Friday, October 28, 2011

Post It Quote/Prompt of the Week

What's your idea of the "good life"?  

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mondays Poetry Moment


a lone frog's voice thrums
then goes silent
begins again

as the darkness swirls
slow rising fog
blots out objects

softly, slowly, floating higher
invisible air dons its mask

blackness turns opaque
shiny air wisps
crickets singing
in the slick grass

© Lydia Lowe  10/24/2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Little Something Extra . . .Saturday

Here's a project that I put together on my own.
It's a giant granny square that I just kept putting rounds on until
it would cover the pillow form that I had,
which was a 12" pillow form.

Is this the front side or the back side?  You choose.
                                                The yarn is Tweed Stripes in the Lakeview color.
I used a J crochet hook.
I started out with 6 ch stitches and formed a ring and then worked a traditional
granny square pattern using 3 double crochet stitches and 2 ch stitches at the corners and
in between the 3 double crochet stitiches.
There are 15 rows.
I turned the square so that it formed a diamond across the front of the pillow
and then put it together across the back in a criss cross pattern.
The pillow is covered in a light green fabric that is actually the back side of an
army green fabric with gold vines that I didn't much care for.
It's a quick an easy project when you want something to do with your hands but you don't
want to have to think about it too much.
Is this the front side or back side?  You choose.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Post It Quote/Prompt of the Day

Something to ponder from the Midas Muffler sign
This is the sign that brought us such good advice about "unicorns" a while back.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Contest Update!!!

DonkeyWolf blog hosted a contest to celebrate the publishing of a new book,
"PUSH Stitchery: 30 Artists Explore the Boundaries of Stitched Art",
which I posted here on Oct. 1. 
The results are finally in and unfortunately, I didn't win. 
But four very talented people did and you need to check out their work. 
It is amazing!!!  

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mondays Poetry Moment


hearing aid, dreaded word
make it small, smaller, smallest yet
hide it in your ear
hide it on your glasses
hide it in your shirt pocket
deny any and all use of it

cell phone, Bluetooth technology
make it big, bigger, biggest yet
display it on your ear
show it off
connect with friends
I am important, you should know

isn't a Bluetooth just another hearing aid?

© Lydia Lowe  10/19/2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Little Something Extra . . .Saturday

I'm participating in a block of the month on the Internet.  It's "Home Sweet Home" and you can find it at the following address: aka "Quilt Happy, Quilt Often".  This BOM began in February and runs for 12 months.  Here's what I've completed so far:

Feb., Mar., Apr., May, June, July, Aug., Sept., Oct.
I need to complete:
O = Nov.
M = Dec.
E = Jan.
I should be finished with the stitchery and felt objects by January 2012.
I'll have another update in January or February with the completed project.  Stay tuned . . .

Friday, October 14, 2011

Post It Quote/Prompt of the Day

According to this quilt label, Maggie and Mary Wallerius were sisters and in the early part of the 20th Century they hand sewed and hand quilted a "Grandmother's Flower Garden" quilt.  The very quilt that this label is attached too.

Why did these two sisters decide to make a "Grandmother's Flower Garden" quilt?
Why did they make it together?
What might they have discussed while making the quilt?
Whom did they make the quilt for?
And what the heck is a "Grandmother's Flower Garden" quilt?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Mondays Poetry Moment


Shiver without a jacket
Sweating with a jacket on
Finally tied around my waist

Walk through wind blown, dusty grass
Scuff through leaves with black shoes on
Dust finding the crevices

A raven flies overhead
Settling in on top of
A locked family monument

Wind whips through the Cedar trees
Ruffling Raven's feather's
Inky black bird's mournful call

Uncomfortable twitters
Nervous laughter, dark remarks
By the group of passersby

Macabre cemetery walk
On Halloween afternoon
A tour of tombstones and tragedy

© Lydia Lowe  3/23/2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

Post It Quote/Prompt of the Day

Without music, life would be a mistake.
. . .  Friedrich Nietzsche

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

Mondays Poetry Moment


creamy, pale, orb
candlelight hanging suspended
in an inky black pool,
framed within smoky, yet bare
tree limb silhouettes
there is no man in the moon
this night
no face shows across the
flattened, polished, disc
misty outline softens the globe's
edges, as it rises
yearning to break free
from the pull holding it captive
to raise its brilliant bulb above the
inky black bars imprisoning it

© Lydia Lowe  7/26/2010

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A Little Something Extra . . .Saturday

     If you check out my "Notable Links" on the left hand side of my blog, you will notice that they are constantly evolving and changing.  One of my favorite sites is "Feeling Stitchy".  If you haven't checked it out, please do.  They have a stitch along each month and I just love it!  There is a free pattern and weekly updates, plus they feature some of the work of those who are participating in the stitch along.  Right now they are doing a Halloween stitch along.

     Back in August they advertised a contest through DonkeyWolf.  I decided to enter. The contest closes at midnight on September 30.  I'll let you know how I do.  I submitted a piece of my stitched work and an essay of 750 words about why my work is awesome.  Keep checking my blog for updates.

     Speaking of contests, "Feeling Stitchy" is also sponsoring a contest.  It's called "Covered in Stitches".  Check out their site to find out what the contest is all about.  The contest ends on November 7th so you still have time to enter, if you're interested.