Sunday, January 30, 2011

Tree of Life Diversion

I had seen tree of life pendants at several craft shows over the fall and decided to investigate how to make one. The most helpful was this tutorial on You Tube. Here are the results. I think they turned out pretty nice for my first time making one, as well as doing wire wrapping. I already taught the technique to two co-workers and we will all wear them to work on Wednesday.

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Christmas Blues

Another Crazy Quilter and I both pieced a Christmas block with a blue theme. The first is my block with embellishments by Helina.

Next is the block Alice pieced with my additions.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

My Sewing Nook

On this couch is where I do my sewing. Below the Ott light is a table with many of my supplies, cans of trims, threads, etc. Chloe is my constant companion, and either is next to me or on the chair by the window looking out. Here she is in a rare cowboy pose on the couch.

Asian 2 Block is Home!

I received my completed Round Robin Block home today. The players were Candji, Rita, Peggy Sue, and Meg.  Here are the before and after pics!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Happy Birthday to ME!

I had a great birthday. I took the whole day off work, I drove to Lansing and Mason, Michigan and stopped at some quilt and needlework shops. At the end of the day, my husband met me for dinner after he got off work. I had coconut shrimp and steak!

Meg's Completed Asian II

I finally finished work on Meg's Asian/Arabian block. I did a magic lantern and added camels to the pyramid.....

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

More Thrift Store Finds

A cute Victorian lighted house, that says JoAnn Fabrics $1.

4 Debbie Mumm Woodland Santa Desert plates for $2

Monday, January 3, 2011

Thrift Store Gown

We made an impromptu stop at the Salvation Army in Coldwater, MI on the way home from Indiana last weekend. Couldn't pass up the big 50% off sign in the window. I got a couple cool things. One was this wedding gown, that and a gorgeous train were priced together at $12. The dress is made of an overlay of venice lace flowers, probably about 200-300. Even in our little town of Owosso, wedding gowns at the thrift store are $85-100 and rarely are included in the sales. I would be interested in them for the lace and fabric for crazy quilting....So I think this was a steal.
This train was sold with the dress, but I do not think they go together. It is almost 7ft. long and has loads of lace and satin. I thought the 3 satin roses at the top were worth the price of the train.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Cassie's Purse

My son's girlfriend is studying to be a nurse. He is going out to AZ to visit in a couple weeks. I asked him if it would be ok to make give her a homemade belated Christmas gift. He said OK, so I sewed up this little purse, using a nurse embroidery and her favorite colors of green. She also likes outdoorsy. I think it turned out pretty cute. I hope she likes it. The pattern is from Lazy Girl Designs  and is the Runaround Bag. I use it all the time, it is so easy to make.... Update 1-3-11: I dropped it off to my son today. He liked it, I could tell by his one word answer, "cool".