Saturday, March 15, 2008

Wayside Sacrament

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful;

for beauty is God's handwriting...a wayside sacrament.

Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower,

and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.

I'm breaking a major rule with the above quote- It's not from me but from a blog I lit upon earlier this week and it spoke to my heart, so I copied it, but neglected the author- BAD MARY!

It's spring in North Carolina- the Bradford pears are in bloom everywhere, and daffodils and grape hyacinths.. the azaleas and dogwoods are still to come. And the "wayside sacrament" of God's graces and blessings are everywhere. It makes you stop and take notice! I love it.

I may be the last person in the world to discover Pandora, but I have had so much fun with this site this week! It makes me miss it when I have to go to work and can't have it on in the background. For the uninitiated, it's an online radio- but you're the music director- you put your favorites in, and voila! out comes lots of music like your favorites! it reminds me of Shelfari- which, if you haven't checked it out- you should- is a service that keeps track of what you've read, are reading, want to read- AND links you up with other people who read the same kind of books. I love it- I have made some really good friends, plus I have someone to talk about my current fave. It's also a great place to research something to read when you're in a dry period ,something that hasn't happened to me since I joined. Gotta love it!

It's spring, and this spring that means weddings and babies- so I'm having fun with baby hats and baby dresses and baby booties- oh and bibs! My godson is having a baby so I'm taking advantage of my status and spoiling this little one, (yeah- I know- I'm spoiling myself, too!)

Still to come are wedding present ideas... may cop out on this and go with Crate and Barrel. :)

Sunday, March 2, 2008

My Brand New Broom

I got a polka dotted broom! I'm in love with this broom. It is cute and functional and adds joy to a simple task. It's got it all! Doesn't it look cute ? I still have a boring green plastic dustpan- have to scout out one that's more fun.

I have a theory that we all have art in our souls all the time, it's just waiting to come out. I admit, I'm not a great housekeeper (although better than someone I could name but won't cause I'm trying to get her to read my posts and I don't want to hurt her feelings...), and the dogs have defintely added to the housekeeping load- so why not have something artful to use for what is, let's face it, a boring job. So I feel creative when I sweep- and I guess that'll make me sweep more often!

Sweeping could, however take away from my studio time... hmmm-

On my I Finished It list is the stack of felted bowls I made from the Oneskein book, by Leigh Radford, another on my list of books I got from the library I need to own.What a fun project! I used Bernat' s Felting Yarn in the blue-greens and it really only took a week of knitting for an hour or so a day to do all three bowls. I love them so much I'm making more-more-more, so those of you who love me may be looking at your Christmas present next year!

It's Sunday-Gotta-Get-It-Done- Day. Yesterday we finally put all the Christmas stuff up in the attic. It had been blocking our path through the garage (that has never had a car in it!) oh these many weeks now. I'll admit to feeling a little sad as I handed up the 20+ tubs of Christmas decorations to Walter as he loaded them into the attic space (with only a few swear words). Christmas is finally over. sigh.

Now we need to Goodwill all the remaining stuff, and W will be able to use his space. Whoo-Hoo.

Have a great week- Kiss the babies you meet, but don't let the dogs kiss you (you know where that tongue has been?!)