Monday, November 20, 2017

Month of Gratitude - Day 20

Prompt: Who in your life are you grateful for?

Many, many people. Mostly my husband Dale. Smart. Funny. Kind. Generous. Conscientious. Grounded.  I miss him dearly when he’s away on business trips like he was this week. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Month of Gratitude - Day 19

Prompt: What touch are you grateful for today?

My sister Eleanore’s hugs. They are always accompanied by sweet pats on the back.

I've had such a wonderful visit with her! What a fantastic way to celebrate our birthdays.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Month of Gratitude - Day 18

Prompt: What piece of art are you grateful for?

This answer surprises even me, but the first thing that comes to mind is the abstract painting I bought for Dale. He has quite an appreciation for abstract art. 

The acrylic work was painted by a talented local high school student. I saw it at a student art show in town and liked it so much that I bought it as a successful surprise gift for my husband. 

Painting Detail

Besides liking the color and texture, I am inspired by the way the young artist put his work out into the world and received compensation for artistic expression. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Month of Gratitude - Day 17

Prompt: What knowledge are you grateful for?

I'm grateful I know how to do a lot of crafting techniques 

and for the knowledge of how one technique relates to another. 

This allows me to be fairly confident that I can figure out crafts that are new to me. 

I'm also successful with most of the crafts that I try.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Month of Gratitude - Day 15

Prompt: What season are you grateful for?

Honestly, the one I'm in. Part of the reason I'm glad I moved to north Idaho is that I get to experience all four seasons.

I love Spring because after the dreary days of winter blues and cold, it's lovely to see the crocus poking through the ground. I love Autumn for the colors and aromas and crisp days. Summer is good for getting outside and long daylight hours. Then the first snowfall of Winter is magical.

Around here, sometimes the seasons get all mixed up. We usually have our first snow by Halloween. The snow falls and melts as soon as it hits the ground. Our first snowfall was a few days late this year, but when it arrived it stayed for days.

Even long enough to build a snowman.

After Winter Comes Autumn

Then autumn returned. I found this guy when I went out for a walk.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Month of Gratitude - Day 14

Prompt: What sight are you grateful for today?

I'm grateful for the daily sight of my living room mantle. I call it my pumpkin patch because during Autumn the mantle filled with all manner of unique decorative pumpkins. I'm also grateful for the creative streak that resides in me and keeps pushing its way out when I play in my Studio.

Here are the two most recent pumpkin patch additions:

This is my current favorite piece. It's a plain pumpkin that I embellished with a couple strings of party beads, some leaves left over from a floral project, and a stem made of a wooden skewer. I got my inspiration from Pinterest, but created it my own way. It's more subdued than the inspiration piece.

I also remade my floral pumpkin because I wasn't quite satisfied with the one I made a few weeks ago. This is better, but still doesn't quite satisfy the vision I had.

Still, I like the way these two new additions add panache to my pumpkin patch. I have more ideas in mind - including some crocheted pumpkins - but they may have to wait until next year.


Beaded pumpkin inspired by The Swell Designer's Gold Bling Pumpkin

Floral pumpkin inspired by Lowe's Pumpkins Decorated with Chrysanthemums