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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Disorganized? Lazy? Childish? Irresponsible? Lonely? Which one? on: December 19, 2014 05:07:32 AM
Wish I could use the space downstairs that is truly 'dead space'.  Nice and warm, while the woodstove heat really does not reach to the far empty bedroom upstairs. But the room upstairs is the only one with a door frame and door. Veeeeeery important to keep drying stuff away from kitties! Have had so many things go missing due to little paws.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Disorganized? Lazy? Childish? Irresponsible? Lonely? Which one? on: December 18, 2014 06:15:21 PM
Love those pics, cmarion3. Inspirational.
So what I have realized after reading is that it is ok to work wherever I darn well please. But if I find it better, I should go up to the real room. Thing is, it is just a large bedroom with all the average stuff. I do not have a work table or chair, windows give lots of light, but night work would be pretty bad with the one dim overhead bulb.
So, it is not truly a crafting room. No wonder I have yet to work there! Thanks for the good descriptions of what I need to make it happen.  I will go up tomorrow and take some before snapshots then see what I can do.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Disorganized? Lazy? Childish? Irresponsible? Lonely? Which one? on: December 18, 2014 10:31:36 AM
Oh, I just love the wonderful responses to my query! Will have to write more when I get home from work.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Disorganized? Lazy? Childish? Irresponsible? Lonely? Which one? on: December 18, 2014 04:10:07 AM


For the first time in my life as a Craftster I now have an entire room which I can devote to crafting. I do have all of my supplies there and my sewing machine set up.
This morning as I went to assemble breakfast, I saw my latest project all over the kitchen counter and spilling over to my only eating table.
I had used my only cutting board and good knife for slicing into birchbark and the place was a mess and certainly not immediately available to food prep.
My question is, does anyone else out there do this type of thing? Wreck the house when you have a perfectly good place to craft? I am trying to figure out why I do this in hopes that the knowledge will help me change.  I feel like a kid wanting to use the kitchen table for a school project because that it where people gather and I won't be lonely. But aside from two kitties, I am living alone and no matter where I am, I will be! Am I just disorganized? Stubborn?
Would love some input.  Thanks!!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Winterlicious Celebrations Matchbox Swap - Gallery of Matchbox Goodies... on: December 17, 2014 06:05:05 AM
rockingbearranch made this sweet box for me along with a stunning bit of embroidery!

Love that wee cardinal! I have one in my back yard who attacks his reflection every morning in the window of the apartment next door.

The box is handmade (I could never do the engineering on that myself!) and box pieces are magnetized to go on my fridge. Here is a pic of that along with two other fave magnets from past swaps from others....


Thank you, rockingbearranch. I really love the embroidery. Truly nice job.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Shrine for deceased praying mantis on: December 17, 2014 05:19:29 AM
Lovely shrine and lovely story.
You do realise that when the babies hatch they will probably eat each other in order to grow big enough to catch other insects. So you may only have " hundreds  of babies" for a very short time.   Sad
Yes, I do realize that. I have put up a wanted ad on Freecycle network looking for cracked or otherwise unused fishtanks so I can have as many separate containers as possible until they are big enuf to set free. I also know I need to provide the babies with food which will be a new thing for me since Ophelia ate quite large stuff. Read that fruit flies are ideal so will hope to put that into play. The egg sac is on my screen porch in natural temperatures yet secured from harm.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Shrine for deceased praying mantis on: December 16, 2014 05:00:11 PM

Found a mantis in an area I thought was unsafe for her. Brought her home, named her Ophelia, fell in love with her, filmed her eating and drinking aloe juice from my fingertip, caught her in the act of laying her egg sac on my kitchen screen and filmed that, too. Enjoyed three months of friendship. The third day after laying, she refused food and water. So sad to see her go.
Made this shrine and say good morning to her still each day. Looking forward to hundreds  of babies come spring. May keep one because she was incredibly intelligent and affectionate, would love to experience that again. Others will go to 'good home' gardens.   Smiley

Decided that dusting such a delicate creature would be impossible. So I put a plastic cover over the shrine. So far so good. 
Thanks for looking! Let me know if y'all wanna see the link to the youtube stuff on her.
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: the loooong lost painting in Vermont on: December 16, 2014 09:08:49 AM
What a beautiful painting and an incredible background story. (Haunted house?)

Yup. Had two ghostly experiences there, one of them seriously creepy. When I met up with my friend after so many years, I described it. To my amazement, she said her mother had exactly the same thing happen to her in that same room.  Here is an old postcard pic of the place...

Place built in 1783 and someone was buried in the cellar!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Harry Potter 'Silver Doe' Shrine Ornaments on: December 12, 2014 01:44:40 PM
that is gorgeous and the details and thought put into it awesome!
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / the loooong lost painting in Vermont on: December 11, 2014 12:12:27 PM
 

So, twenty four years ago I rented a room in a haunted house (that is another story and a good one...) and I made this watercolor painting of an abandoned wagon or sleigh support in the side yard. I gave it the the house owners after staying there (with my 2 year old daughter, Acadian Driftwood) for only a few months. I totally lost touch with that family over all those years but knew they had moved quite a bit.
I was in a thrift shop last August when a voice from the past screamed my name. Yes, it was she.
I followed her back to her home and we had years and years of catching up to do. she is now a very close friend. On that day, she brought me up to the guest bedroom and showed me this painting I had completely forgotten about! It had a place of honor on a real easel and I was very touched.
Life can be wonderfully weird....
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