I organize therefore I am…

Apologies if you are seeing/being notified on this post twice… Something went badly awry, and the posting I had completed went POOF!  Ah well… Maybe I’ll be less verbose this time.

I organize therefore I am, however I don’t maintain very well!  Although I was itching to be creative, household tasks, namely organizing my hallway, took precedence.

My hallway was a mixed up collection of shelves and drawers, all different sizes and messy looking.  The shelves/drawers contained a mixture of fibres, gift wrap/bows, stuff I didn’t want the cat to chew, projects in process, miscellaneous household stuff… Basically everything was there… It definitely needed a tarting up!

May I just say that I love cube shelves?

Tidied hallway
Tidied hallway

I’ve moved all my yummy fibres into my main living space, partly to de-clutter the hallway, partly to help me (hopefully!) maintain the organization.

Yummy fibres
Yummy fibres
More yummy fibres (can you spot the sheep?)
More yummy fibres (can you spot the sheep?)

Now it’s time to relax with a cup of tea, Smudge on my lap, and the Oscars on tv. Hopefully next weekend, or the days leading up to the weekend, will see some creativity… after all, there are flowers to make for upcoming workshops!

Spring has sprung…

Or at least it’s trying to… the rains are starting to bring out some lovely flowers.  I was so excited to see cherry blossoms the other day – one of my favourites.  Interested in surrounding yourself with flowers?  A new class has been scheduled at the Beehive Wool Shop so you can learn how to create your own needle felted Spring flower.

If interested, contact the Beehive to sign up for the class on March 21, from 10:30-12:30. Class space is limited, so sign up today!

Needle felted flower
Needle felted flower

This class is now full.  A second workshop has been scheduled for April 18, 2015.

I think it’s me…

Finally… I have now unboxed and setup/taken down my new-to-me photo booth.  It is wonderful – somewhat time-consuming to set up, but very easy.  I think I’ll be using it a lot!

Portable studio
Portable studio

Now my next dilemma – the actual photographs.  I’d really like to blame my camera for the quality of the close-ups, but I’m afraid that this time the blame is on me.  I think it’s time to read up on how to take clear close-ups – the camera does great zooming in on something far away, but up close (zoomed or not) it gets very blurry.  It was, however, lovely to not see the “you’re not holding the camera steady enough for the low light” display come up – the light box is light enough… yay!

The photos I took today were of jewellery I worked on yesterday.  I continue trying to make jewellery out of scraps that I have, rather than buying new supplies (except wire – sometimes you just need wire!).  These were pendants in memory of dear cats.  Whenever my friend Bo has to say goodbye to one of her companions, I make a piece of jewellery in memory of them.  It’s been a rough couple of months, and she has had to say goodbye to two.

Sumato was a rescue cat from Mexico… he was a handsome and chatty little prince of cat, with a tendency to “claim” the items around him – I have called this simple piece “Mio Mio Mio!” (Mine Mine Mine) in memory.

Mio Mio Mio!
Mio Mio Mio!
Sumato
Sumato

Toby was my boy.  Not literally, but I adored him like he was.  Bo called him her first-born, as he was her first rescue cat of many.  I have so many memories of him sneezing catnip onto me, climbing on me, licking the top of my cleavage or cheek, whining for food in the most pitiful way possible, napping with me, drooling and purring in happiness, and so many more.  He was a very social boy, and would commonly walk up to Bo or I, lift his paws in the air, and cry “up”.  We’d pick him up, throw him over a shoulder, and he would stay there drooling and purring until stretching to get to the next person’s shoulder.  He loved everyone.  I call both of these “Up” (but they could also be called “Drool”… heehee!).  This is the second time I’ve made a piece of jewellery for myself as well as for Bo in memory of one of the cats.

Bo's pendant "Up"
Bo’s pendant “Up”
Dee's pendant "Up"
Dee’s pendant “Up”
Toby
Toby

They are both very missed, but they were very, very loved.