Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving 2019 - Thankful for the Rain and Snow in Southern California Today!

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Get My Handmade in my Etsy Shop -- or Privately




 Cornucopia Art For Thanksgiving - Hand-Crocheted By Ruth Sandra Sperling of RSS Designs In Fiber - Email For Custom Order


This Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, 2019 was a little different in the High Desert of Southern California where I live!  I woke up to a lawn and yard covered in that white stuff - SNOW!!!

Actually, I was thrilled!  

We need precipitation in Southern California - the forecast was for rain, but I had heard on the news Tuesday night that the snow level could drop to the 2000 foot level in Southern California -- and according to the NOAA, where I live in Quartz Hill is at the Elevation of 2513 ft.! ~~~ I figure that if we are getting this much snow, that the San Gabriel Mountains and the San Bernadino Mountains of Southern California will have 1-2 feet of snow -- and snowpack this winter --- and also that the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, which is a major indicator for the whole state of California will have some feet of snow -- and good snowpack for this winter, which makes me shout WooHoo!!!

It is about 8 PM -- and my yard is still white - covered with snow - and can't but wonder how long it will last.  The NOAA forecast for my location tonight is for a low of 32 - with Wind Chill Factor Factors at 20 - so I expect I will wake up to some snow Friday Morning with the Wind Chill Factor below freezing until 11AM or Noon - but with a high of 44, it may all be melted by Friday afternoon.

Decided I had to take some pictures of my yard - front and back - so, here they are!




This is my Back Yard today -- Behind my building where I live is a little Urban Forest that I love!

-- And I took a closeup of the tree in the right of the above photo to clearly show the snow on the branches:






My building (not the one showing in the photo - it is the building to the right) has an Apple Tree (where I picked Apples this late Summer/Fall) - and here it is covered with Snow!!!





And here is the Pine Tree right in front of my apartment - with snow on it:





And -- it snowed on my Rosemary Plant in my little container garden in my assigned Flower bed outside my apartment!!!  Got this photo, but it is a little blurry -- I did not want to go out waking in the snow, so I took the picture through my apartment window (the grid showing over the photo I think is the window glass registering on my photo).  I think the snow is very good for it, as it is an Evergreen Leaf Plant -- and it is a Mediterranean climate plant - and that climate has wet winters - so  this snow is good for the ecosystem I live in - including for the Biodiversity here!!!  (Forests here in California are in the California Floristic Province, a Biodiversity Hotspot !)



So, I am very Happy this Thanksgiving - I'm enjoying staying home and watching the snow - and snow fall outside my apartment!!!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Fall Leaves TableTop Decor - Handmade By RSS Designs In Fiber

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Get My Handmade in my Etsy Shop -- or Privately



My Whole Life I have loved Nature -- and some of the most beautiful are the turning Leaves in Fall in a riot of colors: Golden Yellow and Orange and Orange Reds and Coppery Reds and Browns.  Growing up in the Midwest USA, I loved seeing all the lovely colors in the Trees every Fall Season!


So-o-o, it is not surprising that Leaves in colors they turn in Fall ended up in my Handmade Crochet!


My newest Crochet Creation is this Table Runner with a Square Center with Irish Crochet Leaves in Fall Colors - Border with a Dark Brown - with Crocheted Chevrons on 2 sides echoing the colors in the Square .... 20 Inches Long by 9 Inches Wide:


 Fall Leaves Chevron Table Runner


Here is a matching set of Crochet Coasters (or small decorative Coasters) - with 2 shaped as Maple Leaves and 2 shaped as Oak Leaves .....


 Fall Crochet Coasters - Maple and Oak Leaves - Handmade By RSS Designs In Fiber


.... And here is a 14 Inch Square with Solid Orange Irish Crochet Leaves - 8 of them - "Openwork Crochet", where your furniture or table cloths show through.


 Fall Leaves Square Mat - Handmade Crochet By RSS Designs In Fiber



These are 2 Crochet Designs that I sold in my Etsy Shop with Crocheted Fall Leaves ... email me if you would like to request them in a Custom Order.


Celebrating Autumn Centerpiece Crochet Art




 Fall Oak Leaves Coaster Set, Filet Crochet, Doily, Trinkets, Fiber Art, Applique

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Wishing For Peace On Another Time I Will Never Forget

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber


Wishing For Peace Always!!!


 Crocheted Bird of Peace in Wood Hoop - Handmade By Ruth Sandra Sperling - Email for Custom Order


Ever since I was a little girl, growing up in a Family that did not believe in violence as a solution for anything - there were always times in our lives when I was taught "Never Forget".

And throughout my life - more times to "Never Forget" got added.  They were always times of some kind of violence and destruction and incredible sadness.

And for me - Always times to Wish For Peace !!

Above is a Photo of a Crocheted Picture of a Dove carrying an Olive Branch - traditionally a "Bird of Peace" - that I made.

So, today - on 9/11/2019 - I have decided to again speak out for Peace !!

On Nov. 25, 2011, I wrote a blog post:
" THANKS - And A Voice For Peace", where I quoted a song written by Singer / Songwriter, Dan Fogelberg -- and here is just a few lines from the chorus of that song, "A Voice For Peace":


"Let mine (oh let my small voice) be a voice for peace
Oh let mime (oh let my small voice) be a voice for peace
Let mine (oh let my small voice) be a voice for peace
Let it start here with me
Oh let mine be a voice for peace"


So-o-o, let me say on this day, 9/11/2019, another day to "Never Forget" --

Never, Never Forget to Wish, Voice and Act for Peace!!!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

My Handmade That Sparkles - With Beads or Metallic Fibers

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Get My Handmade in my Etsy Shop -- or Privately


Since the mid-2000's I've been doing Artistic Fine Thread Crochet -- and somewhere along the way I discovered a way to add accents to this crochet by crocheting in different kinds of Beads and Metallic Fibers!!  

There are both Decor pieces - and Personal Accessories - some could be either!

Nice for Holidays -- or just for personal celebrations - the Sparkle from Beads or Metallic Threads add something special to these Handmade items!

Here they ones available in  my RSS Designs In Fiber Etsy Shop as of today.

The First Section is the Beaded Ones.


This is my most recent completed project - a White Irish Crochet Heart made with DMC Pearl Cotton and Small White Pearl Beads:
 White Irish Crochet Heart with Pearl Beads - Handmade By Ruth Sandra Sperling at RSS Designs In Fiber


--- And matches this White 3D Rose Doily with Pearl Beads inside each 3D Rose:

 White Rose Doily with Pearl Beads Inside Each 3D Rose



A Bright Fiesta Red Irish Crochet Heart with White Pearl Beads:

Bright Fiesta Red Irish Crochet Heart


A Deep Garnet Red Irish Crochet Heart with Red Beads:

 Deep Garnet Red Irish Crochet Heart



 Purple 3D Irish Crochet Flower Pin or Brooch - or Applique



 Necklace and Earrings Set with Aqua Blue



The Second Section has the Ones with Metallic Fibers - Silver, Gold or Bronze


Sparkling Table Runner crocheted with a Sparkling Metallic White Crochet Thread:
 Sparkling Table Runner



 Sparkling 3D Flowers on Tan Lace Table Topper

--- and in this Closeup you can see the Gold Blending Filament on the Thread including the 3D Flower of the above Table Topper:

 Closeup of one Motif of Table Topper of 3D Orange Yellow Flowers on Tan Lace - By Ruth Sandra Sperling at RSS Designs In Fiber


Set of 2 Red Rose Doilies with Gold Metallic Accents:

 Set of 2 Red Rose Doilies with Gold Metallic Accents - By Ruth Sandra Sperling at RSS Designs In Fiber

--- and here is a closeup where the Gold Metallic shows clearly on the edging of the Red Rose Doily!

 Closeup of Red Rose Doily with Gold Metallic Accents - By Ruth Sandra Sperling at RSS Designs In Fiber



A Pictorial Filet Crochet Doily of a Couple Dancing - with Silver Accents on White:
 Romantic Couple Dancing Filet Crochet Doily with Silver Accents - By Ruth Sandra Sperling at RSS Designs In Fiber


So here are my Handmade pieces with Sparkle!  I did my best to show each piece well in each photo - for a couple of them with Metallic Fibers - I included Closeups that show the Metallic Accents! ~~~ Ruth Sandra Sperling of RSS Designs In Fiber

Friday, August 9, 2019

Handmade Laptop Sleeves for Back To School - By RSS Designs In Fiber

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Get My Handmade in my Etsy Shop -- or Privately



One of the Handmade items I have been making for years is a Laptop Sleeve - Knitted or Crocheted with yarns!

These can be great for safely carrying a Laptop to School - so they make a great accessory for Back To School!!!  Below the top 2 photos are available to buy - the third is my own personal one. 

These Laptop Sleeves are Knitted or Crocheted in Double Strand Yarn -- and are great for protecting a Laptop Sleeve or Tablet -- and they are in delightful colors!

~~~ I can always do a Custom Order - Customer can specify the Size, Colors, Yarns! ~~~

This one below is the most recently made one - HandKnit with Caron Simply Soft Yarns in Green and Light Blue - a Tree Tapestry - and it is available in my RSS Designs In Fiber Etsy Shop!

 Tree Tapestry Laptop Sleeve in Caron Simply Soft Yarn - Knitted By Ruth Sandra Sperling at RSS Designs In Fiber on Etsy



This second one is Hand-Crocheted in an Earthy Ombre Yarn with a Green Yarn -- See all the details in my RSS Designs In Fiber Etsy Shop!


 Earthy Browns - Tans - Greens Laptop Sleeve - Handmade Crochet By Ruth Sandra Sperling at RSS Designs In Fiber



Here is a photo of my own Personal Laptop Sleeve that I have had for years -- it is the same style as the top one, but with no Tapestry picture knit in -- I have used it for years and it is still great!


Personal Laptop Sleeve for Ruth Sandra Sperling - Handmade Knitted Herself! - Email for Custom Order


A Customer can always contact me with questions -- and specifications -- if they want something like one of these Laptop Sleeves for their own use - or they can go to my RSS Designs Etsy Shop and request a Custom Order!