Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi is a way of life.
I enjoyed the collages in this book.

I enjoy Haiku.

The collages have inspired me to make collages out of junk mail.

I shall be making valentines from my collages.

Becoming a waste free household means I need to have all sorts of ideas on how to use the raw materials that come my way.

I am thinking about paper crafts.

I shall never look at a stray sock 
the way I once did!

These are so very cute!

Socks as friends works for me!

My imagination 

is having a fun time!
I am wondering what I will 
come up with for stray gloves?
Pocket friends are delightful!

I have begun a felted 
wool crazy quilt.

My first square is from my first felted wool
piece I did a few years ago
and a velvet leaf that was in 
with some of my Grandmother's things.
I love my hand sewing at night.
It is wabi sabi.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Making these pincushions has been very fun.
I have two more to make before I begin something else.
I will give these to friends come next October.

I have been using a divided
wooden serving bowl to help keep the little pieces of this and that I have needed for my pincushions organized.

Each one is a little bit different.

I miss the bugs in the winter.
That is one reason I am teaching myself
 hand sewing so I can do applique and quilting.

I want to make bees

and butterflies.

I am gathering my embroidery floss

 and my beads.

I am gathering patterns.

I am organizing my fabric.

I am making a plan.

I made a couple of charm bracelets.

I took an old broken rosary and added a clasp
 and a couple of medals.

I added more charms to my Cowgirl charm bracelet.
I wear it all the time!

I did a fun bracelet
for Christmas.
Hope you are having crafting fun.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Always making something

Seems as if I am always creating.
It is just what I do.
I have been wrapping paper free for many years.
I buy silk scarves at the thrift stores to wrap my gifts.
I also use pillow cases, tea shirts and all matter of tea towels.

When I found this book at the library I was excited. The art of furoshiki is  amazing.
I was hoping I would learn a few more wrapping up ways.

My husband helped me make a pattern so I could make a pumkin pin cushion.
Using six segments I can sew up a pumpkin or a tomato.
I am wanting to make a few pumpkin pin cushions for October gifting.
I worked on my prototype last night. I stuffed it with roving.
I will finish with a stem and a large button bottom. I am doing hand sewing in the evenings. 

I felted an old orange wool sweater. I cut out my segments, a stem and some leaves for a fancy pumpkin pin cushion. I will let you know how it comes out.
I needed a pin cushion for quilting.
I needed a place for my needles and my embroidery scissors.
I made this little cushion and scissor holder.
I am organizing my fabrics and trims.
I am organizing the buttons.
I want to be able to find things quickly.

This tin is just perfect for white buttons.

I have lots and lots of felted wool.
I have lots of buttons.
I do love the idea of this piece.
I want to make a Cowgirl on a button Moon.
Button dolls are fun!

I have started a scrap basket and am gathering ideas on what to do with them.

I have decided 2011 will be a waste free year.
Coming up with ways to use everything that comes into my house.
I will be looking at packaging before I buy.
I am repurposing as much as possible.
I have made a commitment to sharing with you what I make each week. I am always making something.
Wednesday is my "Artful Life" blogging day.
I am repurposing my blogs too!