Friday, April 27, 2012

Spring.....What I Like About You

What's not to like about spring, except for crazy out of control weather. One of my favorite things about spring is the return of flea markets and antique fairs. Our winter was almost spring like with an absence of needed rain, which allowed the flea market to continue, but generally speaking.....

This is a slipcover I just finished for a couple of talented ladies who are always finding neglected but beautiful pieces of furniture and transforming them. This will be taken to a local antique fair in a month or so. I think they have plans for the legs, maybe some white paint.

Here is a close-up of the fabric. We used a bedspread with seashells. So cute.

And of course, I love flowers, and I like finding unusual vases. I couldn't resist this little, vase within a vase, vase.

Hope the weather is being kind to you!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tea and Crafts

We drank tea, we ate button cookies, we crafted! Ali brought lots of buttons (more than these pictured) and helped us put them together in beautiful ways to make magnets and other things. ( I'm sorry that I didn't get a picture.)

 I was impressed with the creativity in the flower making. Tracy was cutting leaves from a piece of a wool skirt and used an existing dart in the center of a leaf. A couple of people used plaid in their flower or layered it on a leaf. Everyone seamed to enjoy diving into the process. I sure had a good time. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Crafternoon Tea

I have a friend who makes the cutest jewelry. You can see what she does by visiting her etsy shop, Button Willow Jewelry. Not long ago she asked if I would do a "craft night" with her. I was thrilled. I have wanted to do something like that for a while, and sometimes we need someone to help us move our ideas out of the thought bubble and into reality. It is actually going to be a "Craft Afternoon / Afternoon Tea". I am so excited about it. We are going to make wool flowers, and some simple earrings.

Some little sample flowers I have been working on.

I am using this book as a reference. It is a great little book.

The gallery of flowers is awesome. I do wish the instructions were a little more detailed. When I was learning to sew many many many years ago, I followed the pictures on the sewing patterns more than the written instructions. Now I am a little more patient, and do read the directions, but this book has mostly the written kind in a separate section from the gallery of photos, and might be challenging for a beginner.

Max is sad about his lack of apposable thumbs. No crafting for him. 

If you are a local friend and want to come, you are invited, just let me know you are coming. (This Saturday,
4/14 at 2:00 pm)