Almost Enough

Sometimes I bite off more than I can chew. So, I regret not having 30 charms to send today, but I am sending 21 anyway. Hopefully it is a gift the family will be able to use and make a little money from. 

 

 

I could make more, and II might make more later on. But my kitchen table is overrun with beads and I want it overrun with fabric. I want to see dresses for my little girl!

 

 And maybe even something for my darling boy…

 So,  trying to wrap up the beading projects and move on to sewing. I hope to have something cute in cotton to share with you next time. 

Oh, speaking of cotton… I crocheted these last night for Bug’s Elmo doll. Now he has clothes!

  

A Project With Heart

I started making some car charms, inspired by my dear Mother-in-Law that loves both the Seahawks and Angels. Before no time, I was making them for friends with all kinds of logos, which led to my latest project: A Project with Heart.

First I’ll show you the sports charms:

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You get the idea. Well, a friend of mine had mentioned that she would like one if it was for CHD (www.childrensheartfoundation.org/
A CHD means a child is born with an abnormally structured heart and/or large vessels.) I had already wanted to donate money to support her family as they have had to put their baby boy through various surgeries already, but I never had the cash on hand. So I decided to make some more car charms for her to raise support and awareness for her little boy and possibly for other kids at the children’s hospital with similar conditions.

I wanted to just give her 10 charms so she can raise $100. But she loves them so much that she thinks she can sell 30! My little project is growing. So I’m trying to figure out cost for the supplies. I’m not great about keeping track of numbers, especially while crafting. So I decided to write down all of the parts. 26 separate pieces go into these little charms! I was surprised!

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The charms I worked on last night were not printed on photo paper. I didn’t even really think about it until I started to wonder if I should seal the back of the paper before applying adhesive. (I was worried the E600 adhesive that I like to use might make the ink bleed. And it might, according to fellow crafty bloggers.) I had already applied the clear epoxy domes, and I don’t want to waste them. So I’ll leave that first batch as is. But the ones I printed today are just a little bit clearer and brighter.

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The thing about being an artist or a crafter is that your process is always adapting and getting better. So, hopefully I can live with the less than perfect printing in order to get these done at as low a cost as possible. Anyway, I thought I’d share. If you are interested, I can let you know when the charms go up for sale by my friend. Or, if you want a different kind of charm, just let me know. 🙂

An Ocean View

I pull into the gravel lot
No permit required
A vault toilet and a sandy path

The mother watched her son
Reaching to a tree branch
Laughing at the falling pollen

The steps are long forgotten
Giving way to sand erosion
Blackberry brambles creep onto the path

The boy has to go potty
Inconvenient training takes him
Where is the flush? The water?

My body aches from thinking
How my feet will sink in sand again.
I already dread the returning trip to the car

The mother sighs as her tiny baby demands to be fed
The toddler whines, are you weddy?

Air escapes me as I push my way up glass shard grass
I grunt and groan in pain

She catches up with the boy
Escaping to an unmarked path
Warning him off consequences

I’ve almost reached the top
I know the results
Are worth the hassle of the climb

She gathers her baby
And her boy
Struggles to get them over the dune

Pink sky greets us all
We take a moment
We take in the view

Wind whips around my legs
The mist curls my hair
The vast waters call and comfort me

Her boy reaches down to sand
Perhaps his first time
Her laughter flutters in the wind

I breathe in damp salty air
Stroll past the little family
Reach to grab a sea stone

An Artistic Risk

It’s easy for me to be hesitant in art. I doubt myself and limit myself based on what other people might think or say. But lately I’ve been learning to set that fear aside and just get on with being creative.

Sunday was an inspired day. I bought a piano! I visited two craft stores. I took a risk buying some supplies that cost way more than they should have. But I used them all right away! I made thirteen necklaces!

Today I photographed those necklaces and placed them on Facebook, available for sale. I’ve already got two interested parties!

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Then a Facebook post from Brandi Dayton inspired me. I finally picKed up a canvas and I began to draw! Here it is so far.

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Portland Adventures

We started out in Portland on Hawthorne, one of my favorite haunts. We visited the Waffle Window, where my sister used to work. It’s not the same without her, but it’s still pretty awesome to walk up to a window on the outside of a wall and order a gourmet sweet Banana Rama and Spicy Bacon Belgian waffle.IMG_0797.JPG
Afterwards we strolled down to Jackpot Records and bought a She and Him album for my brother and his wife. Then we went to visit them in their new home and to spend the night.

My brother now lives near Alberta, so there is a while new section of Portland to discover. Earlier this week I heard about a popular ice cream place called Salt and Straw in the neighborhood from an old friend who was visiting Portland at the time. The ice cream shop was then recommended by two more people in the next few days. I was told it was one of those places where the lone goes around the corner. Luckily it wasn’t that busy when we went. It did not disappoint. We loved the Almond Brittle Salted Ganache Ice Cream, the Lavender, and the Double Vanilla. I really wanted to try the coffee and bourbon ice cream, but I can’t have coffee too late in the day, and I wasn’t prepared to ask if the bourbon was alcoholic because that just seems like an odd question. Like the answer should be obvious, either way.

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There are a lot of little shops that I’d love to discover more, but when you are toting around two kids in a double stroller, you choose your shops wisely. We started out near the Community Cycling Center, which graciously offers public restrooms, and worked our way from 16th and Alberta to 20th and Alberta toward the ice cream. We stopped at some great places along the way: a house called the Make house, where bedrooms have been converted to art studios and the living room into a small retail space, a fancy toy store called Greenbeans, where I got each kid a toy, and a sticker store where a guy chatted with us about living in Pendleton, He kept saying it sounded so peaceful.

Finally we landed at a great art supply store called Collage. I already want to go back. I picked up micron pens, some gray pens to shade my Zentangles, a pack of ATC blanks, and some titles I’ll tell you more about later. Also a cute present for my mom called birds on a wire.

I always love hanging out in Portland. I was glad to have the chance to do it again.