Sunday, June 26, 2016

Liberty Cardi

Hello, everyone!

I just finished Glenn's birthday sweater.

The plan was to knit him Maddy Cranley's ML184 Men's Jacket Cardi.  As always, I struggled with gauge. Fortunately, Amy Herzog's CustomFit came to the rescue.  I used my gauge, Glenn's measurements, and the schematic from the Men's Jacket Cardi to create a custom cardigan.

Glenn's Liberty Cardi varies from the original pattern slightly. I did not incorporate pockets, and I accidentally crossed the yarn to the front (instead of the back) when knitting the slipped rib for the body.

I used the Ross Farm's Liberty Jacob wool in a natural color way.

It's a beautiful sweater and, even better, it fits!

I'm a lucky girl and completely in love with my knit-worthy husband.

The Berkshires

"Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose, won't you let me go down in my dreams . . . ." 

I can't help it, I get James Taylor's Sweet Baby James stuck in my head just thinking about the Berkshires. Although, after visiting Stockbridge, I probably should have Arlo Gunthrie's Alice's Restaurant stuck in my head.  One of my oldest memories is my father playing that song for us on his guitar, and it was one of the first movies my parents rented when VCRs became a thing. Now, all these years later, I traveled along some of the same roads as these folk-music legends.

And there's more than music to associate with this corner of the western Massachusetts.  Normal Rockwell made his home here for many years, and the Norman Rockwell Museum is located just outside of Stockbridge.  It's a fabulous place. Just like the songs bring back memories, so do Rockwell's paintings. My mother used to have a coffee table book that I loved to page through as a child.  Now I have my own!

From traditional illustration, we moved onto large scale conceptual arty, spending an evening at Mass MoCa for a concert (the Suitcase Junket), which we really enjoyed.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Coffee, Tea, You & Me

Hello, Everyone!

I am continuing with my themes of keeping it simple and scrapping from my stash. I mixed embellishments from a new Simple Stories line with papers form some of their older collections.

The focal point of this layout is a grid created with a mix of photos and journaling cards. The journaling cards made it easy to fill in the spaces so that I didn't have to use photographs that were all the same size or orientation.

Supplies - Paper: Simple Stories (December Daily, So Rad, Life in Color): Alphas, Stickers and Die Cuts: Simple Stories (Life in Color); Punch: EK Success (large scallop border); Die: Little B (chevron)

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Thursday, June 16, 2016


Hello, everyone!

After I completed scrapping my last layout (Today Documented) I took all the same supplies and began a second page.  The momentum from my first page made the second page super easy to complete.

I used my fallback design of dividing the background into two unequal sections, but added interest by only running the background up about eight percent of the page. I bridged over the empty space with my title and photo.

Supplies - Paper: Pebbles (Home + Made); Alphas and Wood Veneer: Simple Stories (I Am); Stickers, Chipboard and Enamel Dots: Simple Stories (Life in Color); Doily: Bo Bunny; Die: Impression Obsession (feather); Miscellaneous tag

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Today Documented

Hello, Everyone!

I have been trying to get moving again. Over the winter I began walking to one subway stop further up the line. This stop has its entrance at Fort Tryon park, and on nicer mornings, I began to walk around the park a bit.  As time wore on, I moved to the next subway stop, on the other side of the park. Now, each morning, I walk up to the beginning of the line, about two miles from my home.

Almost every morning, as I pass through the park, I see something beautiful and snap a picture. These were taken at the end of February. Even without all of its summer blooms, the park is still an enchanting place.

Supplies - Paper: Pebbles (Home + Made); Chipboard, Stickers & Enamel Dots: Simple Stories (Life in Color); Doily: Bo Bunny; Die: Impression Obsession (feathers); Miscellaneous tags, washi tape

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Steep Rock Preserve

Hello, everyone!

What a lovely day to be out hiking. Okay. It was raining, but I don't melt. And the rain kept the temperatures down and the crowds away.  I had a lovely, peaceful walk at Steep Rock Preserve in Washington Depot, Connecticut.

My initial plan was to do the 3-mile Green Circle Trail, but I was distracted by some of the other trails that crossed my path and ended up doing somewhere near six miles. The trails are paths and roads with fairly even surfaces. Parts of the Yellow Circle Trail are paved road.  The detours I took to the Steep Rock summit and to the old railroad tunnel both had some steeper sections, but for the most part, it was easy going.

I began on the Green Circle Trail, but soon meandered off onto side trail that wanders through fields closer to the river.  This side trail allows access to camping sites, but the fields were also home to some beautiful wildflowers.

I continued on this side trail (SR1 and SR2) until it made its way back to the Green Circle Trail. After crossing a bridge, I turned right onto a White Diamond Trail, which soon merged left onto the Yellow Circle Trail. I followed the Yellow Circle Trail up toward the summit.  (The Yellow Circle Trail will come to a tee, to reach the summit, go to the right).

There is a lovely view from the summit (even on an overcast day) and it is a great place to take a break.

. . . and possibly make new friends.

On the way back down I detoured again onto an unmarked trail off to the left. In a few hundred feet I reached an opening to a meadow overlooking a farm.

I headed back to the Yellow Circle Trail and followed it (to the right at the fork) back down to the Green Circle Trail. I turned right on the Green Circle Trail, which took me to along the river the suspension bridge.

I took the bridge, heading right on the Yellow Circle Trail, then right on the Blue Square Trail. The Blue Square Trail soon makes a left turn  and heads straight until it merges with the Orange Square Trail. This trail loops around and goes through an old railroad tunnel, before merging again with the Blue Square Trail.

Heading straight from the far side of the tunnel, the Blue Square Trail will eventually merge again with the Yellow Circle Trail (now a paved road), and head back to the start of the hike.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Simply Me

Hello, everyone!

No, I haven't given up scrapbooking.  I'm keeping things simple right now, and I have set aside most of the other stuff that takes time away from scrapbooking, like filming and editing.  I did, however, take some time today to photograph layouts, so I will have a few to share in the coming weeks.

I am scrapping from my stash for awhile. After more than a year, and numerous layouts, I'm surprised how much of the Simple Stories I Am collection I have left to work with. It's the collection that just keeps giving.

Supplies: Paper: Simple Stories (I Am), My Mind's Eye (Necessities);  Stickers: Simple Stories (I Am); Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop; Punch: Martha Stewart (butterfly); Enamel Dots: SS (Life in Color); Other: modeling paste, tags, doily, washi (unknown)

For all the layouts I have done with this collection, I have not really used any of the "I Am" pieces.  Aside from my annual "Me at __" layout, I tend to avoid introspection. I like to take things as they come.  So I decided to go with the "I am simply me" theme.

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