• Welcome to My Creative Year!

    Thanks so much for coming to see what I've been up to. I'm in the midst of a self-challenge to *create* for a year straight. I needed something to fill a weird void I was feeling, and exploring different styles of art and creativity seems to fit the bill! So, Welcome! I'm glad you've come for a visit...
  • Heartfelt Thanks

    I don't always have a chance to thank everyone who leaves such lovely comments on my projects. I just want to express my appreciation for your encouragement and compliments on my creative journey. You are all greatly appreciated!
  • See What Else I’m Up To…

  • RSS Lotus Mahal

  • RSS Ditch the Grid

  • 2010 Creative Goals

    *Make more aprons
    *Make a coffee cup cozy for me!
    *Make a mug cozy
    *Alter a book – completely, with highlights from each month of 2010.
    *Journal more.
    *Pin Cushions!
    *A needle keeper too.
    *Produce bags.
    *Muslin sacks for bulk items like seeds and nuts and rice and such, too.
    *Re-usable sandwich wraps.
    *Budget envelopes.
    *Learn to crochet and knit.
    *Continue embroidering and get better at it.
    *Take more pictures.
    *Learning to sprout wheat
    *Learn to make my own bread with sprouted grain
    *Learn to make mead and wine
    *Learn to make cheese and yogurt from scratch.
    *Experiment with grinding my own grains
    *Do more canning

  • Though Shalt Not Steal

One Year Blogiversary…

Wow.  It’s Groundhog day which signifies my one year anniversary of this blog, and of my creative journey.

My goal was to create at least one thing, per week, regardless of medium or quality for one solid year.  I’ve learned a few things over these past 52 weeks.  First is that I create in spurts.  I see that I have 79 posts over 52 weeks.  Each of those posts symbolizes a project worked on, a picture taken, a new skill tried or learned.

I’ve had a couple of “distractions” over the past year with the introduction of Bella, my puppy; and with meeting my Lovely Logger Man.  I’ve moved and done quite a bit of traveling.  All of these are wonderful additions to my life that have left me with less time for myself, but with gobs of happiness.

So one year into my journey I’ve explored these different mediums:

  • Collage (artist trading cards, skinnies, bookmarks, etc)
  • Altered books
  • Altered items (mirrors, boxes, etc)
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Embroidery
  • Crocheting (still trying to get this right!)
  • Sewing
  • Baking, gardening and canning
  • Photography
  • Stamping
  • And probably some other random creations I’m forgetting…

I’ve also done a lot of exploring, both in the wilds, and in books and the blogosphere.  Finding new things that excite me, make me smile and allow my heart to sing.

So here’s to a new year.  Another 12 months of creative discovery.  To more projects that make my heart sing!

There are a lot of photographs and bakery items that I didn’t post pictures of, but this is a good smattering of the things I’ve created over the past year (with the exception of the eclair from Paris in Las Vegas last week 🙂  ).

Not creative, but pretty!

I’m in Vegas for business…  Never been here before – and honestly, it’s not really my kind of town.  But no matter where I am, I can make the best of it.  So I ventured out while I had a free afternoon today, and checked out some of the strip.  Really wanted to check out Paris because I’m a closet Francophile.  So I wandered in.  Didn’t gamble because that’s not really my style, but I people watched, ate an eclair with some coffee and saw what there was to see.

Then I found a foofy mall of sorts with stores like Prada, Louis Vitton and Roberto Cavalli.  Ohhhhh my, Roberto Cavalli – I’m so coveting this gorgeous top… but alas, I can’t afford $1400 for a blouse.  So sad…

Isn’t it gorgeous!?!?!?

And check out this amazing restaurant that was in the foofy mall:

Then I wandered around the shops at the Planet Hollywood…  Bought a pretty scarf at Bennetton (I could afford that!), then went hog wild in Sephora.  Got all kinds of pretty stuff there – Rosebud Balm, eyeliner, new blush and powder… Bliss body butter in vanilla and bergamot.  It felt indulgent in a budget friendly way.  🙂

Now I’m scarfing down on the tastiest Chinese food ever.  Totally fresh ingredients…  I don’t get much super good Chinese food in western Montana.  So I’m happy.  🙂

Enjoy your weekend!

Random Pretties…

Anita Pallenberg


Vivienne Westwood


Treehouse

I’m absolutely terrible, because honestly I don’t know where any of these pictures came from.  They were simply saved on my computer as random inspiration.

Sleepy puppy  (she’s mine, so I know where this picture came from!!!)

So… what’s next?

Did you ever have so many ideas about things you want to make, that you just don’t know what to work on next?  Yeah.  I’m sure you go through that too.  I really need to work on my friend’s scarf.  I know I said that a few days ago.  It’s still sitting there, pinned, on the table in my crafting room.

I tore out my crochet stitches and started again – it seems to be staying a little straighter.  I think I wasn’t picking up my last stitch on the row, which accounted for the incredible shrinking rows…

Gosh – I really want to work on something.  But I just don’t know what.  Maybe I’ll make some tea chocolate milk ( 🙂 ) and contemplate it for a while…

It’s gone again…

For me, it’s always a sad day when the Christmas tree comes down.  I just finished packing up the last bits and taking the boxes out to the barn.

Farewell fair tree.  I’ll see you again in late November.

Welcome back…

Isn’t that a beautiful sight?  I replenished my floss stock after much Holiday stitching.  Thanks to a great big gift certificate from one of my bestest friends for JoAnn Fabrics!  Yay!

So, after 11 luxurious days off of work, today I ventured back to the office.  The worst part about having the holidays off is wanting more time off when the holidays are done.  😉

I didn’t get a whole lot of crafting done over the past couple of weeks.  Once my last present was complete, I turned my attention to spending time with my lovely logger man up at his cabin in the mountains.  We cooked turkey, canned bean soup and jam (not together – yuck!), drank copious amounts of micro brews, wine and champagne, had a giant bon fire on Christmas night, played games, hiked in the woods, worked on my deer hide, watched TV, and went to Idaho for a day.

I also got a grand total of NO skiing in over the holidays either.  Not for lack of time, though.  For lack of snow!  While most of the country was cloaked in snow and cold, it was 40 degrees and pouring rain in Western Montana.  Yeah.  Yuck.  But that’s okay – it gave us time to concentrate on other projects.

Speaking of projects.  I have a request to re-make a Christmas present.  Unfortunately, one of the scarves I made for one of my girlfriends was lost the first time she wore it.  It became a victim of the wind in the Windy City.  She emailed me all bummed out about losing it, but I revealed that I had just enough of the fabric left to make another one for her.  So I spent yesterday evening cutting it out and pinning it together.  Tonight I’ll sew it all together… maybe.  Or maybe tomorrow night!  LOL

I’m trying to learn to crochet, so I’m more interested in playing with yarn and a crochet hook than re-making her scarf right now.  Sadly enough.  But I’ll get on it.  🙂

I’ve also got some creative goals for 2010.  I’ve been making a list in one of my journals, so  I might as well share the list here so I can hopefully be accountable for it:

  1. Make more aprons (I adore wearing aprons when I’m working around the house, but only have one.  Need more!)
  2. Make a coffee cup cozy for me!  I also saw a mug cozy that I’m interested in trying to make.
  3. Alter a book – completely!  I’ve tried a couple times, but always give up.  But I have an idea to alter one and make a log of highlights from each month of 2010.
  4. Journal more.
  5. Pin Cushions!  I’ve seen some of the cutest pin cushions lately, and I’m dying to make myself one.  No more conventional pincushions for me!!!
  6. A needle keeper too.  Between sewing needles and needles for embroidery, I have a bunch of them.  What a cute way to keep them all in line.  🙂
  7. Produce bags.  I use canvas sacks for my groceries and other purchases, so why not use re-usable bags for produce?  I found the cutest flower mesh fabric that weighs nothing.  I bought plenty to make bags in different sizes.  I’d like to make some out of muslin for bulk items like seeds and nuts and rice and such, too.
  8. Re-usable sandwich wraps.  In the spirit of non-disposable items – what a fun way to carry my sandwiches to work in my Grizzly Adams lunch box!  No more plastic bags pretty soon.
  9. Budget envelopes.  I don’t have any debt, but I’m hoping that making cute little envelopes out of fun fabric will be a good way for me to budget cash for specific purposes.  This way I can start leaving the debit card at home, and hopefully start building up my savings some more.
  10. I want to learn to crochet and knit.  (Working on the crochet right now!)
  11. Continue embroidering and get better at it.
  12. Take more pictures.  (That’s funny – as it is, my lovely logger man thinks I take pictures of everything anyway!)
  13. I have some other re-usable items that need to be replaced in my house.  After years of use they’re getting a bit thread-bare…

I have some “homemaking/homesteading” skills I’d like to work on as well:

  1. Learning to sprout wheat
  2. Learn to make my own bread with sprouted grain
  3. Learn to make mead and wine
  4. Learn to make cheese and yogurt from scratch.  I’d also like to learn to do both with powdered milk.  I know it’s possible, so I just have to try!
  5. Experiment with grinding my own grains
  6. Do more canning

So I think I’m going to have a busy and creative year ahead of me.  I’m looking forward to every little bit of it.  But in the meantime, I need to take down my tree and re-make this scarf for my best friend.  🙂

Happy 2010!  May you have an awesome, creative year as well…

So long, 2009. Welcome New Year!

Happy, Happy New Year to everyone!

I’m heading up to the sanctuary later this afternoon to spend the Blue Moon and New Years Eve with my Lovely Logger Man. Have bon fires, drink champagne, play with the hounds and with any luck, eat another wild turkey for dinner.

Although, for many around the country, 2009 was not the best of years. But thankfully for me, I can’t complain. It was really a good one for me. Some of my highlights include:

  • Meeting my Lovely Logger Man
  • Rescued my puppy from a hard life on the Reservation.
  • Did tons of exploring, hiking and hanging out in the beautiful mountains of Western Montana.
  • Went hunting for the first time in my life. We went after (and got!) Grouse, Antelope, Whitetail and Turkey. No elk this year – maybe in 2010.
  • Went to Alaska!!!!!! And got to go above the Arctic Circle, fly around northern Alaska in a bush plane and watched the northern lights from the top of a mountain while sipping hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps. Yum!
  • Planted, gardened, harvested and preserved to my heart’s content.
  • Ate copious amounts of wild huckleberries.
  • Learned to embroider, and did lots of other crafting (hence this blog)
  • Had my sister and my nephew out for a visit. We hiked, explored, mined for sapphires, made jam, played in the creek and swam in mountain lakes.
  • Began blogging.

I’m sure there were many other wonderful things that I did this year – but this is a short list. I’m looking forward to a wonderful 2010 with all its own discoveries and challenges.

I contemplated a list of words for my focus this year. Included were Delight, Gratitude, Creativity, Freedom, Presence, Grace, Exploration, Gentleness, Focus, Ritual, Clarity, Pioneer, Peace, Deliberateness, Integrity. But in the end, the word I came up with is one I really need to work on. My focus for 2010 is Patience. Wish me luck. 🙂

I wish everyone a safe, happy and wonderful New Years Eve, and a blissful 2010. Follow your heart, reach out to your soul and nurture those around you.