Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Time to Make More Cuddle Creatures

Good morning! Just a little repost today--it's time to knit some more cuddle creatures!

Click Here for Cuddle Creatures Blog Post

These actually knit up pretty quickly--and they are cuddly. I made some for my nephews last year...the one in back is the abominable snowman my younger nephew requested. He slept with it every night! Too cute.

I am waist high in some intense work and projects, so I hope you enjoy and have a great week!

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch, Cuddle

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday Threads

The King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
Matthew 25:40

Saturday, July 27, 2013

A Perfect Day to Use the Slow Cooker - Herb Themed Dinner

Easy Slow Cooker Roast Chicken - click here

Roast chicken stuffed with herbs is a great summer meal--but you don't want the oven heating up the kitchen for two hours. So I am reposting a favorite slow cooker recipe--and the biscuits take very little time in the oven, so it's all good. 

Dessert -- Lemon Squares
Whether you grow your own fresh herbs, or gather some at your farmer's market, chicken and bread dishes are some of the best ways to use them, but don't forget dessert! To keep the herb theme going, of course, I recommend the Lemon-Lemon Thyme Squares (make them early in the day), they are perfect with iced coffee!
Lemon-Lemon Thyme Squares - click here
Iced Coffee recipe - click here - from one of my fave cooking shows

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday Good Mood Board

Theme Song: C'mon Get Happy
Goals: Work, tag making, blog plans, exercise
Thought: Color me happy!
Words: Hope...Faith...Joy...Love...Family
Gratitude: It's the weekend! Thankful for home, family and friends.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thursday Good Mood Board

Theme Song: It's Magic
Goals: Art journal, embroidery, garden, write, exercise
Thought: Embroider the planet
Words: Serendipity...Everyday Magic...Lightness of Being...Love
Gratitude: Talent and creativity are gifts to be treasured

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wednesday Good Mood Board

Theme Song: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Goals: Work on the novel, knit, sew, workout
Thought: God created the in every moment of his creativity and let it fuel your own creative life
Words: Unique...ultimate...unbelievable
Gratitude: Life is a gift every day

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

WOYWW #216--We Found Harry!

Long ago before she ever cared about Harry Potter, I bought the first Harry Potter book when my daughter was barely in first grade at her grade school book fair--it was the first U.S. printing of the Scholastic edition. It looked interesting, but I had no idea what it was. Fast forward several years, and she's Harry Potter's biggest she was not happy when I couldn't find that first book I bought. Of course, she has all the books and movies, but that particular edition was highly sentimental to her.

So this weekend, I'm cleaning out the craft corner--oh, welcome to What's On Your Workdesk-Wednesday by the way--and there, under my secretary desk (which I never show) was a basket of cute pillows I had cross-stitched, and there was Harry! Covered up by some homemade tote bags, he went unnoticed and hidden, as if using his magic cloak, for years. Too funny. Daughter was not amused! (she is now 19) But she was happy to have sentimental Harry in her arms again, never to let him go, and we really did have a good laugh about it. We had been looking for that book everywhere.

So yes, I did a big, huge, back-breaking cleanout and reorganization to utilize more of the space in my secretary desk. Although here on my worktable it seems messy--trust me it's not, I even have the leaf down. I have my art journal and calendar and a cross-stitch motif design book out because I'm using them...a little photo reframing project...and I'm cross-stitching a tag. See? I've got mad skills and plans!

Replacing a very old frame of an old photo of little me!
The entire bottom shelving of the secretary desk I never show was crammed with old magazines, notebooks, crafty things not in use at was just a storage wearhouse. I snapped a pic after I cleaned out the bottom. Then I sorted, tossed, and rearranged so that now I can use the space so much better with things I really need to access. Ahhh. What a relief. Here is the before and after of the secretary desk. And let me say congratulations to our British deskers on the arrival of a new future king! It was so exciting, waiting for the news!
Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch, Organize

Tag Tuesday - The Theme is Fishy!

Making tags is soooo fun--or sew fun depending on how you look at it. This week I cross-stitched my tag and once you start cross-stitching little is really hard to stop. This cross-stitch is my original design which sort of developed itself as I had no plan, so I hope to chart it up soon!

In the meantime visit me and all the tag team at Tag Tuesday! Check out the weekly themes and create your own tags!

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch, Fish

Tuesday Good Mood Board

Theme Song: Treasure
Goals: Work on Christmas scripts, art journal, sew, exercise and yoga
Thought: Be bold pray big
Words: Strength...Energy...Passion
Gratitude: What a beautiful day to live life and go for your dreams

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Good Mood Board

Have you ever done a good mood board? It's kinda fun, and lets you inspire yourself for a productive day. I tried it for a week, and loved it! So this week, I'm sharing last week's good mood boards. Every day I collaged photos, I picked a song of the day, thought for the day, words, goals, and a gratitude for the day. This is like putting together a concept board with ideas for your life just for that you feel, how you want to feel, and what will get you creative. Now I can take a Monday mood board, and hang it up to inspire me on any Monday. 

Theme Song: Colors of the Wind
Goals: Work on my novel, art journal, knit, exercise
Thought: Expect God's goodness every moment
Words: Green...Bliss...Beauty
Gratitude: We have a personal star--the sun

So Monday was about beautiful colors in everyday life--inspiration--living happy on the planet.
Notice, there's not one thought about "oh no, it's Monday!" I did not want to keep beating up this day of the week, so I turned it around!

Oh, and I always looked up the words to the songs and glued them on the back, because of course I want to sing this song all day! It's easy to get your good mood and creative juices flowing with your own good mood board.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch, Inspire

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sunday Threads

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:1-2

Saturday, July 20, 2013

What's On the Needles...What's In the Garden

I have made an important non-discovery this week. There are no easy tank top patterns out there! Everything I have, and everything I've found seems really complicated--even though some patterns claim they're easy. So, on my pink acrylic fat knitting needles in a supersoft chunky monkey tweedy yarn is a future tank top. Oh how I love knitting with this yarn!
Ready to turn red any day now!

The mission: design a tank top--as I go--in an XL size (somewhat loose), with easy instructions
The timeline: maybe a month or so
The goal: to have a beautiful, soft knit tank I can wear before summer is over!

Maybe this is the beginning of a book of easy patterns. We'll see. But this seems to be coming along quickly.


I am calling this summer a slow, sweet season. It is slow because the garden got started a little late, we are doing a lot of things around home this season, and I've been blessed with beautiful mornings on my greenhouse sunporch with a mug of coffee, some knitting, and good conversations. Last week's weather was beyond beautiful and perfect--sweet cool breezes, gentle rains to water the garden, and lots of sunshine.
This weekend, it is heating up. Here's how the garden's going as of a few days ago--everything is growing really fast and already looks different from this photos.

The baby spaghetti squash here is already big and yellow! I can't wait to cook some up sauteed with mushrooms in olive oil and butter and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Yum!

I have stashes of lettuces everywhere--in the five different big pots around the garden and even around a tomato plant in a big pot. This keeps us with plenty of fresh salad for dinners. This is cut-and-come-again lettuce, so if we just keep cutting it and keep it watered well, it doesn't bolt.
The greatest thing about home garden lettuces is the incredible flavor, and knowing that there are no pesticides. With that said, it is important to wash it well right after picking. I wash it, toss it around into another colander, wash it again, put it through the salad spinner, and then keep it in a container in the fridge until dinner time! My lettuces last longer in the fridge than store-bought too.
My basil is growing fast--it is planted all around the tomatoes, its favorite place to be in the garden. Pretty soon we'll be making bruschetta every night! Click here for how to make bruschetta.

Eat, Write, Dream, and Stitch Happy

Thursday, July 18, 2013

25 Ways to Stay Creative

I believe everyone is creative. To be productive in your creativity takes some work and maybe a little magic. But what is that magic?

For many years my job was to find the magic every single day. I was an advertising copywriter with an emphasis in food writing. The agency liked to move us around a lot, so I don't think I ever sat in the same spot, or even the same building for very long. But there was a time when they grouped all the graphic artists together, and all the writers together. For me, that was a magical time because the writers really understood each other, shared our ideas, thoughts and experiences, and grew so much. One thing I remember about that time is how we talked about the importance of feeling happy and relaxed to be at our most creative. Therefore, we did get irritated when we felt like the account service people were trying to stress us out with deadlines and client issues.

Hello! Divas! Well...maybe we could be divas at times (and that's probably why they separated us later), but I knew we had hit on something important, and now I understand it a lot better. The key is in this quote from Depak Chopra.

"Gratitude is the open door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude."

When we realized how much more creative we could be when simply being happy and relaxed, we were focusing on the outcome of what happens when you are filled with gratitude and thankfulness. It really does free you, lighten you, and let your creativity flow.

After that there are some other things you can do to stay inspired, keep your creative energy, and move forward. Here's my brainstorm on that subject! Twenty-five ways to stay creative.

1-Choose happiness and gratitude on a regular basis.
2-Draw and color. It doesn't matter if you use $100 markers or a 5-cent box of crayons.
3- Unplug from technology, unless it's part of your process.
6-Stop saying you can't sing or dance and stop editing yourself.  You can rehire your inner editor when the work is done.
7-Love your own art. (It's like loving yourself.)
8-Do a cartwheel (or your own signature move).
9-Always get your beauty sleep--it's for your beauty and the beauty of your art.
10-Have a good time!
11-Look at a cool art book. If you're stitching, look at an awesome stitching book. Visit the bookstore--the magazine racks are full of creative genre journals.
12-Go to an art museum or an art show or a craft fair.
13-Hang out with creative people.
14-Practice your creativity everyday--even if it's just five minutes in your art journal.
15-Enjoy a cuppa (coffee, herbal tea, hot chocolate). There is something about the slow sipping and the thoughtfulness it provokes.
16-Be thankful every day for your gifts and talents.
17-If you're not feeling it, take a break--don't be too hard on yourself.
18-Tidy up your workspace and stay organized--it helps to know where your supplies are, but also
there is something about starting fresh in a clean space.
19-Don't let too many UFO's invade your space (that is, UnFinishedObjects). Finish something!
20-Color outside the lines...leave the rough edges...use any color you the hand of the artist.
21-Exercise every day.
22-Keep your idea list going. It's there to look at when you need it.
23-Smell some fresh herbs for energy (like rosemary or lemon thyme) or light a candle. It is your creative aromatherapy.
24-Go look at a garden. It doesn't matter if it's your garden, your neighbor's, or at a park. Even when I'm on vacation, I always find a garden to look upon. It is very zen.
25-Just color it, write it, stitch it, glue it, do it! If you need to take a class to make that happen, it's easy to find one. Then you'll be filled with more gratitude and more creativity.

Now, I bet you can think of 25 more great ideas. 

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch, Inspire

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sweet and Simple--WOYWW 215

My workdesk is clean! My workdesk is clean! Hello lovelies.

Welcome to What' in the summertime Ozarks. 

We've had an extremely unusual cool front come through and it made last weekend heavenly! I was so full of vim and vigor, my workdesk has been unusually clean ever since. Just my Smashbook, and knitting my new tank top. I started a page in my Smashbook about my tanktop, because I'm looking at a few different patterns, and as usual, making it up as I go! My art journal is always a great place to sketch things out, make a list and keep track of what I'm doing.

I love this chunky monkey supersoft yarn and these big acrylic knitting needles. It came out to my greenhouse sunporch with me--the perfect place to knit and chat.

Other than that...I'm working my daywork, writing, and trying to get more art journaling done. 

I am getting excited about my garden. Although everything seems a little later than usual, I think the tomatoes, herbs, squash and lettuces are doing exceptional! Soon I'll be eating those tomatoes right off the vine.

I bought some fun new t-shirts this week, and love wearing around the upcycled shorts I embroidered. Oh summer...I love you!

Have a happy week and do what you love!

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch, Relax

Monday, July 15, 2013

Patch-Happy Knit Throw

Knitting squares is easy peezy. But how many do you need to actually put together a patch-happy knit throw? Using size 7 or 8 knitting needles and sugar-n-cream cotton yarns, I knit 81 squares to make a cute throw. Each square is 20 X 20 stitches. You can knit the squares in any color combo, but I chose to make the border all around with this vibrant green and white striped yarn.
One day I decided to lay all my squares out, and planned to make 9 rows of 9 squares each. Using a large tapestry needle and white yarn--because I actually want the white to show--I started stitching the squares together, as close as possible. You can tell which is the right side and the wrong side, but I think the wrong side looks kind of cute anyway. After stitching squares into a row, I then stitch rows together.

A little patch-happy knit throw looks cute, bright and homey. My throw is in honor of one of my favorite shows--Call the Midwife. I love the scene where they are stitching together knit squares for Chummy! 

There are three things I really like about knitting these throws.

1-This is a completely portable project--because you are knitting one square at a time.

2-You can start and stop on this all the time, because it's easy to remember what you are doing, and since you are just accumulating squares for a while, you can come back to this at any time.

3-It is practical! Just like in the prairie days when they made quilts to keep warm...this little project will keep you warm. It comes together quickly, and you can enjoy it yourself or give it as a gift. It looks cute thrown on the back of a little stuffed sofa, a chair, or on your bed. 

I just want to keep making them!

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch, Knit

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sunday Threads

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 19:14

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Bento Box Day

Since I am on the go a lot during the week, and I certainly don't need fast food...oh how I love my Bento boxes. So today is a little quick Bento love. Here's breakfast in my blue Tupperware box. Turkey bacon, half a wheat bagel, cream cheese and grapes. Don't forget the coffee in a travel mug.

For lunch it's a turkey sandwich on wheat, with a few low-salt chips and salad from my garden. This is a new Bento-style box I found that folds up into a cute cube--but opens out very nicely when you're ready for lunch. There are lots of fun and functional Bento styles in the stores lately. Bon Appetit!


Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch, Bento

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

WOYWW #214--A Stitch Here a Glue Stick There

 Have you ever wondered, on a Wednesday, what Creative Crafties all over the planet were working on? Well, wonder no more, and wander around the globe to take a peek right here at:


Here's what I've been doing.

Making a stack of envelopes with my Martha scoring board and double-sided scrapbook paper. A 12X12 sheet makes an envelope that fits a card made from 8-1/2X11. I also punch holes in an envelope and add it to my art journal to hide some journaling inside or just receipts. Fun.

Decided: I need to use my stencils more!

Also have been jumping around from project to project like a cat on a hot tin roof!

Finishing up the last rows of my patch-happy knit throw.

Did a lot of baking and cooking over the weekend. Also watched a marathon of a show called Terra Nova. Loved it! A show with science fiction, futuristic time-travel, family and community, and they all travel back 85 million years to start over again. Thrills! Too bad it was cancelled before I'd even heard of it.

I think this brown ink pad is my fave for everything!

I just love taking a little pause in the middle of the week to talk to everyone about whatcha doin'! So I'm back to making ahead tags for Tag Tuesday, and cutting out a pattern so that I can be my own fashion designer. Ta-ta for now!

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch, Visit