Wordy Wednesday, Almost Thursday

I promised some random thoughts, and finally have a few minutes to jot them down.

A Black Swallowtail Butterfly that overwintered in the shed emerged from its chrysalis this past week.

I parted with my camera for a couple of weeks, leaving it for repair. I hope no new birds show up in the yard during this time. I’m trying not to look! Thankful phones have cameras now, but mine isn’t much good for bird photography.

Now that my hands are empty, I’m purging more clutter from the house. I donated fabric to a local quilting group. There’s still plenty left should the sewing machine beckon; though, when trying to alter a top, the bobbin refused to bob bob bob along. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.) 

Strathmore (artist paper) hosts three free online workshops each year. March featured Jess Park with Brush Lettering and Watercolor. The video lessons are available throughout 2017. The link at the beginning of the paragraph introduces each of this year’s artists and gives examples of their work and medium. Someone once told me to be willing to learn anything someone was willing to teach me, so I’m always trying new things.

Another recent fixation is making jewelry. I had a couple pieces that needed repair. Then I found a kit at Hobby Lobby

I opened the package, found the kit component list. I’d seen hubby assemble enough things that I knew to sort everything out and make sure it was all there: 50 of these, 220 of those, 15 of another, 32, 20, 140… (to infinity). All was accounted for.

Tools needed? Have them.

I made the earrings according to the directions, then moved on to the bracelet. “Form a loop on one end of the wire and begin randomly stringing beads on to fill up the wire.” 12 different types of beads, 754 pieces. All sorted out–then put on randomly?

I’m a bookkeeper. I don’t take numbers and do “random!” I’m pretty sure something short-circuited in my neural network at that point. I took a deep breath and began. 

Now I’m hooked! Here’s the bracelet and earrings I made. (My loops need more practice).

It is now officially Thursday. I rambled on quite a bit, I hope you were able to stay awake to the end. What are you working on this week? Have you tried anything new lately? How did it turn out? 

Have a blessed rest of your week!
Love ya!




Share Your World–2016 Week 44

Share Your World

Hubby and our son-in-law were out of town over the weekend, so I drove up to hang out with our daughter. Visions of art projects danced in our heads. We got some GREAT deals since paper-crafting supplies were 50% off, but shopping was all we accomplished.

Now, it’s time for Cee’s Share Your World questions!

What was your favorite subject in school?
Spelling in elementary school, Home Economics in middle school, and Home Arts in high school. 

If you could have a servant come to your house every day for two hours, what would you have them do?
Two hours every day? Be still my beating heart! House cleaning/painting/errand running

Where did you live when you were in the third grade of school?  Is it the same place or town you live now?
West Virginia, no it is not.

In your opinon, list some places that are great for shopping.
A few of my favorites:, Eddie Bauer, Hobby Lobby, Best Buy, Hallmark

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m grateful to get to spend the weekend with my daughter, looking forward to spending time outside with warmer temperatures for a few days this week.


Share Your World–2015 Week 28

Share Your World

It’s time again for one of my favorite memes–Share Your World. I hope you’ll create a post and link to Cee’s blog, or leave your replies in the comment section below. I enjoy getting to know you better.

What is your favorite comfort snack food?
I don’t know if it’s considered a snack food, but I tend to eat hot soup in times of stress.

If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single store but could remove nothing, which store would you pick? (except food or beverage)
So many choices! A furniture store would be comfortable. I could spend a weekend in Hobby Lobby and finally get to see everything they have to offer. And then there’s IKEA! 

What was the largest city you have been to?  What is the one thing you remember most?
Charlotte, NC; Charlotte Motor Speedway

Finish this sentence:  It has recently come to my attention that ….
I’ll qualify for a membership discount at city rec centers on my next birthday! 

Thought I’d share this photo from Sunday’s walk at Norfolk Botanical Garden.  I always check this pond for the Great Blue Heron

If you look closely, you’ll see him atop the tree in the foreground.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m thankful to have had a 4-day weekend with my sweet hubby; I’m looking forward to having more time for art endeavors this week.