Friday, January 28, 2011

Contest Alert!

Check out Johanna's blog and leave a comment for a chance to win these little cuties. A lot of people have already put their name in the pot to win, but the odds are still better than winning the lottery. Good luck!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wooly Valentines

Another cold week here in Kansas, but great weather for cozying up in a comfy chair and stitching. I have a lot of wonderful patterns that have gone unused over the past few years and this design by Waltzing with Bears was one of them.

Folk Art Pillow
The design really pops on the black background. I was thrilled to find this black plaid flannel for the backing. My next challenge is to do the same design in shades of  and browns.

I was on a roll this week and also finished this little pincushion as a thank you gift for my antique dealer friend, Donna. I'm not totally pleased with the placement of the buttons yet, so I'm going to fiddle around with those a little more. I made a couple of these heart pincushions this year and I learned that, when sewing this project together, it's easier to sew around the entire heart outline, then cut a slit in the back to turn. I found it makes the edges smoother. I stitched the slit closed and covered it with a wool patch attached with x's.

Thank You Donna!
I recently ran into Donna at the Pioneer Spirit Country Antique Show and asked for recommendations about must see shows at the upcoming Round Top Antique Fair. The next week, I received the guide pictured below in the mail from her, with recommended shows highlighted. I tell you, crafters and antiquers are some of the nicest people.
Grand Valley State U. Trumpet Ensemble

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Year, New Challenge

I began blogging about nine months ago and had some ups and downs getting going, but my goal has been to get back to creating regularly and sharing my work with others who enjoy this kind of thing. I had also hoped to get back to selling online, something I did a lot of before returning to an office job, and I am so thrilled to have been accepted back into the Simply Primitives group! Wouldn't you know, our old digital camera had to quit just before my first uploading deadline, but that was quickly replaced and I think the updated technology in the new camera will really improve my photography.
Red Work Sewing Book
The first project I'm sharing is a sewing book from a design by Stacy Nash. We travel by car a lot and I always have a stitching project or two with me. I can't tell you how many times I've been frustrated to find I have my project and thread, but no needle, so I try to keep all those necessary notions together in a bag ready to go.
Inside the Sewing Book
Inside the book is a scrap of material for holding needles and a string of vintage buttons along with some wonderful German wool yarn. I'm always drawn to vintage finds like the wool and the buttons at antique shows. I think that's the kind of thing you have to get while you can because women don't sew as much anymore and one of these days sewing supplies and notions will become scarcer then hen's teeth.

Valentine Annie
And then I've always had a soft spot for whimsical dolls and really enjoy looking through my finds to find the little details that will make each one special, so I made this little gal from a design by Jenn Steffa. She sits well but she could also be hung or set into a wreath, I think.
Valentine Annie
Some of the fun details on Annie include her crocheted tea cup and saucer hat, sparkly chenille heart and feed sack Valentine holder stuffed with special cards.

Last week was also a very busy one at work. One of the teams I work with was getting ready to begin our Souper Bowl food drive and recruited some of the high school students to create a piece of can art to bring attention to the drive. Here is the finished product, which I think turned out great! Isn't it fun? After the drive, all the canned goods will be distributed to local food pantries.
Pineapple Pie with Dollop of Whipped Cream

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Hello 2011!

New Year Greetings!
I hope you had a safe and Happy New Year's Eve. I finished up my duties at work yesterday and left a little early to stop by my favorite antique shops in Greenwood, MO, where most vendors were offering year end discounts.
The shops looked festive and were packed with tempting treasures. All the vendors do a great job in finding spectacular primitives and take great care with their displays. I came away with just a few little things--wool from Anita White's booth, a hog scraper to use in future projects and two books packed with ideas for new creations and holiday decorating using natural materials (you can tell my little brain is already working by all the pages I've marked in Judy Condon's book.)
Apothecary from The Curious Sofa
Tomorrow I will run down to Prairie Village for one last stop at The Curious Sofa before they close their doors. Debbie Dusenberry has poured her heart and soul into this shop and it shows. However, as she so clearly explains in her blog, the passion that drove her to create the store and maintain it at that level took her away from the kind of life she set out to design.
Artful Lamp
The Curious Sofa will continue with an online store, so Debbie's talent and wonderful finds will still be available, but I'll miss the over-the-top sensory delight that was the bricks and mortar store.