Tuesday, January 20, 2015
It doesn't look this nice out there right now.
It's 30 degrees, totally light grey sky, almost looks foggy, and so dark I have to have a light on to type this. Says we could have light snow. I believe them.
We have had some sun and a few days in the low 30s. Warm enough to melt during the day a little and then freeze into ice every evening.
Most mornings look like this for me. Coffee, laptop, stack of letters to be answered, my Quo Vadis journal (yes, I have a bulldog clip to hold it open--another one of the little things I never think about until I take a picture that I do to save the bum arm from having fits)...and now the red bullet journal with a box of FriXion pens and highlighters on top, Miss Brother, and the untouched tote (which I hope to finally get to hand sewing the bottom on today if my back is in a better mood).
It's T Stands For Tuesday over at Elizabeth's and I have a couple shots today of my favorite red thermos cup, actually. Can you believe that I have posted three times in four days!? Goodness!
Karma takes it all in stride.
Good news! I forgot to show you how I got ink all over my shirt--LOL! I was finishing off the rest of the ink sample in the dish on a blank page in the journal (using a prescription bottle which works so cool--like a circle with a built in handle you can toss away)...
...and splatted orange ink all over a lavender t-shirt, right? Thought I had just created another art paint shirt...but it all disappeared in the washing machine--tada! Obviously not permanent ink. Wish I remembered which ink sample that was--LOL! But good news! The shirt was saved! Now I just have to remember to put on a paint shirt before I start playing at the art table. ;) Hey, maybe I should just drape one over the chair to remind me--duh!
Okay...I have to show you this!! I grabbed this old pillow cover (Leah's mom was throwing a set of them away and Leah grabbed them for me for craft projects or whatever) and decided to see how badly Miss Brother was going to sew on more regular fabric with regular thread, right?
No really...take a closer look!
No wiggly, looped stitches!
No clumps of jammed thread!
Looks perfect--front and back!!
Proof that Miss Brother is not, in fact, out of alignment. She was just not created to handle heavy duty anything, I guess.
So, maybe I have been too hard on her? Maybe it is not her fault she did such a crappy job on the tote? There really is barely room to fit layers of heavy fabric under her pressure foot...takes a lot of manipulation, pushing, and shoving. The powers that be did not create her to do heavy duty anything. She's a delicate, lightweight creature...meant to float over fabrics that glide easily beneath her robotic fingers. Maybe I have misjudged her. Yes, she is still a fussy, temperamental little diva...but she can't help it if that's the way the Brother Gods created her, right?
If I accept her limitations...truly accept her as she is...and if she can behave like this if I don't ask too much of her...and keep my hand off her wheel unless she jams...there exists the potential that we may finally become colleagues...maybe even, dare I say it, friends.
Time will tell.
Last night my back wasn't throwing the nasty hissy fits, so I was feeling up to short visits to the art table--tada!
Yes, crazy me--I found out that if I signed up for the DLP's (Documented Life Project) blog that I can get the challenges that way. (I still don't have permission to read the challenge archives on their website even though I deleted my membership and can read everything else?) Doesn't matter to me because I am not on facebook or any of those other social sites and do these challenges more for my own amusement...so I also dedicated another junk journal to the DLP group challenges. I really do want to use up these journals I made with the
crappy cheap unsatisfactory, student grade paper, anyways. ;)
So the first DLP challenge you were supposed to use book paper and the prompt is about being your own goal keeper. (Remember I am three weeks behind on all challenges--LOL!) I got the torn page pieces glued down (have a couple paperbacks I have sacrificed to art journaling).
I even slapped on some gesso to dry overnight...was still wet here.
So, now I have two weekly challenge groups "on which to be behind" (been watching Downton Abbey)--ROFL! Hey, I'll just do what I can or want to. I don't actually participate in the groups online so what does it matter, right? (You know I am talking to my OCD-self--lol!) I do not want to just give up this year. I'm going to continue to putter with them. Keeps me out of trouble, right? ;)
Anyways, have a great day!! :):)
Might be back sooner than I think--lol!
"Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past."