Monday, June 30, 2008
July 2008 has the universal number influence of 8 (2008+7=17=1+7=8). The number 8 always talks about achievements and rewards and when it occurs in a 1 year, we are asked to make a major decision regarding either money, a promotion, responsibility or authority. Judgment also comes to the forefront, either we are judging someone or we are the ones being judged. Yes, it is July, but that does not mean that we won't be working hard and long hours. Just to be forewarned that the head will rule our hearts in July.
There are many websites that will give you a more detailed numerology forecast and at times it is overwhelming. Here are a few I like:
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I love to recycle, my hubby calls me a packrat, but you would be surprised by what I have made from items most people throw out without a thought. Want to see some of them?
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Then yesterday I was drawn to use this design to work with my new big eye bead embroidery needle. Oh what a pleasure it was to use this needle. No more problems threading a tiny eye and using it was very easy. I am so pleased that I finally bought these needles. This is the first time that I have done something different than just coloring with a crop circle diagram.
I printed the design on card stock and then used the printed design on the back to guide my embroidery on the front of it. I pierced small holes from the back and then connected them with the beads.Looking at the picture, I just realized that I did not print it reversed, so the finished design is no going into the opposite direction. I asked my husband what he thought of the design and he said that to him it looked like a wheel. We both got the feeling of motion associated with this crop circle.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I used some large popsicle sticks (they are probably tongue depressors), wooden thin coffee stir sticks, old magnet business cards, some fun foam, wood glue, wire cutters, small saw and fabric markers.
The length of the box was limited by the length of the tongue depressors after I sawed off the round ends. So my finished box is 5.25 inches long and 2.25 inches wide. The width is 3 tongue depressors wide.
I glued 3 tongue depressors together and then glued 4 small pieces of the thin coffee stir sticks across to stablize them. The stir sticks are easy to cut with the wire cutters. Next I cut the tongue depressors to make the side pieces and glued everything together, again using the stir sticks as stabilizers. I glued a piece of fun foam on the inside and on top of that 2 magnet pieces to hold the needles.
Next I repeated the whole procedure but slightly larger for the cover. Inside the lid I glued one magnet piece. To decorate the top, I used the round ends that I had sawed off to create flowers. As the box lid has a really tight fit, I could not paint the box, but I remembered that fabric markers are perfect to color the popsicle sticks. The box turned out quite well, the only thing that surprised me was the amount of time it took to make, almost 2 hours.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The pendant to the left is made over ¼" metal washer. Check out my other washer pendants.
Always on the lookout for more different beads, I found that hair scrunchies at the dollar store often had beads on them. The price was right, so I bought some to try. I took the scrunchies apart and then strung the green beads mixed with glass seed beads to create this lovely necklace. My mom liked the pink version so much that I gave it to her as a present.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
First of all this is going to be a total polar solar eclipse as very visually shown in this Wikipedia article. On another note it will effect China during the Olympics, interesting.
On to Astrology and the eclipse. I found this article quite interesting about how it will affect the different houses and signs. Then I found this site and here is the part about the eclipse that really caught my attention as there is also going to be a lunar eclipse in the middle of August.
All I can say that we live in interesting times, never a dull moment. Like the weather here in Nova Scotia, just wait a few minutes and it will be different again. I am not complaining, I love the adventure.
“In August of 2008” says the Dragon, “I send you two more eclipses: a total solar eclipse followed by a partial lunar eclipse.”
August 1, 2008 Solar Eclipse
The solar eclipse of August 1 continues the Aquarius/Leo themes. The solar eclipse will be particularly intense because it is total. During this solar eclipse the creativity theme is pronounced. “What is your unique form of creativity?” the Dragon asks. “and what is the shadow-side of that creativity? Are there areas you have allowed to stagnate? Where are you avoiding expressing yourself? Or conversely, have you become so proud of your creative expression that you are arrogant, self-centered or acting out of a continual bid for attention?” The Dragon minces no words with you.
This eclipse is accompanied by Mercury, who says: “Ask the people right around you whether you are expressing yourself as you should. Allow conversations with them to reveal your shadow so you can see it and own it.”
August 16, 2008 Lunar Eclipse
Remember that lunar eclipses are more emotional in their effects than solar eclipses, which are more physical. Because August’s lunar eclipse is also a full moon in Aquarius, it tunes you into the needs and feelings of the group. The Dragon says, “Let your creativity be guided by what the group actually needs. Are you giving what you want to give, what will feed your ego rather than what will serve the collective best? Let go of the need to stand out from the crowd. Instead, allow yourself to be embraced by your networks of like-minded people, let your soul find a home and a purpose there. Serving that will fill a place in you that ego never could.”
This eclipse is accompanied by Neptune, who says: “Be guided by your dream of the ideal group. What kind of people will bring out the best in you? Find them and become one of them. This way you will also find yourself. Let your heart lead the way.”
Sunday, June 22, 2008
So what is this machine anyway? Scrapbooking has come a long way. First came the manual die cutting machines, then electric one and now the latest ones are attached to the computer where any graphics file can be used as a template. Originally these computer driven machines for scrapbooking very derived from commercial vinyl cutting machines and now I realize that the machine I got is basically one of those smaller commercial machines. There are many different models, some smaller and some bigger with more functions. When I was doing my research, I was considering the following brands: Klick'n'Kut, Craft Robo and Pazzles. What I ended up buying is the SignMax machine in Canada. My 15" model was half the cost of the Klick'n'Kut model and looks just about the same.
The first thing I learned is that while I am learning and testing it is best to use the machine as a plotter with the pen and not the blade. That way I can really check things out without doing any harm to anything. My biggest problem after trying it out a week ago was that I had no clue where on the paper the cut would occur. So now after switching to the pen and creating a whole bunch of simple shapes on various parts of the paper and then plotting those I now know where the designs will be cut depending on the page orientation. This is very helpful, but not documented any place with the instructions that came.
No my next step is to learn to better trace the shapes that I am importing and figure out how I can pierce the holes so that I can use the designs with paper embroidery and beaded paper embroidery. I also want to find out if I can cut fabric shapes so that I can create small designs with fabric and beads.
Friday, June 20, 2008
It has been now almost 30 years since I was pregnant with my son and his twin sister and I have fond memories of that time. Also I haven't written poetry for at least 20 years, but one day after the announcement this poem just kind of presented itself to me and all I had to do was write it down. After contemplating how to show the poem to my daughter-in-law for a number of weeks, I ended up creating the graphic below.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I had been looking for a new pin cushion for a long time as my current one is made from felt and I can't stick my wool darning needles into it as it is too dense. Knit material would be perfect to make a new pin cushion. It didn't take very long and I had 2 new yellow pin cushions and then one thing lead to another and I found a single white acrylic sock lying around in the laundry room and I turned the cuff of that one into 2 other pin cushions. For instructions on how I made them check out my tutorial on my Marlies' Creative Universe website.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
The picture above was taken on June 15/2007 and shows the wild jungle I am in the process of taming. In the meantime I had a dying beech tree cut down in May 2008 and kept the pieces. I used them to create a border by putting them upright in the earth and then transplanted hostas and veronica groundcover in the newly created bed. I am still not all the way done, but am very pleased wit the progress so far. The picture below was taken yesterday, June 17/2008.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
So while searching for a word that would go with dappled and a name that was not already taken, I decided to go with something that one would not usually associate with dappled and therefore, chose 'air'. Then today, while looking through my RSS feeds, I came across this article about the 'colors of the wind' at the ColorLovers website. Well, I was not consciously aware of that possibility and must have subconsciously picked up the idea. Cool, I just love when this happens.
I started with Hawaiian Hits Live, the Voice of Hawaii Unfortunately, the station shut down on January 1/2008 due to the changes with broadcasting music and payments. They just could not afford it any longer. The other station I often listen to, even now, is Hawaiian Rainbow. But my main station that I listen to for the last couple of years is KKCR Kaua'i Community Radio. With the time difference from Nova Scotia to Hawaii, 6 hours in winter and 7 in summer as Hawaii does not change their clocks, that means I get most of their overnight programming of uninterrupted Hawaiian music. Then, when their daytime programming starts there are interesting shows where I learn a lot about Kaua'i, the garden island, and Hawaii in general. The people who live on Kaua'i are very proud of their island and very protective of it. They stopped the superferry from coming because their was no environmental impact study done. The daily surf report is important for locals and visitors alike as the waters can be dangerous. Hawaii consists of volcanic islands that rise up steeply from the ocean floor and that can create dangerous undertows. Thanks to the internet radio I can visit Hawaii virtually any time I want to, even though I can't go there physically.
After listening to Hawaiian radio for such a long time, to my surprise I have started to pick up the odd Hawaiian word here and there. I have also discovered that I prefer certain groups and singers to others. One who stands out especially is Israel Kamakawiwo'ole or Bruddah Iz how he is loving called by his fans. He was a gentle giant who died too young and left a legacy of a number of wonderful songs. It always surprises me to have such a voice in a body his size. His rendition of 'Somewhere over the rainbow' that has been used in movies.
Mahalo for listening to my ramblings.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Today my attention is drawn to the new crop circles that are showing up world wide. In England it was a slow start, but by June the pace has considerably picked up. World wide there have been a number of really cool crop circles and now the British one are following the same trend. I use the Crop Circle Connector Website to see when there are new crop circles.
Looking through my harddrive I see that I have been drawn to crop circles for a long, long time and over the years have occasionally colored the black and white crop circle diagrams. Then last year it turned into a compulsion and this year is no different. I have already colored more than 10 crop circles. When I open a diagram in Photoshop I have no idea how I am going to color the design. Sometimes I have to recreate the diagram when I enlarge it to get sharp lines and then the process takes on a life of its own. Sometimes it flows easily and other times I have a hard time getting into the flow. My latest coloring is the cool crop circle from June 3/2008 in South Korea.