#indexcardartproject take two

Marian ParsonsArt, Artistic Endeavors, Oil Painting21 Comments

Since regaining the use of my right arm,  I have been working on getting back into oil painting.  It’s been a challenge to try to fit it into my schedule.  It’s not just busyness with work, but with family, church, and personal goals (meal prep, exercise, language-learning).  When I’m trying to fit it all into a day, something has to … Read More

How to Crochet a farmhouse dishcloth for absolute beginners…

Marian ParsonsArtistic Endeavors, crafts, Popular, Tutorials, Yarn Crafts216 Comments

Just so you don’t miss it, I’m giving away a set of three of these dishcloths towards the bottom of this (rather long) post!   Ever since I started showing my crocheted dishcloths, I’ve been asked by readers and followers if I could share a tutorial for how to make them.  Since I’m a beginner myself, I have been directing … Read More

crocheted mittens & dishcloths

Marian ParsonsArtistic Endeavors, Yarn Crafts47 Comments

Over the Christmas break, I did a lot of intentional sitting around.  While I’m not typically a sitter-arounder, but was much needed and I embraced the slower pace.  I didn’t want to be entirely idle, though, so when we weren’t playing a game or doing something together as a family, I pulled out my yarn and bag of hooks and … Read More

so, you want to learn to crochet?

Marian ParsonsArtistic Endeavors, Popular, Yarn Crafts53 Comments

Since I started crocheting, many readers and followers have asked me to share how I’m learning and the books and patterns I’m using, so this post is the answer to those requests!  Now, keep in mind that I have just been crocheting for a few weeks, so take all of this with a grain of salt.  If you’re an experienced … Read More

kittens & crochet

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Artistic Endeavors, Yarn Crafts80 Comments

Based on the title of this post, I’m officially turning into my great grandmother.  I don’t mind that too much, though, because she was a pretty awesome lady. Anyway, if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know we adopted a couple of kittens last Saturday.  It was something we’ve been thinking about for a few months and decided … Read More

basket full of yarn & crochet update

Marian ParsonsArtistic Endeavors, crafts81 Comments

So, I have fully embraced the crocheting thing!  I made three trips to the craft store last week, which is no small thing because I couldn’t drive.  I had to ask someone to take me and witness me exploring this new world of yarn.  I’ve actually always been drawn to yarn and have found excuses to buy some here and … Read More