Monday, March 30, 2009
I loved these bonsai but it definitely would not work with our new "retired and mobile" lifestyle. We would have to get bonsai babysitters when we travel.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I really enjoyed how Ricky explained his piecing methodology to the over 450 participants. He is so funny in his presentation, as is Libby. Everyone loves Alex because of Simply Quilts, but that's gone and she's sick of hearing about it. They are very excited about their "Quilt show Website".
I loved this technique that Libby demonstrated. I would really like to try this at home. The lines are 9mm wide satin stitch. Beautiful and so effective.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Thanks Carrie, Kenny, Michele, Wade, Patience and all the kids. This made our day very special!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I've been through a hand knitting phase. That wasn't fast enough for me, so I went through a 5 or 7 year machine knitting phase. Then I slowly moved into a sewing/quilting phase. That's been ongoing for the past 20 years. I've been back to hand-knitting for 6 or 7 years now, mainly knitting for my darling grandchildren. I don't think I'll ever get back into machine knitting, but I still have 3 beds of needles in case I get the urge.
The other day I was pondering buying a silk ribbon book in support of my Crazy Quilting. I didn't get any opinions on my blog. I expect it's because it's a little known book and it's not in any bookstores. I've made my decision to buy the book, as soon as I get home. I have had an order for silk ribbon from Hand-Dyed Fibres ready to place for a few days - I'll push the button next week and my order of silk ribbons should be arriving by mail at the same time as my book. And today I read on Sharon B's site, that she is working on a silk ribbon e-course. I'll probably take that since I'll have a book and lots of ribbon. Now I'll be looking for things to put silk ribbon embroideries on. So that's it. Three things Silk Ribbon. I think it's a sign that I'm just entering my silk ribbon phase. What's next?
Friday, March 20, 2009
My 10 second glance told me it would be worth buying. I say that because it seemed to have lots of pictures of prays and flower arrangements in it. I came home to do a google on this fairly recent book and the Amazon opinions have this book highly rated. Have any of you Crazy Quilters seen it? I think this is going to be the next book in my sewing room's library.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Would this not be fun, to ride these little cars in formations all through the parade. They did figure 8's and other neat maneuvers.
Bag Pipers. My friend Jane can confirm, but aren't these Nova Scotia tartain kilts. Everyone clapped along to the rythmic music of the pipers.
And what would an Irish party be without celtic music. Gaelstorm from Wilmington, North Carolina.
Monday, March 16, 2009
This week, I beaded some, then got the urge to do more threads, then I beaded a bit more and decided I needed to do another line of stitching, here and there. So, I didn't get as much beading done as I anticipated. So the lesson here is that I learned that starting to bead will usually bring more stitching to get the final look of the seams. I'm thrilled with how the socks are starting to fill in.
Also, a couple of weeks ago, I spoke of my beach searches for a special sea shell to represent South Carolina where I did most of the stitching on these socks. Here is the little shell. I think it's sweet and fits right in. I couldn't quite get the look that I wanted by having the shell side out. So I decided to invert it and add a few beads to enhance it. I really like it.
As promised, here are some lines of beading and a couple of lines of stitching. I'll be working on the socks for another week, then putting them away until after we get home in April.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
About mid-morning Mert said, let's go to North Carolina for a drive, and off we go. We head into a small town called Southport. It's a seaside community with many quaint gift shops and restaurants. As we drove by this needle arts store, I did a double take. I was surprised to find it here since a much bigger city like Myrtle Beach doesn't seem to have anything like this. I was thrilled. We started out little tour of Southport at this shop. Angelwing Needle Arts. It has quilting, knitting, cross-stitch supplies and more.
I breezed by the knitting since I have enough wool at home to choke a horse. I was impressed by the amount of threads they have. I'm used to buying threads online, so it was so wonderful to see all the threads in poerson. They had many many find threads, ribbons and other stitables. They also had every DMC perle cotton you could ever want. It was a little overwhelming.
I was taken care of by Donna Bennet who is the owner operator of the store. She was friendly and very helpful to the visitors who came in while I was there.
I wished I had a "wish-list" built for a particular project. I didn't. But alas, instead I purchased some goodies for my stash. So here is my catch of the day at Southport, so to speak.
I concentrated on the Needle Necessities flosses since I know that they might be harder to buy in the future.
In my stash, I already have some of the RG threads such as Encore, Splendor and Bravo. So today I bought some of the Neon Rays, Pebbly Perle and Patina to try out. I have some Weeks and Wildflowers flosses but you can always use more, right?
Anyway, I encourage anyone of you in the North or South Carolina area, to stop by Angelwing Needle Arts in Southport North Carolina. Bring your wish list with you. You won't be disappointed.
Here are some pictures of the threads, ribbons and beads at Angelwing.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Here is my absolute favorite lunch while in Myrtle Beach. We've been out to a few fast food places that we don't have at home, and even with that, this is still my favorite lunch and we make it at the condo.
We get these Azteca salad shells at the local IGA store that is about a 5 minute walk from our condo. I've never seen them before except for here. These shells are quite like the deep fried ones, that I used to get when my friend Julie and I would go for lunch at Mexicala Rose's. These these are more pastry like and since they are baked, they are less greasy. The best thing about these, is that they are not quite as big. Just perfect for a lunch.
Here's how it works. The box contains enough stuff for 4 shells. Take the little cardboard forms out of the box and fold them to make an upside down bowls. I'm good at origami, so these are a snap to do.
Next, drape the prepared pastry shell over the form and bake for 6 minutes in a 350 F oven. Take out of the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
Then Invert onto a dish, and fill with your favorite salad.
For us, it's a tossed salad with a scoop of chili on top. Much like a Wendy's salad, except half the size. Here is our finished salad with shredded cheese on top. It was yummy.
I wonder if any such thing exists in our Sobeys or superstore? If you see some, let me know.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
It's hard to believe that 3 weeks have gone by already and I'm working on silk ribbons already. When I did my first CQ sock last fall, I'm sure I was on week 12 before having the confidence to move on.
So, after this week, I have to say, that silk ribbons are so nice to work with. I don't have very many ribbons - maybe 6 or 7 hand dyed ones. I haven't really embellished very many seams yet with these silks. I really liked doing this rouching one. It's one that I learned in my Linda H. class last year. I don't think I've seen this technique anywhere else that I've been browsing. It's quick and very effective. Although, this ribbon might have been a bit dark for the placement, I really like it. It's staying.