I finally, whew! finished the Art Apron and the mini quilt- "Silence of the Gnomes" and I have 2 sets of bunting along with the Alice Shadowbox.
I have been sewing all week and am very happy with the bunting- it is fun and satisfying to create something so happy and whose sole purpose is to celebrate.
The next big Hallmark Holiday is Mother's Day and there are so many fabrics that can be used for creating the bunting to celebrate that.
I also have some beach fabrics cut out for pennants- so appropriate for Fla.
I would also like to do some collage on some- add applique and letters -maybe stamp some...
I have a huge amount of stamps from when I lived in Asheville and worked at Michael's Arts & Crafts and there was a wonderful stamp store there also.
I rarely use them now- it just seems like a a lot of work and mess and I have had a difficult time finding Fabrico stamp pads.
I have several new ones now so I am ready to stamp and the bunting would be a great venue.
I also am having fun with the mini doll quilts and after I went back and read the size requirements for the Mini Doll Quit Swap that I entered (hosted by Lisa K at Losabia ) I am starting a new one that will be a bit larger. Any excuse really, is fine....
Fon's & Porter's Quilt magazine came yesterday and it not only has a few interesting looking patterns for small quilts it also has info on a baby quilt challenge.
I am considering designing a baby quilt for the newest grand baby who, from the ultrasound, appears to be another boy. So, since I never finished Austin's first two quilts, I think I can maybe make one for all three to lay on !
I need to make it a priority and then it gets done.
As Fred helped me vacuum yesterday, doing some of my chores so I could sew, I felt lucky and guilty at the same time-
I always think projects will take a shorter amount of time than they actually do- 4 or 5 hours ends up being 24 or 25 hours in actuality.
Maybe it's my right brain that has such a difficult time measuring the hours or that I get side tracked by household duties. If I were in a studio I wouldn't be stopping every 15 minutes....anyway...maybe I need to pretend I am "AT WORK" and then put a sign up that reflects that....ha ha...Sadie can't read!
In Asheville there was a district over by the old railroad station that was old brick buildings that had been turned into Art Studios- each year they have an open house and sale and it was wonderful to walk around and see the glassblowers and welders making sculpture. The potters, the sewers, the basket weavers.
I always wanted to be apart of a cottage industry like that.
In Sarasota there is some of that, on a smaller scale and if I got out more- downtown or the Farmer's Market I could possibly network a little.
It just seems like a dream. I have all I can do to take care of Fred and the dog and sew and get a few items in the shop...
One of a kind is my thing and I wish I could mass produce things to make the price lower and more affordable, but then I'd lose the ooak part. Anyway...enough babble- I need to get to Etsy...You guys enjoy the day. Be safe. Be Well. Share smiles. Tell someone you love them. Pat someone on the back. Play for a moment. Cherish this time...it's all so fleeting.