Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Paris Street Market, The Barn and a little lamb

Here are some cheery photos of my last trip to A Paris Street Market two weeks ago:

 Doily banner heaven!

 Now that I've made my own fabric strip banners, I can appreciate the time it took to make these lacy ones; they appeared to be made from inexpensive lace tablecloths!
I really liked these lampshades made from strips of  fabric.
I so would have bought some of those vintage birds Rebecca was holding if I wasn't working so hard on downsizing my clutter horde craft supplies.
 This sign made me laugh out loud!
 As soon as I saw this dilapitdated old doll I knew I had to photograph it because I know so many people who would love it!

  Runners made from hankies and doilies!
Someone was selling their button collection!
After the market and lunch, we went to another favorite store, The Barn in nearby Castle Rock.

 We have so little color in my own yard that I had to snap a photo of me with the blooming tree in front of the store!

I fell head over heels in love with these hand made picture frames (above), each displayed with the cutest sheep and little lambs!
I had to splurge on this one to come home with me.
 And I copied one of our family photos in sepia to display in the frame...
but couldn't decide which I liked better: full color or sepia.
So I went with both and I change them out on my desk -- easy to do with the little clip.
I {quilted puffy heart} market season!  I love to walk around with friends and feel completely inspired by the time creative people take to make the everyday beautiful!
This heart is the only thing besides a little embroidery I've created this week.  It came from a double wedding ring quilt 'square' I've had forever; it's made from such sweet fabrics -- and the shape of the quilting lent itself nicely to a heart, don't you think?
This is a photo of Ben in San Francisco, modeling a Hard Rock Cafe jacket I really wanted to buy him but couldn't afford on a trip there in 2003.
I continue to be in the throes of disbelief and a kind of grief (and joy!) over his graduation this coming week, and all the changes in store for us.
To tell you the truth it's completely overwhelming me right now.  It was even hard to write this blog post without weeping a little bit.  I am a mess.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

I hope you have a lovely day today, celebrating mothers and being spoiled.
 I was spoiled last night -- Dennis cooked his famous fried chicken and fixing and I had a chance to sit down to a dinner with both my guys.  Plus I got some flowers, chocolates and a new book!
 The family photos we took last month were my BIG gift this year;
 that was a fun day and a happy memory forever.
It's so hard to believe 18 years have passed since I finally had the chance to be a mom!
We are in the middle of a transition with Ben getting ready to graduate from high school and go off to college -- a day we have always known was coming -- but how can it be here so soon?
If you haven't ready my blog long and are interested, I wrote a little about my journey to motherhood here.
I will be working today, because it's a BIG day for phone calls!
Happy Mother's Day to all my wonderful friends!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Doodling with fabric

Some time ago I assembled a packet of like-colored vintage fabric scraps for a future project. The other day I took it out and started to "doodle."  I just laid the fabrics out haphazardly on top of a linen napkin, and kept moving them around until I was happy with how they looked.
When I was satisfied, I stitched them all together and this was the result.
It was so relaxing and fun to do this project and I love how it turned out.
The thing is, I don't know what I will do with it.  And it's probably not finished yet -- although all the pieces have been sewn down.  Sewing it and seeing it all come together harmoniously was such a joy.  And to think: I almost didn't make it because I didn't know what it would become!  I am so glad I listened to my muse and just sewed.
Maybe I'll edge it with trims and add some fancy stitches on the fabric's borders.  What would you do with it?
Other things I've made lately: another simple cuff; this one is just a muslin wrapped metal cuff onto which I glued pretty rose trim in a soft beige.
And -- something I've been stitching in free moments at work: a heart-shaped button design on a tea towel.
I was so excited to finish it.  I always feel so enthusiastic when I start an embroidery project but by the end I'm usually chomping at the bit for it to be over.

Friday, May 1, 2015

First day of May

For my birthday last year, Karla gifted me with a blank Natures Blessing Journal to create with.
I've been saving it and just began some work in it.  Wanna see?
Included with the ;journal were some pages to color; I used watercolor pencils and had the most relaxing afternoon at work coloring in between phone calls!  It is therapeutic.
On these pages I made a simple background and glued on some lovely postcards I've collected.
This one of Paris...
and this one by the wonderful Hope from Paper Relics.
Another layout...
with the second doodle page I colored...
and this simple page with embellishments of ribbon, buttons, a feather, and some birds, of course.  I was inspired to write the title of a song I was listening to one one side.
This page is a collage I made years ago -- I glued it into the book's last page.
I love the little calling card's sentiment: May your life be peace.
Thinking of Spring and nature's blessings today, on the first day of May.

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!
 #scarythriftstorefinds