May 31

Great Questions – Part 5


All this month, I’ve been posing different questions (inspired by my friend, Amy) to help narrow down your most important memory treasures.  I hope you enjoyed these questions.  I found them very thought-provoking.  Here’s this week’s question:

Think of 5 favorite people in your life; what is a special thing that represents each person for you?

Later this year, I’ll post these questions again and answer them for myself.

Daily Inspiration


I know what things are good:  friendship and work and conversation.  These I shall have.

Rupert Brooke

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May 30

Try This – More Flower Loom Weaving


This is the final week of flower loom flowers.  I found this wonderful website,, that had a ton of ideas for the flower loom.

I decided to try my hand at more woven flowers.  These were time-consuming, but enjoyable to make (once I got the hang of it).  They are nice to work on while watching television.

I think I’ll enjoy my flower loom for years to come.  I’m surprised at all the different flowers you can make.

Daily Inspiration


I don’t like standard beauty – there is no beauty without strangeness.

Karl Lagerfeld

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May 29

Love This – Hatfields & McCoys



Last night was Part 1 of the 3-part mini-series Hatfields & McCoys on the History Channel.  I love history, and shows like this are brilliant for whetting your interest to learn more and for getting a sense of all the different bits and pieces that make-up historical periods and events.

The Hatfield-McCoy feud is now part of American folklore and legend.  The real Hatfield-McCoy feud started around 1863 between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky and ran until 1901.

If you missed Part 1, don’t worry.  Part 1 repeats tonight, right before Part 2 starts at 9 pm Eastern Standard Time

Daily Inspiration


History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

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May 28

In My Studio – May 28


Here’s what’s happening in my studio:

Every Wednesday, I do a “Try This” post where I pick a theme and work on it all month.  For May, I’m making flowers with a Flower Loom.  This week, I made a flower using a weaving technique.  I wasn’t super pleased with my flower, but it has a quirky kind of charm.  I want to try it again and see if I can get a neater flower.

I’m also taking the next several weeks to finish up paintings I started while taking Juliette Crane’s How to Paint a Girl and How to Paint an Owl E-courses.  This week, I finished two paintings, a girl and an owl.


I’m also participating in the 2012 Creative Color Challenge.  Each month, I’m making a yarn vase for the challenge.  May’s color palette is Pink.

Have you ever wanted to learn to crochet?  My friend, Dip-Dip, Bridge & Elliot’s mom, creator of the lovely little crocheted cactus I won (check it out here) and the blog Dip-Dip and The Bridge, is  going to teach us.  On Friday (June 1), she’s going to post a tutorial on how to crochet a dishcloth.  If you’d like to join the crochet-a-long, you’ll need a ball of 100% cotton yarn and a large crochet hook.  If you’d like, you can also add another ball of 100% cotton yarn in a different color for the edging.  After we’ve finished our dishcloths, she’ll post pictures of our creations.  I’m going to give it a try.  Join me.

 Daily Inspiration


The thing about glitter is, if you get it on you, be prepared to have it on you forever ’cause glitter is the herpes of craft supplies.

Dimitri Martin

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May 27

Purple Heart Greyhounds



Photo Source – Bay News 9

I love greyhounds and veterans, so when I heard about this wonderful program, I wanted to share it.  Purple Heart Greyhound Service Dogs is part of The National Greyhound Foundation and 2nd Chance at Life Greyhound/Inmates Prison Program.  Their mission, to provide a free Greyhound service dog to veterans with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).

How it works:  2nd Chance at Life places newly retired greyhounds with prisoners who take them through a training program.  2nd Chance at Life operates in Department of Corrections facilities in Michigan, Indiana, Arizona and Florida.  Purple Heart Greyhounds starts with this basic training program and then adds the advanced PTSD commands required of a service dog for a veteran with this disability.

Greyhounds get help, prisoners get help and veterans get help…now that a good program.

Daily Inspiration


Our hearts where they rocked our cradle,
Our love where we spent our toil,
And our faith, and our hope, and our honor,
We pledge to our native soil.
God gave all men all earth to love,
But since our hearts are small,
Ordained for each one spot should prove
Beloved over all.

Rudyard Kipling

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May 26

Outdoor Challenges


I saw this list of 50 Outdoor Challenges over at Harvest Moon by Hand.  The list shows 50 fun outdoor activities every child should do before they’re 12 years old.  This list was compiled by the UK’s National Trust.

Although we share a common language, there are some differences.  Here are the words I had to look-up:

Conkers - A traditional British children’s game played with the seeds of horse-chestnut trees.  The game is played by two players, each with a conker threaded onto a piece of string: they take turns striking each other’s conker until one breaks.

Sledging - sledding.

Wild swimming - outdoor swimming in lakes or streams.

Abseiling - rappelling.

So…if you’re looking for something to do this summer and you missed any of these activities when you were younger, here’s your chance.  Wishing everyone a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Daily Inspiration


We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.

William Faulkner

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May 25

Finishing Things – Week 3


For the next couple weeks, I’m finishing my “girl” and “owl” paintings.  This week, I finished one of each.  A note…I took the “before” and “after” pictures at different times of day, so some of the changes may be attributed to the light rather than to an actual change.





The only thing I did to this picture was change my little mod girl’s belt.



I wanted to keep this owl soft.  I added blush to the cheeks, changed the color of the tummy and brow and emphasized the feathers.

The best and worst thing about finishing these paintings is saying, “That’s it.  Stop.”  I don’t know if that will become easier the more I paint, or not.

Daily Inspiration


It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.

W.C. Fields

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May 24

Great Questions – Part 4



This year, I’ve start the process of “dealing” with my photos and memorabilia.  For me, that means no longer having boxes (and boxes and boxes) filled with so-called precious memories that languish away in the basement.  But, even filled with this resolve, photos and memorabilia can be incredibly hard to part with.

My friend, Amy, was telling me about some questions she asked her husband and herself about what’s really important.  I thought the questions were very interesting and could be helpful in narrowing down my treasures.  So, each week, I’m posing a different question to get myself thinking.  You may have noticed that I haven’t answered any of these questions.  Later this year, after I figure out my answers, I’ll repeat the questions along with my answers.

This week’s question is:

Think of 5 favorite events or periods in your life; what 5 special things represent those times?

Daily Inspiration


There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.

Willa Cather

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May 23

Try This – Flower Loom Weaving


This month, I’m learning to use my newest craft gadget…the flower loom.  The flower loom I’m using is Hana-Ami Flower Loom by Clover.

This week, I tried weaving a flower, which made me think I should have titled this post, “Try This, It’s Really Hard.”

I will try my hand at more woven flowers.  One thing I learned…don’t remove and finish the petals until you have them all woven; otherwise, you end up with little short, stubby petals at the end.

Daily Inspiration


Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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May 22

Love This – Brain Pickings


If you’re a person who loves trivia and all manner of interesting information on a variety of subjects, Brain Pickings is for you.  I love this description from the website:

“Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, culling and curating cross-disciplinary curiosity-quenchers, and separating the signal from the noise to bring you things you didn’t know you were interested in until you are.”

Here’s a sampling of articles:

The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss

9 Books on Reading and Writing

Understanding Urbanity: 7 Must-Read Books About Cities

Happy Birthday, Hubble: Celebrating 22 Years of Stunning Space Images

Austin Kleon on 10 Thing Every Creator Should Remember But We Often Forget

If you don’t want to “follow” another website, Brain Pickings offers a weekly newsletter that is published on Sunday and features the week’s best articles.

On another note…

Remember, Flat Max’s adventures with us at Greyhounds in Gettysburg (check it out here)?  Today, you can see a few more pictures at Max The Quilt Cat and find out about some of his recent and upcoming adventures.  See the world with Max!

Daily Inspirations


Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.

William Haley

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