Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Happy 17th Birthday Ryan!

Some special orders are more fun than others....

...and this was a fun one!

A skirt for Cora to match her cute new shoes! My AZ Craftster friends helped me choose the ideal fabrics. I hope it fits!

Sunday, August 28, 2005

The Ruby Slouch

Presenting.... The Ruby Slouch! I have been working on this design for a while. It's kind of tricky, but I like the way it turned out. This one is for me.

Retreat in the Pines

I spent Friday and Saturday with my girlfriends in Prescott. Even though it was only about a 2-hour drive you can see that it is quite different from the Scottsdale desert where I live. Linda's log cabin is beautiful and the pines are fragrant and refreshing. I'm on the far left, then there's Judy, Karen, Mary, Gail, Mandy, Sherrie, Debbie, Star, Linda and Wanda.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

AZ Craftsters Meet Again...

...and I forgot to take photos! Oh well.

We started the day at Gracie's Thrift in Tempe. It seemed like a good idea since everything was 50% off. Well guess what? Everyone else in town seemed to have the same idea! The store opened at 9:00. Apparently there was a line outside and everything. We arrived at 10:00. I immediately headed toward the neckties. I was VERY selective - only choosing clean, nice beautiful pink, purple and paisley ties...and a couple of others... Ummmm okay I found a total of 23 ties for 50 cents each. Not the best price but certainly a good price for a choice selection of ties. I also got a pair of natural-colored jeans for a "super-secret" project.

Chris found some great stuff - a wool sweater for felting, a knife rack and a teapot in a pattern that she collects! Carole found some vintage sewing goodies, and our new friend Kathleen found some clothes for her daughter and a bunch of vintage crafting books. We had to wait in a very long line to check out so it's a good thing we had each other to keep company.

Afterward, Denise met us at SAS Fabrics. I have a "Special Order" for a gypsy skirt for my friend Cora. She wants it to match her new VERY CUTE shoes. I brought one of the shoes into the fabric store and the girls helped me to find just the right fabrics. I hope Cora likes our choices.

Carole had to leave, but the rest of us went to lunch at Haji Baba. Naturally I had never been there or to ANY Middle Eastern restaurant....unless you count Greek. I had no idea what anything would taste like so I just ordered a "Combination Plate." Everything was scrumptious!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Ryan and Dan

This is my son, Dan and his sweetheart, Ryan. Dan is the middle of my five children. He's a senior in high school. Don't they look happy?

Always Sewing!

I liked the size and shape of the necktie schoolbag so I used the same pattern to make another bag from a vintage crazy quilt top. (Please note that this was an UNFINISHED quilt top - I don't cut up perfectly good quilts.) Anyway, it turned out pretty well....

So I made another....
Am I obsessed?

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Check this out!

Purses made from zippers!

Look at my Counter!

It's closing in on 50,000 hits! It seems like I should celebrate or something...

Scarfles Go To Summer Camp!

Every year I send my friend Cassie a camp Care package. This year I thought she would have fun with a box of scarfles and other skirts to share with her cabin. Do you think they had fun? Cassie is the one in the rainbow skirt.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Carly's Adventurous Artwork

I've just added a link to Carly's blog. She is a mixed media artist working as a teacher in London. Be sure to check out the links to her artwork. It's fabulous.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Carly Makes a Tote

Carly was back again to finish her tote bag and just to generally hang out with Kaitlin and I! Didn't the tote turn out great?

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Carly makes a necktie skirt

Hi this is Carly! Desperate to learn how to sew before I begin teaching textiles in a secondary school in London, Laura came to the rescue. She has offered to give me a few sewing lesson while I'm home for the summer. Today we made a necktie skirt! Very cute and I'm sure the kids in London are going to have as much fun with this as I have. I can't wait to learn more!
Please check out my blog.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Tutorial for Necktie Schoolbag!

I made a couple of adjustments in the schoolbag. It's a little smaller - five ties across instead of six. I worked very hard on this tutorial yesterday. Give it a try!