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Crow Calling Woman - A Crafting Goddess



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Updated: 2017-11-27T06:58:30.867-06:00

 



Facebook Page Quickies

2017-04-30T18:53:19.616-05:00


(image) So I've not been very active here, but I have been over on my Facebook page . It's quick, easy and I don't have to fuss with formating. I've posted some flower fairies a friend and I made a couple weeks ago. I also bought a Brother Scan-n-cut and I think I like it better than the Cricut. I found the cricut to be limiting. I really like the scan-n-cut canvas application. This machine suits me better since I love my rubber stamps. I can get them fussy cut without straining my eyes, my back, or my wrists. Yay!

Anyhow, if you want to stay up to date on my adventures in crafting, head over to the FB page. I love being able to just pop on it (I'm on it all the time because I keep in touch with folks through messenger), post a quickie (snort!), and not feel drained afterwards. Sometimes updating the blog has done that to me. I log on with the intend of a quick post and then end up writing a flippin book.

Still dealing with the chronic back pain. Taking Lyrica and sometimes muscle relaxers to ease the ever present tension that I can't seem to be rid of. Still dealing with litigations but things are about to come to a head and I suspect my employment will end because of it. It kind of makes me sad, because most of the folks there are pretty nice. And some of them, I would gladly never see again. I've dealt with a lot of side-glances and bullshit gossip ever since they found out I probably would not be able to go back to driving. So nice of people to judge, and one of them is a bible thumper. Guess the "judge not lest you be judged" doesn't apply when you can't SEE the pain I deal with. Doc has me on a permanent light-duty work restriction, no bus driving for me anymore. I'm also cleared for 8 hours, but they insist they don't have a position for me. Oh yes, and they reduced my pay. Naughty. That's gonna bite them in the arse.  It's really hit me in the pocket book, but it will all be resolved soon enough.

BOOK!!!


Until next time...
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Chronic

2016-03-16T18:38:16.865-05:00


How do you deal with chronic pain?

Since my back injury in early December of 2015, I continue to struggle with chronic pain. When regular OTC pain meds don't work, I turn to alcohol which numbs everything so I can get some relief. At least once a week I find myself in so much pain that IBU simply doesn't cut it and I turn to alcohol. The wind was ruff today, sending the bus I drive to one side or another of the road. The extra effort in having to over compensate for that force triggered pain that would not relent until I drank (after my driving was done for the day, of course). I love my job. I really do. But I find that at least once a week I am struggling with chronic pain, or fatique...brought on by the pain. I don't know what to do. Today, all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball and fade away because the pain was so persistent. This is my new reality. Pain management.

And it sucks ass.



Until next time...
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A-tisket, a-tasket, a fiber filled basket

2016-02-21T17:48:14.435-06:00


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I love shopping at the second hand stores. I almost ALWAYS find something I can use. Like this basket that is just beautiful! It is being used to hold all my alpaca rolags which I have finally started to spin. All carding and no spinning makes for a dull time.






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I also found this lovely enamel teapot for $3 this week. It holds about three cups worth of tea. It fits perfectly atop my double boiler maker so I can keep it warm with a tealight under it. How charming!!















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And it's that time of year when I start to crave fresh food so I have been getting the sprouts going. Here we have sunflower sprouts in a rotisserie chicken terrarium (cleaned and sanitized, of course). I harvest them yesterday and had them atop a home made chicken salad. Om nom nom nom! Spring is coming, as soon as this last sub-zero snap passes.






Until next time...
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Carded!

2016-02-12T11:29:59.663-06:00

I got that nesting feeling... I found out really  quickly that I needed to relearn how to card with paddles. The carpal tunnel in my left arm started acting up and I started to question weather I was doing it correctly.Nope.A couple youtube videos later, gotta love that resource, I corrected the position of the paddles in relation to my body and carding became less painful and more productive. SO now I have a basket of aplaca "nests". I tried rolling a couple width wise since there was one video author that mentioned they preferred it that way. I'm actually starting to question weather or not I really am right handed because I do A LOT with my left. I like to try different things to make my own determination. I have yet to start spinning this particular work. I am trying to get a couple spools free that I am spinning Jacob/Alpaca lace on.Evil Second CutsI am also finding a lot of second cuts in this commission fleece. Not sure what to make of that, or if it's normal.I got another batch of silkworms going on silkworm "chow" (powered mulberry leaf). They are slower to grow on this than fresh leaves, but that's okay. Some of these are going to a friend to feed her lizard, who LOVES them, some of them will go to feed Mr. TreeFrog who is currently in hibernation mode. I have not seen him in since it got cold. Hopefully he has not passed away. I know they go into suspended animation in the winter. I'll find out once these guys get a little bigger and I spritz his cage. To end this post I give you a video of some very disturbing V-Day merch found at one of our local discount stores. Dis-turb-ing.Until next time... ***All content is Copyright year and date of posting, and are the sole property of C4G/CCW unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction of any part of this website (text, photo's, etc)is strictly prohibited (linking to the post is OK). I've had to revert to moderating all comments due to spammers.***"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." "It is believed by the Native Americans that if you approuch the most desolate place on earth in the right way, that the earth will nuture and provide for you the things in which you need to live. *This* is what is called Medicine." -Native American Medicine, DVD[...]



Welly Swotting over Suri

2016-06-23T11:26:13.371-05:00

Working on this Suri fleece has been quite the chore and learning experience. I've had to rethink how to process it several times, and the sheer amount of dust that is still sticking to the fleece after multiple washes is driving me batty.At first I was putting it through the drum carder and it was, kind of, working. A lot of the fiber would stick to the lickr-in drum, and then it would poof out as if it had a hand in an electrical socket. Remember those electrified balls that the museums would have to show you the effects of static charge?  Yea, that's what it looked like. I did try spraying it with some watered down conditioner, but that didn't do much for it. I washed the resulting batt and it came out the purest bright white!! Nothing like the rest of the "washed" fleece!!Then I tried my combs. Found out the giant course Indigo Hound combs I have are not really meant for this kind of fiber. I haven't used them hardly at all in the nearly 10 years I have had them. I may sell them in order to get a finerViking set. I tried out a pair last week at The Dancing Lamb, and I got a pretty good sliver from that, although it was a lot of effort.So I've resorted to my carding paddles. I've been making several dozen Puni's a day. Thankfully it's only three pounds worth of fiber to process and I have till May to get it done. I'm still off work from a back injury so I've been spending a lot of time inside watching movies, spinning, processing and knitting. I do have exercises from visiting the PT to do, other than getting some walking in which I am told is the best thing I could do for a back injury. The exercises are developing some underused muscles in an effort to support my back in hopes that it doesn't get any worse. As a result, I have been craving protein, MEAT, like a fiend. I ate three chickens from the grocer last week. THREE!! I eat all the dark meat right away and then make a casserole with the white meat because it tends to be dryer.The trader wanted the resulting yarn dyed Magenta. I thought I had magenta in my dye stash, and it turned out I did not so ended up having to buy some from Dharma. Pretty darn cheap from there!! So I gave a spun sample a good washing and dyed it. Pretty!!!I also ventured to try a scouring soap I've never seen before and....it's absolutely HORRIBLE!!! It did not take the dust off the fiber like Unicorn Scour Power does, and the smell....THE. SMELL. To me it smells like rancid latex, or a dildo....neither of which I can stand. (If you have to ask, don't.)  As soon as I opened it I felt nauseated and had a headache for the rest of the day. Of course I am stuck with it now. Attempting to resell it on Ebay since I only used a fraction of an ounce to test wash with. The buyer from Etsy would not accept it as a return, and she said she liked it's smell over Unicorn.Never again will I stray from Unicorn Scour Power! I enjoy the light floral scent it has.Afterwards, I spun some shetland likea mad wommin so I could finallywork on MY projects.Update: After working on this constantly for three months, putting my own projects on hold, then returning the spun yarn, I was basically told my yarn was shit and it was "too thin". Trader said "spinners choice" and I spin lace, so that's what I did. I was booted from the group Spin-a-pound-get-a-pound without notice, and told after-the-fact. I would advise people to avoid that group because the group moderators are complete assholes. The rumors I read about them when I did a google search on them do not fall short. What a waste of time and energy that was. I gave the rest of the fleece away because I didn't want that bullshit in my home. I've been spinning on and off for 15 years. I am no novice. Follow are photos of the said yarn, which I would have loved to have knit some lace with. That fleece was the most frustrating fleece I have EVER worked with. Fuck you Sapgap and your snotty, uppity, ways. My world is a better place wi[...]



Welly Swotting over Suri

2016-06-23T11:22:48.317-05:00

Working on this Suri fleece has been quite the chore and learning experience. I've had to rethink how to process it several times, and the sheer amount of dust that is still sticking to the fleece after multiple washes is driving me batty.At first I was putting it through the drum carder and it was, kind of, working. A lot of the fiber would stick to the lickr-in drum, and then it would poof out as if it had a hand in an electrical socket. Remember those electrified balls that the museums would have to show you the effects of static charge?  Yea, that's what it looked like. I did try spraying it with some watered down conditioner, but that didn't do much for it. I washed the resulting batt and it came out the purest bright white!! Nothing like the rest of the "washed" fleece!!Then I tried my combs. Found out the giant course Indigo Hound combs I have are not really meant for this kind of fiber. I haven't used them hardly at all in the nearly 10 years I have had them. I may sell them in order to get a finerViking set. I tried out a pair last week at The Dancing Lamb, and I got a pretty good sliver from that, although it was a lot of effort.So I've resorted to my carding paddles. I've been making several dozen Puni's a day. Thankfully it's only three pounds worth of fiber to process and I have till May to get it done. I'm still off work from a back injury so I've been spending a lot of time inside watching movies, spinning, processing and knitting. I do have exercises from visiting the PT to do, other than getting some walking in which I am told is the best thing I could do for a back injury. The exercises are developing some underused muscles in an effort to support my back in hopes that it doesn't get any worse. As a result, I have been craving protein, MEAT, like a fiend. I ate three chickens from the grocer last week. THREE!! I eat all the dark meat right away and then make a casserole with the white meat because it tends to be dryer.The trader wanted the resulting yarn dyed Magenta. I thought I had magenta in my dye stash, and it turned out I did not so ended up having to buy some from Dharma. Pretty darn cheap from there!! So I gave a spun sample a good washing and dyed it. Pretty!!!I also ventured to try a scouring soap I've never seen before and....it's absolutely HORRIBLE!!! It did not take the dust off the fiber like Unicorn Scour Power does, and the smell....THE. SMELL. To me it smells like rancid latex, or a dildo....neither of which I can stand. (If you have to ask, don't.)  As soon as I opened it I felt nauseated and had a headache for the rest of the day. Of course I am stuck with it now. Attempting to resell it on Ebay since I only used a fraction of an ounce to test wash with. The buyer from Etsy would not accept it as a return, and she said she liked it's smell over Unicorn.Never again will I stray from Unicorn Scour Power! I enjoy the light floral scent it has.Afterwards, I spun some shetland likea mad wommin so I could finallywork on MY projects.Update: After working on this constantly for three months, putting my own projects on hold, then returning the spun yarn, I was basically told my yarn was shit and it was "too thin". Trader said "spinners choice" and I spin lace, so that's what I did. I was booted from the group Spin-a-pound-get-a-pound without notice, and told after-the-fact. I would advise people to avoid that group because the group moderators are complete assholes. The rumors I read about them do not fall short. What a waste of time and energy that was. I gave the rest of the fleece away because I didn't want that bullshit in my home. I've been spinning on and off for 15 years. I am no novice. Follow are photos of the said yarn, which I would have loved to have knit some lace with. That fleece was the most frustrating fleece I have EVER worked with. Fuck you Sapgap and your snotty, uppity, ways. My world is a better place without yo[...]



My first commission!

2016-01-31T12:34:34.503-06:00

Lots of things have happened since my last post which was pretty dark in feeling.I recently fractured my back while working so I have been off for a month, healing. The physical therapy is helping A LOT. I can't say too much about it right now since it is a workers comp dealio.So I've been thinking about getting back into blogging but I have this thing that I do...I really want to blog, but then I get to composing a post and then I write-and-write-and-write so much that by the end it's a flappin books worth. So, I'm going to keep things simple, short and sweet. That way I don't overwhelm myself, or the reader, with so many words.I kept seeing posts on a Facebook group about commission spins where a grower sends a spinner fiber (raw or washed, but definitely skirted) and the spinner gets to keep a percentage of the fiber for themselves in exchange for sending a percentage of the spin yarn back to the grower. And the more I looked into it, the more I wanted to try it! So I joined up with the Facebook group "Spin a Pound, Get a Pound". It took several weeks to get the OK and become an "approved" spinner by their standards. Along the way, I've not heard very good things about the moderators, and the rules are extensive, but necessary and mostly common sense stuff.  I think I will not let the opinions of others (who may or may not have abided by the group rules) sway mine opinion until I have had my own experiences.OOOooo yummay!My first commission is a luscious three pounds of white Suri Alpaca blanket. The trade is 60/40, 60 going to the spinner. AWESOMESAUCE!! So generous!The grower wants it dyed magenta so I am working on that today. It's been quite a bit of work just to get the fiber mostly clean, and some dirt is being stubborn.Jacob/AlpacaI've almost worked my way through three pounds of Jacob I acquired at last years Fiber Festival, stretching that by blending it with alpaca and spinning it very fine for lace. I plan to spin the Suri as a lace or fingering yarn since the grower said "spinners choice". So far I am feeling very good about it and I LOVE the feel of the Suri. I may just like this working for fiber thing!Have wheel, will spin for fiber. LOL!Until next time... ***All content is Copyright year and date of posting, and are the sole property of C4G/CCW unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction of any part of this website (text, photo's, etc)is strictly prohibited (linking to the post is OK). I've had to revert to moderating all comments due to spammers.***"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." "It is believed by the Native Americans that if you approuch the most desolate place on earth in the right way, that the earth will nuture and provide for you the things in which you need to live. *This* is what is called Medicine." -Native American Medicine, DVD[...]



Going Under

2015-12-08T17:10:06.341-06:00



When you want to give up, but you can't tell anyone....for fear of retribution for how you feel or be accused of attention seeking.

Cold.

Numb.

Going Under.

Drowning.


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Them Old Arts Charm

2015-09-10T10:54:51.902-05:00

Well I am back at it again! Spinning, weaving, knitting....On the LoomI am bound and determined to finish those lace curtains I started nearly ten years ago. After some wrangling of the threads that had been sitting in the loom, half threaded, for nearly as long, the first panel is being woven. I made a few mistakes in threading, bit that's okay. It doesn't have to be perfect and I am okay with that.I've also bought several new wool fleeces in the last month. One Merino and one Babydoll. Sheep and wool festival is this weekend and I can't wait to go again. I'm sure I'll bring home at least one more fleece and then that'll be the extent of my expenditures until my cards are paid up. Second half of the year is always about working to pay off the accumulated summer bills. I have plenty to keep me busy.I tried fermenting some fleece ( a very ancient, and slow, way of processing fleece that requires no hot water or soap), but my first fleece still stinks of the suint water. Not sure if maybe it got too hot while away camping or it sat for too long or what. I moved the buckets of fermenting wool to the garage to keep them out of direct sun and added a fresh batch of Merino to it. If it comes out smelling horrible again, I guess I'll dump the majority of the water out and start with fresh rain water. From what I've read, the smell shouldn't stick. But it has and it's not very pleasant AT ALL. I may have to give a soaking in some cold water and see if that helps any. It was so pungent that it stuck to my skin even after several washings. Word to the wise....use gloves.Fall is definitely around the corner. It's a chilly one today with lots of rain.Do you know about Spinzilla?  I've registered and am apart of the team "Team ZuZu Beans and Blue Moon's Twisted Spinners"  They just happen to be a group I am apart of on facebook and they are a chatty bunch. I've enjoyed the re-immersion into the fiber arts world.Mississippi River!Mississippi SelfieWent camping last weekend with a close friend of mine and got to see the Mississippi on the way home. It was a grand adventure and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We had thunderstorm wake up calls at 4am on three of the four mornings we were camping. LOL!! I enjoyed the storms, my friends were not as giddy about them.Did I mention I am also raising silkworms again?Oh yes, yes indeed. I'll have eggs soon and I wouldn't mind sharing. :)What is it about the old arts charm? I love it so much. Can't wait to get back to my lace knittings.Until next time... ***All content is Copyright year and date of posting, and are the sole property of C4G/CCW unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction of any part of this website (text, photo's, etc)is strictly prohibited (linking to the post is OK). I've had to revert to moderating all comments due to spammers.***"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." "It is believed by the Native Americans that if you approuch the most desolate place on earth in the right way, that the earth will nuture and provide for you the things in which you need to live. *This* is what is called Medicine." -Native American Medicine, DVD[...]



Monarch Magic

2015-09-10T10:18:57.126-05:00


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Until next time...
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Rocket Stove Fun

2015-08-16T12:54:04.915-05:00

Rocket Stove  Yesterday I worked on skinning all the milkweed I collected the other day. I only got through maybe a third of it in six hours and ended up with an entire pound of material.  Since it's blazing hot here at the moment during our first heat wave, I set up the rocket stove outside last night and boiled my first batch in lye and soap water. I was tending the fire for nearly three hours. The water never did get to boiling, just a very light simmer.  So tonight, I plan on lowering the pot closer to the heat. I ran out of wood last night so I gathered quite the pile of it this morning. It's so dry, it might just go up in a poof of smoke! I'm hoping it will be enough for a couple hours at least.Milkweed SkinsI ended up watching three movies yesterday while I relaxed inside with blessed AC. Doesn't take much to cool my place down, thankfully.Scrapping what doesn't come off with the skinOne Pound of skins This is what one pound of Milkweed skins looks like. It's a lot. I won't try to boil it all at once next time. It just takes to much to boil that volume of water outside.Drying in the SunThis morning, after they soaked in vinigar water overnight to nuetralize any lingering Lye, I picked through the liberated plant fiber and set it outside in the sun to dry. After only ten minnutes it was mostly dry and had whitened up quite a bit! I had thought that maybe I tried to cook too much at once and that was the reason for the yellowing. NOPE!!Milkweed FiberI acquired a selfie stick that was on half off, so maybe tonight I'll do a vlog while I tend the fire.  I've never tried to do a live vlog. That might be fun!! Night VisitorAnd while I was out there, in the lingering light of the evening, I watched this wild friend climb up my beach towel that I had out drying (I had a mini flood in my kitchen, whoops)! I seem to have a surplus of toads and tree flogs in my little nook. Found a baby toad in my rocket stove, chilling in the still moist ashes from last nights adventure. I only saw him because he popped out as I was scrapping away the ashes for tonight adventure. I told the wee toad that the stove is not a safe place to linger as I would have never seen him if I hadn't decided to clean out the ashes!!! He would have been cooked!!!Momma ToadThis is the Momma Toad that I accidently stepped on one evening. I was heartbroken! She's been around the porch all season and she was quite big. She was right in from of the door and didn't move when I stepped out. The poor gal. But, her babies will always have a safe haven to grow up in and I am thinking all these baby toads I am seeing around the porch are hers. I now check before exiting now so it never happens again. I love my Toads.Adventure...AWAITS!Until next time...***All content is Copyright year and date of posting, and are the sole property of C4G/CCW unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction of any part of this website (text, photo's, etc)is strictly prohibited (linking to the post is OK). I've had to revert to moderating all comments due to spammers.***"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." "It is believed by the Native Americans that if you approuch the most desolate place on earth in the right way, that the earth will nuture and provide for you the things in which you need to live. *This* is what is called Medicine." -Native American Medicine, DVD[...]



Milkweed fiber, AGAIN, after 8 years!

2015-08-13T22:34:47.191-05:00

Yeap.What? What, happened??I'm at it again.Click here for the original post about harvesting Milkweed for fiber. (opens in a new window)I was on a bike ride and saw this HUGE swatch of swamp land that was mowed over for one reason or another and in the mess, where TONS of cut down milkweeds. Such a waste. So I went in after them and collected this mighty pile of cut down milkweeds. I checked the fresher ones for Monarch eggs and found three of them and one TINY 'piller. EggWeeeeeeeeed, man.MILKweed.'Piller!And I saw this fuzzy wuzzy on several of the mostly dead milkweeds and decided to bring it home. Apparently they are 'pillers of the tussock moth. They may get put back out in the wild, on a live milkweed that has no Monarch eggs or 'pillers. With four Monarchs, they are gonna be a handful to feed on top of the silk worms on the way. Yes, I got that itch to grow silk again. It's just so damn FUN!! Now that I feel better, I want to do everything I used to enjoy ALL AT THE SAME TIME! It may prove to be a big mistake, but it keeps me busy, and motivated.Tussock Moth 'Piller And while I was exploring all the butchered bits of swaplands, I found all these crane feathers! I think the one on the right is an Owl feather.It was a crazy, adventerous day in the hot sun, but the wind was blowing pretty well most of the day so it kept me cooler and I had plenty of water with me. I did get a bit of a burn on my arms, but it's not too bad.  Until next time... ***All content is Copyright year and date of posting, and are the sole property of C4G/CCW unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction of any part of this website (text, photo's, etc)is strictly prohibited (linking to the post is OK). I've had to revert to moderating all comments due to spammers.***"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." "It is believed by the Native Americans that if you approuch the most desolate place on earth in the right way, that the earth will nuture and provide for you the things in which you need to live. *This* is what is called Medicine." -Native American Medicine, DVD[...]



DIY Wool Tumbler

2015-08-12T19:51:14.530-05:00

(Being edited...)I never heard of a wool tumbler until I saw a video recently on youtube and thought...WHAT A GREAT IDEA! Wonder how much that would cost?TOO. MUCH.And so I went to work putting one together that would cost a fraction of a commercial one AND be treadle powered.Since putting this together I have continued to improve it. I've ordered 5/16 enclosed ball bearings to add to the posts, and to the wheel I am adding. More photos of that when it is done. If I can find a used motor, I can upgrade it even further! Need to visit Baraboo for that one.Original Supplies used:2 - 2x2" posts2 - 4ft, 1/4" x 2, oak moldings, cut into 2 ft lengths (Used two short leftover pieces from a previous project to add braces to the cross)2 - 6" 5/16 hex bolts8 - 5/16 nuts16 - 3/16 lock washers4 - 1 1/2" wide, 5/16 ID washersApprox 5ft of plastic fencing material, 3/4" or 1" mesh4 - 1/4 Universal Hex Nipple (air tool supply)TwinePipe cleanersSize 10 D Sinker nails (2 7/8" long)2 - 1" x 4 ft pine boards (stabilizers)1 2x4 cut into 2ft sections4 - 3/4 x 36" Square dowels1 - 3/8" x 36" round dowel8 - 3", small diameter, Hitch Pins (wish the receipt said which size they were, I can't remember)Bailing Twine or other strong string(3 - 5/16 Sealed Ball Bearings)(1 - 10" wheel)Tools:Power drillScroll saw1/4 bit3/8 hole drilling bitHand planning toolGater bitClamps allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/s_vi/WxzGVQS6z6s/default.jpg?sqp=CLSBr64F&rs=AOn4CLA8K4cJW8OiFB2qUBpl_KkGoL6y8g" frameborder="0" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WxzGVQS6z6s?feature=player_embedded" width="500">Video Oak Moldings(Click to magnify)Take the 2ft oak moldings, find the center, drill 5/16 hole for bolt. Drill 3/4" holes on both ends of all four, for the dowels to sit in.  Cut out a piece of the plastic mesh to fit on the ends of the cross-arms, extending just a bit. Secure with pipe cleaners.I marked the center of mine so I could easily line it up again after being disassembled.Place a 6" 5/16 bolt through the mesh and center of moldings, adjust the arms so they are about equal distance from one another, in a cross. Add one wide washer, one lock washer, one nut and tighten.Set Aside Hitch PinTake your 3/4 square dowels and shave down the ends with planer until they are tapered enough to fit through the holes in the oak molding and extends about an inch outside the molding. Then take a 3/32 drill bit and drill a hole through the side of the newly rounded ends. This is for the hitch pins.Take two of the dowels and drill holes just big enough for your nails, 3" apart along the entire length. Glue in place with Gorilla or wood glue. PostsAbout 2" down from the top of the 2x2" posts, find the center and drill a hole big enough for the Hex nipples, one on each side, and add them to the post.With the scroll saw, cut out a place for the posts to be inserted into the 2x4 feet, in the middle. Insert into feet and secure with bolts or glue if needed. Insert dowels into the ends of the moldings, secure in place with hitch pins. It will be very flexible and wobbly at this point. Insert the ends of the bolted cross-arms into the posts. Secure with one wide washer, one nut, one lock washer, another nut and tighten. Don't over-tighten as it will need to be able to rotate freely.(this may change once the ball bearings arrive)Repeat for the other side.Add crisscross stabilizer bars on to posts underneath the barrel, one to each side. Take plastic meshing, secure to one of the dowels and rotate to measure out meshing. Allow a 3-4" overlap. Secure opening with 3/8 dowel by weaving it into the mesh once at each end. Secure meshing to the dowels with pipe cleaners.Sew the ends o[...]



Holy shit, I'm spinning again!

2015-08-02T21:00:31.033-05:00

I'm back to my active, creative, happy self! Finally!!I can't stress what a difference those two little meds have made in my quality of life. I resisted for so long, seeking medical help, struggling through every waking hour.What a difference.What a difference. I carded my first batt of wool in nearly five years and I have an itch to go to the sheep and wool festival which is next month. I really won't have the extra money for it, but I'll be working again so I can put a few purchases on the craft supply credit card. Everything during the summer gets charged while I am on seasonal lay-off so the rest of the year will be spent paying off the bills. OYE!I also want to adopt another sheep. I found the wool from the one I adopted some time back and it is still so soft.Also trying to remember how I cleaned the dirty wools, so I am chugging away at those old raw wools. I was told, some time ago that it was best to store wool in the raw if you weren't going to get around to cleaning it right away. Now, I'm being told, the opposite is true. However, the wool, so far...is looking fine.Upcycle dreams. This was one entire Opera magazine, rolled into tubes, and then woven into a basket. Another skill to add to my Jane-of-all-Trades belt. Painted with latex paint which provides a sealant and a glue to create a basket as structurally sound as a basket woven of reeds.I can't express how excited I am to get back to doing what I have enjoyed in the past, and actually ENJOY it again. Fuck the past, it's in the past. Looking forward to what the future holds and working on reopening my heart to make room for love again. Who knows what will happen, I just know I am ready to enjoy the journey again!And I could really use a wool picker....LOL!!!And did I mention I am loosing MORE weight?? Went swimming last Friday and my swim suit was so loose that I had to be careful when I leaned over. PEEP SHOW!I love this little city I live in. All the basics are less than a mile away, Cafe, library, community garden, grocery, dollar store, walgreens, fuel, pizza, Culvers and a bunch more. All I have to do when I need something is hop on the bike and run over. Alternatively walk over when the cold arrives.I've heard that there is an El Nino happing this year that is stronger than any that has been recorded. That could mean, a brown winter, or a buried winter and nothing in-between. Last time we contended with that we had 101" of snow in one winter. At least I'll get more skiing in than last year when I was only able to ski TWICE because we lacked the proper amount of snow. Twice in 6 months. FFS. I love X-country skiing. Me wants to do more than twice in a season!!Until next time...***All content is Copyright year and date of posting, and are the sole property of C4G/CCW/Rexie R unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction of any part of this website (text, photo's, etc)is frowned upon (linking to the post is OK), and offenders will be reported to the appropriate authorities. I've had to revert to moderating all comments due to spammers.***"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." "It is believed by the Native Americans that if you approuch the most desolate place on earth in the right way, that the earth will nuture and provide for you the things in which you need to live. *This* is what is called Medicine." -Native American Medicine, DVD[...]



What I've been up to...

2015-07-16T14:02:10.799-05:00


I tried that 100 days of creativity but because I come home so exhausted from work, I couldn't keep up.

But now I am on seasonal layoff and loving it. I love my time off. It gives me time to do what I really enjoy, and that is creating whatever my heart desires.

I've gotten back with swapbot and have had several enjoyable swaps this summer. I really like the swaps that involve sending a card to a kid with cancer. That's the kind of swap I like.

I've not done much quilting but have come back to knitting. So goes the cycle of my life. LMAO!

Knitting has helped me cope with life. I've had quite a problem with insomnia this year and it was really starting to affect my life. I ended up in the hospital three months ago with what I thought were chest pains. Thankfully, my heart is strong and apparently it was just anxiety induced pain. That was the catalyst for more help. I am now taking anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds. Life is funny. One minute you are okay, the next, everything is falling apart. I can't stress what a difference the meds have med on my mood and daily life. I had gotten in a pretty deep hole. I lost 20 pounds before landing in the hospital because my insomnia had gotten to a point where I would go straight to bed after work, and I was napping instead of eating on my breaks. Great way to lose weight, however I do not recommend it. LMAO!!

But now I am biking darn near every day, my garden is thriving and so am I. I'm creating everyday again and dreaming every night again. My friends have played a very important role in my life by offering support and activity.

You don't realize how precious sleep is, until you stop sleeping.




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Day 4 and 5 - Days of Creativity

2015-04-11T19:11:57.911-05:00



Day 4 started off as a black slab of nothing. I added some silver spray and out popped this universe. The spray left a sticky residue so I grabbed some of my pearlX powders and got to work.
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The next piece came about by finding this random bit of bark from a local pine tree on my walk this morning. It looks like a mask to me, so it was made into a bit of art that now hangs on my wall.














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100 days of creativity - Day 3

2015-04-09T22:05:03.423-05:00

Day 3 is a day late. I didn't have the energy to make one yesterday after not sleeping much the night before. That's okay. Today is another day.




100 Days of Creativity ; Day 2 of 100

2015-04-07T21:17:23.883-05:00




I wish I knew how the background was made but it was in my stash from many-many-many years ago. It was on some really thin paper so I ended up having to mat it to make it more stable.
I had to stamp the faeries on a piece of acetate to flip them around to the way I wanted them. The "Waves" are leftovers from an envelope I made for a friends Bday card from an old calendar. And once again, I have no idea who made the stamps or where I got these two. I've had them forever, it seems. It's so fun rummaging through my stamp collection.

I was so resistant to sitting down to do anything. I had a whole list of excuses. I'm too damned tired. I'm too damned achy. Maybe I can wait till tomorrow and do two...but then Wednesdays are my looooooong days. I figured I would not be up for making two. I resist everything at first. Seems to be apart of my personal nature. Finally I gave in and of course once I started, I didn't want to stop. This one was really simple and came together with ease. I love it! I may just have to scan this in and use it for a greeting card front!




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Day 1 of 100 video

2015-04-07T18:43:23.138-05:00



The short process video of Day 1 of 100 Days of Creativity is ready!

But first, I found this one in my suggested videos feed today and I laughed and laughed! 

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So true. 


And now, for Day 1 of 100....


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100 Days of Creativity: Day 1

2015-04-06T21:23:22.019-05:00

I ran across a video this evening that featured the first in one hundred days of creativity, a social challenge.  width="320" height="266" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/_j4J_nMjzbE/0.jpg" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_j4J_nMjzbE?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>And so I said, why not try??Find all the info on the project, it's creators, and how to participate here:https://thegreatdiscontent.com/100daysNo strings attached. You can share them on Instagram, or, however you'd like to share them.What am I doing?#100daysofmixedmediaminisSo I am going to try very, very, VERY hard to have the decipline and to MAKE THE TIME to do this, one little 3x5 card of artsy goodness, that will (hopefully) be made into a book, or added to one. I have a ton of unmounted, uncatagorized, and mostly mysterious stamps from a stamping con from many years ago that I have NEVER used.I want to use every, single one.Here is Day 1.And yes, there will be process videos....maybe not on all of them, cause who has the time!!! It takes a lot of time and effort to edit even a short video so the viewers aren't bored out of their minds. Even then, some meanies love to thumbs down. Whatever. I do have to make dinner if I want to eat a decent, hot, meal. There's just not enough time in a day.Even now I am typing this as I fight dozing off. My brain did not let me sleep well last night. So it goes for me.Until tomorrow!Until next time...***All content is Copyright year and date of posting, and are the sole property of C4G/CCW unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction of any part of this website (text, photo's, etc)is strictly prohibited (linking to the post is OK). I've had to revert to moderating all comments due to spammers.***"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." "It is believed by the Native Americans that if you approuch the most desolate place on earth in the right way, that the earth will nuture and provide for you the things in which you need to live. *This* is what is called Medicine." -Native American Medicine, DVD[...]



Creativity strikes!

2015-04-05T17:36:07.591-05:00

After a very long hiatus, it seems creativity has come knocking at my door again this weekend. It's been gone for a long time and I am happy to have it back.I see the photo placement issues haven't been address on here yet./sighAnyhow, I was over at Micheals the other day, trying not to drop a gold nuggets worth in there, and spotted these two kick as "erasers"on clearance from their Dollar General junk isles near the front. Okay well, some of the stuff is okay, but most of it comes across as junk to me.Anyhow...The moment I saw them I thought STAMPS! So I bought two of the four designs they had and carved them puppies up. I found out they were plastic erasers, so they did prove a bit challenging to carve at times. I used one of the Owl in a journal page this afternoon. Video of that is coming shortly.I also, the last couple of months, aquired a 5x7 Gelli plate. So I've been playing around with that. And I gotta tell yea..it's not much different than working on my home-made one. I wanted to buy a smaller, cheaper, commercial one just to compare the work surfaces. The "Gelli tape" was fun to create. Of course I found out I was out of packing tape when I was ready for it. /facepalmI really like the green/yellow pearlX on the bottom one and wished Ihad done all three with that color, but I wanted to see what the different colors would look like.ent kite flying one day last week. A friend captured my kite. While during the beginning of the day the wind was a steady breeze...as the day went on, the gusts got much-much stronger. I ended up just flying the thing over my head for most the time instead of doing cool zippy things with it, like a stunt kite is supposed to do, because I was afraid the wind would tear it apart! It dragged me forward several times. It was still fun.Had some of this awesomesauce Ginger Beer this weekend. SOOOoooo good.And refreshed my supply of Chai. There is nothing like home-made chai. I make mine with vanilla Almond milk. SOOOOooo good and quite relaxing so it's a great before bed drink. I've been having issues with sleep so this is helping.I'm also realizing that I have developed some serious anxiety and OCD issues. So I am trying my best at treating those issues naturally with teas and the like.  Getting old sucks. Another year older, now to make it through the next one. Day by day, step by step.I found this awesome, quick and simple book making video this after noon that I am very excited about. I have two full sheets (20x30) of watercolor paper that has done nothing but collect dust for many, many, many years. I already cut and folded one, the other one I am making a 16-page journal from. Cause, why not. I have them, they are just sitting around taking up space. It's high time I start using all this shit I have amassed from over the years. Money needs to get put back for other things, like car repairs and a new one when the time comes. width="320" height="266" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/CffQyRdTDUc/0.jpg" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CffQyRdTDUc?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>Then the next thing to tackle with that is a fabric cover. Because of it's open spine, and folded nature, there is a very good chance that it could come open and be damaged. So to prevent that, I'm going to put together a quilted cover that will act as a temporary cover joint.  Should be fun! I have lots of fun fabrics to play with. I haven't sewn anything in a long while. I seem to be suddenly in a boo[...]



Concertina VS Accordion

2015-03-03T19:09:49.493-06:00



I thought I'd never see the day again, when I could NOT find what I needed on youtube. Upon searching for concertina binding, I found a whole slew of videos claiming to show the what and the how, but turns out, most folks don't seem to know the difference between concertina and accordion. I clicked on one that said "Concertina Binding" and it turns out, she made an accordion book with absolutely no binding. That is not concertina. It is similar and involves some accordion folding, so I get why people mistake one for another.

The reason I was looking for examples of it is because of this:


My hand-made art journal is doing this funny bowing thing that I don't much care for, and it's putting so much pressure on the covers that they are bending at the stitched points. Time to unbind and re-bind that puppy.


Time for a new tutorial! 
Coming soon to a crafty blog near you: Concertina binding!!





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Full Moon in Leo - Journal Journey 2 of 12

2015-03-01T08:26:58.738-06:00




Another Full Moon Journal Journey for you!



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Full Moon in Leo



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Full Moon in Cancer - An Art Journal Journey

2015-02-26T18:10:28.113-06:00

Video 1 of 12 of a new art journal series I am doing (below). Art journaling the Full Moons to learn some lunar Astrology. I really need to rig me up a camera rig for overhead recording so it's not upside down all the time. HA! This is just going to be some art journal process videos because I do enjoy watching other people's process videos. Might as well add mine to the pool. If you have questions about materials or what-not, feel free to ask me. February's full moon in Leo video coming soon! I'm in the process of editing it and all that fun stuff. Question for you all. When you watch a video like this, if you enjoy doing so, would you A) rather there be no narration on the video and just watch the process, or B) would like to hear the maker narrate thoughts, supplies, etc as the video plays? For example, I love to watch this channel "Imperfect Impulses" and he narrates what he is using through the video and adds his thoughts and inspiractions, etc-etc. I'm not one to talk a whole lot because I tend to stumble over my words...my brain is always moving faster than I can speak so words tend to come out garbeled or even smashed together. But narrating seems to be less work than adding captions throughout the video. It's hard for me to find time to sit down and create. Most days I just want to come home, eat, and veg in front of the computer...either gaming or watching something either on youtube, amazon, or netflix. I need spring in the worst way. So far this winter I have landed in a snow bank....long story short there is that I hit a blind corner that was sheer ice and fish-tailed all over the road to finally land in the snow bank on the wrong side of the road (thankfully, I pack a shovel...just in case). That led me to worry about damage and how much it would cost me to keep the old gal ticking...turns out there was some snow lodged up in the works causing the steering to wobble but it corrected itself. When I took it in to the local mechanic, he said I have a ball join on the way out. So while not a direct result of the snow bank encounter, it's good to know that needs replacing soon so it doesn't total the car when it goes. And then just last week a fuel line froze up and she didn't start one morning. It thawed out over the weekend since it was blessedly warmer.I worry constantly about it and I need some peace of mind. It's my first car, on my own. Before I had someone around to ask and comfort me if I had some silly ass worry or concern. Now I just bug my friends and I'm sure they get sick and tired of my constant stream of mechanical questions and concerns. I know they will give me an honest answer because if you ask a mechanic, of course they will lead you to believe it, whatever it is, needs to be looked at, replaced, or fixed. ESPECIALLY if you are a wommin. Oh how they love to scare the wimmin into getting unnecessary repairs.So I bought an Automobile Mechanics book. I'll be damned if I get taken for a ride. Fuck that noise. Now I just need to find time to read it!I gotta say, though, I love Toyota's. They take a lickin and keep on tickin. That'll probably be the brand I stick with.  allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BSj-H4ibLeo" width="480">Until next time...***All content is Copyright year and date of posting, and are the sole property of C4G/CCW unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. Unauthorized re[...]



The Creative Money Hole...

2015-01-15T17:48:48.284-06:00

I often wonder why we need to buy so much junk to feel creative. New projects that showcase new techs, new machines, new ways of doing things. Stencils, paint, inks, sprays, markers, stuff-stuff-stuff....I dunno about you, but I can't be that liberal with my earnings.But that doesn't stop me from wanting all the new fancy shit that comes out on a regular basis. My paper art supplies are a good ten years old. And since getting back to it, and jumping into art journaling, I have found that I am not satisfied with what I already own in art supply. I have a lot of it already! I don't need anymore!!So what I want to do is use what I have THEN buy more. Why should I stuff my shelves with new stuff just because everyone else has it? A lot of the new things like alcohol inks are easy to make with cheap $1 spray bottles. And distress inks?? Has no one ever heard of dry brushing to get that look? Or using a make-up sponge? Every time I go into Joanns or Micheals, I stand in front of the Tim Holtz line ( both stores now have an entire section devoted to this line now), and argue with myself about getting some distress ink to try. Or a pack of alcohol inks. Or some Dylusions ink spray....which are all $10 a pack (2 - 3 items). I also what some alcohol markers in the worst way...but I can't buy them in a pack of primaries or brights?? No. You must buy them in packs of 8, in one color scheme...for $20 a pack. WHY?! I don't want a whole package of just one color in multiple tones! Why can't I get the primaries and black? It's rather frustrating on my budget the way they market these things.There are ways to make (or make-do) with what I already own.I must admit. I am very tempted to get a die cutting machine. But the prices of the dies!!!OYE!!But I have punches, a bunch of them actually, and I have templates (you know, those plastic things with shapes you trace and cut by hand? Yea, THOSE things) that I use on a regular basis. Do I really need THAT too? If I get it, will I use it once or twice and never again because of the price of the dies? I have a Xyron sticker machine that I have barely touched in the many years I have had it. I thought I would use it when I bought it, but I barely have.I hope that someday I will be able to live with someone who adores me enough to buy me art supplies I don't need, or enjoys watching me create, or enjoys seeing me happy when I create.Someday...."We must endure the hard times and BELIEVE that the good times are coming."When? How long? Where?!Oh el sigh o.Not a very inspiring post I'm afraid.Until next time... ***All content is Copyright year and date of posting, and are the sole property of C4G/CCW unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction of any part of this website (text, photo's, etc)is strictly prohibited (linking to the post is OK). I've had to revert to moderating all comments due to spammers.***"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." "It is believed by the Native Americans that if you approuch the most desolate place on earth in the right way, that the earth will nuture and provide for you the things in which you need to live. *This* is what is called Medicine." -Native American Medicine, DVD[...]