Wednesday, December 30, 2009

CHRISTMAS!

Oh what a delight! I celebrated Christmas this year with my friends' family and am still recovering from the smack-you-upside-the-head-awe-and-wonder of it. Huzzah! There were a few creations I gave as gifts, but rather than take pictures I opted to make home movies. Once I iMovie those up I can perhaps grab a still or two. In the meantime, here's a gander at one of my latest creative endeavors: jewelry-making. Don't get me pliers, don't buy me cartons of beads and findings, no. The joy for me is knotting, experimenting, working with organic shapes and fibers, repurposing antique pieces, etc. Por ejemplo...

In other news, I shall follow that blogger-type trend of posting photos of the fabric you just came home with. For me, Miss Low-Budget Bargain Aficionado, it was a painstaking process finding the same glorious remnant tucked in a bin week after week, but alas, glory like this don't come cheap. FINALLY the fabric collection went on sale and VOILA!

I hope I marry a musical man and can turn this into something significant for him... or us... whatever. :-)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Holidays!

I'll be out of the state for Christmas and won't have internet access. I will have plenty of time, however, to work on my quilts and other delightful projects--so more on that when I return. In the meantime, may you have a blessed holiday and may you encounter Love in ways you never imagined possible!

For your viewing pleasure, I give you the Hanukkah Highrise! This splendidly engineered gingerbread house is the perfect addition to your chag and comes with its very own menorah! It is a one-of-a-kind original by MissMary and is sure to delight for generations...


Friday, December 18, 2009

Trees!

In between attempting to finish my best friend's Christmas present and attending very fun holiday gatherings, planning a road trip, changing jobs, etc., I have been working on my first baby quilt! It is inspired by this quilt, except I am using greens, blacks and whites and hope to stagger the blacks and whites towards the bottom. That way, ideally, the quilt can be hung over my future child's crib so baby's eyes have hard, clean lines to focus on as they develop visual acuity. Hooray! Keep in mind that (a) I am not dating anyone, (b) I am not married, (c) I have no inclination to procreate outside of wedlock, and (d) I love my life and am anxious about nothing. Sometimes I feel like I could have done alright living a couple of generations ago. Had this been the case, Baby Quilt #1 could go into my hope chest.

Some photos of blocks in progress, arranged to show the range of prints. I especially love the dollar bills print snagged from a remnant bin. My children will be the wacky ones in class insisting that money really DOES grow on trees!






Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Gifts

It's time for so many of those lovingly-made stockpiled gifts to start making their ways home to their intended recipients. In the past few weeks I have given away many birds, a scarf, a pillow cover, several sets of coasters... Tonight I had the pleasure of one of my best friends opening and exclaiming over his birds. I'd like to sit and meditate on that friendship and on the gratitude I have that he is part of my life, totally worth every stitch by hand and every bit of the inscription. What a joy to love and to give, to give what you love and to love to give!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Boids

Here are some photographs of the birds I've been working on. My favorite so far was the Button Bird, but that ended up being a spontaneous gift to my Uncle Bob at Thanksgiving. Lots of heart and love went into that bird, Uncle Bob! Keep her well! :-)

Four bluebirds representing the four members of my immediate family: Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister. These are a gift to my mother for Christmas! When my brother and I marry eventually, the family arrangement will change a bit, but four* now, here we are!

A matched set! These are my prophetic birds and their destinations and meanings shall be revealed in time. Meanwhile I love looking at them! Both unfinished birds have hand-dyed muslin elements and antique buttons.

Someone I know and love told me his favorite bird was a red-winged blackbird. He has such a big heart! This bird has heart-shaped wingtips and heart-shaped breastplate appliqued on after the bird was stuffed. Beads came from my bead box to create the hook.

Three jingle birds for the three girls I nanny. I have been teaching the older two (ages five and seven) how to sew. They fell in love with scraps of the brown fabric. I think these will be sweet Christmas ornaments, especially since they are immune to the effects of trees falling over!

My board! A length of muslin tacked to my wall with a clothesline running over it and quilting pins to tack up my favorite projects! I love to look at it.

Only four more birds to go! Up next... TREES! ;-)