Friday, February 28, 2014

February 2014 Knit the Sky Progress

The Knit the Sky project is proving fun. I’m really enjoying simply knitting a representation of what the sky appears like each day.

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Here is my scarf now including the February section. The yarn is very soft and I can envisage wearing it around my neck at the end of 2014.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Twelve Months of Hand Knitted Socks February

My second month in my plan to knit a pair of socks each month is successfully completed.

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I quite like these bright colors—makes Winter a bit happier in my mind.

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The funky stripes are fun, aren’t they?

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The socks blockers were found on Etsy. I love the laser-cut palm tree design.

Monday, February 24, 2014

DIY Portable Ironing Table

When going to sewing or quilting workshops or retreats, an ironing board is a handy tool. While ironing boards are usually provided, sometimes it’s not convenient to wait on someone who’s pressing a multitude of quilt blocks. Bringing your own is more convenient and can sit right by your work station.

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But I don’t want to bring my big board, so I made a portable ironing table from a DIY tutorial link to the Crafty Cupboard found on Pinterest. My wood folding TV tray came from Walmart and was then painted white. The fabric is a piece of medium-weight decorator fabric purchased at Jo-Ann’s.

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The tutorial was super easy—I followed it carefully and was done in no time at all. I fully believe in ironing as I sew—no matter what the project might be; doing so makes for a more polished finish. Now I’m ready for my next stitching adventure away from home.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Shirley Temple Black

When I was a wee little girl, I wanted to be just like Shirley Temple. I watched all her movies and tried to emulate her activities as illustrated in my Shirley Temple coloring books. Whatever Shirley did--I did.


I am so sad she died today but very proud that my childhood heroine was such a wonderful role model. She grew up to be a super person and served our country as a foreign diplomat. Her death at 85 represents, for me, another chapter closed in the book of my own life--but it was a great chapter. RIP Shirley Temple Black.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Twelve Months of Hand-knit Socks in 2014

Despite living on the Gulf, winter this year descended upon us with rude arctic blasts that leave me and everyone else shivering. Socks are something I’ve had to add to my wardrobe, replacing the ubiquitous flip-flops worn here on Emerald Coast.


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Flush with the success of finally conquering sock knitting last year without wonky toes or heels in the wrong place and other assorted mis-knits, I’ve decided to knit one pair of socks each month in 2014 and have already stashed a year’s worth of sock yarn to help me achieve my goal.


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January 2014’s socks were made using a simple pattern found in Getting Started Knitting Socks (Getting Started series)February’s socks are already on the needles. Preparing for the possible return of such winter misbehavior next year by knitting socks seems like a good plan to me. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

January 2014 Knit the Sky Progress

I’ve been faithful to my plan to knit the sky each day in 2014. This really is a lovely and thoughtful project—it’s nice to have a few minutes to just contemplate the sky each morning and what it means for my day. I’m more aware of the movement of clouds, the wind in the trees, and the calls of birds as they dart here and there. Watching the sky and choosing my representative 2 strands of yarns each day helps me celebrate the world around me in a very unique way—I think that could be construed as living in grace.

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Here is my scarf with the January section completed. We’ve been having some nasty cold weather here lately on the Gulf coast, so lots of gray is being used. The beginning of February did have a couple of sunny days where I could use blue yarn. I’m looking forward to seeing my scarf evolve over the year.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Gifts for my Sorority Sisters

Whether you are young or old—friends are important and help us through life, both the good and the bad. I am blessed to be a member of Kappa Epsilon Phi—no matter how many years go by or where our lives, jobs, or interests take us in life—my sisters and I are still friends. Today, I thought I’d share a few of the projects I’ve done over the years for my sorority sisters.
After moving here from Tucson, I was teaching at the college and care-giving for my mother-in-law. I could not easily leave town, so I invited my sorority sisters to come here to the beach.

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I sent each of them a special invitation I made on my computer using a wedding invitation kit found on clearance at A.C. Moore. The seashell theme works for my beach/house party just as well as for a wedding itself.

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When thinking of a gift for my sorority sisters when they came, I thought a glass vase acid-etched with our sorority’s letters would be perfect as place settings at the table, especially when filled with flowers. Flowers always make people happy.

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Some blue glass beads and Windex were put in the vase so you could see the finished etching better. I crafted my own stencil by printing the size Greek letters I wanted onto paper, tracing them onto white contact paper, and the carefully cutting out the stencil with a craft knife. The glass vases were purchased at A.C. Moore on sale.

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The scrapbook project was actually done years ago before I moved to Florida. I ordered a scrapbook for each of us to document our adventures together and had each one inscribed. We all have a special “sister” name; naturally, I am Sister Junie Moon as that’s what I’ve been called for numerous years.

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Scrapbooking our shared experiences makes for wonderful memories. When we are truly so old we can’t hobble about wreaking merry mayhem together, we can always look back on the fun we had.

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To keep paperwork together, I purchased Martha Stewart cases and stenciled those as well. We stick bits of souvenirs, tickets, meeting programs, invitations, postcards, or whatever in the case until we can put our little memories in our scrapbook.

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I love thinking of little projects like these I’ve shared with you today and over the years on my blog. Not only does it make me happy to do something creative, it gives me great joy to gift people.