Sunday, January 30, 2005

Valentine's Day Projects

I've been having fun with some Valentine's Day designs. Do you like them? Also, please check out the new link to loobylu. What a great blog!

Hot Pink Skirt Posted by Hello

Friday, January 28, 2005

Red Rose Valentine Necktie bag Posted by Hello

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Braces for James! Posted by Hello

New Braces

This is my son, James. He got his braces yesterday! Awwwwww.....

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

A Valentine's Day Necktie Skirt

I couldn't wait until February to share this skirt. :)

Be Mine Posted by Hello

Friday, January 21, 2005

Antique Show Bounty Posted by Hello

As Promised....

Here is the bounty from the antique show last weekend. Starting from the top left there are two lace curtains, a crocheted basket, a 70's toy turtle on top and some brooches, a shoebox full of vintage lace, two bags of colorful crocheted flowers and other motifs, A stack of mint condition 70's kitchen towels with citrus and other fruit motifs - please note the towels in the bottom right corner, if they don't say "Rick Rack Ruby" then I don't know what does!, a stack of silk scarves ( two Veras), three vintage Eiffel Tower postcards, more brooches and in the bottom left corner a mint condition lingerie set with garters, a powder puff, and hanky holder. The lid of the box is gorgeous too.

So, you can see I have a fondness for vintage textiles...but since none of this is strictly fabric yardage - I haven't broken my resolution, right?

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Another Pretty Skirt Posted by Hello

Another Pretty Skirt

I've been collecting these pretty lavender and orchid-colored ties for a while. Finally I had enough for this skirt. The stitching and the zipper are purple. When Ryan arrived in her pink tank - I knew I had my model!

Monday, January 17, 2005

Project Runway

Okay, I admit it. I watch Project Runway on Bravo. I love it! The personalities of the designers are great and it's always fun to see what they are going to come up with. Each week they eliminate another designer. They started with twelve and now I think they are down to seven. Is anyone else watching this? Who do you like? I like Austin, Jay, and Kara Saun. They are all good though - these are just the most entertaining and talented - in my humble opinion. Anyone else?

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Resolution Update

Here we are, halfway through January and I'd like to report that so far, I have purchased NO fabric. It hasn't been too hard....until yesterday....

I went to an antique show - a big one - with lots of textiles. There was a dealer there with tons and tons of vintage fabrics. All sorts - great prices - top quality. I pawed, I stroked, I even sniffed - but I didn't buy. I reminded myself of all the great fabrics I already have at home. Fabrics I have great intentions for.... Fabrics overflowing my shelves.... I don't need any more... I don't need any more....

I did purchase a couple of things. Details to follow....

Friday, January 14, 2005

Baby Blue Necktie Handbag Posted by Hello

Is It Spring Yet?

...Because I am SO ready! I'm pulling out the pastels - yum!

Is it Spring Yet? Posted by Hello

Monday, January 10, 2005

AZ Craftsters Meet Again Posted by Hello

AZ Craftsters Meet Again

Yes, the AZ Craftsters met again on Saturday. Bonnie very patiently taught Kaitlin and I our first "casting on" and even our first row of knitting. Meanwhile, Chris taught Denise "her way" of knitting. Then the two new lightning-fast knitting fiends arrived - Stephanie and Amy. These girls clearly have black belts in knitting. Not to be outdone, Bonnie gave us up and started a new project of her own. Kaitlin and I struggled slowly while sparks flew from the needles of these champions. Oh dear, Bonnie didn't have any "stitch markers" (whatever those are) but Amy pulled out some stitch markers that she had designed with miniature polymer clay sushi charms......

.....I thought they were earrings.....

She had a sushi necklace too! Be sure to check out Amyville in my links.

Anyway, I am put to shame by these talented girls. Maybe, I'll just have to heft my Bernina to the next meeting and demonstrate my sewing prowess. Thanks to Amy for this photo. Are we cute or what?

Friday, January 07, 2005

Another Happy Girl in a Ruffled Skirt Posted by Hello

Another Happy Girl in A Ruffled Skirt!

I just love receiving photos from my customers! This little girl got her skirt from a friend with very good taste.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Necktie skirts bring smiles to Rachel and Sarah.... and me! Posted by Hello

They're Back!

Last seen on October 7th in their ruffled skirts, here are Mike's nieces once again! Rachel is the blonde and Sarah is the brunette - Don't they look great in the necktie skirts from Uncle Mike?

Monday, January 03, 2005

Skirt, Bag and Daisies all made from the same bunch of ties! Posted by Hello

Can't let any part of any necktie go to waste!

In an effort to use up every part of every tie I have an illustration of three projects made from the same 15 ties!

I've made the skirt first from the wide ends of the ties, then the daisies from the tips, then the handbag from the straight part in between.

Well, to be honest, there actually is a section left over from the center of the tie, even after all of these projects. I'm determine to design something perfect to utililize this odd-shaped piece. I'll keep you posted.