Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bye Bye Birdies

I love chickadees and have them scattered throughout my kitchen. For the past five years, I've even had them on my kitchen curtains. (Along with a few cardinals.)



I decided I'd like to get away from all the chickadees, regardless of how much I adore them, and I began looking for some fabric to replace the old vallance. While browsing through Walmart last week, I spotted something that I liked very much, but didn't purchase it because I just wasn't sure.

Skip ahead to yesterday, when I made my decision to purchase, and on to today when I created a new window covering.





I had the checked fabric in my stash, and something just told me to add it as an accent. I LOVE how it turned out.

Before


After

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sunrise Sunset

I'm posting this believing the recipient of this gift does not read my blog. I seriously doubt it, but just in case, I will not disclose her name or for what occasion.






I was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out. The person who commissioned this painting, wanted it antiqued and I of course complied. These photos are pre-glaze, but you really can't tell much difference due to the dark colors, so I didn't see the need to take more photos.

I used simple water based craft paint, and glazed it with watered down modge podge. I added a little drop of burnt sienna to give the glaze an antique color. I considered this a sunset... but my friend "Y" automatically felt it was a sunrise.  What do you think?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

I know It's Early, But...

Considering I don't have anything else to post yet in the way of sewing or painting, I thought I'd go ahead and show you LMW's seventh month shirt. He will be six months old on November 4. Of course, the seventh month has to be a Christmas theme.


For some reason, the photos weren't very good. I don't know if it was the time of day, or operator error. But you can see it clearly enough I think.

Christmas is going to be fun around here this year!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Warm Fuzzy.....Frog?

Yes, even frogs can be warm and fuzzy, when Nanna makes it for LMW.









I used old fashioned bias tape to bind this fleece blankee, and was not totally happy with it. I will go back to making my own binding thank you very much.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Owl Blanket

During the last cool snap, I realized that I don't have any blankets for LMW except thin little receiving blankets. Soo, Nanna had to remedy that right away!



I just got some inexpensive fleece from Walmart, bound the edges with fabric already in my stash, and then had the brainstorm about the owl. I love how it turned out.




Now, Little Man Win can be all warm and cosy at Nanna's house when the weather gets cool for good. Sure hope that is soon, because we've broken a record here in Arkansas with our days of 90 degree weather. And unfortunately, we are still experiencing a drought. I wonder if we just aren't praying hard enough.....

I'm linking up to Fabric Tuesday on QuiltStory!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A Little Fall Decor

I've been constantly thinking about how I can do some fall decorating. I finally found a few little fall things stuck in the back of my craft closet and decided to fill a dough bowl my mother-in-law gave me years ago. While I was in Walmart the other day, I grabbed a few real pumpkins to add.


I actually planned to post a picture of it yesterday, but the dark bowl, sitting on my dark coffee table just didn't show up well. In the meantime, Tanya posted her dough bowl and I got antsy to get mine fixed up right.  I remembered I had a piece of gold fabric in my antique "wardrobe" where I keep my stash, and I grabbed that little gem and made a rectangle to place under the bowl. It's nothing fancy, but it helps with the display. And brightens things up a bit.


I've had these mums on the dining table for a while now, so I didn't have to do a thing there.


I really wanted to exchange the two, placing the mums on the coffee table and the bowl on the dining table, but it was just too small to accommodate that large dough bowl, durn it. Oh well, at least I have a little something something for fall. But in all reality, my entire living room is made up of fall colors, so it's all good.

Friday, October 1, 2010

I Was Featured Y'all!

I'm thrilled to be featured on Better After. I LOVE this blog and get awesome ideas from it frequently. Go check it out!

Oops, forgot the logo!

Wonder Under vs Heat and Bond

I LOVE Wonder Under. Heat and Bond....not so much. You see, the Wonder Under is thinner, easier to trace patterns onto and easier to sew. The Heat and Bond is thicker, which could be a good thing when peeling the paper off, but my sewing machine does NOT like it. It causes the thread to do some weird something and shred. So I have to start over several times when trying to get a project finished. And for some reason, it causes my zig zag to skip stitches. Very strange.

Here is the latest project, and because of the Heat and Bond, it is not up to my usual standard.





LMW will be 5 months old on Monday. I can't believe it!!! This shirt is for the occasion, and if you look, you can see where I had to redo places a few times due to the H&B issues. I'm disappointed in how it turned out, but it will be ok.

My only complaint with Wonder Under, is that I have to find a Walmart associate to cut it for me. In Sheridan, the ladies have several areas they work and there isn't always someone handy when I'm there early in the mornings. Thus the purchase of the H&B which is packaged. I'll just have to wait next time for a helper. Not purchasing the H&B again.