Monday, March 30, 2009
I have signed up to do a Art Show in May, so I have been busy with sewing projects with every free moment I get, which somedays just do not happen in this house. One of my girls, Carly is always by my side when I start to sew or do a craft project. She is watching asking questions and pretty soon, she is off on her own little corner with fabric scraps she found on the floor, or out of my scrap bin, asking if she can "have" this.. How can you say no? She loves to craft things, sew and GLUE, the girl loves GLUE.. which can cause my heart to skip a beat or two when I see her working at my sewing area with glue around my fabrics or close to a finished item.
Well today I was busy sewing aprons and pretty soon, both of my girls were at my side. One on each side. They both were working on their "own" creations and being "creative" as they say.. they were so nice to one another I had to stop to see if that was actually my kids next to me :)
We worked for a few hours sewing and crafting and even got the hot glue gun out.. that is huge in our house! We had a great time..
I love seeing them in my fabric, moving it around drawing things for me to sew and just wanting to create. I never had that as a child.. well I had the will but never really had so many things to craft with.
I just had a great time with them today. I hope they keep up being creative and that one day they will look back and remember the times we shared doing all this and the fun we all had.
When I was turning it al off tonight and looking at the huge mess on my once neat sewing table (I am convenienced I am a sewing slob!) I two notes from my girls.. One with a list of things they want me to make for them, and that is a long list.. the other was for me not to look in a box they had "borrowed" from me, as it has a gift for me in there that they are working on! How sweet.. I tell ya, I thought it was great just the time we shared today, but the notes they are so sweet, I will be keeping those forever!
Iwill try to post some photos Monday or Tuesday of my new aprons I have made. And some of the girls crafting things too. Have a great week~ Mechelle
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I love vintage purses.. and I have had these for a while and decided to "dress" them up a little with some altered fun things.. I LOVE how they turned out..
This has to be my favoite.. I just love pink and I love the old lace and buttons.. I think these will be great for Prom and for special events... and they are pretty hanging up too! Maybe I will make a few more and list them in my etsy shop.. what do you think?
Now onto my cabinet addiction.. I have to tell you I don't know where this came from.. I don't know if it is from living in a small house or just a problem I have. I can not pass these up at Flea Markets, or junk stores, or garage sales.. I LOVE THEM.. and always seem to find room fo them or place to use them. So I thought I would share a small sample of the cabinets I have. This green one is in our office area.. and I have one more that I will be selling soon.. Yes, I am parting with one, actually a few soon.
And I can't believe I am showing a small part of my sewing area. Which as I said we live in a small house and being creative on space is my number one thing around here.. so this use to be our fab bar area in our basement. .The paintings on the wall are of Pete Rose and a few other Cincinnati Reds and Bengals players.. My sister in law is a mural artist and she did these.. I just could not paint over them.. so we took the custom bar down, that my husband built and he made me a sewing area.. OK, so it is not quite finished with decorating it or organizing it. .but I wanted to show you my two cabinets I have there.. LOVE THEM! Yes my sewing machine is very old, but I love it and it will sew through anything.. They don't make sewing machines like they use too.
This is not a great shot of this cabinet..but it is what I organized this weekend with all my new fabrics and I just moved it into my sewing area too.. I got this at a yard sale for $25.00 It was one of those where there was no tag.. and I thought "man this has to be exspensive" but when I asked she said "$25.00" I quicly whipped out my $25.00 and asked to hold it and Paul went back with me to get it.. There are a total of 5 shelves in it and it is so pretty.. and I love that I can keep my fabric super clean, and see it too.
This little file drawer thingy, I found at a flea market.. Like I said I seem to be totally drawn to anything with small drawers. This is great.. I have a lot of craft stuff stored in here and it was all handmade too..
And then there is this little beauty.. This was also purchased at a flea market and I had about 4 ladies stop me and ask where it came from, did they have more, would I be willing to sell it? First booth on the end, NO and NO. This is so cool it is like a roll top desk top with tiny compartments inside.. I have had this all over my house.. in the kitchen, livingroom, patio room sewing area. I just love it and it looks good anywhere I put it. I love the old cracked, chippy paint too.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Again, as I am finding photos and putting them in my "design notebook" I am finding that the aqua cabinets, I am in love with.
OK, now in this kitchen I just want the space and the cabinets! Maybe I am closer at figuring out what I want more than I thought I was. Which is a good thing. I will keep you posted on what I find and what I am doing. I do have to admit that I am one of those who keep a design notebook.. In that I mean, all the things I rip out of magazines I keep in notebooks, or on my frig or on a design board in my studio. If you think you have no idea what you want or where to start with colors and style.. start doing that. It really does work. Before long you will see a style, color scheme and all things you love appear right before your eyes!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Yes, I see the splatter on the window as well. I have no idea what that is other than water spots and really do not care. When I am feeling better Iwill wipe down the window. What is in the background? Well that would be our air hockey table.. that window opens up to our patio room, which at the moment is not in use :) It is a beautiful room, when it is cleaned and in use.. which soon it will be..
Well back to bed. I hope you all are well and out enjoying the best days we have had so far this year.. Have some fun for me too!
So excuse me for a few days while I feel better and try to make my kids all better too!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
With the creation of newly formed foundation, we decided to make some t-shirts to sell. Then we decided to have Tess's classmates the third graders at her school, design a butterly that we would then use as the logo for the shirts. WOW.. I have never seen a more excited group of kids! These kids have put their hearts and souls into making some the most beautiful butterly pictures I have ever seen. I have been so moved by them stopping me in the halls at school and wanting to share their butterfly picture with me. They have talked about her in art class while working on the pictures and just having a wonderful time remembering her and sharing memories..
They truly miss her! They want to do more! They are such a precious group of kids, who lost a sweet dear friend..and they want to do whatever they can to help keep her memory alive. I think she would proud.. I am sure she is smiling and loves all the butterfly pictures.
Since we are only picking one butterfly and they all are so pretty.. We decided to photo copy the rest of them and put them on transfer paper and make them into a quilt to hang in the main hall at school.. That way all her classmates butterflies that they madefor her, will be seen by all. We also want to take the orginials and make them into a book to keep in our school library.
I picked up the butterfly pictures on Friday at school.. We are meeting next week to choose one.. I had to share some of them with you.. I have over a hundred butterfly pictures WOW!
I have a soft spot all artwork of children.. I don't think there is any art better in the world, than the art done by a child.
So enjoy these pictures.. I hope they touch you all, as they touched me!.
If you want to learn more about Tess, please visit her website: http://www.cutetess.com/ I will let you know which one we choose and keep you posted on the quilt and other things with her foundation.
This one is done by my daughter.
Look at the artwork. These are 3rd graders!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
And this is just a small, and I do mean small collection of my magazines.. I just can't throw them out.. I know, it is a sickness.. And also in the mail the new Romantic Homes.. I am looking at that this evening.
As if that was not enough excitement.. I opened the box of new fabrics and just was in "awe" Look at these pretties.. I can't wait to sew some neat things with them.. I have a ton of new things I am working on.. well as soon as my new foot pedal arrives that is
Amy Butler Fabrics
Look at the fun sewing fabric.. I think I may frame some of these for my studio area.
How cure are these? I love the cupcake fabric.. as I LOVE to make cupcakes all the time! And the sewing fabric is so cool.