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{this moment} – 2/27/15

February 27, 2015

Laura’s Blog Entry

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Joining Amanda.

Yarn Along – 2/25/15

February 25, 2015

Laura’s Blog Entry

No new knitting to share, but I do have a book I just finished. Last weekend I went on a personal spiritual retreat. I had never done this before but was challenged by a friend to give it a try as a marker for a recent milestone birthday.

Fortuitously, I had pick up a book on a whim at the local library book sale a couple of years ago that was perfect! It’s called Recollected Heart: A Guide to Making a Contemplative Weekend Retreatby Philip Zaleski.

It provides a template for a three-day retreat, but it is adaptable. While the book has a more Catholic denominational slant, it is easily adaptable for any Christ-follower to use. It contains a schedule for prayer, study, work and recreation, as well as some down-to-earth teaching. The retreat plan requires only a moderate amount of reading and prep beforehand. This preparatory step helped me to make decisions about the kind of experience I wanted to have. I would definitely use this again on another retreat – it’s not just a single-use guide.

If you have never gone off by yourself for a retreat I urge you to consider it. Mine was lovely and quiet but also appropriately challenging.

Joining Ginny today in her Yarn Along.

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Li’l Shop Update – 2/18/15

February 18, 2015

Laura’s Blog Update

OK not that little when I think of the work I put into it! At any rate, two new quilts! Hooray!

One is a throw size:

Love those waves on the back – fun!

The other is a crib or child size:

Bright and cheery!

I love making these and giving new life to well-loved denim. Please share and Pin if you enjoy that kind of thing. :-)

New coaster colors coming in March…

Visit me at worksmith.etsy.com.

Snazzing Up the Ironing Board

February 17, 2015

Laura’s Blog Entry

Hello Tuesday! Is it snowy where you are?

I don’t mind being stuck inside by the snow one bit. A day I don’t have to leave the house is a wonderful day indeed. I am making use of the time by sewing, sewing, sewing. Which also means ironing, ironing, ironing as I press all the seams open. The job is made more pleasant due to this:

Over the summer I was able to make a much needed new cover for my ironing board. Oh the cuteness!

I will be using more of this fabric downstairs in the laundry room, as well as in my studio. The turquoise kick continues! Fabric is Tanya Whelan Sunshine Roses, in colorway Full Bloom Roses, Blue.

Oh those roses make me swoon!

I got a great tutorial here. The only change I made was I didn’t piece the fabric. I didn’t want any seams to give an uneven surface. So I turned the ironing board up the fabric lengthwise to get it out of a whole piece. I will be using what was cut off for other projects, so no wasting.

A tip if you decide to make one: I recommend you prewash your fabric. You’ll want to wash this cover one day, and it would be sad if it shrank too much to fit back on!

Yarn Along – 2/11/15

February 10, 2015

Laura’s Blog Entry

No progress this week on personal knitting. Just lots of knitting for Etsy and a local coffee shop where I sell some items. Coasters and coffee cozies. Pretty mindless at this point, which I like. I can watch TV or listen to podcasts. The different colors of yarn give me some variety. And I love checking each completed item off my list.

Finished and loved The Language of Flowers. the last third was stressful, but overall a great book. My newest reading material is Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, by Mason Currey. It gathers together, from many sources, the daily routines of artists, writers, philosophers and scientists and explores how they work. I’ll let you know how it goes. I’ve only read the introduction so far!

Joining Ginny.

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Etsy Sale – 2/9/15

February 9, 2015

Laura’s Blog Entry

Stop by my shop at worksmith.etsy.com for a 15% off sale on Mason Jars with Drink Lid and Cozy! Great for hot drinks now and for smoothies and iced drinks in the summer.

As of this writing, the following colors are available:

Regularly $24. ON SALE FOR $20.

Hope to see you there!

{this moment} – 2/6/15

February 6, 2015

Laura’s Blog Entry

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Joining Amanda.

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