored.

What’s next on the chopping block? Crayons? I mean there are already programs that allow for making pictures on the computer. What will we lose as we march toward the new technology? Will we lose some creativity? Likely it will just be funneled into the new technological ways. That may bring more creative thoughts and processes than we now currently have so it may not be a bad thing.

Book readers and the i-pads have started pulling many away from buying physical books. There is nothing like holding a new book in your hands and reading the contents. It can only be beat by opening a well-worn book and reading it over and over again. My grandchildren will likely do all of their reading on a screen of some sort. I guess as long as they are reading the stories will be the same as print.

Perhaps I am just trying too hard to hold on to things when change is inevitable. I am learning to embrace some of the technology. I do enjoy the computer and am beginning to do more and more on here all the time. I pay most of my bills online. I do online banking. I rarely write a snail mail letter or send a card. And hush, don’t tell the kids, but I think an I-pad would be fun to have.

But still I can’t quiet that nagging feeling that in our changes we are going to lose something. I am sure every generation has felt that way as they see the things they are familiar with being replaced. Perhaps there is a bigger fear there that the things we know will be replaced and we will not be needed anymore. Whatever the case I fully admit that the tug-o-war between pen and paper and my computer isn’t likely to be one that has a clean date when it is over but that slowly and quietly my pen and paper will be placed aside in order for technology to move forward.

Monday, October 3, 2011

I am a crafting machine....I just don't blog much. LOL I am currently working on some gifts for some special people for the holidays. I sure hope I get them all done on time.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I am a better crafter than I am a blogger!



I am not a good blogger but I have been crafting. Right now I am working on the second sock in my first pair of socks. I am a bit bummed though because despite the yarn being the same dye lot there is a very noticeable difference in the shades of the two skeins. Unfortunately I didn't notice when I purchased it several months ago and so now my socks are not going to be an exact shade match.




I finished up some Easter crafts prior to Easter so sharing a pic of those.








Also we remodeled our bedoroom and I am sharing a picture of that.





Summer is a busy time around here so not sure how much I will be blogging but you can bet I will be soaking up the sunshine with a needle in hand.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Winter Wonderland

All of the Christmas preparation is completed except for baking some cookies and making some fudge. My darlin' daughter will be helping me with that this Thursday and Friday. So I have actually found myself with more time for crafting than I typically have.

It is bitter cold out there this week. We are to see temps down to zero tonight. Over the weekend we received a blanket of snow. It's definitely starting to look like Christmas out there. So staying inside and crafting while enjoying some coffee or hot cocoa is a wonderful way to spend a cold evening.

I have a couple more finishes to share. They were both freebies that I picked up somewhere. They were both fun projects. Tonight I started on a new project. I am stitching some of the designs from an old Prairie Schooler book called A Prairie Christmas.




Hope your holidays are filled with love, family and blessings.