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Superduos

Last year I saw a really cute bracelet on Pinterest. I really wanted to make one like it. It had been made with superduo beads but I didn’t have any and had not worked with them before. My local Hobby Lobby had a very limited selection but I bought a couple of colors and put them aside for when I got a chance to play with them.

I finally got around to making that bracelet today and I love it! I loved making it and I think it is really cute. I went online and ordered several more colors. 🙂

I can’t wait for the new beads to come in! I think these will be perfect for Spring Craft Fairs. What do you think?

Crafting with A.D.D.

When I was in my early twenties I was diagnosed with ADD. I was prescribed Ritalin and it was like the clouds in my head cleared up and the sun shown through! Everything was so clear! I’d never known anything like it. I could do anything, learn anything, remember Everything! I was brilliant!!

A couple of years later, I got pregnant and went off the Ritalin. I was pregnant and then nursing; then trying to get pregnant, pregnant, and then nursing… and I never went back to the medication.

At the time, I wanted to be able to manage myself. I sometimes think I should have gone back on the Ritalin. I’m pretty sure if I had, I’d be running in the same circles with JK Rowling. My book series would have sold billions, the movie would be in post production and I’d currently be in negotiations for a theme park.

Or maybe I’d be hanging with Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos because the company I started and our software would have net me billions.

Alas, I did not. Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20. Instead I worked, raised my children, and spent an inordinate amount of time learning how to do everything that was ever invented. Because I just love everything.  🙂  And I can’t focus on or choose just one thing!

I want to fill my life with color and beauty! And I want to make it myself!

So here is an example of what happens in my free time.

I’m sitting in my recliner crocheting, beading or cross stitching. Netflix is on and I’m browsing through Pinterest. I pin several beautiful beading patterns; a gorgeously swirled soap; a beautifully smocked and embroidered infant dress and a whimsical hand painted Christmas sign for inspiration.

I see some adorable felt Christmas ornaments. I pin them and click on the Pin which takes me to Etsy. Oohhh. She has some adorable patterns! They are so colorful! I think I need these in my life. I put several in my cart, ‘favorite’ her shop, check out with Paypal and download the patterns. I open a browser window and go to Amazon (Hi Jeff, we could have been peers!). I search for wool felt, find some nice color selections, add them to my cart and check out. I’m guaranteed to have my felt in two days! I love you, Amazon Prime! (Could have been my idea!!)

I return to Pinterest.

See gorgeously decorated Sugar Cookies. Pins Sugar Cookies; thinks, ‘Oh! Maybe I’ll be a cookie decorator!’ Begins search for the best sugar cookie recipe on the internet. Finds multiple recipes declared ‘The Best’ and compares ingredients, amounts, directions and comments to find the similarities and differences. Do the same for Royal Icing. Watch several videos on outlining and flooding Cookies with icing. Print out several recipes; determine what ingredients do not currently reside in the kitchen; make grocery list; schedule grocery trip and cookie making time on planner. Return to Pinterest to look at ‘more like this’ and pin more gorgeous cookies for inspiration.

I hear a knock at the door. FEDEX! Yay!! I quickly open the box to find the gorgeous light pink skeins of t-shirt yarn I recently ordered from Australia to knit the amazingly beautiful baby bassinet I saw on several of the Russian and Japanese blogs/sites I follow. Because there are absolutely beautiful patterns coming out of Russia and Japan!

Yes, I know I don’t have any babies. Or grandbabies. Or prospects of either…. (which is good at the moment! Haha) But this bassinet is so beautiful. And beautiful things make me happy. And I just want to spend my life making beautiful things. Full of color. And texture. And happiness. And just the thought brings tears to my eyes.

I put the yarn aside and return to the computer. Satisfied with my Sugar Cookie Decorating Progress, I start closing browser windows and return to my Pinterest feed.

Oh look at that awesome laser cutter advertisement! Clicks on ad, watches informational video, decides I must have it! After digging further, sees ‘Starts at $5,999.99’. Quickly closes browser window and returns to Pinterest.

Wow! Look at that amazing, whimsical and quirky wood relief carving! Pins Quirky Relief Carving. And there’s a tutorial! Quickly reads through tutorial scanning for required supplies and tools. Dremel, check! Flex shaft attachment, check! Sanding bit, check! Chisel…hmmm…think hubby has one! Makes note to ask hubby about chisel and mallet. Safety gear, check! Acrylic paint and varnish, check! Oooohhh! Can’t wait to make this! I open a new browser window and start sourcing basswood…

 

 

 

Surely I’m not the only one!!

Love to All!

–Beth

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! We had a wonderful time spent with family and friends. My son left yesterday to return to base but my daughter is with us for another couple of weeks.

It’s back to the grind for me today. It is so hard after having time off to start getting up early again. I am such a night owl. I can stay up until the wee hours of the morning reading, sewing, planning. Binge watching Netflix.  🙂  But today I had to report back to the office which meant reacquainting myself with the alarm clock.

I am not one to make New Year’s Resolutions but I do have some things I would like accomplish this year.
* Learn to weave on the  Rigid Heddle Loom.
* Complete more projects.
* Get the Studio at Lavender Crossings up and running.
* Paint the interior of the house.
* Do some massive decluttering.

The last one there seems to get added to my list year after year.

What do you want to accomplish in 2019?

Crocheted Flower Earrings

I LOVE crocheted flowers and motifs. I especially love them when they are crocheted with thread; they are so dainty and pretty. I also LOVE color. All colors. Looking at beautiful colors makes me happy!!

One of the great things about crocheting these small motifs, is that I can actually finish them in one sitting! Which is especially good if you are like me and suffer from ADCD (Attention Deficit Crafting Disorder 😉 )

As much as I love making them, I had struggled with what I would do with them. And then I saw something that looked like a crocheted earring and I thought, ‘Brilliant’!! How completely brilliant! I can make these adorable motifs in every color imaginable and actually make something useful!

Here is what I have been making.

This particular pattern I found on Pinterest.  https://stylowi.pl/26396730

It was only available as a graph but I have converted it into a written pattern if you would like to give it a try! I use size 10 crochet thread and a .8 or 1.0 steel hook.

Chain 6. Join with a ss.
Chain 3 (counts as 1st DC). DC 19. SS to 1st DC. (20 DC).
Chain 3 (counts as 1st DC). DC in next DC from previous row.
Chain 2.  DC in the next 2 DC. Chain 2. Continue around for a total of 20 DC. End with a chain 2 and SS into the first DC.
SS into the first chain 2 from previous row. Chain 3 (counts as first DC). DC, Chain 2, 2 DC into first chain 2 from previous row.
Continue 2 DC, Chain 2, 2 DC in each chain 2 around. SS into first chain 3 (40 DC).
SC. Chain 3, SS into first chain 2 from previous row. DC 6 into same chain 2. Skip DC, SS into next DC. 7 DC into next Chain 2, skip next DC, SC into next DC. Continue around, SS into first Chain 3. Weave in ends.

If you make any, I would love to see them!

–Beth

 

 

Crafting Without Distractions

Have you ever sat down to work on a project but found yourself constantly distracted by ‘Life’ at home? The kids were fighting. The dryer was buzzing. The dog chewed up a pillow. The cat threw up on the floor. Someone wanted cereal but there were no clean spoons??? It happens all the time at my house. When you have a family, it can sometimes feel impossible to get any crafting time in.

But, I have to create. Seriously, a creative outlet is important to my mental health. Lol

When my kids were younger it was very difficult. When I was at home there was always something else that needed my attention. The only way I would be able to start and finish something was to do it somewhere else. So, I started taking classes.

I did three winters of weekly quilt a-longs. I took two semesters of Stained Glass classes. I took a semester class on writing and illustrating children’s books.  I’ve done many, many paint and sips. During this time, the only time I was able to really work on any of my projects was when I was actually AT the class.

That is why we have decided to host Open Studio sessions at Lavender Crossings. During these hours you can come, claim a place at a work table or in a cozy chair, and work on your project without having to worry about folding the laundry or loading the dishwasher.

We have tables and chairs; sinks to wash out your brushes; outlets for your sewing machine. Basic crafting tools like cutting mats, rotary cutters, irons, scissors, paint brushes, heat press, etc. are available for you to use. We will also have a limited amount of basic materials and supplies available for purchase.

The cost for Studio time is $10 for an evening session (6-9) and $20 for a Saturday session (9-4). No appointment is needed. Just show up with your project, sign in at the front desk and get to work! Coffee provided.  🙂

Dates and times for Open Studio Sessions will be listed on our Events page. Hope to see you there!

Love to all!

–Beth

Creative Arts Studio

Creative Arts Studio

If you know me at all, you know my life is consumed with Creating and Making!

I have an insatiable appetite for learning new things and now, I am going to be able to help others learn new things, too!

I am so excited to announce that we will be converting Lavender Crossings into a Creative Arts Studio!!!

We will be offering a variety of classes starting in January and also plan to hold open studio days where you can come and work on your projects without the constant distractions you have at home!

I am so, so excited!! More information to come in the next few weeks. Subscribe to our blog to get updates delivered to your inbox!!

Love to all!

–Beth

That time I bought a Spa

Once upon a time, I bought a day spa.

Seriously.

God led us to this place. I truly believe that.

I found the spa property for sale on the internet. We were not looking to buy anything. We were not planning to move. Our house was not on the market. But I came across it and felt led to go look at it.

It wasn’t just a spa. It was a house, a commercial property, and 10 acres of land in the middle of nowhere. I told my husband that I believed we were supposed to buy it. We spent a lot of time in prayer over the next few days. We made an offer. I asked God that if this was not what he wanted for us, to please not let the sale go through! It did. We closed within two weeks of making an offer and many stars had to align for it to happen.

My husband, Mr. ‘NO’, the yin to my yang, the one who attempts to keep my spontaneity and impulsiveness in check, even said he believed we were being led here. A miracle, if I’ve ever seen one!

Why me? Why us? Why here? I didn’t know then and I don’t know now. I will probably never know. Was I led here to make a difference in the life of one of our staff members? A client? Was it so that I would have my children in the right place to meet someone that would change their lives or whose life they would change?

Many times over the years I have asked myself, ‘Why me?’ Our lives since making this decision have not been easy. Immediately after purchasing the property I was laid off from my job. The house we put on the market didn’t sell for two years. Translation: We paid two mortgages for two years! We pulled our children out of private school and put them in the public school system. We had issues with neighbors. We had problems with staff. We went into debt. A lot of debt. But through it all, I never once waivered from the belief that God led us here.

After nearly a decade, we have made the decision to close the spa. We recently became empty nesters and I believe we are now being led in a different direction. Did we accomplish what we were brought here to do? I don’t know. I hope so.

We are prayerfully considering our future and trying to discern God’s will as we go forward with the next phase of our lives. Stay tuned for information about our future plans!!!

Much Love to you all!

— Beth