Friday, January 30, 2015

New Valentine's Day small quilt, Love in a Meadow.....

'Love in a Meadow'

Close-up, I hand stitched the batik heart, love it!

This little quilt is an experiment. I bought a small quilt from a friend. I embellished it with laces,ribbons, beads, hand embroidery, etc. Then I 'deconstructed' it, cut it up in squares with pinking shears. Then I shuffled the squares, coming up with two small quilts I liked, I sewed the squares together. This is one of two. Then I added more hand embroidery and the little batik heart. It seems to me to be about young love, a little unpredictable, thrilling, moments of beauty, confusing at times, sigh.
That's life!
Remember to enjoy the little lovely things in your day.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Crazy quilt style Strawberries N' Chocolate sewing kit finished!!

Sewing kit pocket and one of two felted wool needle keeps.

Back of sewing kit opened out, I cut it from a crazy quilt piece.

 I finished Strawberries N' Chocolate, #1 in a series, sewing kit. It is made of silks, taffeta and other fancy fabrics. It is embellished with hand embroidery, beads, Venice lace, trims, yo yos, and crushed velvet ties. It will soon be for sale in my etsy shop,
On my morning walks I go by some lovely citrus trees, like this lemon tree, wow, cheerful and full of vitamin C.
Make sure and enjoy something beautiful today!

Strawberries N' Chocolate sewing kit closed and tied.
I go by this lemon tree on my morning walk.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Crazy Quilt Style,Chocolate n' Strawberries, silks and beads.......

New art, center, from Lilla @ .

Work station, with tools, threads, beads etc.

 I've been sewing beads onto my sewing kit, Chocolate n' Strawberries, close to finishing it!
I have been working on an art quilt, sewing on binding. Another art quilt I sent in to Art Quilt Studio, to be considered for publication.
So little by little things get done. I work best when not in a hurry. How about You?
I also visited Lilla @
She is one of my favorite artists, she is very versatile and her work is fabulous and fun. I bought her 'lovely lady' to go with my pin cushion doll, 'blue lady', now they are friends. Beauty and joy are contagious, if you dare to let them in.

Beads sewn on, note iridescent heart bead, lovely.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Embellishing Strawberries n' Chocolate sewing kit continues....

Venice lace, hand embroidery added..

Trims, more Venice lace added here...

 Strawberries and Chocolate sewing kit, designed and pieced by me, is almost done, yes! I will next embellish with glass pearls and Czech beads, I found some iridescent heart shaped Czech beads on Etsy, fabulous.
Remember to visit
for lace inspiration. Lace can be used for such lovely effects. Tresors de Luxe also has an Etsy shop where you can buy the most gorgeous lace, made in USA too!

Venice lace sewn down.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Search for Inspiration is on..

Roses in January, found at a local shopping center; The Fountains

Embellishment of sewing kit ' Chocolate n' Raspberries' continues..

Inspiration 'booklet' made from colorful pic.s from Romantic Homes

 I found inspiring color in different places this weekend, the rose still blooming with three hopeful buds at a favorite shopping center in January, how brave. Then I took an old issue of Romantic Homes and tore out colorful  pic.s and trimmed and tore the pic.s again and shuffled them, then stapled them to form a little book of wonderful color inspiration.
Good to do with your old magazines, sometimes you get combinations that are just amazing and get you all charged up.
 How do you find color inspiration?

Romantic Homes is one of my fav. magazines, this is the newest issue.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Winter Muse on ........

Winter landscape, resting, phoenix like, waiting to be reborn.

Finishing my art quilt, 'Tropical Punch', with hand embroidery.