A request granted…

22 10 2017

As a result of a comment I made the other day, someone asked me to — or was it challenged me to — write under the title, “When you’re as old as I am…”.  Explanation?  I have been wanting to write more lately, and realize that I don’t mind writing for my public.  That’s a joke, son.  So, without further ado, I shall once again subtitle my original blog, and not start another one, just in case some creature or other out there would like to go back to the year naught and read my very dull history.

You may even get the periodic update on the creative side of my current life. After all, that’s where I spend my days lately… at the work table surrounded by fabrics, clay, paper, yarn, beads, and what have you.

If I have promised you something in the past, let me know, as my memory has its own delete button these days, and frequently doesn’t let me know it has been done.

As for you, Craftwhack, aka Jeanette ( I like to call her CW), let’s start here and see where it takes us.  It’s her request.  There.

I’m leaving you with a piece I made in honor of my dad, Norman Sahmaunt, a proud Marine veteran, who left us in 2012.

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For Norman L., as my mom used to call him.


S’been a while, dearies.

26 10 2016

I should begin with an apology of sorts.  My posts here have dwindled to all but nothing over the past 9, nearly 10 months.  E-mailing one person has taken over my words here, but today, realizing the need for me to write brings me to the brink of tears.  I used to love writing here.  That experience will begin again today.  Whether there are now, or ever will be any readers is inconsequential. This is a place where I will once again put into the universe my thoughts and maybe even some of my horrors.

I have been wanting to publish my thoughts anonymously somewhere… or perhaps not even publish — just write.  I can’t get motivated to do that.  So for now, I shall enter a few thoughts daily, as well as a photo or two of the creative part of my life for you to peruse.

Starting with my current fabric piece, I’ll offer a few quick pics just to catch you up on my thoughts.  Lately, I’ve noticed that certain times of the year breed thoughts and color combinations that have occurred in the past at precisely the same times.

I’ll be back tomorrow with some more random thoughts and a pic or two.  Glad you’re there.


Couple of blocks and a mandala

24 01 2016

Here, dear friends, are two minor blocks — 22 and 23.  I’m not enthusiastic about these two, as my hands were cold, and my mind was elsewhere when I was working on them.

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Block 22 — I noticed that one person (at least) changed the label to TRAILERS.  Didn’t think it was crucial, having lived in England, as you know.

Here’s Block 23.

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Ii also realized that some people are using writing pens for the words, instead of my humble embroidery as in the one above.  Eleven letters in a space is rather difficult to estimate where the second “I” will occur!

This afternoon, everything was getting to me — all the work since reading Marie Kondo’s book was getting to me, so I found I had to stop everything and do something rather more calming.  Here’s the result — another of my coloring book experiences.

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Didn’t work on my own design fabric piece today at all.  I did move it from one side of the table to the other, just to get it out of the way of the other work I was doing.  I think it’s time to get back to it tomorrow.  Man, this clearing, sorting, tossing, deciding stuff is great, but takes a lot of energy — it’s mental energy, you know.

Need some food.  Haven’t had caffeine for a few weeks, minimum carbs for a few days. Today I heard that you shouldn’t do a low fat low carb diet.  You need more fats with you cut back the carbs.  Is that correct?

Downton Abbey is on in less than an hour.  I do wish I had a comfy chair in this room so that I could really enjoy it in a more comfortable seating place.  One day, I’ll get a small love seat for the purpose.  Until then, it’s sit at the work table!

I’ll be back tomorrow with #24 and #25.

Blocks 20 and 21

22 01 2016

Ok, ok, so I’m missing a day or two here and there.  I do have trouble getting to this blog during the daylight hours.  Why?  No clue.  Perhaps too much else packed into the days?

Here are the two sparse blocks:

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Rather unimpressive, right?  I was getting tired of using someone else’s pattern, as is my usual problem.

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These are corners from the second round of blocks.  I am now, also supposed to have the first nine made into the central block.  Oops.  Haven’t done that yet.  I don’t mean to be a negative Nellie — apologies to all Nellies out there — but it’s cold, rainy, and I want to go out.  That’s a switch!

Yesterday, I received the patterns for blocks 22 through 28. They are printed and ready to be done.  I’ll do block 22 this afternoon, and stay with the program.  I have the fabric kit destined for this quilt.  I still love the idea of the quilt, as well as the design,  just feeling pushed about it.  I saw a post on facebook from a woman who has already finished the seven patterns she received yesterday.  I’m sure she’s not the only one.  I will continue to reiterate that this is a block-a-day project; that’s about all I can muster.

Can you tell I’m tired?  Do I have too many things to deal with?

Yesterday, I bought some ice cream and cake.  Only 6 days late for my birthday.  I didn’t even enjoy it, I’m getting so critical of sugary products that it’s crazy.  Used to be able to sit down and eat a whole pint of ice cream.  No longer.  But that’s a good thing.

I obviously need a nap.  So that’s where I’m going… not outside — oh geez, one of my sheets is still in the dryer.  Foiled again!

Wish I could sleep at night, but I keep hearing that’s what happens when you get old(er). Get up and pee, back to sleep, get up and p, back to sleep… and depending upon what time it is by then, it’s either get up and stay up or get up, p and back to bed.  I go to bed later and later so I don’t have to get up so many times a night.  What kind of logic is that?  Or is it even logic?

Til tomorrow.

Block 19 on January 19th

19 01 2016

Someone told me that this block was out of plumb.  Ha ha.  Very funny.  I admit to leaning, and more than my usual dose of wonky, but… oh well.  I’m in it for the year, so I might as well just relax.  Here’s the block:FullSizeRender (53)

Yes, it is out of plumb.  The photo is cropped, and crooked.  Blah, blah, blah.

I’m just going to go to bed.  No further words.

14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and an apology

18 01 2016

I’ve been away from here since my birthday — oops, just checked, and I’ve not been here since the 13th!  So, I have 5 blocks to post, as well as the knowledge that my own personal work is overwhelming me with joy.  I love what I do, and following this pattern on a daily basis is ok, but not what I WANT to do.  Let’s get this started.

Here’s Block 14 — This originally said Panel Beater — designer is from Australia — but I changed it to Auto Body… same difference.

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Block 15 —

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Block 16 — a simple corner

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Block 17 — I was going to name this place Mike’s Shop, but I thought the reference was a bit obscure.

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Block 18 — Completed today.  The original building was “Table Manufacture” but I couldn’t relate, so I created the first quilt shop in the quilt!

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Read somewhere that we are supposed to have sewn the first 9 blocks together — the center section.  Haven’t done that yet, but will take a photo when I do.

Had a really good lunch today, did my reading, and am here a little earlier than usual, as my driving responsibility starts in the morning which means getting up early.  This morning, I actually woke up at 7 after a few trips to the bathroom in the night — I never count — but I stayed in bed until 9am!  Can you believe that?!

I have at least another hour left in me to do a few more concentric circles on the fabric piece.  That’s my pleasure tonight.

Something exciting in the kitchen today… moved the dish drainer from the right side of the sink to the left side.  Gave me more counter space between the stove and the kitchen.  It really works.  Amazing just how little things can make such a difference, isn’t it?

Little spurts of the Kondo book are seeping into my life.  I’m nearly 75% finished with the book, and am getting ready to start the tidying in earnest.  I’ve already started to fold and place my socks in their drawer the way she suggested, and have been through the clothing in the closet — only blouses since I got back from Washington the last time.  I purged lots of clothing prior to the move out of the Carmichael house.  I kept mainly the stuff I wanted to take to Washington with me.  That being done, I realized just how many things in there I’ve never even worn, things with the price tags still attached.  Those will probably be the first out!  She says that you should keep only the things that give you joy, and there were certainly things in there that didn’t give me joy.

Ok, I need to get back to my fabric.  See you tomorrow.

Block #13 — it’s too late!

13 01 2016

I say it’s too late, as I’m just realizing that 10:17pm is not the optimum time to write or to think clearly.  Perhaps I’m wimping out, but I’ve had a long day.  My fingers are tired from sewing… not tired of sewing!

Let me start by giving you block #13:FullSizeRender (39)

I’ll follow that by saying that I’ve finally finished the first wall hanging of 2016, which was started in 2015 before the holidays.  I’ve just cleared my studio of the remnants of the holidays, and got back to the new Pink tonight.  Here’s a scrappy photo of the finish.IMG_1001

I have more photos in an album on my facebook page. I will pack this one up in the morning, and send it off!  Hooray!!! Another one out the door.

I’ve ben watching episodes of My 600 lb. Life.  It’s scary how things could get out of hand and I could end up right there, too!

That’s the same reason I watch those Hoarder programs, too.  Just need to keep in touch with my life, my living conditions.  Someone once told me I was a hoarder… just an organized one.  I didn’t like that a bit.  I no longer buy towels and sheets like I don’t have any.  I have one set of towels.  When I need to, I wash and dry them and put them back up. The same with sheets.  I have one really good set.  When I wash and dry them, they go right back on the bed!

Lots of things like that have happened in my life.  The things that are out around me are my very favorite things, right now.  Eventually there may be other things on the walls.

This week, I had the least garbage I’ve ever put out in the bin.  It wasn’t even half full — and I have the smallest bin available.  All of the recycling things will be ready to go out, as it’s only collected every other week.

That’s an achievement for me.

I feel really good, but that usually opens the floodgates of things that have been on my mind for quite a while.  I won’t take the time to go into things tonight, but perhaps tomorrow in the daylight, I’ll do so.

With that, I’ll say goodnight.  Let me know how you’re doing.