REMEMBER...

LIFE IS A GARDEN; ENJOY THE STROLL.

December 14, 2017

SOME NEW HANDMADES

Hey there!  Here's a little peak at a few more handmade creations I've been cranking out.

Last year and the year before that, I was on a colorful felted mushroom kick.  This year, it's trees that mimic the shape and form of the cypress trees I observed in Italy.
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©Linda Nelson 2017

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©Linda Nelson 2017

And, this heart ornament..... it's one of a few designs that I came up with using wire from cages landscape nurseries use to ball and burlap their heavy trees and shrubs.  The hook is made from turkey fencing wire.
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©Linda Nelson 2017
The east end of Long Island, NY, received it's first honest snowfall today.  It wasn't much, just a few inches.  But, it's cold enough to make cozying up tonight that much more inviting.

Good night.

December 13, 2017

MY CAMERA WENT KAPUT

I have been using a "little girl" "dummy" camera since I started my blog four years ago.  It was also four years ago that I purchased a "big girl" camera cashing in my credit card rewards points, and did nothing more with it other than open the box, take a look and pack it back in the box.  That's earned me an L+ in Lame and Lazy studies.

Well, just last month my trusty little dummy went kaput, and I've been so anxious and ornery about sitting myself down and reading the manual for how to operate my new camera.  It's a learning curve that I've avoided like the plague, but the time is at hand; otherwise, I'll be publishing nothing more than wordy posts about visual subject matter.  And, that wouldn't be very visually pleasing, now would it?

Ughhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, please do pardon my photographic fumbles while I get the hang of operating this device and dub it my "big-girl smarty".

I made these snowman buddies using quilt batting, felted wool roving and sweater remnants, some twigs and an old sock.
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©Linda Nelson 2017
This assemble-it-yourself boho deer head was a fun find from a little art gallery in Montepulciano, Italy.

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©Linda Nelson 2017
Good wishes to all during this Festive and Merry Holiday Season! Let's keep the celebration of life, love, family, peace and crafting(of course!) going for as long as eternity!

November 27, 2017

IN NEED OF A LITTLE TLC?

Not tender loving care.....

Tuscan Life and Culture.

This post concludes sharing about my recent visit to Italy, of which the last four days were designated to tooling around the region of Tuscany.  Enjoy this vicarious tour, and do consider making it a real life experience for yourself one day.

"Today is a good day." is just one of the uplifting mantras you will find displayed about at Fattoria San Martino Montepulciano, my home away from home where I laid my head to rest for four nights.  Visit the website to learn how this husband and wife team brought their business vision and venture to fruition.
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How could it not be a good day here?  Every day was a good day here.
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Montepulciano was by no doubt my favorite Tuscan town.  Known worldwide for its wine, a visit there would not be complete without a wine tour and tasting, paired with lunch of the artisanal genre.  Avignonesi Winery was our destination, an absolute gem of a place.  Go ahead, visit the website to learn more about this winery's progressive, organic and biodynamic winemaking practice.
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We capped each evening strolling about the curious streets of Montepulciano.  We just couldn't get enough of its personality and local dining spots.
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Have you ever heard of Monticchiello?  Nope, me neither.  Here's a sneak peak of the humble beauty this charming little medieval village holds.
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We set aside the last afternoon to make an appearance in the city of Florence, barely scratching the surface with exploration.
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I was drooling over this way-out-of-my-price-range pedestrian vehicle.

Instead, I settled for a very satisfying(and affordable!) scoop of lavender gelato.
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The following day we tooled around Montepulciano one last time, bid our arrivedercis with Tuscany, then made our way back to home base in Rovereto.

Go see Italy!  What more can I say?

Allora.......

This experience was made possible, and only possible, by the love, generosity,
well thought planning, and adventurous spirit of my daughter and her husband.
I will be forever grateful to them, as by nature, I am neither a traveller, nor an adventure
seeker.  I simply had to book a flight and get myself on that plane; they took care of the rest.
My responsibility was to enjoy myself.  Period.

You two are absolutely amazing!  I love you both so much!

And, let's not forget our furry little co-pilot, Bandito, who ventured with us every
step of the way, melted the hearts of every passerby, and has been to more
places in this beautiful world than I have yet to see.
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November 16, 2017

HANDMADE HUMBLE HOSPITALITY

Oh, it's getting quite chilly where I live, and my gardening work season is drawing to a close.  Cozy, crafty activities are on my mind, and I look forward to having the wintertime to enjoy it wholeheartedly.  I seized the opportunity to stay indoors and whet my crafty appetite one recent rainy day, and I'm thrilled to share with you what I made.

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©Linda Nelson 2017

Do you have a humble little stash of scrap fabric?  I'm sure you do.  I came across a 10" square piece of green and pink floral patterned fabric while rummaging through one of my fabric bins.  It's been in my possession for many, many years, but I was never moved to do anything with it..... until the other day.

I present to you some humble little holiday coasters.
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©Linda Nelson 2017


Wait!  There's more.........

A humble little ornament.
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©Linda Nelson 2017
Humble little place cards.......
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©Linda Nelson 2017
And, finally..... some humble little gift tags.
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©Linda Nelson 2017
That's quite a bit of creative mileage out of one little scrap, don't you think?

Now, you go get scrappy and crafty.