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Old 03-18-2013, 09:23 AM   #11
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Besides knitting, I like to:

crochet
counted cross stitch

And that's about it. I like to read about quilting (the "Elm Creek Quilts" series) but I don't think that counts for actual quilting.

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Old 03-18-2013, 11:18 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
You could have it in miniature, Antares, with a terrarium.
Very true, GG! Believe me, I've considered it (I just can't quite figure out how to get inside the terrarium with my lawn chair, though)!

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However, it could be very private and just for you, minus the grasshoppers.
I'd no idea you were that close to the SW desert - I fell in love with the stark and oddly shaped Joshua trees in Southern CA. Do you have those?
Well, a cactus garden might not be a peaceful setting for just anyone, but it's not for everyone, so that's okay. My husband brought home some Spanish daggers and century plants just last week. He grew up in "brush country" and feels right at home among all manner of thorny plants. So, yeah, it appears that a cactus garden just might be where we're headed.

Sadly there are no Joshua trees here. They are beautifully unique, aren't they? In looking at their habitat, they prefer a higher elevation than ours. DARN!
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:02 PM   #13
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I make cards. I love to stamp and colour, it's like being a kid again! My favourite colouring techniques are water colouring with inks and I was lucky enough to receive a large set of Prismacolor pencils for Christmas, they're blendable. I make them for all of life's events, a lot of "just because" cards but my absolute favourites are Christmas cards. I make them year round, so that everyone on my list has a unique and individual card! Here's a couple of my most recent Christmas cards:





In fact, if anything is going to keep me away from my knitting it's this!

PS. There are loads more cards on my blog if anyone is interested, I usually make and post about three a week.
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:16 PM   #14
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Crocheting is my comfort zone. I've been trying to learn to knit & it's very frustrating not having anyone to help me out. I have some medical issues that keep me home alot but I refuse to give up on knitting! My problem is always starting with too big of a project. Now I'm trying to work on a small one and if it's difficult I can rip it out! I'm so used to doing that with crocheting anyway! Sewing has never been my thing but I keep trying.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:19 PM   #15
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Crocheting is my comfort zone. I've been trying to learn to knit & it's very frustrating not having anyone to help me out. I have some medical issues that keep me home alot but I refuse to give up on knitting! My problem is always starting with too big of a project. Now I'm trying to work on a small one and if it's difficult I can rip it out! I'm so used to doing that with crocheting anyway! Sewing has never been my thing but I keep trying.

Good for you! What small projects are you working on? I've found I like knitting squares: dishcloths, washcloths, coasters. It can be a great opportunity to practice stitch patterns and tension and just get comfortable with knitting. Finishing something that you can use that doesn't have to be perfect is so nice when you're learning. I've made sweaters and socks and I still do squares because I'm learning! When I need a mindless knit, cotton yarn and Grandma's favorite dishcloth are just right.
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Brenda, I love your cards. Right now I have a slow internet connection so I'll look at your blog later.
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Love the cards, Brenda. Thanks for sharing some pictures of them and the link to your blog!
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those cards are awesome!
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Your cards are beautiful, Brenda! I always say I want to make cards, but I never do.

On topic, I like to say that I scrapbook. There is a long time between layouts -- so many other things seem to take up my time! -- but I have decided that I *am* going to figure out a way to scrapbook more.
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Thanks for everyone's kind comments!

Katie - I've never scrap booked but can see the attraction of documenting all your photos etc. One of the reasons I like making the cards so much is the knowledge that no matter how wonderful I think a card is, how long it took me to make or that I used the last pieces of my most favourite paper or embellishments ..... at some point I'll be giving it away, it won't stay with me! That's hard sometimes!! Definitely make room for more scrap booking if you can, it's good to have hobbies!
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