Friday, September 30, 2016

More houses . . .

I said in my last post that I have bee obsessed with little houses in my crafts.  Thought I would begin to share what I have been up to!

How about some zipper bags with  textile art houses for decoration!  Loved making these! I used scraps from my scrap piles to make the houses.  Love that they use up every inch of my fabrics for creativity!   My granddaughter loves them!

Old newspaper fabric base
"Community housing" :)

Free motion stitching for outlining

I have not listed these on my Etsy site, yet;  I am contemplating saving them for my Big Show in November in which my theme is little houses.  Whatcha think?

Monday, September 26, 2016

Moving? . . . Not!

For those of you who know me, I was scheduled to move from our little apartment into a house last week, but the purchase deal fell through when the sellers backed out at the last minute--literally!  I was so disappointed!  It was a cute little house right next door to where my oldest son would be living. (He was the proposed buyer of the two houses.)

embroidered little house with scrap fabric flower beds

After more than ten years, I would have been moving into a house again!  I had purchased a few new furniture items (still in my storage) in anticipation of the closing!   I was so excited to live in the "little house"!

Anyway, in the mean-time, I became fascinated, or should I say obsessed,  with little houses in several craft venues--quilts, ornaments, pillows, watercolor, etc.  My Pinterest category "Houses" is packed with ideas!  If you are interested, here is the link:

One of my Pinterest 'saves' was a picture of a little house wall quilt that was advertising a class.  You could sign up and make the quilt in the class.  Obviously, I couldn't physically be at this class (the only option) so I did my own quilt adapting the idea from one picture!  I love hand embroidery and collages!  I save scraps of ribbon, fabrics and all sorts of buttons, so this was a perfect project for me! I finished it in early September.

Un-be-known to me at the time of making my little quilt, an opportunity was brewing.  In the end of August, I received an application to be in a quilt show in which I had participated in 2010.  The Old Aurora Colony Annual Quilt Show -- It will be their 44th year and the theme just happened to be:

"Home at Last" 
An Aurora Sampler

Boy! Was I surprised and excited!  I finished my little wall hanging quickly and entered it, of course!  
The Show is in October--the 14th thru the 23rd, if you are local.  More info is on this site (Be sure to check out their fascinating history!):

Here's a couple more pictures of my beauty: 

I will keep you updated with the progress of the show and my little house quilt!  (Also will share some of my other "little house" creations later in the week.)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Where'd the summer go?

We made several short trips around Oregon this summer.  Here is one of them to Fort Stevens State Park on the extreme Northwest tip of Oregon where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean.

Mouth of the Columbia River, Washington on the other side
Friendly sea gulls
And a walk on the beach . . .

And as this was a grey day in May, it probably still looks this way in this early Autumn season, as Summer is now gone.  Speaking of  that, I am having a Summer Clearance sale in one of my shops.  Many of my older items must be gone to make way for my new "little house" items!  (See upcoming Monday and Tuesday's posts!)

Check it out!  and if you do, use this coupon code for an extra 15% discount:

 Use code:  
Good only thru September 30th

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hooray! Back to Blogging!

Well, It's not Spring . . . . It's the first day of Autumn!  Long Hiatus! I won't explain, just a few pics of what I have been up to:

Spring trip with my daughter to see my mom, friends and also visit my dad's & my first husband's grave-sites--

Road trip to home town

generational morning newspaper

First Husband and daughter's dad's grave site
And a trip to our old home place in the Sierra Nevada foothills full with springtime flowers--

White flower patch

close-up of fence line


Road to a friends place

Well, you get the idea.  I've been busy with trips, health issues, and plans for moving that fell through (pooh), and now getting ready for the holidays!

I'd love to share some of my other adventures for the last six months-- trips to the beach, cosplay costuming, picnics, etc. and I will in future posts.  For now, it is great to be back to blogging!  Also, Watch for updates on my new "house" line of gifts with a sewing tutorial or two thrown in.  Stay tuned!

And as a . . .  

"Hooray, I'm back" promotion, 

You can use this coupon code in any of my shops for a 15% discount
 thru the end of the month--Sept. 2016!  

Use code:  Hooray16

And, don't forget to come back later this week to see what's up in Linda/Abby's creative-land!