Catch Up – June 2016

Hi there, my friends! I hope that all is going well in your neck of the woods.

What have you been up to? I’d love to know!

Since I don’t get to visit here often I thought I would catch up with you and let you know what it is that keeps me busy besides the everyday stuff. I think I’ll make a new  category and label it Catch Ups, since that seems to be all I seem to find time to do. Not just here but in most aspects of my life. Sigh….

It’s okay though. A busy life is a full life. One day there will come a time when I won’t be able to be so busy, so for now I’ll just keep chugging along, one day at a time and try to remember to enjoy each minute.

Previously I told you how I had rekindled a passion. Well let me tell ya that it has gone beyond the kindling stage and is now a roaring fire. In a kinda, sorta, kinda way….

Sewing has always been a hobby, but not one that I had ever taken seriously.

I took spells.

I made pillows, made repairs to clothing, made kitchen curtains once….really just small stuff. But now, I have made all kinds of things and thanks to friends and family that list just keeps getting longer. I get requests to make things all the time. .

Like this for instance…..

My most recent, which I completed just yesterday,

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is a special request for an essential oil keeper.

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I made it for a friend who has been studying essential oil for several years.

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She’s an on-the-go lady and needed something to keep her oils in when she is out and about with the Japanese Knot Bag that she requested I make her a few months ago. It needed to hold about 10 bottles and roll up small enough to fit in the Japanese Knot Bag.

I don’t have pics of the one I made for her, but in case you’re curios about what a Japanese Knot Bag is, here is a pic of one of the others I have made.

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Now she can roll the oils up in her keeper then tie it up and be ready to go.

My friends have really put my sewing skills to the test and I am loving every second of it.

If I don’t have a pattern…. I make one. I have even impressed myself. I keep telling “The Captain” and others that he and everyone else have too much confidence in my skills. The reply I get from them is…”Pffft, I know you can do this!”. And so I set about to figure it out. I haven’t ran across anything I cannot figure out.

Yet.

I have told others that some people can look at a house and know how it is built. One board at a time. Others can look at a car and know how it goes together and what makes it run. Me…I can look at something made of fabric and piece by piece figure out how it was made. Different people have different gifts. This is mine.

I have also made quite a few eye pillows.

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They are rice filled cotton pouches that you can use warm or cold. I keep one in the freezer at all times. My eyes get tired after a long day working on the computer and and it’s so soothing to lie down with that cold eye pillow across my eyes.

Making those led to making them with dried rosemary, eucalyptus or lavender mixed in with the rice. Talk about relaxation!

Then that got me to thinking about the kids. How can I make one just for them? And the idea for Boo Boo Pouches came to life. Rice filled cotton pouches in shapes.

Boo Boo Kitty

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Boo Boo Bear

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Boo Boo Owl

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Every time I create something new, I make a pattern for it because I know that someone else will want one. Also, I can tweak the pattern if needed once I evaluate the completed project.

Another hobby of mine is crochet. I have been looking for a pair of warm weather house shoes, slippers, bedroom shoes….whatever you call them. Not too heavy and with a sole. So if I need to step outside I can without worry. I haven’t been able to find what I was looking for. So I created it with a pair of cheap flip flop soles.

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I cut the straps off.

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Poked holes and crocheted away.

See the seafoam green yarn at the top of the next picture?

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There is also a pair of matching flip flops and they are next in line. I think I’ll do these a little differently. You know, spruce them up a bit. I’ll post pics when they’re finished.

I LOVE these things! So much better than anything I could have found in the retail world.

So anyway, that’s what I have been doing in between working, cooking, cleaning…. And on my lunch hour. Yeah, my mind stays in creation mode these days.

How about you?

What have you been up to?

Made anything lately?

Please share! I am always looking for new ideas!!

Happy Wednesday!

TFP 😉

 

Country Sounds

I walked out on the porch the other morning, before daylight, to see how cold it was.

And in the distance I could hear an owl. I could tell he was in the distance because of the echo. But he was loud, so he must have been a rather large owl.

I wished I could see him. I have seen very few owls in their natural habitat.

It reminded me of how I love living in the country. For many reasons, but the sounds of the country are at the top of my “Favorite things about the country” list.

By the time spring arrives I am looking forward to the night time sounds of a whipporwill or if I’m lucky there will be two talking back and forth.

The crickets chirping.

The frogs singing their nightly serenades.

A coyote howling off in the distance. Well, that’s what I’ve been told it was. But I’m not so sure there are coyotes in this area. It may just be a distant dog howling at the moon.

Depending on which way the wind is blowing…

we can hear the sounds of a dirt track race that is taking place several miles away.

Or at times when the wind is blowing right, it sounds as if the train that runs nearby, is coming right down our driveway.

I’m sure there are more sounds, but these are what crossed my mind that morning just before daylight, as I listened to the owl hooting at whoever would listen.

What are some of the night time sounds you enjoy?

Thistle’s and Things

Here are a few pictures I took, while in Charleston, South Carolina, that just didn’t fit anywhere.

I decided to make a collage of pictures. And share them with you.

These mushrooms grow wild in the dogwalking field. I stuck my foot in there so you could see the size of the mushroom.

This owl is lit up everynight at the campground entrance. It’s about 50′ tall.

Look! It’s winking at you.

Fountain in a pond at James Island County Park Campgroud.

From where I mailed postcards to friends and family.

A tin man hanging from an awning.

A thistle, ready to set its seeds where ever the wind blows them.

Puppy tracks in the sand.

A crepe myrtle in full bloom.

Not exactly sure what this is supposed to be. Maybe you do?

Compare the size of this propeller to the street sign beside it.

I hope you enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

 If you would like to read my other posts about our trip to Charleston, SC…click here.