Staying Neutral

This month I have a lot of great colors available on Etsy, and I wanted to talk a bit about the use of neutrals in a design. To see my Etsy wool click here.

This is a close up of my rug design Jane Austen. Even though the border seems to be all colorful selections, it is really made up of 80% – 90% neutral colors. Beige, tan, browns, grays, taupes and antique whites. The basket look like it is gold, but it is actually shades of camel and tan with a hint of grayed down blue.

The red flowers are the “colors” in this rug. That means that approximately 90-95% of the wool needed was a neutral color.

Spring is Here is another example of a design that is 95% neutrals. And the soft red colors are very muted. What makes them look colorful is that they are the most colorful wools used. Throw a too saturated color in the design, and the rest of the colors look blah, and your eye goes right to the bright color instead at looking at the birds and all the flowers.

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Here are some other details that show you how key a role neutrals play in every part of a design. I find it important to have all values and temperatures of neutrals in my stash. That means, neutrals from the lightest light to the darkest dark, in everything sort of gray, to taupe, to brown, to russet, to pumpkin, to rust, to camel, to tan, to khaki, to blue-gray. Then I also consider having choices of solid and textures. Much more often the color that I really need is a neutral rather than a more saturated color. So next time when you are thinking yellow, consider trying a camel or golden brown instead.

Have a creative day ~ Karen



August Words

Summertime is still in its glory here in Oregon. I know I have not posted in a long while. And I miss our connection here on my blog. Thank you for checking in on me. I have just posted a bunch of wool on my ETSY shop you can see by clicking here.

I like to keep this place we share as a time to talk craftsy thing. But lately I have had so many health challenges that I just could not post. I really did not want to make this into my health blog. But the time has come and I did want to share a bit of what I have been experiencing, because I think that there is a unspoken epidemic happening across the nation. Many folks like me are living in quiet misery and have discovered that doctors don’t seem to have any answers and cures. Maybe a label, but no hope otherwise. And I mean many, many doctors visits to all kinds of practitioners over many years of searching.

I am talking about digestive health, brain fog, fatigue, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and insomnia. And family and friends are fed up with us because we look absolutely fine. But WE know we are not fine. We feel like we are watching the rest of the world carrying on all around us, but we are not living our lives. We are desperately looking for answers.

This is a long story that spans the years of my rug hooking business. I pushed through sickness as I could but I just got worse until I could not travel at all. What I want to share is that I have found some answers for myself that might help you if you are also suffering.

I discovered that what you put into your body, will either make your suffer or heal you. For me (and many others) what causes suffering is: gluten and grains, dairy, processed sugar, soy, caffeine, alcohol, corn, canola, and processed foods. Fresh, whole foods, meats, vegetables, and fruit are healing me. Truly, let thy food by thy medicine. This point can not be stressed enough.

I discovered that because I could not digest foods, my body was not getting the nutrition it needed. I was getting depleted in amino acids, such as GABA and seritonin. So along comes anxiety and insomnia. I just started supplementing with GABA and L-tryptophan and I feel like a new person. And this happened quite rapidly! Read Trudy Scott’s book The Antianxiety Food Solution to get answers and hands on help for your suffering. You can learn so much just by reading her blog here. Help is on the way!

I learned that we don’t live in the same world that our parents and grand parents grew up in. We are the processed food generation living in a world bombarded with toxins on a daily basis. This is not an exaggeration. If you have been diagnosed with one of many mystery illnesses, there is hope. You will need to become your own health advocate and take your health seriously. You can do it. I found hope and answers here:

Coffee Enema: The Detox and Bile Flow Superstar

Thank you for reading this. Please share it with others you know who are searching for help.

I also wanted to share with you that I have dived back into painting. I am finding that it has become a part of my healing, as it reveals to me what is going on below the surface.

And what is below the surface is the soul. Who I really am. The eternal part of Karen.

I am blessed to have you visit today ~ Karen

Cozy Holidays

For the holiday season, take time to smell the snowflakes!

These vintage postcards are a few that I am reprinting and embellishing to enclose with my Etsy orders.

I like every order be fun and to add a touch of creativity to make the package special.

Creativity is my grounding force. Is it for you too?

Make time to add a touch of artfulness to whatever you do today ~ Karen



Wooly Santa warms me in a changing season

Now is the time to start thinking about holiday projects, so I wanted to repost this to inspire you. Choose a small project like this santa and have it ready to hang for the holidays! I have a large selection of instant downloadable patterns available in my Etsy shop. Many of them come in both a rug hooking size as well as a smaller punchneedle size. Purchase them today and print them out at home to start working on them right away. Check the patterns out by clicking here.
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Oh and the pattern is also available printed out in color. This version will be mailed out to you. Find it by clicking here.

For the holidays I have a listing for my Wooly Santa PDF instant download on Etsy. This pattern set comes with 2 sizes: 12″ x 20″ for rug hooking, and 3″ x 5″ for punchneedle embroidery. Continue reading

Inspiration is the cure

The summer has come and gone and I am just taking stock of where the time has gone. One of my projects was reclaiming my grandma’s old cupboard. It had been out on the porch, waiting in the wings for me to do something with it. I will have to blog more about the details of the old cupboard and its significance in my life. Suffice it to say that it is dear Continue reading