Friday, April 24, 2015

Stitching, life inspiration and Christmas planning

 Remember when I stitched these little squares from vintage transferred fabric?  Well I spent some time mounting them last week.
 One of them ended up shaped like a heart and mounted on this fabulous fabric that was once a paisley tie -- vintage of course.
 The other two I simply stitched to a scrap of white with black thread; eventually they will end up on a sampler.
 I free handed this basket of irises, in silk ribbon embroidery on some simple muslin fabric.  Then I turned it into a little stuffed heart.  I think it's very cheery.
 Remember the little tag book I bought from Terri?
 I searched out some graduation quotes and then sat and cut them out and glued them onto the tags to create a graduation card for a friend.
 The quotes are aimed at graduates but they apply to all of us, don't they?

On the last page/tag I'm planning to seek out a gift card from a restaurant near her new college campus to complete the little gift.
 I stopped in to a favorite quilting fabric store the other day; one of the things I love about that place is that it gets you thinking of the next holiday season because they are always planning ahead.  So of course in April they had Christmas fabrics out.
 I treated myself to some fat quarters that inspired me!
 I could just gush over these ornament fabrics...but you already know how I feel about vintage ornaments.
This one was so much fun, with the mixed media look of print behind the flowers and the ornaments from music paper!  It got me in the mood for thinking of holiday crafts and since I'm planning (another) reorganization of my crafting and art supplies, I might just gather materials for them now.  (Happy sigh.)
For your amusement: a little doll arrangement I saw at a thrift shop the other day.  A girl, barefooted, in a strawberry basket.  The best part is her little ladybug companion!

Saturday, April 18, 2015


The weather in Colorado has been very flaky.
As in, snow flakes; here is the scene on my patio early this morning.
Yesterday's grey sky while I was out for a walk.
The snow melt from that morning caused little rushing rivers.
I guess more precipitation is on the way this weekend and early next week along with chilly temperatures.
 I made a pretty white cuff bracelet the other night.
Very simple -- just wrap a metal cuff with muslin and glue on a row of pretty white rose trim!
I also glued down the roses on that wreath and got it listed on Etsy.
Yes -- there are a few things in my Etsy shop as of a couple of days ago!
Also, I got a hair cut.  Lots of hairs, actually.
It was sort of a snap decision and, as it was just in time for the snow, I am feeling some regret.
Oh, well.
We spent the morning yesterday at Ben's Senior Breakfast, or Capping Ceremony.  This whole concept was new to me, and it was quite a big to-do.  Ben with his sweet girlfriend, above.  Both are graduating seniors.
Ben looked handsome in his cap and gown and I we are now officially in count-down-to-graduation mode.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Family photos at Fox Run

We had a wonderful experience having our photos taken by J. Leigh Photography a few weeks ago; we did the photos at Fox Run Regional park here in Colorado.
It was a fun family event and the bonus was ending up with 50 beautiful photos of our family.
One of which will be going out with Ben's graduation announcements -- and, yes, I am freaking out as the clock clicks closer to that life-changing day.
Soon it will just be Dennis and I at home.  With that in mind, here's a little monogram I stitched on a vintage damask napkin; it's cheerily hanging in our master bath now.  Much more cheerily than I am at the prospect of our empty nest I must say!
Another little project: I covered a pillow with some beautiful antique bark cloth fabric; it's always hard to make a cut into old fabric but I'm always pleased with the results. 
More heart stitching while at work...
 I added three buttons (finally!) to the little heart I made a few months ago, above.
And I used some Moda sampler fabric to stitch two more hearts -- on the one above I added cross stitch to the A, L and M -- my pre-marriage initials -- and on the one below I stitched some pretty border stitches in matching green on one curve of the heart, just for fun.
I also created another Downton Abbey tag; this time, I selected buttons that made me think of Mary and Matthew as he was going off to war. The photo is from the scene of her saying goodbye at the train station.  Train station platform goodbyes are so poignant, aren't they?   I added a frame from an antique album as well as a bower of flowers from a piece of antique scrap.  And some washi tape and blue velvet trim.
At home, I've been rearranging my dining room.  I'll show you when it's finished (Spring fever!) Above, I mounted that cage "doll" I created on top of a silver toned candlestick for extra height.  I like the way it shows off the danglies.
So, that's some of what I've been up to, creatively, lately.  With my husband traveling a lot for work lately I'm lucky to make it to work and back and hold down the fort at home, much less get anything creative done.  Nevermind the aforementioned empty nest anticipation which is really hitting hard for some reason right now (whimper.)  

Friday, April 3, 2015

What's on my worktable and a couple of questions

A few days ago at work I had was stitching around these little birdies from a scrap of one of my favorite fabrics...
and the next day I worked on them with some paper supplies...I really enjoyed this impromptu project!  As you can see, I also added one with a little crocheted butterfly doily that I'd received in a Birdsong swap last year.
 This one is my favorite.
 Then I made the leftover paper scraps into an array of tags...
which I sewed pretty buttons onto, just for fun.  If I ever reopen my Etsy store, I'll include these as little thank you gifts when I send stuff out.
Or maybe they can be gift tags...

I also embroidered these little squares from vintage stamped transfers I'd bought years ago at a flea market...
 Because, as you know, I am loving french knots these days

Then in a moment of, "I need to leave for work and I have no projects to work on" panic, I grabbed the little sponsor kit I'd sent off to Birdsong 3 a couple of years ago...
I had included fabrics, buttons and a transfer of birds. I am really loving the challenge of creating with just what you have on hand -- it leads to some interesting assemblages!
Pretty new fabrics...and a pink measuring tape!
And I found a huge piece of new burlap yardage with little sparkles in it -- both of the fabrics above are sparkly but it's hard to see in the photo.
I made another rag wreath -- this time I'm considering adding coffee filter flowers to it.  Opinions? Would you buy it?  I'd like to make this the newest item when I re-open my Etsy shop.  I'd have to charge about $30 for it though because it uses yards and yards of fabric.  Would you pay $28 for this wreath?  It has about 150 individually hand tied knots on it.
Another project my family has helped me with: transferring all of our family videos to DVD.  I used a Roxio VHS to DVD gizmo that I'd gotten for Christmas a few years ago.  I am so relieved and happy to have this project done!  Ever since the Black Forest fire a couple of years ago it has been high on my to-do list, but it's one of those projects that is time-consuming and hard to force yourself to sit down and do.
It has left me with this empty DVD container that I hate to throw away.  There must be some use for it.  Anyone?  Crafty ways to make it beautiful and functional as something besides a DVD holder?
Thanks for your opinions/ideas!