Sunday, August 26, 2007

Pillow Finish

Better Homes & Gardens
Alphabet Heart Freebie
Charles Craft Pillow Sham
DMC Floss #115

Thursday, August 23, 2007

My Goodies

Back from yet another business trip to New Orleans. Don't think I'll ever tire of the city. Of course no trip is complete without a visit to Acadian Corner in Metairie. And once again the stash enhancement experience (s.e.x.) did not disappoint.

Lots of charts on sale (making room for new stock), so I got Bent Creek's Glory; Never Forget by Jeanette Crews Designs; and Gabriel the Messenger from Stoney Creek. Fabric choices were the Twilight 100% Linen, Blue Whisper Cashel Linen, and Plum Blossom Jobelan. As if that wasn't enough, the mailman left me a bundle while I was gone - Baby Georgia cotton yarn that I ordered from Little Knits. I'm so in love with their 10-skein bundles. The colors are sienna red, dark chocolate, and corn silk yellow that would make a beautiful striped something.

My favorite thing from Acadian Corner has to be this Damask square. Pic isn't the greatest but look close & you'll see a small circle in the middle for stitching. The owner suggested making it into a pillow...... what do you think?

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Been Gone Too Long

It's August already? Summer has been fantastic.

My master plan includes opening a gift shop after retirement (featuring handcrafted inventory - of course!) and I've been blessed with an opportunity to try some things out. A friend has a beautiful, quaint giftbasket store & offered me display space in exchange for marketing/advertising advice & running the shop on Saturdays. Definitely a win-win situation for both of us. Here are a couple pics of the shop - isn't it great?

The best part of the whole deal is that every Saturday I take along projects to work on when I don't have customers (lol), so I'm consistently crafting! My display will focus on cross-stitched handtowels, pillows, bookmarks, ornaments, and framed pieces along with handpainted figurines, angels & santas that I love to do. Figure I'll be ready to setup the display shortly after Labor Day so stay tuned for pics.

In the meantime, I've finished the back of the Beachcomber Tunic and most of the left side. Here are my progress pics....