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Mandala Monday

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 This mixed-media mandala is pretty simple.  I created the background with watercolours and then added a stencil with embossing powder.  Embossing powder is so fun and magical.  I look forward to showing how it works to my grandchildren when they are old enough!

Slow Stitching Sunday

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 I have finished another one of my scrolls.  Sitting on my deck and stitching in good weather is truly one of my favourite things to do.  What an absolute pleasure to soak up a bit of sun and listen to the birds and wind chimes while stitching.  Life is good! It is time to consider starting a new one.  I have one more on the go but it is in the home stretch.  Oh, wait there is another one that requires a lot of stitching.  It is hanging in my studio waiting for inspiration.  It is already all sewn together.  That makes it long and a bit unruly for stitching.  I am sure I will figure out a way to manage. I am linking to https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/

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LeeAnna  asks Remember the last day of the school year? Clearing out your desk in elementary school, or your locker in high school...Remember how you felt and what the first days of freedom were like? Tell us if how you spent an average childhood day when school was out... sleep late? hang out with friends more? spend more time at the pool?  stay up later watching tv shows not allowed during the year? Visiting a relative every summer? I remember the last day of grade six.  We had been allowed to have a little party.  I had brought in a stereo to use.  Carrying that stereo home plus all my other stuff was difficult.  Lesson learned.  For the rest of my school career, I brought things home gradually, as they weren't needed.  I still try to think in advance and make things as easy as possible for myself. Yes, to all the things, sleeping late, hanging out with friends, time at the public pool and staying up late.  We visited an aunt up north a few times.  I remember picking blueberries

Work in Progress Wednesday

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 I have tried three new stitches and my June wedge is filling up.  I so appreciate that  Carin  posts stitch tutorials every Sunday.  I enjoy giving them a try.  She gives great instructions.   My stitching is neater since it is being done on even weave fabric.  I like that the even weave makes it easier for me to be so tidy.  However, I don't see myself giving up my wonky stitching on regular fabric anytime soon.  I prefer it and feel it is a better reflection of who I am.

Mandala Monday

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 I used Kaleidoscope Kreator to start this mandala.  I then added some mixed media layers.  I love the way it looks!  It seems a bit of a shame that it is glued into an art journal.  It seems like it should be more easily on view.  

Slow Stitching Sunday

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 I have started another wool mandala.  The wool I am using is from recycled blankets I have cut up.  I do love a good reclaim!  I washed the blankets to felt them.  This one did not knit together very tightly.  Some of my stitches are pulling through.   :(  I may need to use some thicker threads on this one.  It will be fun to go through my stash and find some chunky threads!   I am linking to https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/

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  LeeAnna  asks when you have free time, do you feel the need to  constantly "DO"  something? Is rest considered wasting time? How do you spend some free time and how would you like to spend free time . This is actually a value, and all things we value define us in a way. Some people believe you're a "good" person if you are always achieving, a "lazy' person if you can just rest or recharge what do you think? Do you wish you were more moderate or different? I know that babies don't do a lot when they are little.  My Mom often told me that she would park me in front of the window where I could see the tree outside.  I would sit there contentedly for long periods.  Honestly, I can still do that.  The leaves in the breeze are mesmerizing to me.  So peaceful and meditative.  All of that to say, from the very start I have been good with not being productive. I guess that looks like laziness to some people.  Mostly I don't care.  I know that I need a