January 17, 2019


Hello, this post is brought to you by the letter "K". 

K is for Kitty -

My little kitty had his first acupuncture session today, and all went very well.  I'm hoping that periodic sessions will help alleviate the aches and pains he's experiencing from an injury a few weeks ago.   Doesn't he look good for an 18 year old?
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He still takes pride in his appearance and grooms himself every day.
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Initially, acupuncture can make kitties feel a bit tired and sore; but in the long term, they can feel quite "renewed".
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©Linda Nelson 2019

K is also for kid -

Remember when you were a kid in art class and were assigned to do a scribble drawing?  Last night I felt like making some art and decided to express my "inner kid" in an adult sort of way.  Instead of using construction paper and crayons, I made my scribble art using acrylic paint applied to heavy watercolor paper.   Okay, so the glitter outline is not so adult-like, but who cares!  I think it's sort of Kandisnky-ish.
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Speaking of which.......

K is also for Kandinsky -

And guess what?  He liked kitties too!

However, it is believed that he may have enjoyed hiding his kitties within a painting.  Click the source link to learn more about that.

O"K" - that's enough kitties, kids and Kandinskys for today.

January 13, 2019


A few years ago, while perusing the shelves at my local library, I stumbled upon a fiber art craft book and was immediately smitten with the object on the cover - craft love at first sight!
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I had never seen this type of thing before, which is referred to as locker hooking, though I was familiar with rug hooking, a close cousin to my newfound muse.  After just a few page flips, I knew I'd have to purchase this book for myself.  I also purchased the required locker hooking needle and some rug canvas.  If you have an abundance of fabric, ribbon or thick, chunky yarn, I suggest that you give this craft a try.  It's a lot of fun, and lends itself to the mismatched charm that is also achieved when making braided fabric rugs.
After some practicing with the basic technique, I moved on to actually designing and making something - a mini purse.  Though a bit too small for practical purposes, I was happy with how the purse turned out.  I use it to hold my stash of gift cards.

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More recently, I found a clever way to store my handmade fabric coasters that's really for the birds - literally!  I made these coasters about a year ago.
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It was pure luck that this never used suet cage I had on hand was just the right size for storing the coasters.  I think they look adorable in there, don't you?
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Here are all the ones I've made so far.
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Well, I hope that I may have sparked a little crafty incentive in your soul, and please do leave a comment about your locker hooking experience, awareness, or lack of.

Stay tuned..... I have a few other crafty ideas up my sleeve, but they're still in the preliminary stages.

January 12, 2019


I recently began mingling with Pinterest.  I know, I know..... Bless me Father, for I have sinned; I showed up way too late to the party.  Well, not long after walking through the door, I ended up coming down with an acute case of, ahem...... pinning diarrhea.  There, I said it.  I've been pinning away to beat the band.  The repercussions haven't been too stinky, though. (wink)

Now, I realize that most of you have since moseyed over to Instagram.  I'm not invited because I don't use a cell phone.  Snobs.  I'm sure everyone over there has been squeezing and packing themselves through the door seeking to land a spot in the VIP section.  Whatever.  I feel as if I've got this venue to myself, though occasionally face little messes some folks have left behind.

It seems that others have suffered far worse from this "virus" than my experience, and have pinned all over the place without any consideration to others... or their own reputation.  There are so many pins that just don't link back to an original source.  Ugh!  Who wants to have to do a prolonged "sniff test" to figure out where it actually came from?  If I can't find the original source to an image, I generally won't pin it unless I really, really, really, really like it or feel the absolute need to save it as a visual reference.

Anyway, just for a little visual fun, I thought I'd showcase six of my current favorite pins.  They make me smile and have enticed me into some form of crafting mode.
So, here I am, like a wallflower who takes to the dance floor after everyone has left, except for a few stragglers and the janitor methodically sweeping up the pin-fetti.  And, I realize that I can play any song I want, dance in any manner that I choose and take my sweet time because the lights aren't flickering, prompting me to exit.  The party is all mine.

January 9, 2019


"Turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes......"
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I should have published this post yesterday, appropriately commemorating the late David Bowie's birth date, January 8, 1947.  Instead, and "strangely" enough, I'm posting the day "in between" - Bowie passed away on January 10, 2016.

Well, the time time has come for me to make some changes, blog/website ones, to be exact.

This change is scary, exciting, more costly than I am used to, but, most importantly.... much needed and long overdue.

I'm getting a website/blog facelift! It's a good thing, really....... although, it cuts like a knife in that relinquishing the "I created and manage it myself" principal to letting a pro take charge in the developmental aspect scrambles my "inner default".  I'm a do-it-myself kinda lady, and trusting somebody else will set something up for me to my liking and standard is a bit foreign.  But, I can learn.

So, what does all this mean for you?  Well, you'll just have to wait and see.  Perhaps you may experience some "under construction" glitches over the course of the next few weeks, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it won't be anything more than that.

Let's just say, it will be pretty much the same... only different :)