Wednesday, September 30, 2009
And we're having a Brown Bag swap on our Yahoo site. My BBB (brown bag buddy) is Joyce in NC so I'm working on a little project for her. She sent me burgundy embroidery floss and a cute snowflake fabric. I got about half way through the first "stage" of her gift.
I'm using one of Angela's drawings for the main design. It's going pretty fast so far and I like the way it's coming out. Joyce said she always gives homemade gifts but she seldom gets them because people figure she can make them for herself. But as we ALL know, it's so much fun to "receive" as well. No one knows more, how much time it takes to make a homemade gift than a crafter!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Please say a prayer for our bloggy friend Terry. Maybe you could even drop her a little comment for support. Her husband had an accident at work. I'm sure things will be rough for a while. We gals have to stick together.
This is something I should've posted about back in May when I got this adorable fabric. My daughter Kelley (who has been so busy with life lately, that she hasn't blogged in a month),
gave me a yard of each of these fabrics for Mother's Day. Yup, back in May. She drew them and sent over to Spoonflower to print.
Spoonflower is a site that you can submit a design to print on Kona fabric for a mere $18.00 a yard. Yeah, it's crazy expensive but I LOVE that I have fabric of my very own that my daughter drew for me. She "allowed" my sister Isabel, who is her #2 fan behind me, to order some too.
The reason Lil' Red is pink is there was a problem with the printing. The re-ran it for us and I got another yard (free of charge) in orange. When Kelley pointed out it STILL wasn't right, I got Lil' Red in red but she lost most of her details on her outfit. It's okay though. I'm just trying to decide what to make with it. Do I do a tote, or a wallet, or a quilt???? Decisions, decisions. I'm just going to hang onto it until it speaks to me. I did load up the pieces in EQ6 and played with some block layouts but I don't want to cut it up too small so I will play some more.
Do you have some artistic ability and some extra cash lying around? :o) If so, go check out Spoonflower. There are some very creative people in our little world.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tonight I finished my little irons, my last set of pincushions for the exchange I'm doing.
I made them out of wool felt and silver heat resistant (metal-looking) fabric from Joann's, the kind you use to recover your ironing board. For the handle, I used those 3M Command white metal hooks. When I made the first one, it was too plain and needed a little sprucing up. The girls from sewing night last week suggested a little embroidery.
Now, back to the stitchery BOM I've been ignoring. Sheesh, I'm peddling as fast as I can and just can't seem to get caught up. And that's just for the crafting.....I won't even talk about my house! LOL
Monday, September 21, 2009
Then my niece called and was telling me about her daughter, Alivia having two loose teeth and pulling one out with dental floss. I told her about the pillows and she said she would love to have one too. She said she still has her Tooth Fairy pillow but wanted Alivia to have her own. All of these little ladies are six years old. And while I was making one for all of these girls, I figured I might as well make one for my surrogate Granddaughter Ashley. She is also six.
When Ashley called to tell me thank you for her pillow, she read the entire note I had sent along with the package. I couldn't believe how good she read. I guess this generation of tv-watching babies-grown-up is paying off. :o)
And I haven't done any quilting lately but I did play with some crafting toys. Last Thursday night for TNT (Thursday Night Therapy), me and my buddy Neena played with this new cartridge I got for my Cricut machine. The cartridges were on sale at Michael's for $39 so I went looking for one called Tags, Bags and More but they didn't have it. They did have this one though and I loved the vintage kitchen designs so I bought it.It did not disappoint. Although, I couldn't get my Cricut software to find the cartridge, it was still fun to cut out the retro kitchen items. I think I'm going to cut sets of these and frame them for Christmas gifts.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I hope you had a nice Labor Day weekend. We had a trip planned so I just did laundry and packing and spent some time sorting out junk in our storage shed. The girls have been on a yard sale kick lately so we thought it was time to get some stuff sorted out. Boy, that seems so long ago. Where does the time go anyway? And the trip...this is what my wallet looks like...
HA HA....can you guess where we went?
My husband's birthday is September 9th. And this man.....he loves to gamble. He has been planning his birthday trip to Las Vegas since last year!! He can't help it. It's in his blood. His mama and daddy were gamblers. His sister loves to play too so when we go to a casino together, they sit at the blackjack table together. Me? I want something for my money so when he sits to play, I find something else to do. A casino gift shop excites me more than playing slots or 21. Or a lobby or bathroom as you will see if you read farther on. :o)
So starting his LAST birthday, all I have been hearing is "My next birthday is 09-09-09 so we're going to Las Vegas." He even made the reservation, which is pretty big. He usually gives those tasks to me.
But it was actually a really nice trip. He knows how I feel about Vegas so he made it a nice little vacation for both of us. (He's kind of like that, that hubby of mine.) We left Tuesday morning for our four hour drive and stopped at the Nevada state line to stretch our legs. I shopped at the Williams Sonoma outlet while he "played". I got some really cute glasses that I don't have a picture of (yet) and a red bowl/pitcher for mixing up small batches of pancakes or cookie dough. I'll try and post pics later. From there, we headed to the Marriot Grand Chateau to check in. It was a pretty nice place but it is a time share so there is no casino there. Nice for me, not so nice for hubby. We were right on the strip though so it was easy to get around.
Here is the birthday boy on one of our adventures after getting to Vegas. Silverton Hotel has a HUGE fishtank at the entry to the big Bass store that is there. On the weekends they have mermaids swimming around but the only thing we saw were lots of fishies. :o)
We went to the Bellagio Hotel while we were out walking around. Hubby "played" while I went to the botanical garden. If you'd like to see more pictures of that, you can go to my webshots album.
Here's a teaser shot to show you how pretty it was. They have themes for different seasons. They have a little video peek at the Bellagio website here. Click on the lower right corner that says "video tour".
Friday, September 4, 2009
While the girls were over, I asked them to look at the pincushions I had made so far for the swap I'm doing. Earlier this week, my friend Nora came over and she had seen my cherry tart. Nora thought the top of the pie needed a cherry. I dug around in my stash of craft supplies and found floral wire and red bells. I cut out a leaf from a scrap and came up with a little cherry. The only thing is, it looked lonely. The girls last night agreed and asked me to lay two on the pie. Here's the
outcome and I think it just added the finishing touch to my little "tart".
My other pincushion is a little blue bird I made from a pattern. I'll post the name of the pattern later. I don't have it with me. In the pattern, you glue the bird on a small salt shaker. They filled it with little buttons. I couldn't find a small salt shaker for the life of me so I dug around (again in the craft supplies) and found some spools. One small spool wasn't enough so I found some with matching thread and it was the perfect height.
It needed a little more embellishments so I wrapped some floss around a small spool for the neck and pinned on a little pair of scissors. You know every embroidering bird needs her scissors!!! :o)
I wanted to make several pincushions for the swap and I had this bright idea to try and make a little iron. You know how us quilters have so much pressing to do with our blocks. Hmmm, how to make one? What to use? I bought some black wool felt and used some of that silver stuff for ironing boards. I could've probably hit Joann's for some silver fabric now that Halloween fabrics are out but this was cheap and I figured a half yard would be plenty. So this is the first prototype.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I will only post a few pictures here. I didn't take tons but there are a few more on my webshots page here. I didn't really notice but since I've been blogging, I hardly put any pictures on webshots anymore. Man, what a slacker!!
This picture is my room that I had all to myself. And out that little french door was the sweetest little patio. So very private and serene.This is my boss Donna (on the left) and Becca on the right. We are all on our way to the spa for our massages. Are you drooling at the thought? We did too. :o)
Saturday night, we left the resort to have dinner at the beach. On the way there, we saw all of these hot air balloons floating in the sky. It's common in that area to see them but since we don't live there, we were captivated by how beautiful they looked floating in the sky.