Feb 8th: Feast of Hari-Kuyo

Bloggers and diary writers are left brained.

No apologies, no excuses…I am just totally right brained and when my left brain does click in I don’t think about blogging. I do get messages that some of you out there are still reading my blog and I thank you.

Today I got two emails from a friend in NC, Pam B:

Greetings from NC.  I first learned of the Festival from your blog.  This year I shared it with my local ANG chapter and they too were charmed by the idea.   I am wishing you well and remembering happy stitching times…

and a second email:

Yes, please do get back to your blog!   I miss it and I know that others do too.   I actually had it set up to send me an email when you had a new entry and I often refer to it for how to’s and encouragement to learn new skills.   No guilt — but do come back to us!

 Thank you Pam, it jolted me into the present and a whole bunch of guilt. I have really been remiss in sharing with all of you my stitching friends.  I am sorry and will try to do better.

2018 well loved and used needles

I had been stitching last week and broke a needle, so when I put it in my broken needle bottle I remembered Feb 8th is the Feast of Hari-Kuyo.  I even had the thought that this would be a good day to try and start blogging again. So today when there were two consecutive emails, the first from a Temari friend reminding us that today was the Feast of Hari-Kuyo followed by the second email from my friend Pam. I decided to stop whatever I really wasn’t doing important and to blog. (yes, it does take me getting hit by a two by (four) email to get my attention).

I had been reading the first email that had a link to Wikipedia Hari-Kuyo (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hari-Kuyo) first and was researching this: “Threads of the five Buddhist colors were used with the needles”. I brought up a sight that listed these colors and their meaning:

Five Main Buddest Colors: “Pancha-varna in Sanskrit” means Five Pure Lights

Order of colors (Blue-White-Red-Green-Yellow) should be either top to bottom or left to right. In top to bottom order, it is to spread good fortune, peace, sympathy and wisdom.

Also look at chart on Five Wisdom Buddas (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Tathagatas)

ED NOTE: Can you tell how deep I get into things…no wonder I never have time to blog…

Meanings:

Blue: Purity & Healing

Buddha: Akshobhya  “Immovable One” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akshobhya)

Represents consciousness as an aspect of reality.

Body Part: ears

Element: Air (sky & space)

Meditation: helps transform anger into wisdom

White: Learning & Knowledge

Buddha: Vairocana

Body Part: eyes

Element: water (air & clouds)

Meditation: cut delusion of ignorance to wisdom of reality

Red: Life Force & Meditation

Buddha: Amitabha

Body Part: tounge

Element: fire

Meditation: transforms delusion of attachment into wisdom of discernment

Green: Balance & Harmony

Buddha: Amoghasiddhi

Body Part: head

Element: nature (water)

Meditation: transforms jealousy into wisdom of accomplishment

Yellow: Rootedness & Renunciation

Buddha: Rainasambhava

Body Part: nose

Element: earth

Meditation: transforms pride into wisdom of sameness

These are my needles wrapped for Hari-Kuyo

needles

After about an hour into this first email tangent I returned to my emails…and there was Pam’s email. So I figured it was a “sign” and so I stopped reading my emails and finished wrapping my broken needles so I could blog about all this. I wrapped them in the five Buddhist colors. I put them in a pot in the back yard to bury when the ground thaws (winter and cold here.)

I took pictures, took time to semi get my thoughts together and voila, “Here I am” So now that I have started blogging again, I am making no promises. You can see from my desktop I have way too many irons in the fire and I just seem to juggle everything I want to do to keep my nose above water and I can get carried away on a tangent at a moments notice. I am going to spend some time looking at my blog and seeing where I left off and filling in some of the blanks. In a nutshell, this past year I have:

Not enough time…

*Finally learned to knit…I am a novice at this and have not progressed very well.

*Took up needlefelting, although I have not given this as much attention as it needs

Both of these art forms need practice and I just don’t give them the attention they need. But I do have a small stash to help guilt me into keep trying.

*Taken up beading and I do like this hobby in fact have now expanded

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my stash to include beads

*Kumihimo both with and without beads.

*AND of course needlepoint. Needlepoint will always be my first love.

*Temari I still like these and need to make them more often

*And various other projects/ideas that are in my stash on buried on my desk.

& more stuff

*And last but not least the finishing of needlepoint I have neglected too.

As I said, I will go back and spend some time looking at my blog to see what I have been neglecting to share and to share some things I have been doing. I am not making any promises as to how often I will post but I do hope you will check back every now and then to see what I have been up to and what I am doing now.

Thank you Pam B for the kick in the backside…

And Thank you ALL for stopping by, I hope you have time to stitch today.

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P.S Dee hope you got an update! And thanks again for reminding me I was neglecting a nice part of my life.

 

No April Fool

This is not an April Fool’s joke…I’m going to try and get back to blogging.

It was last July that I posted my last blog and I have no reason why I stopped blogging. I can tell you that this is not as easy for me as it seems for others, I struggle with every post. I mentioned this at a stitch-in last week and said I was having difficulty getting back to blogging and that it was not easy for me to write. Someone said they enjoyed the blog and I needed to do it again. So here I am. I do have lots to share with you.

After I had my knee done last March 2016, my friend came home from Hong Kong and we ran around all summer learning new things (it was great exercise for my knee) …I’ll share some as we go along. I made a beaded tassel, a beaded necklace, kumihimo brading, a wool needlepunch flower, learned to needlefelt and crochet. Went antiquing, ate well and also tried to stitch with friends at least once a week.  Soooo busy running around, learning new things or having fun that something had to give and it was finishing and blogging.  My friend went back to Hong Kong in the fall and then I had to get ready for the holidays and then I had my second knee replaced…

So since I last blogged I have had both my knees replaced and so I can go-go-go. One knee was a year ago, March 2016 and the other just last January 2017. Good thing they were replaced in the order they were…first knee was much easier than second… But I am on the road to recovery and am getting around.

I took a crochet class last year.  I knew how to crochet but was self-taught and figured I’d taught myself some bad habits.  I found out other than the fact that I hate to ripe out and would rather adapt, I was doing it correctly. I learned when I was young (21 years old) and must have followed the written instructions pretty well. I  should have! I wrote all the instructions for that baby blanket out in long hand before stitching. I remember because my best friend was expecting her daughter and I wanted to make her a special baby blanket.  I knew I wanted it to be granny squares (only because I knew what the finished product should look like) and so I bought all this baby yarn (more than I needed)  and thought I would have my grandmother teach me how to crochet. Grandma lived with us but she didn’t know how to crochet…my aunt did but she had just left for a month in Europe, so I decided to teach myself. I was so intimidated by the instructions, they were written in code…5 sc , join with ss to make ring. Clusters:  3 sc, 4 dc in ring, 2 sc, * 3 dc in ring, repeat 3 times , ss to 3rd ss of 1st cluster. Tie off.. Oh my gosh, I wrote every instruction out in long hand for the whole blanket! Then I would stitch, take it out  and re-stitch until it looked like the granny square afghan in our family room.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve come a long way, now I can read a pattern (not always correctly) and I can sometimes even crochet correctly, but I can make a finished product in a reasonable amount of time. This is the poncho I finished last fall…and yes I creatively adapted the instructions. And BTW, it looks better on me than on this hanger.

This year I am going to try and learn to knit, I’ve tried before but not very successfully, so when my friend moves home this time for good from HongKong we are going to learn to knit among other things yet unknown. Life will be a bit calmer since my friend is not going back to Hong Kong and we can go at a slower pace.

So, as we go along and I gather my thoughts and take a few pictures I will share with you some of the things I did last year as well as some of the things I am stitching now. And I know, one of these days I need to get back to finishing again, I still have bunches of stuff to finish and keep stitching more.

But today I want to also thank you for stopping by to read my blog again. AND… I hope you have time to stitch today! And that’s no April Fool’s joke

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The better to see you with my dear….

Okay so I never was good with time…two weeks a month all relative.

But can I see…I have heard people say after cataract surgery, “white is white again”, but I had no idea what they meant until now. White is white again, colors are brighter, tints, shades and tones are clearer…oh my, what a difference! I was telling an artist friend of mine this and he said he was going to the eye doctor to see if they would do his eyes. Didn’t have the heart to tell him that the lenses have to be clouded first; if you’re not ready…you’re not ready.  And I can see 100 yards away…but up close is another story. But up close has been a problem since I was about 40 years old and I can correct that at the local pharmacy with readers.  I have my mag-eyes too and have been stitching.

At first, with one eye corrected it was not fun…computer and stitching gave me a headache (not to mention the sinus infection I had); so I did very little computing or stitching. But after my other eye was corrected and I found the reading glasses that worked I was back to stitching and computing.

But my poor blog has suffered…it is so-o-o-o easy to get out of the habit of writing for a blog. I really do not know how Mary Corbet (Needle ‘n Thread  http://www.needlenthread.com/ and Jane Wood  (Chilly Hollow http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/) do it. Every day without fail, it never ceases to amaze me and Jane also runs a Facebook page too.  I’m lucky to do once a week on a good roll.

But I will get back to the blue bird I waited to stitch until I could see, so next week I promise will show you some flowers…I really like this flower stitching. Here’s a hint…

2015-10-07 flowers

Thank you for staying around and Thank you for stopping by today.

I hope you find time to stitch today!

ttfn…sue

Time to stitch

I was reading one of my bookmarked blogs, time to SewDaily (http://www.sewdaily.com/blogs/sewdaily/archive/2013/03/20/how-do-you-find-time-to-sew.aspx) and time seems to be a universal subject. When do I find time to… (fill in with your passion)? Do you getaway (retreat, trip to the lake, etc); take classes (offline…online doesn’t count here); Invite a friend over; get up early; or stay up late? Do you make a set time; take it with you, or just squeeze it in whenever?

This was one of my favorite replies from Luv2cre84u (http://www.etsy.com/people/Luv2cre84u)

She wrote:  You know what they say “A Clean House is a LIfe Un-lived”. I always remember that the house and chores will always be there so I just take time out for ME and sew when I need to. I put some laundry in and get lost in my “Therapy Room” as I call it. It makes me a happier person and I feel like I am creating something instead of feeling like I have not accomplished a thing. Life is too short not to create 🙂

This brought back such memories…I have a friend (mother of 5) and I was always telling her as our children were growing up to stop and smell the roses. I remember one spring day, after a horrible winter  that I thought we all should go to the zoo;  my friend had laundry to do (it must have been Monday…remember the nursery song: This is the way we wash our clothes…all on a Monday morning.) I remember asking her if she would have more laundry the next day and she looked at me like I was nuts…she had 5 kids. I reminded her she would always have laundry BUT today was the only today with her children, she would never have this time/day again…we went to the zoo.

My friend gave me two little signs I still have to this day:

Don’t fret about the mess…It’s my mess and I Love it

And

A messy house is a sign of character—wait tell you see the one who lives here.

And I had an embroidery (my youngest son with 4 kids has this now) that hung by our front door

All though you’ll find our house a mess…

Come in sit down, converse….

It doesn’t always look like this

Sometimes it’ even worse.

Liam I live by those sentiments…this moment in time will never happen again! I know that makes me a procrastinator but you know when I’m gone no one is ever going to remember me for my clean house. They are going to remember me for my friendship, time 13-03-20 easter canvasspent with them and my creativity.

And I agree with the others that were said …”I have more ideas than time to create” and “I do it one step at a time”… (although I may have several projects at different stages of steps.) I have more irons in the fire than time, at any given minute I could find something stitch related to do. Just look Temari Ballsat the pictures I posted…and these are the ones I have at my fingertips. I could go to my closet or the sewing room and find a few hundred more projects. Remember I consider these un-started and unfinished projects as life insurance…I’m going to live long threadsenough to put a dent in all these. 😉 Or I’m going to have the best estate stitch sale someday.

I also thought these sentiments were true and good:

It’s not about finding time…but rather making time…

computer deskIt is important to stitch, it saves your sanity.

And as Lu2cre84u said, “… Life is too short not to create.”

What do you do and how do you find time to stitch?

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to stitch today! I know I will.
ttfn…sue

My Day at Lego Discovery Center

I know this isn’t needlework related but it was so cool I just have to share it.

About a week ago, my grandson was asked (actually he signed up and was chosen. He is one of 25 children ages 9-12 years of age out of over 100 that signed up) to be part of the Lego Guinness World Record attempt (and they did it! 🙂 )Here’s a story about it: http://www.facebook.com/ldckansascity  or http://www.kctv5.com/story/20106274/area-kids-attempt-lego-world-record-brick-by-brick)

AND he asked me if I would like to go with him and his father…How can you refuse an invite like this!? There was one small hitch; we had to be at Lego Discovery Center at 5:15 A.M.

I went and I’m so glad I did, it was not only great for him but I had the best time too! How often do you get to go to Lego and have the whole place almost to yourself?  While my grandson was in a room breaking a world record I got to walk around the Lego displays and take it all in and snap a few pictures too. It was like having the entire place to myself and it was just too cool!

My mother used to say I was a bird and lived in a tree; I told my kids this when special things happened to them and now they tell their kids this too. And guess what.. that bird is at Lego land… he must be ours!

Our Lego Discovery Center has a room with our town built in Legos…I was like a kid in a toy store…look here, look here and there too…it was so-o-o-o cool. The Power and Light building even had the changing color top I remembered from my childhood. The Plaza is decorated with working Christmas lights for the holidays, the Nelson Art Gallery, the new Kaufman Music Center, the Catholic Cathedral complete with gold spire, Train station, Liberty Memorial and so much more. All our sports centers are built, Starlight Theater, President Truman’s home and even the Land of Oz. and the room changes from daylight to nighttime with fireworks over the one of the sport stadiums. Lego cars drive on the streets, a Lego train runs through town, a boat floats down the river, fountains have water, and …I think no matter how many times you are lucky enough to visit you will see something new.

And there were Lego figures of people, animals, pictures and even benches. I just couldn’t get over how really amazing this place is in the relatively small area it is built. I won’t load all the pictures here but you can look  at My flicker account if you want  see our early morning at Lego Discovery Center. Try links below or click on icon to the right: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sudukc/ or http://www.flickr.com/photos/sudukc/sets/72157632020412308/

Now I am going to get some work completed, take a nap, and stitch the evening away. I’ve had a great day and it’s only 3 o’clock in the afternoon!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to stitch today!
ttfn…sue

Let’s try this again…

I know March 29th was my last post…Seven months without a post, not good. Lotta water has flown under my bridge since then. BUT I want to take this first post to thank all of you who kept checking in to see if I had dropped off the face of the planet and thanks to everyone who wrote notes. I know I have been gone for a long, long time but life changed this spring, summer and now fall. First in March I had an infection and had bad reactions to the medications; then in April I had double pneumonia, and I thought I was never going to feel the same again.  I had commitments to teachers who were busy writing instructions for great new designs; and my house was one big dust bunny and I felt lousy. I really became overwhelmed and sometimes depressed.

Our oldest grandson, who had lived with us most of his life, had decided to spread his wings and fly on his own. So I mentioned to the family that Dad I were getting older, the house was too big for us and I was too tired to keep up a big house and do what I wanted to do.  Within a month of this our oldest son came to us with a proposition. His family was shrinking too…his oldest son is in the Navy, second son graduated from high school and only two left at home (one in high school the other middle school). He has always loved this house and it has been the family homestead for many years…my parents had bought this home in the 60’s, my grandmother lived here, we moved back to help my mother in the 90’s and added on to the house, all the boys have lived here at one time or another………………. What would we think about combining households? Well, after the initial shock and the realization that we have seldom been empty nesters; talking it over with the other sons (Their reaction was …well at least we won’t have to take care or the two old _arts); it was decided to combine households. A logical solution but no easy task…we spent the summer rearranging and regrouping. We had two garage sales, and still have a basement full of generations of stuff but are sorting through it slowly but surely.

With summer over, we thought life was calming down and getting back to “our normal” but Mike (DH) decided that life was too slow and decided to throw a little heart problem into our mix. So one cardiac cath and stint later we are back on track. We are settled into a routine of sorts and maybe life will calm down.

I have spent several days reflecting over the past few months…lots of changes! Many good friends are no longer with us; other friends have had major changes in their lives also and Mike and I are embarking on a new phase of our lives. I really feel that the changes in our life are for the good and the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.  My house is cleaner, I don’t cook unless I want to do it, and my yard has never looked better (despite the hot summer and drought we experienced this summer). I am a firm believer in “everything happens for a reason” and “God does not shut one door without opening another.” Yes, I’m an optimist looking through pessimistic glasses…need to cover all my bases.

AND I did get to stitch this summer, didn’t do much in April and May but have been stitching off and on when I have.  I have lots to share and will try and get back to blogging regularly soon. Thank you again to all who have dropped in to see if I have posted anything and until the next time …

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to vote today! Freedom is a privilege, not a right and we exercise that privilege by voting. And after you vote come home and stitch the day away!

ttfn…sue

New phone

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Maybe having a phone that’s will allow me to blog will help me blog more often…but don’t count on it! I have had this blessed phone for 3 days & this is the first thing I’ve done that seems remotely comfortable & I haven’t gotten it posted yet..Hope this thing spell checks as I type. Adding a picture will be a real challenge

PS I did this with realitively little trouble … there is something wrong when you can add to your blog from your phone but you have trouble answering the darn thing & most of the apps are Greek to me!

Great giveaway and it made me think…

First, I need to apologize for not posting to my blog…life just gets in the way of my fingers. And sometimes it is a choice of reading all the really interesting blogs I have bookmarked or writing. Since I am more a verbal person the choice is easy for me I would rather here what you all have to say than write my blog.

That said, I found this very interesting give-a-way and it made me think about why I needlepoint…

http://artneedlepoint.com/

Why I Love Needlepoint…Share with us why you Love Needlepoint!
Please let us know three reasons why you like to needlepoint.
How often do you stitch?
Do you usually stitch alone or with other people?

My answer:

I have been needlepointing since I was about 8 yrs old with some time off to be a teenager and a young mother. Being a young mother I needed something to keep my sanity and needlepoint was cheaper than a shrink (reason 1). I tried cross stitch, it was less expensive but not as rewarding. I love to take a blank canvas, combine threads and stitches to make a design (reason 2). Today with all the threads, stitches, canvases and teachers available needlepoint is endless and such fun to do. Guilds, shop stitch-ins or just friends getting together is so rewarding and inspirational (reason 3). I think it is so rewarding to see all the different color and thread combinations that will be produced from a class project or just two people stitching the same painted canvas. Our personalities can shine and it also can be a history of our lives; when we look at our stitching we can usually remember what we were doing in out lives and how we were feeling. I try to stitch every day…A day without stitching is a day without sunshine. I love to stitch with friends but I also love to stitch alone…it really does not matter as long as I stitch!

Why do you needlepoint?

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R&R

 bookcase-west1  fireplace  bookcase-east  tea

 

 

 

This is my den/office, it used to be my part of the  family room.When we remolded we split this room in half and made my den/office and a formal dining room. I love this room, it is about 12′ x 12′ square and is just cozy. The bookcases and fireplace were here before…I just make good use of the shelves. Bookcase ( left picture) are all my needlepoint and temari ball books. Fireplace has most of my Jiminy Cricket collection and the bookcase (right picture) has books on quilting, color and design and misc subjects. The cabinets below the bookcases have other books and notebooks that I don’t use as much or are too large for the top shelves.  

After a stressful week I decided to treat myself…not so much that it was stressful on me but it has been a stressful week for some of the people I love most. And I think that can be stressful to everybody, especially when there is nothing that you can do to help and you just have to stand by and hope and pray. Anyway, tonight I did  something I do not do often…I took the night off! I went into my den/office and cozied up in my favorite chair with an old sleeping bag army blanket to keep me cozy, a pot of tea, my fireplace on and some mellow music. Put the computer on my lap and read all my blogs I have bookmarked…I even went to some of their favorite blogs too. Anyway I spent the night here doing absolutely nothing but what I wanted and drinking tea.

This week I was at Tuesday Morning (http://www.tuesdaymorning.com/storelocator/storelocator.asp)   and bead-spinnerbought this goody that needed to be added to the tools I might need someday. It was dirt inexpensive and you never know when you might need a bead stringer.( http://www.beadspinner.net/page/page/3437207.htm)

 

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Spring-summer

Seems like we have gone from early Spring (cool temperatures 50-60’s) to summer (90 today and yesterday). My iris are still blooming and I have red cherries on my counter. Hum-m-m very interesting weather.

Last week when I was not feeling well, and I’m still tired and weak but oh so much better! Anyway I spent a day looking at all your wonderful blogs that are out there. One day I even started at one blog and then went to a favorite blog of that person and so on until I was 2 hours deep into that first blog. Almost like having your own personal “google.” It was great fun and I was greatly inspired. As time passes I will add some of these sites to my blogroll. I’m still exploring all the possibilities. I know I went around the world several times and even though I could not read some of the blogs they all were inspirational! I felt very humbled and realized what a novice I really am at any endeavor I do.

There are so many of you ladies out there that are so talented and creative.

Thank you for sharing your talents with the world! What a blessing the Internet has become in sharing our talents and expertise. Whatever name we call ourselves…quilter, needlepointer, acrylic painter, oil painter, mixed media, whatever we choose…we are artists and we do make this a better world!

Thank you for making me feel better too!

ttfn…sue