Friday, April 30, 2010
When visiting a friend, she showed me this perfect nest in the hedge in front of her home. WAIT!, I exclaimed. I HAVE MY CAMERA! Yes, I had my camera. Isn't this nest beautiful? Sooo wonderful. The color of those eggs! Mother Robin was close by giving us an ear full. I went home and loaded my photo on to Picasa, where I was able to print out postcard sized prints onto watercolor paper. I am going to mount them on note cards as a gift for the "expectant parents".
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Here are some pillows that I made this week. I love printing on fabric. I used the freezer paper method...Press fabric (lightweight muslin) on to the shiny side of freezer paper. The plastic works as an adhesive to hold the fabric in place, so you can run it through the printer. I have an hp photosmart printer, but I think any printer will get good results. You need to cut the sheet to 81/2 by 11. I use my rotary cutter. I hand feed the sheets and have had excellent results. Make sure the fabric is on the freezer paper tight. I haven't tried to wash one of these yet, but they should be permanent, especially if you iron them again before using them to embellish or whatever. It's kinda addictive, since there are so many wonderful graphics available on the web.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
(I had to delete an earlier post when I heard the birthday girl reads my blog!)
Monday, April 19, 2010
A long standing tradition in our family is the Sunday Road Trip.
When our kids were young a ride was a planned event. Today my husband and I just GO!
Wisconsin is just 45 minutes away...with the husband driving.
We headed North to Lake Geneva.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
A section of our lawn is covered in white violets. I've never seen one before on our lawn or in our garden. We have regular violets too, hundreds of them. In the language of flowers, white violets mean you are choosing happiness with someone. I've chosen happiness, or has happiness chosen me? Anyway you look at it, I am blessed. Have a great weekend.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
This is what I've been doing this week, along with a little baby wrangling, playing nurse to my dearest and the usual restless craft pursuits. The pillow was one I saw at the Greyslake show. I can do that... So I did. I love printing onto muslin, and have so many graphics shared on the web by generous bloggers. The hearts are for the hospital. Tonight we'll get together and stuff and decorate them with the ribbon bows and charms, as well as sew more pillowcases. The flowers are ones I've made before with regular acrylic yarn, this take is with cotton, I plan to tea stain them and attach a woolen leaf also tea stained. I was thinking of adding some religious metals to the center (inspired by Anne Marie), or a little seam binding ribbon in blue. I missed the meteor last night, my youngest saw it so I hugged him this morning to get some of the lucky space dust. What are my chances of seeing a comparable meteor....Billions and Billions to 1!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Sweetie, step aside you have company. My friend Joy from the Illinois Bloggers stopped by and left a comment. I'm so excited, and terrified. My first reader has loved me since the day she was born, my smart, sweet, passionate and brave daughter. ( With my wonderful sons and husband occasionally dropping by for a look see.) Now, even though Joy has been nothing but inspiring and supportive, I hope I have the courage to put MYSELF out there. Me with all my pollyannaish... the cup is half full...with rose colored glasses world.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
How do small organizations raise funds for their service projects? The good old fashioned Bake Sale. We are able to do so much with the money we make. Our Guild, with 24 members, makes hats and blankets for well babies, as well as for those that do not survive. We make sachet hearts that are a keepsake for Moms that lose a baby. These items go to 4 local hospitals. We make pillowcases for children with life threatening illness. We designed and make angel charms for the local Mental Health Center, and support their Day Center with art supplies, food items for their pantry and gifts for the holidays. We purchased pillows, sheets and blankets for 18 beds for their residential apartments. We knit and crochet prayer shawls that are presented to those facing illness, or to comfort those in crisis. Our oldest service project is purchasing fabric and cutting bears for a program that has handmade bears in every ambulance and fire pumper in Chicago. I am so proud to be a part of this generous group, women who make a difference with their time and talents. And it all starts at a bake sale. Buy the chocolate and peanut butter chip cookies, they're delicious, and for a good cause.