Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Significance of the Word

I always like to make my Christmas gifts to my Granddaughter Lucy and my Great Niece Annie.  So, this year I started out with Annie's, because I needed to mail it and Lucy's came next.  I was going to post when the present arrived.  But life being what it is and Christmas mail always hazardous, Annie's present didn't arrive until yesterday.  I was truly a nervous wreck.  But when I think about it, I must make better choices about what I listen to when I sew.  
With Annie's robe. I listened to Rebel Buddha by Dzogchen Ponlop.  And when I think about it then
it makes a lot of sense that life has it own time stream and it would get there when it was to get there.  When I made Lucy's robe, I listened to Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.   And of course, it was ready and wrapped for Christmas.
Annie's robe is this wonderful Spandex Satin.  A friend gave me about 7 yards of it.  It is only 40 inches wide but the color captures the whole world.  The robe will hit the bottom of her calf.  She won't trip but will still have the long robe style.
Lucy's is a lovely shade of Periwinkle Lavender.  I wanted to try applique and since Lucy is such a lovely bud of a girl, that is the theme of the robe.

Actually, it wouldn't be Christmas if I didn't make something for my loved ones and these two girls are very dear!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Zig Zag Afghan

I made this bag to take with me on a trip to see my niece in Alameda.  I needed a new fresh look.  Plus I needed a bag large enough to carry all the different things that I like to travel with, especially a book.
I found a "felted" Afghan (it is all wool) last year and knew immediately that I would be using this find for my own purse.  I loved the electric feeling and the zig zag end of the Afghan and knew that I would integrate it into the purse.  I washed it again in hot water and dried it in a hot dryer and the blanket shank once again.  I then began the purse.  I made a channel at the top of the purse.  I put a double layer of elastic in the channel and attached leather to the elastic.  I used my favorite strap to carry the purse.  The lining is a bright Satin and I put two pockets to hold keys and pens and glasses.  The purse was a successful traveler, holding all the needed papers and my book!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

New Hat

I look at all the animal blogs I can find.  I look at animals because it brings down my blood pressure and makes me happy.  Sometimes I embarrass myself by admitting I am a simple person.  But that said....this photo did tickle my fancy!
Maybe I could do a tutorial on "Fancy Hats for Baby Chicks".