Painting Day Lilies

I’m working on a new collection of fabric. At first I thought it was going to be part of the Painted Flower collection. But I’m thinking it’s going to have its own collection of prints. I’m super-excited about it. Here’s a peak peek at my progress.

A peak at the new fabulous purple and olive day lily print fabric at fig+fence.

Incomplete and rough around the edges, but pretty.

I really love olive and purple together. It’s so difficult to find a good, deep purple in the fabric store. And in the department stores? Most every item is coral, black, or pale neutral. Which is fine. Neutrals are great, black is wonderful, but I am heartily sick of coral. So, for my own peace of mind (and also for my own non-homogeneous closet/stash wishes), I’m working on a deep, lush purple print.

I’ve also been sewing a top. I’ll post pictures of it soon and I think there’s going to be a pattern review out of it.

Also, I’m going to do a Monster Pin Cushion Tutorial. Because what the world needs is one more pin cushion tutorial.

UPDATE: Just when you’re feeling smug about knowing the difference between it’s and its, someone points out to you the difference between peak and peek.¬† Oy.

Oh, Shiny!

I’m sorry I haven’t been around lately; I’m easily distracted by shiny things. – the Tick

Behold! The gloriousity of my craft room (or, as some people still insist on calling it, the dining room):


So maybe it’s not all that glorious or pretty, but deep within that picture is wonder: a new sewing machine. (It is the, ahem, one on the right – the one on the left is my mother’s old Kenmore.) It’s a Juki Tl-2000Qi and was given to me by the Sewing Machine Fairy (or, as some people insist on calling her, Mom – by “some people” I mean “me” – I’m an only child). Here’s a better view of the utter fabulousness, the mega beautitude, and even the super duper radosity of the Juki. (I don’t even care that I made up some pretty stupid words there.)

The pretty Juki is still on the right. Look at that extended bed. Sweet! (Also seen in this picture: the Sewing Machine Fairy left me a pair or two of Clarks sandals, as evidenced by the Clarks boxes I left sitting on the table. Isn

I wrote all of that to write this: I’ve been sewing a lot lately. And really, that huge sale at Joann’s wasn’t the only reason why my back may be permanently bent at an awkward angle from hunching over the shiny new sewing machine.

I’ve caught that bug again. If you sew, you know of what I write. You go along¬† sewing often (some would say “a lot”) in what you would call a normal routine and WHAM! You’re the Energizer Bunny of sewing (assuming that the pink fluff is hopped up on Red Bull, leftover Easter chocolate, and a driving ambition to sew every single freaking scrap of fabric in the state of Georgia that could possibly be sewn into something halfway nice – now).

Strangely, I haven’t been quilting all that much. I mean, I made a monster pin cushion, a quilted batik purse, a bunny wall hanging, a few stuffed pumpkins, and a couple of quilted pumpkin leaves since I’ve last posted here. But crafts haven’t been driving me to sew, even though I’ve finally finished designing and purchasing material for a quilted bed scarf. Normally, I’d be prepping like mad to make that bed scarf. But no.

I’ve been making clothes… for me. I know: Clothes? Clothes. Weird.

Copper Wrap Bracelet Set – Done!

It’s about time, too.

I finally finished my copper bracelet set. One bracelet is a wrap bracelet (that wraps twice and has a cluster of charms on one end) and the other is a charm bracelet.

Copper Bracelets

Copper Wrap Bracelet Set

I used practically every bead I own in the salmon/grey color palette. I used copper beads, antiqued copper beads, sterling beads, glass beads, bali sterling beads and spacers, white gold delica, hematite beads, glass seed beads, agate beads, sunstone beads, and antiqued copper chains. I strung it on copper wire, silk beading thread, and high strength flexible wire. Both bracelets have a copper toggle.

The charm bracelet is made up of clusters of beads on copper and sterling wire. I’ll try to get a better pic of the charm clusters later. I’ve got to do some research on how to get extreme close-ups on my camera. The ones I took today did not turn out at all.

I like how this one turned out. With all of the oranges and corals that are coming into fashion this Spring and Summer, I think I’m going to get a ton of mileage out of this set. I hope I can get some pictures of it that do it justice, because the details are great.