Thursday, May 5, 2016

Playing with balls, and other projects

I am addicted!  Making these sparkling ornaments is just fun. Of course anything sparkly makes me happy. (My husband says I'm part crow)

They look so pretty on the mantel!

The most recent ones are made on a 3 inch Styrofoam ball.  The motifs  I'm using are almost perfect for this size, so I don't have to fiddle around covering the space in the middle (at the equator)
 I added a hanging string to this one.  I'm not sure how the ladies making the full sized (6 inch) ones get their needles all the way through the balls. And getting it to come out where you want is a tricky maneuver!  
 Anyway, I'm thinking they'll make great gifts. ( I hope)

I also finished another page in my calendar. I'm up to July now, which means I'll be able to hang my fully decorated 2016 calendar long about September!  After I took the picture, I went back and darkened the blue in the background.  There is no pink, that's a trick of the light but it's pretty isn't it?

I laid out blocks for a comfort quilt for a member of the online community last week.  Fortunately I had expert helpers!

 My first batch of foster kittens graduated last week.  Aren't they gorgeous?  It's so odd that we have so few kittens at the shelter right now.  I'm sure it won't last, but for now we are enjoying the fact that we have empty cages and are able to help most of the people who call us with animals they have to turn in.  Part of the reason, I'm sure, is the community spay and neuter grant we are using to help people get their pets "altered".  It DOES make a difference!  If only we could help everyone- or mandate it??  We help over 500 cats every year. It breaks my heart to think of all the ones we can't help.

I am grateful for:
Music that soothes my bad moods.
Some time in the sewing room the past week.
May- it's my favorite month of the year!
I saw a hummingbird this morning, and the bluebirds seem to be nesting in the new birdhouse I got!
Finding things to look forward to- even if it's only going out to pull weeds.

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