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We had a good time in Clovis this weekend kicking off the Christmas season with a fall craft show at Old Town Flea Market. Don’s lamps were a hit as they are repurposed and one of a kind. I will be listing some of them in the etsy shop soon. The last time we participated in this craft show it was 108 degrees. This weekend was so much better. The sponsors do a good job of keeping us vendors happy with free wifi and many yummy foods available. I had a mushroom & artichoke tamale that was really good. Clovis has many antique,  vintage,  and industrial items in their downtown shops. The next time you’re in Clovis check them out.

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Don made this lamp from an old bottle capper.

This tool box is a great size for a succulent garden.

This tool box is a great size for a succulent garden.

This lamp sold as well as the bottle capper. But there other random items out there just waiting to be made into a lamp.

The bike pump lamp sold as well as the bottle capper lamp. They were my favorites! However, there other random items out there just waiting to be made into a lamp.

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I am finished with the sampler I have been working on for a few months. It looks good! I really enjoy stitching and have worked on it when I have some spare time. I posted my progress in an earlier post here. This was a fun little project and the directions were easy to follow; I would recommend it. I am planning on hanging it in my sewing room. I found a nice frame for it which I plan to paint a warm cottage white.

My z turned out a little bit different than the pattern, but that is what makes each sampler special – all the little changes that makes it yours!

A great resource for free embroidery patterns for personal use is flickr. You can join a group of fellow stitchers and share patterns with each other. There are a lot of vintage patterns and some talented people who create patterns to share. They have contest and stitch alongs so that you can upload your finished work for everyone’s enjoyment. If you love embroidery and are looking for some variety and inspiration, you should check it out here. Stitching is a relaxing hobby that produces a tangible work of art – you might as well share it!

 

 

Last Sunday my family participated in the Wharf to Wharf 10k in Santa Cruz. The run takes you along the ocean from Santa Cruz to Capitola.

There are bands along the way which makes it a really fun run. My husband is a runner and has been his whole life so it was great to see he and my daughter run it together this year. I walked it with my sister in law and nephew and we had a blast too.

 

One of my favorite things to do after the race is to visit Hart’s Fabrics.

It is an independently owned fabric store and they carry a lot of the fabrics that I love. They have Amy Butler, Tula Pink, Heather Ross and a wall of cotton prints that will keep you busy for hours. There are great linens and trims that I haven’t seen anywhere else. A must for me is the remnant wall in the back. I find small pieces of laminated cotton and oilcloth for make up bag lining. It’s like a candy store to a sewer. They also have home decorator fabric too – that’s another whole visit. Fabric overload! Is there such a thing though?

This is a little project I stitched a few weeks ago. It is from a coloring book, which is a great source for line drawings to stitch. I stitched it using the stem stitch which turned out kind of jagged but it could also be said it gives it a little ‘texture.’ Hopefully I will master the stem stitch like the ones in this tutorial from Mary Corbet’s Needle N’ Thread , but I must say that I love texture in everything, so I like it!

stitched using coloring book line drawing

Happy Friday! I have been working on this sampler and am nearing the end. I am really happy with how it is turning out and the pattern is available here. What attracted me to the pattern was the contrast of the yellow background and the colors Alicia Paulson used. She used crewel but I decided to use embroidery floss. I thought I would try it out with these colors, they are kind of  warm and cheerful. I think it may hang in my sewing room.Image

The pattern is the Daisy Chain Sampler by Alicia Paulson. She has a great blog named Posie Rosy Little Things. Check it out!

I made this Kindle Cover today out of the Snow White fabric from the 

Far Far Away fabric collection by Heather Ross. I also made a coin purse out of the same fabric.

 

The yellow is cheerful and I love the birch trees as well as the dwarfs’ long underwear hanging on the line! The fox on top left of the coin purse ended up on the front of the Kindle Cover. The great thing about this fabric is that the pattern is large and there are a lot of trees. Snow White doesn’t show up on the Cover that I made because the pattern doesn’t repeat often. It’s like two different fabrics from one bolt.

I love succulents because I am not that great of a gardener with fussy plants. Succulents don’t need much from me so they are my favorites. I have several different kinds of cute little plants that I harvest once in awhile to make fun things to have around the house. The vertical garden is one. This tutorial at Sunset Magazine has good information for making a box to hang in the patio. My husband made our box from a crech he had made for a craft project at church. He made some boxes too. They turned out so nice!

house vertical art

You can see that the house has more plants and the box looks a little skimpy. We wanted to see what was best as far as spacing as the plants grew, but they both sold at a craft fair so we need to make some more! Gotta love those succulents, just water once a week laying down, and then put them back up on the wall! Easy.