Saturday, February 27, 2010

I have an Idea

Hi Everyone.
It seems we agree that our creative area should be called our studio, even if it's a closet. We women tend to not give ourselves enough credit for all our efforts. So, studio it shall be, and my idea is this....
Cynthia and Nancy have also mentioned organizing our studios, so how about if we all share the steps we've taken this week to that end. Including, what efforts we've made to see the value of our work. Let me know what you think.
To continue this thread, my very first machine, which cost my DH over $300 38 years ago, is sitting on the patio---remember I'm in Fla. It stopped working well about 15 years ago, and the parts weren't available, so I then ventured into the world of computerized/electronic machines. We've recently cleaned out the attic, and this gem came to visit again. Those old machines are workhorses, and my gosh, so many feet and attachments came with them. I am considering fixing it, what do you think? It may be expensive, and I'm not sure I want to invest in it, I really don't need it, but you know how hard it is to part with these things. BTW, it takes cams--remember those?
Share your thoughts...........

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Studio

Do you ever feel the need to reorganize, rearrange your space? Well, I've have that feeling pretty badly, so yesterday, I indulged. Like many of you I have more than one sewing machine. Sometimes, I look in there and wonder why I bought all this stuff. I did get good deals, at cost, great discounts, but still, what was I thinking? And my wonderful DH, who loves tools, and thinks I should have great ones, went along with me!! Insane.
So, I put the Bernina 1130 in it's case, it's under a table now. And put the Bernina 200 in it's place, in the cabinet that's made for it, which I happened to inherit, btw. The Brother is on the other side of the room, which I'll use mostly for clothing construction, makes great buttonholes, and embroidery. I also have the Brother quilting machine set up, soley for machine quilting. That's more than enough, don't you think?
I'll work like this for a while, see how it feels, then I may make more changes.
I did get some work done yesterday, made the last sundress for the peanut!! And I read, since it rained all day, and that's what you do if you can, when it rains!!
P.S. A few friends and I have decided to call our sewing rooms studios to convey that it's truly a serious creative area. What do you think?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Due to a request, here's a picture of the birthday munchkin.
She's a wee peanut, and the darling of our lives. Can you blame us?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Home again and a few pics

Hi Everyone,

We are back from the birthday party. We had so much fun, and she is a riot. She just screams out loud with delight, then gives a kiss. I am totally putty in her hands. I always knew I'd be this way.

Her mom loved the scrapbook, I brought it home with me to add the birthday page. Mom also loved the quilt and sundresses. I still have one more to make, with a barrette, of course. I'm using the yo-yo form that are a heart or a flower to make the barrettes. Target has little barrettes that have a "rubber" on them so they won't fall out, and I'm sewing these to the flower/ heart.

BTW, she has a new Michael's near her, and OMG does it have fabulous beading and scrapboooking departments. Just excellent, wish our nearest one was like that!

The pics are of a block I'm making to use up antique repros. I must, I must, decrease that stash!!
That doesn't rhyme, does it? Well, you get my drift =)
Missed you guys..


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Off To the Birthday Party

Well, Fellow Bloggers
I will be kissing that baby, so I'll be away from posting for a couple days. You all stay out of trouble, and do some work for me!!
See ya,

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

DONE and Brazilian Embroidery

Hi Everyone

Well, I finally finished the scrapbook, and I've made her 2 little sundress with barrettes to match. I am having way too much fun having a grandaughter. When our daughter was expecting her, I prayed for a girl. I know healthy is the main thing, but I wanted at least one girl to sew for. After that, God can give us all boys, I just wanted to make sure I got one to make stuff for, Know what I mean?

I mentioned the Brazilian embroidery. Here's a picture of the one piece I've done. I loved doing it and hope to make another. I had never seen it till a vendor was at last year's local show. Boy, was I taken with the look of it. Possibly I'll make a couple more and piece a small wall hanging.



Friday, February 12, 2010

Scrapbook Time

Thought I'd share a couple pages from the scrapbook I'm working on. I'm surprised how much time, and shopping--Oh No! it takes to make a page. I don't have any of the fancy equipment, just a few scissors and punches. Trying to learn how to use everything, and make a page like the ones which make me drool. For me, it's like quilting with paper. This could be so addicting!
Do any of you scrapbook? Isn't is fun??

Thursday, February 11, 2010

There's no crafting getting accomplished yet today. My sweetie is home, and we went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. Yummy! It's on the cold-don't laugh-side here, and they even had a fire in the fireplace. A real treat for us. Love the atmosphere.
We did a little shopping afterwards, couldn't find the riding toy we wanted for the grandbaby. But, did get to Joanne's for a few scrapbooking supplies. Good thing my darlin' is patient!
Have a super day.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


What's everyone up to today?

First I want to share that I made Giada's recipe for Chicken Vesuvio. Very easy, and outrageously good. Very satisfying.

I also wanted to share the sampler I'm working on. I've tried, but failed to work on one thing. My mind just doesn't work that way, so I've given up that CRAZY notion. I have managed to discipline myself to work on just one project per type-of-craft. For me, that's progress with a capital P.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Finally spent a few minutes in the studion this morning. Here's the valentine table runner with the borders on. Obviously not a serious project, just fun. I used the pink in between the blocks, and don't think I'll put the red at the top and bottom. Just playing with design ideas.
May get to the library in a few. It's looking like rain out there, always does before a cold front. Northerners shouldn't laugh at that, we will take what we can get.
But.....definitely back to the scrapbook!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Did you watch the super bowl? I sort of did. Our daughter was visiting, and there was plenty of good food to eat, so I caught the game in between trips to the kitchen. What was your favorite commercial? I will always favor the Clyesdales. The rest of the commercials weren't as unforgettable as past years, IMHO. Even though I favored the Colts, it was a good game, and I loved Drew Brees with his son at the end.
Still working on the scrapbook. Finished 2 more pages today, almost done. Then I'll get back into the studio and create something new, or work on that Hawaiin quilt, on yes, that one. Only started it 2 years ago!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Hi My Quilting Friends,
We are back from visiting our grandbaby. It had been 6 weeks since we'd seen her, the longest we've ever gone, seemed like an eternity! Just watching her refreshes me, one of God's gifts in my life. Grandbabies bring such joy.
Who are you rooting for today? We are cheering for the Colts. The game is here in South Florida, and boy are the roads crowded!
I have cooking and such to do since some people are coming over later. My DH will be making ribs, a man's chocolate, I think. And I'll do some chili. Promised myself that I'd make a German Chocolate cake, cause I'm jonesin' for one. We'll see how devoted I am later.
Are any of you attending Super Bowl quilting classes? I'd love to see pics of your super bowl quilts.
Have a blessed day, and I hope we all get in some real sewing time this week.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Well, I think I may have found what I'm going to do with all those scrap cuts I mentioned making a post or two ago. Over on Moose on the Porch Quilts, she's advertising a BO-every two weeks :) Sampler which will use Jelly Rolls. Doesn't that sound interesting, fun and stash-busting? Go check it out! Here's the link When you get there, go to her blog.
Got out to the local quilt store today and bought a little yardage to finish the Valentine table runner I'm working on. I did choose to use the pink in between the blocks. I'll get it finished this next week. Tomorrow we go to visit with our grandbaby, so no sewing for a few.
The last two days, I finished 2 more pages for her scrapbook. Needs to be done before her birthday, 2 weeks away. Wish me luck!
Have a blessed day...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I've been under the weather the last couple of days. Trying to get a virus, so rest, liquids, herbals, prayer, and I feel better tonight. Definitely haven't had the energy to go into the sewing room, but I wanted to get this picture of the Hawaiin quilt uploaded. This is it in the quilting frame, it shows the borders. As you may know, Hawaiin quilts traditionally depict their flowers. And they're usually red and white. Our daughter loved these batiks, hence I used those instead. I love the effect. Our other two daughters each want one now too. I think that's pretty funny!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Hi Everyone,
I planned to post yesterday, but the day ran away with me, and here it's Monday.
Yesterday was a fun family day. I made sauce with meatballs, I'm Italian, and that's what we do on Sundays! Our middle daughter came over, and we feasted. These type of days, I love.
I have not been in the sewing room much at all this week. Been hard at work on the scrapbook I'm making for our one and only grandaughter's first birthday in a couple weeks. I've never attempted this before, but it's all about her first year. I find it to be like quilting with paper, so many of the same design principles are applied, and the paper's are so colorful and diverse, that they are as fabric to me. I suppose most of you have done one? One thing I've learned, I certainly could get quite involved with this, it's lots of fun.
Today, I shall start with getting the laundry under control, make soup for dinner, and see what the day holds. Maybe a few in the sewing room. What are you doing today?