Monday, January 31, 2011

My Christmas Books All Came Today!!!

The books the my DH got me for Christmas all came today!  Here are some quick pics-No inside pics because I haven't looked at them yet!!!!
Look How Thick Patti's New book Is!!!!!!!!!
Bee Open To Learn Everyday!!!
Save the Bees!Please  Beecareful what you use outdoors for "pest"control !!

Yummy Soap From Mossy Creek Soap!!

I got these wonderful yummy smelling soaps from Michelle at Mossy Creek Soaps!!

The 3 Green Ones on the Top are Sweet Apple-They smell like apples off the tree!!
The One in the Pretty Paper Package is Gardeners Hand Soap-it smells CLEAN!
The One to the Right Of the Gardeners is Coffee & Mocha-oh my it smells good enough to eat!!
The Green One in the Box is Oceans Edge-and I think it smells like salty water and the goodness of the ocean and it so very pretty!!!!
The One Next to That is Grapefruit Delight-I smell a Little Citrus and it smells Fresh!!
The One Next to The Grapefruit is Lavender & Calendula-oh I think it's my fav!! Smells like a fresh cup of Lavender & Calendula Tea!
The First One in the Last row is Spearmint Tea Tree-I smells so fresh and minty it reminds me of my garden!! 
The Second one is Another Coffee & Mocha-I knew I would love the smell of those the best!
I am not sharing these with the hubby :}
Thanks Michelle-That was more than Generous of you! This was a trade we did-My Mermaid for all these incredible handmade soaps!!
Please Visit Michelle's Site & Treat Yourselves!!!!
Bee Clean with Michelle's Handmade Soaps!!!!

My New Cards

I will probably make new ones as I was so very tired when I did these but I am very pleased with the quality ,the look and the price of these cards by Vista Print 

Before and After :}

This is before my new fabric storage shelves
And this is after-6 boxes of fabric fit on the shelves!!!I have one more to put in :}

I like this sooooo much better!!!!!!
Bee Warm My Friends!! It's Frigid Here!!!!!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Remember the Doll I Made...

The one I didn't want to send away to my swap partner :} I am totally gonna make one of these for myself!!!

Well Sherry now has her and Has named her Miranda! Miranda dress is full of little buzzy bees because Sherry & I met on The Hive  !  Miranda has needle felted lamb locks for hair and her face is painted with acrylics.
I am so happy Sherry loves her!! A piece of me went with her!!!!
And Here Is Miranda!!!
The pictures really didn't do her justice!!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My first Rug Hooking!

This little kitty pattern was sent to me by JoEllen of BeFRuiTFul KReaTioNS. She has been so very helpful in this new adventure!  So far I am very pleased with  my results-not professional by any means!!  But I really like it!!!!!!

Another New Book:]

I bought another book on Half.Com ~Susanna Oroyan's Dolls of the Art Deco Era.  Mostly eye candy but has 3 wonderful patterns in the back!!  Here are a couple pictures for you!!!

Look what I got From Sherry!!!

I received this beautiful Dollie in the mail today from Sherry Harris of Whimsical Creations-We  were partners in Thimbleprims Old Fashioned Doll Swap.  Her name is Matilda and Sherry made her in the image of her Great Great Aunt Matilda. Sherry sent information and pictures of her aunt along with the dollie. She also sent in Matilda's purse a copy of their marriage licese and a photo of her husband, a copy of a newspaper and a copy of Uncle Tom's Cabin in a doll sized book!! I took color pictures and to be authentic some sepia ones.Enjoy!
I am so sorry I forgot to turn the pictures and I cant figure out how to do it from here!!!

Newly Dyed Fiber-Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Check this out!

Jess from Little Dirt Lane has creating a weekly challenge here
Come and Join the Fun!!! Jess is Quirky and Funny and Talented!  Come on! I challenge you to challenge yourself!!! Tell Jess that I sent you!!!!!!

I Am Lost :{ Long winded :}

~~~ without my sewing machine.  I keep grabbing fabric and patterns and then remembering my sweet little Singer is at the doctors.  I was supposed to pick up the Husquvarna that my mom bought before she went into the nursing home-my brother has it-but with the the Hoopla yesterday it was forgotten so I will get it tomorrow night and I will have it for my day off Tuesday. So I have been working on 3 different projects today ~jumping from one to another as my hands will allow me to do all of them at different times-so at least I am not bored!  The GAME doesn't start for another hour (Packers and Da Bears--GO PACK!!) I am happy to have other things to do (oh I am rug hooking, spinning fiber and knitting)
On a different note:] my craft room is getting yet another makeover!!! My buddy Mike whose mother is the quilter and whose Granny gave me all those goodies ~and even more I haven't shared-sorry!~ Is giving me his mothers Bolt Keepers that he built to hold his moms quilting fabric!  I will have to fold my fabric but them I can see it so much easier! They are simple heavy pine and I will thumb tack a pretty curtain over the front so the fabric will not get sun damage!! I am excited! The bankers boxes where awesome but I would have to dig all over to find what I wanted!!!  I may also be working on that tomorrow-they will also give me more room as they are not as wide as the boxes!!!  And I will also have storage on top of the Bolt Keepers that I didn't have with  the bankers boxes :}
Have a happy Sunday  & GO PACKERS!!!! AND GO STEELERS!!!!!
Bee Warm  Bee Creative Bee Joyous My Friends

Friday, January 21, 2011

Jan 21 2011

"While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.'

 All 4 of my horses are out :{ thankfully they are hanging out in front of the house-I was wondering who was banging at the door!! Have to wait for hubby to come home to put em in!! They are such good girls they will wait!!!

I Got Another New Book Today!!

This Kerin Gale's book Inspired Remnants,Curious Dreams-Mixed Media Projects in Epoxy Clay-so far I am excited and cant wait to try this!!!

A Couple Delicious Recipies

From My Friend Paula~~ You wont taste the carrot or the ginger too strongly-it is rich and yummy
Carrot Ginger Soup
3/4 c minced onion-I just chopped it
1/4 c peeled minced ginger -i chunked it :}
4 T & 3 T butter
6 c vegi broth-you can use chicken-i just don't
12 carrots-sliced
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 C Half & Half
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c flour
Saute the onions in 4 T butter 5 to 7 minutes
Add broth, carrots and sugar-simmer 35 minutes or until the carrots are very tender
Puree this mixture and strain-what is left in the strainer is YUMMY! I used a cup in biscuits and another cup in some savory muffins!!!!
Return liquid to the pot and add Half & Half
Melt 3T butter in another pan and when melted mix in the 1/4 c flour cook until bubbly-whisk this very briskly into the soup -this thickens it a bit.
Season with Cinnamon Salt & Pepper

From My Best Friend G
Auntie Go's Homemade Orange Sherbet
Puree 4 large oranges in a blender or food processor til very well liquefied
Juice of 4 lemons or 6 oz lemonade-we added the whole 12 ounces
3 C sugar
6 C whole milk
2 C whipping Cream
mix it all together :}

If you have an ice cream maker put it in there or you can just stick it in the freezer!! So good and much yummier than store bought!!!!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

150 Amzing Quotes!

 I found this list on the Skinny Artist . 

Alyice E.Shared this site on The Hive and I wanted to share it all with my friends!

It is long-and I should have broke it up but I read it all the way to the bottom and feel so very energized!!!  Thanks Alyice for sharing this awesome site with us!!!!!


On Art:

“Art is not a thing, it is a way.” ~Elbert Hubbard
“Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer.” ~Terri Guillemets
“I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.” ~Robert Henri
“Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.” ~Jean-Luc Godard
“The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” ~Robert Henri
“Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.” ~Andre Gide
“Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind.” ~Magdalena Abakanowicz
“As music is the poetry of sound, so is painting the poetry of sight.” ~James McNeil Whistler
“As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance” ~Calvin and Hobbes
“Great art picks up where nature ends.” ~Marc Chagall
“Sex is like art. Most of it is pretty bad, and the good stuff is out of your price range.” ~Scott Roeben
“Personality is everything in art and poetry.” ~Goethe
“No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time, it’s just that others are behind the times.” ~ Martha Graham
“I will be an artist or nothing!” ~Eugene O’Neill
“Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.” ~G.K. Chesterton
“A piece of art is never a finished work. It answers a question which has been asked, and asks a new question.” ~Robert Engman
“The greatest respect an artist can pay to music is to give it life.” ~Pablo Casals
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” ~ Edgar Degas
“Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise person to be able to sell it.” ~Samuel Butler
“Art is literacy of the heart” ~Elliot Eisner

On Beauty. . .

“Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.” ~Marc Chagall
“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” ~Rumi
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” ~Elizabeth Kubler Ross
“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” ~Henry Ward Beecher
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” ~Albert Einstein
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” ~Thornton Wilder
“The only journey is the one within.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
“Paint the flying spirit of the bird rather than its feathers.” ~Robert Henri
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart…” ~William Wordsworth
“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” ~Francis Bacon
“To be an artist is to believe in life.” ~ Henry Moore
“Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” ~Picasso
“The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.” ~Paul Cezanne

On Character. . .

“Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.” ~Andre Gide
“You connect yourself to the viewer by sharing something that is inside of you that connects with something inside of him. All you have as your guide is that you know what moves you.” ~Steven Brust
“Promise me you’ll always remember: you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~Christopher Robin (to Pooh)
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~Gandhi
“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it.  That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.” ~Stephen King (Different Seasons)
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.” ~Emerson
“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.” ~Arthur Schopenhauer

On conformity. . .

“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself” ~Rita Mae Brown
“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” ~Barbara Kingsolver
“It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not.” ~Andre Gide
“There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading to the same place, so it doesn’t matter which path you take. The only person wasting time is the one who runs around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong.” ~Hindu proverb
“To create one’s own world takes courage.” ~Georgia O’Keeffe
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~Emerson
If you can’t beat them, join them. If you can’t join them, it’s probably because you just tried to beat them. ~Unknown
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker
“A critic is a man who knows the way but can’t drive the car.” ~Kenneth Tynan
“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.” ~Jack Kerouac
“Do not compromise yourself. You are all you have got.” ~Janis Joplin
”Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
“If it adapts itself to what the majority of our society wants, art will be a meaningless recreation.” ~Albert Camus
“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” ~Kurt Cobain

On creativity. . .

“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.” ~Anne Sexton
“Creativity is essentially a lonely art. An even lonelier struggle. To some a blessing. To others a curse. It is in reality the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea.” ~Lou Dorfsman
“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.” ~Pablo Picasso
“Everything’s already been said, but since nobody was listening, we have to start again.”  ~Andre Gide
“Creativity takes courage.” ~Henri Matisse
“How we spend our days is how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour and with that one, is what we are doing.” ~Annie Dillard
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” ~Albert Einstein
“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.” ~Marc Chagall
“Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth.” ~Rumi
“Find something only you can say” ~James Dickey
“Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.” ~James Russell Lowell
“Free your mind and your ass will follow” ~George Clinton
“Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite–getting something down.” ~Julia Cameron
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ~Scott Adams

On Experience. . .

“Everything that we encounter leaves traces behind. Everything contributes imperceptibly to our education” ~Goethe
“The lessons you are meant to learn are in your work. To see them, you need only look at the work clearly — without judgment, without need or fear, without wishes or hopes. Without emotional expectations. Ask your work what it needs, not what you need. Then set aside your fears and listen, the way a good parent listens to a child” ~David Bayles
“Everything in life comes to you as a teacher. Pay Attention. Learn Quickly.” ~Cherokee saying
“We are not on this earth to accumulate victories, things, and experiences, but to be whittled and sandpapered until what’s left is who we truly are.” ~Arianna Huffington
“The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication.” ~Cyril Connolly
”The seed of your next artwork lies embedded in the imperfections of your current piece.” ~David Bayles
“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” ~Jimi Hendrix

On Failure . . .

”It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and then we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.” ~Wendell Berry
“It’s better to fail in originality, than succeed in imitation.” ~Herman Melville
“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing.” ~Georgia O’Keeffe
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” ~Khalil Gibran
“You should keep on painting no matter how difficult it is, because this is all part of experience, and the more experience you have, the better it is…unless it kills you, and then you know you have gone too far.” ~ Alice Neel
“Fail, fail again, fail better” ~Samuel Beckett

On Faith. . .

“When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen….There will be something solid for us to stand on or we will be taught to fly.” ~Patrick Overton
“The bird of paradise alights only on the hand that does not grasp” ~John Berry
“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” ~Kurt Vonnegut
“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment” ~Rumi
“If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.” ~Joseph Campbell
“Only those that risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” ~T.S. Eliot
“Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful” ~ John Wooden
“Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. We are all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up to discover what is already there.” ~Henry Miller
“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.” ~Soren Kierkegaard

On Fear & Doubt. . .

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” ~Joseph Campbell
“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single think that I wanted to do.” ~Georgia O’Keeffe
“You are not too old and it is not too late to dive into your depths where life calmly gives out it’s own secret” ~Rilke
“It’s not denial. I’m just selective about the reality I accept.” ~Calvin and Hobbes
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ~Nelson Mandela
“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.” ~Goethe
“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ~Sylvia Plath

On Giving. . .

“One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others” ~Lewis Carroll
“Give what you have. To someone else it may be better than you dare to think” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“To be an artist you have to give up everything, including the desire to be a good artist.” ~Jasper Johns
“When you learn, teach, when you get, give.” ~Maya Angelou
“He neither serves nor rules, he transmits. His position is humble and the beauty at the crown is not his own. He is merely a channel” ~Paul Klee
“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” ~Jack Kerouac

On Imagination. . .

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” ~Thoreau
“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” ~Henri Matisse
“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web. ” ~Pablo Picasso
“I shut my eyes in order to see.” ~Paul Gauguin
“To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.” ~Anatole France
“You need not leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, simply wait, just learn to become quiet, and still, and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice; it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” ~Kafka
“Silence is the mother of truth” ~Benjamin Disraeli
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” ~Thoreau
“Who looks outside, dreams… who looks inside, awakes.” ~Carl Jung
“Think outside the box, collapse the box, and take a f**king sharp knife to it.” ~Banksy
“Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads” ~Erica Jong

On Madness. . .

“We work in the dark, we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.” ~Henry  James
“Those who danced were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” ~Nietzsche
“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” ~Allen Ginsberg
“When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There’s a thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the biggest idiot on earth” ~Cynthia Heimel
“Not everyone is capable of madness; and of those lucky enough to be capable, not many have the courage for it.” ~August Strindberg
“The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy, only the artist, the great artist, knows how difficult it is.” ~Willa Cather
“One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” ~George Orwell
“Being an author is having angels whisper in your ear – and devils, too.” ~Graycie Harmon

‎”Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.” ~Meg Chittenden
“What I give form to in daylight is only one per cent of what I have seen in darkness.” ~M.C. Escher

On Work. . .

“Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave.” ~Constantin Brancusi
“You can’t wait for inspiration. Sometimes you have to go after it with a club.” ~ Jack London
“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work” ~Pearl S. Buck
“Talent is cheap; dedication is expensive. It will cost you your life.” ~Irving Stone
“To see far is one thing, going there is another.” ~Constantin Brancusi
“Failure is the path of least persistence” ~Author unknown
“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” ~Salvador Dali
“Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl.” ~Benjamin Jowett

On Writing. . .

“You ask me why I spend my life writing? Do I find entertainment?  Is it worthwhile? Above all, does it pay? If not, then, is there a reason?… I write only because there is a voice within me. That will not be still.” ~Sylvia Plath
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” ~Madeleine L’Engle
“We do not write as we want, but as we can.” ~W. Somerset Maugham
“One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. Something more will arise for later, something better.” ~Annie Dillard
“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” ~Thoreau
“The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don’t dare reveal.” ~Elia Kazan
“It’s much more important to write than to be written about.” ~Gabriel Garcia Marquez
“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.” ~Dr. Seuss
“Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word.” ~Stephen King
“True storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.” ~Hannah Arendt
“I never think when I write. Nobody can do two things at the same time and do them both well” ~Don Marquis
“A little talent is good to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.” ~Stephen King
“Writing is a struggle against silence.” ~Carlos Fuentes
“Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.” ~Goethe
“A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.” ~Karl Kraus
“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.” ~Stephen King
“Words are things. A small drop of ink, falling like dew upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think” ~Byron

Little Knitting Of Some Homespun Home Dyed

Here's the Home spun knitted up!!
I really like it!! It kinda looks like a pair of comfy jeans!

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Little Spinning & A Little Dyeing

This are the skeins I was spinning the other night while enjoying my yummy, organic, free trade, yadda yadda wine MAKULA :}  I dyed it with Jacquard Turquoise -i like the way it turned out-don't mind the uneven twist or dye job -i am a self taught spinner and rather like the really home spun look :}
 I did not boil dye it-rather i just used very hot water-I don't like the feel of boiled wool. 
The fiber was Leister Longwool from my friends at Marsh Creek Crossing
Bee warm tonight my friends as I am freezing my bum off!!!!!!!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

This Is The Book I've Been Waiting For!!

I heard about this book 3 or 4 years ago when I decided to get past the Raggedy Ann's and do more sculpted Dolls. At that time the book was way beyond my budget-40 to 60 dollars and I wasn't sure why but decided it must be one great book.  I found out later that the author had passed away. I kinda forgot about it then.
Last week I was on Half.Com looking for another book-when I found this beauty~for 13$!!!! I don't think it has even been looked at!! Let me tell yah-this is an incredible book-full of illustrations and ideas!  Here are some pics-Sorry was hard to get great pics of the pages-as I didn't want to break the spine!! In case you cant see The book is Susanna Oroyan;s Anatomy of a Doll-And I am in awe :}