Colorful Snips and Stitches

IMG_0656.jpgI am so excited to show you this new pillow I’ve made! It has been my therapy these past few days. On the days when I feel like I just want to shut the world out, I come down to my happy place to snip, cut, and sew.IMG_0661.jpgI have to tell you, that this book may be one of my favorites. Wild Blooms & Colorful Creatures, by Wendy Williams is filled with wonderfully, colorful projects.IMG_0663.jpgI made this wall hanging about a year ago. It was so fun to rummage through my scrap stash and pull out all sorts of green fabric for the clam shells and patchwork border. (Psst…see the two green squares on the bottom, right smack dab in the middle that are touching? They drive me crazy!!)IMG_0666Here’s a little hoop art that I thought that I would want to sell, but I think I need the reminder to always be thankful. She looks good on my wall.IMG_0667.JPGHere’s another idea I got from Wendy’s book, the Wee Farm Village. I had an old vintage towel that has holes in it, so I decided to use it as my background fabric. The scene needs some more work done on it, like the flowers need stems, there definitely needs some grass, clouds and maybe a few birds flying around.IMG_0662.jpgFor this most recent project, I made one of these Still Life pillows.IMG_0654.jpgNope it isn’t exactly the same, but it isn’t suppose to be. I used what I had in my scrap  bins and started cutting and sewing.IMG_0660.jpgDuring the whole process of making this, I had colorful felt strewn all under my feet, thread in jumbled messes and buttons littering the table. When I am in the zone, I really don’t care about neatness. I can spend hours at a time cutting and hand stitching these flowers. I get lost in the process.IMG_0657.jpgThe challenge for me is to have each of the flowers be different. No two are the same. I embrace the “craftiness” of it all. See how the top rim of the pot (aqua with white buttons) kinda goes wonky toward the right? I’m ok with that.IMG_0658.jpgI had posted on Facebook a picture of this pillow in progress and wrote “to take my mind off things, I cut and sew.” The next day a friend said that “No way would that be calming to me!” She said she would stress and fret about the colors, the cutting, the stitching and everything else in between. It’s a beautiful thing to me to see how God made us all so different, yet all together our differences are what make us so much fun!IMG_0659.jpgI guess what I’m going to fret and stress the most about is worrying about my guy peeps deciding to lay their sweaty bodies on this pillow or throw it on the dirty, dog fur floor to ret their purty little heads on. NOW THAT my friends will stress me out!IMG_0656.jpgHmmm….I wonder what I should make next?

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I’m How Old?!?

Yup, I came into this world 50 years ago just a talkin.

Here I am blowing out my three birthday candles, surrounded by family and friends. 

How blessed am I, that sooo many years later I am still celebrating with friends and family surrounding me? 

At four I wore a pretty party dress. (I LOVE the wallpaper in our kitchen, all yellow flowers and happy.)

Yesterday was my birthday and I decided to wear my party skirt. It is t quite as fancy as what I wore at four, but it made me feel happy.

It can swirl and twirl and keep me cool on these hot July days. I mean, what girl wouldn’t want a skirt with a chicken on it?! Or maybe it’s a blue bird, I don’t know. I made it a couple of days ago. Other than the hem being all jacked up, I love it. I decided that if I walk swirly twirly-like no one will ever tell how uneven the line is. 

So how did I spend my day? Well, I played tennis for the first time in 2 1/2 months. Yippee Skippee! Even though I am terribly out of shape, my foot didn’t hurt one eensie bit and I had a few good shots. But most importantly I was back with my peeps. 

I received so many blessings! Friends surprised me with sweet gifts like these flowers and my mailbox stuffed with fun craft stuff. My guys wrote heartfelt notes, which always mean so much to me. I got to talk to family and friends who live far away. LOVE!

I went to see this big boy, Brayden. He and I share the same birthday. He is now six! 

This past weekend he was in the hospital for a serious infection, but luckily was able to come home. He isn’t allowed to leave his house until his numbers get up, so I decided to go to him with cupcakes and a few little gifts.

That evening, my guys surprised me with Adam coming home. The plan was to meet Superman’s mom, Vera, at the Italian restaurant at 6:00. At 5:45, Superman is still fiddling with his computer. I very patiently asked if he was about ready to go. He said “Just a few more minutes to finish up.” Inside, I’m thinking “We’re late! Nanny is waiting! Come on. Get a move on! I’m hangry!” (That’s being so hungry that you’re about to do something ugly.) Superman knew he was moments away from me turning into a whirling dervish on him. He would’t even look at me, because he said he knew he’d start laughing. 

Then all of a sudden Adam pops in the door! Yay!! He rushed upstairs to change clothes and  I was minutes from having a delicious meal. The chef/owner came over with a candle when I was half way through eating my cheesecake, because it’s never too late for a candle.

Hee hee. It was a wonderful evening with my family. I only wish Mary Claire and Tyler could have been there. But as usual with us, we sent pics back and forth to Charleston and it almost seemed as if they were with us.

Fifty shifty. Does it really matter what the calendar says? I swear I feel like I’m still in my 30’s, but without small children. I’ve lived an amazing life and been blessed beyond anything I deserve. I don’t have a clue what the next fifty years have in store for me, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be exciting. 

Watch out world! This little Nipper ain’t dead yet! 

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