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More Pour Paint Coasters

More color combinations

Phthalo blue
Silver gray
Rose pink

Forest green
Titanium White
Cerise pink

Silver
Metallic wine red
Neon yellow

Gold
Mars black
Sea green

Next the coasters will get a protective coat and a backing to them. They will be for sale when I am ready for a shop launch.

Caroline

knitting · lifestyle blog · personal blog · personal development · simple life

Diagonal Knit Stitch

This knit stitch is great for scarves, blankets, dish towels. It’s easy. It takes two types of stitches knit and purl.

Pattern

Cast on multiple of 4 plus 2.

* repeat, pattern begins each row with knit 1, and ends with knit 1.

  • Row 1- k1, (*p2, k2), k1
  • Row 2- k1, (*p1,k2,p1), k1
  • Row 3- k1, (*k2, p2), k1
  • Row 4- k1, (*k1,p2,k1), k1

I am stitching squares of different stitches and will be stitching them together for a blanket. I am hoping it will be a blanket that can go on my bed for the summer. It will be a long wait for this to be finished. But it will be worth it.

Happy Day

Caroline

crafts · cross stitch · needlepoint

Stitching on Christmas Day

It was a day that became unfamiliar. First my electricity went out for an hour. The house got cold again. I was in the middle of cleaning and going through art work and supplies and reorganizing my room with all my art in it.

Christmas is Rescheduled

Then my sister called and cancelled Christmas dinner. Might try to have it on New Years Day. My brother was exposed to Covid and two of his coworkers were tested positive.

So I Decided to Return to my PJS

So I decided to return to my PJs, finish the cleaning. And started to put gesso on the canvases I want to reuse. Then you guessed it, I stitched winter gathering and watched Netflix for the rest of the day.

Photos of winter Gathering

Today will be another day of being in PJS and stitching with Netflix or Hulu.

Hope your Christmas was wonderful

Update

I closed my Etsy shop. It was too much work with my career. I might return later when I feel more confident and ready to dedicate more time on it. In the meantime, art will be made…stay tuned.

Caroline

art studio · crafts · cross stitch · needlepoint

Derby is Finished

It is official!

At 8:00pm Friday Dec 3, 2021, Derby was completed.

After tons of visits to Joann stores for DMC threads, countless times of loosing then finding my favorite needle, and endless Netflix and Hulu shows. And mostly patience, this cross stitch finally got it’s last stitch.

I’ll miss it. It has been my dear friend for 3 years and 6 months. I felt a sense of sadness but eagerness to cross the final thread.

But I am ready to work on another pattern.

I think I’ll work on winter birds. This one is extremely smaller, easier pattern to read and less amounts of DMC colors. It will be gifted to my sister when complete.

Happy Day

Caroline

art studio · art therapy · cross stitch · needlepoint

Stitching Sunday

It’s been awhile since I shared on this blog. I have been focusing on my job and my health.

The decision to sell my house was decided awhile ago. I decided it was better to stay where I am currently living. I love my townhouse.

Today a stop at the store to pick out a new bathroom cabinet and fixtures and to make decisions about my cabinets in the kitchen and a countertop was decided.

The reno begins tomorrow…

Yikes, I’ll be on a financial budget starting this morning!

That’s ok. It’s been long overdue to update my bathroom and kitchen. I have been there for 11 years.. it’s time to put a little me in those rooms. After it’s completed I am done. Except I might paint the garage this summer.

This is the update on Derby the cross stitch. It’s almost done. 6 columns left to stitch.

I would love to say it will be done by Thanksgiving. I think it will definitely be done by Christmas.

Happy Day

Caroline

Etsy shop is open: Https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

art studio · art therapy · autoimmune · etsy · gluten free · rheumatoid arthritis

Where am I? What am I drinking?

If you have been following this blog, you would know I have had some intense times living in my townhouse community.

I was ready to move 2 weeks ago, then it hit me, the financial issue of another 30 year loan as I am wanting to quit counseling in the near future. So I decided to stay at my house and update the bathroom and kitchen.

Those hostile neighbors need to just get over it.

Anyway, the tension, fatigue, uneaseness about life caused a huge amount of swelling from rheumatoid arthritis. But my eating habits have been anything less desired.

When I first found out I had a gluten intolerance and dairy and soy intolerance, my diet change over night. Seriously, over night.

I was told to drink bone broth daily. And eat anti-inflammatory foods.

You know where I’m going…

The stress of being on the HOA board and my job got to my mental health…I wasn’t eating healthy. I was just eating.

I went to the kitchen tonight and got bone broth out, warmed it and poured it in a cup. As I write this blog, I am sipping it. It’s really not that bad it’s kind of tasty.

Afterwards I’m going to have some watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew with water. My acupuncturist who I haven’t seen in a several months, told me to eat foods that release water retention.

This evening I have been knitting the shawl which is really an oversized scarf.

Tomorrow my plan is to drink bone broth in the morning as I did in the past. It filled me up in the morning where I was not hungry. I will then bring green tea to work.

If I snack I’m going to be bringing one of my gluten-free snacks or dried fruits with me to work. And since I might not be able to get lunch tomorrow as my car will finally get work done I will have a salad with vegetables and fruit for late lunch/dinner.

I think being back on this diet with bone broth everyday will help decrease the swelling from the rheumatoid arthritis. It will help the swelling from edema and it most likely will help me not feel so tired. Lately the chronic fatigue has been the worst since I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance dairy intolerance and soy intolerance.

It has been proven by scientists and medical providers that stress causes autoimmune to flare. I have no doubt about the proof of that as I live with it daily. I am hoping getting back on track with my diet and lifestyle change will put me in a better mood and help me lose the water retention.

And then maybe I will feel ready to get back into making more art and doing yoga daily. I want to feel happy about my life.

Happy day

Caroline

Etsy shop https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

art · art studio · crafts · knitting

Paint and a ball of yarn

Have you ever been exhausted that your eyes feel separate from your head? This week has been the hardest to get through. I just couldn’t get enough sleep.

Having rheumatoid arthritis and edema causes me to have intense chronic fatigue. Not to mention the brain fog.

Everyday I imagined myself in my studio painting, but my head found the pillow instead.

This evening I took a hot shower, did some evening yoga and painted a little while talking to a friend who just had surgery the other day.

I only painted the first layer. My legs were getting swollen and starting to hurt. I really wish the inflammation would stop and my legs would be thin and never swell again!

Right now I’m going to stitch a few rows of a headband I’m making and will put on Etsy when I get it finished.

Happy day

Caroline