Archive for December 2011

Flower Arranging Basics

Would you like to learn the basics of making a fresh flower arrangement?   It’s very easy, and you only need a few tips and supplies to get started. First, you’ll need a container.  Something the size of a cereal bowl is about right. Next, you’ll need the key construction element:  Oasis floral foam  This green foam is […]

Could This Be My Best Christmas Gift Ever?

My mom rocks!  She sent me a box of greenery cuttings from the family farm, in Virginia.  Not only that, she included a container, floral foam, and all the supplies I needed to create an arrangement.  A big bow, too.  How cool is that? Click any image for a larger view I gleefully unpacked Magnolia […]

Unconventional Materials Anyone?

A couple of months ago, I came across a quilting challenge involving the use of unconventional materials.  That piqued my interest, and I began to consider what materials I might like to use.  Since I was spending lots of time in a hospital clinic, I gleefully decided to collect everyday objects for a week.  I […]

A Smocker I am Not

After seeing beautiful hand smocking recently, I decided to give it a try.  I bought the needed supplies, a book for beginners, and set to work.   That’s when I was reminded of a few things about myself:  1) I’m impatient, and 2) I like to do my own thing.  Following a smocking pattern conflicted with […]

Knitting Project: What is It?

It was great fun to knit together all my fabric strips.  The resulting item is colorful and full of texture.  Click any image to view larger But at approximately 6″ x 60″ what is it?  (Before blocking, below.) My original thought was that I was making a scarf. And, I think it looks really good […]

Considering UFOs (Unfinished Objects)

In my recent search for portable hand projects, I’ve been taking a new look at some of my unfinished items.  This one of Croton leaves was started in a class with Pamela Allen.  It has quite a bit of merit, don’t you think? Click any image for a larger view Things I like: – the […]