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May 28th 2015

I am so happy to finally announce that my shopping cart is up and running. Three of my patterns are available for PDF download and not a moment too soon, since a couple of them are perfect for summer!

First up is Watercolor Sea Horses

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I used the fabric Giggles from Me and My Sister Designs but it works just as well with anything from your stash like Cindy did below.

Cindy's Sea Horses (2)

And this one from Susie’s Sunroom I love her “sea weed” style quilting!

Susie's Sea horse

Another Summer sensation is Just Keep on Swimming. Each block is 10″ x 10″ and it went together assembly line style in a flash! Naturally I thought Daysail from Bonnie and Camille would be perfect for a baby boy! Quilt size 36″ x 46″.

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There is the Mister on location helping with pictures (love him so much for doing that for me) but those were a NO! For starters taking quilt pictures is difficult, and taking them on a windy beach even harder! Plus the beach on vacation is much nicer than this one.

Mr with fish on the beach

But not to worry, this pattern also comes with 3 size options! Below is a throw size 56″ x 66″ made with Here Fishy Fishy by Heather Mudler Peterson for Henry Glass & Co.

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Lastly but surely a great finish for any Christmas in July blog hop is Peppermints.

peppermints on the beach

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I absolutely love how Susie’s (Susie’s Sunroom) turned out. She’ll tell you herself how my mouth waters when I look at hers. It’s all full of cocoa, caramel and cherry liquor, there is even some red velvety goodness wrapped in Kahlua in there, can you taste it?

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My new Insta friend Debbie  also tested the pattern and made this one. Gorgeous too right?

Debbie's quilt

Just click on  “MY SHOP” on the beach, in the upper right margin and it will take you there. Use the code “FINALLY” and get 10% off! Happy Summer!

Showcase your vacation memories

September 12th 2014
Since Summer has ended and we are ready to usher in the Fall, maybe you’d like to highlight your summer pics in a shadow box and remember those glorious days of Summer?
Here is a post from the past in which I did just that. I highlighted that Summer’s vacation (2011) in a shadow box. You can see the materials I used here in the “part 1” post. I still have it hanging in our recreation room. Great trip!
“First of all, let me just say that even after seeing and handling the box almost everyday, moving it here and there around my Craft Corner area, I overestimated how much I could actually put inside it.
Secondly, in case you did not know, Sanibel is the Sea Shelling Capital of the world, not Cape Hatteras, so there goes the “shelled” paper idea (part 1). Since the box has a really nice “linen” type base through which you insert pins to hold the photos, ephemera etc.., I left the background as is. It serves as a nice contrast with the grey frame and other “cool colored” pics I added. As art would have it, omission is sometimes necessary. Some of the pictures never made it on there, partly because I didn’t want to cut them, I rather overlap.
The Big Picture

The inaugural item for the shadow box was a doodle I worked on while I planned the vacation. Then I fiddles with the layout of the photos and figured out how to integrate a map of the area. I thought this was important  because we did quite a bit of traveling up and down the Outer Banks; then a Hurricane (Albert) hit later that summer, and  sliced through that, now familiar, strip of road.
After much trial and rearranging, I finally had the layout how I wanted it, but I had to cut out the map. Apparently, I subconsciously arramged the pictures in order from North to South to show a glimpse of each area we visited. When I super imposed the map over the photos, it fell right into place, I was pleased. Being a stickler for details, I like for the documentation of a trip, such as this, to be as authentic and accurate as possible, it’s the librarian in me. : )

A doodle, of the forthcoming vacation rendered that Spring at a faculty meeting.

Wild horses on the beach in Corolla (pronounced Curulla, not like the car): DO NOT DISTURB or you’ll be fined!

Cape Hatteras light house, view of Pamlico Sound from the house balcony.
Here is the map that runs through it, pretty much aligns with the location of the photos except the horses, I had to hand write that town as it was on the very northern tip of the island.

These are the infamous wooden fences, their purpose is to trap the constantly shifting sand to preserve the dunes and prevent beach erosion.

One of the mamy boardwalks along the highway for beach goers, and kite boarders. Swim at your own risk: no life guards, lots of wind and wild surf. Brrrr, that water is cold!

An amazing ocean view from an empty lot on Ocracoke Island, which we explored by golf cart. This island was home to BlackBeard the Pirate.
Once that was finished, I added some color with “beachy” embellishments and a thought reading from top to bottom, can you read it? It says “we are blessed,” and we are. My favorite part is the mounted illustration at the bottom by Mary Engelbreit, and the quote “Sounds of the wind, and sounds of the sea, make me happy just to be.” By June Polus. That really should be my motto, mantra and motivation in life!”

 

Jane or Jill of many Crafts

January 16th 2013
A Jack of all Trades is a person who can do passable work at various tasks : a handy versatile person. It sounds great but generally these people are seen as wishy-washy, unfocused and unexperts in all they can do because they don’t have a title that states their area of expertise in a concrete way.

I think it’s a great asset to dabble in a little bit of this and a little bit of that, right? In school, we expect students to achieve satisfactory, if not exceptional success, in all subject areas don’t we? When our own children bring home a C or worse we say “we don’t accept C’s in this house, only A’s and B’s.”  So what is the message exactly?



a little watercolor painting

I, being a middle child, have always believed that the more you know or learn, the better it is. I don’t know if this is innate or a coping mechanism of middle children or  if it’s something I learned from my father. [He knows how to do everything except open heart surgery (he gets queasy) and fly a plane (he can figure that out, it’s mechanical.]



Fresh Ideas!

I think everyone should know how to read music, just in case you ever have to. Reading nautical flags might come in handy at some point. Sign language is convenient you can speak with the hard of hearing or in case you ever lose your voice or want to sing silently. Sewing is totally underrated because people have to wear clothes. Next, I want to learn how to manufacture fabric starting from the cotton fields! And everyone has to know how to swim!



Innovative Crafts

So the question I ask is, what happens when you have the ability to do something but you do not find fulfillment in it?  What do we do when our “formally trained” skills pay the bills but steal our joy?  Where do we go to fuel our dreams and desires or attain satisfaction, when the duties and obligations born from our schooling deplete us of energy to take pleasure in the finer things?

Multi-media Art

How do we prove ourselves in the area of our talent when we weren’t encouraged to pursue it in a formal way?  Can we find an opportunity to show “we have what it takes” if we don’t have a paper that says so?  Is the only skill that matters the one supported by the old English writing on a diploma?

 

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In many scenarios, yes. We must show a diploma, have a resume or certificate that verifies our skills, talents, abilities and such.  The upside is, even while in the rut, the journey of life reveals to us what we are called to do; our purpose should bring us joy not misery.

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At the very least, there will be a fork in the road where we must choose and can choose the road we have traveled less. We might have come across it several times during our lives yet, we have always chosen the practical, secure, predictable and most traveled way.  This road however, sometimes leads us towards the slow demise of our hopes and dreams. It lead us away from what we like, what brings us happiness and the thing that innately we have been gifted with.  Really, read 1 Timothy 4:14. I am not talking about circumstancial happiness, or endless bliss; just the “in your heart” gratification that comes when we do something well and easily, and no one has to even see what we did.

Making my own pattern

So as I ponder this whole notion, I wonder about the abilities that you and I possess.  Be they great or small, if we truly are uplifted by the simple act of exercising them, we should not be afraid to do so.  Therefore, now at the mid-life point, (if I live to be 90) I put my foot down and am taking the road less traveled that leads me to artful bliss!  I am forging my own way, documenting that which does not appear on any fancy piece of paper! Doing what comes easily, brings me joy, reduces stress, uplifts my heart and feeds my soul in a more intentional way.  And thanks for being witnesses to it on this here blog.

Now, if I could only find the map for the rest of the journey…..

Georgia on my Mind

January 6th 2013
We went to Stone Mountain Georgia for a couple of days. The mountain is made of Granite and it’s all over the US in important buildings.
 
View of the actual mountain and a teeny tree my daughter pointed out.

Vague hint of Fall foiliage, the sunlight makes all the difference.

Here they are.

Covered bridge.

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May 7th 2012
The funny thing about taking pictures, is that no one else knows about them. I mean they don’t know how they are born, or planned, or captured at just the right moment or if they are completely spontaneous, like this one.  They are really all about me and my life, and what I cherish and what I love to reflect on. These moments in time really encompass what I find to be meaningful and/or beautiful. 

I always joke that I am hardly in any pictures (and it’s true) but look at this one, I am still the one looking out at this scene and now I share it with you.

“These are a few of my favorite things”  Clearwater, FL

Psalm 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament showeth His handiwork.