Monday, October 26, 2015

Flowered Scarf Donation

It's finally fall in north Florida...
time for pants, long sleeves, and scarves
to come out of hiding.
It's also time for new cool weather items
to be added to our missions sale table.

This year, thanks to my friend
Vicki at 2 Bags Full 
I was inspired to add some
decorative touches to my scarf donation.

Digging through my stash
I discovered some fun, feathery yarn
which worked perfectly as a vine.

The simple flowers were crocheted with Caron Simply soft yarn

and the scarf was made of  boucle.

I hope it will give someone a smile,
and provide warmth to both the body and spirit.
A special thank you to Vicki and to
each of you who share your wonderful creations,
inspiring others to expand our visions and talents.
Until Next Time ~


Monday, October 19, 2015

A Tisket A Tasket a Pine Needle Basket

 A Tisket A Tasket, a Pine Needle Basket
Welcome to my newest collection of pine needle baskets - In my ETSY shop now!

The beauty of nature
reflected in each
delightful basket...

this one highlighted in green...

 smell the subtle fragrance of pine needles.

Each long leaf pine needle is hand picked,
selected only if it is straight and long.

A basket starts with its base.
A slice of agate preserved in acrylic... 
a design from a mix of polymer clay...

each and every base is unique
and original as is the basket designed around it.

The base determines what the basket
will look like.

Will it be round?
What color thread will I pick?
Should there be accents?

Stitch after stitch...
coil after coil...
hour after hour...
Bright colors ... bright accents.

Special stitches for
a special touch,

and add to the beauty and uniqueness
of each and every piece.

Sometimes a palette of neutral 

is all that is needed.


A hint of pale green needles
and a golden leaf in the center.

There is only one
of each basket.
The time I spend making them
create an attachment,
and I want to keep them all...
but you can find them here...
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A-tisket, a-tasket,
A green and yellow basket;
 I sent a letter to my love
And on the way I dropped it. 

I dropped it, I dropped it.
Yes on the way I dropped it;
A little girlie picked it up
And put it in her pocket.

She was truckin' on down the avenue
With not a single thing to do;
She went peck, peck, peckin' all around,
When she spied it on the ground

She took it, she took it,
The letter from my basket;
And if she doesn't bring it back
I think that I will die'

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Until Next Time ~

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Delphi, Meteora and Athens

Our Greece travels continued on land.
The boat docked in Kalambaka and we boarded a motor coach
and headed north to Arachova.

This was the view from our room.

I love Greek food and enjoyed a cooking lesson
learning how to make traditional Mousaka.
(It was delicious)

The next morning we traveled to Delphi.
Delphi is known for the Oracle.
Dating back to 1400 BC, the Oracle of Delphi was the most important shrine in all Greece,
and in theory all Greeks respected its independence. Built around a sacred spring,
Delphi was considered to be the omphalos - the center (literally navel) of the world.

Throughout this trip we climbed hundreds upon hundreds of steps.
This was no exception.

Spending another night in Arachova
and enjoying dinner in one of the lovely outdoor restaurants
we next headed to Meteora.

The Metéora "middle of the sky", "suspended in the air" or "in the heavens above" 
is one of the largest and most important complexes of Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece
The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the
northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly in central Greece.
The Metéora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

We actually climbed (more steps!) to go in to
the monastery and were amazed at the amount of
architecture, artwork, and beauty in each.

The view from our room was again beautiful,
but the rock formations were a bit scary.
Can you see the eyes?

Our trip ended 15 days from the start in Athens.
We toured the museums, the Palatka
and of course, the Acropolis and Parthenon.
By now, the Captain had climbed enough steps to last a lifetime
and was glad we live in relatively flat Florida.

Thank you for letting me share just a glimpse of
our amazing journey with you.
Hope you enjoyed it!

Until next time~

Monday, October 5, 2015

Yarn Shopping in Syros

As all fellow knitters know...
no matter where we travel
we can never pass by a yarn shop.

Walking down the streets of Syros, one of the many
beautiful islands in Greece,
I stumbled upon a yarn shop!
My heart fluttered and hands began to sweat.
I called to my husband and traveling companions
and told them to go ahead. 
This could take a while.

The shop owner spoke not a word of English
and my Greek was limited to
good day and thank you.
Wanting a yarn made in Greece was my priority.
After much trial and error and laughing
(the shop owner had a good sense of humor)
she got my message and found some lovely cotton yarn
Made In Greece!

I'm not sure what I will make with this
soft as silk cotton yarn
in variegated shades of blues, greens, and pinks.
All ideas are welcome!
Until Next Time ~