Saturday, February 25, 2012

I Hear Something....

 
 What was that? Please repeat yourself....
That's what I though you said!

This is what I worked on finishing up today. I really wanted this little area above my desk finished so I could focus on other things.
I finished painting the board today. I saw something like it while perusing beach cottages online one day and decided to do one for myself. I added the shells and starfish to make it my own. I have to say I'm pretty pumped at how it turned out.
I thought about doing the master bedroom entirely in a beach motif, but decided Mr. BLines wouldn't really love it as much, so I will stick to this one area along with my "Swimming Sea Turtle" colored walls. I finished painting the bedroom and bathroom this week. When I get everything just so, I'll share the before and after photos with everyone.

Christmas in February

Here is my monthly installment of what I call Twelve Months of Christmas. Well, at least it's my second installment. Who knows if I come up with more?? Anyhoo, let's revisit my inspiration ornament, purchased at Cracker Barrel.


L O V E it!!  Now, here is the first attempt at something along these lines.


It's a little quilted circle with an appliqued Chickadee and holly. A bit of embroidery and some jewels add to the simple design. The back is the same fabric, one I just pulled out of the cabinet because it was neutral.  I tried adding some Diamond Dust, but it really didn't add anything to the black part.  It was not a big hit, but will be put on the tree anyway. Neeext...


Mucho Better!! Here's what I did. I took a small embroidery hoop and muslin, and painted the design on. I added little pearly beads for dimension, and a bit of glitter acrylic paint to the word Joy. I painted the hoop white around the edges, hot glued rick rack on the top and sides of it, and then added the little bow with some do-dads I bought on clearance at Walmart after Christmas. This is the back...


Just a round cut of green fabric to give it a finished look. This one I am very happy with. And it gives me another idea for using the little hoops. Maybe that will be next month's idea!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Puff Two

Here is the second painting I've done which is inspired by a Puffs tissue box design.
My brother created some 10x10 box frames for me a while back, just so I could add canvas and paint on them. Unfortunately, I didn't have any canvas handy, but what I did have was Aida cloth that Snoodles awarded me. (I told you I had other things in mind than cross stitching, didn't I Snoodles?)
This little painting didn't take long at all, and I was very content while doing it. Peace and happiness filled my soul as I welded the brush. Oh, it's not the stuff of Van Gogh, but it suits me just fine.

Linking up to Rock 'N Share at The Shady Porch

Sunday, February 19, 2012

February Finish

Second charity quilt of the year is finished.
I hope a sweet little baby girl will be able to use this and it will bless her Mama and Daddy. I used several different styles of decorative stitching to applique the floral pieces. That was a fun experiment!

It was really fun to do, and you can see the hearts I stitched on the binding here.

I just folded the backing over the top for the binding. It worked really well against the black of the border fabric as well as saved some time and fabric.


Now, on to the next one...brown and yellow is the plan this time.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

My First Love

Oh Painting...how I've missed you.... *smooch!*

I've been a painting walls lately. My bedroom and bathroom walls to be exact, and that's not what I'm talking about here.  Before I sewed, before I quilted, I painted. It was and still is my first love. I just don't have much time for it these days.

This is what I worked on today.
It's a box my grandfather made for me years and years ago. It's not out of really good lumber, just what he had on hand, but it's solid and made with love. I don't remember exactly what precipitated this box building, but I think I made a comment about needing a magazine holder or something like that.
My grandfather was known to keep everything he ever owned, and bringing home anything he found. He might have invented the term "dumpster diving" but there were no dumpsters in the country where he lived. So, we would have to say he "gravel pit swimming"  or maybe "garbage pile poaching".. what a man! He once built a storage house made completely from discarded shower doors and tin. He was a genius and family folks just laughed at him. My family and I still get a kick out of mentioning it and he's been in heaven since 1997.

I stained the box at first. After all, everything else in my house at that time was stained wood. Ugh. How dreary was that? And after all these years, I decided to paint it to match my bedroom wall color. Wanna know where I got my inspiration? Bet you'll never guess...well that is unless you are a collector of Puffs Plus boxes. Yep. That's right. A box of kleenex. They have some awesome designs and I plan to use a few more designs as inspiration for some wall art.  Until then...
...I'll enjoy my little water themed box that holds all kinds of neat things. Paper, notebooks, extra Bibles and other sundry items. This little trip back to my first love has awakened a heartfelt desire to paint more. Wish me luck!!

Linking up with Rock 'N Share at the Shady Porch and Minutes for Me at Crafty Sewing & Quilting.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Joy and Rapture!

After fighting this thing for a YEAR, I finally finished it yesterday.... Hallelujah!


I didn't piece the colored parts, just added most of the muslin. My cousin's grandmother started it and he asked me to finish it. I had to attach every circle to a center and to each other circle then quilt and bind it.


The vintage fabrics were really cool, but I don't think they will hold up to a washer, not to mention be colorfast. So, I am going to recommend he not wash it, but I do think it turned out pretty well considering I didn't have a clue what I was doing when I started.


I think I can safely say that I will not try another wedding ring quilt in this lifetime. It might have been easier if I'd started it from scratch, but I don't want to try to piece all those little things to make a circle. Not my idea of fun.


I'm glad to have it finished, and I'm sure he'll be glad to have it back after waiting for a year. I just kept putting it aside because it just wasn't fun. Now that it's over, I'm glad I did it.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Pillow Finish

 It seems like forever since I actually finished a project.


I originally started out planning to add a bright yellow ruffle around the flower, but after much aggravation working with it, I threw that out. I'm thinking it looks better without it anyway and would have made it too busy. This way, you can really see the quilting and the rose.


I just took the orange fabric, cut it into strips, and twisted it in a circular pattern. I tacked it as I went and decided to add the green for the leaves as an afterthought. And because I wanted to make it unique, I added some little beads here and there.



I quilted the pillow itself in a circular pattern. I used a bowl as a starting point, and used a watercolor pencil to mark where I wanted the stitching to go. I sewed it together wrong side to wrong side, and added the green trim like quilt binding.  I'm very pleased at how it turned out and relieved that I finally finished it.

Linking up to Rock 'N Share at the Shady Porch!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Awards!

There is this really cool award running rampant in the blog world... And I've been awarded twice!!


First by lovely and talented Tanya at Frou Frou Britches.  She is a sweetheart and once (a short time ago) when she was a toddler, my mother baby sat her. She is a very gifted seamstress and you can tell by her blog posts that she adores her children and husband.


Secondly, by Marcia at Crafty Sewing & Quilting. She has been an inspiration to me and is a gifted designer and quilter. She is always teaching us something and her quilts are unbelievable!


I will confess a little something here....I have whittled down my blog reading considerably, due to the time it takes from other more important things. I try to keep up with those of you who have me on your blog roll though. Given that I don't keep up as much as I used to, I won't try to award anyone else because I'm sure it would duplicate recipients. I will however, endeavor to list some things about me. I've done that before, but some of you may be newer to reading my blog and won't know these things.

1. I'm a very short person. I barely reach 5'. I used to have an extra half inch, but time has sort of shaved that off. That's what aging will do to you!

2. I've been married to the same man for 35 years this May. Child bride....Ahem. I was 18, but we had been dating since I was 15. That sounds like we came from them thar hills doesn't it? I can't believe we've been together this long in this kind of world. We've had our ups and downs as everyone does, but I believe the best is yet to come!

3. I always dreamed of making a living painting and crafting. The choices I made didn't make that dream possible. It's ok. God is still in control and I'm content. I am having a little taste of it though, as a few folks are commissioning me to do a few things for them. It's nice, and there's no pressure.

4. I have two children and one grandchild. LeLe is my first and the light of my life, J is second and my joy. LMW is my heart and my whole world. LeLe shares this blog with me, but since the arrival of LMW almost 2 years ago, she does well to post once or twice a year. She does update her personal blog regularly though.

5. I've been sewing since I was probably 10 years old. First was just embroidery, and then in high school I learned how to use the sewing machine while taking Home Economics. It's not called that now. The one thing that sticks out in my mind that I created as a teenager, was a pair of tan jeans that I embroidered on. I put blue roses and rose buds on them, that I had drawn out myself. I was sooo proud of those jeans and my boyfriend then (not my husband) was sometimes heard to sing..."I've got a freaky old lady name of Cocaine Katy who embroideries on my jeans..." Anyone remember that song???

6. I have a bit of social anxiety and that's why blogging is such a wonderful thing for me. I get to interact with others who share my interests, without the fear. My Sunday School class and teacher might not agree on that, because I am pretty vocal in class. I feel comfortable there, and so I run at the mouth. I'm making up for lost time I suppose.

7. I started quilting a couple of years ago, and like with everyone else I know who quilts...it has become an obsession. I love the creation process and seeing how my designs play out. And I really love seeing the smiles on the faces of those who receive my quilts. It blesses me more than words can say.

There you have it. Thank you so much Tanya and Marcia for the award. It warms my heart to know I'm even noticed. You both ROCK!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wednesday Works in Progress

I've been a bit behind in my sewing, but am finally back on track. Here are two things in the works and I'm excited to see how they turn out.


These are the squares for my latest charity quilt I spoke of in my last post. I still have to machine applique them before I can put them together. I enjoy that process though, when I eventually figure out which stitch works and looks best. I spent some time yesterday experimenting on an extra square deciding what to do.


This will become a pillow for my bed. I've been wanting some fabric with bright yellow, orange and lime green in it, but realized I had scraps that would work for it. After some fiddling, I think I have the design I want to go with. I'm interested to see if it turns out the way I plan.

I'm linking up to Marcia's Minutes for Me and Rock 'N Share at the Shady Porch.