Monday, July 31, 2017

End of July

The past 10 days were spent being 'tourists' in our own area. Here is the 'crew' en route to Fort Sumter. 
And the girls enjoying the ocean breeze. 
And one must try She Crab soup. Then if you like it, you try to get some of everyone's!  
The big sister had her own bowl, it's a favorite of hers. 
Lots of time at the beach, but then an overcast day gave us the opportunity to show them the Angel Oak tree. It's a live oak, the Angel portion of its name comes from the Angel family that owned the property it has lived on for several hundreds of years. 
They were learning about taking good pictures. 
While they were here they chose fabrics and used the longarm quilting machine to make placemats and mug rugs. I just need to get the binding done before sending them off. 
It was sad to see them leave for home, but we're already planning our next time together. 

And I got busy and finished the bindings on these two quilts. 

My sewing room looked like this at the beginning of today. 

And like this at the end. 
They brought along 12 quilts for Evergreen Quilters Guild Soldier Quilt Project. I'm an 'away' member. I'll supply the batting and backing for these, quilt them up on the long arm machine, trim, and return them on my next visit. (Or ship them, if I get them done quickly). This is the stack. 

Well that wraps up another month, and several projects finished. 
Nice to have some things done, but I'll opt for time with loved ones any day. Luann 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

July - Busy Month

I've been inspired, by Dawn's prodded flowers, to get moving on my Burlap Ribbon with this technique. And aren't those 'threads' of ribbon yarn and silk beautiful. They're waiting to become specialty cording. 
Found a wine I really like at my local Publix Store.  At the Sunrise Bistro in Summerville I had a treat for my breakfast. Banana Bread French Toast complete with a banana cream cheese drizzle, including some almond slivers and chocolate. Yummy! These were my ONLY finishes for the month! lol
I've been working on creating journal covers from cereal boxes. A bit of a learning curve, but absolutely having a blast with the process. 
The beginnings of a redo on an old suitcase. 

Here's a before, and the top as far as I've gotten with it. Another fun project. 
I moved on to taking an old book apart. After applying gesso I did some interesting color applications. An application of ModPodge created a very wood looking background. I then glued down the painted area of a canvas I printed from a water color I did several years ago. I like this piece a lot. And because I kept the entire book cover it can stand up on a shelf on its own!
This is a 'tribute, piece. Jackie passed away several years ago. I never met her but through a long string of events I was asked to help find homes for some of her possessions about a year ago. Most have gone on to be with other creative friends. There were a few pieces I just couldn't part with and I knew that someday I'd figure out how I wanted to exhibit them. I still have work to do around the outside edge, but I'm good with where I am. 
Here's the sewing room and my fabric closet as I start the cleaning process of my own things!
My art studio/dining room is looking a lot better since the cleaning bug hit! And the fabric dyeing closet got organized too. 
Lots of containers have come in and gone out over the past few months, as I continue to help others with their 'finding of new homes' for their crafty collections. 
Sewing room's cutting table was cleared at one point, then another trunk full was accepted! Most of this is off to new homes already. I'm getting much quicker at the process of sorting and gifting onward. 
I'll leave you with some snapshots of flowers from the past few weeks. That's one big benefit to living here, I can see flowers most every day of the year. The only downside is in this next photo. No, I wasn't driving, I was taking the pictures, George was driving. 

Having A/C and plenty of fans make it all good!! Hope summer is treating you nicely. I'm off for a vacation for the next 10+ days so I'll probably not post again until August. Can't believe how fast the summer months fly by. 
May God bless each of you as you go through your day. Luann