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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Not to be out done

So my middle daughter (9 yrs old) decided that she was not going to be outdone by her big sister (11 yrs old) and had to start working with tiny thread from a cone too. So I started a square for her showed her the stitches and the transitions from round to round and she was off and stitching too. She has a little bit thicker thread than her sister not much and one hook size larger but that is only because I know she has a tighter tension than her sister.

After working with it for a little bit she decided it was easy too. She has caught up to her big sisters square I think she may even be a few rows past her. We only have one cone of the blue thread but I think it will still make a pretty large afghan if she uses it all.


oldest daughtersmiddle daughters

Friday, May 29, 2009

the start of something that may never end

is that a big ball or a camera trick
So we went thrift shopping a few days ago and found 6 balls (cones) of red thread size 20/2. Is it a camera trick or is that really a massive cone of thread. Yep it is massive no camera tricks well not many any way.
it is a big ball
My oldest daughter wanted something to do so I started a small granny square and told her to continue with it till the thread ran out. No small task as like I said there are six of these (wonder if I will get an afghan or a doily out of this endeavor). I just love thrift shopping so cheep and you can find real fibers like cotton, silk, wool and so on.
thread size and content
So she should have great tension by the time this is done. If you look at the photos closely you will see a tiny red line on the afghan or a tiny red thread around my daughters finger yep that is how tiny this thread is.
just starting long way to go
This will take a while but it will be a nice test of her patients.
thread and hook size
thread size 20/2 hook size USA 13 aka 0.7 mm

the last...or is it

for a woman who lost her baby that morning
These are the last photos of floral work stuff in my camera. If you look at the clock you can see it it almost 11 pm. Yep photos taking during mother's day week. Part of the reason for leaving hard to be a mom to little kids and be a florist when you have hours like that. If you notice most all are smiling we did have fun together beware of a bunch of woman with almost no sleep for days late at night we all act a little silly. All the people in the photo I think are great and I have agreed to cover shifts as needed. So there might be little spurts of floral work every now and again but not often.
funeral
close up of funeral
What a mess!
late night floral work
late night floral work
what a mess
flowers everywhere
Bottom two photos are the next day as you can tell from the light coming in the back door.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Scrap crochet anyone

3 project  in 1 photo
So this is a photo I forgot was in my camera from May 5, 2009. As you can see I was looking and working on three different thread afghans at the time. All of these are afghans that are using up some of the scrapes from vintage thread projects. So yep most of these afghans will be boil-fast ( ie old version of colorfast). I just like the term boil-fast better.

Science class?

dandelion
My oldest daughter had a science project this year where we had to take photos of things in nature Ie.. bugs, plants, and animals. It was ok if mom took the photos as long as she was standing next to me. So I took this time to explain a little about photography to her and how differnt angles and such change a photos feel after a little discussion she took some photos too. We had fun with this we had to figure out their names too not just turn in photos. Some have been posted on this blog in the past so I will only show a few of the new photos. There are way more than this that was turned in over 20 photos. But these are some of the best the clocks we didn't turn in as she only needed 15 and turned in too many as it was but it is a nice photo all the same.
dandelion
wildsunflowerbee
weed3 snailsback yard weedlady bugclocks

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Shark Reef

jelly fish
While visiting my sister in Nevada we went to Shark Reef I guess I have never taken pictures in the dark before need to work on learning more about apertures. Got a few good photos and a ton of bad ones. I really liked the Jelly fish the display of them they glowed bright pink real hard to get in a photo for me.
jelly fish
saw fish shark
shark
shark
corals
These photos are from my pentax camera I have a few on my razr phone as well I will get them off later and see if any of them came out good I think I almost took better photos with my razr camera instead of my real camera we will see.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Yoyo Afghan Continued

all squares up to this point
I am working on my yoyo afghan again after putting it off for a while. I spent the weekend at my sister's house in Nevada. Got a few squares completed and another one started. It needs 40 total squares to cover my king-size bed. So, I still have a ways to go. This is being made out of size 10 and knit cro sheen. Most of the threads are vintage threads; I have purchased a few new greens to give me a little more variety in the green, and the black I bought about 5 years back from a discontinued line of thread. That is how it goes -- a lot of old, a little new, and a nice variety of colors for me.

orange
size of yoyo's

Shades of orange and peach. See the dime in the second orange block photo, this gives you an idea of the size of the crochet yoyos.

yellow
Shades of yellows and ochers. A few variegated thread and a few with metallic thread.

purple
Lavenders and purples. Every other row is variegated thread.

pinks
Dark, medium and light pink with a few variegated and metallic threads tossed in, too.

pastel aqua purple green
This block is mainly meant to be pastels. It is Aqua, pale greens, light lavenders, and two variegated threads thrown in for fun.

new block started
The first green block is started; every other row will be a real pale green with a few other greens tossed in and a few variegated, too.

3 new aprons

pin tuck waisted apron
Pin-tuck apron

Aqua apron
Aqua apron

ruffle 1/2 apron
Ruffle apron

Here are some of the newest aprons in my home I really like these they are so bright and cheery.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

just like daughter

mri
I had a doctor visit that I scheduled 6 months ago with a specialist. My daughter wanted me to take photos because after the appointment I was told I had to have an MRI. Since she had one, she wanted to see that Mae (mom) actually was going to have one, too. So the technicians were kind and took a few photos for her to see. Should I be concerned that I had to explain the camera about 5 times and they couldn't figure it out very well and they couldn't figure out how to turn it on (the words on/off are printed on the camera)? They also got blurry photos. These are the guys who are supposed to take good photos of the inside of me... should I be concerned here ;o)?
For those who are curious, I have stopped being a florist. I need to focus on me and my kids and husband right now. That is why I haven't blogged much; lots of stuff happening, as evident by these photos. Not going to go into all the details, but prayers are nice. I am hoping that this will also give me a little more time to get back to making things with my hands. I've missed it so much lately. I hope I will be able to produce more and post on here and go back to helping other people learn to do things with their hands. Not that floral work was not rewarding, it is just not the same. So you probably won't see too many more floral arrangements on this blog except for whatever is stuck in my camera right now that I haven't had time to post yet.

This just in for fun, I have a real cool sister-in-law, Becca, who takes real lovely photos. Check out her blog "Bliss" and please leave some nice feed back, and tell her Wendy sent ya.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Dress Form

I have been asked where did I get my patterned dress form (the one in the right of the below photo). It was from PBTeen. They are sold out of the one I have, but they do have other styles like it. I was lucky; they had a two-day sale once, so I got mine for less than 99.00 dollars. I think they are about twice that, normally.
front color one

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Sent to me by my best child hood friend

Sandra felt as low as the heels of her shoes when she pulled open the florist shop door, against a November gust of wind. Her life had been as sweet as a spring breeze and then, in the fourth month of her second pregnancy, a "minor" automobile accident stole her joy. This was Thanksgiving week and the time she should have delivered their infant son. She grieved over their loss.

Troubles had multiplied. Her husband's company "threatened" to transfer his job to a new location. Her sister had called to say that she could not come for her long-awaited holiday visit. What's worse, Sandra's friend suggested that Sandra's grief was a God-given path to maturity that would allow her to empathize with others who suffer.

"She has no idea what I'm feeling," thought Sandra with a shudder "Thanksgiving? Thankful for what?" she wondered.. "For a careless driver whose truck was hardly scratched when he rear-ended me? For an airbag that saved my life, but took my child's?" "Good afternoon, can I help you?" Sandra was startled by the approach of the shop clerk. "I . . . I need an arrangement," stammered Sandra.

"For Thanksgiving? I'm convinced that flowers tell stories," she continued.. "Are you looking for something that conveys 'gratitude' this Thanksgiving?"

"Not exactly!" Sandra blurted out. "In the last five months, everything that could go wrong has gone wrong."

Sandra regretted her outburst, and was surprised when the clerk said, "I have the perfect arrangement for you."

Then the bell on the door rang, and the clerk greeted the new customer....

"Hi, Barbara, let me get your order." She excused herself and walked back to a small workroom, then quickly reappeared, carrying an arrangement of greenery, bows, and what appeared to be long-stemmed thorny roses. Except the ends of the rose stems were neatly snipped; there were no flowers.

"Do you want these in a box?" asked the clerk. Sandra watched; was this a joke? Who would want rose stems with no flowers! She waited for laughter, but neither woman laughed.

"Yes, please," Barbara replied with an appreciative smile. "You'd think after three years of getting the special, I wouldn't be so moved by its significance, but I can feel it right here, all over again," she said, as she gently tapped her chest.

Sandra stammered, "Ah, that lady just left with . . . uh . . . she left with no flowers!"

That's right," said the clerk. "I cut off the flowers. That's the 'Special'. I call it the Thanksgiving Thorns Bouquet. Barbara came into the shop three years ago, feeling much as you do today," explained the clerk. " She thought she had very little to be thankful for. She had just lost her father; the family business was failing; her son had gotten into drugs; and she was facing major surgery. That same year I had lost my husband," continued the clerk. "For the first time in my life, I had to spend the holidays alone. I had no children, no husband, no family nearby, and too much debt to allow any travel."

"So what did you do?" asked Sandra.

"I learned to be thankful for thorns," answered the clerk quietly.

"I've always thanked God for the good things in my life and I never questioned Him why those good things happened to me, but when the bad stuff hit, I cried out, 'Why? Why me?!' It took time for me to learn that the dark times are important to our faith! I have always enjoyed the 'flowers' of my life, but it took the thorns to show me the beauty of God's comfort! You know, the Bible says that God comforts us when we're afflicted, and from His consolation we learn to comfort others."

Sandra sucked in her breath, as she thought about what her friend had tried to tell her. "I guess the truth is I don't want comfort. I've lost a baby and I'm angry with God."

Just then someone else walked in the shop.

"Hey, Phil!" the clerk greeted the balding, rotund man.

"My wife sent me in to get our usual Thanksgiving arrangement, twelve thorny, long-stemmed stems!" laughed Phil as the clerk handed him a tissue wrapped arrangement from the refrigerator.

"Those are for your wife?" asked Sandra incredulously. "Do you mind telling me why she wants a bouquet that looks like that?"

"Four years ago, my wife and I nearly divorced," Phil replied. "After forty years, we were in a real mess, but with the Lord's grace and guidance, we trudged through problem after problem, the Lord rescued our marriage. Jenny here (the clerk) told me she kept a vase of rose stems to remind her of what she had learned from "thorny" times. That was good enough for me. I took home some of those stems. My wife and I decided to label each one for a specific "problem" and give thanks for what that problem taught us."

As Phil paid the clerk, he said to Sandra, "I highly recommend the Special!"

"I don't know if I can be thankful for the thorns in my life," Sandra said to the clerk. "It's all too .. . fresh."

"Well," the clerk replied carefully, "my experience has shown me that the thorns make the roses more precious. We treasure God's providential care more during trouble than at any other time. Remember that it was a crown of thorns that Jesus wore so we might know His love.... Don't resent the thorns."

Tears rolled down Sandra's cheeks. For the first time since the accident, she loosened her grip on her resentment. "I'll take those twelve long-stemmed thorns, please," she managed to choke out.

"I hoped you would," said the clerk gently. "I'll have them ready in a minute."

"Thank you. What do I owe you?"

"Nothing. Nothing but a promise to allow God to heal your heart... The first year's arrangement is always on me."

The clerk smiled and handed a card to Sandra. "I'll attach this card to your arrangement, but maybe you would like to read it first."

It read:

"My God, I have never thanked You for my thorns. I have thanked You a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my thorns. Teach me the glory of the cross I bear; teach me the value of my thorns. Show me that I have climbed closer to You along the path of pain. Show me that, through my tears, the colors of Your rainbow look much more brilliant."

Praise Him for the roses; thank Him for the thorns.
God Bless all of you. Be thankful for all that the Lord does for you.
"Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and leave the rest to God.."

We often try to fix problems with WD-40 and Duct tape.
God did it with nails.

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