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Monday, December 31, 2007

Enough!

Last night I was in my sewing room (extra bedroom) trying to decide what I wanted to work on next. With the new year fast approaching, I decided it would be nice to finish up one of the many works in progress I have sitting around. After digging around, sitting, and thinking for about an hour on the the subject I decided enough is enough! There is so much disorganization, chaos, and clutter in this room I couldn't even find what I wanted to work with! So, a major clean up/clean out is in order. I took some before pictures - it may be a week before I am able to show after pictures. I am a woman on a mission!

My sewing table area



The floor to the rear of the sewing table


The cabinet that houses my fabric stash
There are two more shelves, just as disorganized as these!


I didn't even take a picture of the set of rolling drawers I have full of swap blocks, more fabric, and stuff! Stay tuned. :o)

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Shaker Card

I am working on these shaker cards for a swap on Art We Mail. I experimented with a couple of techniques on these, the first - sewing circles using the decorative stitches on my machine. I learned about this technique here in their free projects section. The second technique was using the clear vinyl to make the "shaker" window. I put bits of yarn, sequins, and beads into this section then satin stitched all around. I made a few more with different stitches and different colors. All in all, I learned a bit and I think they turned out pretty well.

A good time was had by all!

Lola had a swell time "helping" us open presents. She walked around with this tissue paper for 30 minutes. LOL
A co-worker game me this cute little bulldog ornament. Makes for a cute display on my Christmas tablerunner.

My son wanted to take the family to a movie last night for Christmas. All I have to say is wow! This has to be the best musical film I have seen. I don't want to spoil it for anyone but I definitely give it 2 thumbs up.






Off now to sneak in a little sewing. Hopefully, something to show for it tomorrow.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Weekend Weary


Whew! What a busy weekend. Since I was ill last weekend I had to do almost all of my Christmas shopping this weekend. I made a huge dent in it yesterday but still had to go out for a few things today.


So, the gifts are wrapped. The spinach dip is made. The fixings for broccoli salad are in the fridge. I have to work until noon tomorrow but after that I am going to relax until Thursday. I have the ingredients to make a cranberry coffee cake tomorrow evening so my house can smell all Christmassy and I can settle back with a cup of coffee and a good book.


Saturday, December 22, 2007

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The fun continues

Doncha just love getting pretty things in the mail? I know I do. This little "quiltie" came from a swap on Fabric In Altered Art. Tammy made this one using lots of little trinkets. It has yo yo's, buttons, glitter paint, snowflakes, glittery holly, and a silk background.
This card is from Linda and is from the previously mentioned swap on the Quilting Passion Forum. I just love the little heart button and the dimensional paint.

So, are you about ready for Christmas? I had hoped to finish up my shopping this evening but it seems I have had a rebound of the cold/flu mess that knocked me flat last week. I took some Dayquil and sat on the sofa instead. Guess who will probably be shopping on Christmas Eve???

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Quite A Week

This has been a wonderful week for pretty things in the mail. Yesterday I received this lovely package from my dear friend Sheila in S.C. I was so surprised. The card is just beautiful with all the intricate embroidery, the coasters and bookmark in my favorite color, and the little name tag the perfect touch. Thank you so much Sheila! You made my week and I love you girl!


This postcard also arrived from a swap on Art We Mail. It was made by the very talented Lynn who is the administrator for our group. Lynn has recently been doing lots of machine embroidery on her cards and is making me wish for an embroidery machine. The pink ribbon is the perfect touch to these slippers doncha think? The quote is one I love and when I thanked her for the card I told her I love to dance and I don't care if anyone watches or not! I guess that sentiment comes with getting older and being comfortable with ones self. :o)

Go out and do something just for yourself today and do a little dance as if no one is watching!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Postcard Trade

I received this beautiful postcard in the mail this week from Debbi. Isn't it gorgeous?! Debbi posted a picture of these postcards she made for a swap and said she had an extra one if anyone else wanted to trade. So, I let her choose one of my postcards and we swapped. I think I got the best end of the deal as hers is truly a work of art. Stop by her blog sometime and just take a look at all the beautiful things she creates. Thanks for swapping with me Debbi!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Inspiring

The mail yesterday brought a plethora of pretty items from Anna. For the one year anniversary of her blog she had a giveaway of these gorgeous bags. She makes these with hand dyed silk carrier rods. I was lucky enough to leave a comment in time to win one of these. It is sooo pretty and perfect for carrying a cell phone, wallet, and keys.



She also sent along this pretty Christmas card she made. I think I will be displaying this one long after Christmas has come and gone. :o)









Then there is this lovely fabric that she dyed by using rusted items. She had a sort of challenge on her blog. She would give a piece (or two) to the first five people to leave a comment with the stipulation that you must make a little something from it for her and you could keep the rest. I have been intrigued with seeing rust-dyed fabric online for some time and really wanted to get my hands on some to see just what it was like in person. Well, I don't know about others but Anna's is wonderful. It has lots of pattern and even a bit of texture to it that you aren't able to see in the photos. She also sent some metal beads which she made as well. I already have an idea brewing for her and any leftovers of the fabric will make some neat postcards.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Christmas is near


This week I received this lovely knitted Christmas tree ornament from Lynn. I met Lynn through the Quilting Passion Forum several years ago. She is a swap hostess there as well as a very talented quilter, knitter, and friend. :o)
Seeing this ornament reminds me that I don't have many days left until Christmas. I have been hit with some sort of virus/cold and have felt like YUK! for the past two days. I had planned to do some shopping today but that isn't going to happen.
Also in the mail this week were these two postcards from a swap on the Quilting Passion Forum. The holly on the top is from Lynn and the little church is from Kim.
Not only do I love making these fabric/fiber postcards, I adore receiveing them in the mail as well.
Off to take more Dayquil and curl up with a book now. Thanks to Deb I am almost finished with the 3rd book in the Outlander series. The 4th book is on the way through paperback swap online. If you are an avid reader, you should join this swap site. I have saved so much money in the past few months by swapping and have enjoyed some great reads in the process.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Pretty Mail

Whew! It has been almost a week since I blogged. Life happened in a big way last week and I haven't had a minute to even think about blogging. (I did take time to escape and read my favorite blogs.)

Today I received this beautiful ornament in the mail from Kate. Kate started making these clay faces a few months ago and adding them to her postcards and inchies. I have been admiring them from afar since I first saw them. Well, lo and behold! She offered a giveaway on her blog and I was lucky enough to be the proud recipient of one of her Christmas ornaments. Isn't it delightful? The picture really doesn't do it justice as the face is accented with gold glittery paint and the edges are done in a copper color to match the face. I just love it! Thanks again Kate. :o)

And last week she also sent me this lovely Christmas card. I had hoped to make a postcard holder to display my Christmas postcards this year but once again, time ran away. Maybe in time for next year. In the meantime, I'll leave them scattered about the house so I can pick them up and enjoy them in some manner this year.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Priceless


Artificial wreath from discount store - $2.99
Spool of ribbon - $2.63
Brass safety pins - free when I bought my sewing machine
Inchies made by swap buddies - PRICELESS
Isn't this a great way to display inchies? I tried wiring them on the wreath but that didn't work so well. I had a bunch of brass safety pins so I just ran a pin through the satin stich edgeing and pinned them to the wreath. It resides on my front door. :o)

Sunday, December 2, 2007

All You Need Is Love
















Conjuring the Beatles here. :o) I just couldn't get that song out of my head the entire time I was making these inchies!

The theme at Inching Artists this week is "Love". When I think of love I think of the unconditional love I receive from my pets. It doesn't matter if I forget to feed them, don't have time to play, or stay at work longer than expected. I am still greeted by a wiggly butt or purring meow that is just delighted to be in my presence. Where else can you get that kind of love?

I took a dive in my fabric stash (I have quite a few dog and cat prints) and came up with these two fabrics. I added some gold gel pen highlights, a heart brad, and a bit of funky yarn for edgeing.

Come on now and sing along with me - All you need is love, love. Love is all you need!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Christmas Puppies


Here are the postcards I made for a swap on the Quilting Passion Forum. I made a few extra to send to some of my puppy loving friends. I kept these relatively simple and let the fabric do most of the work for me. On some I added some scrapbooking trees, some received ribbon and/or rick rack trim, and one was treated with a beaded safety pin. :o) I used a "Man's Best Friend" and paw print stamp as the divider on the back.
If anyone would like to swap a Christmas postcard that is not already in the swap, I have two extras. Just leave a comment with a way to get in touch with you and we will work something out.