Be free-floating, allowing the situation to surround you, and be in it. Take in the full surroundings, including the temperature of the water.
This may bring incredible clarity, presence and focus. This is what is means to be a jellyfish.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Walking on Wednesday - Grandma's Apron

The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a holder for removing hot pans from the oven; it was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was eve used for cleaning out dirty ears.
Old Time Kitchen Vintage Waist Apron
From the chicken-coop the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

Vintage Christmas Smock Apron
When company came those old aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids; and when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Brown Checked Smock Apron
Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling-wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
Cottage Country Vintage Waist Apron
From the garden it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled it carried out the hulls.
Bright Blue Vintage Smock Apron

In the fall it was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. 
Black Neon Striped Reversible Apron
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
Red Tulip and Daisy Vintage Smock Apron
When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out on the porch and waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields for dinner.
Chocolate Polka Dot Square Smock Apron
It will be a long time before anyone invents something that will replace that old-time apron that served so many purposes.
~author unknown

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I remember my Grandma carrying green beans from the porch, where we just spent the afternoon 'snapping' them, in her apron to the kitchen to cook for dinner. 

What great memories do you have of your Grandma's apron?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Music Monday! I Don't Like Mondays

Completely feeling like this today. 
I just don't like Mondays, especially today.
Tell me why I don't like Monday today.
I can tell you: 
  • I gotta pay the rent, pay the cable and internet bills
  • And it is raining and cloudy out. 
  • I am tired, I miss the kids (we had a wonderful lazy holiday weekend).
  • I gotta bathe the dog, do laundry, then figure out what to cook for dinner. 
  • And somehow I gotta find the motivation to package up some things and get them off in the mail. 
  • Then I gotta go to the Post Office.
  • I gotta get upstairs to tackle those new coffee bags.
  • Oh and then I gotta finish those mug cozies, meaning I gotta re-do them so they don't slide off.
  • I hate re-doing things.
  • I hate chores.
  • I don't feel like going out in the rain. 

I just don't like Monday today.
I am just letting my grumpy side show for a change.

Do you like Mondays? 
If so, please tell me why you like Mondays! 
I am sure we all could use some good reasons to like Mondays.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Walking on Wednesday - Finding My Way Through a Coffee Bag

Opportunities arise when you least expect them. And sometimes they involve things you never thought you would  try. The key is to let go of your limits, to step outside the box. Sometimes it is finding your way through a coffee bag.
An opportunity presented itself at the beginning of this month that Raige never thought of. A coffee grinder had some coffee bags they wanted to see turned in to other things. They didn't want to just sell the bags, they wanted to give them to someone to inspire them to create, and then they wanted to showcase those creations in their coffee shop. 
Coffee bags. Burlap. This is a medium Raige had not explored before. 
The question to Raige was:
"So, are you a seamstress?"
"What??? Um, NO. I would certainly not call myself a seamstress. But I CAN sew a bit." 

Thank goodness Laura was as willing to take that leap of faith as Raige was. She gave me a bag, and thus began the journey through a coffee bag.

As with any project, there is much trial and error. The first coaster I made, well, I had to take apart and re-make. Crooked square and button too close to the edge means skewed and unraveling to the point of unacceptable.

Then, the Mug Rug, well, the square for the mug is a little small for a mug! And the snack side, well, it would hold the chocolate covered espresso beans the shop has...but only a few it looks like. 

Then there is the question, how much fray is too much fray?? If you know the answer to that - I would say you are in good shape.
The Christmas Stocking. It turned out great, I think. But let's just say it was the epitome of trial and error. Had to rip out the first stocking try and start over, one broken sewing machine needle, and the third cuff was the charm. I forgot about the hanger until I was congratulating myself of a job (finally) well done. But even as an afterthought, I love how it turned out.
The printing on the bag is pretty cool, so I wanted to showcase that. It was between a bag or a pillow cover. Would have been a pretty large bag, so pillow cover won. I am still contemplating painting the little Yin-Yang circle in the "C's", but think it left as it is may win out. It is burlap on one side and a silky fabric on the other. Great wood buttons to keep the pillow safe inside.
I still have to sew on the buttons, but I did manage to get some crochet in. It was perfect for the button holes. This would be perfect for a bench in the foyer, or that backyard gazebo. Yin-Yang Coffee, hmmm.

By the time I got to the pillow, I felt I was getting the hang of working with this textile. Sure, I got up from my work space with small pieces of burlap stuck to my sweater, and Eggbert my little pin cushion looks like he has seen better days, if you can spot him in a few of these pictures. But burlap is actually a nice thing to work with, the texture is great and the color is something you just can't get with other fabrics or mediums.
About time for a bottle of wine, no? YES, and bring it over in this wine bag. Just gotta decide if the handle is too long, and then hope the needle goes through that thick layer of folded burlap and fabric, and sew it on. 
Okay, that is not wine in there. Ahem. We don't happen to have any wine. See how versatile this bag is? Rum or wine, great gift bag. Maybe I will add another splash of red to the bag, or use that grape bunch stamp I have, we will see. I have until Friday to sort it out. 

It has been great to find my way through this coffee bag! I love being challenged, and getting back to sewing. I am also so excited for this great opportunity the Biltmore Coffee Traders have given Raige.

Have you had to take an unusual leap outside your comfort zone? And were you thankful you did? 

It was a direction I never imaged, but am so thankful I took that step outside of my comforting crochet, and back to exploring the wide world of sewing, some of which I have yet to discover. I have found my way through this coffee bag, and hope Laura, her husband, and Raige can continue to work together through many a coffee bag. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Music Monday! Way Back Home

It hadn't occurred to me that people have already started travelling home for Thanksgiving until someone mentioned it to me.  But then again, I am not one of those that is travelling.

Since our move, our holidays have been small affairs, just me and hubby and the kids. We haven't had to travel to celebrate and we haven't had to entertain. I had told myself that holidays are much less stressful that way. That is true, but this year suddenly, I find I am missing those holidays. The bustle of packing the car with the dish to pass, making sure the kids have things to do to keep them busy during the 'boring adult time', the good food and drink with the extended family, the abundant leftovers.

This Thanksgiving will be another holiday that I only have to entertain hubby and the kids. I probably wouldn't have thought much about that if my youngest hadn't suggested this song, by Bob Crosby, for today. I asked him, "Where did you hear THIS song??" It was released in 1935. That was from my father's time - he would have been 18 years old when this song was released. It sparked all the memories of my Dad, and the family gatherings we hosted each Thanksgiving.
Where would a 13 year old hear a song like this? A video game of course. It is apparently played on the radio in the game Fallout New Vegas, a post-apocalyptic video game that takes place  in and around Las Vegas.

You know what? I am glad my son is exposed to some great old music. That he can appreciate it enough to suggest it for Music Monday is wonderful. This song reminds me of my Dad, and those crazy family holidays, the smell of turkey and stuffing and Lemon Pledge. (the turkey was in the oven first thing in the morning, and then the hurried cleaning before he guests arrived) 

And I am glad I can share my memories of my father, and explain that he was young when this song came out. That I can tell little stories of his Grandfather, who he doesn't remember at all because he was only 2 years old when his Grandpa passed away. 

So for all of you that are travelling Way Back Home to your extended families - have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  After all...

The food is the spreadiest
The wine is the headiest
The pals are the readiest
The gals are the steadiest
The love the liveliest
The life the loveliest
Way back Way back Way back home
(No place like home) Sweet home

Friday, November 18, 2011

Ready for the Shopping Crazies? Take it Easy.....

Well, the days keep passing, and the time keeps ticking. Before you know it, Christmas, Hanukkah, or whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year, will be right upon us. You want to give something special, but you have those difficult to buy for people on your list. Gift cards can seem so generic on their own.
Festive Gift Card Holder by Clay Art by Daresa
But sometimes that is the best option. SO - give it in a very special, handmade, gift card holder.  There are so man different kinds so you have plenty to choose from.
Christmas Gift Card Holder by Bohemian Grove
Many of these can also hold that other oh so generic, but oh so practical gift - money.  But keep it hidden until it's opened in one of these.
No Peeking Rudolph Reindeer Gift Card Holder
by Breitwork
Or perhaps you want to fit a small gift in a very special sort of gift wrap. There is something quite special about a mini, handwoven basket stocking. 
Handwoven Mini Christmas Stocking by Baskets by Rose
Another benefit to this type of gift giving is that when the weather is frightful, you do not have to treck to mall and go from store to store. No fighting the snowflakes outside.
Snowflake Gift Card Holder by Breitwork
This little mitten will keep those gift cards warm.
Pink Mitten Gift Card Ornament by Millions of Stitches
Of course, little stockings are cozy warm too.
White Mini Stocking Blue Trim - Hanukkah Colors
by Raige Creations
Let the kids enjoy the snowmen outside, and shop from your computer. Put their 'get whatever you want' gift in this cute guy.
Snowman Gift Card Holder by All About the Buttons
Any one of these, or the others I have featured here, here, and here, should really make the holidays Merry.
Merry Flocked Paper Gift Card Holder by Ruthie's Girl Designs
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and so is the crazy shopping season. Take it easy, shop Zibbet, and give the maybe not so personal gift  in one of the very special gift card holders you will find there.

Got a gift Card Holder idea of your own? Join the challenge. You have 13 more days to submit your idea, and it may get picked for The Fantastic Five.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Walking on Wednesday - Things That Make You Go HUH?

Didn't get my walk in today, it rained nearly all day. 
But I did get some good laughs over some of these.
These are real signs. No matter how ridiculous they may seem, remember that at some point in time, someone did something to make each of these signs necessary.
All are from The Happy Place.

I'd like to try that....walk without walking...hmmmm

 gotta print these instructions out, hubby wants a hat for Christmas....

 every store should have that one.
 BEST doorbell ever!

 apparently lots of toilet troubles have happened in the past..... 

I wish I knew where this was...never knew this was a problem.

There are more on The Happy Place if you are looking to waste some more time.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Music Monday! Somewhere Over the Rainbow

I have been hearing this song on the radio lately, and it calms me every time I hear it.  
And I was just thinking, as we get closer to the holidays, maybe we should all have this song handy, so we don't give in to the stress of the holiday season.

Just a thought.

We can all sit back for a minute, while listening to this song, and let our dreams take us.....
Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole remains one of the major influences in Hawaiian music today, 14 years after his death.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

New Raige - Customizeable!

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

More Gift Card Holders

It will be a tough decision for Judy, of Portable Graffiti, to make. To choose the Fantastic Five for Gift Card Holders. It was a challenge she posted back at the beginning of October.

It seems that once people started making them, they just kept on going. Today, I will show you 7 gift card holders, from only 2 shops. 

Breitwork has some wonderful gift card holders, that can also be used as a luggage tag or a business card holder. A gift that keeps giving!
Poinsettia Gift Card / Luggage Tag / Business Card Holder
by Breitwork
Beautiful machine embroidered pieces, these will definitely last.
And who doesn't love a cute little Penguin?
Penguin Gift Card / Luggage Tag / Business Card Holder
by Breitwork
Then there's Nancy from Millions of Stitches. She has submitted a total of 5 different gift card holders as of today! The first one was already showcased on this blog, but that wasn't enough for her.
Green Mitten Gift Card Sleeve
by Millions of Stitches
The cutest little mittens, made into practical gifts.
Mittens Gift Card Holder
by Millions of Stitches
These can also be used to hold other gifts, like filling with candy canes or small decorations.
Holly n Checks Gift Card Holder
by Millions of Stiches
How about one that is not quite so holiday and maybe a bit masculine? 
Gift Card Holder
by Millions of Stitches
There are quite a few options, and now all you have to do is decide which one. Though there are more submissions to the challenge yet to be featured here. And there is still time to get entries in, so who knows what other creative souls will step up.

Next week there will be whole bunch of new submissions to feature. And you still have time to enter - so get creative!