Friday, February 19, 2010

Snow Dyeing and Sweet Treats!

We had a "challenge" on our StitchMap group! Fabric dyeing with SNOW! Oh what fun we had! We were to go to this blog and read directions and go from there. We had a week to do it. Thankfully this challenge came at just the right time considering we had a ton of snow on the ground! Hmm....think that was a coincidence?! ;)

Noah got in on the fun too since he had several days off of school!

Here is one attempt at our fabric dyeing. We scrunched the fabric up and placed inside the colander, plopped the snow on top and drizzled acrylic paint all over it and waited for the snow to melt.

And here is the finished piece. We tried it a couple of different ways. This seemed to be the best for us as it made the dye a little darker.

This is Noah's psychedelic piece! I love it! He used 5 different colors.

This piece I used linen and used 3 different colors. It was very interesting how they all turned out so different.

Valentine weekend my husband and I went to Madison Indiana. Very cool, old river town on the Ohio. I found a fabric store *snicker* and picked up these 6 scrap fabrics. The little boy fabric is just darling!

I have been wanting to start collecting Fire King Jadite for a while now and was lucky enough to find this great bowl!

We had dinner Friday night at Belterra Casino Resort and their dessert bar was to DIE for! Look at those scrumptious little tidbits! They were soo cute too! I'd go back just for the desserts!

And a chocolaty way to end a a wonderful Valentine weekend. Did you know Madison has 3...yes, that is 3, chocolate shops?!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Stash and stuff

LOOK at this beautiful fabric! A very good friend, Karen, told me she would send me some wonderful purple fabric since I was whining that purple is my most fav color and I hardly have any! What's up with that? You would think that would be all I buy lol. I love the purple fuzzy stuff on the is SO soft, very very soft. I mean REALLY soft!

This is a bad picture but Karen surprised me even more with these extra's she added. That ric rac is purple and fuzzy! Very cool! The buttons are purple, pink and pretty shiny heart and awesome ribbons and a milk bottle cap! We had been talking about making pin cushions using bottle caps so she sent me one! Thank you Karen!

Another good friend, Eileene, sent me this wonderful mix of BUTTONS! And the ribbons! What a surprise! Such a great mix of buttons too. Thank you so much Eileene!

Now this is a real treasure. While my wonderful husband was in Phoenix helping take care of his mother, he noticed a bead shop near by and offered to go there and pick up some beads for me. He wanted to get me something Arizona-ish. The turquiose was too expensive but this magnesite is close enough for me lol. The store has a website so I got on the computer to see what they had. It was too hard to explain beads and buttons to him so I would take a picture of what was on the computer screen and send it by phone, he would show the clerk and walaa, this is what he brought home for me. He is certainly a keeper. ;)

We woke up with more snow this morning and it has been snowing most of the day. This picture is from one of our kitchen windows. If you click on the picture, you can see a robin in the tree. The blur in the middle of the picture is some poor birds feathers! Not sure how they lost their way but they ended up slamming into the window and left a little something behind!

We are expecting more snow throughout the night and tomorrow. That is ok, in the Yahoo group StitchMap that I belong to, we were issued a challange today to keep us busy!

Stay tuned until tomorrow to see the results of this challange!

I found a new tool!

I found a blogger app for my i phone so hopefully this will work well enough that I can post while away from the computer.

And to test the photo part, hopefully here is a photo of a crazy quilt pillow I found at an antique store in Virginia.

Hope you all have a great day!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Sunday, February 7, 2010

My weekend...

Finished up a couple of presents....I won't say what they are for! I really want to make some more embroidery pillows. This was fun!

My first attempt at an envelope style pillow. I put it off for so long because I thought it would be difficult. Ha! Was I surprised how easy it was! I'm planning on making some more of these!

The back of the pillow.

And this is a table topper. I bought this retro Christmas fabric jelly roll in Chicago last year. It's the first time I pieced something like this. I think it turned out pretty good! Now I just need to get some backing fabric and quilt it. It might be done in time for Christmas lol. It will be! It will be! lol

A pretty productive weekend. I made apple pie too! I already have plans on the next few things to start on tomorrow!

As for's Superbowl. Honestly, I'm just watching it for the commercials lol.

Hope you all have had a good weekend also!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Whew....been a while. A pictorial catch up.

Work on a Round Robin.

Hmm...what could this mean?

During the NASCAR races at O'Reilly Raceway Park where we work.

More Round Robin work.

My dad and brothers and Noah, birthday get together for dad in Chicago.

NHRA Pro testing.

Jack Beckmen at U.S. Nationals, O'Reilly Raceway Park

And the harvesting starts...

Jay and I at Feast of the Hunter's Moon with our snazzy period clothing.

Miss Olivia and the day she was born. Our first grandDAUGHTER! I love pink!

Isn't she so sweet?!!

Thanksgiving with the great grandparents.

Noah being baptised, on the spur of the moment I might add.

Lace added to my block for the Basic Crazy Quilt class I'm taking through StichMap.

Snuggly blanket I made for Miss Olivia. It was hard to give up lol...very snuggly!

Jay's dad passed. Don will be missed very much.

A little sight seeing while in Phoenix.

Noah and grandkids James and Jagger in front of our cowboy Christmas tree.

A nice trip to North Carolina in January.

And that is how we feel after last year lol. I have lot's of things stewing away in the sewing room. Race season will be starting back up again soon but I hope to do a better job of keeping up with this blog!