Monthly Archives: January 2012

My Crafty Self

I am an artsy-fartsy type of person… really.  Even in the midst of bouts of pain, fatigue and other health issues, my sanity is maintained by the joy of being able to create lovely pieces of wearable art, handy household goods, hand-spun yarns, jewelled trinkets of various sorts, etc.

GranmaLadybug [she’s my mom] will entertain you with the story of the years I whinged that I couldn’t anything special like she did.  I didn’t get the hang of crochet until in my early 20’s, but by my mid 20’s I was designing patterns for crochet.  Late 20’s was the cross stitch years, when any fabric was a potential canvass.  Early 30’s was when the spinning wheel arrived in my live and now suddenly I was spinning my own yarn from wool, mohair, alpaca, llama, silk, cat & dog fur even… I was suddenly this crafty little maven & my mom was often heard chortling in glee over this turn of events, both in teasing me and in being quite proud of the skills I had been able gain and become accomplished at.

So I went from feeling like such a failure to suddenly creating stuff like these:

Shawl GBS3 Brown Shawl  Shawl GS4 Green Shawl Shawl BS5 Blue Shawl Shawl BS4

Shawl RDS3 Red Stole/shawl OCT 2011-7 Hand-Spun Yarn

So you can see that I went from nothing to something pretty decent in a matter of a decade.  In leaping stages I went from whiny adolescent to accomplished woman, meh to mighty, clueless to crafty…. well you get my drift.

If you follow this link to my WEBSHOTS album, you can see more of the stuff I’ve done [a few things are done by friends and are posted in the interest of making sales].  You will also find beeswax tea light candles in that album GranmaLadybug makes those and they are YUMMY!

Used to do a local farmer’s market, but when they got a blast of ego that they could compete with the fellow market in the next city and cranked the rents, I stopped that.  Now I do online, little monthly markets and a few shows a year, but that doesn’t stop me from using my craftiness as therapy and continuing to create lovely things.  Shawls are my original ‘signature item’ when I started to sell my stuff and over the years I branched  out, a bit of this, a bit of that, a bit of razzle-dazzle too…  Last year I decided to trim down the list of things since I don’t do the big market and don’t need such a big variety of stock to make the sales.   Shawls are once again my signature item on the knitting/crochet column of my inventory and it feels good.

So if anyone out there is all interested, now you know a little bit more about me and the kind of things that turn my wheel…

What kind of a cupcake I am…

I tried the quiz on this site and this is the kind of cupcake that best represents me.

Kind of cool… feel free to try it for yourself if you haven’t already.

Dark Heart Cupcake

Dark Heart Cupcake

You are a Dark Heart cupcake – bittersweet chocolate cake with a 72% cacao square of chocolate baked into the center, topped by an espresso glaze.

You are a creative and smart idealist who prefers to be alone, rather than in crowds. You are often attracted to sad things, and you can be emotional and moody. Often, you observe others instead of participating in activities directly. You have a penchant for esoteric things.

Your preferred careers include poet, art therapist, philosopher, environmentalist, or activist.

What Kind Of Cupcake Are You?

My morning in ABCDEF – 123456

I was doing my morning routine and I realized it could be summed up like this:

A – Alarm goes off

B – Bathroom dance with critters

C – Coffee started & cats fed

D – Dog out, back in & fed

E – Excavate through the litter

F – Finally get to sit down to relax with my coffee and a bite to eat


1 – scoop of food for the dog

2 – scoops of food for the cats

3 – scoops of coffee beans, fresh ground and into the machine

4 – liters* of water to fill glasses, water bowls & make the coffee

5 – cats getting treats

6 – pills & vitamins to swallow


It just struck me as funny that everything fit into this intriguing little list & thought I would share…

I mean it just goes to show just where my brain is at in the first 30-45 minutes of my day.




Commandments I could be inspired by…

I was sent this by email from a friend of mine and felt it was worthy of sharing…

The Paradoxical Commandments

by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.