Monday, July 6, 2015

This week I intend to ...

Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Watching Thumblina

July 4, 2015

Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy 4th of July

Build A  Bear

Have I been missing?  No, been playing Nana since Tuesday.  Granddaughter #1 has been visiting.  Wednesday night Aunt Jamie (my daughter) picked up GD#1 and they had girls night out.  They went to Build A Bear and GD#1 picked out Twilight Sparkle (above).  Apparently a very fun and very expensive night.

Last night Grandson #1 and Granddaughter #2 came to town.  We all went to eat Mexican Food and the restaurant was so noisy.  I guess folks were feeling the 4th coming on and celebrating already.  After that I was completely overwhelmed from the noise and worn out from some little person talking to me nonstop for two days!!!  All the kids slept at Aunt Jamie's last night and went swimming this morning.  I've heard some discussion about visiting the Zoo today.

I'll catch up on my rest when they go home Sunday.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

New Headbands from old Jewelry

It's Sunday today and I'm feeling rested mentally and physically.  I enjoyed all that hobby research.  I haven't started the origami yet because I forgot to pick up the pretty paper my daughter offered me when I picked her up to go to Hobby Lobby yesterday.

I haven't been to Hobby Lobby or Michaels in forever.  I was like a kid at Christmas.  I didn't buy much.  Two packages of metal headbands that were 50% off AND two metal decorations for my yard, also 50% off.  I love to put things in my yard. I'll post a picture of both of them as soon as I get the morning glories growing up the new accessory.

I picked up the headbands because I have been thinking about decorating fabric headbands for Granddaughter #1.  When I saw the silver metal headbands  I decided to try a few for myself.  With so much white/silver in my hair, I thought they would look best.  So I pulled out some old jewelry and wire and started in.

First I made this with turquoise and silver beads.

Then I made this one with three shades of pearl(ish) beads.  I missed a couple of wraps with the silver wire, so I'll be redoing this one.

The bottom pix is a little blurry but you get the idea.  You can see where I skipped a wrap on the bottom and right on the top.  

Anyway I'm pleased with the first attempt and I'm sure my wrapping will get better as I go. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Result of the Hobby Test, Part II

To Review:  This is the book.  Get A Hobby! by Tina Barseghian.  Here is Amazon link.  It was published in 2007.  I ordered it for $.02 plus shipping from a Good Will store seller on Amazon.

Once I had decided to get this book, I tried to think of things that might interest me and ordered some books from the library.  Here are the books I got but I used Amazon links here so you can click on the author's name to read more.

Easy Concrete: 43 DIY Projects for Home & Garden Paperback – August 3, 2010 by Malena Skote

The Sewing Machine Embroiderer's Bible: Get the Most from Your Machine with Embroidery Designs and Inbuilt Decorative Stitches Paperback – August 26, 2014 by Liz Keegan

Michael LaFosse's Origami Butterflies: Elegant Designs from a Master Folder [Full-Color Book & Downloadable Instructional Media] by Michael G. LaFosse (Author), Richard L. Alexander

Pressed Flower Art: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Learning the Craft (Heritage Crafts Today Series) by W. Eugene Burkhart

Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals by Ali Maffucci

Weight Watchers Cook it Quick!: Speedy Low Point Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less Paperback – 2002 by Barbara Turvett (Editor), Weight Watchers (Author)

Now how interesting is that? The cookbooks came from my need to eat better. So I've decided to find whatever fun I can make out of cooking.

The Romance writing came from, you guessed it, watching Grace & Frankie and thinking about the need for stories about older women.

Sewing and concrete/hypertufa. I've always sewed until I stopped. I don't know why. The concrete/hypertufa is some combination of love of gardening/flower beds and a craft outlet.

Origami Butterflies and Pressed Flowers both showed up on the test.

Of all the traits and suggested hobbies from the Get A Hobby! book and my library searches I think the Origami Butterflies, and perhaps other origami figures, will be my first concentration. So look for shared pictures of origami to come.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Results of the Hobby Test - Part 1

To start you take a test with 19 questions.  You pick from multiple choices of A, B and C.  Then you score your answers (I won't tell you anymore about scoring in case you decide to try it).  Your scores tells you your (personality) traits.  They have 19 personality traits that are used to pick hobbies that might interest you.

My strong traits:  independent, nurturing, patient
My weaker traits:  animal loving, dexterous, epicurean, meditative, meticulous, nature loving, outdoorsy, social
Some of the personality traits missing from my test results include: social, artsy, adventurous, and musical.  (What??)

--There are more traits that I have not listed since they didn't pertain to me. --

Back to the Process:  The Hobbies are listed alphabetically.  The hobby descriptions are generally 2 pages in length.  At the top of each hobby is a list of all 19 traits and the traits that this would appeal to are in bold.  You compare your traits to those bolded traits.  The more bold traits you have, the more interest you might have in that hobby.  Also the more traits you have the greater selection of hobbies you will have to pick from.  

So let's say my traits included social and outdoorsy.  Then I would search for hobbies that contained both those traits and that might be a strong match for me.

So the three star hobbies for me (remember I only have three traits) are limited:
*** Fish Keeping (True.  I absolutely love aquariums but I gave mine away when I moved into an upstairs apartment.  Ant farms are a subset of this and I've always wanted to do that.)
*** Ikebana (I've never really considered flower arranging.  With my small apartment I do not have enough surface spaces for vases. I will research this a little more and see if  there is a way to incorporate it in some way I have not thought of.)

Since my traits are so few, if I chose a hobby with two traits instead of three I get:
** African Violet Cultivation (a subset of this is growing Bromeliads which is just up my 1970s loving style)
** Drying Flowers (Always meant to do this too.)
** Entering Contests (computer) (I learned this from the last time I took the test and it has been an enduring hobby since then.)
** Knitting (which I already love and do but mainly in the winter.  I read a blog post where the blogger, like me, did not want to do anything elaborate so she, and now I, make scarves only.  I had a box of them last year and let family take their pick at Thanksgiving last year.  It was a big hit.)
** Knotting  (I have been interested in learning more about knotting for a long time.  I have some paracord which I have never used and I bought a beautiful book on the Japanese knotting but I forgot the name of the technique.  Maybe I need to find that book.)
** Origami (see next weeks post about this)
** Paint by Numbers (Since I'm not artsy I'm surprised about this but maybe even I could do it.  I'm definitely adding this to my to do list.)
** Urban Husbandry (I guess this is where the three bird feeders I struggle to keep filled come in to play. I have thought about a chicken for my yard but there would be a "mess" to deal with.  So not sure.  I've also wanted to raise worms.  I don't know what has stopped me except I just never started.)
** Vegetable & Herb Garden (I have often wished my flower beds were food gardens but between my knees and back, it is just not to be anymore.  Maybe I could try container food gardening.  I have seen some posts of that.)

Now here are some two trait hobbies that are not quite right for me:
-Basketry (It seems like that should appeal to me but it just doesn't.  Except maybe the ones made from fabric.)
-Collecting (No longer have the room in my apartment.)
-Fly Tying (I actually think that would be neat but I don't even fish.)
-Lego Building (that would be fun with grandsons but again, I don't have the space to dedicate.)
-Model Railroad/Aircraft/Ships (Just no real interest.)
-Needlework (I used to do a lot of this and it might be something I take up again if and when I have my eye surgery.  It is hard to cross-stitch with a cataract.)
-Seed trading (My Dad always collected and saved his seeds.  His flower beds always looked like a wild pasture with glorious blooms of all types blowing in the wind.  I have enough trouble just trying to keep my plants alive in the limited sunshine in my yard.  Just too much trouble, but sounds fun.)
-Whittling (Sounds interesting but I'm smart enough to know that there would be too much blood involved if I tried.)

That is the end of this post, Part 1.  I'll have a little more info in Part 2, probably on Monday because I'm still waiting on the part for my car to come in and I want that DOOR HANDLE FIXED.  I thinking positive that it will be tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Some of you are going to LOVE this

I didn't get permission to share the picture yet, so I am just going to post the link on this cute updo I just saw at

I had to laugh out loud

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Has anybody heard of this

I won this book in a sweepstakes.  I don't remember entering for this book but after reading the cover I decided it sounded like something crazy I would read. But first I wanted to know a little more and looked up this woman's website.

The website is set up like an advertisement for a "How To" book.  But I clicked on one of the videos to see what the deal was.  The books and the video say this technique is based on Ho'oponopono, a Hawaiian problem solving method.

Sounded kind of hippie/new age to me but the video said it is a process of letting go of problems by putting them in the hand of God.  Well that makes sense but as we all know, not focusing on a problem is harder said than done.

So I've decided to read the book.  I'm trying to be open minded and have no views as I read but I am interested to know if anyone has heard of this book or of Ho'oponopono.

Monday, June 22, 2015

I Watched the Whole Thing

Oh my goodness.  I sat down to watch a little TV and I watched every episode of Grace and Frankie.  I suppose you either love these two or you don't.  I think they were fabulous.  

What amazed me most was that several times Jane Fonda's character, Grace, alluded to being 70 years old.  I mean, how often do you hear that a character on a TV program or in a movie is 70 years old unless they are in bed on their last leg.  In real life, yes, we are proud to have survived.  But rarely do we see our aging selves portrayed so vibrantly.  For that, I thank them.  

Of course, there are probably only three people left on the planet that look as good as Jane Fonda does at 77 (she was born in '37), but that's ok.  She has spent the time, trouble and money to look that good.  I, myself, look more like Lily Tomlin's character, Frankie.