Saturday, January 17, 2015

a little sewing and some flower photos from the past summer

~~finding a little time to do some sewing this winter~~

I love the slower days of winter because I am able to to sit at the sewing machine
more than usual. I don't think there are too many things
I like doing more than sewing things for the home. 
I had resolved that this winter I would get in and make a major dent in my fabric stash and
since I have waaay too much fabric and already have three quilt tops ready to have 
machine quilted (when I can afford it :))) I decided to make pillows.

pillows for the bed

pillows for the sofa
And this isn't even all of them. I'm sure you will be seeing them in future
photos, but they are summery and some of them
will be going outside or on the sofas in the spring.

I'm like that with everything I do. 
Once I get started on something I have a hard time reining myself in.
It really becomes noticeable when I craft or sew. I do a kind of assembly
line thing. I'm one of those...if a little is good...a lot, is A LOT better.
I always make more of something than I will ever need.

I also made a ruffled linen cushion topper thingy for the sofa so when 
the dog jumps on the white sofa to see whose at the door
I can throw it in the wash and not the whole slipcover.

but guess what? I only made one!

I've also been sewing some stars (too many, I might add)
from all my scraps for a little garland for a granddaughter's room.
I hope to share them here when I get them done.

Remember when I wrote that I had taken a ga-zillion photos of blooms from the
garden and would bore you with them this winter?
well~~~ it's winter
so here we go with some of the peonies

Thank you to all who read here and to all those who follow along.
It's a wonderful way to share the things I love and love to do.

~~hugs from here~~

Sunday, January 4, 2015

floral crowns and a beautiful card from Australia

I have a very dear friend who lives next door and a couple of days before Christmas she
brought home some stems from a florist and called and asked if I would like to make some
floral crowns with her.
She for her daughter, and me for a couple of my granddaughters
who live close by.

I love how they turned out!!!
I have been wanting to do this for a very long time with flowers from the garden 
but never have gotten around to it. I will definitely make time this year!
We had a great time putting them together. I wish I would have gotten a photo of the one Sarah
made for her daughter. It was so pretty.
 These kept well in the refrigerator. In fact I took these photos after they had been in there two days.

I also want to share a beautiful package I received all the way from 
Most of you artists already know Suzy from 
Suziqu's Threadworks  and for those of you who don't, you can click
on her name and become acquainted with her. She makes so many beautiful
things in many different mediums, but really loves working in laces and fabrics.
I am so happy to have a beautiful piece of her artwork in my home.

Don't you love this beautiful paper that it all came wrapped up in?
She and I share a passion for roses and you should see her

In the package was a pretty bundle of laces
for me to use in my own collage art.

Now for the beautiful card!
Isn't this the sweetest angel face you have ever seen?
Notice the beautiful floral crown of roses it wears in it's hair.
This card is precious to me for two reasons. Because it came from Suzy's hands
and because angel art is very special to me because of the syndrome my son has 
called Angelman after the Dr. who first named it as a 
specific syndrome. 
It's a bonus that it is wearing a beautiful crown of roses!

Thank you so much Suzy for this gift. I will cherish it always.

And thank you Sarah for the wonderful afternoon making the crowns.
We had such a good time doing this and hope we get together this
summer and do a few pretty rose crowns too.

I would  like to take the opportunity to wish everyone who reads
this blog a wonderful New Year and hope that 2015 is what we all hope
it will be for us.