April Fools and Clean Up on Aisle 5…

Last post I mentioned the Solar Eclipse but you had to be in Europe and beyond to view it–April Fools.  I do have some photos of the recent lunar eclipse.


It was 35 degrees here so I had to keep coming inside.  I need to make myself some fingerless gloves.  I also need a better place to shoot from and a stronger lens, but it was still fun to experiment.

You know it’s time to clean your studio when you can’t walk anywhere, every surface is covered and you start knocking stuff over, like the pencil sharpener, and yes, I saved the shavings for mixed media art.  I used the Hello Kitty duct tape to repair the carpet protector which split under my chair some months ago.


Following two steroid injections, I have had acute insomnia, fatigue/depression, and agitation.  I am finally starting to sleep again and have been embroidering and spring cleaning to quell the agitation.


My daughter stopped by one day with this hair clip to cheer me up.


Between thunderstorms next week, I’ll be out taking new spring photos.  There be dogwoods!

We had a little hail last month, lasting just a couple minutes.  Kansas had some baseball sized hail the other day–ouch.  It is severe weather season–for the most part the worst of it goes north and south of us because of the Ozarks.  Our thoughts go out to those hit by the latest tornadoes.


I have a board on Pinterest called “My Failed Art.”  It’s not that I’m focusing on the failures but that I want the challenge of doing something with each piece (or not).  Here’s a new entry.  I designed a putter cover out of soft vinyl a few years ago–it was too small for my putter.  I ran across it last week when I emptied out a container on my shelf (still purging).


The terry cloth and fleece scraps went into a bag for a group who stuff dog and cat beds for the local animal shelter and I think I will turn this into a pin cushion.  I have gathered up my pincushions and needle cases, etc., to photograph for my board “Pincushions, Needle Keepers, Sewing Accessories.”  I joined Pinterest when my Modern Quilt Guild was working on donation quilts for Quilt Con but otherewise had little interest.  I really spent a lot of time developing boards when I was recovering from bronchitis and was bored.  Now I try to limit my pinning to early morning–you know, stop pinning and start doing.  Here is a link if you want some cheap entertainment. https//:www.pinterest.com/rmembrme

We love to have brunch at Christmas and Easter at our house with egg bake, cheesy potatoes and either mimosas or Bloody Marys.  Here are our colored eggs and the Paas dye kit we used.  The wax crayon did not work so well as a resist, even with great pressure.  My pink egg was named “Stink Pink” and the blue one said, “If you are blue, paint yourself another color.”


My daughter and her friend Lindsey like to cook silly and photograph egg carton formations so here is one of my versions, with husband’s contribution.  He just doesn’t understand our egg carton art.  Or good chip, bad chip.



DD thinks it’s high time she learned to crochet but trying to pin her down is another matter.  She was thinking of attending a local Civil War reenactment and wanted some authentic socks and I didn’t have time to teach her or knit any so I tried to crochet a pair.  I thought they were butt ugly so I ripped the sock out and will knit her a pair for future use.  She wants tube socks so I’m looking for a pattern as I threw the one I had away long ago.  Truth be known, I would rather knit socks with heels–whatever.  As I was ripping I decided it was high time I learned to wind yarn with a center pull and to do a Russian join.  You can use a dowel, knitting needle or crochet hook to wind the ball so you can pull the yarn from the center.  I like using my finger:


I liked the first video I found so here is the link. http://www.yarn.com/videos/video/how-to-wind-a-center-pull-ball-by-hand-video/

I also found an excellent video on the Russian join here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MXT2mrR894&feature=youtu.be

I recommend rolling your yarn into a ball before starting your project so you can remove any knots or flaws and fasten the ends together for smooth knitting and crocheting.

Here is my finished ball of yarn and a little baggie for it.  This sweet bag was made by a friend who seldom sews, so it was a special gift.  I believe she gave it to me while we were putting on the play, “Quilters.”


So I guess that’s all I have for now.  Next post I’ll be talking about my latest group quilt and a challenge quilt, recent trips to 21c, Bentonville Square and Crystal Bridges, a local quilt show and whatever else is happening.  Our local nature trail is scheduled to reopen April 24 after being closed all winter for repairs due to severe storm erosion in 2013.  I also have a list of things to do to improve my blog, so look for improvements.  Here’s my own suggestion:  Get on here at least once a week for heaven’s sake.  Till next time, may your rains be gentle, the sun be warm on your face, and your hands be busy with art and goodness.

Here is my recipe for Virgin Bloody Marys:

ZingZang Mix, Claussen pickle spear, celery stalk with cream cheese, and if you have it, a large shrimp and celery salt.  Enjoy.

About bycandyp.com

Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com and here (previously icandyet.com) but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

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