Slowly coming together... still not sure what I am making...
Thursday, March 6, 2014
This was the first thing I ever knit. My grandmother, not the governors daughter but the school teacher, taught me when I visiting her a few years ago. I am so glad I asked her to show me. She passed a way a couple of years ago and in going through her belongings, I realized how many traits I got from her.
She loved to create things with her hands and provide beauty in the everyday. She kept her own cut and paste recipe book and kept every art supply she used.
I sat on the navy love seat and she rocked, both quiet, until I missed a stitch. Knit 1, Purl 2. I knit in the car passing over the Chesapeake, I knit on the airplane quickly and with sweaty palms to distract me from the nerves, and then I knit when I got back to my own home. I cherish that time we had together.
And I look back, and what is this? It started as a scarf but as one can see,I was new to the idea of knitting. A scarf for a giant. But, he would be a warm giant:)
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
So excited! My chair has returned.
This was the before:
And here is the after! The fabric is a papaya and cream small hounds tooth. She is sitting in a holding area until I move things around but I had forgotten how comfy she is. I might need to move her in front of the tv for Nashville on Wednesday. Yeah, I like that show.
Ok, happy Shrove Tuesday.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I realize there are several things that I did not "catalog" from Thanksgiving. These are ideas that came to fruition and that does not always happen around here. So hooray for a project dreamed up, executed and it held together!
First off, we made these cute notebooks for Thanksgiving. We called them our thankful books.
I bought small note books that were very inexpensive from Hobby Lobby that had blank white pages on the inside. I cut out fabric pieces in the shape of turkey feathers, as well as a body and gobbler. Its not called a gobbler. Its called a...?
The kids got to pick whatever 6 feathers out and I helped glue everything on. They then wrote "thankful" on a small piece of cardstock and glued it on.
I thought that they turned out really well and each child could master it. I had 4 to 9 years old aged children and they all loved making them.
The best part was the inside. The kids drew pictures of things they were thankful for. This girly was thankful for rainbows:) Yes, this project makes my heart happy.
And for the second project, we decorated our house for Thanksgiving with old works of art. My daughter and I cut out feather shapes from old drawings. ( Yes, it hurt a little but also I was proud of me for
recycling!) We then did a quick wash with watered down paint over the feathers. After they dried, we sewed them together into this garland.
Happy way late Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I was watching tv the other night/day ( who can remember anymore?) and I like to feel like I am getting something accomplished while watching. I don't know why. Although, a good old fashioned couch potato session can be super nice, with a side of my strawberry crumble dessert.
Anyways, I cut these bricks out of fabrics I have from other projects. Maybe a table runner? Maybe a baby blanket? I can't decide.
Back to my fabric at the top...
I like the idea of them bordered in white. White- yikes! It just seems like its yelling out for mustard, coffee and little orange fingers.
Yeah, but you can bleach them, put them back on a little wet and in no time flat.
I don't buy it.
( FYI, I have been looking at a lot of sofas lately with my mom. White sofa and 5 grandchildren? Makes me have sweaty palms just thinking about it.)
But I might just go for it. Not the sofa. The white on a quilt.
Aren't these nice?
Who knew I would ever like white? It sets off the other colors nicely. I will keep you updated. Got to wait until another Castle comes on.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
I loved this idea for a sweet valentine's present. I am thinking about doing one for Easter as well or just maybe because.
The shirt I saw at Old Navy and knew my girls would like the butterfly. I sewed the skirt from fabric I bought that day, some Amy Butler something or other. But I thought it made the shirt so much cuter and had an Anthropologie feel to it because they were not matchy matchy.
Ahh. And what a beauitful day it was! And a reminder of a sweet and simple valentine's day.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I made 2 little dresses for valentine's day, although for little girls, hearts are always in season. Love that about them. And the carefree love of lavender.
I had 2 plain pink dresses from Old Navy and jazzed them up a bit. I appliqued a heart on the top and added ruffles to the bottom. Girly girls loved them!