Saturday, April 18, 2015

Flaky

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.
Sigh.
 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!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Happy mail and surprises at The Bins

I think I  have mentioned that we have a new thrift store in town -- one of those weigh and buy stores, a Goodwill Outlet, aka The Bins. They are fun to shop at since everything is sold by weight; therefore it's a challenge finding things you'd like to buy that are also lightweight so you get the best deal.
You know how much I love buttons, as well as bargains, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to come across these at the bottom of a bin!  More photos of those are on my other blog, Button Floozies.
I bought the prettiest card/tag book from my friend Terri's shop.  It's going to be the perfect graduation card for my friend's daughter!
I'm planning to put photos, quotes and maybe some gift cards in each of the little pockets or on the tags.  She will love it -- who wouldn't?
Is there anything more fun than ordering from your friends?  I think not -- and I call it happy mail!  The box above and the pretty little linen next to it were "extras" Linda Sue sent when I ordered from her Etsy shop!
I ordered these flower frogs for my collection...
 and they came in that tin with this fabulous hand made card and note from Linda, plus:
 all this!
I am completely in love with these silk flower pins -- all different, and some made with those fabulous soldered centers -- the nun and the man and his son!
 And these Marie-like tally cards -- look at the inserted lace!
I think this religious hanging is remarkable -- so creative!  It is a picture of Mary stitched onto a pile of book pages; the top ones have been gilded/painted gold and then fringed.  Then it is glittered, and accented with...
a shell set in metal button!  My friends are so generous -- and they love me as much as I love them!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring crafting

I've been feeling the urge to do some Spring crafting, how about you?
 I white washed this fence I bought at an estate sale last year, and added my rag wreath to it and hung it over the computer desk!  Pardon the messy desktop...
I'm not a big Easter decorator but I have a few pieces I like to get out...
 like this tag I made last year.
and this sweet Peter Rabbit statuette; here he's holding a Peter Rabbit baby fork.
 I just made these decorated eggs the other day!
 On the small one, I glued some crepe paper in a kind of ruffle around the egg...
 and added a sheet music medallion and lots of glitter.
 At the same time, I covered a peat pot with this wonderful vintage wallpaper.
 And added a frothy pink ruffle to the top for trim.
 On the far left, behind Peter, is a beautiful little egg from Karla's shop.
Beneath it all is a gorgeous table topper that was a gift from Linda when I ordered from her shop!
More on that later.
 Remember the crazy quilt square I said I was going to make into a journal cover?
 I did it -- simply tied four signatures of parchment paper into it.
I love how it turned out!

 I had to treat myself to some of this beautiful Heather from Trader Joe's the other day!
...Two of them!
They just say SPRING, don't they?