Thursday, January 9, 2014

More Things From Mom's Treasured Jewelry

We had a prayer gathering to start 2014 out right for our family and sister, Jackie, had made these neck pieces for our other sister, Shirley, and me by attaching pieces from our mother's jewelry to specialty yarns and silk ribbons that she had crocheted together. Mine had a real leaf that had been dipped in gold and a couple of other dangles from different pieces that had been part of one of our mother's favorite things-her jewelry-and she had tons of it. 

Mom  passed in June, 2012 [it really doesn't seem that she has been gone that long] and this is the second idea that Jackie designed which allows everyone to have meaningful treasures that reminds us of her every day. The first project was Christmas ornaments. We had a great get together with nieces, nephews and even great, grandchildren that each made their own decorative piece to be displayed at Christmas or year round. 

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Here is my necklace Jackie made for me in tones of gray-
 I went home and gathered some silk ribbons, jute and craft cord that I had for possible use
 these are clip on earring bases that were in my jewelry findings that I have had for years
 a pin and pin backs that can turn almost anything into a pin with a little glue
 an odd earring-now where is the other one?
 a couple of sizes of jump rings-very handy
 odd pieces that I have picked up here and there
 a lion that fell off of a barrette a long time ago, I knew there would be a use for it one day-yes, I hate to throw anything away
 lobster clasps, and I think the others are called crimps
 specialty yarns that will make very interesting things

Of course, I always have my camera with me so out it came so Jackie could explain to us what she had done:

If you have some old jewelry stored in the back closet not doing anything, these are a couple of things you can do. You can share your creations with us on my Facebook page, Carolyn's Canvas, @ We would all love to see them.

God bless you in this 2014.
Thank you for joining me here
Carolyn Wainscott
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Thursday, January 2, 2014


Some of my great grandchildren have been after me to teach them to sew and craft making for a while now but the time hasn't been right since they only came out to my former home occasionally. Now that I have moved back to Ohio, the time is fast approaching and they ask almost every day. 

I taught some of my grandchildren to sew as they sat on my lap, no, not one of my children had any interest whatsoever in sewing.   

My sewing room is still no where near ready for me to use but I have been teaching great, grandson, Ian to crochet and he made several Christmas gifts. They are also working on those looms that they weave bracelets from small rubber bands. I have had no hand in that. Their aunt, Charlene, got those for them and they do really well. The kids love to create. 

I got Ashlynn, Jenna and Hanna each a little sewing machine but they are still packed up in my stuff. I didn't even try to find them to give them for Christmas even though that was why I got them in the first place. The right time will come along. I am doing some things in my bedroom here and there and don't have room for much of anything. I did a lot of crocheting for Christmas because that didn't take up much room and I needed to be busy and productive-will show that later. 

I bought Jenna and Hanna a design kit that I had a 60% off coupon for at Joann's because they had miniature mannequins in them and I thought it would be a good tool for them. 

She had an agenda when she came in the other day-to use her kit and you have got to know the child to know that what Jenna sets her head to, you may as well go ahead and do what she wants and get it over with. She started cutting fabrics from her kit and pinning them to the mannequin like she had been designing forever. 

 She came in a couple of years ago with the announcement that she wanted a "red velvet" outfit. How does a 5 year old know about "red velvet"-and guess what-we made it. I dug out the fabric and she sat right there beside me at the machine till it was done and she put it on. 

As Jenna cut out strips of fabric and pinned them onto her mannequin in true Design Star fashion, little brother, Kendall, cut and pinned fabrics to his bear to create-Leopard Batman. When they were done I hand stitched them together with the needle and thread that came in the kit. I wish I had thought to turn the camera on while they were working so diligently but here are the results:

Jenna first sketched her design, as all good designers do, in the sketch pad provided in the kit [she wanted to wear my glasses to make her look smarter]:

never mind the mess in my room behind her. Here are the kids with their master pieces:

I moved here in September and had thought to have my sewing room ready for work within a couple of months-New Year's resolution/determination is to get started next week. Have a visit to eye doctor on Monday in preparation for cataract surgery. Am kind looking forward to being able to see clearly again. 

God bless all of you in 2014. 
Carolyn Wainscott

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

MY NEXT CHAPTER-Paragraph Three

My two previous "NEXT CHAPTER"  posts are a bird's eye view of what is happening and what is not happening in this transition from wife to widowhood, residency from Indiana back to Ohio, almost empty nest back to a full house, evaluating how busy I really want to be, being able to hop from one machine to another-one project to another. 
What is not happening:  
being able to hop from one machine to another-one project to another. If you look back at the photos from "My Next Chapter" you'll see the complete mess my future sewing/crafting room were and still are. I can't even get to my machines, let alone hop from one to another and my projects are being crocheted because I can contain them in my room and get to the basket of yarn and hooks.
What is happening:
I have completed an afghan for the newest great, grandchild due in March and gave that to granddaughter, Kaitlyn, but forgot to take a picture before she took it home. Am working on some granny squares for another afghan with plans for a matching sweater, bonnet and booties for the baby girl.
I rely on the good ol' granny square for most of my crochet projects since they are portable and I can turn them into almost anything. The finished blocks are about 7". I am toying with the idea of setting them on point for a different design.
The granny squares were interrupted by a request by great, granddaughter, Hannah for a scarf/hood with pockets in different colors so she could wrap it around her face when it is really cold or put her hands in the pockets. I went to look for it to take another photo but she wore it to school today so here she is modeling her scarf the other night. Don't you just love the robe she has on that belongs to my daughter, Donna-her grandmother.

The pockets are fringed fleece-they were quicker than crochet. They are top stitched on by hand with the pink yarn.
I can get into trouble when there is time on my hands and things are not getting done that I had planned. Several weeks ago, while flipping through tv, I refound public access channels. Refound because over 20 years ago I had videos on the local public access and enjoyed it-that is how I got into videoing. My program was called "Quick Quilts". We showcased quilt tutorials, little old lady quilters and quilt shows. Now, I am one of those little old lady quilters.  
At any rate, the local studio was tracked down and the process of submitting videos looked into. Still not doing any current videos, I am editing together some of my tutorials to fill a 1/2 hour time slot. Last week my housework couture series was strung together and this week I turned in a video on some of my American Girl doll clothes designs that I have turned into patterns. The mix and match patterns make doll clothes easier to make without all the small pieces, they are reversible in both the doll and matching little girl's version.   

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Maybe this should have been titled "MY NEXT, NEXT CHAPTER"  since there is kind of a picking up of a past undertaking. I am just not used to not being busy, creating, and love to do different things. In other words, I have the attention span of a maybe 2 year old but life is interesting and bored is not in my vocabulary.
God bless you
Carolyn Wainscott
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