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12/03/2016

Morning Coffee Quotes

Christmas Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo (2012) - photo by Cindy Caraway

“The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have.”
— Randy Pausch

“Fear is never a reason for quitting; it is only an excuse.”
— Norman Vincent Peale

“Habits are safer than rules; you don't have to watch them. And you don't have to keep them either. They keep you.”
— Frank Crane

“Willing is not enough, we must do.”
— Johann Von Goethe

“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.”
— Sydney J. Harris

“Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent.”
— Steve Martin

“Fear is a distorting mirror in which anything can appear as a caricature of itself, stretched to terrible proportions; once inflamed, the imagination pursues the craziest and most unlikely possibilities. What is most absurd suddenly seems the most probable.”
— Stefan Zweig

“How many of you would put in front of your house a sign that says gun-free zone?”
— Ken Blanchard

“The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body.”
— Publilius Syrus

“To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.”
— Soren Kierkegaard

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.”
— A.A. Milne, 'Winnie-the-Pooh'

“It is seldom that the miserable can help regarding their misery as a wrong inflicted by those who are less miserable.”
— George Eliot

“Death is the end of a lifetime, not the end of a relationship.”
— Mitch Albom

“First, imagine taking the potentially regret-producing path of inaction. Then imagine what the very best outcome would be were you to take this risk. By picturing both scenarios in advance, you can avoid the regret of what might have been.”
— Wayne Dyer

“Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.”
— Erica Jong

“Do not be like the cat who wanted a fish but was afraid to get his paws wet.”
— William Shakespeare

“Often regret is very false and displaced, and imagines the past to be totally other than it was.”
— John O'Donohue

“The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.”
— Gandhi

“It's not too late to... ask yourself if you really are the person you want to be, and if not, who you do want to be.”
— Morrie Schwartz

12/02/2016

Buttons and an extra surprise!

I love it when I find a great jar of buttons. Really, who doesn't? I also love it when you get it home, dump it out and find other treasures tucked inside! I may sort some of these out and sell them in sets on Etsy - let me know if you see some you especially like. The thimbles will definitely go up tomorrow or early next week. Enjoy!
Woo hoo! Even the jar is vintage!
What a great selection of vintage buttons!
Thimbles!! and pretty ones, at that...
Can't wait to investigate these beauties further!

12/01/2016

Weaving

In an earlier post I shared this photo of all my beautiful yarn organized:

The reason I wanted to get it all organized was so it would be easier to access when I wanted to do this:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/495644211
 https://www.etsy.com/listing/482145000/bright-geometric-weaving-native-inspired?ref=shop_home_active_2

I like weaving almost as much as making Pipe Dolls and will show you my very handmade weaving set-up in a future post. My weavings are fairly small (12" to 20" in overall length) and fit nicely into tight spaces that long for a bit of sprucing up. You can find these and other items crafted by me in my Etsy shop - ArtfulLivingOTB

11/30/2016

Pipe Dolls by Cindy - Gay Pride Doll finished!

I am still thinking of adding a few more touches to her so she may not be exactly "finished" yet but I just wanted to share her with you ASAP! Better pics coming soon - I promise. In the meantime, I do hope you like her and invite your comments below. Thanks!

(Anyone interested in purchasing this doll or commissioning their own, please email me at alotbcindy@gmail.com)

 
 
 

11/29/2016

Pipe Dolls by Cindy - Gay Pride Doll in progress...

Just a couple in-progress shots of the Gay Pride Pipe Doll - she'll be finished soon! :)
Body sections sewn together
Hand-sewing weighted bottom to doll body

11/28/2016

Morning Coffee Quotes

Photo by Cindy Caraway
“He who imagines he can do without the world deceives himself much; but he who fancies the world cannot do without him is still more mistaken.”
— Francois de la Rochefoucauld

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
— Charles Dickens

“If you don't want to do something, one excuse is as good as another.”
— Yiddish Proverb

“Have no fear of perfection. You'll never reach it.”
— Salvador Dali

“Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.”
— Max Lucado

“Some people see things that are and ask, Why?
Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not?
Some people have to go to work and don't have time for all that.”
― George Carlin

“Anger is one letter short of danger.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”
— C.S. Lewis

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving.”
— W.T. Purkiser

“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”
— Henry David Thoreau

“When you're good at making excuses, it's hard to excel at anything else.”
— John L. Mason

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”
— Saint Thomas Aquinas

“There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate.”
— Robert Brault

“In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision.”
— Peter F. Drucker

“It’s better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.”
— James Thurber

11/27/2016

Pic of the Day - Morning Grapefruit

Morning Grapefruit - photo by Cindy Caraway