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With aging comes new perspective. Follow me with my daily journey and life as an artist and crafter.

This is my first post.  A little about me.  I am a senior citizen and at 68 while my body may be aging, I still love to try new things and experience all that life has to offer.  My loves in life are my family, photography, art, crafts, camping, music and any other mischief I can get into at my age and get away with it.

I am a nut for cloud formations.  As an artist I try to make anything look good.  Being artistic brings out something in me that nothing else does.  This is just the beginning so I hope you will keep coming back to see what I am into.

Perfection Or Not So Perfect

In the last few months I have expanded my artistic journey to include jewelry making. Admittedly I have made some pieces that would not meet my level of perfection… but then I had to stop myself.

Imperfect Knot

I had been throwing out everything that was imperfect and this morning it hit me. If God judged me like that I would have been tossed out a long time ago. The Imperfect Knot might not be pretty but was created from bits and pieces of metals from completed projects. While a recycled project, it can still serve a purpose. Like this bit of imperfection none of us are perfect but we all have a purpose.

Twisted Adventure

While this ring may look more complete it too was a recycled project. One of my biggest frustrations in using soft metals is the unwanted scratches and dents. To make them a little less noticeable I added a few dents of my own.

Working with metal is definitely giving me a lesson in patience. Continue to follow me on my artistic journey.

Have a wonderful day.

A Weeble With Purpose

For those of you who were not raised in the 70’s you are probably asking “What the heck is a weeble”?

I remember fondly playing with these things as a child. They were almost hypnotizing as they rocked back and forth with the slightest nudge.

Sometime in previous years I acquired the 1974 Indian Weeble from the western collection. I have shuffled him around my house over the years because I just couldn’t seem to part with him. Currently he has a home in my office. Here he has a purpose. After paying bills or some other frustrating task I give him a nudge and he just makes me laugh. I watch him rock until he finally stops upright again.

It is funny how something so simple at least for a moment calms my world. The point is you can benefit from just taking a moment to be distracted from life’s stressor.

Here’s my Weeble:

Find the simple pleasures in life. Have a wonderful day.

Kitchen Crafting

While I know most people have dishwashers, I do not. Finding dishcloths that hold up is difficult so I started crocheting my own. Even if you do have a dishwasher these cloths are great for cleaning up spills quick.

Tools for making these is simple: Size G crochet hook, Scissors and 100% cotton yarn.

To start chain 27. Dc in second chain from hook and dc across. Ch 2 and repeat until you have a square (to determine square – take one corner and cross it over to opposite side. If flush it is square).

If you just want to give these as gifts you can make multiples and stack them and tie them up like a package using yarn,ribbon or jute.

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Have a blessed day.

Of Wings And Wire

Those that know me know I never stop looking for that next adventure in crafting. The past few weeks I have been tampering with metal in particular wire. While I have had experience beading I have not designed with wire itself.

While I love designing anything this is one art that has really tested my patience. I typically like things that I can complete pretty quickly with the exception of painting. I can do a painting in a few hours and sometimes it may take a week or longer.

I think some days there must be a little angel perched on my shoulder to keep me focused. Otherwise, I would surely wreak havoc with some of my projects.

Wire wrapping is not difficult but is time consuming. Here are some of my completed projects to date:

If you are interested in learning this craft there are great videos on both YouTube and Rumble.

Expand your horizon and learn a craft. May God richly bless you.

Finding Peace

Dispite the chaos in our world I have learned to find peace in many places. This just makes me smile.

Can’t remember the name of this lily but the blooms are about 5-6″ across.

Even though they are full of aphids it didn’t affect the actual blooms.

Last year each plant only had two blooms and then became dormant. This year they have doubled and so have my many blessings. God is good!

I have so many changes in the environment over the past six months. The air seems cleaner, seeing more birds, more butterflies and more plant life. When we get rid of evil we give life a chance.

Looking forward to the many more blessings God has planned for us. Have a great Sunday.

Good Morning

Yes, I guess you could say I’m a morning person. I love to go out on my back deck with coffee in hand just to talk to God.

Just as we have just celebrated our earthly father we need to take more time for our heavenly father.

While a lot of churches are failing to keep their flock together, they need to look at the reasons people are leaving. While people in the church are quick to point fingers at the people who do choose to leave, they never bother to ask why.

Now I used to enjoy going to church when I was younger but as I got older I began to see another side of this institution. I will give credit to those churches that are as they represent themselves to be.

Twice I have been assaulted by members of a church. Upon joining one church people were calling me constantly to join one committee or another. The final blow was when they hired a new organist who decided it was time to refurbish the 100+ year old organ. Then I get this letter in the mail that said “my” portion of that bill was $5,000! You can imagine my outrage. I sent them an email telling them to remove mine and my husband’s name from their roll.

Instead of focusing on keeping their flock together and more importantly teaching and interpreting the Bible, churches have strayed from their mission. They are houses of gossip, theaters of entertainment, and hiding places for sexual predators.

It wasn’t until I left the church that I sat down and actually read the Bible from cover to cover. This was true confirmation I had done the right thing. I was beginning to not just “read the Word but feel it”. That was what was really missing from church. I now had a spiritual connection.

It is that spiritual connection that ties us to God and the universe. In 2 Corinthians Paul tells us we have two bodies, the physical body and the spiritual body.

If you throw yourself into learning, and I mean open yourself up to making that connection you will be amazed at the endless possibilities.

Have a wonderful day.

Signs From A Divine Source

While this little guy may not seem relevent to you there is a story here. Early in the year I began to see slow subtle changes in the environment. Prior to this time even the air smelled bad. Blame it on jet fuel, industrial waste, whatever you want to but you could tell something was toxic. Anyway, in early march we started to see these little rabbits. While you may say that is not a red flag for me it was. You see we have lived on the same property for 36 years and have rarely seen a rabbit until now.

Then with Spring came new grass. Maybe it was just my old eyes deceiving me but it seemed greener than usual. I don’t have a lot of flowers so I take heed of small environmental changes.

We see the rabbits daily now, morning and night. While the news media paints a dillusional picture of what is happening in the world, I choose to ignore them and see what picture God paints. Lily’s in my garden container will soon be blooming. Last year they only had one bloom on each plant. This year there are four blooms on each of the two plants. Like the rabbits, they are voluntarily multiplying.

You may be laughing this off right now but what is a matter of fact is that God sends of signs of things to come. I believe these few signs along with the increase in birds points to the fact that better days WILL COME!

Don’t get caught up in daily drama and the lies of the main stream media. Trust God, trust that he has a plan for Heaven On Earth. It will come but only in His time.

Have a rich and blessful day.

Knocking On Heaven’s Door

When I stepped outside on my deck this morning, I thought I must have stepped into Heaven. The grass was greener than normal, the sun brighter and the clouds just plain Heavenly.

The picture does not do it justice.

After a brief morning shower it could not have been a better scene. Just when you think this world has “snapped”, something reels you back in. With the state this country is in and the recent shooting in Texas, it is easy to question “why continue”. It is not for us to question why life continues but it is for us to manage what God has created! So far we have done a poor job.

We have got to get back to the basics people. We have allowed evil people and politicians to dictate how we live our lives. NO MORE! It is not just about politics. It is about life, love, faith. These are the principles we grew up on that have quickly faded away.

You know the old saying “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.” There is so much truth in that statement. While there is little to no fix for our government, there is hope for life itself. It begins with me, you, your neighbor, your community, the world! We have to change our attitude and our vision for what we want out of life and what God has envisioned for us.

This world and the universe was not built in a day and only by God’s hand will it be cleaned up in a day. We have to start with cleaning up our environment and getting rid of the evil in it. God did NOT create this beautiful world for us to trash it like a kid with a new toy.

If you want to be “knocking on Heaven’s Door”, you might want to think about what you have done to even be standing at Heaven’s Door. As we draw closer to a time when judgement will surely come, don’t you want to be looking at a field of clouds instead of the Lake of Fire?

It is possible to have a Heaven on Earth but a lot has to change. It begins with waking up to reality and creating GOOD in this world. God wants us to Love and Love unconditionally. Does everyone deserve to enjoy a perfect world? Probably not but we are not judge and jury, we are the caretakers.

It begins with positive motivation. Regardless of how things are in your life find something positive to focus on even if it is only one moment. Share your smile with someone who can’t. Give to those who have nothing…and I am not talking about money. Those moments can and should change your life.

Have a great day in Christ!

A Stitch In Time …Quilting

Today I finished my biggest project to date, a full size quilt. Take a peak.

Chicken Quilt

While it has not made it to my bed yet because I literally just finished it minutes ago but was so excited about its completion I wanted to share.

While I get it is not a complicated pieced quilt, and I have done those, this one has gotten me through this nightmare that we have endured the last few years.

Yes I can hear the comments now, “It took you two years to complete I could have made several in that length of time”. Yes, I get it could have been done quicker. Let me explain, this is not my only hobby and was not my only project. This was also not quilted on a frame but in my lap. The squares and borders were sewed together a row at a time after the individual squares were quilted.

It has not been a complicated project but a labor of love. Love of the art of quilting. I actually acquired the fabric for this quilt several years earlier on a camping trip to the mountains. We landed in Marion, NC. It is a quaint small town that has barn quilts on almost every single building. In addition to being a great photo op it gave me the opportunity to drop by their little quilt shop.

For two years the fabric sat in my stash of other potential quilt options. When Covid hit I said it was the perfect time to start the quilt. Striving for perfection was not the objective, just to get a finish during a stressful time was the goal. So that I would not get stressed over the quilt I also worked on other projects.

Two weeks ago my husband says to me “Are you ever going to finish that quilt”. He was anxious as well to see it complete. So I put my other projects aside and finished seaming the last row of blocks. The last two days have been spent gently binding edges. This morning my husband cooked breakfast. When he brought breakfast to me, I was in my office where I could watch the birds and our favorite rabbit. Again the quilt bundled in my lap would probably look a “hot mess” to most people. I proudly showed my husband the last few stitches I had to make. And his remark, “Are you going to sell it?” No I responded because two years of my life was tied up in this quilt!

It might be a while before I undertake another project like this but do plan to make some lap quilts for donation.

If you have never quilted but would like to learn check out your local community College, quilt shops or center for the arts for classes.

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Have a great and blessed day.

Camping – Trip 2 / Goose Creek State Park

This trip we decided to continue in the State Park system and visit Goose Creek. While it is beautiful grassy wetlands, we were ill prepared for the lack of shade trees.

Here’s the good, bad and ugly of Goose Creek. The only bad was the lack of shade trees as stated above. The ugly was the nasty weather we got last night. And then there was the good, which was a lot.

We didn’t do a lot on the day of arrival other than setup and get used to our new environment. On day two we got up and got ready for our first walking trip down to the swimming access.

It was a nice sandy path down to the river.

These wetlands proved to be a different kind of shooting adventure.

This is approaching the actual swimming area.

The following pictures are from the pier/boat ramp area.

Yesterday morning before the storm we went up into Washington and I got these two pics.

If you are in the Washington, NC area check out Goose Creek State Park. A great place to just unwind.

Stay safe and have a great day.