I decided to sew a little today. I pulled out the camper materials I bought in Williams along with some fusible webbing and a good pair of scissors! First I made a camper keychain, then a tag and now I'm starting a potholder. Sew fun!
While I was taking the Book Stitchery class I noticed a lot of people using ledger paper and I thought it was so unique and interesting when used on journal pages. I looked all over town and couldn't find any, so I asked the people taking the class if anyone wanted to trade for vintage postal stamps and such. I had two women respond the same day saying they would make a trade. I received both packages yesterday and couldn't believe all the beautiful things I received. And yes, there was some wonderful old ledger paper. I had already sent my packages out or I would have totally changed what I sent, because it was not nearly as nice as what I received. Live and learn. These women were so generous in what they sent me. It was Christmas in August and I am so thankful! If they happen to read this, there is another little package on the way! Here is a sample of what I received.
This weekend our son and daughter-in-law came for a visit. They always help the mister and I with computer questions and fun new programs. Well, I am now hooked on an ipad app called Procreate. Michael can create amazing images with this program and I am just learning the basics. Here are a couple of digital images I played around with yesterday. Directly below I created an image to place on the cover of my mail art.
The image directly above was made from images I overlapped and recreated. This is so much fun!
As you know, I love Cori Dantini fabrics! I decided to do a little embroidery on this panel, and then I added a vintage piece that I had stitched sew old sew new onto. I put them all together on a linen apron. I especially like the deep pockets.
Here is a side story! Last time I did a vintage show a man came up to me and was telling me about some chairs I was selling. All the sudden he hugged me. I was totally taken aback. He went on his way and I thought the whole incident was weird. I told my mister about it when I got home. He asked me if the man could have reached into my pockets and taken money. Well, bummer! So that is why I want deep pockets.
Whenever I hear words that resonate with me, I try to write them down. Sometimes I write them on a slip of paper and sometimes I write them in a journal. I love words as much as I love fabric. Today I was going through a box of pictures and I found a piece of paper with quotes and wisdom written on them. I think I wrote them down when Oprah was doing her last show. Whether you like her or not really doesn't matter, but she has an eloquent gift with words.
I decided to take my slip of paper and write down what I had written onto a piece of fabric. The handwriting is unimportant because this is something I wish to keep. This little piece will be collaged with other fabrics and bound into one of my fragment books.
I think my calling was to teach, and I did that for many years. I believe my calling now it to create, for it truly lights me up!
Oh, My, Goodness!! I found the cutest quilt shop ever! My mister and I went on a camping trip to Williams, Arizona. We were in town eating breakfast and I saw a quilt shop next door. How could I possibly not go take a peek? I walked in the door and was blown away by the cute fabrics. Then there were projects all bundled up so I didn't even have to think about what I needed to buy to complete the projects. Honest to Pete, I could have bought the store out, and I did spend a little more than I should have, but you only live once!! Now here is my plug for this darling little shop.....go to www.quiltsonroute66.com and check them out! I believe they are on Instagram as well. Really you should just make a trip to see this store and visit with the sweetest proprietor! They also have a store in Scottsdale, named Scottsdale Quilts. Guess where I will be taking a trip too?! Here are a few pictures I snapped and some things I purchased. I can't show lots of stuff I bought because I have some birthdays coming up!
I'm an art teacher and junk lover! I like to hunt for and repurpose treasures from flea markets, old barns, yard sales and funky shops.