Friday, December 31, 2010

Starting 2011 with a New Doll

Hi Everyone! Here is a new doll for the new year - Eve (Eve for New Year's Eve). Couldn't think of a name for her and it dawn on me that I finished her today - New Year's Eve. Clever? Humm, maybe not. Either way she is available and will be featured soon in my Etsy shop. If your interested you know you can always email me (email on side board).

Here's wishing everyone a very happy New Year! Hello 2011!
SOLD - heading to California - Thank you!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Annual Christmas Cookie Baking

Here we are once again, the women in our family gather every year and make Christmas cookies. This year it was at my home. As you can see above, my granddaughter was all set to get the sugar cookie dough ready to roll out.

What a great helper she is! And such a pro already at only 4 years old! The gathering consists of my sister Carmen and her daughter Denise along with Carmen's daughter-in-law Jenny. Jenny has an adorable 8 month old daughter who made her first appearance as part of the family tradition. My daughter, Andrea and Cadie and my sister-in-law Bel. My mom is an important part of this baking tradition, but this year because of health reasons, she had to miss out.

That's my sister Carmen and Bel. Normally we start around 9 am and are done about 4 in the afternoon. It takes us all day, but it gets us plenty of cookies for the huge family gathering we have on Christmas day.

After all the baking and cleaning up the kitchen it was time to sit with my hubby by the fireplace and just relax. Nice!

Here's wishing all of my blogger friends and all that come by and visit me a very Blessed Christmas holiday. May you all have a wonderful time with your families.

Warm hugs to all!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Craft Show Is Over And Now Ready For Etsy

My one and only craft show of the year is over and I'm happy to report that it was a success! It was a great week, indeed. So now that it's over time to start sewing up some dolls for my Etsy shop. I worked on these two cuties today. I'll probably have them ready for Etsy tomorrow, but if anyone is interested, all you have to do is email me.

Here's wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and blessings to all!
Both dolls sold - thank you!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Girls

OK - the craftshow is midway done. Just three more days to go and I'm happy to report that so far it's been going real good. In fact, after the first day on Monday I received a call from the folks running the craftshow informing me I needed to bring in more stuff! So quickly I whipped up some pillows and the three girls shown above. Well, not that quick - I worked 12 hours yesterday just in crafting. I'm glad I took leave from work all this week.

This is the first time I sell my dolls at this show and I wasn't sure how well they'd do. I've sold all those that I've taken, which I'm so happy for that. Yesterday I spent most of the day making these three and they are now out at my display. If they don't sell - then Etsy they will go!

Guess I'll get busy making some snowmen (big sellers this year) and ornaments for my last few days! Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, November 15, 2010

We R Family

Another wool wall hanging. This pattern is by Primitive Gatherings called We Are Family Framed. The pattern does not have the stitched "We R Family". I decided to add that.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

All Set Up For the Craftshow

Set up was today and we're ready for the start of the show on Monday morning. The show runs for a full week until next Saturday. Tear down starts at 3 pm. My booth is 3' by 8' and I'm very fortunate to be placed in middle of the room. My first year was upstairs and those stairs were tough! Of course the exercise was good for me, but I rather not do that again. This is my third year and thankful these last two years have been on the first floor.

Being in the middle of the room is very nice because I have two sides for my crafts. The booth was made by my husband and the door was purchased at an antique store.

The Holiday Craft Show is run by the ladies from the Baptist Church. The crafters are only required to host 4 hours during the week. It is a fabulous show and being that it's in downtown San Antonio, many of the customers are from all of the major business offices downtown.

Hope you enjoyed my pictures - going to finish up a few things that were started so that I can run them down there during the week.

Blessings to all!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Finishing Up a Few Things!

Hi! Finishing up a few things before I start packing for my craft show. Set up is this coming Saturday and the show beings on Monday. I'm going to take some pictures after it's all set up and post them here.

The Faith, Hope, and Love stitchery above is a pattern I purchased last week at the Houston show. It is from Plum Creek. Tammy who creates these wonderful patterns was there. I have several of her patterns and love them all. Actually this pattern is for punch needle embroidery, but if you've ever done that - it takes awhile! So I did an easy running stitch and then appliqued the hearts and wings with wool.

The ornies below is from a pattern I used last year except they had wings. This time I decided to use hearts instead. Sometimes it's good to change your items a little so that returning customers get new things. Well back to work - I'd like to try and finish a snowman wool table runner and finish tagging my inventory. So much work - not enough hours in the day!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

My Trip to the International Quilt Show

If you never been to the International Quilt Show in Houston Texas you are missing out. I've been to this show now at least 10 times. It's every year the first week of Nov and talk about spectacular! Here are some of the items I purchased at the show (didn't pull out everything). I was there this past Thursday and Friday and took along my two sisters and my sister-in-law. Had a blast! Not only do they have some beautiful quilts from all over the world, but they must have hundreds of vendors with some really nice things. I navigated to the wool, as you can see. So much to see that it definitely would take you at least 2-3 days. Love that show!

Here are a couple of Santas that I worked on Sat. Until next time - happy sewing!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Just Two Weeks Until!

Yes, just two weeks until the show! And just about now I'm asking myself "Do I have enough for a full week?" Just a little stressing time here. This particular craft show runs for a full week. But it's a wonderful show in downtown San Antonio Texas in a historical mansion. The mansion is beautiful with the original wood floors and it has eight fireplaces. The Wolfson family had it built about 120 years ago and it now belongs to the First Baptist Church Downtown San Antonio. It really is gran and I'll make sure and take pictures. Posted are two wreaths I made this weekend. Patterns are from the very talented Sandy from The Olde Country Cupboard.

Well I'm off to join my daughter and granddaughter for dinner and then do a little Trick and Treating with Cadie around the neighborhood. Us girls are solo since my husband, son and son-in-law are at Arlington TX to see the Rangers play at the World Series. Happy Halloween and stay safe!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

It's Wool Again!

Have I mentioned before how much I love working with wool? I probably have in one of my past post. Well, gotta tell you again - I love working with wool! Besides all the rich colors you can get - my friends, it is easy to work with especially when it comes to appliqueing. And there are so many wonderful patterns out there, like this angel pattern I purchased from Little Stitches. This pattern is for the wool table runner, but I did some individual small angel pillows that you can set in a bowl, hang on a door knob or use as a Christmas ornament for your tree. So simple and fun! You all should try it - you'll love it!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Christmas Dolls

I've been busy this weekend working some Christmas dolls for my upcoming show. Patterns I'm using are from Threadbare Primitives and Sweet Meadow Farms. I've just added candy canes and a snowman to them.

A few santas and snowmen are ready, which I'll post later. My husband has my display center all set up. We normally do this a few weeks before the show to make sure it will look like I want it. As soon as I fill that up I'll post a picture.

Gotta get back to work. Until later - All is Bright!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Cadie and Her Monsters

Soon my adorable granddaughter, Cadie, will be turning the BIG 4! Her party next weekend will be at Kiddie Park and the theme is "Monsters"! Very different from her 3 year old party which was Hello Kitty. Today I finished 12 monsters for her tiny guests and their goodie bags. I really had fun sewing these little creatures (even though I'm suppose to be working on my Christmas show in about 4 weeks). But really, what are Grammy's for! I just wanted to share these pictures with you. How blessed we are to have our granddaughter in our lives. All is Bright!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Christmas Pillow

I'm getting ready for my craft show next month with tagging all of the finished products that I've done so far (with lots of work still to be done). When it came to tagging this pillow (which is one of my favorites) I decided to take a picture and post it for all to see. She is such a lovely angel. I love angel pillows. This pattern came from a book I purchased a long, long time ago. How long - whoa, can't remember that far! Anyway, it's a Leisure Arts book called Heartfelt Christmas. I've used so many patterns from this book for my pillows and wallhangings. Glad I bought it!

Well got to get back to work since today is my last day of leave before I go back to work tomorrow.

Have a great day - happy crafting to all! And may "All Is Bright" with you. xoxox

Thursday, October 7, 2010

It's Autumn Time!

What a beautiful time of the year. Pumpkins, acorns, falling leaves, and a change in the weather. It all sounds like autumn to me. With that said, time to add a touch of fall to your decor. How about decorating your dining table, a hutch, coffee table, or your wall?

The whimsical table top above is made with hand-dyed wool. I used a rich orange for the pumpkin, fall colors for the leaves and a golden color for the autumn moon and star. It is all hand-appliqued with DMC floss.

For those who love hand-stitching, below is one of my favorite patterns by I Done My Best. A hand-stitched pumpkin patch. I used osnaburg fabric for the background and plaid fall colors for the borders. This can be hung or set on a table.

These two will be in my Etsy Shop soon, but if you're interested, email me for more information.

Happy Fall to all!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Holly and Ivy

I received my swap doll today in the mail and to my pleasant surprise - not only did I get a doll, but I got TWO! I had hinted a little that I really wanted a Christmas doll to decorate for the holidays and here they are - Holly and Ivy. What a pair of cuties! Holly and Ivy are sisters, and as the story goes they traveled all the way from Northern Idaho (just 35 miles from the Canadian border). Their dresses are adorable with printed Scotties and buttons to match. They are holding bags with shiny pennies for good luck, good fortune and good health.

Thank you Ilona! I love my Christmas dolls and I'm sure they will love Texas.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Here's My Swap Annie

Last month, Jess from Little Dirt Lane, invited anyone that would like to participate in a swap for your favorite Annie. Here is the one I made for Ilona Kabai from Designs by GuKa. I just mailed her a couple of days ago. Ilona and her husband are Army Veterans. So for her doll I wanted stars in her dress and her holding a star with the initials USA for United States Army. Here is to Ilona and her hubby - thank you for serving our country! Hope you like her!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Working with Wool

Hi Blogger Friends!

Sorry I hadn't blog in a while, but I was having some issues with blogspot that has finally been resolved. Yea!

Well this past weekend I worked on some wool pillows and ornaments. Love working with wool. I especially like to use black wool as a background - it just seems to bring out the rich colors! Don't ya think? I sometimes will use a different color background, which I am working on right now and will post when finished.

Well, back to work - hope you enjoy viewing some of my projects - I'll be posting soon!

Hugs to all!

Friday, September 17, 2010

More Crafts for the Show

Hi Blogger friends and those who just happen to drop by - it's Friday and it's my BIRTHDAY!  Yea - I asked for a day off from work today and so far it's been so enjoyable.   Woke up early and was treated out for breakfast with hubby before he had to go to work.  Then went to one of my favorite stores, Hobby Lobby and then to Borders.  Sat at Borders and looked through some craft magazines (what else) and had a yummy Pumpkin Creme Latte.  Forget the diet - it's my birthday!

Next, finished up a few things which I'm displaying for you.  The wool tree shirts are fun and easy to do - love those.  I've done several Annie Angel ornaments and an Annie Angel doll.  And then some more Christmas pillows which I stained with coffee, vanilla and cinnamon.  Well, time to relax a little before hubby gets home from work and off we'll go out for dinner.  Me cook on my day? Not today!  Have a wonderful day all - I know I will.


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