Monday, February 16, 2015

I love my life!

In September of 2014, I decided to change the focus of my life.

                      Pictures from my Cardboard Weaving activity 
                      Meet the Artists XXVII @ Central Library 
                                                    2/14/15

Since then I make my living by teaching, selling and showing my knit and crochet works of art.

I have  been asked to create pieces of art to show; have participated at events where I encourage others to create their own pieces of art; have had increased opportunities to teach more people how to knit and or crochet; have had the pleasure of creating unique pieces for a wide variety of customers; have thoroughly enjoyed my time volunteering with my grandchildren's schools in addition to being able to increase the time I volunteer at another school as a reading mentor; am able to knit and crochet until the early morning hours and then sleep as late as my body wants to without feeling guilty.

I have more available time to spend with my children and grandchildren; I'm able to enjoy long afternoon walks; my health has improved and the only stress I have is when I have several items due near the same time.

I am continually learning how to run a successful business.

I have met and re-connected with some great people.

I am very fortunate to have a very loving, supportive and patient family.

Thank you to everyone who has played a part in the happiness that is my life!
~Denise



Thursday, February 12, 2015

Art that's truly from MY heart!

With all of the works of art that I've created there have been 3 times that I had a really strong emotional connection.  I didn't realize it until after completing them though.  I'd be excited while working on them but couldn't figure out why I had a hard time actually finishing.  Then it hit me, once I complete a piece it's no longer mine, but is then shared with others.

I first experienced this with a piece I created for the Fiber Tales art show.  The piece titled Hair had been in my head for over a year before I decided to bring it to life.

Then it happened again when I completed this doll and wheelchair for a friend's grandson.  I think it was knowing that this young man would not only have a doll that resembled him but also his form of independence.

I once again experienced this while completing my knitted quilt piece Log Cabin.  It is on display for the month of February at the Pike Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library.  I wanted to show the versatility of knitting while sharing information about the Underground Railroad Quilt Code.

 

 

  

I'm proud of everything that I create but when I finish a piece and feel like crying happy tears, I know that I've created something that very truly is a piece from my heart.
~Denise



Saturday, January 17, 2015

Trade School Indianapolis 2015 Launch

My Teaching Fellow bio
 I am excited to have been chosen as a Trade School Indianapolis Teaching Fellow. What does that mean?  I will teach a series of knit and crochet classes with Trade School Indianapolis.  If you haven't heard of them, be sure to check them out.  A wide variety of classes are offered and students provide items that the teacher asks for as barter items.
My Yarn Tasting table for the Launch Event

New this year is the opportunity
for students to become TSI members.  One of the benefits of membership is advance notice of upcoming classes.  Members can pay between $1.00- $25.00.

I have a TSI "page".  Click the tab above for more information.
Little hands "tasting" yarn


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Delivery Day!


Starting a project and then delivering it are my favorite parts of selling hand knitted and crocheted items.  To see the delight on the face of the person as they try on their item or share with me how excited their child/grandchild was to receive an item is just great! 

Since taking this on full-time in October I have had the following:

Paid orders-
              15 - Crocheted hats
              10 - Crocheted dolls
                3 - Knitted cowls
                 1- pair of Knitted finger less gloves 
                 1 - Crocheted infinity scarf

Donated items-
              22 - Crocheted Santa hats to my grandson's preschool
                      classmates and teachers 

And then there are the family orders-
             14 - Crocheted cars
             15 - Crocheted hats
               1 - pair of crocheted slippers
               2 - Knitted hats
               1 - Crocheted blanket
               2 - Crocheted Infinity scarves
               2 - Knitted cowls

Display items-
               6 - Knitted Rainbow dolls

Wow,  I have been busy!

To everyone who has placed an order, paid for an order, received an order, expressed an interest in ordering, I thank you!

I currently have 2 orders to complete. 

I am working on something BIG to be displayed at the Pike Library Branch for the month of February. 

My classes at Michaels are picking up.

The College Ave Stitchers group has resumed. 

I am a Teaching Fellow with Trade School Indianapolis.

I definitely made the right decision at the right time to focus on my knit and crochet career.

It's all about teaching, showing and selling. 

I am anxiously looking forward to what 2015 has in store for me !
~Denise


               



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Rainbow Babies Display

 






I created a new display for the College Avenue Library.  It is titled "Rainbow Babies".  It includes knitted dolls and will be on display through the end of January.  The FREE pattern is courtesy of Jean Greenhowe.  Check out the website.