Monday, July 28, 2014

BE SOFT


Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard.

 

Do not let the pain make you hate.

Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.

Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree,

 you still believe it to be a beautiful place.
~ Kurt Vonnegut


A quote I posted on Facebook and one
I really felt I needed to share here too.
Please, be kind to yourself and to others.

Love,

Tracey
XO

Sunday, July 27, 2014

CREATIVE BLOG:: HOP

To practice any art, no matter how well
or badly, is a way to make your soul
grow. So do it.

~ Kurt Vonnegut

 
 Last week Karen ask me to participate in a Creative
Blog Hop so here goes...



1. What have been the doings/makings/scribbling's
at your desk/making table this week?
This week I am participating in a post card swap
so I have been working on greetings to add to
the back. I have also been working on some
embroidery since I am in sad need of new throw
pillows and thought it would be fun to make them.
If you know me you know that there is always, always
knitting. I have projects by my rocking chair, my bed
and there is a project that lives in my purse so when
I am out and about I am never without something
to do with my hands.

2. Where are you currently finding
your inspiration?
Most of my inspiration comes from reading
your blogs, pinterest, which is a giant rabbit
hole I have to be careful of, and nature. On
my walks or bike rides I often spy something
that has an interesting shape or color that
makes me want to photograph, paint or
or draw it.  Sitting on the shore watching
waves crash on shore always has me
dreaming of knitting a sweater in the
colors I see, can't you just imagine that
'green' with that cream? Oh! Often when
I can't sleep I just lay in bed and dream of
all the project that I hope I have time to
create.

3. How important is being creative to you and
how do you blend this with your work- life-
family balance?
As far back as I can remember I have created.
I can not think of a time where I haven't
had a sketch book to practice drawing.  Painting
is something I love to do, but I don't often
set the easel up, not sure why that is.  I
don't limit my creativity to one world, I want/crave
to do it all. I am trying to learn to take better
photos and practice daily. My dream is to one day
have my own potter's wheel and kiln, one day.
There is also the dream of learning to spin my
own yarn, although in my coastal town it's not
a skill that is really popular.
Right now knitting has been in the front
line. I taught myself to knit four years ago
and have knit every day since.
I blend my creativity in with my day, whether
it is in the kitchen trying out new food ideas,
[fermentation is going strong in my kitchen]
or sitting in the middle of the yard drawing,
or knitting, it all just blends in because
it all makes me who I am.
"I make art to show my soul
I am listening!"
 
Thank you Karen for allowing me to
show a little bit of myself. Now I need
to nominate two awesome women to
share so I nominate Jen from iHappy
and Donna from Knit1Spin2.
 
 
 

SUNSHINE

There is sunshine in
my soul today!

~ Pinterest






Thank you all so much for the birthday
wishes, I passed each one on to Alex
and he too says thank you.

We had a fun time getting together
Friday evening, laughing, cooking,
enjoying the love as only a family
can. Even when a massive front
hit bringing thunder, dangerous lightening
and buckets of rain, we just moved
everything inside and continued on
with the celebration.

Saturday dawned with bright sunshine
and with it plans for the beach. A
good friend and I spent the day sitting
at the shore, soaking up the sunshine,
talking non stop. We strolled down to
a local restaurant to pick up lunch and
bring it back to eat on the beach. I'm not
sure what it is, but being at the shore
renews my spirit. It really was a perfect
day.

Today it's suppose to be really, really
hot!  I don't have any plans except
to knit, other than that I am just going
to go with the flow.

I hope there is sunshine in your weekend.

Joining with Karen

Thursday, July 24, 2014

WE'RE HAVING A BIRTHDAY PARTY

May your coming year be filled
with magic and dreams and good
madness.  I hope you read some
fine books and kiss someone who
thinks you're wonderful, and don't
forget to make some art-write or
draw or build or sing or live as only
you can.
And I hope, somewhere in the next
year, you surprise yourself.

~ Neil Gaiman







 This week has been hot and humid,
rain coming down sideways.
The power going out every....single...
day...making me have to reset all
the clocks in the house...every....single...
day.

Knitting, but then there is always
knitting and this week even a little
embroidery too.

Getting to bottle my
lacto fermented blueberry soda
after getting my second ginger bug
to live, the first one never did bubble.
It actually taste pretty good.

Preparing my home and yard for a
party. My baby [and yes, he will always
be my baby] is turning 17 tomorrow. I'm
really not sure what to think of that since
in my head I am 17! This is my child who
never causes me any worry, who would
rather read than do anything else, who
always has a kind word and an offer of a
helping hand. A young man who always
makes me smile.  I am humbled and
honored to be his mama.
I love you Alex.

Enjoy the weekend my dear friends, I plan
to.

Love,
Tracey



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

YARN ALONG


 
Now is the time to unite the soul
and the world. Now is the time to
see the sunlight dancing as one
with the shadows.

~Rumi







 



 These summer days are full,
but in the evenings there
is quiet, allowing a moment
to once again pick up my
 shawl, enjoying the touch
of this yarn as I knit a few
rows, taking my time:: slip,
knit, yarn over, pass stitch
over:: the repetitive calm that
comes when I knit, exhaling
slowing, letting the peace gently
settle over me, soothing.

Reading is a book recommended
by Amanda, once again she
is dead on, such a remarkable soul.

Joining with Ginny


Monday, July 21, 2014

SUMMER BLOG SWAP GIFTS


 Ride the energy of your
own unique spirit.

~Gabrielle Roth







I started before I knew who my new
friend would be, but finished once I
knew her name.

A knit cotton dish towel to hang in
her kitchen,
a cloth to wipe down her counters.

Jam sealed in jars to be opened

at her table.

A gourd, cut, sanded, painted and
sewn just for her.

A market bag, that while I didn't sew
[and if you know me you know that's
a good thing],  but I did sew on the
buttons selected from my special jar
of buttons that I collect.

Now to find a box and they are on there
way, enjoy my new friend, it's been a
pleasure poking around your blog,
getting to know your spirit, I hope
you like the gifts.
XO

Summer blog Swap



Sunday, July 20, 2014

WEEKENDING


 Change your thoughts and
you change your world.

~Norman Vincent Peale






My weekend started early Friday
morning when I drove to an exit
off of I-95 to pick up my favorite
almost 6 year old to spend the day
while her mama continued to drive
to Presbyterian College {PC} to
pick up some of her students. My
daughter is a culinary arts teacher
who is working on her degree to
become a Principle and a person
I am very proud of.

Saturday brought cloudy, drizzly
skies so my beach trip was moved
to next weekend.  I decided to work
on my knitting, but discovered a
mistake in my Aise, in the row below
where I was knitting. After spending
an hour with a tiny crochet hook I
finally got everything back in order,
then I took a nap!

There was a trip to the market for
a few things then a stop at Jersey Mike's Subs
for a vegetarian with all the works that
I brought home to eat while reading
my book. 

I am still picking blueberries and lots
of figs. I discovered a little nest tucked
into the branches of the fig tree, smart
mama bird.  Late last night I made a batch
of Fig, ginger, lemon, honey preserves
and it tastes amazing. I am waiting on
my guys to arrive home to make a batch
of buttermilk biscuits to serve at dinner
so we can eat a jar. I might need to make
a few more batches of this, I think it
would make nice Christmas gifts.

Today the rain is still here. I have my
knitting and a movie to watch. Oh,
and today is National Ice Cream Day
so I need to pull out the ice cream
maker. Enjoy your day.

Joining with Karen