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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Clement Canyon Poncho ~ Crochet Blankets & More!






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Thursday, June 22, 2017

~Trying New Stuff~

When Ya Create For A Living...
Ya Tend To Get Stuck In A Rut...
Havin' To Do What Ya Think...
Others Will Accept...
Ya Gotta Keep Your Creations...
Somewhat Mainstream...
Which Was Always A Problem For Me...
I Tend To Want To Do...
What Others Aren't Doin' At The Time...
Which Means Takin' Chances...
 
Since Now I Create For The Hell Of It...
And Don't Have To Ponder...
Whether The Masses Will Like It Or Not...
I Keep Tryin' New Stuff!
 
If Somethun Sales...Then That's A Bonus...
Gives Me A Bit Of Pocket Change...
To Buy Supplies...
To Try Stuff I've Never Done Before...
Spoil The Grandturds....
Take A Fun Road Trip...
 
I Can Spend Time...
Creatin' Crap That I'll Just Keep For Myself...
For 25+ Years...
I Created With Selling In Mind...
Now I Create ...Jus To Be Creating!

A Few Years Back...
I Decided To Learn To Knit...
Didn't Have A Clue As To What I Was Doing..
Still Don't...
Years Ago I Wouldn't Have Been Able...
To Spend The Time...
Even Playin' Around Tryin' To Knit...

It's So Fun...
To Spend Time Doin' What I Want To Do...
Not What I Have To Do!!
3 Years Ago I Knitted Some LONG Garter Stitch Scarves...
Didn't Even Know "Garter Stitch" Was What I Was Doing...
 
I've Been Doin' Tons Of Crocheting Lately...
Made A Couple Of Blankets...
l/2 Dozen Ponchos...
Now I Want To Try A Knitted Poncho....
Cuz I Can Make Whatever The Hell I Want....
I Can Spend My Time However I Want...
Oh The Joy Of Gettin' Old!!!!!
 
I'm Almost Through My First Skein Of Yarn...
Gotta Admit There's Been...
Quite A Bit Of Cussin'...
I'm Determined I WILL Have A Knitted Poncho...
And I WILL Wear The Damn Thing...
No Matter How It Turns Out!!!
 
I Hope You Don't Take As Long...
As I Have ...
To Start Trying New Stuff...
Just For The Hell Of It!!
 
Enjoy!
 
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

~Makes Me Happy!~

I Don't Need To Jet Around The World...
Go On Fancy Cruises...
Visit Exotic Places...

Drivin' The Back Roads...
Eatin' At Lit'l Out Of The Way Places...
Like The One Below..
Makes Me Happy!


The Food Was Absolutely Wonderful Too!!

We Spent 5 Days In Beautiful Eureka Springs, Ar....
My Most Favorite Place I've Ever Been...
The Only Thing On My Bucket List...
Is To Own A Get Away Home There...
Just Bein' Among All The Beautiful Old Homes...
The Unique Shops...
And Ever So Interesting Folks...
Makes Me Happy!

As We Ventured Around Town...
I Spotted This Wonderful Piece...
Of Outdoor Art...
How FANTASTIC Is This?!!!
This Definitely Makes Me Happy!


Takin' A Walk...
Along The Historic Loop Of Homes...
I Spotted This!!!


Yarn Bombing...
Definitely Makes Me Happy!!!

If Ya Ever Come Across An Old Afghan...
In A Thrift Shop....
Definitely Buy It...
So You Can Do Some Fun Yarn Bombing!

If You Would Like To See What Else...
Makes Me Happy...
And Keep Updated In Between...
The Few Times I Seem To Update This Blog...

Be Sure To Follow Me On Instagram....

I Do Hope You Are Spending Your Time...
Doing What ...
Makes You Happy!

Enjoy!

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!

 
 

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