“Pay It Forward”

Lisa did this to me!
Here's the deal. The first 3 commenters to this post asking to participate will, in the next year, receive a fun crafty item hand-made by yours truly. In return, you must post on your blog and in the next year send the first 3 people to request something in return. A year is a long time to figure out and make something to send… just don't let it be so long that it gets forgotten! I've mostly seen the rules to be send something hand-made, but if you are not the crafty sort, make up your own rules… I'd say just make sure whatever you send is something fun that you yourself would love to receive! If not crafty, perhaps something unique to the area where you live?

So, who would like to participate? If you do, let me know some of your preferences… if you've seen something I've made (which would be a stretch, seeing as I've barely posted anything I've made!)  that you especially love or know you'd never use or if you have certain colors you love or hate?

Coloring Inside the Lines

I like doing many things and although I'm not ADD, I don't bore easily. Rarely, in fact. A feature my husband still has trouble understanding. He'll be sick of watching TV in the evening and wander in to see what I'm doing in the other room and I'll be cross-stitching or working on the computer or gaming or reading or 1001 other things. He's amazed. I don't know if it was because I was an only child and my parents pretty much ignored me and I had to amuse myself, or if I just have one of those brains that is constantly busy, but I do manage to keep entertained.

I've always been a closet artist. I don't know if that's where my daughters get it from, but they are both somewhat into art, the younger more than the elder, but still…  I can hope a bit has rubbed off, right? I've worked in paints (oil, watercolor, acrylic), chalk, pencil, inks, pretty much a hodge-podge of everything. I like most types from modern abstract to the masters and everything in-between. I can copy life-like paintings and do respectably, but I can't do them from scratch. Abstract isn't quite so demanding and I can fudge a bit more with them.

A few years ago a friend got me into rubber stamping. To some of you it is called scrap-booking, except I've not gotten to the point of actually scrap-booking, but am stuck at the greeting card, bookmark, useless trivial "stuff" stage. I do love it, however, and have the stamps, ink, paper, scissors, glues, and trinkets to prove it. Enough that I better die with hand-made funeral cards, or else!

I enjoy photography. I like images that capture feelings… as well as the abstract that capture a mood. I'm very fond of black and white, but love the pictures I take of my flowers and my garden.

I knit and crochet and cross-stitch and sew. Fabric art, if you will. I find I don't enjoy the process of these as much as I enjoy the final pieces. I like knowing I've made something that will keep my kids warm (afghans and scarves) or they will treasure forever (wedding samplers). I find myself scrounging for something to "keep my hands busy" while watching TV and have a hard time just sitting to watch – even if I've taped the program and will be zooming through the commercials. I feel it is wasted time.

Right now I'm in the process of a rather ambitious project that I can't talk about because "some people" may read this and I don't want to spoil the surprise. Suffice it to say, the instructions were very difficult to decipher without doing some coloring. I swear, I'm going to go blind JUST with the coloring. I've gone through two sets of markers already and the third doesn't match the other two exactly (what's with THAT?)… and I'm seeing double more and more as the evening wears on. I know I'm getting older and my eyes are trying to tell me to STOP that they are tired, but I can't…. must.get.this.done.

I really do love my art and I love doing things for friends and family. Just wish I wasn't such a perfectionist and I didn't have to stay "inside the lines" all the time…

For Jen

No, they aren’t socks*. Yes, they’re upside down. They’re stocking caps for premie babies! My mother gave me the pattern and the information. There is a place you can send them to Africa where the babies are all much smaller than they are here in the U.S.
Or, in my case, I am sending them to the hospital guild for the premies born here. They took such wonderful care of my premie 30-some years ago. It’s taken me awhile, but I’d like to repay them in some small way. So, six down and who knows how many to go?
*These are my first attempt at knitting something that isn’t square or rectangular.