Thursday, December 9, 2010

I am not a slug

I have been busy, just not busy blogging.
I bought this little beauty on the day after Thanksgiving from the comfort of my recliner. I just opened it up yesterday and have been playing with it a little.
I am super excited about trying some vinyl, but couldn't find any locally and had to order it

I went out shopping on my own for the first time since the accident (Walmart and Michael's) and think I over did it just a little. It is very frustrating to not be as mobile as I would like.
I am better, it is just taking forever.

I have been decorating very slowly and will have some pics soon. We also got a new cast iron wood stove. Our only source of heat before now has been an electric furnace and we are very excited about the power savings , the beauty of the stove, and the ambiance of a fire on a chilly day. I will have the stove and my beautiful mantle ready soon.

O K so this post is going to be rambling and a little disjointed. Stick with me. This is the new sleeve for my laptop as well as a drawstring bag for my mouse and power cord. I love it. I made it out of and old sweatshirt. Basically I laid the sweatshirt out flat, put my laptop on top and drew a line about 1/2 inch out. I made the "open" back end extra long so that it could be folded in. I sewed up three sides, folded over the open end top stitched, and voila a fabulous lap top sleeve.
My draw string bag is the sleeve turned side ways, with the bottom sewed shut. The top of the bag has and extra wide hem with a small hole on the inside to accommodate the drawstring from the hood .

Finally I have been doing some embroidery. I can also do that from the comfort of my recliner.

I'm off to lunch with my co-workers today. It will be fun to have some girl time and touch base with these wonderful women. ( I work in a Tax office January to April 15). I am also determined to do some decorating. Have a great Thursday and I promise to post again soon.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to All. My family has much to be thankful for this year. We have had a few hardships and continue to have them. My father fell off a ladder yesterday and broke his ankle in four places. He has surgery this morning and is doing well. As I well know he will have a long recovery but should be fine. Mom and I are beginning to feel just a little jinxed.
Even with all the medical hardships we have so much to be thankful for. We have a wonderful extended family and many great friends, and we live in the greatest country in the world, where we are free to celebrate Thanksgiving in anyway we want. I will celebrate with my family today, feasting and thanking God for my many blessings. I hope that you all can do the same.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Coffee Sleeve Bonanza

Look what I did yesterday! I was very busy. I am a bad Aunt and always wait til Thanksgiving to deliver my niece's birthday presents.(Their Birthdays are in September and November) I had so much fun that I made one for my daughter my sister-in-law and one for me.

This is a shot of the fronts, then the backs. I use a cardboard sleeve as a pattern adding about 1/4 inch around for a seam allowance. I add some fusible batting in between the layers of fabric.

I use buttons from my stash to hold the ends together.

They are all reversible with embroidery or applique on one side and decorative buttons or charms on the other.

I sew the two sets of buttons on at the same time.
I think they all turned out great and I can't wait to give them to the girls with gift cards from their favorite coffee shop. I also can't wait to use mine.
Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fall Decor

The roses are blooming on in the yard and I picked a few, added some rosemary, and a few fallen leaves and mums. Lovely!

I have been admiring this tree for years and finally decided to capture it in a picture. It is so beautiful in the fall colors.

Mom has done some lovely counted cross-stitch pictures and we like to change them with the seasons. This one with the foxes has a story that goes with it. I started this picture about 25 years ago... finished about a third of it, and put it away, thinking I would get back to it. Mom found it recently, and decided to finish it for me. So it was a joint effort, and only took many years to complete. I love it! The colors are perfect for the dining room.

The second picture depicts fall scenes, and always makes me smile, thinking of everything that goes on in just a few months. The time flies by so quickly; it's good to savor every minute. I'm thankful for so many blessings.

Vintage Purse

I got this beautiful Vintage Leon of California bag at a local thrift store. Isn't it gorgeous, but something was missing.
Bling is what it needed. I have had these filigree leaves forever. I attempted to sew them on, but the fabric was too tough, so I settled on E6000 and glued those puppies on.

So here it is now my upcycled vintage bag with just a little bling for Fall.

Have a great day and I will be posting my Christmas purse soon.