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Imagestormyla
Feb 15, 2010 4:41 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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Oh golly! There's so much good stuff in here. I'm working on the cubit and will get back here later!! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
ImageHollyAnnS
Feb 16, 2010 6:35 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
I have no musical talent or "real" art talent. I can paint ceramics, stencil and do a little tole' type of painting. But to really draw or paint no way. Ric paints and draws but hasn't for years, I think his last work was done before he met me.
LOL Critter about the basket weaving. Yes I have a few small baskets from my basket weaving days, and I use to crochet jute bags, hook rugs, I really love X stitch but it takes me forever to finish anything. Here is one of my most ambitious X stitch projects just needs a few metallic threads and a couple of beads added. Real problem is that it is a gift for my daughter Julie. I can't decide how to finish it. Mat it like a picture or some type of fabric frame and dowel.
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ImageHollyAnnS
Feb 16, 2010 6:59 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Forgot the picture, Here it is with the fabric that I bought to use to frame it but now can't decide if it is what I want to use.

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Imagercn48
Feb 16, 2010 7:01 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Lexington, VA
It's beautiful! I've done a few X stitch projects but I always liked crewel (sp?) embroidery better, worked up much faster :)
ImageHollyAnnS
Feb 16, 2010 7:08 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
I've gotten even slower now as I have to sit with a lighted magnifier to see my work.
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Imagesheryl
Feb 16, 2010 10:35 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Thanks for the compliments, everyone - I'm afraid I have one of those mixed up egos that loves to hear it and winces painfully at the same time. It's kinda aggravating.

I wish I had musical talent, especially singing (the instrument you can take anywhere!). Singing just makes me happy, just no one around me, lol.

My father was a fabulous whistler. I found that my whistle changed dramatically over the years, especially when I got my front teeth bonded.

Holly, that is beautiful.
Imagestormyla
Feb 16, 2010 10:45 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Sheryl, I had a drawing period, but was never really good at it. I should have taken classes. Your drawing is wonderful. You guys are reminding me of things that I even forgot that I used to do. Like hooked rugs. That was very big in the 70's.

Holly, I really think that Santa is beautiful and I'm sure she will love it. I think the side color is right. Is it the texture you don't like?

I have no musical talent either.
ImageCarolyn22
Feb 16, 2010 3:21 PM CST
Name: Carolyn Madden
Pennsylvania
Holly - love the Santa - it is beautiful and has a rather antiquey look.

My Grandmother did some rugs back in the 70's. She has been gone about 10-12 years, but I have one of those rugs. It to me is very important because she made it. This rug will get passed down through the generations...
Imagestormyla
Feb 16, 2010 3:58 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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My father's mother was a great hand quilter. We had many of the quilts that she made, and they are large enough to fit queen sized beds. Two of them are double wedding ring pattern and I've forgotten the names of some of the others. They were all intricate patterns.

Everybody loved and enjoyed them, but over the years they started to get threadbare and wear out. No one seemed to care. She died in 1978.

After she died, I started taking them one at a time and repairing the rips and replacing all of the worn out squares by hand. It would take me weeks to complete one. I had to find squares that matched the patterns and then refill the empty areas and hand stitch the new squares and then resew the backs. It was quite a job.
But I'm glad that I did it. After a while, no one wanted to use them again, so now they are wrapped up in my basement. But it makes me happy, just knowing they are there.
ImageHollyAnnS
Feb 16, 2010 8:19 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Stormy, I'm trying to decide if I want to do something more like a mat and frame instead of a dowel and banner look.
Here is another large one that I did for my Mom years ago. It was quite a job but I could see well enough back then to carry it around and work on it during my lunch and breaks at work. I was a real fun project. As I would finish each shell around the edge I would do a little dance and sing "Another one bites the dust" LOL

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Imagestormyla
Feb 16, 2010 8:26 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Holly, If you make it in a dowel and banner style, she can use it more places that way. It would be easy to hang anywhere. With a picture frame, she really couldn't hang it on a door without worrying about it falling down with the motion of the door.
ImageHollyAnnS
Feb 16, 2010 8:26 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Here it is hanging in Mom's bathroom you can see why I picked this to make. If I decide to present the Santa in this manner I will use a much thicker dowel and ribbon maybe tied with bows or run the dowel thought the piece and add a wide ribbon with bows on the sides as the hanger. I have sat on it long enough so I will have to decide as she is getting next Christmas.

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Imagestormyla
Feb 16, 2010 8:28 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Think about her house and what places she might have to hang it.
ImageWild_Rose
Feb 18, 2010 2:34 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
I was invited to join an Artisans cubit, and share some of my work. On another photo sharing website, we have monthly themes to challenge us to try new and creative ways to express our photo creativity. January's theme was RGB... standing for the red-green-blue of color photo processing. Please see the thread where I shared my RGB work...

http://cubits.org/UniQueTreasures/thread/view/5914/

Thanks for looking!
Instead of running after perfection, why not simply walk in faith?
Imagestormyla
Feb 18, 2010 2:43 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Karen, Those are very beautiful photos. I love to see what other loves and talents our gardening buddies have. Thumbs up
Imagestormyla
Feb 20, 2010 6:02 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I can't get over how much talent there is in this group. Why should I be surprised Rolling my eyes.

RCN, I love to knit. I gave it up because I was so compulsive with it. I wouldn't go to bed, I'd stay up working on it until I couldn't see or count the stiches any longer. I loved making intricate cable knit sweaters. I really didn't like working in a lot of different colors. It was all about texture for me.
Imagesheryl
Feb 20, 2010 8:30 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Mmm, sounds wonderful. I keep saying I'd like to learn to knit - love the portability of it - but I think I lack the patience to make it all the way through a project.
Imagesallyg
Feb 21, 2010 9:28 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Wow.
Sheryl, that is fabulous. You MUST fight the cringe thing and go with the flow. You have talent!
What a skillful bunch we are.
I have:
hand and machine quilted a little
sewed clothes and curtians, moderately.
cross stitched and embroidered somewhat
knitted and crocheted a little
And why have and not DO? Like Carolyn--it seemed with little kids it was too hard to keep up. And like stormyla, I can now buy clothes in more extended lengths, cheaper and better than I can make them, and a lot quicker too. And SHeryl, it is hard to have the patience to see those long projects thru!
I really like the feel of hand sewing. Drafting cutting and Hand piecing of quilt squares was really fun. But so many hours to complete!!! I have four really good squares I must get framed or something. An awesome mariners compass. is one.
Currently I am crocheting some granny squares. My secret mission was to make them and then persuade Mom to go to some craft group with me where she would whipstitch them together (and get some social life) inot a prayer shawl perhaps. . It is a good thing to take to docs offices, I can do it without feeling like I am begin rude to her as I would by reading to myself. Boy I can do about two or three an hour in the emergency room- as long as I am not the patient mind you.
Like rcn, I really like rocks. They're just so... Inorganic! Such a contrast to plant life i guess
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagesheryl
Feb 22, 2010 4:56 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Maybe that's why they look so good with plants - the contrast?

Thanks for the encouragement, Sally.
ImageJan
Feb 24, 2010 10:11 AM CST
Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey
What a talented bunch we have here. I love the check fabric with the Santa, Holly.

I enjoy x-stitching, but go in spurts. I did pics for all the grandkids, then Jeff framed them. We have a little frame workshop in the basement. Jeff was thinking ahead to retirement to have something to do. Mainly for his drawings. He loves to do masted ships with all the rigging. Hasn't done an original one in years though. Teaching got in the way. Anyway, we are strictly word-of-mouth now and always seem to get jobs when needed. My brother hooked us up with a shop that was going out-of-business and bought some equipment and some moulding and mats. Actually, Jeff likes to mill his own moulding instead. I do some of the finishing on the frames to make them look like leather, etc. Another man in town did this on the side and after he died, his wife sold us some of his stuff and she has referred many people to us and we get repeat customers.

I'd love to try new things.

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