Friday, January 30, 2009
Also, not that it was a surprise, but the Par Avion fabric in Ocean seems to be the overall favorite, followed closely by Par Avion in Spring. Ah, Ocean and Spring.
This is a photoless Friday. Have a warm and cozy weekend. xoxoxo
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Kay from Serendipity Studio/Sew Serendipity sent me pictures of this wonderful floor pillow she just completed for an upcoming issue of Stitch magazine. It's a reversable pillow...so I'm loving it twice as much.
I have to tell you, I've never met Kay, but when I was in Houston for the Quilt Market I rarely left my booth. On the last day of the show I knew I better get some lunch before teardown. I heard there was a food area so I raced off, quickly ate and started to race back. Then stopped dead in my tracks and backed up to see this boutique booth. The clothes were so hip. Aw geez, next thing I knew I purchased 5 patterns and was sorry I didn't get to meet the designer before I skipped back to my booth. I have yet to sew anything yet, you know me, baby steps.
Speaking of baby steps; I'm working on a lampshade for my studio. I found this lamp (on the left) at a store in Michigan and thought it went so well with my canvas art (on the right), but it needed a shade. I have a local magazine coming this week to do a photo shoot, so that kinda pushes me to get some projects completed. I'll let you see how it turns out.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Better late than never, right? This was the doll quilt and pillow I made for Amelia to go with the doll bed we gave her this Christmas. Problem was that I didn't get a good photo before since I was working on it until the last minute. I must say I had trouble. I used to sew all the time when the kids were young, but not only am I rusty, so is my my old, old sewing machine. I used a new machine that Jennifer had just purchased. I won't say which brand, but it had A Little Engine That Couldn't. It wouldn't go over the slightest thickness and I spent more time tearing out hard balls of stitching on the reverse side than I spent sewing. Thank goodness, Mia was thrilled and did not critique my labors.
I bought a pre-owned Bernina virtuosa 153, Quilter's Edition. I hope that was a good decision for me. I researched at least what I thought I'd like to be able to do and the amount I could spend. I know it's an older machine, but the person who owned it took excellent care. I will be able to take classes, and I'll sure share any attempts. I imagine I'll start small, because I'm a bit intimidated. My very old machine did straight, zig zag, primitive button holes and that's about it. This one, though older has lots of bells and whistles I never had. I might be asking for advise.
Tomorrow is my First Blog Anniversary. I'm thinking of how I should celebrate. Any ideas?
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I love speakeasys. I saw quite a few, but only captured a couple. Many houses are surprisingly close to the sidewalk so I felt a bit uncomfortable.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Santa Barbara might just be my new favorite vacation spot. I am sitting here among breathtaking mountains, the ocean and beautiful architecture. It is so peaceful and serene. There are no bugs to attack me and no humidity to attack my hair. I can walk for miles, which I do daily. I have had time to journal, pray, read, meditate..I'm trying to over compensate for normally neglecting such important things. I am so thankful I have been given this time to plan and regroup for the months ahead.
Tim ran out the first night here and bought a small Canon Power Shot because we just had to get some photos of this. We are pleased with the quality. It even takes videos so Tim got the waves with the sound..awesome. We are quite impressed with this tiny pocket camera.
Monday, January 19, 2009
The highlight was that my friend Kay Ellen drove down to spend the day with me last Tuesday and we had a wonderful time. I'm thankful for the photos that Kay took of our day, so please check out Kay's blog here for her great photo journaling of the days events.
Here's just one serene view of an area outside of the Hilton Mission Bay Resort and of
one of the chandeliers inside. It's hard to show you how simply cool this was. It was all hand blown glass balls threaded with clear string. It truly looked like bubbles under water.
I'm out of town (which I'll be posting about soon) but my dear friend Kay Ellen emailed to let me know about the article in Sew News that just came out. Wanted to share it with you until I can get my next post finished. Do you like my Sexy (grand) Mama pose?
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Hey, I found these on the Fat Quarter Shop website. It still catches me by surprise to see my fabrics out there. Once you get your creative little fingers on these fabrics I'd be so thrilled for you to share with the rest of us what you've made. I set up a Flights of Fancy pool on Flickr for you to add things. Hope you will!
Speaking of fat quarters: All this quilt/sewing/fabric talk is fairly new around here. I knew all the lingo for home dec sewing from my interior design business. However, there is new lingo that gets thrown around in conversation that my husband had never heard before. When I used the term "fat quarter" in a sentence he got a puzzled look, was silent for a moment, then simply said. " Animal. Vegetable or Mineral?" I can't say "fat quarter" now without giggling on the inside.
I am planning some sewing projects myself, but nothing ready to show. We're still juggling too many things right now. Hoping to have some fun creating with my own fabrics very soon.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
As I walked my way around the track (not an easy task with half of my hometown doing the same thing) I questioned again why I resisted following the crowd. Then I remembered my senior prom 1970. I was adament back then to have a one-of-a-kind prom dress. I didn't want to act better, I just wanted to be unique. I went to great lengths to pay for a dress that I was told was "an original", I loved it and I just knew it would turn heads. Yeah, and apparantly Lerner's loved the dress, too, because they made a knock-off. I was unique all right: the only gal in my huge graduating class that paid 3 times more for my "Lerner's" dress and there were 6 of us with the same dress!
So here's what I learned through this walk....I need to walk a heck of a lot more!!! Look at the top photo. I had a neck back then! I was pretty sure I used to have one, but here's the proof. And look at those arms. Obviously I should have been following the crowd to the gym ages ago!!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Now, a rant about resolutions. I like them, but not the New Years ones. Can't exactly put my finger on why I don't want to make resolutions on New Years, but keep in mind I didn't like to wear anything new I got for Christmas to school right away either. I'd wait and slip something new in gradually after everyone else was done strutting their new stuff. Why? I don't know. Oh yeah, I digress. So anyway, this year I'm feeling conflicted because I NEED to become resolute about some things. So what if the day I choose to do that is on New Years Day? I'm doin it! Yeah! I AM the boss of me. ................what did I just do? Said I was making a New Years Resolution, didn't I?
Thank you all so much for all your love, support and friendship this past year. I am planning a one year anniversary celebration, so stay tuned. For now, may I wish us all a wonderfully creative 2009!