Saturday, April 28, 2012

New Fabric!

I went fabric shopping... I really wasn't going to buy anything...Really!!!
 But, I found this great shop in Winston Salem, NC.

Although there are not any batiks, it is loaded with modern fabrics from the hottest designers. 
I got two great pieces to make into A-line skirts for our trip to Italy in September. 
I found both in the "sale" area.
 Karen has a famous $6 a yard wall! Fabric to die for!

Here's the fabric for my fun skirts...

I'm going to use the Amy Butler pattern.
 My plan is to take T-shirts that will go with
both skirts and pairs of black and khaki capris.
 This girl will be traveling lite!!!

I also got some darling fabric to make gathered skirts for these two cute little girls...

Meet my darling grandnieces, Avery and Caroline!
Here is the fabric for the little skirts...

I thinik Avery, the older of the two - 5 years old - will get the green skirt.
Caroline needs the Carolina Blue one.
Sweet Caroline is a very talkative 3 year old. 
Check out their new 8 week old sister...

Here lies the best baby ever!
She sleeps through the night! She coos and smiles! She rarely fusses!
Elena Claire is precious!

Oh, I have also been busy in the yard with DH... 

Here's the front door and courtyard.
And, here's the front yard...

We can hardly wait for the 50+ impatients we planted to get bigger and bigger!
Here is the newest raised bed. My DH, Dick, built the brick wall. I love it! Six years in the house,
and we're finally done with landscaping the front.
The remaining pile of mulch is going on the flower beds in the back yard.

My daughter, Amber, made the most adorable yard wreath...

It's filled with succulents and moss.
And, yes... there are baby bluebirds in the box.

Someday soon I'm going to tell you about Emma Kate, Canon and Carter...
 My other sweet grandnieces and grandnephew.

That's it for now!
Keep stitchin' for the ones you love.

Hugs from Mary

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Welcome Blog Hoppers
from Sew We Quilt! 
I have so enjoyed visiting everyone's blog
and getting new ideas. 
These table toppers are so fun. 

I'm posting a few days early because I'm off to visit my niece and her three sweet little girls. I haven't even hugged Elena yet. She was just born in February. 
A sweet little Valentine for our family

 I started with a table runner and then knew I had to do a topper to go with it.
The runner is a pattern by Karen Brown at Java House Quilts. (Sorry, I don't have that link.)
 I adapted the pattern to fit what I wanted and have the runner sitting on our china credenza.  
Someday my DH wants a koi pond in our backyard. I thought it would be fun to tease him with this runner.

(OMG, don't look at my toes in that picture! I haven't had my spring pedicure yet!)

Now the table topper....
 We have a sweet old orange cat named Miss Puny Puss. 
I wanted to show her relaxing by the pond, maybe tired from teasing the koi... taking a nap.

I used a variegated orange/brown thread to stitch her fur.  Also, I have a small palm tree and  cut off an old frond to use as a pattern for the palms. I also stitched around the dragon flies that are part of the fabric. The wings are stitched with a metallic silver. The dragon fly in the upper right corner I thread sketched without a pattern.  I have not completed this piece yet. I want to stitch in some grasses at the water's edge to make it look like Miss PP is napping in a nice grassy retreat. 

Here is the overall look.

That's it! That's my table topper! Hope you enjoyed the show.

Be sure to visit these talented ladies and see their fabulous table toppers


Thank you so much for visiting & remember.....

Always Keep Stitchin' For the Ones You LOVE!

Hugs from Mary and Miss Puny Puss