Stones and Festivals

Crafting Content will begin after ***********

This summer has been full of fun and festivals, okay so just three festivals so far but they were all enjoyable. I attended a rib festival, there were several lovely booths full of home made merchandise. I purchased three wooden signs, one is in a Harry Potter theme and states “When in doubt, go to the library”, another speaks to the geekdom in this house and the third is a lovely relief of a dragon in pinks and purples. I also attended a Celtic Festival which was amazing. I splurged and managed to find a Utility Kilt that actually fits me. There were also lovely crafts available. For one of my two last hurrahs of the summer I attended an independent dyers festival about an hour from home, near my old stomping grounds.

The independent dyers festival was so much fun. I met up with a friend that I had not gotten to see in over a year, and we had several hours enjoying each others company. I discovered another spinners guild nearby my new home, watched a sheep shearing, and purchased a few lovely pieces. I did finally get a blending board and there was an inexpensive rug hooking frame that I picked up as well.

I understand my own likes and dislikes enough to know that I am really loving the stones and shapes that I have been collecting lately. From Skulls, Dragon Skulls, Pyramids, Spheres, Mushrooms, Shaped jars filled with chips, I am loving them all. The ‘Money’ Trees are simply gorgeous, and I am filling my home with these lovely stones. While I do not worship the stones I do have a low level belief that God put the stones on this earth for a reason and that Eastern Medicine has some things accurate. I believe that certain stones resonate and that God put them here to help us if we listen and can understand what He put them here for.

*********************************************************************************************************

For some reason crafting has been taking a backseat in my life recently. When I do craft I really enjoy it, but I’m finding my motivation level is low. On the other hand I have recently found out that if I craft while doing something else I get more done. Example, a friend of mine called me, I don’t usually talk on the phone so this was unusual. While on the phone I went upstairs and took the time to press the blocks that I had chain pieced several days earlier. After they were pressed, and I was done with the call, I took the time to finish making that part of the quilt I had been trying to accomplish. I also spin more when I sit and chat with a friend, I completed over 2 ounces of a batt while chatting with my friend at the fiber festival.

I finally bit the bullet and purchased a blending board. I am so happy I held out and purchased from a small, local vendor. This 120 TPI board will help me create beautiful yarn. I used it as a quick way to add some sparkle and turn a slightly compacted bit of roving into rologs, like rolags but bigger. I will be able to turn that into a lovely, lofty yarn. I really enjoy how I am able to pack the fiber onto the blending board. It really is not a replacement for a drum carder or hand cards since it achieves a totally different purpose. In addition I purchased some washed fiber I will have to run through my drum carder so I can spin it later.

All in all I hope that I am out of my creative slump and that I can remember to take time each day for a creative pursuit. Remember to Live Life a Little More Abstract!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s