Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wow

So the truth is, I haven't been here for a long while.  I've been really busy.  I've started a[nother] new hobby - weaving.  I'm loving it.  I have so much to learn, but I like it a lot more than anything else I've done recently (the last few years at least).










So this is my first project (above).  It is a table runner, made from Sugar & Cream cotton.  It turned out pretty well.

This (below) is my second project. These are mug rugs....another learning process.  Again, 100% cotton.










Here is my third project.   Not happy with it - too many mistakes.  Don't weave when I'm tired is the lesson learned from this one.....













Here is my last project.  It turned out VERY well and I like the way it looks.  Again, 100% cotton (I have a lot of the cotton to use up and practice on) and perfect for the holiday.











So now I'm working on another project which isn't looking the way I thought it would when I was putting the yarn on the loom...........so, we'll see.....learning from my mistakes seems to be how I learn.  I do have 2 books, planning on getting another after the holidays.....

Haven't done any quilting, but I did do some sewing.  I had bought some 4" foam, a large slab of it, to put in the back seat for the dogs.  The foam was a bit wide (front to back) for the seat, so I sliced off enough to split that piece in half, and add to each side, which then made the piece long enough for the seat, and the right width front to back.  Yay!  I covered it with foam, then I made a pillow case out of some blue fabric I had.  I pulled a red zipper out that I've had forever and never used for anything else.  I put the zipper in (couldn't find my zipper foot) and it works great.  I have it in the back seat for the dogs.  Evan LOVES it as he can sit with his harness on that keeps him from being a flying object, and he can see out the front window, which is when he's happiest in the car.  Gabbi doesn't feel the motion or bumps so much and she likes it a lot too.....well, as much as she can while she's in the car which she doesn't seem to hate, but it's not a favorite thing to do either.

With Christmas coming, and my DD due to have her baby next Tuesday (the 21st), I'm really busy and haven't had time to do some of the things I really want to get done.   But, there is an entire new year ahead of me, and I plan on making the best of it that I can.  I have no great expectations.  My new mantra is to enjoy the moment and what I'm doing, when I'm doing it.  I tend to be doing one thing and thinking I could/should be doing something else.  So if that's the way I feel, then I go do the something else instead of beating myself up.

Many things have changed for me over the last year.  I am looking at everything as a learning process.  I know that I am who I am, and the way I want to be.  I'm not going to beat myself up, let others beat me up, or tell me how wrong I am because I'm busy, or doing what I love to do, or because I have such a variety of things going on.  My life is exactly how I want it to be right now.  For that, I'm ever so greatful.  Of course, a little more time to do everything I want to do would be nice....but that's just poor management on MY part! LOL  Just another thing to try to improve on.

4 comments:

mainer said...

Nice work,cuz! Good mantra too.

mareshavefun said...

Martha, I'm glad that you are at peace with yourself and with your life :-)
By the way, you're weaving projects are very beautiful... well done.
Can't wait to see pics of mama and baby Jia

Mountain Blessings said...

Happy New Year, your projects are awesome! I have a really dumb question, how did you get started, are there tutorials or did you read a book? I have always wanted to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

MarthaVA said...

Ahhh, it's been awhile since I have been here! I didn't realize I had great comments to address. I apologize.

Judee -thanks! :-)

Mary, thank you. Yes, things ARE really good. I'm happy especially with weaving. It's very zen for me.

Mountain Blessings - Happy New Year.
It's not a dumb question at all! I guess I kinda skipped over the part about how I did this.
I did just jump right in. I did some research, joined a group online called Ravelry (knitters, crocheters, weavers). Got a LOT of info from there. I decided on a loom after the research (and having my friend order one first). Along with the loom I ordered 2 books - Hands On Rigid Heddle Weaving, and Weaving Made Easy. Oh, and probably couldn't have done it without watching stuff on YouTube!
If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask. Thanks for the interest!
Martha