Saturday, August 28

winner, winner, winner!

Thanks to all of you who entered the giveaway,
I wish I could make a little something for you all!

The Random Number Generator chose #16, and #22.
Heather and Erica,
if you'll e-mail me your mailing address I'll get these right out to you!

Wednesday, August 25

Expedition LA ~ Giveaway

Nancy and I had a great day yesterday as we drove into LA on a buying expedition for her shop. It's the first time I'd visited a few Nancy's amazing contacts and it did not disappoint! Our first stop (which I didn't photograph) was a in Santa Monica, where Nancy did some serious shopping. Let me just say, it filled the back of my Explorer to overflowing! If you like trims, vintage embellishments, and French treasures you'll want to be sure and stop into Gilding the Lily soon and see what she found!
Our next stop wasn't far and here we found Lilia who let us dig through stacks of old boxes holding stunning vintage millinery flowers.

Our little helper... so cute, and very sweet!
I don't think she's ever seen two women so happy with what they saw!

All of these are making their way into GTL as well!
We spent seven hours in just these two hot spots alone, and it was great to discover hidden, vintage treasures in our own backyard.
Nancy was kind enough to share a few favorites with me (thanks girlfriend)! I LOVE vintage German Mercury Glass buttons and she knows it! So I'm paying it forward... I'll put together a few packages of these to share with you. Leave a comment on this post and I'll draw two lucky winners on Friday. Oh, and don't forget to leave your e-mail if you don't blog!
Good Luck everyone, and don't forget to share some of your favorite things with a friend or two.

Thursday, August 19

Do you photograph your art?

It's always amazed me the ways you can manipulate fabric with a simple needle and thread, and a bit of imagination. Not me personally, but those women who are true fabric artists. I simply don't have the focus to stick with and master just one medium. But being the daughter of a seamstress fabric naturally became my first love, and I've been sewing for over 35 years. I'd gather the bits of fabric that fell to the floor as I sat under our dinning table while my mother sewed for hours above me. My poor Barbi and her wacky wardrobe! Her house wasn't safe from my handy work either, but I can't tell you how much fun I had! Good Memories.

In my 20's I started quilting. Regretfully it never occurred to me to take photos of the quilts I've made, until I made this one last month for my niece's baby Hudson due in September.

I made this quilt a few years ago with fabric Jennifer sent me in a trade. It's from her Mod Girls line, and I can't tell you how much everyone loves this quilt... even Andrew stayed cozy on Christmas behind a sea of funky, fun, fab color!

This is a simple quilt I made a few years ago for my archery lovin, cowboy husband. The pattern has the best old west graphics if you ask me, I mean... who doesn't love a rootin' tootin' cowboy?
These are just a few of the quilts I grabbed from our quilt basket to snap pics of. I'm sewing three quilts now, and this time I'll be sure to take photos before I gift them to others. So tell me, do you take pictures of your art? If not, I hope you'll start for the sake of posterity!
Christmas 2008, Ethyn's Pirate Quilt

Wednesday, August 11

It's no wonder...

I've been busy making quilts and I know exactly why... after seeing so many beautiful colors and patterns on Flickr recently!

Thursday, August 5

Tinsel & Treasures Artists continued...

Nancy and I have been busy getting ready for our road trip to Northern California which is just over a month away now. A few weeks back I shared a few of the Artists who are participating in Tinsel & Treasures with us. Iva has done a wonderful job gathering talent for this show, so I'd like to spotlight a few more of these talented women with you.

Ceal Bialobrzeski

Colleen Moody

Charlene Geiger

and Gina Gabriell of Tangerine.
You can follow Tinsel & Treasures on Facebook, and hopefully in the next couple of weeks I can share the rest of the Artists with you here, as well as the Make & Takes I'm putting together for the event. Happy Thursday!

Sunday, August 1

lovin this right now...

I've been looking at the ArtFest schedule of classes for next April and I've discovered a few new-to-me artists. After feeling at a loss for blogs I truly love these days, I love discovering new artist. I also love what I'm seeing from Karen Michel and her workshops. Have you found any new-to-you artists lately?

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