Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Late Autumn Through The Eye Of My Camera

"No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace, as I have seen in one autumnal face."               John Donne

“A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long.”
e. e. cummings

The earth’s blossom spell is all finished
Beauteous Beaver Lake scenes seems vanished.
Confused petals, disorderly oak leaves
Heavily brushing over the house eaves.
The hiking of Double Ninth Day’s ebbing
Mountain climbers dispersed and departed
Morn till night the biting north wind buzzing
Front and back doors remain doubly locked.
In an eye twinkle autumn to nougat comes.
With the drizzle two missed cats return home.

“Autumn is a fleeting season, melancholy by nature. Its ghostly beauty cultivates a fertile atmosphere for memories that wrote their history on a tablet of fallen leaves - I recall them with the greatest clarity... Whatever else autumn may be, it is the prophet of winter. Winter lasts forever.”
― Brian P. Easton, Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter

"Once, when the Zen master Tokusan was still a student, he visited his teacher, Ryutan, just before sundown. They sat on the floor of Ryutan's hut, casually drinking tea and discussing Zen until deep into the night. At last, Ryutan said, 'Maybe it's about time you went home.' Tokusan bowed to his teacher and walked to the door. 'It's completely dark outside,' he said. Ryutan lit the lantern and said, 'Why not take this?' Just as Tokusan was about to take the lamp from his teacher's hands, Ryutan blew out the flame. Tokusan suddenly knew everything there was to know."

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Decoupage Tables

I found these tables at a garage sale a couple years ago.  I have been wanting to decorate them for a while.  I bought them for 5 dollars.  The Mod Podge I bought cost more than that!
Yup. I know the one pic is sideways.  It was too late to remove it after I smoothed it on.
I decoupaged them with Provence type things.  I totally love how they turned out!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Decoupage Clipboard

I am all about decoupage this week.  Having so much fun decoupaging everything in sight.
I inherited a fe clipboards from my parents.  I had all these magazine pics saved.  I put them to good use.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Shabby Chic Hearts

I have had fun playing with fabric and embellishments.  Little, crafty, shabby chic hearts.  They are so delightful to make. They work up quick and it is all just free play! Joy!

I had some pieces of fabric with words.  It was fun to play with those too.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Rapunzel Costume and Thrift Store Makeover

My daughter wants to be Rapunzel for Halloween.  I want her to be Rapunzel for Halloween.  My older daughter was not into Princesses and I am not really that into it but its fun to have a change of venue.  Also very fun to make Princess type dresses.  At least for me. 

I picked up this dance dress at a local Thrift store.  I also found a purple cape there!  Bonus!  The dress needs work.  It needed sleeves and needed to be dressed up a little.  The modifications I made to the dress are minor but I really am pleased with the end result. 

Now, the next fun part will be the hair. 
 After looking at these pics, I think I need to make a sleeve for the other side.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Little Lavender Fabric Ravioli's

I  got the idea from Little Quilts and Gifts from Jelly Roll Scraps by Carolyn Forster.

They're fabric ravioli's.  I needed to bring a little gift to our Halloween themed retreat.  These were perfect for the occasion.  Although I dont know how Fall like lavender is.  But it smells great in a sachet anytime of year. 

 I attached some tags to be a little more festive.
Real simple.  I just sewed straight lines, boxing a 2 1/2 strip in.  Then cut my units.  Sewed up the edges that were cut.  Stuffed them with two teaspoons of lavender flowers and sewed them shut. 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Pumpkin Rising

If only there were 48 hours in a day I could get so much done.  But there is 24.  I will just have to deal.

Its Finish It Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.  Can I tell you I have been trying to link up to it for, like, three weeks.  But every time, I forget or I am too late or I think of it too early.  This Friday. This is my day.  I am posting this to join the crowd of people that "get er done".  Because I am all about getting stuff done.  Its been my campaign for two years.  And I have done it.  Not as many as I would like, mind you, but I am plugging along.

This project here was started two years ago when I had went to the last Brockport Quilt Show.  I found the panel and the beautiful fabric at Country Treasures In Brockport.

I pulled it out of its UFO Box and decided to finish it up.  I had become discouraged about it because the squares didn't line up with the panel and I had a hard time squaring up the panel.  I was frustrated, so it got set aside.  Since then, I have learned that panels can be hard to square up.  At least that is what some people I know say.

So, I let the perfection go and focused on getting it done and practicing my free motion quilting.  I have been free motion quilting for a couple years but every piece teaches you something new.  At least that is my experience.

I am pretty happy with this area.
And this area.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Brockport Quilt Show

Brockport Quilt Show was this past weekend.  My Mom, my girls and I went!  Lovely! My kids ate cookies while my Mom and I looked at quilts.  Thank you Kathy and Jerilyn!

On the ride home, we admired the Canal, with the autumn leaves.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Embroidered Home

I have my next hexie embroidered for the Jenny of Elefantz project.  Its not yet a hexie here, but it is now.  I love this project, its quick and you can see results so quickly.

Go to Jenny of Elefantz for the pattern or go to her Craftsy store.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Christmas Stitch Along: Love

I did my first stitched hexie for the Jennie of Elefantz stitch along.  Yeah!  I am only two weeks late.  No worries.  I got till Christmas time.  And you know time goes so slow, I will have lots of time to get it done. Okay.  Now back to reality.  I need to get caught up with this stitchery.

If you want to get the pattern (ITS FREE!).  Just head to Jenny of Elefantz.

This is what Jenny's looks like for this week.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Quilt Inspiration Around the Web

Some images around the web that totally tickle my fancy.

Go here to E. Wolfmeyer for more info about the above two pics.
Winter Blues:
Snow covered barn:

Stone Barn With Blue Doors:
 Frankenmuth, MI  Stunning barn quilt!:
Beautiful barn!.: