Sunday, July 6, 2014

Back to Normal?

I've found that there are a LOT of folks out there repainting and selling furniture. Thus, I've not sold much of what I've done. Therefore, I've slowed waaaaay down on my painting and have gone back to sewing. Not a bad idea either since I love it. Here are some of my latest things.
A little something for my Princess Klaire. Can't wait to see her in it.
The latest block for Quilt Art Designs In the Garden BOM. I was distracted and made several mistakes on this one. I realized I missed one, but it will stay where it is. I can live with it.
Last month's block. I used some paint and did a little shading of her face, neck, arms and feet and I like the result.
I finally got the borders on my bird quilt top. It's a throw size and ready to sandwich when I find the time.

Well, I have done a LITTLE painting, but nothing noteworthy so we'll close with my little birdies.
Oh wait! I'll show you a picture of my family gathering together at a new water park my sister manages. We had a blast!
See ya later!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Turtle Power

My niece saw the table I did for LMW and immediately asked if I'd do one for her son Kaleb. Or course, I said!!
He's a big TMNT fan....(Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for those of you who never had a son who was mesmerized by them.)
I had a little more trouble with the decoupage on this one for some reason. Maybe due to the thickness thinness of the posters.
I enjoy doing these because I rather enjoy doing something fun and creative as opposed to run of the mill.
So, there you go Kaleb! Turtle Power!!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Current Projects

I have trouble finding time to post these days. Between painting furniture, sewing and the grandkids, it doesn't leave a lot of time. But here are some of the things I've done in the last few weeks.

A bedside table for my little super hero LMW.
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 A solid oak coffee table. Before:
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 I found time to do a paper pieced block.
 And I was able to get my birds all put together. There is another boarder around it, but I haven't stopped to take a picture of it yet. I plan to put another strip around it before I try to quilt it.
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Time Change: Springing Vintage Furniture Forward

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Stack 'N Whack

At the encouragement of my BQB Jan, I tried the Stack 'n Whack method of cutting fabric to make a kaleidoscope effect. But instead of layering 8  pieces, I only layered 4 and just cut squares. It was a good way to get my feet wet and besides, I don't have one of those fancy long triangular rulers anyway.

This is the result.
I was determined to use only what I had on hand in my stash, and had to do a lot of digging when I ran out of some of it. I think I did ok though and I even have backing and batting to use, so I'm a happy girl.
This is the fabric I started with.
And here are some of the blocks before sashing.
The whole block only ended up being 5" but with this fabric I decided the smaller blocks looked more dramatic. Here is a larger block.
See how you really can't see any cool kaleidoscope pattern?
Much cooler.
I didn't intend to get this far on it, but once I started, I just kept going and decided this would be a NICU quilt.
It was nice to sit down and just sew for a while. I never realized how much it relaxes me. :)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Befores and Afters

I thought I'd let you all see the before and afters all together in one place. 
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Sorry, no before. It was just the solid black color and I added the harlequins.
 The before can be seen in other photos here. I forgot to take a dedicated before pic.
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I had one happy little boy on my hands with this. It went right beside his bed and he immediately began putting his stuffed animals on top of it. :)
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So, you see how busy I've been. More in the works!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Progress and Success

I've painted several items for our new little enterprise.  And thankfully, we've sold a couple of items this week. This chair is the latest finish, but I have two more things almost ready to put up for sale.
You can see the irises in bloom behind the chair. I transplanted them from my mother's place last year...I think. (Could have been the year before that.) They are really blooming this year, so they must like where I put them.

We've decided on a name for our business. It took many many days of thinking and rethinking. I prayed about it several times, and we wanted something different than the norm. Finally God gave it to me. Yes, I DO give Him the credit. Ready?

Time Change: Springing Vintage Furniture Forward

Do you like it? We do.
I've been really busy with the painting and sewing and keeping the boy child, etc. I'm busy from "get up to go down" every day. And you know what? I love it!

I made these little goodies this week for some friends coming babies.

I also finished two baby quilts for a friend. Now, all my commissions are finished and I have to say that I'm kind of glad about that.
That's my update dear friends. Time to call it a night and "go down" for my beauty sleep. Thanks for reading!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend Work

After getting a dress made for my little Klaire (forgot to take a pic) I was finally able to sit down and do the April block for the In The Garden quilt along.
I really enjoyed being able to sit at the machine and do this. I love each block and the sections come together as smoothly as butter.

Along with that, I finished a table for sale.
It's been really good to get back to my first love. (Aside from Jesus) I'm at a point now where I can alternate the sewing and painting and that is a good thing for me. I loved transferring the typography on the top and painting it out. I used transfer paper, and a very small liner brush. It took a while, but I loved every second of it.
I have a chair almost finished and as soon as I can get to the store to purchase a sealer I need, I will have it done and can post it. So far no sales, but we are just beginning so we will be patient....or try to anyway.