Saturday, March 31, 2007

Ruffles and Thanksgiving...



I wanted so much to post on yesterday, but I tell you it was a day full of the unexpected, but a wonderful day none the less. I am excited about showing you a picture of my almost finished "Ruffles" scarf. I only have a little ways to go and I can bind it off! It seems like I have been working on this scarf forever, and I have another beautiful yarn all ready to go for my next one. I love the femininity of the ruffles softly gracing the neck. The pattern can be found in "Scarf Style" by Interweave Press and is 86" long, but I decided on 60" for me and I love it... if you are a knitter this book is fabulous with many beautiful scarf patterns. If you are not, and love scarves take a look at the braided scarf pattern on my March 15th post. No knitting is involved and it is so pretty... I would love to give designing my own patterns a try. I love sachets, and a small sachet pillow you could slip into your lingerie drawer or slip under your pillow for sweet dreams would be a first good starter project... Maybe this summer I will give it a go...

On Thursday, I was sitting at my kitchen table with a sweet and creamy cup of coffee thinking about how excited I am about sharing and becoming a part of a community of wonderful bloggers. God has given me the gift of gab, and I have found the perfect outlet. Most of all God has given me a heart for people, to encourage, inspire, and to share and for that I am most thankful...

Springtime is fully here with its blanket of color and long evenings, but with it comes daylight savings time and it is still dark when my hubby leaves for work and my ease level was taking a small dive. It is so much going on in our world today, and you sometimes worry about those you love, but I was reminded of God's word: "For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways". Psalm 91:11-12 NKJV. We have to continue to remind ourselves of God's word and daily be encouraged by them, and continue to realize just how much He loves us...

Have a wonderful weekend...

Beverly


Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Thoughts...





Well, it is the start of a beautiful week. On Sunday, I sat through the whole three hours of "The Color Purple". Though I seen the movie several times, and I am not that crazy about the story line, but it is the setting I so much enjoy. I love the clothes, the beautiful hats, the old houses, and the beautiful country side, Harpo and Miss Sophia. My grandmother and grandfather had a farm, with hogs, chickens, goats, and even a cow. As a girl, I looked forward to visiting them every summer. It was so much fun for us kids having to use an "out house", and take a bath in a metal tub, and wash our faces in a chipped enamel white basin. Bed time was a real treat too, with a comfy feather bed, and warm quilts made by grandma's hands. My grandmother hardly ever visited a super market. Everything she needed was right on the farm. She picked veggies from her own garden. She had a giant deep freezer where she stored her meat, and an old shed where she had us go for dry food and her handmade preserves. I was not too crazy about the hen house, and the chickens were not that crazy about us. They would scatter all over the place making sure to stay clear of the egg robbers. Freshly laid eggs are not "grocery store" clean, but boy were they delicious. I treasure those times, and I miss them... I still try today in our fast paced world to live what I call the simple life. I do not allow this world to dictate to me what I need to be happy, and I have learned to practice "Gratitude"... I have taken the time to see my true blessings: My family, my life, my home, though not a big fancy one, it has heart felt love. Even a cup of tea can be special in the peaceful still of the morning. I often declare out loud how thankful I am for my warm blankets, clean sheets, my eyes, ears, my not so model thin thighs, and even Spring time with its opportunity to begin again, to start a fresh, anew...

I put my note card and invitation project aside for a while. I was missing my knitting needles, and wanted to finish up a scarf I have been working on much to long. I've been searching for a small draw string purse pattern, and have the perfect yarn for it. My mother's birthday is in June, and I am knitting her a beautiful scarf in "Classic Elite" Red Egyptian Cotton. So I have some knitting projects coming up, and time sneaks upon us so quickly...I better get busy.

I also did not realize Easter was so early in April, more paper crafting... I love to make boxes filled with jelly beans and cards too! What is a girl to do! Not to mention the graduation invitations I am designing for my nephew who graduates from high school in June. Better get started...

Have a wonderful artist and craft-full day...

Beverly

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Spring Has Sprung...




It is a beautiful Saturday morning. The sky is the most lovely shade of blue; the clouds are so white and puffy reminding me of giant cotton balls. Spring flowers are everywhere, and I look forward each year to see the iris bloom and the fig tree that is in perfect view of my front window bear its first fruit... Even the most commonly little bushes flower in the spring, it really is a time for new beginnings.

Remember I told you I was working on a project I would tell you about later... I hope you enjoyed the picture of the note cards and invitations... I have been working on perfecting this line for a while now, not the card designs, for I have been making and designing cards and invitations for a very long time. It is the art work I am most excited about! About three years ago I tried my hand at carving my own stamps. Through much trial and error, I created what I call modular tiny stamps. I have been able to design enough modules to give me an array of whimsical flowers. Above is a small example. I plan to build a line of stationary, note cards, invitations, and more around them... I will keep you posted on how it is all coming along, and would love to hear your feedback on the idea...

Till next time, have a beautiful artist and craft-filled day...

Beverly


Thursday, March 15, 2007

Braided Scarf and Alphabets Too...




I hope you enjoyed the "pics" I took. I am not that great with the camera... I wanted to share my braided scarf with you. I think it came out just lovely, and no knitting is required. I gathered up my left over yarns and ribbons, approximately 80" strands. I tied a knot at one end leaving enough for fringe. Now the braiding begins... leave enough for a knot and fringe on the other end and there you have it. Now, I must be honest, you need a partner to hold the fringe end while you braid. While braiding, pay close attention at keeping your yarns tangle free. My scarf is 72" after knotting including fringe. This is in no way an original idea, but it will be uniquely your own. One more thing, I love this scarf with strands of novelty yarns. My sister gave me one beautiful ball by Lion Brand called "Optik", and I also think organza ribbon is quite lovely in the scarf... Let me know if you make it and how it turns out...

I found this beautiful cross stitch pattern "Enchanted Alphabet". It was the designs of the alphabet that caught my attention. I plan to choose my favorite to stitch and place them in small pewter frames for a lovely vignette. I think that would be lovely. My first alphabet was placed on a card... I like that too, but I think the frame idea will be most beautiful...

Time to get back to work. I have a brand new project I am pretty excited about... I will share it with you all soon. Have a beautiful day...

Beverly..



Monday, March 12, 2007

Welcome to Tea Time and Roses ... Silhouette

Edit: To see "Silhouette" please click on September postings .... scroll to September 20, 2007

Well here I am, I finally set up my own blog. I am not sure what took me so long, because I have been a reader for some time now. I am so excited, and I have so much to share with you. I have been a designer/crafter for over twenty years now, creativity is a part of my very soul. I am so delighted with the on-line community of talented handcrafters and designers. Your love for what you do inspires me daily...

I hope you enjoy "Silhouette", I designed her just about three years ago. I designed her as a greeting card, but later decided she would be much better in a frame and very soon I plan to put her in a shadow box. I handcut her silhouette from black cardstock. Her hair is yarn which worked so well and looked so natural. Her hair style was not a forethought, but I styled as I went. I wanted it to look as natural as possible giving her a few whispies. It is hard to see on the photo I took, but she has a small bead earring. The bust was made from patterned floral paper, and to soften her look I put a flower in her hair. I enjoyed making "Silhouette". She took me about three days to complete.

I will have "pics" soon of my work space, I call it my "crafty room". I've been doing some card making lately, as well as a little cross stitching. Well till next time have a beautiful and craft-full day....

Beverly.....