Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Don't look her directly in the eyes or you may end up being one of the victims hanging from her necklace!
At Sara's school, rather than have a Halloween Party, they have a history fair. Each grade is assigned the era that they are studying in history that year. Boring. Sorry, but come on Halloween is all about fun and scary - not over the top gore, but fun scary. Last year when she was a civil war girl, I wanted her to be a dead civil war girl - the teacher wouldn't go for it.

This year, Sara's class was assigned Greek History. Medussa was the obvious answer :) What girl wouldn't want a head full of snakes! A few crochet snake hair extensions, some spray painted Army men and her thick teased hair did the trick. The snakes had button eyes and thread tongues. The best part - she loved it. She was dressed in normal clothes so she wasn't nervous or uncomfortable.

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 28, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment inspired by soulemama} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

edited to add one word: Grandma - lest there be any confusion:)


Thursday, October 27, 2011

BOM D-O-N-E

Done and quilted. Well, almost done, I still have to add the binding, but duty calls - you know the little things like house cleaning, sewing pads, laundry and dinner :) The blocks are all from a BOM that we did at church and the center was something that I drew up. I think the pumpkins were from a bareroots pattern. The grass on the hill was just a little crazy piecing that I then used as a large applique piece.
I had a few problems with the quilting. It may have been that I used a remnant of batting that was somewhat stretched and torn, and floated it rather than putting it on roller. Oh well lesson learned, and I don't think anyone will notice.
I went with a little bit darker of a thread too. It blended in with the blocks, but stood out a little more on the center. I was going for a blustery day. The best thing about this quilt is it was made entirely from scrapes. I didn't buy a single piece of fabric for it, not even the back :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Thrifting Finds and a Before and After

In a fun twist of fate, I found myself at the thrift store twice in the past week. Thrift store therapy - worth every penny. There's just something about walking into a store and thinking, "I could totally afford to buy anything in here." Not to mention the whole treasure hunt feeling.

On the first trip I found this adorable haunted house for $3. Adorable? With that bright yellow and orange? It was a definitely a fixer upper :).

Before:
After:
A can of spray paint primer takes care of the ugly. Just spray right over the old paint then paint as you wish. I was going for a black and white, old movie type of feel so I only added a little paint and dry brushing.

On the second thrift store trip, I was looking for figurines that would look cute dead - you know a Christmas caroler sprayed white. I was too focused on the dead thing when I found - actually Melody found - these trick or treaters. $2.
And what better to go in the graveyard section of my little Halloween scene than these vintage, creepy looking cats. Another score at $1.50 for the set. They were originally marked $1.50 each but they were so ugly that the lady marked them down for me.
A total of $6.50 spent on Halloween decorations this year. Never underestimate the power of Thrift store therapy :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Love of Fons and Porter

"Your quilt arrived safely and it's already in editorial"

Those are some of the most beautiful words I've ever heard. From Fons and Porter none the less!

The fabric arrived from Clothworks and I paused long enough to snap one quick - muddy - picture. The fabric really is bright and happy - you should take a look - it's Spring Umbrellas by Masha D'yans.

Then I jumped in to the process - it really is a process. First there was designing the quilt, submitting the idea, then holding my breath waiting for approval. I reworked it a few times then heard the good news. The contract arrived, then the fabric. The quilt went together easily, then the quilting - oh the quilting. It has been two years and I can stipple with the best of them, but for a magazine? The self doubt crept back in a little and I considered asking a friend, in the end a few bike rides talking with said friend helped ease my anxiety. It came out rather well if I do say so myself :)

The snag - I hadn't ordered enough fabric for the binding. I guess I was bound to make a mistake on my first quilt submission. With my tail between my legs I asked for more fabric and was graciously sent a next day package in the mail. Once it was packed up and shipped off, there was still the little matter of the instructions. Thankfully, I didn't have to send full instructions, just basic block construction. A bio and a photo. Egads! I can't share the quilt just yet, but how about that photo. Not my favorite thing to do - but since it's going to be in a magazine nation wide, what the heck!
That was a few months back...I need to buy some more hair dye :)