Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Snow, Snow, Snow - wow!

Happy Wednesday!  I've shoveled snow most of today - and it's still coming down - hard.  I don't know if you live in the Northeast area of the United States - but when we get snow - we get SNOW.  I think it's coming at about 2 inches an hour.  Enough already - it is pretty though - here are a couple of pictures and very short video clip -
View toward road - my shed and
birch trees.
View from my Kitchen window.

Trees out toward my field - side yard.

I haven't gotten any crafting done but the snow was fun to be out in for a little while.  Worked muscles that I forgot I had.  

Today I received an email from YouTube that said my channel will become ineligible for monetization in one month due to lack of views and because I don't have 1K subscribers. I am planning on combining my crafting and FlossTube channels - Kelly Bell and Kelly Bell Stitches into one channel.  My cross stitching videos will be clearly labeled as "FlossTube" like they are now - just the channel name will be Kelly Bell.  I am also hoping to get back to my crafting and creating and making a lot more videos along those veins.   - if you watch any of my videos on Kelly Bell or Kelly Bell Stitches, I hope that you will take the time to go and click the subscribe button on Kelly Bell and maybe watch a couple of my videos.  It would help me out a lot - thank you so very much.

Life has changed a lot for me in the last nine years or so and I hope to keep it changing.  I always select a word for the year and for 2018, my word of choice is DETERMINED.  I am determined to have a good life - to enjoy myself, to enjoy other people and to embrace changes and new experiences.  Here's to 2018.

My next video will be a finish of my Christmas Journal that I stared in December of 2017.  (I am also determined to get ahead of the curve in 2018.)  I am also planning a short tutorial on the corners that I made in my Denim Junk Journal.  My plan is to sign up for more swaps on the Junk Journal Junkies Facebook Group and to have more videos about the journals I am making.  I am also determined to keep my blog current.

As far as FlossTube videos go, I am planning to keep a schedule of an update video every week - on Tuesday.  I did a video on Tuesday this week (Yesterday) but due to editing and some uploading quirks (being kind here) I am still waiting for the video to finish "processing".  In the video I show two cross stitching projects that I have finished this week.  Going forward, I am planning to better document the stitching process and keep my blog and Instagram Account (@klbellisima) much better updated.  Here are a couple of pictures of the finishes:
This is Rudolph.  He is a Nora Corbett,
Christmas Eve Couriers Chart
18 count Aida (or an evenweave - can't tell anymore)
that I hand-dyed myself.  I used the floss as charted but the bead selection
is from my stash of beads.

There are eight more reindeer and Santa's sleigh in this series and I plan to stitch them all.
My second finish is the first part of the year long, mystery stitch-a-long, being hosted by Brittany,
of Ingleside Imaginarium.  You can find this stitch-a-long on the Ingleside Imaginarium Etsy shop at:

I've had a really great stitching week and will be better documenting all of my progress going forward.  I am going to have to really be determined to keep a schedule.  LOL.

So, that's it for today.  I will leave you with a couple of photos of my furry friends - they keep me comforted and we keep each other in love.  Take care - with love - K

Wally (Wolowitz) and Coonie (What can I say?) I couldn't corral the other four cats...

Rowdy - a very calm and loving girl, nothing like her name.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Art Doll Quarterly Aug, Sept, Oct Issue Flip

Hello again - it's started raining here in NY - so how about a magazine flip to while away the afternoon?  I love this magazine and I hope it fills you with inspiration!  Have a beautiful and creative day.

Happy Monday - Sept. 18th! More stitching fun -

It's a great day here in upstate New York - it's been very warm again the last few days and soon it will change again - something that is a certainty here in an area that can get colder than Alaska some days.

I'm posting a new find - one that I'm joining and am pretty excited about.  It's a crochet or knit along that Joann's is sponsoring - and it's being hosted by YouTube Creators!  (Why is cross stitching not represented I'm wondering?  Hmmm?

Crochet is being hosted by Mikey of The Crochet Crowd and Knit is being hosted by Kristen Mangus of Good Knit Kisses.  I've been subscribed to both for years and each of them make their respective craft easy to understand and to follow along.  Here is the link to the Facebook page - Clue Number One is available today!

There is #HandmadewithJoann for the event - all of the information is available from the link above.  I hope you decide to join.

I can be pretty bad at keeping up - but I have good intentions and will be picking up my crochet hook again.  This will be a "stitch from stash" for me - Goodness knows I have more than my share of yarns collected.  Looking forward to seeing many friends there.

Thanks for visiting and as always - Be Colorful!
God Bless,

Sunday, July 23, 2017

July 23 - Oh what a beautiful day!

Good morning!  I went for a walk this morning - with Rowdy and my coffee.  It's a gorgeous, upstate NY kind of day - sunny and bright with a slight hint of humidity that you just can't get away from.  I'm trying to start a new normal for me - time to change up my life a little.  More adventure, exercise and fun activity.  I don't want to wait on anyone else - especially my children - I just want to go and be free - inside and out.  Do you ever feel like that?  My feeling has always been that we are only responsible for our own happiness - and in being happy it helps others around us to be happy.  (But they, in turn, are responsible for being happy themselves.)

This is a crafting blog and a personal blog.  If you stumble upon it and stay to visit - thank you.  I make things that make me smile - period.  I haven't sold a lot - but then I haven't tried very hard.  If you see something you like just let me know - that always makes me smile too.

These are just a few pictures I took while on my morning walk.  I love Blogger because it lets me upload directly from my phone (Samsung Galaxy 7) without any other connections - just wifi and boom...

Town of Jackson, Cambridge, NY

View to the mountains - toward Vermont -
only about 8 miles from here...

Rowdy - a beautiful English Shepherd
one of four dogs I am responsible for - I don't say own because they are living things -
I have the honor of caring for her.

I will be updating more often now and hopefully provide things that will also make you smile.

Until next post - take care and be well.  Live happy.

About Me

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I am a mother and a grandmother. I was married to my best friend, Ted for over 17 years.  I am now a widow - but have many wonderful memories.  I am an incredibly proud parent and grand parent.  I am very blessed. I live with one heman type cat, one extra large swim-e fish aptly named - Fish.  Fish is a very old member of the family too, like over ten years.  There is also a two year old crazy dog named Wolowitz in residence - kind of in the middle of nowhere - but I kinda like it that way too. I worked for a tax department which I don't find at all interesting or full filling and just a blur in my mind now.  My main time soaking love, outside of the family and friends that are very dear to me; is creating and making artfully crafted objects that warm people's hearts and tickle their souls.  Who could ask for more than that?