My 2012 in pictures. This is another wordpress photo challenge. I love participating in them anytime I can. This one was actually easy because there pictures were already there from my blog posts and saved in my media gallery. After looking through them I realized that my year was full of crafting. I did a lot of crocheting, knitting, painting, tatting… and journaling. I also did a lot of reading. I have to say, it was a good year and I enjoyed it.
My maternal grandmother was born in the year 1900. My family moved to Alaska in 1975 when I was 3 years old so I never got to see her very much. I grew up so far away from her home in Georgia. I always wished I could have known her better. I know she liked to make things like my mom did and also my sister and I did.
Just recently I posted a picture of something I tatted on facebook. I taught myself how to tat using books from the library and a few websites. One of my aunts saw the picture and told me my grandmother also tatted. She told me my grandmother would be so proud of me. I don’t know how to explain how this made me feel. It made me feel some sort of connection with her that I didn’t have before. My aunt sent me this little baby shoe that my grandmother was working on and apparently put it away to keep it safe and forgot about it.
I held this delicate little shoe in my hand and thought about my grandmother’s hands touching those same threads. I wish she was still here so I could tat with her but since she isn’t I will just keep tatting and thinking of her.
3. The last thing you would ever expect me to like (even though I secretly do) is hard rock music. Sometimes I like to rock out although I don’t pay attention to the lyrics. I actually have an electric guitar and want to learn how to wail like the 80’s.
I made some more dishcloths and I love these! I added them to my store.
The Pattern can be found here http://www.sugarncream.com/pattern.php?PID=6271
Things are not working properly in WordPress land so I had to just paste the link in. Apparently I can only make one link. After that, when I try to add a new link it has the address for the last link still there. If I change it, it changes the other links too. I am sure the super-duper wordpress techies will fix this soon
I also just finished this tatted bracelet for a good friend of mine.
- I am thankful for needles & thread, yarn and hooks of all sizes.
- I am thankful for friends to make things for
- I am thankful for my hands. They may hurt and they make shake but they still work.
- I am thankful that I am my mother’s daughter and that I got my love of crafting from her.
Merryweather: Sweet princess, if through this wicked witch’s trick, a spindle should your finger prick… a ray of hope there still may be in this, the gift I give to thee. Not in death, but just in sleep, the fateful prophecy you’ll keep. And from this slumber you shall wake, when true love’s kiss, the spell shall break.
My prince kissed me so I can finally stay awake. I slept so long and finally woke up and felt like doing something. I got my book in the mail that I ordered from Handy Hands Tatting. It is called, Tatting with Visual Patterns by Mary Konior. I have been salivating over this book for a long time but $60 is a lot of money to spend on a book. That is the cheapest you can get this book new. Finally, my “prince” said I could order it and I have it my grubby little hands. I’m like a little girl in a candy store looking at these glossy pages of beautiful tatting patterns. I’ll be making so many wonderful tatted treasures now.
I just updated my paged called “Twenty Wishes“. When I read the book by Debbie Macomber called Twenty Wishes I decided to make my own list too. I don’t quit have twenty yet but I’m working on it. I have fulfilled one wish so far. I really love how this list keeps me thinking positive and thinking about the future and all that I can do. My life isn’t over, it is just getting started!
“Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.” ~Alan Cohen
Today is the first day of November and I have many things to be thankful for….
- Halloween is over! *bah humbug! I really can’t get into the spirit
- Halloween is over!! Now it is time to buy some cheap candy for me! YUM!
- Halloween is finally over and I can sneak out some Christmas decorations without getting mocked… too much.
- I am thankful for birthday cake this month
- I am thankful for turkey too, with all the fixings.
- I am thankful for my two teen-aged boys who help me cook.
- I am thankful for my husband who loves me so much (and buys me birthday presents LOL)
- I am thankful for my extended family who keep in touch on facebook.
- I am thankful for my home I get to clean.
- I am thankful for the hands I have to craft with.
Here is the new picture of my dishcloth set I just made called “Sunshine & Rainbows – Starfish & Dish-Urchin. The other picture (from yesterday’s post) was not making me happy. I like this one much better. I got the pattern for the starfish at Lily Sugar n’ Cream but you have to register (free) to view it. Of course I changed up the colors and added my little tags. I really like them :O)
I am working on another set of flower dishcloths now. Crocheting these helps me keep my mind off the fact that my wrists are aching and swollen right now. Having a hobby keeps me focused and then I’m not concentrating on the aches and pains that come with having fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. I am blessed to know how to knit, crochet & make tatted lace among other things. If my hands hurt and I can’t crochet I can sometimes knit and if I can’t knit then I can tat…and if all else fails I turn Pain into Painting. I make artist trading cards when I can’t focus enough to make something bigger. Some of those that I made when I was in pain turned out to be the most liked by others. Having my new etsy craft store gives me a goal to strive for. Another blessing is that I don’t munch so much because I don’t want to get the things I’m making dirty so I hope it will help my diet too.
I also signed up for NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) again so I will be writing every day this month. I have so many things to be thankful for and this month I’m going to spend every day remembering that.