Creating vision boards and self-exploration

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While working and learning about setting goals and building personal action plans, I learned about vision boards.  I find them quite useful as motivators.  If you haven’t tried one you should.

Delightful Plum Fields

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Hip! Hip! Hooray!  Finished this soft and cuddly afghan last night.  The finished size is 54 by 74 inches.  I started this project on April 9, 2017; but, have not worked on it daily.  There were periods of down time.  So, I actually do not have a full measure of the time it took to complete this project.

Six skeins of Bernat Blanket yarn (10.5 oz skeins) was used.  The body is done in five skeins of Plum Fields and one of Purple Plus. Using 10.5 circular needles, The initial cast on was 160 stitches. The pattern is garter stitch.

 

 

Bekah’s Death Valley Adventure Hits The Shelves — BeverlyAnnMcCall, Author

Monumental Week! That’s exactly how this week turned out. I bet I have your attention now! After months of work on my second children’s book, I’ve reached a milestone that every writer wants to get to–publication. My meme, Bekah, invites you to help her solve the paradox of wildflowers in Death Valley. Want to know […]

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Joyce’s Project–Relishing in the Plum Fields

Joyce's afghan

I’m working on another project for a dear friend, Joyce.  This afghan is done in the garter stitch.  The yarn selected for this project in Bernat Blanket (100% polyester).  The weight is 6 which makes it super bulky.  I’m using 10.5 circular knitting needles.  I think I’m about 5/8 done.  The projected dimensions will be 60 inches by 60 inches.  I’m separating each skein by a band of solid plum.  I decided to this to add interest to this afghan and make it a bit more interesting.

Arctic Ice Blankie

IMG_1728  Another baby blanket is completed.  It was such a joy knitting this lightweight baby blanket.  It is worked in a simple garter stitch pattern.  I used Buttercream, Luxe Craft, Rainbow Boucle yarn–approximately 1.5 skeins (about 12 ounces of yarn).  The color is called Princess.  I love the pastel shades which makes me think of frozen snow cones.

I started this project on March 10 and finished it yesterday.  This blanket measures 44 inches by 45 inches.  I used size 8 circular knitting needles.  My cast on was 150 stitches.

The Charming Cavaliers Get New Outfits

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d see if I could whip up an appropriate outfit for each of my Cavaliers.  The first outfit tackled was for our puppy, Ginger.  I purchased a baby’s bib at the 99 cents store. The bib says, “This is me being patient.”

I then rummaged through my remnant stash for a swatch that matched to add as a ruffle to the bottom of the bib.  Matching double fold bias tape was used to make the ties.

The reverse side of the dress.

Front of the bib.  

Here is what the finished outfit looks like.    Ginger is getting used to modeling.  I  think it turned out quite nicely for a spur-of-the-moment project.

Now, it was Bekah’s turn. Since Bekah is older, I thought I’d like to make an outfit without a ruffle. I was not quite sure where to begin.  So, I borrowed the idea for the pattern from the bib and sketched it out using Bekah’s measurements for her neck and abdomen.  To give it some body, I decided to make it reversible which simply means cutting two pieces and sewing them together. Ties were made using matching double-fold bias tape strips to secure the dress at her tummy. I did not want to use snaps or buttons so I used Velcro squares as fasteners.

Darker side.

The Lighter Side

I am so happy that this creation turned out so well.  Now, my fur babies are ready for St. Patrick’s Day.

Black Ink Afghan

  On December 23, 2016 while in Baltimore, MD for Christmas, I started this garter-stitched afghan for my son-in-law.  The finished measurements are 80 x 57 inches.  I used 6 skeins of Bernat Blanket, Super Bulky weight, in Black Ink.  I finished it earlier this week and mailed it out to him.  My goal was to get it completed by his birthday and I’m ahead of schedule.  So, Happy Birthday, Ben!

Happy Valentine’s Day

red-valentine-sweetie  Wishing everyone a very special Valentine’s Day.  May your day be filled with happiness and joy.  Hope your Valentine’s Day crafting projects bring happiness to all.

Recliner Makeover

Decided it was time to go through my fabric stash to find a piece that I could use to whip up a new cover for my recliner.  So, I found this hunter green quilted fabric that would work well on my olive green recliner.  With two King Charles Cavalier dogs who love to cuddle whenever I am on my recliner, it is important to have a cover to help keep it clean.

Using the old cover as a pattern, I cut out my new one.  All edges were serged to prevent any fraying during laundering.  Using double-folded matching bias tape, I finished each outer edge.  Then the sections were sewn together.  It only took a couple of hours to complete this project.

Quilted Recliner Cover img_1457  I had fun putting this project together.  I will make a matching one for my hubby’s recliner.  Then each dog will have a recliner to nap on and I won’t have to worry about fussing with clean up.

Tending to my Mending

sewing lady 2   There is no better way to spend a Saturday than spending it in my sewing room, with a couple of cups of hot tea, an old western movie playing in the background and my sewing machine all ready to start singing.  I guess, to some folk, this makes me sound a bit weird.  But, alas, it is not weird–it is just my way to meditate. So, its time to starting tending to my mending.

As a wise person once said, “Sewing mends the soul.  ~Author Unknown” and today is a good example of this.  Spent the day in my sewing room addressing the need of my growing stack of mending projects.  First mending tasks addressed were three pairs of jeans for the hubby.  They needed to be shortened and hemmed.  Now, he is a happy camper with his new pairs of jeans.

Prepping for the colder weather, I got myself several fleece jackets.  However, the sleeves needed shortening.  So, this is where I headed in my mending spree.  As another sewing wise person said, “Sewing fills my days, not to mention the living room, bedroom, and closets.  ~Author Unknown”  Today’s endeavor did take these clothing pieces out of the mending stack and into our respective closets.

Some people may find mending projects a bore, but, not I.  Mending for me is a sort of meditation that helps in keeping me centered and relaxed.

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