Novelties or Purple she said, so here's a small area of my Novelties - How would I pick just one? Some are "filed" according to subjects like the ones you're looking at in the picture....food, coffee and critters. the stack on the right is all florals and garden related prints.
I have had a "thing" for novelty fabrics for such a long time that I can't remember when I started. At one time I went through it all and tested for 100% cotton. Unless it was a super-duper, can't be replaced print, the poly-cotton blends went bye-bye.
Unfortunately that didn't lighten my load much. Besides these shown I also have stacks in themes of patriotic, cows, hearts, architectural, nature (rocks,etc.), ocean, fairies, wine/grapes, golf, sewing, oriental, and many more.
Well, she asked for purple and here is a shot of my purple embellishment drawer. The only fabric in there is the embroidered piece of a blouse collar a friend gave me. The leaves are vintage from Lacis's shop in Berkeley, California. I inherited the tatting from my crazyquilting Mother-in-law. The daisy trim at the bottom of the picture was someone's cast off item I found at a quilt show. Lucky Me!
I made this ornament for a close friend who collects mice. I found the cute mouse couple image somewhere on the internet quite some time ago and printed it off. I recently found it in one of my Redwork binders and knew I had to make it for her this year.
I think I need a new oval template though. Didn't realize how off this was until I saw this picture. I used the back off a wooden frame, but it's slightly wonky!
I just love this cute couple! I sure hope my friend is behind on reading my blog so that she will be surprised when her package arrives on Friday!
Well, I'm off to the grocery. It appears now that we will be spending Christmas Eve & Day up in the mountains at our eldest daughters home, so I need to bake a little more and buy groceries for my contribution for Christmas Morning breakfast!
This is a picture of my yellow/gold/silver/copper drawer that is just for embellishments - no glitzy threads in there - the threads are elsewhere! A lot of this is vintage stuff. Last summer I decided my embellishment color boxes had outgrown the lidded boxes they had been in for years. Some of the lids would not even snap on anymore.
So I went to Big Lots and purchased 8 of those 3-drawer roll-around storage units - as many as would fit under my old oak library-turned-cutting table. I quickly filled them up and had to combine the metallics in with my yellows to conserve space.
Did I mention that yellow is just about my favorite color? LOL!
I've had these vintage embroidery patterns for some time and recently I found the perfect Children of the World fabric to use with them to make a quilt. It's a print with many children's faces and they are dressed in costumes of their nations.
I chose 2 strands of dmc #304 red and an off-white Kona Cotton fabric to do the embroidery. The colors were picked to match the colors in the children's face fabric. I also have a Flags of the World fabric that I hope to incorporate into the final quilt as well.
So far I have completed 3 of the 20 designs and after Christmas projects are done I hope to get back to these. Each only takes a couple evenings in front of the television for me to complete.
If you click on the Italy design it will take you to my Flicker photos and you can see the other 2 designs I have completed so far. The one shown here is my favorite so far. I really perfected my colonial knot technique on all those grapes & spots! Isn't she cute!???
I recently participated in a Christmas Toy exchange on the Wood Doll list and this is a picture of what my Raike's Hope dolls, Shelby and Libby, received from my swap partner Deb's doll, Amelia Erin who is a Lawton 9" wooden doll.
The hats were handmade by Deb and are for playing dress up by these 9 inch carved & fully jointed dolls and they both received a Christmas stocking to hang this year too.
Libby on the right is all prim and proper, isn't she? But Shelby on the left seems bent on eating the gingerbread cookie! I think that's most appropriate. Shelby is named after my #2 granddaughter who has as big a sweet tooth as I have!
Last weekend our local group, the Delta Crazy Stitchers, had our Holiday lunch which takes the place of our December meeting. We always have an ornament exchange and this is the little stocking ornament that I made for it this year. It's backed with a fancy ivory and metallic gold brocade.
Of course I forgot to take a picture of it's backside! Like everyone else, I find myself very busy this time of year. I'm lucky that's ALL I forgot to do!
If you click on the picture it will take you to a larger picture and I also have loaded up pictures of 3 other ornaments from the exchange.
A lot of you know me as a fiber artist of sorts. I have been teaching crazy quilting and embroidery for years now, but I also love good food. I have collected and experimented with recipes for over 45 years. I have even edited a cookbook for our local garden club. I also am happy to say that I own my Mum's handwritten recipe book which contains recipes from my grandmother and recipes Mum collected since she and my Dad wed in 1925. When I was searching for a name for my recipe blog where I will be sharing a lot of Mum's recipes this blog name just popped into my head. When I was a child I used to hear ladies at church functions like weddings, potlucks & picnics ask "who is that little girl sitting over there all by herself?" Someone else would always answer "Oh, that's Lulu's Girl; she is very shy!" Some of you know that I've overcome the shyness, but, believe me, it took a very long time!