Thursday, March 21, 2019

come what may . . .

Hello to all who've stopped by today!
I am hoping Spring is in the air for you?  We are warming to the low 50's (deg f) during the day here in the N/W area of the USA; I'm happy to report! : )
True, we may have another few bouts with snow, but you can bet we are looking forward to longer days, warmer weather, flowers!  and that - - smell of Spring!
I was telling someone not too long ago about my early childhood in Michigan. When Easter and Springtime were near.  As the sun warmed the ground and melted all that winter snow, there was the smell of wet earth that permeated the yards. You could smell it as soon as you walked out the door~
The first signs of Spring for me!
                              FRENCH VINTAGE STYLE JOURNAL created Feb 2014
Well, I must confess I was hoping Spring would bring with it a renewed creativity and energy~
I've been longing for that 'creative eye' - rummaging thru my lace and fabrics, papers and trinkets- searching for the perfect compliments for my latest creation~
But it seems I just haven't 'got it goin' right now : /  and I've had to make some decisions- to keep myself from sitting at the scrap table every night; just staring at my stuff! Facing the fact that it's just not happening right now is my first step; and believe me I've been giving it a real effort~

Yes I have created a few things over the last several months, but the love and drive, joy and passion for it seems to have evaporated right now; if I can be honest with you friends~ Yes, it breaks my heart a little.  OK, a lot.
But my attitude is key in times like these.  There may be many reasons why my creativity can "ebb and flow" as it does.

Sooo, I am not going to sit here every evening waiting for my date to Not show! ; ) LOL
I'm going to take a break from the table.  Get some walking in, more time with family,  and start spending more time out-and-about; at least for awhile~  But my heart just isn't ready to say GoodBye to Blogland all together.
I love you all so much! and want to continue visiting when I can.
You are an inspiration to me! even though my 'mojo' tank is on "E" <3

I would also like to keep posting for a while, so I am bringing out some things I created many years ago~ I hope no one minds.  I still want to - share~
I created this journal in 2014.  (before most of my grief had begun- long story)

On the cover,  I used mostly scraps of papers, (some from Maja Designs  including the image.) I stenciled a canvas heart, there's twine, and a few bits of metal.  My flowers  hand-made.  There's also several strips of washi tape and bits of corrugated board.
The base front and back cover were from 7 Gypsies. 
I hope you enjoy it <3

 Wishing you a great week-end ahead!  Lots & lots of blessings & loving hugs to you- till we meet again.  ~ Karen <3

Thursday, March 7, 2019

One of my canvas bags~

Hi to all!  How has your week been going?  Have you had creative time? My visits out to blogland indicate that some of you have indeed been busy creating beauty and inspiration : )
I unfortunately have been busy taking care of other things and have not been at my craft table : /

 It is (once again)  time for Wen's monthly SIMPLY NEUTRALS TUESDAY Link party!
And (once again) I do not have anything new in neutral colors   to contribute : /  so I have (once again) dug into my past posts! (yay sometimes for 'past posts' : ) and am sharing some pics of a  canvas bag I created several years ago.
I believe this is the first one I ever made.  It is a smaller size; will hold a few medium-sized books.
It's a canvas base, with a corner (bottom-right) covered in a vintage hankie piece.  The body is covered with a wide band of pretty (not vintage) lace., and a width of cotton lace too.  I've collected some laces, hankies, and such from estate sales over the years, and was also gifted some beautiful pieces from my late-husbands mother and grandmother.  The pretty corner hankie piece is from Grandma~
The handle for this bag was made from 'ripped' strips of canvas; to which I added a strip of cotton lace to the center (lengthwise) and I re-enforced the ripped edges with zig-zag machine stitching along the sides.
 Here's a peek at the inside.  Made with a simple pocket for separation.
The rosette is a 'twisted & rolled up' hankie that had a bit of damage - so, a perfect use for it here!
I added a loose faux pearl to the center.

 My heart belongs to Simply Neutral Tuesdays!  : )   And I just don't like to miss out < 3
 So I am entering this at
Our monthly link up party
 The Link party runs all month long!  Please stop in to see, and if you have a neutral based piece of art, or photo - why not link up!?
I hope all is well in your heart and soul today~   
The snow is still piling up here!  But I can see the beauty in this and know we will have a wonderful Spring melt because of it.
Blessings to you and big hugs too~