Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Saying Hello and Re-purposed Hats

To my TEN Followers, it is with you in mind that I continue to put words to keyboard so that you can - well. follow me. - Wow. That means ... I'm the leader! YIKES. I better watch myself. I wouldn't want y'all trippin', or fallin' into a hole or somethin'! So. If you see me headin' off towards a cliff? Please feel free to not follow too closely! *LOL*

Ok ... so I came here to blog abouuuuut. Something that was this ... became a that ... and then became a something else and NOW is something else. Ha!

I had this FAB.U.LOUS. yarn.  Sara gave it to me one year for Christmas. Then Emily took the yarn and made it into a STUNNING shawl/shrug. Lacy. Soy and wool. Beautiful earth tones. LOVE. IT.

Love the yarn. Love the shawl. AND. There was still more yarn. So I knit a hat. And my friend Connie  looked really cute in the hat. So I gave it to her. I still had more yarn. Then Connie WASHED the hat. It felted to a tiny. Cute. Odd little hat. I liked it. I could squeeze it on my head. And it looked like this.

Not a great picture. But, the only one I got of the hat. This was last December. I was packing suitcases and heading back to North Carolina. So I tossed the hat in and not once did I wear it. It doesn't 'show' ... but, it was so tight? The blood flow was cut off to my scalp! LOL

So. The hat ended up in my jewelry bag. The handknit-from-handspun-aplaca-yarn-with-the-leather-circle-handles jewelry bag. Here's a picture of it ....

And THEN? I needed a sturdy little container to hold my scissors and tools over on my dresser top where I design stuff. So first I found a box. A plastic baby wipe box that the lid just popped off of. Nice. Right size? I'm hoping!

 First I try putting the box inside the hat.
Nope. But! Putting the hat inside the BOX? THAT worked!

See .... Now I have a handy-dandy-eye-candy container to hold my tools and if Connie needs a hat? I'll just pop out the plastic box and she's ready for a night on the town with a fabulous hat on her head!

I love making the containers, the clothes, the handbags and home furnishings I need from things that would normally be tossed in the trash. I  re-purpose them to be decorative and useful items, because everybody wants a second chance. Right?

For the overflow I have available - check out my shop on Etsy. 
Betriska - Where I Make Things.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Real Theme Case Blog

It's been a bit difficult to work on my latest commissioned theme case. I was contacted weeks ago about doing it and the case was shipped and work began. There's a lot of thought - a. lot. - that goes into designing the cases I do. Each one is different. Even though the beginning case may look the same? The finished product is designed to express the owner's passion. My passion is helping you express YOURS. I think the owner of this case will be happy. I certainly hope so and I'll let you know after he receives it.

I took this ... and that ...

And I made this ... 


Not an easy assignment. But. I did it. And I did it well. 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Love in the Mail

Beautiful handmade friendship wrap bracelets. From my lovely daughter, mother of my grandsons and future grandbaby.

Sparkly. Precise. Every knot tied to perfection. Every twist of thread just right. The exact perfect size to fit my wrist. And the best part? The love that was sent along with lace hankies and handwritten note.

Every Day is Sunday

For many - many. - years now ... Since I first understood what 'sabbath' meant - I have desired and most times accomplish a 'day of rest'. Different than the other six days of the week. And I usually but, not always, pick Sunday.

In the beginning of my honoring the sabbath I would put aside my knitting needles from sundown to sundown beginning on Saturday and ending on Sunday. I also closed my computer. Well, in those days? I had a desktop pc so I just didn't turn it on. No email. No text. No website. No searching. Nor surfing.

It felt good to give that time instead to other creative endeavors and acts of worship. This could involve prayerfully making a list of the goals for the coming week. Prayers of gratitude for all that had been accomplished in the week before. Songs of praise for the glorious God of all Creation who had blessed me with good friends, loving children, provision and shelter and good foods to eat. Sometimes I took my praise and blessings and went to the local church. Sometimes I spent the day making a sanctuary - a quite corner with a soft chair in the light of the window. A screened in back porch with a swing to soothe the tired soul. A balcony overlooking water and water foul - in the city. All the lovely and delightful visuals - those things He created for my enjoyment? I take those in, and He writes it on my heart. And His Word also. Engraved. Like my name in His hand.

Then there is the auditory. The sounds of Creation - gentle and stormy winds whispering through tall trees, hummingbirds battling for position at their feeders, mountain garter snakes hatching under houses and searching for their own shelter and finding home? All make their own music to worship their Creator with.

To be a part of others in worship - in Spirit. It is a daily act. Everything I do, I have learned, can be that act. Doing all in excellence becomes the praise - the sweet fragrance of an offering to Him. So yes. Every day is Sunday. If every day honors the heavenly father - creator of all things - with acts of worship, in the form of love, then every day becomes honorable. Every day can be an act of sabbath. As well, I believe it should be. If being His is only for that twenty four hour period - or just the two I may spend in church on Sunday? I am not obeying the commandment of Christ himself - to love my God with all my heart and mind and my neighbor as myself. The commandment is a daily call to excellence in everything I do. Everything I say. All that I hope for or can achieve. His call is irrevocable so I have to commit every day to Him and bringing glory to him by the way I live my life.

So I still observe the sabbath - a day of rest from the daily cares, a time to meditate on the goodness of God himself.  To indulge in His Word. To look to him - for him - for his voice, his touch, his direction. A time to praise him, with my voice, my heart, my mind. And if I can have a moment of sabbath each day, Sunday brings a culmination of the weeks offerings and refreshes my spirit so that I once again go into the week ahead with hope in my heart and faith in my soul - that God IS who says he is. That Jesus lives and his Holy Spirit dwells deeply.

"Faith comes from hearing. And hearing comes from the Word of God."

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July - a celebration of Independance!!
I decided (as I always do on July 4th) that I needed something patriotic and
summery and cool-as-cotton to wear for the festivities.

Locally, we will be having the Sierra Music Festival from July 5-8 and tonight one of the bands will be kicking off the "hippie-fest" (as locals refer to it) at a sweet little coffee bar downtown. I also was looking for something to go with an "African theme" - red, yellow, green and black - because the band will be playing African themed music.

I'm here to tell you. I found the perfect fabric. It has red, white and blue, AND red, yellow, green and black! *LOL* The thing is? The fabric comes in the shape of this wonderfully soft, 100% cotton Muu Muu. (In Hawai'i BOTH 'u's are pronounced like moo-oo moo-oo)

Cute huh?
A little on the big side. Even for a muu muu! But,
I LOVE the fabric. AND I love the pockets.

What I don't love so much?
The sleeves.
The tag-in-the-back and
the length.

So. I got to thinking how best to use this fabric. I want to keep the pockets and lose the yoke (tag) and sleeves. So I carefully cut that part off. Sewed a casing in the front. Fit the back to my dimensions. Cut the hem and viola. Happy Sun Dress for my 4th of July African Themed Celebration!

I just learned to (sort-of) use my self-timer today.


Connie took these for me - Model? I am not .... obviously my BUTT is way to big! *LOL* I do love my new little dress though. What would YOU have done with this awesome find?

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