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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Tee Shirt Quilts

Last summer/fall I started working on my baseball tee shirt quilt. (See my last quilt post here.) I got the top pieced; the top, backing and batting pinned together; and started machine quilting it all. Then the holidays came along and I didn't have much in the way of spare time. I have not yet gotten back to quilting it, but after yesterday, I'm ready to get back to work.

Yesterday a couple moms from the summer baseball team came to my house, equipped with tee shirts, interfacing and other appropriate items to begin working on their quilts. One of them had interfaced her shirts and cut them into squares. The other hadn't had a lot of time to get started at home with her business travel and plenty of other things to keep her busy, but she had rounded up 30 tee shirts. She bought her interfacing and came over ready to get started.

I really think the hardest part of any quilt is the planning. Determining how to arrange all the pieces is the hardest part. After that, it's just one small step at a time until the quilt is finished. But now both of my baseball mom friends have their layout planned, written down on paper so they don't have to remember it in the future and have taken the first steps to get started.

Melanie needs to get one more shirt. She had 11 interfaced squares. I helped her square them all up with my handy rotary cutter and she started sewing together her rows. She made great progress and it's starting to look like a quilt! Here's a picture of her progress. The bottom three rows are sewn together. Melanie's quilt
Jennifer got her 30 shirts all laid out on the floor in an order she liked. We cut the shirts apart, cut her interfacing into pieces larger than her finished square size and went through how to apply the interfacing to a shirt. Now she has plenty to do at home until we get back together again for the next steps. Here is a picture of the layout of Jennifer's shirts. It's not terribly well focused but it was the only one I took. But at least you can get the idea of what her quilt will look like.
Jennifer's quilt layout
So now I'm ready to get back to my quilt and try to get it finished. My get together yesterday put me back in quilting mode and gave me the incentive I need to make time to get this finished.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Too Many Crafts, Not Enough Time

When my son was younger, he played just about every sport imaginable. He had a tee shirt that was great for him. It said, “Too many sports, not enough time”. That’s the way I feel about crafts. This afternoon I finally took a class I’ve been wanting to take for a long time. It has never quite worked out in the past. I took a soldered charms class at the Bead Shop in Overland Park, KS. I loved it! I came home with three charms. Plus a soldering iron and all the things I need to make more charms. As if I needed something different to work on! But I can’t wait to get started!

We had a lot of materials to choose from to use in our charms - greeting cards, scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, books, sheets of small images, stick-on scrapbooking letters...The hardest part was deciding what to use! Here are the charms I made.

Here are the two sides of one charm. This one is a one-inch square. First side of my first charm
Second side of my first charm
Here are the two side of my next charm. It is one inch on the long side and a little under an inch in width. First side of my next charm
Other side of my next charm
And here is my Santa charm. The instructor called this piece of glass a bubble. It was hard to photograph because the bubble is iridescent and reflects a lot of light. This was the best angle I could find to show the most of the Victorian Santa.
Victorian Santa bubble charm
Tomorrow will be one of those days where I pick my clothes to go with my jewelry. I want to wear my new "M" pendant. Now all I have to do is finish the dozens of things on my to do list so I can take up my newest hobby...

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Estate Sales - I'm Hooked!

Well, I’m hooked. I love going to estate sales. Last night I scoured Craigslist to see what sales sounded interesting today. I went to two estate sales and a basement sale of a lady who used to have a vintage shop. I saw photos of vintage ornaments in her ad. I was afraid they might be gone. Yep…they sold on Thursday. But I found lots of other items that caught my interest.

I realized after I got them home that a high percentage of the items I bought had three legs. Here are two little boxes (I seem to be attracted to those) and a vase, which is in perfect condition.The boxes are identical in shape and size, but I got them at two different sales.Three-legged estate sale finds
A bigger tin box and a couple dishes.Dishes and a box
And other miscellaneous items – a 1941 union button, an old Santa in a chimney ornament, a working music box, little cup from Italy and a cute little swan.
Miscellaneous estate sale finds
I also found a couple vintage cookbooks. I’ll be listing all these things on my vintage Etsy site, Prized Possessions Take 2, soon.

My best find is something I plan to keep, assuming I can find a place to put it. My craft room is pretty full, so I’m not sure where it might go yet. For $10, I got this table made from the base of an old Singer treadle sewing machine. It’s very dusty and dirty so it’s sitting in the storage area of my basement until I can clean it. And I’d probably like to put a different table top on it eventually. But it was a fun find!
Treadle sewing machine tableTreadle close-up
Now if only I’d hear back from the guy I contacted on Craigslist who was giving away, as he described them, thousands of dollars of artificial flowers! His ex-wife doesn’t have room for them and he doesn’t want them, so he was giving them away. I doubt he still has them now, but I guess you never know. Maybe I'll still hear from him...

Monday, January 18, 2010

Floral Arrangements

Last weekend, I made a trip to JoAnn’s to look for artificial flowers to use in some of my thrift store and estate sale finds. Yesterday I finally found the time to start working on my floral arrangements. These will be listed in my new floral section of my Take 2 Etsy shop. Three floral arrangments
I found this cute sugar bowl, minus a lid, at the Goodwill store. That was fine…I didn’t need a lid anyway. These pinky-purple ranunculas were just the right size. It’s kind of hard to see in photos, but along the top of the sugar bowl and on the handles, it is tinted a very light pink. The color of the flowers brings out that pink a little more and the pink tint ties the flower color into the arrangement nicely.Sugar bowl with ranunculas
I found this cute little pitcher at another thrift store. It was pretty cute on its own, but I like the roses arrangement even better. Roses in pitcher
And I found this vase at an estate sale just a few blocks from my house. The purple wisteria were a nice size and shape for this vase.
Wisteria arrangement

Today was a work holiday for me and my son was out of school so we went out to lunch with my mom. I can’t remember the last time the three of us were able to do that. It’s usually any two out of three of us who are available at the same time. Over lunch, I was telling my mom about my new floral arrangements and she told me she had a big bag of artificial flowers for which she was trying to find a home. Unfortunately, one of her neighbors passed away a few months ago. The husband gave my mom this woman’s artificial flowers. So my mom gave them to me when we took her home after lunch. I had no idea how old these flowers would be. There were a number of plastic flowers, which I will now need to find a home for, but the majority of flowers were nice silk flowers. If I had gotten these sooner, I wouldn’t have had to look for so much at JoAnn’s! I saw some roses that would have been great in my rose pitcher. Artificial flowers
This is the start of my upcycled/vintage makeover items. Look for them soon in my Prized Possessions Take 2 Etsy shop!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Latest Wreath

And here's another wreath that I made earlier in the week.

Hot pink Valentine's wreath

Monday, January 11, 2010

New Valentine's Wreath

Once I get started making wreaths, I really have a great time! Here's the latest that I made tonight.
Red marabou wreath
Stay tuned for more...they will be coming soon!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Valentine's Wreath

Well, it's that time of year again! Time to start thinking about Valentine's Day. I just got the last of my Christmas stuff put away today. We went to Tampa for the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day and got home late that Sunday night, so I got a late start on cleaning up after Christmas.

But now that Christmas is officially over, my craft room is becoming very pink! Here's the wreath I made today. I listed it in my new Etsy shop.Pink marabou Valentine's wreath
I decided that this shop will have to include vintage items, upcycled items that start with flea market finds (don't have any of those listed yet, but I've started collecting the flea market finds) and seasonal wreaths. I had so much fun making my wreaths last year that I decided I need to keep making them and will include them in Prized Possessions Take 2 also.

I will have more wreaths listed in the next few days. And then it will be on to St. Patrick's Day...