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Friday, August 26, 2011

Embroidery Scissor case



I finished the new scissor case with it's matching fob. Black moire fabric, red silk ribbon roses hand embroidered, gold metallic thread hand stitched and beaded. White gimp hand sewn down over the edge.




Thursday, August 25, 2011

New Project


Here is a sneak peek on what I am working on.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Victorian style Crazy Quilt Scissor case




I had a custom order for a crazy quilted scissor case with a matching fob. I crazy quilted it using fancy fabrics and did some hand embroidery and silk ribbon embroidery. Measures 4 1/2 inches x 3 inches.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pacific Ocean






What a lovely view, water crashing on the rocks and beach is a beautiful sight.

Monday, July 25, 2011

California Coastline 2011









We followed 1 for a while and got dizzy from the roller coaster ride and finally got on 101.
Oh but what a ride it was! This spot has the blackest sand I have ever seen.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

Peacfull Contemplations














Madonna of the Magnificat

Painted by Sandro Botticelli in 1481

This 8" x 10" sits next to my computer tower. Every time I look upon it I am filled with peace and I think on how well my life is playing out for me.

I made this collage some years ago and thought others could find their inner peace if they also gazed on the perfect peacefull visage of utter innocence.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Coneflowers



For some reason I thought these were cornflowers? Very pretty with raised centers, the bees and bugs love this flower. Has Perennial Salvia violet blue. Very hardy, we went on vacation and we thought it was dead but I separated the 3 plants around the Coneflower and they came back to life. You cant see the Salvia very well, I took pictures too late they have already bloomed and spent but they comw back regularly with new blooms.

We planted these in a old antique cow bucket, whatever that means (?), over a place where a huge old oak tree has been cut down and the area where the roots were, are sinking in. The tree was cut because my husband was afraid of it falling on the house. As the droughts and heavy thunderstorms are proving him right with lots of trees falling on peoples houses here in Georgia.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Yesterday's post.....



I posted yesterday about my Hibiscus tree and the seedlings I received this year. My mother is 71 years old and she helped me plant the seedlings in my yard. We did the mother and daughter thing sharing and bonding and spent some time together with a common goal with a task to be done. Mind you these are 6"-8" wooden sticks we planted but they was well on their way becoming leafy in April.

Here is what the seedlings look like now after the incident in May. My husband put stakes down this time. I asked him to do this before we left on our vacation, as I reminded him our neighbors cut our grass for us while we are gone. Our daughter moved back home and can do this chore was his answer. One of or neighbor still felt the need to cut the lawn and proceeded to cut all the saplings down with the grass.

I'm glad to say they are alive and well, except for the 1 that perished. It was doing well just last week, but I found a wooden stump in its place the other day and wonder why it did so.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hibiscus: Rose of Sharon



About 5 years ago my mother brought me these twiggy little seedlings she dug from her garden. She didn't know the name of the flowering bush just they are purple and some are white. Therefore I didn't know the name of this bush/tree until I asked my neighbor who told me they are called the Rose of Sharon. I had an a suspicion they was hibiscus but wasn't sure myself they truly are. I did research on the internet and had found out these are indeed Hibiscus and the Rose of Sharon. The internet is a wonderous place and a unending book of information if you know how to present the wording correctly. So those long years ago only one plant lived through my brown thumb and is a majestic flowering bush/tree with beautiful blooms.

This year in January for her birthday mother came to visit me and I took her out with my daughter to eat at the Chinese buffet, as this is a tradition we have started long ago in the 1980's. I also received a bunch more of the Hibiscus twigs and this time I am determined to keep them all alive. I believe there are about 19 or 20 of them we had planted.

In April my husband and I went on vacation and while we was gone our neighbor cut all the little seedlings down, but after babying with watering and plant food they all came back to life with tiny growths of leaves and they are thriving now except 1 that did not make it.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Fuchsia

I made this 8"x10" collage for the American Cancer Society as a donation and now think I want to make a larger piece of it. I have ideas and have already drafted in my mind what it will look like and what type of materials I will use. The black on this piece is real leather and is raised up and I think I will use something a little flatter.
Here is a link to read up on the fundraiser we was doing.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Cross Stitching


My mother gave me a lot of stuff over the years and there was a Korean Christmas card mom sent to dad when he was in Vietnam for the war. I tried to do a cross stitch of the card by drawing freehand in the cloth. This is my attempt and it has been 10 years since I worked on it, one day I do want to finish this. I love how the mother is doing embroidery as I am cross stitching her.




Quiltsy of Etsy Challenge

My Quiltsy Team http://www.etsy.com/shop/QuiltsyTeam on Etsy had a challenge for 3 weeks in the month of June. Make as many treasury's as you can in 1 week. If you win the challenge you get a spot in every treasury made the next week. I didn't participate the 2 weeks of the challenge but I did for the 3rd and last week. Cathy of http://www.etsy.com/shop/clubaloha won the 2nd week of the challenge and made the 3rd week even sweeter by offering a special prize and the prize will be picked up from Hawaii as she was vacationing there visiting her family.
The 3rd week challenge I made 29 treasury's, here are a few of my favorites.




Heirloom Baby Quilt Monogram Couture   Free Shipping





Opal - Out on a Limb - Quilted Owl Pillow Cover 17 x 17 Inch - New Accent Pillow OOAK



Christmas In July 48 hour Montego Circle and Square 56 x 71  quilt with Montego Batik fabrics by Moda free motion quilted all cotton

This is what I received:
Flowers of Hawaii Year 2012 calendar
100% Hawaiian coffee
Hawaii sandal shape pot holder
2 fat quarters of batik fabric
Aloha from Hawaii notepads with pen
Aloha 'stickey kine' notes
A Hawaii Debbie name magnet
Forever Florals Passion Plumeria Lip Balm
Aloha from Hawaii Postcard

Thank you Cathy for making this last week challenge special.


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Venus Midnight bloom











I finished remaking a wall hanging I made last year I really like what I have done with it.


My husband says "Beuatiful, this may be your best one yet".


I took the pictures outdoors and the sun really shows off the free motion stitching even tho the piece looks a little lighter than it is. I don't suppose anyone would hang it outdoors for displaying. Light in the home would not bring out the beauty of the piece as the natural lighting does.









Saturday, June 25, 2011

Quilts of Valor

Moda ( http://modafabrics.blogspot.com/2011/03/just-one-star.html ) had a challenge to make 100 quilts in 100 days for the Quilts of Valor Program ( http://www.qovf.org/index.html ). They needed star blocks to acheive this accomplishment and put out a call to quilters all over to make and donate 1 star block.
This is the awesomeness of quilters: 12,000 star blocks was donated, enough to make 1000 quilts! The generosity quilters have in their heart is beyond anything I have seen.
The Quilts of Valor program presents quilts to our injured servicemen and women.
Now that the blocks are received Moda is asking for our help once again to help assemble and do the quilting. You can read about it here on our Etsy quiltsyteam blog, dated June 25, 2011. Titled Star Light, Star Bright.....

http://teamquiltsy.blogspot.com/2011/06/star-light-star-bright.html

My contribution of 8 star blocks


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Crazy Quilted Pincushion


So I was looking around through my bags and came upon a cream bridal lace and I thought perfect. Now it's all sewn on and I an in overkill mode, I am adding one more thing to this pin cushion.

Crazy Quilted Pincushion


The problem was I thought the pin cushion looked too bare. My solution was adding a gold metallic trim, I use to know the name of this trim but over time I have forgotten it. I really don't know if JoAnn Fabrics even carries it anymore as I have been purchasing for over 21 years and most of what I have is no longer in circulation.
After looking for and finding the perfect addition a couple of days ago, I played with the position it would take. At first I thought around the middle but no, it was perfect surrounding the crazy quilted/silk ribbon embroidered center piece.
After looking at it a while I was still not satisfied that this creation was done.

Crazy Quilted Pincushion


Something I have been working on for 2 weeks, actually more. Time seems to fly when one is busy.
The crazy quilting was made last year but the silk ribbon embroidery was done a week ago and I thought I was finished with it but something is missing.


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