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Life, Pondering, Carrying On

My last post was quite emotional and I ended up deleting it. I’m not a very good blogger. I am way too emotional and let it out in the wrong ways sometimes.

I will start to blog about good things only, as that’s what I want my life to consist of.

I haven’t posted about this on this blog (I do have a blog over on Blogger), but both of my dogs have been diagnosed with different but similar issues.  Evan had Calcium Oxalate bladder stones removed in May. He’s doing very well at the moment though recovery was rocky.  Gabbi had very high protein in her urine, leading the vet to put her on medication and she went back yesterday to get checked, and she too, is doing very well.  The last 3 months have been extremely stressful for me.  I’ve now decided that I will take each day as it comes and work the best I can to do the best I can by my dogs.

Meanwhile, I’ve been keeping busy inside because it’s so stinking hot outside.  We have had some crappy weather this summer.  First it seemed like it was never going to stop raining.  Days and days on end of rain, then, HOT and HUMID!  We did have 2 very beautiful, low humidity and temp days about a week and a half ago.  Boy, was that a spoiler!  The positive side of this is, I’ve been very busy with knitting and beading!  I have made several woolen hats – easy when you’re sitting in the AC! – and I’ve made some acrylic hats as well.

I have also been busy beading. For some reason, I’ve been binge making mutli-strand bracelets.

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5 woolen hats – all hand spun Blue Faced Leister yarn (spun and knitted by me)

Wild hat

Wild and crazy – but you can’t get lost in a snowstorm in this hat! (acrylic) 

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This had was self striping – not sure how I did it because the next hat of the leftover yarn didn’t do this. I must have cast on just i the right way to get these cool patterns!

For some reason, I’ve been binge making multi-strand bracelets. I have a lot of beads from when I was weaving the flute wraps which I’ve not done in awhile.  I do like weaving the beaded bands, but I need patterns and making the patterns was quite time consuming and I lost interest in making the patterns.  The bracelets are fun and pretty easy, though a bit time consuming, but it is a good distraction when I’m stressed.

These are only a few of what I’ve made, and I sent 2 of them to a friend in CA and she seemed very pleased with them!  🙂 I have many, many more! I love wearing them – either singles or multiples – they don’t weigh a lot.

I also got into making a couple of Mala necklaces.  For me, they are sort of a cross between a rosary (Catholic upbringing but not practicing), and worry beads!  The first set is all black and I need to restring them because I don’t like the way I did them, and also because the thread has stretched. I don’t think I have a photo of them.  Trust me, they are boring.

The second one is one I really love – and I hope to make some more if I can find the colored wooden beads again.

New Mala Bead necklace

The beads above are very light even though they are wooden. I even made the tassel – my first one.  I had the blue and white beads in my stash, and they are wooden as well. I left this one out overnight during the full moon and I feel like it has a special vibe to it.

I’ve also been watching the hummingbirds – they have really been crazy.  At the beginning of summer, I put the feeders out, but they weren’t coming around.  A couple of weeks ago, I saw the hummers start coming around, so I made fresh food and put the feeder out, and they have been crazy busy eating and chasing each other away from the feeder.  I got some decent photos.  I still need to work on how to properly use my digital camera….

This is a series of photos that I was lucky enough to capture.  They are my favorite for this year.

 

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That’s enough for today.  I will be blogging about travel soon.  We’ve named our Class B Winnebago Travato van “Herbee.”  As in, HER BEE.  I am, after all, the one that is most excited to have this little comfy van……

We will be going away soon as well, and I can hardly wait. We’ll be going to my favorite place, and we’ll be gone a good while, so I will be fat with lobster, shrimp, cod, flounder, haddock, and probably some sweets along the way. The good news is, I’ll also be doing a lot of walking and working off all that wonderful food.  More on that when it happens.

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Grateful

I’m extremely grateful. The last couple of months have had ups and downs, but the highlights have been so positive.  I believe in The Universe.  Believe good things will happen, and they will.  You just have to believe.  Not make them happen, or be impatient about them happening.  Rather, visualize, and believe.

About two months ago, after a Sunday breakfast at the local diner, we were walking down the sidewalk and hubby decided to venture upstairs to a local gallery called The Loft, in Culpeper, VA.  While conversing with the owner, hubby decided to bring up the subject of my woven wall hangings.  The owner asked me to send her JPG photos and descriptions, which I did within a few days.  She asked me to bring the wall hangings in which I did the following week.

She accepted three of the five wall hangings to hang in the gallery.  For the other two, she suggested we hang them in The Raven’s Nest Coffee House, also located in Culpeper.  If anyone purchases the ones hanging in the coffee house, 25% of the proceeds go to the SAFE house, which helps women and children.

A few weeks ago, I got a call from an ex-co-worker of my husband.  She had another ex-co-worker with her, someone husband hadn’t seen in quite awhile.  They wanted to come by, so I told them sure!  We never get company out here.  After running around the house trying to corral the hairballs that are our life, they showed up, and we had a good time chatting and visiting.  The gals wanted to see my fiber projects.  They were ooooing and ahhhing over so many things, it made me blush.

They wanted to try on some of the shirts and vest I’d made, so we went into the bedroom so there was a bit of privacy, though they tried them on over the shirts they were wearing.  My house is small and the men were in the living room, so the bedroom was the only other place to do it anyway.

They enjoyed trying on the shirts and the vest I’d made.  They switched off and on and the other gal decided to buy two of my items.  I had a really difficult time pricing them because #1, I hadn’t thought anyone would purchase them and hadn’t thought of a price ahead of time, and #2 I really didn’t think anyone would pay for them for what I thought they were worth as far as the work and materials I’d put into them.  However, I came up with a price I thought was fair for me, at least, and the lady bought them both!  I’m so happy and proud.  I am totally aware that my items take a certain person to appreciate them.  Which is the one main reason I was so surprised!

I had decided I wanted to knit a few things, and I made a cowl out of the hand spun yarn with locks I’d dyed and spun during Spring.  I posted it on Facebook, and immediately a friend said she was interested.  Again, I had a difficult time pricing it, but she still wants it, so that will be delivered this weekend.

I so appreciate these things being sold.  I really needed the boost of acceptance and confidence to continue to make items in the hopes that others will appreciate them, and value them, and be willing to purchase them.

The art hanging in the gallery has not sold, as far as I’m aware, but I’m still proud it’s hanging there.  I believe the items in the coffee shop will be taken down when October is over.  I keep hoping with Christmas coming, people will want to purchase these items.

Photos below of the items I’ve spoken about in this post.

Bobbi and her shirt, front and back.

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Bobbi and the vest – front and back (don’t have a better photo of the back).

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Wall hangings:

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Scarf from yarn I spun:

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Thanks for looking.

Take care,
Martha