Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Although I'm fairly confident about piecing, I admit to having a tiny fear of the quilting process. I'm going to start small and work my way up. My daughter's good friend is going to have a little girl in November so my goal is to have adequate skills by then to make a baby quilt.
If anyone has any tips for a beginner I'd be glad to hear them!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Then I was distracted by the "Blue Bedroom". I really could kick myself for not taking "before" pictures of this room, but I will describe it as best I can. (Just to be clear, I inherited this room from the previous owner.)
Picture the walls divided in half horizontally by a chair rail height wallpaper border. "Not so bad." you say. But wait! Imagine the bottom half being a glorious cobalt blue: And the top a lighter shade of blue:
Now picture all of it with a poorly applied sand texture (but much gloppier than this photo):
We're not finished. Stamped onto the light blue, sandy, gloppy paint were red and blue stars. Thousands of them! Well, maybe dozens but it seemed like thousands. They were about 3 inches in diameter and added an unworldly dimension to the room. By "dimension" I mean they protruded from the wall and had to be removed with a razor scraper.
Now remember that wallpaper border? I honestly don't recall exactly what is was.
I think I blocked the memory.
But it was probably planets or something extraterrestrial.
Anyway, there was no texture under the border so I tried to fill in the unsandy stripe by matching it. After all, I could live with the sand texture if I had to. That was fail #1.
Then came the sanding and scraping in an attempt to remove all of the texture. Fail #2.
After a couple more fails, I came very close to knocking out the walls and starting over.
But being the determined girl that I am, I perservered and now the room has a brand new finish and I have a new skill.
We'll save that one for another day.
I could finally get back to the tote.
Monday, August 24, 2009
needlework done by interlocking looped stitches with a hooked needle.
2. (noun) crocheting
creating a garment of needlework
I've always loved crochet although I've never been very good at it. These artists, however, have it figured out! If you have a minute, grab a cup of something and have a look .
Pssssst! Christmas will be here before you know it. (Wink, wink!)
"Echinacea Garden" Crocheted Scarf
Blue and Green Puff Stitch Crochet Tote Bag
Friday, August 21, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Blue Bird Pincushion
littlebirddesigns The Paisley Affair earrings
Screen printed fabric
melbombaBlue and white plaid button earrings
Coastal Lighthouse Fabric Post Card Art Quilt
Cornflower Blue Basket - Fabric Coiled
Kanzashi Flower Barrette hair clip - Sapphire Stars
What will the theme be next week? That's a very good question and I should have an answer in about 7 days.
Dude walking under an engine nozzle.
One of my favorite movies.
There are days I could use this.
Dude really likes science stuff. He probably should have been a rocket scientist instead of a software engineer. Really, he's a brainiac. Opposites do attract.
Project Runway episode possibilities?
Saturn V launch vehicle. Awesome!
This 75 ton space shuttle mockup was used to practice moving and handling the real deals.
Through the window.
Shoes were traded due to aching feet. :)
That's Michael Miller's Avocaco Dumb Dot.
It's my first attempt at some free motion work and I think it's going to be great fun.
Maybe I'll even get it listed in my Etsy shop this week.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
C. (Ashley's hubby) has been put on notice that there might be a ransom to get her back.
I heart my girls!
This is the Brother Innovis 1200. After 3 months I haven't begun to scratch the surface of all the built-in designs and stitches. But when I've exhausted them all, I can buy software to get more or make my own!
Seriously, what will they think of next?
Did I mention my last new machine was purchased sometime in the 70's? I figured it was time for an upgrade.
My dependable old Kenmore doesn't have this:
But this was really the selling point: