Hi all. I've been pondering about whether to just not write a post for awhile, or write a post then take a blogging break. Guess I decided on the latter as there are a few things to tell, and to show.
First off, thanks so much for sharing your advice about lighting and helping with my stitching problem on my last post. I actually have not done any stitching since my last post! But I have saved a few smalls that I stitched awhile ago so I will show you those, then I can tell you about my lastest Obsession!
First off, from Pineberry Lane - Merry Christmas?( Not entirely sure about the title.) I have the funny reindeer and Santa. The reindeer is holding off like it's getting ready for a Disneyland ride (Thunder Mountain?).
Next is Beggar's Christmas from Threadwork Primitives. Love that series!
This one is Thankful Heart (I think) from Heartstrings Samplery. I left out the words and shorten the design from the bottom. I like the spareness of it though I think I might go back and add our initials. I love the colours!
This last one is Land that I love from Birds of a Feather. I modified it to say Oh Canada!, which is the start of our national anthem. Love that cute design!
My newest obsession? It's related to stitching...sewing clothes for myself but the real obsession is getting my hands on some Liberty cottons for tunics and tops. *sigh* I will have to shop online as I can't find any of them here in a brick and mortar store. I would really prefer to see them in person so I can better gauge the scale of the prints, etc. If you have any advice in best place to get Liberty cottons and at a good price (and I haven't already asked you privately) please let me know. Thanks!
Last year, I was gifted some pieces of Liberty cottons from dear Ann from Scotland. I knew nothing about these cottons until there and I didn't really get obsessed with them till I tripped over finding a pattern that I thought was do-able for me. It's the Schoolhouse Tunic by Sew Liberated. Apparently it was quite the buzz online a few years ago when it first came out.
My mom had also asked me to do some minor alterations for her and with my getting my sewing skills sharpened I just remembered that I used to do sewing for myself, that I have actually made some small quilts and I have a darn good sewing machine at home. I also found my serger from 20+ years ago tucked in a corner of a closet, dusted it off and will take it in for much needed maintenance.
So, as you can see, I've been bitten by the sewing bug and the fabric-holic bug! While I haven't found Liberty cottons I did find some cheap cottons on sale so I can try out the fitting of the pattern and polish up my rusty sewing skills. I remember the fabric stashing bug that I went through when I was quilting. Well, it's back!
I've been spending a lot of time online looking for those cottons but also easy to sew patterns. This is a new arena for me and it's so easy to spend hours lost online! I gotta stop!
Meanwhile everything else have taken a back seat. Julius was wondering why my painting tray is empty!
My roses seem to be finally in full bloom despite the up & down weather.
So, we'll bid you farewell for awhile while I muck away at the sewing machine, the easel, the garden, and maybe some stitching! Oh yeah, and we've been watching the World Cup games. I don't know if it's my imagination but the games seem to be better than they were the last time around - more excitement, more goals.
Take care and we'll see you soon! Summer will officially arrive in a few days!