Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Me to a 't'

"I do enjoy baking, as you well know. There's peace in the distraction of my busy hands, and I find the task silences my mind. I've muddled through many a dilemma in the kitchen." 
--Lisa Norato, Prize of My Heart

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Afternoon light

I couldn't resist taking a picture as the sun streamed in our front window late this afternoon. 
This is a miniature rose that I was given for my birthday and popped into a moss basket.

It's been sitting on our kitchen table spreading a little joy each day!

Today I added a big paper rose that I made using pages from an old 
Eclectic Reader that was too damaged to repair.
Dreamer was hyperventilating 'in shock' that I would 'deface' a book this way!
We have such a deep reverence for books around here.
Most especially The Book - world's #1 seller - The Bible. 
I decided not to feel too badly since it was partly moldy, water damaged, falling apart 
and headed for the garbage anyway.

I'm so thankful to know that God uses broken 'throw away' people and carefully
conforms them into the image of His Son.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Silk purse out of a sow's ear ... I hope I hope I hope

What do you do when you come home from attending an auction with a box of garbage?  
Well, first you'd mourn the loss of your hard earned cash. 
 You might be justified in shedding a tear or two when you realize you've blown
 a whole week's grocery budget.
On garbage.

Then you try very hard to explain to your hubby how you thought that the beautiful yarn on the top of the box represented the rest of the lot because you would never dream of a fellow weaver tucking complete garbage underneath the 4 perfectly lovely and usable spools on top. 
Not in a million years.

Then you'd admire the beauty of the completely rotten spools of
silk, linen, wool and cotton - in all their organic loveliness. 
You know you have junk, completely unusable for it's intended purpose but 
still somehow so pretty

You might just throw that junk out
or ...
 re-box it carefully and put under your sewing table.
You might even move those two boxes of decaying natural fiber just
because you can't quite part with it.  
Twice. Over international boarders. Twice. 
Then you might just tuck those boxes into the front hall closet and
forget them there for say ... seven years?
 Give or take. 
Well, that's what you would do if you were me!

Flash forward to The Colossal Spring House Cleaning of 2012
Slowly but surely I am thinning every room, closet and cupboard.
Oh, and getting rid of some garbage. 
Because we are NOT moving. 
And I have a case of the Seven Year Itch.

Funny thing is that even after all these years, I just could not throw out my rotten
spools of weaver's linen, cotton, silk {sigh} and wool. 

So ...
This is what I did.

With scraps from a thrifted linen shirt - even the button placket, some felted wool scraps, 
and bits and pieces of vintage laces and trim tucked here and there.

And my trusty hot glue gun, of course.

I ripped, twisted, tied, glued and giggled as our sweet Dreamer declared each creation ...
Tomorrow I am headed to a wonderful downtown shop called Expressions of the Home 
to see what the owner thinks of my silk purse out of a sows ear idea.

Let's hope she thinks they are adorable too!

If for some reason she doesn't, look for these at Goodwill 
because I am NOT bringing them home.
I told you I was serious about Spring House Cleaning!

UPDATE: The owner of Expressions of the Home liked my creations so they at in her lovely shop!
She bought all 19 of the Weaver's Spools!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012