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Friday, May 5, 2017

~Never Give Up!~

Learning A New Craft...
Can Be Frustrating...
My Journey With Crocheting...
And Knitting Continues...
The Path Seems To Have...
Lots Of Road Blocks...
I'm Determined To Find The Way!

I'm More Or Less Documenting...
My Journey On My YouTube Channel...
I've Crocheted Over 10,000 Yards Of Yarn...
Over The Past Couple Of Months!
My Trash Can Is Getting Full...
Of Fails...
That's Ok...It's All Part Of The Process...

Here's My Latest FAIL...
Check Out The Past Videos...
If Ya Wanna Catch Up!


Enjoy!

Friday, April 21, 2017

~Awwwww...Peaceful~

First Before I Forget...
To Mention It...
I Rarely Visit Facebook These Days...
To Keep Up With What's New In My World...
Please Follow Me On...
And Of Course This Blog...

Nothun Makes Me Feel More Peaceful...
Than A Get Away To Eureka Springs, Ar...
If Ya Have Never Been There...
DO Treat Yourself To A Visit...
Out Of All Our Travels...
There Just Isn't Anywhere Else Quite Like It...

We Stay At The Flat Iron Flats...
Right In The Midst Of All The Hub Bub...
Smack Dab In The Middle Of All The ....
Historic Buildings & Stores!...
Yes, The Rooms Are Quite Pricey...
But, Oh So Worth Every Penny!
With French Doors That Open ...
Up To Balconies....
So FANTASTIC!

I Could Sit There All Day...
With A Glass Of Wine...
Just Watchin' Folks Stroll By!
 Eureka Springs Is A Very Artsy Community...
Such Great Art Galleries...
The Shops All Nestled Inside The Old Historic Buildings!

There Are Always Folks Playing Music...
In The Downtown Park...
In Front Of The Shops...
Just Wherever They Can Find A Spot!





We Have Been Visiting Eureka Springs...
For Almost 40 Years...
We Would Love To Own A Home...
Right On The Historic Loop...
Where The Fabulous Old Houses Are...

As Some Of Ya Know...
We Lived In An Old House Once...
Here In Kansas...
We Completely Renovated It ... But Kept It Old Looking..
Just Updated What Was Needed To Make It Livable...
So Although We Want To Live In Eureka...
We Don't Know At This Stage In Our Lives...
If We Are Up To The Care...
An Old House Needs...

I Love The Colors Of The Home Below!!
 


We Talk Often Of Moving There...
We Have So Much Property Here To Maintain Though....
16 Houses...
200+ Storage Rental Units...
It's Not So Easy To Just Pick Up And Leave.... 
BUT, We Are Talking Perhaps...
About Renting A Downtown Apartment There!!

There Are Tiny Lit'l Apartments...
Above The Shops...
In The Historic Buildings!!!

Keep Our Home Here...
Have A Get Away Apartment There!!
So We Are Keeping Our Eyes Open...

The Peacefulness I Feel In Eureka...
We Both Do In Fact...
My Bucket List Has Only One Entry..
Spend The Majority Of Our Time In Eureka Springs!!

Enjoy! 


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

~It's All About Me....FINALLY!!~

For Years I Created For Someone Else...
Even Though My Stuff...
Was A Bit Outside The Box...
I Still Held Back A Lot...
I HAD To Cater To Enough Folks...
To Make A Living...

I Still Find Myself...
Hearing That Voice Inside...
Tellin' Me That ....
"They Won't Like That"...
"That's Too Weird"...
"They're Not Ready For That"...
So I Find Myself Changing The Design...
Tweaking It So It's More...
Middle Of The Road...

I Asked Myself ...Why?
Why Am I Still Doing That...
Creating For Others...
Instead Of Making It All About Me?

I Guess It's About Acceptance..
We Want Others To Like What We Do...
Even If What We Do...
Isn't Really Being True To Ourselves...

I Think That's Why I Love...
Doing  My "Funked Up Art"...
I Create For Me...
No One Else...

I Did Create Only For Me Though...
When I Did The BIG Punch Needle Pieces ....
Last Year...
I Knew When I Designed Those...
That Folks Wouldn't Want To ...
Punch Such Large Pieces...

But, I LOVE Them...
The Big Punched Pieces ...
Have So Much More Impact ...
They Get Noticed!!

I've Made A Promise To Myself...
Starting Today...
Everything I Create...
Whelp...
It's All About Me...FINALLY!!

Enjoy!
 



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

~Running Out Of Time?~

Do You Ever Feel You Might Run Out Of Time?
To Create Everything You Want To Try?
When I Was Doing Hickety Pickety...
As A Full Time Living...
I Was Creating In Such A Whirlwind...
I Wasn't Enjoying The Process...

From 2007 To 2013...
I Didn't Create Anything...
Didn't Look At Art Online...
Didn't Walk Into An Antique Store Or Craft Store...

Some Days I Feel...
I Wish I Could Get Those Years Back...
Be Able To Tack Them On To What  Time I Have Left...
I Don't Regret Walking Away From Creating...
I Desperately Needed The Break....
Hickety Pickety Had Taken On A Life Of It's Own...
It Had Grown Out Of Control...
It Dominated My Life...
I Felt Like I Was Suffocating...
The Last Two Years Of Doing It...
Was Hard...I Struggled To Maintain The Pace...
I Let The Money Dictate My Happiness...
I Was Making More Money...
Than I Ever Thought Would Be Possible..
Sounds Strange..
But, At Times I Wish I Wasn't Making So Much Money...
I Knew If I Let The Money Dictate When I Quit...
I Would Never Quit...
 
To Put Into Perspective How Many Orders I Would Get...
Before Orders Came By Email...
As Email Orders Don't Seem As Overwhelming...
When You Don't Actually See The Stacks Of Mail...
We Had To Pick Up Our Mail From The Post Office...
They Would No Longer Deliver It...
We Had To Put In A 2nd Phone Line...
Or No One Ever Got To Make Personal Calls...
Because Before I Started A Website...
We Received Phone Orders Nonstop Too...
 
So One Morning I Woke Up...
Checked My Email...
Saw All The Orders...
And Just Knew I Was Done...
Replied To The Emails That I Was No Longer In Business...
Refunded Their Money .. 
Instantly Took Down My Website...
No Notice..No Going Out Of Business Shindigs..No Nothing...
And Slowly The Word Got Out..
I Was DONE! 
 
I've Been Asked Many Times If I Regret My Decision...
No...Never...
I've Came Out With Maybe 10 New Patterns...
In The Past 3-4 Years...
Back In The Day...
I Was Doing About 16 New Patterns A Year...
And Those Patterns ...
Would Have Up To 6 Designs In Them...
On Top Of That...
For 2 Years I Traveled And Taught Classes...
I Also Did Licensing....
 All That Was Just On The Business End...
That Didn't Include Everything Going On Personally...

Now I Create When I Want...
And What I Want...
The Money I Make From My Art...
Allows Me To Keep Doing My Hobbies...
Those Hobbies Include Shopping For Clothes (Online)...
Spoiling My Kiddos & Grandbabes...
Buying More (Not Needed) Stuff For The House..
Buying More Art Supplies....
I Consider All That Stuff My Hobbies...
I Always Want My Hobbies...
To Support Themselves.... 
The Husband Always Says...
You Know The Money In The Bank Is Yours Too...
I'm Too Independent To Not Make Money Myself...
For What I Want To Spend It On...
 
But, I Feel Some Days I'm Running Out Of Time...
If I Live As Long As My Mom Did...
I Have 13 Years Left ...
I Still Want To Knit A Wearable Garment This Year...
Not Just A Scarf...
But, Maybe A Vest Or Cardigan...
Yep...I'm Dreaming Big...
 
I Still Want To Dabble With Polymer Clay..
I Still Want To Do Some Mosaics....
I've Tried Many Many Types Of Creating...
But, I Know There's Lots I Haven't Done Yet...
See I Need To Be Able To Tack...
Those Years I Didn't Create Onto The End...
Give Me Some More Time! 

I Hope Whatever You Are Doing Today...
You Are Doing It Because It Make You Happy!

Enjoy!

 
 

Friday, March 24, 2017

~PAL~

Ya All That Have Been Readin' My Blog...
Or Watchin' My YouTube Channel...
Know I've Been On A Crochetin' Kick Of Late...
And I've Been Binge Watchin' Knitting Videos...

Whelp..Those In The Knitting & Crochet World...
Do The Neatest Thing...
They Have KAL'S and CAL'S...
Knit A Longs and Crochet A Longs...

So I Thought I'd Try A
PUNCH A LONG!!

The "Punch A Long"...PAL
 Will Work Somewhat As Follows...
I'll Do Up A Pattern...
If You Want To Punch Along...
With The Same Pattern I'm Usin'...
The Pattern Price Will Be  VERY Low...
Like ONLY $3
And Then Each Step Along The Way Will Be Done On Video...
From Putting The Pattern On Fabric...
Etc. Etc. Etc...

It Will Be Like A Virtual Punching Group...
You Can Watch Each Video...
I'll Probably Make The Videos About 30 Minutes Each...
And Punch Right Along With Me!
I Will Only Work On The Punched Piece While I Video...
So You Will Get To See Everything...
When I Screw Up...
How I Fix It...
The Whole She-Bang!

I Wanna Get A Pattern Drawn Up...
I Have Some Whacky Ideas ...
So I'll Try To Tame Those Down  A Bit..
Come Up With Somethun That Others Might Possibly Like!..
I'm Always Havin' To Pull Back...
Cuz I Know Most Folks Don't Like Outside The Box...
So Stay Tuned For The PAL...

I Just Finished Up A HUGE Afghan For My Sister...
It Covers The Top Of My King Size Bed!








And Now In Between Doin' Funked Up Art...
Which There's Been Exciting Opportunities Come My Way With All That!

I've Started A Crochet Poncho For My Other Sister!!

Isn't Life Just GREAT?!!

Enjoy!



 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

~Garter Stitch!~

Took One Of My Scarves....
To A Darling Yarn Shop Yesterday...
Sure Wish It Didn't Take Me An Hour To Drive There...
Maybe It's A Good Thing...
Cuz I'd Want To Be There All The Time!

I Explained My Confusion About ...
The Knitting Or Purling...
That Mine Didn't Look Like I Thought It Should...
She Said My Scarf Looked Perfect...
Bind Off And Everything...
Patting Myself On The Back!!!
And That I Was Doing The "Garter Stitch"...
Knitting And Then Turning And Knitting Another Row...
Creating The Garter Stitch...

Folks Meet At The Shop Every Sat. Morning...
And Then The 3rd Thursday Evening Of Each Month...
Sat. Doesn't Work For Me...
I Hope To Make It For A Thursday Meet Up Though!!

So Mystery Solved!!

 
Hope You Are Creating Something That Make You Happy Today!




 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

~Knitting Or Purling???~

I'm The Jump Right In...
Don't Bother With Directions...
Just Watch Enough Of A Video....
To Think I Know What I'm Doin'...
Make It Up As I Go...

If I Don't Catch On Right Away...
Readin' The Instructions...
Then I Just Wing It...

That's How Hickety Pickety Got Started...
No Way Did My Stuff Ever Turn Out...
Like The Couple Of Patterns I'd Bought...
It Seemed They Made Everything So Difficult...
Sounded Like There Were So Many Rules...
Rules I Certainly Didn't Follow...
Hated The Process Of Crafting...
By The Rules Of The Pattern...

There Are Some Things In The World Of Creating..
If The Rules Aren't Followed...
Then Things Don't Turn Out...
Baking Is One Of 'em...
Of Course I Don't Like To Bake...
I Like To Cook...Cuz I Can Do My Own Thing...

As Ya Can See ....
I'm Not One To Follow The Path...
Others Have Planned Out..
I'm The Type That I Don't Really Care To Fit In...
I Let My Hair Go Grey...
Mostly Because Everyone Around My Age I Know...
Wouldn't..
Going Grey Was One Of The Best Decisions I Ever Made!

 
That Brings Me To Knitting...
My Latest YouTube Video Shows I Don't Have A Clue...
Knitting Is Not Going To Be One Of Those...
Do Whatever I Want...
And It'll Look Ok....
Ok Enough For A Scarf...
Slippers, A Cowl, Shawl...Stuff That Doesn't Really Matter...
But, Definitely Not For A  Garment...

The Big Question Is...
Why Is Every Other Row I Do..
A Knit Then A Purl...
When I Think I'm Just Knitting Every Row???

This Is Why I'm  Usin' $6 A Skein Yarn..
And Not $26...
As I've Thrown Away At Least A Trash Bag Full....
Durin' This Learnin' Process...
I Will Conquer Knitting Though...
I AM DETERMINED!!!

Hope You Are Having A Fun Day Of Creating!
 



 

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