Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Quilt update

Just an update on the baby quilt I mentioned in my last post.  Last night I added the border, and I think it makes the quilt even prettier.

Now, all I have to do is get it ready to be hand quilted on our upcoming vacation.  If that were all I had to do to get ready for the trip it would be nice, but I have lots of packing to do.  I don't even know where to start!  

I also planned to make an entry for this month's Art Bead Scene challenge, but I'm quickly running out of time.  Working full time puts a damper on my craft time!  

I promise to take better pics of the finished quilt.  I had hoped to get a picture with the border added in natural light, but by the time I finished it was dark.  Oh, well.  So much to do, so few daylight hours in the day.

Monday, July 20, 2015

New project

My cousin is expecting her first child in November--a girl--so I decided the little one needed something made just for her.  This is what I'm currently working on (forgive the horrible lighting in the picture).

It's hard to tell, but the quilt top is done in shades of pink and gray.  Now, I just have to add the border and quilt it.  I plan to hand quilt it on the way to Niagara Falls.

Speaking of Niagara Falls...  We're leaving this weekend and I'm incredibly excited!  The girls and I have never been there, and it's been about 20 years since Travis has.  It's a long drive, so we're going to break it up a little by going to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Cedar Point.  We're also planning to go to a Blue Jays game in Toronto, which should be fun.  

Anyhoo, if I can finish this quilt I'll be way ahead of the game.  Then, I can make her a little pearl bracelet because don't all baby girls need pearls?  

Friday, July 10, 2015

Glass blowing inspiration

Last week our family took a day trip to a fairly (as in 2.5-3 hours away) close amusement park, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, TN.  I'm not a huge fan of amusement parks, being the huge chicken I am, but there is an amazing glass shop at the park that I love.  They have the most amazing pieces in there--my favorites are the glass pumpkins.

Anyway, this time I was lucky enough to catch a glass blowing demonstration.  The artist spent a good while making a beautiful glass angel for a family there.  

Unfortunately, when he finished and pulled the mandrel from the top of the angel's head, it cracked.  Everyone gasped, and I can only imagine how disappointed the artist was.  

The demonstration inspired me to head down to the basement and whip up some glass beads.

I turned this pair into some earrings.

I made another bead, but it's currently being turned into a necklace.  Pics will follow--hopefully soon!

Personally, I'm quite thankful it's Friday!  Hope you have a great weekend!