Thursday, September 26, 2013

Busyness and Business

I have been so busy lately that I know that this blog is getting neglected!  I'm checking in today with pictures of what I have been up to and will not be able to check in again for another week, probably.  Some of our house guests have just left, my mother is still here visiting--hasn't been in this area for five years-- and I'm swamped with the final end of the year holiday apron orders for my wholesale buyer!  So here is a recap of my last week's activities:

Son, mother and hubby watching baseball 

Grandson, Indiana at bat

With Sister-in Laws at the Seattle Space Needle.     

 Visiting with family:
Daugher, granddaughter, daughter with mom and me
Now, I need to get to the sewing machine . . . . see ya next week!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Grandson's Tree Project

Hi!   Remember me?  Life has been so busy lately, this blog has has been neglected!  Not totally forgotten!

I wanted to bring you an update on the last post.  My grandson, Padraic, was visiting yesterday and he told me that the next time he comes over he wants to bring his fabric strip Christmas tree that he made.  I showed it to you in the last post.  His plans are to adhere it to a background piece and make a pillow sham/cover out of it.  He wants to decorate it too!    I'll share a picture when we, Paddy and I, get together next.

What have I been up to? Besides making aprons?  I've been working on my inventory for the seasonal craft shows. Mostly Christmas stockings!

I have already written a post about them and how I make them, here.

This new quilted design uses a cute "Christmas Postcard to Santa" print for it's foundation with an old fashioned applique print and beaded accents.  Whatcha think?

 Also have been working on a new textile art piece.  I will just show a bit of it, as it is not finished yet:

 It has a bit of thread couching, (can you see it on the edges of the printed leaf?) and the piece will be finished with thread painting.  Don't know what that is?  Stay tuned . . . .

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Proud Crafty Grandma!

Been extremely busy this past few weeks sewing for my wholesale client--some special order aprons and working with beautiful Fall prints for their autumn stock. Will be busy ongoing, since the Christmas stock orders are piling up too!  Anyway, I have lots and lots of scrap materials when I sew continually.  I sort them into larger pieces for future crafting projects and strip pieces for future quilting.  

On Tuesday's my grandsons come over after music lessons and spend a few hours visiting.  Last week, Padraic, age 10, wanted to know if he could make something from the materials in my strip pile while I visited with his mom and entertained his little brother.  He chose the fabrics--took his lead from my crazy quilted Christmas stockings. (Previous post about them.)

Here's what he came up with:
Strip Christmas tree!

He took it home to hang.  I don't know if he decorated it or not!  My daughter saves all kinds of materials for his projects at home, including toilet paper rolls and Popsicle sticks and boxes.  Once he made a castle with these kind of materials!  He's very crafty; he loves to make things, using his hands! Anyway, I am a proud grandma--my family is following in my footsteps!!!!

Use it up, wear it out, made do or do without!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Breakfast at Turtle's House

Surveying from the rooftop
Turtle's patio

A little closer



Ahhhh . . . .

Turtle's hose - -drip, drip, drip

Washing down the peanut and a quick pose!