Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tea Stands for Tuesday - 12/11/18

Happy Tuesday to my friends at the Altered Book Lover blog. We're into winter here - although out winters are mild compared to many. Winter for me is basically an excuse to stay inside, drink tea and read as many books as I can.  I'm drinking some Irish Breakfast Tea this morning.

This novel is a dose of "feel good"  There are interesting characters. There is a bit of enchantment, some might call it a modern day fairy tale but don't be put off by that.  The story contains tragic loss, the necessary bad guy and the unique loving relationships that prevail.

Perfect winter read.  

Now if you have a book recommendation please let me know.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Second on the Second - 12/2/18

On the second of every month my blogging friend Elizabeth invites us to bring an old post back for a second look.  I have made a few of these snowflakes every year since I discovered them.  They look complicated but are easy if you just follow the directions.  They are a nice big size, something you might hang in a window instead of on the tree.  Be sure to check Elizabeth's blog to see what others consider worth a second look.


Making Snowflakes

I know I said I wasn't going to get into Christmas stuff until after Thanksgiving.  I did go through some project ideas thinking about what I might like to make this year though.  These snowflakes are on the top of my list.

copy paper snowflake

I made quite a few of these last year. They are made out of regular copy paper, are fairly large and since they are so easy to make I just recycled last years supply instead of trying to figure out how to store them. These are easy. They are cheap. They are fun. Want to make some?

 For written directions click here.

To watch a video click here.  You might want to turn your volume down.

Have fun!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving


Harper’s Weekley’s “Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving Dinner,” from November 1869, by Thomas Nast. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Tea Stands for Tuesday - 11/20/18

It is beginning to feel like winter here.  I've been drinking tea and thumbing through my knitting books for inspiration.

Here is a hat I recently finished.  I am trying to use up some yarn I have left from other projects.  Hats seem the easiest way to use bits and pieces.

There are so many books full of inspiration.  Surely I'll find a suitable project.  If you knit, tell me what you have on the needles.

While I ponder patterns, lets hop on over to Altered Book Lover and see what is happening at the tea party.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Art Journal Journey - Vintage or Modern

It isn't often that I am able to participate in challenges.  I hope I'm doing this one right.  My choice for entry at Art Journal Journey is "Vintage".

"Vintage Fashion"
Mixed Media on 8x10 canvas board

For the background I used newspaper, old sewing pattern paper and some vintage fashion images I had from who knows where.  I used acrylic paints.

My intent when doing this work was to try a new to me resist.  You see those 4 smaller images?  I covered them with Vaseline.  Yep!  Then I covered them with the green acrylic - painting right over the Vaseline.  When the paint was tacky but not dry I wiped over the sections I had covered and the paint came right off.  I then carefully removed any remaining Vaseline with a soft cloth.  I read about this method ages ago - sorry don't recall where.  It was fun and I think rather successful.

So... that's my long Vintage entry.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Tea Stands for Tuesday - 11/13/19

It is Tuesday.  Is everyone ready for a tea party?  Elizabeth is hosting the party as she does faithfully every week.  Join us, you will find a great group of people who post nearly every Tuesday

I pulled out a vintage tea cup for my tea this morning.  It seemed to fit the book I'm going to tell you about.  Doesn't everyone match their cup to their reading material?

My friend Laurie (blog here) writes book reviews.  Sometimes she generously passes books on to me.  This came in the mail recently.  Her review made me want to sit right down and read it.

"Harry's Trees"
Jon Cohen.

This is a magical book, a perfect break from out troubled times. Below is a bit from Laurie's review.  She says it much better than I can.

"It’s a brilliant story, a fairy tale on a modern scale, where the trees are as important as the people, where a little girl with a red coat is the bravest, and where the Wolf talks to the dog. The writing made me feel like the world was illuminated with golden light despite the people who were greedy. I was so sad when the book ended; not because it ends sadly but because I had to walk away from that world. Five stars." 

What book would you recommend?