Saturday, November 20, 2010

All sorts of fun~

This little bit of cuteness is my birthday present from my son, Alex. Isn't she a sweetie? I just bought The Wizard of Oz dvd, so I was really pleased to get Dorothy! This is a Lori Mitchell design. Can't wait to get the rest of the gang. Thanks Alex!

I didn't get many quilts finished this year, so I'm really glad to have this done. One more UFO down, and I don't even want to know how many are left to go! This was from Gail Pan Designs, and she's doing another free block of the month right now if you're interested.

AND, I want to show off some of the other items I've actually got done in time for Christmas! These are for my granddaughter, I'd seen some pics of painted and decorated shoes on-line lately, so I've been itching to make some. I've painted shoes before, but these are the first ones I've made with permanent marker.

I'm thinkin' Grandma needs a pair of shoes like these, too.....

I also did some fussy cutting and appliqued flowers all over some jeans for her, and embellished with small beads and embroidery. I think these fabrics are all from the Charisma Line by Chez Moi for Moda. I so love these fabrics, I made her a quilt from them but I have a LOT left over, I just couldn't stop picking up a fat quarter here, a half yard there. I have no regrets, I'll be happy if my grandkids are using the leftovers 20 years from now, ha!

And yet another present for little Missy. This apron is from a McCall's pattern, M6409. There's another really frilly apron on this same pattern that's also adorable, but I wanted the fabric to be the focal point with this one, so I skipped the frills. The floral fabric is Lotus by Amy Butler, I think it's perfect for this project.
It's nice to be in the mood to create again, I was just plodding along there for a long while. It hasn't been a good year in some ways, some sad things going on with the family. Fortunately my grandkids get me inspired to make pretty things, and making things usually helps pull me out of a funk.
Hope you're all having fun and getting into the mood for Christmas, hard to believe how close it is already!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Johanna Parker giveaway

I almost hate to spread the word, since I'd so love to win this, but I can't be greedy with such a wonderful giveaway. So go here & good luck!

Monday, November 08, 2010

Fun project

I got started on this project because of my mom, she had seen a frame that someone made for their necklaces and called to get my input on how to make one. I liked what I found once I started looking around on the net and decided to make one for my earrings.

I love how it turned out! Luckily I found a frame that I really liked at the first Goodwill store I visited. I bought a piece of hardware cloth at a local hardware store (at Home Depot and probably most big box stores you have to buy a whole roll) & it was really easy to put together. It might have been better to get the 1/4 inch hardware cloth so the earrings would be easier to remove, but this will work fine for me.
I'm considering making one for my necklaces, too. The ones I liked used either lace or some pretty paper for the backing, then hung hooks along the top of the frame.

Anybody know why they call screen 'hardware cloth'?

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Michelle's pumpkins

I recently won a prize on Michelle Palmer's blog, it's a cute bit of pumpkin art, and I really love it! I'm not sure yet, but I think I'm going to have to hunt down a small (old and a little ornate) frame for it, paint it black and rough it up a bit. You should take a minute and pop over to her blog and check out her art, I'll bet you'll really love her work.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Time to think about Christmas!

It's been a while, so I thought I'd do a post about what I've been working on. I've almost finished my 'A Christmas Wish' quilt that was a free BOM from Gail Pan designs. I love these designs she did, simple yet beautiful and they could be used for so many great projects. I plan to do a lot of hand quilting on this, but I don't think it will take me too much longer to have it done. Hopefully it will be done in time to be a Christmas present for someone this year.

I've also been painting the Santa I carved a while back. I still need to figure out what he should be holding in his right hand, it will probably be a small Christmas tree bulb or a candy cane.

I'm still enjoying the fall, but I really need to get working on Christmas presents! I always say I'm going to work on them all year so I'll be way ahead, but it rarely happens. Hope you're having as nice a fall as we've had here (in Michigan), it's been awesome!