Happy holidays to you and yours, from digs and the brindle squad! and cheers for a grand 2010!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Here's one of my designs as a sneak preview; maybe it's my quilterly ways, but I couldn't help but bring a little fabric into the mix. Wanna get a free project from the book? Try Cathy Gaubert's totally rad Holiday Toadstools on for size. I want to make about 62 for our Christmas ficus!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
And finally, a wild crafting hair moment: I decided to make something Christmas-y for our table - just a simple quilted placemat. Ye olde Christmas ficus just seemed a bit lonley this year.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Happy turkey (or tofurkey or veggie lasagna) day, everyone!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
You think I'd know better and give my Singer a nice and easy settling in, but no! I've been wanting to try pebble quilting for a while, and I must say, the results are a nice compliment to my wonky...er...messy quilting style. This one is made with the same hand-printed stripe fabric and is bound for the stretchers. I do love the minis!
And speaking of minis, the vet just told us our little Violet is probably a bit older than we first thought, maybe 8 or 9 months. Which means she may not be getting much bigger after all. She's about 25 pounds now, and she may not top 35... We like the sound of that even better: an itty bitty pitty! She looks a bit business-like in this photo, though I think she was actually trying to figure out if my straight pins were edible!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Oh, happy day. My sewing machine is back in action! And working better than ever. I continue to be surprised by how attached I am to this machine. The thought of learning a new machine positively horrifies me. And, I guess, it's also related to the fact that this was my mom's machine (until I "borrowed" it 10 years ago), so I've always imagined I'd make my children's clothing on it... Or at least puppy costumes. Speaking of puppies, things are finally starting to settle down at the homestead. Violet is doing well (see puppy montage - my favorite kind - below!), and Baby is starting to enjoy her new little buddy, despite that constant gnawing feeling in her ears, lips, legs, face, bum....
With the ensuing calm, I've had a little time to create. Gosh, the place didn't feel like home until I got to be creative here. The first experiment was printing my own fabric with cardboard cutouts: based on an idea I saw in a magazine, I cut out strips of cardboard, glued them in a stripey pattern on another piece of cardboard, put paint on the strips, and pressed them onto the fabric. Easy, fun, and that imperfect look I've learned to love.
Then I used the printed fabric as a background for these little red corals. I don't know why sea life - kelp, coral, greenies - keep popping up. I live in the mountains; I suppose I should be making pine trees and mountains instead, but... I do like this little mini and it's the first of a little series I have in mind.... we'll see where it leads.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
...and then some quilt blocks for Common Threads...
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Speaking of transformations, we're about to make a big one: moving from our much-loved, yet pricey rental house to an apartment. We're saying goodbye to a lot: lovely West A'ville, a superb yard, our hot tub (sniffle, sniffle)... and it's bittersweet for sure. But there are some definite positives: hello, my first ever very own craft room!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Unfortunately, these blocks have done the unthinkable: they have killed my sewing machine. Well, actually, it was probably the 20+ years of steady use without a servicing. Either way, I'm taking her in for a checkup: fingers crossed. Gosh, I never thought I would get so emotionally attached to a machine.
And I can't help but share some lovely shots from our weekend camping in the mountains. We camped at Lake Santeetlah - which was still warm enough to for swimming (oh, moonlight swims!) - and did a little bit of hiking at Joyce Kilmer. And Baby took her first canoe ride... like a champ! Admittedly, we were trying to extract one last flurry of summer fun, but the nip in the air is nice, too.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
I spent my weekend with my brother, his family, and their super full-o-life boston terrier Lucky. We took in some local eats, played lots of apples to apples (my fave!), and went tubing (also my fave!) on the Green River. I love sharing this place with my family... it always makes me rediscover things I forget to notice on a daily basis. No crafting to report, but good, good livin nonetheless.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Oh, and I have a new piece I've been working on... so much for a break from the sewing machine! This is one of the ideas I've been thinking about experimenting with: stretching my minis over canvas stretchers. I really love the effect; I love minis as they are - art! - but somehow they seem more official on a canvas like this. You can expect to see a lot more of these and the birds too, I guess. I really could make birdies all day long!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
What's missing from the photo is my little table setup... seriously, I could have read some tarot cards. Maybe next time... yeah, I think they'll be a next time. This show was such a good learning experience. And best of all (besides the fact that Tia - campfollowerbaglady - stopped by while she was in the neighborhood... from Australia! Thanks, Tia!), I've got a ton of ideas for where I'm headed next with my minis. And boy, oh, boy, I'm excited to experiment. After a small break, I think.