Friday, November 26, 2010

Does it get any better??

I am blessed to have supplies to create with.

A lovely turkey sandwich and milk. A warm house. A husband happy with his football.
Does it get any better?

Yes, it does get better.

Thank you God.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A 1970's gift from Grandma

 I have seen these done in golds and whites and they can be spectacular.  I appreciate having this, glad I saved it,,however, I may have to add to it, or alter it, at least change the lights to white, maybe paint the frame white.
 It is 21"x27"...kinda big, and rather tacky.
I think it was a popular craft back in the early to mid 1970's.

After comparing stories, my sister and I think she bought one for each of us at a Church Bazaar.
Grandma did needlework mostly.

Some of the bling is nice. The sparklies are hard to photograph.

Lots of broken bottles.

Something to do with old junk jewelry to give it a new life.

Cute owl

Here is the back, to see how it was done. It was done on artist canvas. I suppose you would make the holes first, put the velvet on, then get the tree lights on, then add the broken glass and bling. Looks like hot glue was used. I was amazed the lights still worked after all these years in a box. I haven't hung it in probably 20yr. ...and when I did it, was in a dark spot at the end of a hallway, it's festive and not too bad at a distance. I'm looking forward to decorating for Christmas this year, now that we are settled. I just have to finish painting the family room first.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Crazy Quilt by M.E.

No, I didn't  make it, I'm not that old,,yet. 
Dated 1887!

 But, I did cut it up, after I had it on the wall for a while.
The silk was rotting in places pretty bad.
 I also had a living to make. So I made doll clothes, and other things to sell.
 Back then you could get really great old quilts very cheep.
I can't even begin to tell you how many cutter quilts I took apart.
Then sometimes the inside was really great and usually the backing. I saved all of it. 

I wonder about M.E. and what her life was like in 1887, and how many other fabulous needlework projects she left behind. I kept some of the prettiest parts of course.

This is a hanging pillow thingy I made from another quilt. I had to repair it a bit, but I tried not to change it. I have another piece of that black velvet area with beading someplace.

Sweet fan, star, and umbrella.

This is the backing fabric.

I made this pouch from quilt scraps about 15 yr. ago.
 It held my business cards at the trade shows.
It's ok to take cutter quilts apart, it's hard to make the first cut sometimes.
Old quilts are coming down in price I have noticed.
An antique dealer told me the young people don't care for them.
I have a hard time believing that.
What do you think?

Friday, November 12, 2010


It was a beautiful day for The Veterans Day Parade. People came out in droves to enjoy it. My husbands boss kicked him out of the office to go, as he is the only Veteran. We were also treated to lunch. It was a nice honor and surprise. This very much a military community, and watching the marching soldiers brought tears to my eyes. Thank you to all the Veterans and their families everywhere, for your sacrifices, duty, and love of our country.

I am also embarrassed that our US Army soldier makes only 22 thousand a year.
Average American makes around 50
Average congressman makes around 75
Average federal employee makes around 174
Congress should also go to VA medical centers....and definitely not make more than our front line servicemen.