Monday, June 30, 2008
My computer had a nasty virus that has been dealt with. I hope.
The skull and crossbones towel has been sold. I will be making more next week.
Many people have commented on my paintings, but cannot currently afford the price. I am planning a few new ones on flat canvas, in a slightly different style. The flat canvas is less expensive, and easier to ship, so these can be sold for less money than the stretch canvas.
Also in the works is another square quilt, similar to the Tree Quilt. This design is of two mountains overlooking a lake.
And finally, I have a new knotwork quilt that I am designing. It should be completed by Fall.
I will also be making more of the Wheelchair Lap Robes in different colors. I have a custom order for 4 right now.
We do take custom requests. If we have something you like, but want a different color or something, just drop us a line and let us know!
Happy Monday everyone!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Convention this year was...interesting. To was not as organized as previous years; it was too hot with no A/C going and most of us in dark suits! But the biggest thing I noticed is that the people, in general, were not as positive and energectic than previous occassions.
As always, there were many more positives than negatives. I met some really great people, such as the National Vice Commander of the Western Division, Peggy, along with the leading candidate for National Commander. Then there are my Legion friends that I only get to see during state-wide events because they live on the other side of Oregon from where I am at. In fact, it was one of those friends that purchased Reflections.
The down side is that I came home to a dead computer. My computer has *something* wrong with it. We will take it to the expert tomorrow, but in the mean time, I am using hubbys, but all my files are on MY computer! I'm hoping that we can get it fixed quickly and inexpensively!
So, if I am sporatic in posting the next few days, you know why!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
It also means that there will not be a new post until Saturday afternoon at the earliest.
On that note, I will leave you with my latest painting, Reflections.
(Reflections has been sold. Please check our etsy store for other paintings. http://www.fullhousrcrafts.etsy.com))
Monday, June 23, 2008
The American Legion, Department of Oregon annual convention is this week. I am a memer of the Department Children & Youth Committee. Last fall, when we were discussing fundraisers for our programs, I offered to make a patriotic quilt for raffle at our convention.
I am happy to say that it has been completed, and it turned out better than I thought it would.
I used the traditional log cabin pattern to reflect the Americana feel to the quilt. The fleece back has a similar feel.
So, here's some pics. Hopefully, we will raise a lot of money for our programs with the raffle.
First up are the numerous sellers that have offered advice, critiques and answered my questions. They have been incredibly helpful, and I cannot even remember who they are.
CelticKnot.etsy.com and JsJewelry.etsy.com both have been wonderfully supportive in helping me create the perfect birthday gifts for my mother.
Another seller who has gone out of their way to assist me is cardwear.etsy.com. She is helping me design personal sypathy cards that I use in my role as an American Legion Chaplain. She also is part of the Mission: Soldier Support program!
Then there is teaman.etsy.com. Teaman also has gone out of his way to help me, and I cannot watch to get my order of Peppermint Tea!
magickalrealism.etsy.com jmkoontz.etsy.com LaughingDaisy.etsy.com and kuteklipboardsbyamy.etsy.com have all been so nice, pulling threads off-topic with me many times. Helpful, fun and supportive.
littlesunny.etsy.com is super nice. She appreciated something I do so much, she wrote about it on her blog today (blog link is in the blog roll to the right - Drawing by Renee). She really is as warm as Sunshine!
Finally, but by no means least, is Designgal.etsy.com I absolutely fell in love with one of her items. It was so unique, I could not find the words to describe it to my hubby. We chatted back and forth about it, and I explained that money is tight, and I just cannot spend it on something for me that was not a *need* item. She would not stand for it, and made me an offer I could not refuse, because she wanted to make someone else smile.
For everyone I missed, I'm sorry! There have just been so many helpful people that I cannot remember them all!
Please check out these stores, shop from them if you can, and let them know that being nice pays off!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
This piece is called Blue Braids. It is named such because of the names of the petterns used in it. The side pieces are called Saxon Braids, and the center pattern is titled Freya's Braids. This lapghan took roughly 70 hours to make.
This two-tones piece, done in dusty rose, is a good example. The center portion has a simple zigzag boarder. The darker rose side pieces have a running knotwork pattern. Very simple, yet very striking.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Solstices occur twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth's axis is most oriented towards or away from the Sun, causing the Sun to reach its northernmost and southernmost extremes. The name is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, its apparent movement north or south comes to a standstill.
The term solstice can also be used in a wider sense, as the date (day) that such a passage happens. The solstices, together with the equinoxes, are connected with the seasons. In some languages they are considered to start or separate the seasons; in others they are considered to be centre points (in English, in the Northern hemisphere, for example, the period around the June solstice is known as midsummer, and Midsummer's Day is 24 June, about three days after the solstice itself). Similarly 25 December is the start of the Christmas celebration, which was a Pagan festival in pre-Christian times, and is the day the sun begins to return back to the northern hemisphere.
People around the world have observed spiritual and religious seasonal days of celebration during the month of June. Most have been religious holy days which are linked in some way to the summer solstice. On this day, typically JUN-21, the daytime hours are at a maximum in the Northern hemisphere, and night time is at a minimum. It is officially the first day of summer. It is also referred to as Midsummer because it is roughly the middle of the growing season throughout much of Europe.
"Solstice" is derived from two Latin words: "sol" meaning sun, and "sistere," to cause to stand still. This is because, as the summer solstice approaches, the noonday sun rises higher and higher in the sky on each successive day. On the day of the solstice, it rises an imperceptible amount, compared to the day before. In this sense, it "stands still."
This time of year, between the planting and harvesting of the crops, was the traditional month for weddings. This is because many ancient peoples believed that the "grand union" of the Goddess and God occurred in early May at Beltaine. Since it was unlucky to compete with the deities, many couples delayed their weddings until June. June remains a favorite month for marriage today. In some traditions, "newly wed couples were fed dishes and beverages that featured honey for the first month of their married life to encourage love and fertility. The surviving vestige of this tradition lives on in the name given to the holiday immediately after the ceremony: The Honeymoon."
- Depending on where you live, the Summer Solstice occurs this year —
in the Northern Hemisphere on: June 20, 2008 at 7:59 PM EDT; and in the UK on June 20, 2008 at 23:59 UTC.
- in the Southern Hemisphere on: December 21, 2008 at 10:04pm AEST.
Awed by the great power of the sun, civilizations in the northern areas have for centuries celebrated the Summer Solstice, otherwise known as Midsummer, the Christian St. John's Day, or the Wiccan Litha.
The Celts & Slavs celebrated with dancing & bonfires to help increase the sun's energy. The Chinese marked the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light.
Perhaps the most enduring modern ties with Summer Solstice were the Druids' celebration of the day as the "wedding of Heaven and Earth", resulting in the present day belief of a "lucky" wedding in June.
Have a wonderful day, everyone!
Today, the day is still celebrated around the world - most notably in England at Stonehenge and Avebury, where thousands still gather to welcome the sunrise on the Summer Solstice.
Pagan spirit gatherings or festivals are also common in June, when groups gather to light a sacred fire, and stay up all night to welcome the dawn.
TODAY ONLY! SUMMER SOLSTICE SALE!!!All items $25.00 and above are 25% off!!!If you want to take advantage of this sale, send me a convo about the item(s) you wish to purchase, and I'll reserve it for you are the sales price.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I just had to share this. It's design #3 in my collection of very strange kitchen/bath hand towels.
A big Black Widow Spider on a blood red background. The spider came out realistic enough that I actually had problems holding on to the towel while I did the edging. I HATE spiders!
Here's a close-up of the spider.
Now I need to plan a few more. I also need to make another Skull Towel, as the one that I had for sale has sold.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
If you have any problem, from major financial issues, to minor household jobs, please call 1-800-504-4098 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's a simple concept. A soldier calls home from overseas, to hear from his family a problem, such as how his pay is not being deposited, and they are facing eviction. The soldier can work with the military side, but is helpless to do anything else. This causes a distraction for the soldier, which puts him in greater danger. Problems from money, to household and automobile repairs, to childcare, can be addressed just by calling this number.
Here's a real example. A soldier called home, and his wife was in tears. There was a problem with the car. They had two young kids, and the car was the only way for her to get the kids to the babysitter and her to work. She had called a repair shop, and the estimate was $2,000. The soldier said he would work on the problem, and hung up the phone.
Sitting there, he had no clue what to do. On the phone was a sticker for the Family Support Network, so he called and told them the problem. The information was passed down to the local Post. The Post called a couple of members who worked on cars, and they went over.
Turns out the problem was just a belt. The Legionnaires bought a new belt, installed it, and stuck around to help with some lawn work that needed to be done.
So please. Use this toll free number if you need it, and give it to any military family having problems. The American Legion has a lot of resources to help in all sorts of situations.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
In the past, I have done things like paint ivy leaves around my kitchen, and a tropical forest on my bathroom walls. Extreme, yes, but still in the realm of "normal."
But then there is that side of me that likes to have something else in the mix. Something different, strange, shocking....just different from the rest.
And I have discovered that I am not the only one!
So, I have started creating a line of small items that are different from the norm. Small enough that if other people came over, they could be easily overlooked or removed. I'm starting with small towels that can be used as kitchen towels, or hand towels in the bathroom. They can be foled over a towel bar, or attached to a handle via a loop and button on the top back. They have a knit body, with crochet edging.
Here's the description of this line: Tired of boring, cutesy towels for your kitchen and bath? Want decor that is darker, edgier or just a little twisted? Look no farther.
The first item up is the Skull Towel.
White skulls & crossbones on a black background edge the bottom of this towel. Perfect for the pirate in your home.
Next up is the Blood Drop:
A bright red blood drop, falling into a pool of drying blood. As creepy as this may be to have in your kitchen, just think -- if you cut yourself with a knife, the blood stains will only add to this design, not ruin it!
Please note that this line of towels is made from 100% acrylic yarn. The bottom section of these towels are knitted looser that the top to asormb more water. While they will pull in water like a sponge, they are not the best for drying things off by wiping them down. They are best used for decoration and quick hand drying.
More designs are in the works, so keep checking back.
(This line of towels are currently available at our store at http://www.fullhousecrafts.etsy.com/. If the design you want has been sold, please contact me, and I'll make another!)
Monday, June 16, 2008
Last night, I recevied an email from someone wishing to purchase an item from our Etsy store, asking if I took RME payments.
RME? What is that.
So, the person gave me a link.
RME stands for Revelution Money Exchange.
From their website:
About Revolution Money
Launched in 2007, a new payment network – Revolution Money – was created to deliver significant value to both consumers and merchants through two products, RevolutionCard and RevolutionMoneyExchange. The RevolutionCard eliminates costly interchange fees for merchants while simultaneously providing consumers with enhanced PIN-based security, identity protection, and periodic merchant discounts and incentives. MoneyExchange offers an easy and secure way to send and receive money online between accountholders for free. The accounts are issued by First Bank & Trust, Brookings, SD, Member FDIC and part of the Fishback Financial Corporation. These products are leading the transformation of the payment industry by providing secure, easy, and instant payment solutions to everyone.
Note the word"free".
There is no charge to...
Register for an account
Add money to your account
To send money
To receive money
To request money
To transfer money to your bank account
The only charges that I can find are to request a paper statement, to withdraw funds via a paper check, overdraft fees and stop payments.
Here's the "downside" to RME.
You do not earn interest. (Not a downside to me, as the interest I have earned with Paypal was always less than the fess they charged!)
Limits - there are limits to the amounts you can add to your account, and number of times you add to your account, and so forth. One example is that you cannot have more than $2500 in your account. (Again, not an issue for us. If we have $2499 in the account, it's getting transfered to our bank account!!!)
I did some research on RME, and cannot find a single negative comment or complaint.
So, for all of you who do online shopping or selling, I recommend you look into RME, do some research on your own, and consider offering it in addition to Paypal.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Here's a brief history of Father's Day. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father's_Day
In the United States, the first modern Father's Day celebration was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia, or on June 19th of the same year, in the state of Washington. Today, Father's Day is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of June.
In West Virginia, it was first celebrated as a church service at Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church. Grace Golden Clayton, who is believed to have suggested the service to the pastor, is believed to have been inspired to celebrate fathers after the deadly mine explosion in nearby Monongah the prior December. This explosion killed 361 men, many of them fathers and recent immigrants to the United States from Italy. Another possible inspiration for the service was Mothers' Day, which had been celebrated for the first time two months prior in Grafton, West Virginia, a town about 15 miles (24 km) away.
Another driving force behind the establishment of the integration of Father's Day was Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd, born in Creston, Washington. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, as a single parent reared his six children in Spokane, Washington. She was inspired by Anna Jarvis's efforts to establish Mother's Day. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father's birthday, she did not provide the organizers with enough time to make arrangements, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. The first June Father's Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, WA, at the Spokane YMCA.
Unofficial support from such figures as William Jennings Bryan was immediate and widespread. President Woodrow Wilson was personally feted by his family in 1916. President Calvin Coolidge recommended it as a national holiday in 1924. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson made Father's Day a holiday to be celebrated on the third Sunday of June. The holiday was not officially recognized until 1972, during the presidency of Richard Nixon.
In recent years, retailers have adapted to the holiday by promoting male-oriented gifts such as electronics, tools and greeting cards. Schools and other children's programs commonly have activities to make Father's Day gifts.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday', or 'Flag Day'.
On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York. On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration, and on June 14 of the following year, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag Day.
Following the suggestion of Colonel J Granville Leach (at the time historian of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution), the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America on April 25, 1893 adopted a resolution requesting the mayor of Philadelphia and all others in authority and all private citizens to display the Flag on June 14th. Leach went on to recommend that thereafter the day be known as 'Flag Day', and on that day, school children be assembled for appropriate exercises, with each child being given a small Flag.
Two weeks later on May 8th, the Board of Managers of the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution unanimously endorsed the action of the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames. As a result of the resolution, Dr. Edward Brooks, then Superintendent of Public Schools of Philadelphia, directed that Flag Day exercises be held on June 14, 1893 in Independence Square. School children were assembled, each carrying a small Flag, and patriotic songs were sung and addresses delivered.
In 1894, the governor of New York directed that on June 14 the Flag be displayed on all public buildings. With BJ Cigrand and Leroy Van Horn as the moving spirits, the Illinois organization, known as the American Flag Day Association, was organized for the purpose of promoting the holding of Flag Day exercises. On June 14th, 1894, under the auspices of this association, the first general public school children's celebration of Flag Day in Chicago was held in Douglas, Garfield, Humboldt, Lincoln, and Washington Parks, with more than 300,000 children participating.
Adults, too, participated in patriotic programs. Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior, delivered a 1914 Flag Day address in which he repeated words he said the flag had spoken to him that morning: "I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself."
Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.
THE US ARMY
Two hundred and thirty-three years ago, the United States Army was established to defend our Nation. From the Revolutionary War to the Global War on Terror, our Soldiers remain Army Strong with a deep commitment to our core values and beliefs. This 233rd birthday commemorates America’s Army – Soldiers, Families and Civilians – who are achieving a level of excellence that is truly Army Strong both here and abroad. Their willingness to sacrifice to build a better future for others and to preserve our way of life is without a doubt, the Strength of our Nation.
A heartfelt Thank You to all who have served, and are currently serving. And also a thank you to their families, for without family support, our troops could not do what they do nearly as well.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
In the apartment, we did not have cable. I was not a big fan of soaps, so I had PBS on - jsut something to do in desperate boredom.
Bob Ross was on. His soothing voice was hypnotic. The way he talked about the clouds, the trees...everything, just kinda caught my attention. I remember that first episode where he said something along the lines of the momma mountain, and a baby mountain - just far enough away where the baby mountain could play, but momma could still watch over him.
My roommate had a bunch of acrylic paints. I took an old white t-shirt of mine, stretched it over a puzzle board, and started putting painting. The acrylics had a plastic look, and wanted to sit on the fabric intead of going into the fabric, so I soaked the shirt with water. This created an almost watercolor wash look to it. And away I went.
I no longer have any of those paintings. But I will share a few what I do have.
I painted this while in KY. I created it for my Grandmother. It was a rather depressing period of my life, as seen in the grey, stormy landscape. This is the oldest painting of mine that I have pictures of.
After KY, I continued to paint for several years. I even did a huge mural on the bathroom walls of one places we lived.
This one is a representation of a place that I "go to" during meditation.
From oldest to newest, this is my latest painting. I have done exactly two seascapes, this being the second. The full moon rising over the ocean, giving the appearanc eof coming out of the water.
Tomorrow I will share a couple of abstract pieces that I have done, and information on how they were created.
(Moonrise is currently available for purchase from our store at http://www.fullhousecrafts.etsy.com/)
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Color blocks can be both easier or harder, depending on the size and number of blocks. This Chair Blanket, titled, Feeling Blue? is a simple example. It's a block of dark blue and a block of light blue. The color change was done at the end of the row, just like joining a new skein of yarn, with nothing to carry over.
Patterns start to get tricky. Even a simple border patern, such as the close-up of this cap, are harder because you have to carry both yarns across the back. Pull the yarn too tight, and the item pulls. If the yarn is too loose, then it can catch. Yet a simple border design can make the simplest item much more fetching.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
The phrase pieced quilts is generally used for any quilt where pieces are cut and sewn together, when there is no other classification for the design. The placemats and table runner from yesterday's column would fit this definition.
Friday, June 6, 2008
For a different effect, these same materials could have been used to where the lightest color was in the center, and went progressively darker towards the outside. This creates a spiral look to square lines. This placement design looks best when the center squares do not have any special feature, such as a large, colorful print or applique.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Meanwhile, I had offered to make my mother her own small dayplanner type item. She had told me she did not need one, but two days later, she was in a situation where she did. What she needed was a small pad of paper for notes, a small calendar to write events down, a place for a pen, and a small, hidden pocket for a little cash/creditcard/ID.
I stuck with her favorite color of blue, but added some kittens. She had seen my material with kittens on it, and liked ONLY the sleeping kittens, so I went with applique.