My little bit of heaven

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For the past year or so, I’ve been obsessed with a magazine by the publisher Cloth, Paper, Scissors. The magazine is called Studios Magazine.

http://www.clothpaperscissors.com/blogs/studiosmagazine/default.aspx

I head to my local Barnes & Noble at least once a month and make a pile of whatever new crochet magazines I need to devour, I especially love the UK crochet magazine Simply Crochet www.simplycrochetmag.co.uk , art magazines, and a copy of Studios Magazine. Before I started the blog and embarked on living La Vida Crochet, I would dream about having a little creative space to call my own.  I live in a small apartment so the thought of being able to claim a bit of square footage for myself became a mini obsession.

I love to look at how artist organize their creative spaces.  I simply drool over the ones that have built dedicated spaces for their craft from scratch.  Others take over a spare bedroom or garage.  I’ve looked at the wonderful spaces photographed in Studios Magazine and have thought that maybe someday I too will have a studio as beautiful as those shot for the magazine.

Looking over the studio photographs in the magazine inspired me to re-evaluate what having a creative space means but left me pretty much at square one with yarn under my bed in plastic bins or stored in the closet.  My watercolor palette, the one I’ve had since my days in art school tucked neatly away in a bookshelf, blank canvases in some dark corner of a living room closet, and paintbrushes gathering dust.  It’s like having bits and pieces of my soul scattered out in the universe.   The worst of it was feeling the pull of those things and telling myself that soon I would return to the creative life.

It has been a long road but recently I managed to bring some of the pieces together. I’ve claimed the space at the end of my kitchen counter and placed a slim folding table that I am now using as my “crafting center”.  I’ve also taken up part of the kitchen counter to store some yarn in what used to be my fruit holder.  I now have a place to sit and crochet or sit and read my favorite blogs without worrying about my stuff being in the way.  I’ve also been training my kiddos and my husband to respect this space.

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It’s not much but I love my little table.  Part of my yarn stash is within reach and looking at my pretty colored yarn makes me happy.

4th of July Weekend Roundup

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I hope you all enjoyed the 4th of July holiday weekend and that you were able to spend it with the ones you love.  I manage to spend it recovering from Strep Throat alongside my wonderful husband who was also struck down with the malaise.  So, antibiotics in hand and our alarms set to go off every six hours we managed to get out an about this weekend.

We started in San Marcos, California at a little Farmer’s Market and Art Show.   It was really quite a small affair but enjoyable nonetheless.  There was a car show as well and we made our way through the market and ended up in front of this beauty.

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I know next to nothing about cars but the beautiful red paint on this car caught my attention.  We met Woody Wood whose auto shop assisted the owner in putting the engine together.  We had a nice chat with Woody who proceeded to tell us about his experience with cars and being a local high school auto shop teacher.  The best part was when he decided to show us pictures of his cars.  He showed us actual photographs that he pulled from his wallet, the photos were part of a series of photos he kept in his wallet, old school, the way people used to carry their photographs.  No phone pics but real, hold in your hand, wrinkled and bent at the corners photos. I liked Woody Wood and we will be going out to see him race his car at the local races soon. www.baronadrags.com

Next we took a short ride to the town of Ramona, California.  We’ve been wanting to explore more of San Diego and this seemed like a good way to start, so of to Ramona we went.

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Ramona is a small town that at one point in its history was known as “The Turkey Capital of the World”. www.ramonachamber.com Now, it is known for its beautiful Thoroughbred horses.  You can see by the mural above that horses are kind of a big deal.

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They also have many antique stores of which we visited one. It was full of beautiful horse theme antiques. My daughter loves horses and this will be the perfect place to visit with her. The store had a lovely display out front for fourth of july.

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I also did my usual routine of looking for yarn stores and though I did not find any to visit I did find that there is an Alpaca Farm in Ramona.  They dye their own yarn! Check out, www.ldvalpacas.com

I would have liked to have done more but I was happy to get out and enjoy a little local exploration.

Coffee Dispenser Makeover

I have this plastic coffee dispenser I picked up a while ago and every morning when I make coffee, I think how much I hate the way it looks.

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Well, this morning I looked at it again and decided this would be the day to crochet something for it. I headed over to Attic24 (see Blogs I follow) for a little inspiration.  I found a post called “Jar Jackets” where she shows how to wrap glass jars in crochet and it was all I needed to get started on my little project.

I had some yarn left over from my owl project and I used it to make the crochet sleeve that would fit over the plastic dispenser.  I also decided to add a little skull with flowers to add a little something of interest.

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It came together fairly quickly and now I have a coffee dispense that I will enjoy looking at every morning.

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