January 10, 2017

Practice, Cactus and Canine Fellas

I've been practicing the Chunky Versals I recently learned in Martha Lever's online class.

Hubby's name
 OBVIOUSLY, 
I need more practice!
LOTS MORE!
If you don't think so, zoom in!

No matter what, this is great fun,
 and Martha is a joy to learn from! 
Created with Pencil, Sharpies, Twinkling H2O's and a Pitt Pen.

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My friend Faye gave me this lovely 
Christmas Cactus in December 2015.

It wasn't blooming then.
But it is now!
I'd say it's a bloomin' beauty!
Wouldn't you?

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These two fellas were in
BIG 
trouble yesterday!
I forgot to put the trash up when I left.
Always enticing pork chop bones were inside.
Need I say more...

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See you soon.

May Your Day Be Blessed With Creativity,
D~~~~

January 3, 2017

Happenings Around Here This Year (or in January)

Happy New Year to all you creative sisters (and brothers) out there in blogland! 

I'm starting off 2017 by taking Martha Lever's online Chunky Versals class which is offered on the Creative Workshops website. It starts tomorrow and I'm very much looking forward to it!


I love this colorful stuff!

I've followed Martha's blog for many years and I took her Calligra-Fun class a few years back. It's fair to say that I'm a big Martha Lever fan! 


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I will also be starting off the year 
by finishing up these two UFO's.


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In addition, I've joined in on Beth Moore's SSMT (Siesta Scripture Memory Team) which will help me memorize 24 scriptures in 12 months. I love this opportunity because it sounds like a great method for learning scripture! 




Anyone can start at any time. Basically, you go to Beth's Living Proof Ministries blog on the 1st and 15th of each month, and comment with your name, city, state, the verse you have chosen to memorize, and the Bible translation from which you took the scripture. 


I started out on 1/1 with: 


Donna, Krugerville, TX, 1 Timothy 2:1-2 

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercession, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. NKJV 

I stumbled on these two scriptures while looking up some completely unrelated scriptures, and immediately knew they were perfect to start with since our new president will soon be inaugurated. I chose it because of the importance of lifting our government up in prayer, as well as the governments of other countries, especially Israel.  


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This year, I'll be posting a poll on my blog every two weeks. If you get this through a blog reader or email, you can click here to go to the blog. The poll is at the top, right.

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I am currently in Jigsaw Puzzle season. 
Isn't everybody?

It commences right after Christmas and CAN go through February when it's cold outside and cozy inside, although I doubt it will be that long this year because I have other things I want to do as you can tell. 

Elmer enjoys Jigsaw Puzzle season.

He stands on the chair...

...and rests his head on the table all the 
while looking out the window for squirrels!
He's a hoot!!!

It was funny and very cute until he tried to jump on the table in the middle of the puzzle! Fortunately, I was able to stop him the second he began to jump. Thankfully, there was little to no puzzle damage. Whew!

As for Mr. Chewy, he could care less!


See you soon!



May Your Day Be Merry, Creative and Bright,
D~~~~

December 6, 2016

The Super Duper "Not so Big" Rod Pocket Incident

These are utility room curtains in progress.

They're going in a west window so 
they needed to be lined in order to
survive the hot Texas summer sun.

Minus the lining, this is a very simple curtain.
Actually, even with the lining, they're simple.
For normal people.

Did you know projects like this require math?
Sure do.

Math and I do not get along.
Nor do I want to get along with it!

I decided after I made the top sleeve for the rod that it'd be nice to have some fabric sticking up above the rod. 

I knew that the sleeve I created was rather wide so I could merely stitch a line lengthwise through the middle of that sleeve to make two sections--one at the top for sticking up and one just below it for the rod.


Wouldn't that look quite spiffy?


With this in mind, I checked the rod box for the diameter which was 3/4 of an inch. I figured that since the sleeve was rather big and the rod a mere 3/4 of an inch, I could make the rod sleeve/pocket about 1-1/4 inches and that would leave a sufficient amount sticking up at the top.

No measuring and/or math required.
After creating the lovely little rod pocket, 
I discovered that it was exactly that! 

LOVELY but LITTLE
as in
TOO LITTLE!
UGH!

Hubby advised me that I should have measured around the rod because the fabric takes up space when it wraps around it.

Measure?
Around?
Space?

What am I?
NASA

I just wanted this to be over so I decided to forget the "sticking up" fabric that my heart so desired

Instead, I'd just rip that line of stitching out and let these curtains hang from the top!

Hi Ho, Hi Ho,
off to seam rip I go!

Later, I needed more of hubby's math help but I'll skip the details of that mini adventure. 

You're welcome!

After lots of stress and fretting, 
the curtains were complete! 

I blissfully inserted one of the curtain 
panels onto the smaller end of the rod.

Though it was a bit snug, it worked.
Yes!
Great Joy!

Then, the other panel on the larger end of rod.
Snug indeed but it worked too.
Delight consumed me!
Until...
I attempted to insert one rod into the other.

I could barely slide the smaller side of the rod into the larger side because it made the curtains so BEYOND SNUG that they didn't want to budge!

Even after ripping out the lengthwise stitching line earlier to eliminate the "sticking up" part! I was certain that there was plenty of room in the "big" sleeve!

How could this be?
How could I be that far off?
Did a group of Sicko Sewing Thugs 
break in and altered them as we slept?

I decided to put the rod up in place and then try to slide them farther in until the entire rod reached the necessary length.

I wiggled and jiggled, pushed and pulled, moaned and groaned, and begged and pleaded until alas, success!


Now if I could just distribute the curtains evenly across the rod into their permanent resting place (for now), I would rejoice forevermore! 

Of course, they did not want to budge.

I employed various methods to slide those suckers:

Pliers were first up--Lots of yanking and tugging occurred but it did not move them.

With my knee in my chest and a foot on the wall for leverage, we awkwardly wrestled until I was red in the face and exhausted (which doesn't take much) but no dice!

Surely forceps would work on these babies but that was a bust too!


Finally, I carefully pinned one end of a rope to the curtains and attached the other end to the back of a pick-up truck.


Believe it or not, when I floored the pick-up, those curtains slid right across the rod!

SEE!

I hope I don't ever have to open them!

I just noticed from the pic above, they're the 
exact same length as the cabinet to the right.

I couldn't have done that using math!

It's a happy accident!

All kidding aside, I enjoyed the sewing part of making these curtains but that only lasted a total of about 15 minutes or so (maybe). 


The figuring, measuring, cutting, and stressing took quite a few hours!

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Now I'm moving on to a small art quilt which doesn't involve stress or pick-up trucks!

Have a Blessed and Creative Day Y'all!
D~~~~

November 22, 2016

Table Love

I can't believe that it's been three months since I last posted but life has been happening and, unfortunately, creativity hasn't been a part of it. I am happy to say, however, that is changing!

For the moment, I wanted to share some delightful creativity with you. A new Chick-fil-A opened around the corner about five minutes from our house. 

"Yay," I say!

Aside from the tasty menu, the coolest farmhouse-style table rests in the midst of this wildly popular establishment.

It's a creamy white mixed with brown.
Yummy!

The texture felt smooth yet gently wavy 
when I brushed my hand across the top.
Spectacular!

I am in love with this 
wonderfully-crafted delight!
The brown section wrapped around the 
corner of the table (just below the top) 
ihammered metal, an embellishment 
that adds to the charm.

The tag below is on both ends of the table.

In case you can't read it, it says:

This table was built by artisans from A Better Way Ministries. The materials used were salvaged from unwanted and abandoned homes. The hands that built it belong to a person who also once felt unwanted and abandoned. Love, compassion and grace are powerful tools. www.abetterwayministires.com

You can click the link below 
to visit the ministry's site:

A Better Way Ministries

May your Thanksgiving table be blessed with family, love, and lots of good eats!
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August 24, 2016

Done in the Nick of Time!

I started this table runner way back in the olden days, like maybe April or May. For some reason, or maybe many reasons, I haven't had much ambition to do anything creative since then but I think the times--they are a changin'!  

I'm not sure it'll stay on this 
table but it works for this pic.

I love the happy colors!
 It's the Barber Pole Table Runner pattern
which is on Craftsy and made by 

I simplified it by making 
straight edges whereas the pattern had 
each section in alternating lengths.  

I'm so happy that I got this spring/summer 
table runner done just in time for fall!
Whew! 
Now I can start on a fall table runner and 
hope to be finished before spring shows up.
Tee-hee! 

Nah, I think I'll skip the table runner thing,
 and finish up some other UFOs instead.
Decision made!

Until Next Time,
May Your Days Be Happy and Bright,
D~~~~

August 16, 2016

I Spy With My Little Brown Eye...

...at Home Depot in Denton, Texas

Nothing like a little 
VERY CREATIVE 
advertising!

The three bumper stickers read:

Crazy Chicken Lady

I Heart Sewing

WARNING 
This Vehicle Stops At All Garage Sales

I'll bet this lady is a lot of fun!

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May Your Day Be Blessed 
With Such Wild Creativity,
D~~~~

July 21, 2016

Talk About A Barn Quilt

Check out this wonderful barn quilt!
It's from the 
page on Facebook.
Cool stuff!
The quilt is painted on.
I love it!
Do you think that maybe 
quilting goes on inside the barn?

May Your Day Be Blessed With Creativity,
D~~~~~