REMEMBER...

LIFE IS A GARDEN; ENJOY THE STROLL.

January 14, 2018

NOT EDIBLE, BUT DEFINITELY SWEET!

Here's a little visually sugar coated sweet post just for you.

Temps in the teens and twenties have a way of keeping me indoors for lengthy bouts of time.  I'm known for keeping my hands busy with rakes, shovels and pruners; however, at this time of year, you'll find me keeping them busy with scissors, glue and all sorts of other crafty paraphernalia.

As you can see, I've been spending a lot of time indoors, and, as of late, Cupid has been my muse.
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©Linda Nelson 2018
"Sew", what's a gal to do with abundant lengths of fabric and trim?  Stitch them together, feed them onto wire and bend them into heart shapes!
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©Linda Nelson 2018
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©Linda Nelson 2018
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©Linda Nelson 2018

And, when she's at the end of her ribbon, she can make "naked" hearts.  Copper wire with an aged patina is definitely worthy of showing some skin.
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©Linda Nelson 2018
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©Linda Nelson 2018

Stay tuned......I have a few more visual sweets that I will be sharing with you very soon!

January 4, 2018

A FLAKY "Aha!" MOMENT

New York, as well as other east coast regions, are currently getting slammed with well more than a coating of snowy white.  Here, on eastern Long Island, it began in the wee hours of the morning, and continues to fall fast and furious!  I'd normally wait until the snowfall ceases to begin the dig out, but my backyard feathered friends are out and about demanding lunch!

Well, a flake of brilliance is "bliss"-ard!
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©Linda Nelson 2018
Hanging next to my winter work jacket was my rain slicker, which I neglected to stow away at the end of the summer.  I simply wore it over my winter coat, and it made shaking off the snow before coming back inside the house so ridiculously easy!  Try it!
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©Linda Nelson 2018
I took these photographs through my office storm door, as I just didn't want to chance it with getting my camera wet!

Remember Highlights Magazine's hidden pictures page?  Well, the photo below is sort of like that.  Can you spot the two blue jays?
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©Linda Nelson 2018
Here's to a flaky day!

January 1, 2018

WHAT'S UP WITH THAT?

Hello, and Happy New Year!

I just couldn't bite my tongue with regard to writing this post.  So be it, I'm commencing 2018 venting atop my imaginary little soapbox.

While delighting in viewing some blog entries over the past few days, I noticed that quite a few folks disassemble their Christmas decor on December 26, or just shortly after.  I'm quite dumbfounded, to say the least.  Of course, many people enjoy this holiday without a religious attachment...... but really, what is the rush to pack all those baubles away?  It's an "on to the next thing" mentality.  What's up with that?  Please don't tell me you put up your Christmas decor before Thanksgiving and that you're just so over it and sick of it.  Oy!

For those who do acknowledge "Christ" in Christmas...... hello!, Advent (western liturgical year)begins on the Sunday following Thanksgiving.  Then there's Christmas week (beginning Christmas Day), and the Epiphany, or Feast of the Three Kings, which usually falls on January 6 and concludes the Christmas season. 

Now, I understand that some of these dates vary according to where you live on the map, and this is in no way an invitation to argue or discuss topics about paganism.  But, perhaps, slowing down, taking time to be in the moment and enjoying the time at hand is not such a bad way to ring in the New Year.

Okay, I'm stepping off my little imaginary soapbox now.

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©Linda Nelson 2018

December 31, 2017

CHEERS TO 2018!

I can't believe that people are actually going to gather around at Time Square tonight.  They are crazy!  It is so stinking cold out, not to mention the wind gusts.  Single digit temps are expected this evening in eastern NY.  Besides, for security purposes, no backpacks are allowed in that particular vicinity, which means no way to pack extra items to keep you warm.  No thank you!  I will be ringing in the New Year gathering at the warm and cozy home of some very dear friends who live close by.

And, this is how I'm doing it in a crafty way.....

.... with a little feature in Stampington & Co's Jewelry Affaire 2018 winter issue!
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©Linda Nelson 2017
Here's a little peak at one of a few things that made it into this issue.
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©Linda Nelson 2017
And here are a few pieces that are not in the magazine, but do you see the weathered, chippy-finish theme going on here?
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©Linda Nelson 2017
I also whipped up a few more scrappy little fabric coasters.  I love making these because the less finished and more imperfect they come out, the cuter they are.  It's a quick and easy way to use up surplus fabric pieces.
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©Linda Nelson 2017
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©Linda Nelson 2017
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©Linda Nelson 2017

Anyway, cheers to 2018, whether you're freezing your tootsies off or basking in hot, sunny weather.