Saturday, June 29

2 Really Fun Days

Well yesterday I went to my friend Stefanie's house and we had a wonderful day quilting. I got the top finished on my gray and yellow quilt (yes that is it's name for now) I am very excited to start quilting on this.  We had a wonderful lunch at Barbara's and were lucky enough to get the last slice of the eye rolling, lip smacking coconut cake. As our sweet waitress told us the last piece is the largest. So we shared this huge piece of cake and discussed our fond memories that the beautiful and oh so yummy cake brought back to both of us. 

My fond memories from childhood was having lunch at Harvey's in down town Nashville. It was a wonderful experience to eat lunch there. It was also THE place to go see Santa. There was a real working merry go round to ride and the carousel horses were a part of the Harvey's logo. They flanked the escalator (the first ones in Nashville). The link above will take you to a great PBS video of  old downtown Nashville during it's prime and there is a section telling about Harvey's. Just the idea of ladies putting on their best dress and hat and gloves to go to lunch is such a beautiful memory. Us little girls wore our best too. It was a big adventure to go to Harveys.

This quilt was a "slightly planned" improv quilt.
The kind I love to make. Not quite sure yet what the back will be.
A trip up to my stash will be a hunt for the just so perfect fabric.
Then to the fun part of quilting. 
The quilt top was made with Moda Comma Charm Pack
and some Moda Grunge Grey

Today Paula and I went to the bead show. For those of you that have never been it's kind of like a quilt show without the gallery of finished quilts. There are classes and lots of vendors who sell anything to do with beading. I saw a new tool that has gone on my Amazon wish list and did shamefully blow my budget and got the lovelies in the pic above. The vendor I picked up all the metal objects from is one of my favorites and I always visit her booth. I could spend tons of money their but did my best to keep control of myself and my plastic. Paula is no help encouraging me to buy things I am just drooling over. She picked up a bracelet mandrel herself that she has been wanting for a long time, to make bracelets from old silver flatware. So we both left happy even thou we were a bit poorer. 

Now it's time to enjoy a quiet night at home with hubby and relax. 

Monday, June 24

The Fun Finishing Touches

I really love making and wearing these fiber cuffs.
So here are a few I finished this morning. 

These blend 2 of my favorite things, 
sewing and jewelry making.
Faux leather, copper sheet, copper wire and a
beautiful natural stone.

Denim, zippers, lace, and a cameo

Faux leather with black trim and silver tone
metal rose buttons.

 You need more than 2 hands sometimes to make these
and when I glue I use these handy tweezers
that open when you squeeze them. 

They hold good and tight and I have about 6 and
every time I use them I wish I had more. 

Saturday, June 22

Where has the time gone?

Well I look back on here and think didn't I just post a few days ago? Well I guess not. Not sure where my time goes but it flies by so quickly. My sewing room looks like a bomb went off in here due to me being in the early stages of a mixed media project. Part is on the sewing cabinet and it has spread to the jewelry bench and even overflows into the chair. I always seem to make the biggest messes when doing mixed media due to the many supplies I like to use. I am trying to get them under control thou.

One day while walking threw JoAnn I saw this oh so cute little faux suitcase that had been red tagged for a quick sale and I thought hey you need to come home with me. 
I thought I could use it for something but not sure what

Also picked up some new trims - some 
were marked down as low as 50 cents a yard

I went nuts when I saw this black beaded trim
for 97 cents a yard

Then it hit me where to store all these trims

I did get a few jewelry things done this week
 simple cuff bracelet - love the big butterfly

and a brooch with copper, aluminum and a beautiful bead from Red Dog

There was a arts/crafts show near my house and since it
was so close I dropped in this morning. I just couldn't
pass up this print. I love all things Star Wars and
Bodda Fett is my fav charter in the movies. 
For those non fans he is a bounty hunter and
pretty much a no nonsense bad guy. 
Him holding a bunny was just too much of a twist. 
After getting a frame I'll hang this next to my
jewelry bench. Just love it. 

And another art project that I did was completed this morning. 
(remember the zen coffee - drawing while I have my morning cup of joe)
Well this took 2 mornings and it's to show those little crazy/silly/or sometimes
completely rational ideas that just pop out of my head. 
Sometime I think that little trap door gets locked cause creativity stops
and it's hard to get it started again. I guess that is when my little monster
pushes hard and breaks out. 

Well back to the fiber cuff assembly line.

Saturday, June 8

More Creative Time

Well this past Tuesday I found out that for June and July I will only be working 1 day a week! For about an hour I thought darn less money - then I came to my senses and thought Hey! more time at home! What a silly girl I am. So I started off with doing a few things around the house that really needed to be done. 

I had purchased the frames a while back to make a family tree. It took longer to pick out the photos than to paint the tree on the wall so it was done in an afternoon. 

An old 1950's photo of my mom holds a place of 
honor in the center with the rest of the family around her. 

Another part of the hall has our DVD shelf. It's just the depth of the DVDs and 
takes up almost no space in the hall. It also gives me a place to display a few
of my favorite little eye candy items. 

The shelf is special to me cause my brother in law and little Ian made
it for us. I have the sweetest video of Ian painting away telling who 
the shelf is for. 

And speaking of Ian here is a beautiful photo
my sister took of him one day while they were
working in the yard. Just look at those eyes, and 
sweet little hands. How lucky I am to have a 
child in my life.

Well off to the sewing machine and
the yellow and gray quilt. 

Sunday, June 2

Every Little Scrap

I'm not one for saving scraps or making scrappy quilts. I did save scraps when I first started quilting but they got out of hand quickly and I decided that it would't be good for me to try to save these. How to sort them etc just didn't work out well. So I only keep scraps now that are pretty good size, and it has to be of a fabric I have other larger sections of. That way I can see me using it at some point. 

That being said thou I had the scraps from the recent baby quilt still on the machine and wanted to make a little something and surprise I used up every single bit of them. What a shocker. Normally they would have become trash. Sorry if you scrappy quilt makers are rolling your eyes now, but I just can't help myself. I have enough clutter issues as it is. 
With my improve method of quilting you often end up with a few pre cut shapes left over and it made these 2 little project sew up very quickly. 

Crazy little monster still needs a face and stuffing. 
Good tv watching handwork.
One guess who will end up with this?

This little mat will go on the kitchen counter.

The quilting was all just go with the flow. 
I hate to say it but this makes me want to redo
my kitchen window treatments to something a
bit fun and modern. What can one little mat cause?

This morning I looked on line to find possible patterns
for this fabric and I found several that I liked.
All very modern. So I'll need a good solid, more
than likely white and I'll be ready to start cutting. 

Well I need to go do house work. I played all day
yesterday too and got none of that boring stuff done.