Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Weaving SOS at 1:30 am

The problem with weaving late at night is you can't call a weaving friend for help. I figured Amy would not appreciate a phone call at 1:30 am. Once again the shuttle fell through the warp and I was under the loom trying to find it when I looked at the underside of the blanket and saw a big mistake. It may be fixable or I may have to fix it when it comes off the loom. This is the problem with a double weave blanket, you can not see what is happening on the bottom layer. For those of my non- weaver friends I'll explain. Double weave is a technique that lets you weave double the width of your loom. There is a fold on one side and that is the center of the blanket. A basic plain weave fabric is over an under every thread. In the case of double weave you have an upper layer and a bottom layer. When you weave the bottom layer you are also moving the upper layer out of the way. As a result you can't really see what is going on in the bottom layer. Of course that is where my problem is.

This is the blanket that Sarah was supposed to take to college so as you see its a little late. I spun all the yarns over the years, some I dyed some were dyed by others, some are from our sheep so it will be full of memories. I also weave it with intention, and by that I mean I think of empowering words that will help her throughout her life while I work on it. I also like to play positive music so that everything that surrounds the blanket is helpful and hopeful.

Oh my friend Amy came over after work to help and it was an easy fix. I had threaded one of the heddles incorrectly but was able to fix it by cutting the thread and tying on a replacement. Happy dance..... It sure helped that Amy just finished a blanket that she had thrown silk threads in the warp. They constantly broke so she had plenty of experience repairing things in that bottom layer. Weaving buddies that come over to help out are the best. Thanks Amy.

My phone died last night. I took it to Verizon and they guy said it was fried so I waited till Dave got home and we went back. We tried to see if a new battery would fix it. They came to the conclusion that it would, so Dave & switched batteries to see if the phone would work with his battery. It seemed to but now I still think there is a problem. It keeps shutting off on me. I will try and recharge it tonight but I have a feeling I will be looking at new phones tomorrow.

Quote of the Day: Treat yourself as if you already are what you'd like to become.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Weaving and Cleaning once more

I am weaving again and you don't know how long I have waited to be able to say that. I have woven about 12" on Sarah's blanket. I am thinking about weaving a rug for my bathroom and I can't do that till the blanket is done so onward I go. I know its been ages, this is what it looks like.

I've been changing things and moving them around so much I am really in a cleaning/clearing out mode again. I have a shelf where all these sheep reside, some I like but others are just dust magnets, I decided to take them all down, I gave some away, some I will keep and a few are displayed elsewhere. I then put all my teapot on the shelf and they look nice. So that freed a spot in my cupboard.So of course that has all been reorganized now. The new dishes did not fit like my old ones so that cupboard came next. I put some things away for Sarah and got rid of some old mugs. It was then that I wanted to dust and went looking for my box of swiffer duster refills and I still haven't found them. I did clean out and organize cabinet in laundry room though. Low and behold I found the mortar and pestle that I have been looking for. I like how that happens. Now I need to stop this cleaning binge and get back to regular stuff but I can't stop its a disease.

I can't say enough how much I love my new dishes, I open the cupboard and see this riot of color and it makes me smile. The manifesting continues, I had been thinking I want a complete set of silverware next. I have a hodgepodge of silverware and I have always wanted a new complete set but Dave and I could never agree on some we both liked. Now last night out of the blue he says someone left a spoon when I had the cookie party in December. He liked it and said if we could find it somewhere he would buy a set. Now this is a nice simple pattern with clean lines that I can live with fine. We went on the internet found the silverware and found out its sold locally at 2 stores so we'll go look at it this weekend. Hmm this is working so well what would I like next....

Here are the journal ideas I talked about last week. One is a little entry for each day and the other was just the page divided in small sections to draw and write whatever comes to mind. It was fun to do.

Quote for the Day: I can always reach for a thought that feels better

Think Good thoughts!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Camas Wildlife Refuge

On Saturday we went to the Camas Widlife refuge. Its about 35 miles fromwhere I live. A nice short drive. The newspapoer had an article about it. We'd never been there so we thought we'd check it out. They had viewed 40 eagles the other day so we hoped we'd get see at least a few. We ended up seeing a coyote, 2 porcupines, one was sleeping in a tree and the other just walking. There was a bull moose with a very nice looking rack and 2 cow moose. We saw lots of hawks, they were mostly northern harriers. The eagles were the best though. We must have seen 25 of them, both Golden's and Bald Eagles. We were in a stand of Cottonwood trees where they come to roost. They were flying right over our heads one after another. I really realized why a golden eagle is called golden. When the sun hit their breasts they truly looked gold. They were beautiful. It really was a special moment.

This is a golden eagle that sat in a tree pretty close to us. He was quite spectacular. It was a beautiful day, blue skies and sunshine. When you saw them flying over head their breast really did look like gold.

Here are a few shot of bald eagles, they are so far away so the pictures are not that great.

If you look down the center of the path you'll see a brown spot, well that was the coyote. He didn't want to come any closer.

Oops I forgot a quote.

Quote for the Day: See all so-called bizarre coincidences surrounding your desires as messages from your Source, and act upon them immediately.

Saturday, January 27, 2007


Here is the ATC and tea that I got from my friend Ang in a one on one tea swap
I keep forgetting to take a picture of it for the blog. Now I can have that cup of her tea. I love Tazo tea so this will be good.

The Universe is working with me and I love how all these things are falling into place. Lets see where do I begin. I guess I will start with travel. I have been invited to 3 things this year and at first I did not think of how I could manage going to any of them let alone all of them.

First the Thread Project final celebrations and gallery opening will be in Charleston in September. Second my internet friend Nancy set up a womens getaway at her family's beach houses in Maryland in April. Thirdly there is talk of the GPS group meeting at Mt. Shasta in July. For me the priority has been the South Carolina trip. I kindly met one wonderful lady Pam, who just happens to live in Charleston and has offered her home for me to stay in when I visit. We are both very excited to meet so that will be a trip that has many highlights. I am really looking forward to spending time with Pam and meeting Terry Helwig the founder of the Thread Project. Dave has some frequent flyer miles left so I will use that for airfare.

Now then we have the beach trip. Now Nancy and Julie and I have been writing to each other for over ten years. We have watched each others children grow up, been there through all the drama and conflicts and more. To finally be meeting them is going to be something. Then add the Ocean to that mix is a plus. I haven't seen the in a really long time. I really did not think I could be going but when the Universe sets things in motion it just flows. I was offered 100.00 to put towards my ticket. At that point I had to take it seriously. I should be able to manifest the funds for the rest of the trip with no problems.

I know for sure when the GPS get around to a meeting I will be able to manifest what I need to get there.
Now to the dishes. I have been wanting some Fiestaware for some time. When I first started looking they were 50.00 a place setting. When one figures a set of 8 is a good start the price is way out of my league. That didn't stop me from wanting them though. Even when I saw them on sale it still seemed out there. Well the other day I thought you know if I just buy a place setting the next time they are on sale I can at least get a start on them. Yes, you know where this is going don't you. Well of course they were on sale this week. This was Macy's sale buy one at 43.00 get one free, use a Macy credit card get an extra 10% off. Open and account and get an extra 15% off. Plus their open stock was 30% with the 15% off after that. This took it down to 17.40 a place setting. I ended up 6 place settings and 6 luncheon plates and they are so pretty. I got all 6 colors they had, sunflower, cobalt,heather, scarlet, peacock and tangerine. I don't think I will ever get them that inexpensive again. What a deal.

One of the things that has come to me lately or perhaps I should say that I have tried to focus on this year is that life is too short to keep putting things off. If I have always wanted to have these dishes or a new mixer or nice glassware etc. Now is the time to start bringing that into my life. For too many years I have just had to make do with what was on hand. Not so anymore I want nice things and I am going to have them. There is no time like the present, in fact its the only time we have.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

My Art Mojo is Back

The other day I made this page about getting my art mojo back. I am attempting to try some new things with my journals. I kept thinking why can't I seem to get gel medium to work as glue like other people can. With this page I realized what I thought was gel medium was really gesso. I tend to get it all over, hense the white spots on the page. I like the look though. Now that I realize that I have gesso in 2 unmarked containers it is easy to understand things that were not working. I had tried a gel transfer with gesso, it doesn't work too well. I really enjoyed working on this page. I took watercolor painted scraps and put them in a random pattern and then wrote my words on the page, Then I took Twinkling H2o's and painted over the words in different sections. I like the look.

This next page I covered in gesso and that made it really textured. I added the Tazo tea cutout and then used pastels in similar colors all over. I like the texture here. Pastel over gesso is really interesting, its not all soft and ethereal like it is on smooth paper.

Here is my lovely painted dresser. It very plain and painted in a color called Queen Anne's Lace. Plans are to paint the front of the drawers differently. See how uncluttered it is. My whole room looks like that now. I worked on it last night.

Quote for the Day: Desire is the beginning of all creation. - Esther Hicks

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Organizing Again.. Does it ever end.

Brilliant sunshine for the third day in a row. How can we be so lucky. I just spent an hour down in the studio trying to organize the mess. Perhaps a few more hours and I might have it done. I have all these little creative stations and they are all a mess. I never fully organized the beading area since I moved it in there so it needs major work. The sewing area needs a little work but I do have my art desk almost done. I need to get back to working on the crow book. I am trying to make little crows out of paper clay. My first attempt resulted in a very strange looking bird. I think its time to have pictures and maybe a bird book in front of me before I try it again.

I have been reading my copy of Gwen Diehn's The Decorated journal and have been trying this technique. I have a page divided for the days of the week. On each day I record weather and other events some with words and others with tiny drawn pictures. Its a simple technique but I am finding it quite fun to work on. I look in anticipation to the next days entry, thining oh I wonder what will be on Thursday. I will post it at the end of the week. I find that I buy all these art books that are full of graphics and demonstrations and that I end up just looking at the pictures and never end up reading the entire text. That is going to change. I know this will sound silly but I really got a whole lot more out of the book by reading the entire thing.

Quote for the Day: Make yourself available for success, and know and trust in an invisible force thats all providing. - Wayne Dyer

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Art Supply Frenzy

You have to use your imagination on this one, That is an Eagle that hangs out along the Snake River on the road I take to go to town. I even used a zoom but he still looks like a dot. I guess to get those really good shots I'd need a mucho expensive camera.

I got the door and dressers painted last night. This morning the door looks great the dressers not so much. I was painting a shade of cream over white primer so I have to do another coat. They do look nice. Then I think I will let them sit for awhile. I saw a dresser painted cream and then all the drawer fronts were different. I may do that or another I saw had a scene painted on the fronts of the drawers. That looked great too. So I am just going to peruse for ideas for a little while before I proceed. I also painted the door aqua but I want to paint something on top of that. I am trying to find words or ideas like This is the Kate's Art Room and once you enter Creativity begins. It needs to sound cooler than that though. Or
maybe a mural of some sorts. Since I have never even remotely tried anything like this I think this idea has to germinate for awhile for me to come up with some idea. I love Violette's doors in her house and Nicci's too. They are my inspiration to begin.

Heroes was great last night, it was great to get back in the groove of things again. I bought some new towels for my bathroom but I couldn't find any rugs to match so now I will be on the hunt for that. They'll bright Turquoise, they sure liven things up.

Here are some of the things that resulted from my art supply store overload last week. Here is one days haul.

I found these little gems that stick on at Walmart. I thought they were so cute with all the different sizes. I had to get both colors.

This is a little celestial kit, complete with moons stars and glitter.

Then a collection of foam stamps. I want to start doing some dyed and embellished fabrics for vests and these will be a start on that.

Quote of the Day: Good things always happen to me.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Winter Wonderland

I woke up this morning to this beautiful sight. I just had to take pictures of all my trees, that is fog snow all over everything. It is really beautilful. After going to town to the Doctors and a zillion errands I came back home and the area is just as beautiful. I think sometimes I tend to not appreciate what I have. I really live in a beautiful place.

Even the sheep were having a great time. Gabrielle and Juno stopped by to say hello.

I decided that I would paint the outside of the door to my art room so I went and bought primer to do that. I am also going to paint 2 dressers and they all have to be primed and all that jazz. I was debating which primer to get and now that I have painted I think I got the wrong one. It was an oil based primer instead of water based. Oops. I have nothing to clean up with. I guess I need to head to the store for some mineral spirits. Now I remember why I like water base products. I just wish I had remembered that on Saturday.

Oh Heroes is back tonight. Now tell me... Are you on the List.....

Saturday, January 20, 2007

The New me

I have been wanting a new picture for the blog. Sarah took this one of me last night at a concert. Its one of the best of me in some time even though my one eye looks weird, oh well we can't be perfect. We went to see the BYU (Brigham Young University) Philharmonic perform a selection of Russian Composers. They had a beautiful violin soloist that was quite incredible. He was from New York and was Chinese. Also discovered one of the Harp players was Elizabeth Smart. I know you all remember when she was kidnapped a few years back. So it looks like she's in college now.

Here are Sarah and Dave sitting at the concert, waiting for it to start.

Afterwards we went to Perkins for a piece of pie. It was a nice way to end her stay at home.

Last night I played a little in the art room. In Tracy Bautista's book Collage Unleashed she includes these black and white drawings for you to play with. I copied them on to card stock and watercolor paper. The first I painted with Twinkling H20's and the second and third one I used pastels on them. That was fun. I am not sure what I will do with them but something will come up. I really like how the pastels looked.

Then I tried the paint manipulation with a credit card. I liked the first one I did but the other two need some different colors added. They were fun to make, I can see I will want to play with that technique a little more.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Back to square one

Well I tried going to the physical therapist to exercise and it was really painful. So I went home, called the Doctor and they gave me some song and dance where I should be waiting 7-10 days to do anything. Now my note from the surgical center said 2 days it is so annoying when you have conflicting information. So it is back to ibuprofen and ice. I had the shot believing it would work right away and now that it hasn't and I am in worse shape than before I am just a little annoyed. I've also had some kind of stomach virus or something. I thought it was eating dairy two days in a row but it continues so maybe it is some kind of bug after all.

I did get to the Art room and made my ATC's for the Frida swap so that really felt good. I have come up with a few ideas for the Crow book swap. I have some images picked out and a phrase for the back that I like. I picked up a pad of watercolor paper and cut 22 4 x 4 pieces, so at least the surface is ready. I found some yarn at Michaels to use as an embellishment for a $1, just the price I like. I have picked up a few things here and there this week. I am hoping that they all come together now.

It actually warmed up here and snowed a little. Its only going down to zero tonight. Then I think all this cold will leave for a little while. That will be welcome for sure. There doesn't seem to be anything I want to write about tonight.

I found my drum stick tonight, no I didn't have chicken for dinner. I have an Native American style drum and want to start going to drumming circles again but have not been able to find it. I hate it when I put something in a place it doesn't belong.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

It's been a year

Its been exactly a year since I stepped off my couch and severely sprained my ankle.
It is healed now and led to so many other things in my life that it seems that its one of those turning points you can look back upon later and say, It all started with the ankle. I've been down the road with other health problems this year but I don't
want to dwell on that anymore. The Art and the friendships are what keep me going.

Sarah leaves on Sat morning to go back to college, she had such a long break that it will be hard to let her go. In anticipation of new episodes of Heroes we were watching YouTube at the previews and little spoilers. If you can't wait till Monday there is some fun stuff to watch. There are the three previews that have been on TV and some other clips if you want a sneak peak on whats going to happen next.

I went to my spinning group meeting yesterday and spent a little time with friends, that is always a pleasant time. Here is the skein of that roving Peggy gave me fro Christmas. The color is quite unique. I tried tackling Sarah's socks again last night. I find I can do a little before the hands hurt too much so I guess I will do it in spurts.

Its still brittle cold here. At least its not -20 at night anymore. I think it was -6 last night. This is a pic of window in the morning. We do have beautiful blue skies and lots of light and snow on the ground. At least we don't have the ice storms that are elsewhere. I count my blessings for that.

I am coming up with a system to handle my grandparents letters. I have them separated by year and then by person and each in a colored folder. Blue for James and yellow for Brigid. I think I will make a spreadsheet of all the dates and so forth next. It is hard to keep it all straight if I don't do something like that. I have Dave's printer/scanner/copier on my desk but it is really finicky. It only want to work half of the time. I think its time to reinstall the software and see if that helps. I hate it when technology gives me trouble.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

My Possibilities

Thank you Queen Latifah for giving me back my possibilities. I had a steroid shot on Friday and although the shot was not as painful this time, the recovery has been and to top that off the shot did nothing to ease my pain. To say I have been despondent about this is an understatement.

The Last Holiday with Queen Latifah was recommended over at Violette's board and I rented it last night. We are also doing a Frida swap so I rented that movie too. It turned out to be a double dose of possibility for me. I saw poor Frida's beat up body and thought I am not that bad. Look what she was able to do. The sky is the limit for me. The Last Holiday was really delightful. Sarah watched it with me and we both really loved it. Someday I am going to stay in one of those swank hotels too. Feeling like royalty for a day will be fantastic. That is going in my possibilities book.

The other thing that came to me is I am focusing too much on my bad health. Its not just my back, I have several areas that have problems and it is easy to get depressed about this. I decided it is time focus on the good and what I want. Sure my hands hurt and my back and legs etc. but I can get out of the house, I can move I can create and do so much more than I have been doing. I know that sounds like The Secret all over again. Time for reminders I imagine.

That's all I have time for now, I'll finish this later......

Thursday, January 11, 2007

The symbolism of Birds

The other morning I looked out my kitchen window and saw an Owl. I thought oh that was cool. It was a great horned owl. I didn't get a actual picture of it since I was running late so this will have to do.

Then when I drove to town I saw 2 pheasants on the side of the road. I thought to myself birds have such symbolism I will have to look up what these mean. I looked in my books when I got home and thought I share some information on Owls and other birds and what they signify symbolically. My info comes from The Secret Language of Signs by Denise Linn

"The Owl is a very significant sign, as the owl is a powerful symbol of transformation. If the sign appears to you there is probably a transformation coming in your life. That sounds good to me. In most cultures owls were sometimes revered and sometimes feared. They represent the dark or unknowable. They can be associated with death as well as rebirth. When one aspect of you dies, there is opportunity for new growth in another area of your life. That made sense to me. Maybe it was a sign that some changes I am thinking about making will lead to new opportunities.

Now there was nothing about pheasants but a lot on birds.
"A bird can be a sign of soaring to new heights or of soaring above your problems." "Birds also represent freedom. Do you want to take wing in your life?"
"Birds have the ability to see far Do you need to distance yourself from a situation to gain a perspective."
"A bird can mean a flight of fancy,flight of the imagination. Let your creative imagination take wing."
"Birds are universally considered messengers to and from spirit. Do you need to connect more with the divine source present in everything that surrounds you."
Hey if birds show up in your life think about these things and what it might mean to you.


I got my copy of Collage Unleashed by Tracy Bautista, oh that is such a fun book. I like her free and open style. It will be fun to play with some of the techniques in this book. I hope I will have time for that soon.

I have been spinning up some of the green roving I got for christmas and watching episodes of All creatures great and small. I have the beginning videos this time so they are lots of fun.

I get my shot tomorrow morning so I will probably be down for a couple days. I was the last time, maybe this one will be better.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Sewing and Altars

I had my sewing machine class yesterday and it was great. I ended up buying the quilting attachment which includes a walking foot, appliqué foot, 1/4" foot, darning foot and more. I was never good at patchwork since I could not maintain 1/4 inch seams consistently but with this new foot it is easy.

So I decided to put the sewing machine in the craft room since there is no heat in the other room. So I have been moving furniture and re-arranging everything. Now I have one big mess. Oh well I'll get it organized soon. I sat down to sew and I could not get the machine to work, it was very annoying. Then I figured it out, the last thing they demoed was free motion quilting so the feed dogs were down. Well it turned out that I could not get them to reset. I had to call the store where we bought the machine and ask. It was a simple thing to fix so now I am happily playing with my new baby. I think she needs a name but I haven't thought of anything yet.

Today I decided that I could not take the back pain any longer so on Friday I go in for a pain shot. That means that I will really feel bad for a few days and then hopefully it will be better. Its frustrating because there are things I could do to make it better like lose weight and exercise but I find I can't do any more cause its too painful. I hope this shot works for a longer time so I have some leeway to work on the other areas.


People have been showing their altars so here are some of mine. This one I call my feminine power altar. Its on the top of a bookshelf. I have fairies and angels, and dolls and my Eowyn action figures and a piece of Violette art.

This next one is where I meditate, so I have my favs the Dalai Lama and Quan Yin plus candles and such. There are candles and sage and incense and personal things. The green items are there because I was doing work on the heart chakra, whose color is green.

This is a poster I made with friends, we just cut things out of magazines that we liked. I liked mine so much I put it on the wall where I like to meditate.

This is where I have some prayer flags. It was the only place in the room where they fit. So I just have them decorating a bulletin board. The new set of prayer flags I got will go outside in my garden this spring.

I think altars can be as simple as just a grouping of pictures too and I have lots of those but I won't bore you with them. As an example on my computer desk is a picture of my grandmother Brigid, the shrine I made for my mom, a shrine from Pam Aries and the peace angel she sent me, below all that I have a crane, art from Kai that says Imagine and a picture of stones piled up on a beach plus two clippings of words. First the phrase YOU ARE A WRITER - believe it. I look at it every day and it reminds me who I am. The other is a cut out from a calendar.


Stop waiting for life to
happen to you. Stop
sitting and watching
what's happening around
you. Stop being an extra in
a boring movie. Become
the star of you own
movie and create a life
worthy of a star.

I really like what that says. This year I will be creating that star like life.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Sunday Night Musings

Its Sunday evening and Dave is watching football and Sarah is down in her room doing her thing. I haven't done much today. This morning I was watching "A walk to remember" and its such a sweet lovely film. After watching it one feels sad and happy at the same time. I've been in such a funk lately, I am not sure I am out of it yet, but I do see light at the end of the tunnel. I started with a small list of things I want to do and as I slowly cross things off the list it seems like I am really doing something concrete. That feels good.

I saw the Pursuit of Happiness yesterday although it was a good flick and you find yourself continually rooting for Will Smith to make it. I wish the movie had shown more of the success in his life than they did. How he kept his spirits up was truly amazing to me. It would have been so much easier to give up and settle for less. He had a dream and he was determined to live it. An empowering message for sure.

This seems to be a post about movies since I feel like talking about Pride and Prejudice too. I am enamored of Matthew Macfayden who plays Mr. Darcy. He has the most hauntingly beautiful eyes and can express such emotion with them. It felt like he was looking right into my soul. The setting is beautiful in this movie. I loved all the costumes too. Ever since Lord of the Rings, the costumes in films have been part of my movie going experience. After trying to make some myself I do truly appreciate seeing such artistry in films. One of the highlights of my trip to England a few years ago was seeing the costumes from Troy at the British Museum. They were incredibly gorgeous, most made out of silk. They had the white/gold dress Helen wore and those worn by Preus and Agamemnon. I know you'll shoot me if I don't include some pictures. Click on them to enlarge.

This one was my favorites the color of the silk was incredible, it moved from blues to greens and back again.

Theses are pics of Helen's gown. Once again finely pleated beautiful silk. It was exquisite. It drove me nuts not being able to touch the fabrics.

These were Agamemnon's robes, they were incredible. I have never seen a textile quite like it before There were layer upon layer of stitching and embellishment on this piece. I wanted to really examine this piece, damn those ropes that were holding me back. They also had costumes of Achilles and Hector but they were mostly armor.

I just spent the last while trying to pay bills online. I can not understand why some companies can make it so easy and others its a nightmare. I finally gave up I guess I will have to pay Target and Penney's in person. Then I went to iron some shirts of mine to only have 2 of the 3 have spots on them so they need re-washing before I can iron them. I sometimes wonder why some days things can run so smoothly and then others they are just a constant struggle. I always think that life should flow smoothly, I am not sure why I think that since I rarely seem to experience it.

I continually am amazed by my GPS friends, whenever I am down one or more of them seem to be so optimistic about life and art and everything else. It helps to pull me back up again. Thanks girls.

Friday, January 05, 2007

The Rest of the Teapots

Per request, here are the rest of my teapots, I don't have that many, the collection grows slowly. This was my first one. When my younger sister Peggy got married my sister in law Michelle gave her an English teapot and said that was going to be a traditional gift for her to give. So I expected one when I got married and didn't get one. When I told Peggy the story she bought me one and sent it to me. It is my first, made in England and is my favorite.

This is one my mom sent me, the only teapot I've seen with a hole in it. It is not very practical as it doesn't hold very much tea.

This one is one my husband bought me years ago. It covers the cuteness factor. Its a beehive complete with bee and bear and so forth.

This I got from my sister-in-law Laura and its a Japanese teapot and has 6 little cups that match.

This is another that my mom sent me, as you can tell she was fond of blue and white china.

This I won at a spinners retreat, it only holds a cup, and its another cute teapot. The top is the pot and the bottom is the cup. The lid is a chicken and your tea comes out of the sheep's mouth.

I wanted to decorate the cover of my new journal and here is what I did. Unfortunetely I glued everything on the back cover and upside down too. I figure now I can write from both ends. Sarah says it looks like a real book named Essential Wisdom. I hope I will come up with some essential wisdom to put in here.

I have not been doing any knitting or spinning. I need to find a way to heal the tendinitis that is plaguing me. I manage a couple rows on some socks and then its too painful to continue. It is so annoying. I know some women who wear those magnetic bracelets and they seem to help. I will have to look for them soon.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Pleasant surprises

I met with my girlfriend Gari for lunch today and she gave me this for Christmas. I collect Tea Pots and this one is a beauty. What a pleasant surprise that was. The flowers on the front are some of my favorites, daffodils, tulips, crocus, violets and more. I can't wait to try it out. She is such a sweetie. Now I think I need to start collecting tea cups, I really want some pretty one to use with all my teapots.

I have been down lately but I think all the enthusiasm over at Violette's message board is contagious. I am just brimming with possibilities for the new year. I can do and create anything that I want. That is such an impowering thought. I got my copy of the Secret in the mail yesterday but haven't taken the time to watch it yet. I am glad that I have my own copy that I can watch anytime I want.

Sarah got a job at Down East T-shirts in the mall so she is kept quite busy these days. That also means she has my car too. It weird not having my wheels but its a good thing too, maybe I will stay home and get some work done. Posted by Picasa