My Own Sunshine

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather,
always bring your own sunshine.

Anthony J. D’Angelo

The Clown Car will be departing this coming week, in spite of weather predictions of thunderstorms.
We will just take our own sunshine…and some craft stuff!
One of my friends asked if I would take my stone painting supplies so we can keep busy during the down time on our trip to Lake Buchanan. I am also taking my hexagon baggie with me. I started cutting fabric and making some hexagons out of my scraps. Maybe, I can talk my buddies into helping me increase my stack of hexagons! I am planning to make either some place mats, a table runner, or just some mug rugs with these hexagons. I found a real cool tutorial on how to make a table runner.
Making these tiny hexagons is a bit tedious, but I like using up my fabric. I can make these as I watch TV.


My husband does not think we will be seeing any eagles on the Vanishing Texas River Cruise, so he gave me a tiny eagle for my display case.

I am getting the snacks for the trip with the Meemaws, so, I decided to make four snack drawstring bags.

All I need to do now, is fill these bags up with small snacks.
I also used sealant on the rocks I painted. I want to get my brother’s rock in the mail before I leave this week. The rocks are all shiny and protected now.

I am happy to report that I had more success today as I made my third fabric rope basket.
Thanks to Tierney, who pointed out that my zig-zags were too far apart, I made the adjustment today.
I also found the preparation of the strips to be easier and faster.
My sister had told me that she wanted a basket to hold her remotes. I cut some strips from some remnants that I had. I also started cutting up more strips so that I can make some scrappy fabric baskets when I return from my trip.

It is still a bit wonky, but the stitches are much better now.

This has been yet another cloudy, grey, and wet day.
Not really rain…just yuck.
I brought my own sunshine by making some fun things.

Tomorrow’s To -Do List

  • Shop for snacks
  • Pack

Postcards

It’s been a few days since I’ve worked in my studio.
I have been with my grandson, and visiting a friend.
When I returned, there were things I needed to do before I could start up again.
I also got a pneumonia shot that left me with a very sore and heavy arm.
It took two days to get the use of my arm back.

Today, I thread sketched two postcards.
One is for my grandson, to let him know I enjoyed our time together.
He has a new cat that he was very proud to introduce to me.
And, I couldn’t leave out his dog.
So, I drew both of them on his card.

I just booked a B&B in Georgetown, Texas for a few days during Spring Break.
My granddaughter and I will enjoy the sites of Georgetown.
So, I made her a postcard to let her know we have a date.
She loves unicorns.

Both of these cards are thread sketched and colored with fabric crayons and markers.
I ran out of Wonder-Under, so I will have to complete these tomorrow.

I am reading the book , Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland.
I sort of need a boost.
Thanks for recommending the book, Tierney.

Fabric and Rope Bowl

About a year ago, I saw some fabric rope bowls/baskets, on Pinterest.
I placed the idea of this project on my Someday List.
Then, Tierney posted pictures and the process of making these bowls.
Later, she sent me a link for tutorials and for the Bali Bowl pattern.
This is what I love about blogs. I learn so much just by reading and connecting with other bloggers.
I had prepped the fabric and had a roll of strips all ready to sew.

Then yesterday, I started sewing the strips.
What a disaster!
I thought the hard part would be zig-zagging and forming the bowl; but sewing the strips gave me more trouble. I kept having gaps where I didn’t catch both the top and bottom.
This is what it looked like after one hour, when I dumped everything on the table and left.
I may have said a few choice words as I left the room.
Maybe more than a few.

I then returned and started to rip and redo the strip.
Patience is not one of my virtues, and I almost dumped the whole thing in a Forget This box, but I did not want to admit defeat.
So, I decided to start sewing another strip.
This time, I stopped and checked as I went.
I also used bigger stitches, which is recommended in the pattern. I had forgotten to change the stitch size for the first one.
This time, I was having more luck folding the right side down, and the left side on top, and holding it tightly.
I still had to fix mistakes, but at least this time, it was “fix-as-you-go”.
When it came to zig-zagging and making the coil, I experienced some co-ordination problems.
I found it difficult to hold the rope perpendicular AND make sure that the zig-zag was catching both sides. Once I got the swing of it, and once the sides starting getting larger, it was much easier.
The results are not the best, but I am happy that I did not give up.
This may be the one and only bowl I make…at least for now.

It is a bit wonky, but it is finished!



Thank you, Tierney.
Your support and encouragement got me to try something new and challenging.
Mary, you said you wanted to make one of these.
I am sure you will have no problem.

Feels Like Christmas

Today, the postman delivered two packages for me.
One contained the little purse made by Tierney, of Tierney Creates.
I was lucky enough to win one of her give-aways.
It just so happens that purple is my favorite color.
Thank you, Tierney!


The other package was a gift from my friend, Nancy.
It was a Seasons Placemat Kit from Connecting Threads.
Look at these gorgeous fabrics.

Thank you, Nancy!
It certainly felt like Christmas today.
So, I made Christmas burrito pillowcases for my grandchildren.

The material was purchased last week at the Village Quilting in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Last Thursday, my friends dropped me off at the store and I got lost in the fabric.
There was a room of seasonal fabric.
My friends were looking for a Christmas project, and I found the perfect one for us to do…
the 10 minute table runner. The store had some sample table runners.

When my friends returned to the shop, Lori, the store proprietor, proceeded to be so super helpful.
She demonstrated how to make the table runner.
Lori spent so much time with us.
I also purchased some polka-dot fabric for an unknown project. I just like polka-dots.


This is the pillowcase I made for my granddaughter.

These are for my grandson. He has a small pillow.
Lots of projects on the table!

Holding On and Letting Go

Yesterday, I read Tierney’s (from Tierney Creates) post about “holding on and letting go”.
It made me think of the box in my closet that had the last of my seasonal shirts I used when I taught.
When I was teaching, I had enough seasonal T-shirts that I did not have to repeat.
My friends and family always kidded me about wearing these shirts.
I would wear anything to keep the kids paying attention and having fun.
It has been three years since I retired.
Last year, I was wearing this scarecrow shirt while grocery shopping.
All of a sudden, I felt self-conscious.
So, I packed up most of the shirts and donated  of them.
I kept a few, because, I just could not let go of the fun memories.

Well, today, I thought it was time to let go.
As I was throwing the shirts into a bag, I had a crazy thought.
I had never been interested in making anything using T-shirts as the fabric.
Three years ago, when I first started quilting, I had purchased some 820 Quilting Grids fusible interfacing. I never used it, and today, somehow, I managed to find it.
The interfacing was perfect for supporting the T-shirt fabric and making a pillow.
The sleeve of the shirt had some embellishments, so I made squares to use for the corners.
I did not take a picture of the shirt before I cut it.

So now, instead of having an ugly, Teacher T-shirt, I have an ugly pillow with lots of memories.
I sort of let go, because I am no longer wearing the shirt…
But, I guess I am still holding on…