Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Will I Listen to Me?

I was thinking I learned a lesson.  I always wait too long, and then regret not having some snowflakes or Christmas ornaments done for the holidays.   You know, to throw in cards or on top of gifts.  Soooo, I decided I'd make some snowflakes throughout the year this year.  I never seem to have much time to get much tatting done, so smaller motifs are perfect.  AND, I found some ornament hooks on clearance at Target, so that was a little motivation too.  (Doesn't take much to excite me . . . )

So, my January accomplishment is TWO snowflakes.  I know, compared to most of the bloggers I follow, this is nothing.  N O T H I N G .  But, it's two more than I had in December.

                         

I love Jon's patterns.  I like having the written pattern AND the diagram to follow.  I am just not happy with how mine never seem to look as symmetrical as they should.  But I realize most people will never notice that - just me.  

Did I learn a lesson?  Yes - try to make a few snowflakes and ornaments all year long.  Will I listen to me?  I dunno.  I saw somewhere today that Renulek is starting another spring doily tat-along.  I'm thinking about trying that . . .


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Live, Learn and Be Kind

Well, Happy New Year!  Once again, we've made it through the holidays and are on with a new beginning.  And, once again, I've been neglecting my blog like I haven't been doing ANYTHING. Which is untrue, of course.  I've done some sewing, some decoupaging, some baking, and even some tatting.  Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures or take the time to write about any of it.

And so it goes.  I guess I was living life! 

As for resolutions, I rarely make any real ones.  I do, however, ponder the past, regroup and rethink my goals for the upcoming year.  My main goal is usually just to be a better person all around. Healthy, kind, happy and wise. With this in mind, I have two very favorite quotes that I try to remember to live by:

Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  
Learn as if you were to live forever.
-Mahatma Gandhi

and

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
-Maya Angelou

So, here's to 2015.  Live, learn and be kind.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Whoa!

This magnificent buck was our back yard visitor last Friday night, and he had not one, but two girlfriends with him.   Isn't he beautiful?


He is quite healthy and buff!  A 10-point buck as they say, and he has a beautiful set of antlers.


Those antlers got to rubbing on one of my little trees and pulled it enough to make it lean now, and broke off a branch.  They are beautiful animals, but I give up trying to grow anything around here. Sure, they are healthy - they ate all my green beans this summer!  

I come from a family of deer hunting men.  Next week, my husband, dad, brother, uncles and nephews are all on their annual 10-day hunt in Wisconsin.  Mom comes to stay, and we shop, eat out, hit the quilt stores, work on projects and eat out some more.  I am exhausted from work and ready to enjoy the time off and do some tatting and sewing for a change.

It always cracks me up to see the most beautiful bucks right in our own backyard as the men in my family are preparing for their hunting expedition at the cabin.  I just 'shoot' them with my camera.  If I can :)