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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Here's A Thought

I've always had a fascination with paint by numbers. Individual little shapes of solid color that all together create an image. Something simple to relax with while listening to some favorite music. That's what I've been doing the last couple of weekends. Tired from the Holiday hustle and bustle and just needing to wind down at the end of the year... not enough brain power to start something new... but, too fidgety to sit and do nothing. Did I mention too cold to be outdoors unless absolutely necessary? Yep. Four degrees below zero last night.... yikes!

So. Open up that box, get that brush out...match the number on the paint pots to the number on the stamped board...and just let the stress flow out of your system.

Painting with paint. lol! I say that because I've often heard of Needlepunch Embroidery referred to as "painting with thread"....as well as Rug Hooking referred to as "painting with wool". So, while I was painting with paint... I thought, "How nice would this design look as a punch needle piece?" The colors are already sectioned out, so it would be easy to transfer to weaver's cloth and punch with thread. And, after all, I've taken quilt patterns and converted them to rug hooking patterns... as well as converted cross stitch patterns to needle punch patterns. Hmmm... I may try it with a different design. Some day.

How about you? What was your favorite childhood craft? Have you thought about giving it a try as an adult? Maybe put a fresh spin on an old idea? 

Reading blogs is always enjoyable too... and especially fun with the beginning of a New Year! I've seen many lists of quilts to stitch and rugs to hook... soooooo much inspiration and positive energy!!!

Which brings me to my "word for the year"... well... actually, I picked two words....
(with a side of FRUGAL)

Yes. I do aspire to create more than I did last year. But, I also want to continue to maintain a realistic budget for it all. Use what I have before I even think about adding anything new! Of course, behaving 100% would be a tad bit boring... so, I did add ONE more "new"... but, we'll keep that a secret until it arrives... ;-)

Wishing everyone a healthy, happy, prosperous and creative 2018!!!



  1. my mom and dad loved paint by numbers when I was little they both worked on a large last supper. Hmmm I wonder what happened to that?
    I need to use up and finish what I have going also.
    happy New year

  2. So what is the new? Not nice to tease us...lol.
    I hope your words work for you!!!
    I guess I didn't know they still sold paint by number sets.
    You have been a bit colder than us. This week will feel like a heat wave.
    Hugs :)

  3. Oh, that ambition with a side of frugal sound really intriguing. I'm getting curious. Wishing you a great new year.
    Hugs, Julia

  4. I have done a few of those myself, you did a beautiful job on it. I am trying to use what I have too, have plenty, so time to use it. The wools I consider special, time to use, so I am working on more projects this year too.


  5. Wow, I’ve never seen such elaborate ‘paint by number’ ! Very pretty. This year my 14 y.o. Son asked me to do a chart with him called ‘year in pixels’. You color in a block (pixel) each day in a color that represents a word/ emotion. Not sure how many blocks will be “ambition”, but it is fun to do and compare our charts.
    (And frugal is always good ;)

  6. Your painting is great! I played when I was a kid, not so much crafting.

  7. I always enjoyed painting by number when I was a kid. Your piece is so pretty! I don't need another hobby though...having a hard time keeping up with the ones I have. I like your words. It will be fun to see what all you create this year.

  8. Hi Sharon,
    Sounds like so much fun!! I remembering doing the Paint by Number when I was younger and felt like I was such a great artist!!! So happy you are enjoying it and taking one project at a time!! Take care and stay warm!!
    Heart Hugs~

  9. I did some paint by numbers as a kid but none look as good as what you are doing.

  10. I didn't know they still make paint by number sets. I loved doing that when I was a kid. It's a lovely picture.

  11. Wow, I'm impressed. Paint by numbers has certainly improved since I did them as a kid.


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