What I’m Loving Right Now

I can’t believe that here we are at the least week of summer! It went so fast don’t you think? Today is actually the warmest day we’ve had in quite some time. We are trying to soak all the summer goodness in while it lasts. Corn, tomatoes and ice cream.

My little girl fell last week and broke her arm. :( Sadly we had to put off a weekend at the beach and are a bit limited in to how much outdoor time we can enjoy since we don’t want to do anything that could result in fall for her.

Knitting and crochet has been going s-l-o-w for me. More about that in another post.

With fall right around the corner I’ve been feeling new surges of inspiration. You? I want to share some pretty, helpful and interesting links with you guys.

*Abby Glassenberg has a new (to me) website and she shares with us great podcasts and posts. If you are unfamiliar with Abby she is an author and artist. She makes gorgeous fabric birds and now has expanded into ebooks and sewing patterns. I’ve found her income report post so refreshing. It’s honest and informative. You often don’t hear of creatives sharing the full details.

*Another honest & informative post is by Alisa Burke. She shares The Art of Chasing a Dream. It is a video post broken down into about 9 of them. Things were/aren’t always easy for her. I appreciate what she has to say so much.

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*OMG! Guys. I have a major crush on the paintings of Erin Fitzburgh. This is just one of her many, many gorgeous pieces. They just make me want to paint and paint. Great colors and textures. Love!

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*Another artist that I’ve just learn of and love. Stanley Bielen. I love the simplicity and texture and of course color. Perfect.

Enjoy these last bits of summer. xo

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Skein + Paint Week 33

Dana (l)/Maegan(r)

Dana (l)/Maegan(r)


I love this jar cozy that Maegan created for this pairing. I feel like it is very fitting for our last week of summer!!

Skein + Paint is a collaboration between two friends who share a love of color, texture, and art. Their idea was simple: that the crossing and mixing of various art forms would inspire something more. By using each other’s work as inspiration, they would stretch within their own work, gain insight into how others view that work, and inspire themselves and others toward future work. Creating in their respective mediums, each week one of them will have provided an image as a prompt and the other will have interpreted that prompt. Dana will be bringing images to life by hand with pencils, paints, pens, etc. Maegan will be working with yarn coupled with photography. The image that was the prompt will be featured on the left and the image that was the interpreted response will be on the right.

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Skein + Paint Week 32

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Skein + Paint is a collaboration between two friends who share a love of color, texture, and art. Their idea was simple: that the crossing and mixing of various art forms would inspire something more. By using each other’s work as inspiration, they would stretch within their own work, gain insight into how others view that work, and inspire themselves and others toward future work. Creating in their respective mediums, each week one of them will have provided an image as a prompt and the other will have interpreted that prompt. Dana will be bringing images to life by hand with pencils, paints, pens, etc. Maegan will be working with yarn coupled with photography. The image that was the prompt will be featured on the left and the image that was the interpreted response will be on the right.

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Skein + Paint Week 31

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Who wants to join us for a bit?

Skein + Paint is a collaboration between two friends who share a love of color, texture, and art. Their idea was simple: that the crossing and mixing of various art forms would inspire something more. By using each other’s work as inspiration, they would stretch within their own work, gain insight into how others view that work, and inspire themselves and others toward future work. Creating in their respective mediums, each week one of them will have provided an image as a prompt and the other will have interpreted that prompt. Dana will be bringing images to life by hand with pencils, paints, pens, etc. Maegan will be working with yarn coupled with photography. The image that was the prompt will be featured on the left and the image that was the interpreted response will be on the right.

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Summer Shawls

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It really wasn’t in my plan for the summer. They weren’t even on the radar but somehow I’ve been taken over with a shawl frenzy. I’m one to catch a chill easily so really I can’t wait to finish one. Plus all the learning, trying new yarn and colors have kept me happily knitting/crocheting along.

The above one is Haiku from Quince and Co. It is a joy to work on and I think at some point I want to make one in a lighter color.
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This shawlette is Pebble Beach by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade. This pattern is written so well. Every row it gives you stitch count and it lets you know what percent of the shawl you have completed. I am enjoying it immensely. Another one I will try again.
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I couldn’t wait to start Let Your Heart Unwind by Joji Locatelli. I love the name and I love the color she knit the sample in. For some reason this one is proving more challenging for me and the one I want to work on the least. Hmm..
Please visit each pattern page to see them all done and pretty.

I have about 5 (probably more) shawl patterns waiting in the wings. And then of course there are the socks, and baby blanket and,and,and. :)

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Skein + Paint Week 30

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Hello friends! I love daisies don’t you? This week was challenging for me. Sometimes you just let it go and move on right? Have a lovely week. xo

Skein + Paint is a collaboration between two friends who share a love of color, texture, and art. Their idea was simple: that the crossing and mixing of various art forms would inspire something more. By using each other’s work as inspiration, they would stretch within their own work, gain insight into how others view that work, and inspire themselves and others toward future work. Creating in their respective mediums, each week one of them will have provided an image as a prompt and the other will have interpreted that prompt. Dana will be bringing images to life by hand with pencils, paints, pens, etc. Maegan will be working with yarn coupled with photography. The image that was the prompt will be featured on the left and the image that was the interpreted response will be on the right.

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Skein + Paint Weeks 28 &29

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This summer is going by so fast. I’ve been sticking to my list (mostly). I’ve gone down a creative road (more soon on that) and forgot to post Skein+Paint (I know you understand). So here is week 28 and 29. A double dose. :)

I was so happy when I opened this image from Maegan (I know I say it all the time). I love the colors she used and I really want to crack open that book.

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Another beauty I think. I really want to hang out with Maegan in her creative space.

Skein + Paint is a collaboration between two friends who share a love of color, texture, and art. Their idea was simple: that the crossing and mixing of various art forms would inspire something more. By using each other’s work as inspiration, they would stretch within their own work, gain insight into how others view that work, and inspire themselves and others toward future work. Creating in their respective mediums, each week one of them will have provided an image as a prompt and the other will have interpreted that prompt. Dana will be bringing images to life by hand with pencils, paints, pens, etc. Maegan will be working with yarn coupled with photography. The image that was the prompt will be featured on the left and the image that was the interpreted response will be on the right.

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