I have been in love with soldered pendants since I started seeing them around the cool boutiques and trade shows in Seattle about 3 or 4 years ago. The gift shop I used to work at (closed now) also had a local artist who made beautiful pendants using vintage photos and books. I was hooked! I have a collection of them and I always want more. I was always under the impression that the tools were unaffordable for some reason and never really got to the point of purchasing any myself...THEN My little sister purchased the tools to make them awhile back and occassionally I get to play with her! I really need to get some of my own equiptment I have so many ideas floating around in my head of things I want to make given the tools and time. I love how these turned out. Pictures arent great because we had 3 little ones running around and we had to be very careful with the soldering gun but hey I am using every little piece of the mushrooms and gnomes in the most thought out ways ;-)
As hard as it is to cut into any of my precious Heather Ross fabric I did! Once I started playing I couldnt stop. I made these the last couple days, not sure if the patches will be quilt blocks or a pillow.. maybe put on a placemat? I put one on a plain dishtowel and it really looks sweet hanging in my kitchen. Another made its way to cover a hole in Iris's jeans.
Last saturday was our second "monthly" quilt block night. Christina and her mom Shelia have many years experiance quiting while Liz and I are pretty new to the world of sewing. It has been a lot of fun learning new things. Christina has put together a sampler quilt of a bunch of different designs so we will be learning new techniques each month. Its been lots of fun. I have a set on my flickr here. Christina is also posting tutorials on her blog so be sure to check it out if you would like to play along!
Sunday was Easter we had a pretty low key relaxing year. Our only family that celebrates holidays went on vacation so it was us and our good friends along with my husbands orphaned (;-) siblings. We had pizza and salad, crab dip and goodies. The girls looked so cute in their new outfits.. I didnt take nearly enough pictures though..
I finally have something made for all of the girls! I used the knot dress pattern from sandi henderson and her farmer's market line of fabric as well for the twins dresses. Iris's skirt I used a tutorial in this book that I will use many many more times it was really quick and simple. Stellas dress I just kind of made up and it looks much cuter on than hanging on my empty shelf but I wanted to post a blog while the beans were napping so I took what I could get. I have to do the button holes still on the babies dresses but other than that I am done! It feels good to make something for all 4 girls to wear!
Its not raining! Our yard has been seriously neglected and with the snow we had this year even grew MOSS! We have some sunshine to dry it out and spend about 5 hours working in the yard on Sunday. This weekend was so beautiful and today is too I cannot explain how good it makes me feel to have some warm sunshine on me. The girls even found a frog! Oh and see iris's skirt. She LOOOVES it I made it for her last week using a pattern called "bo peep skirt" from Seams to me by anna marie horner. I should do a whole post on that skirt once I get a few more made she just LOOOOVES it and it was so simple to make