All I've been doing lately is patterns, patterns, patterns, a little 4-H, patterns, patterns. Seriously. But I took a break yesterday to take the kids' school pictures. Why? Well it's not that the photographer that comes to school is bad, it's just that they don't know my kiddos. I know their looks and what's real and what's not. I was going to hire a professional photographer, but then I thought I should just give it a whirl. After all, I'm not too bad on patterns and what not. I'll show you Anna's today. If you know Anna, you know these are pretty much unposed. I just start shooting and try to get some real smiles. Let me know what you think.
On a funny aside note, I told her, "Anna you're really beautiful." And she said, "I know." I hope her confidence always is that high.
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Isn't this awesome?!? My sister-in-law Lisa found an old rusted out sewing machine, set it on my porch and said, "I'm sure you can do something fabulous with this." Nathan wire brushed it. I painted it turquoise (after a coat of primer). Emilie added the bling. And thinks it needs some more.
What do you think?
This past weekend, I participated in the Dane G. Hansen Craft Fair in Logan, Kansas. I was unsure whether or not a craft fair was for me. After all, almost all of my stuff has to be bought and made. Normally people attend a craft fair to buy something already made! Nevertheless, it was a good day. A beautiful day. And absolutely no wind! (a true miracle here in western Kansas.)
This is my booth. I won an award so I get to display my products in their beautiful museum for the month of January! What an honor.
Don't forget this is the last day to save 30% in my etsy shop with the coupon code CLOTILDE.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe we will also live with Him. Romans 6:8
I'm so excited to share with you a little bit about a great book! The new book, Sewn Hats, by Carla Crim has hit the bookshelves of your favorite store. And boy is it great.
Carla asked me if I could make up a pattern for a chef's hat. Isn't this sweet? It's called the Sweetie Pie Chef's Hat. It's completely reversible, so if you wanted a serious side, you could potentially make one side plain. Of course, I couldn't do that!
Here's me in the hat. Isn't that a funny picture?
And here is Emilie, showing off the reversible side. Also if you cuff the band up in half, it makes a great hat for everyday. Plus it's easy.
I wanted to make up a couple of the projects so you would see my take on them, but quilt market is quickly approaching and the time got away! Maybe by market, I'll have some made and you can come see me in them in my booth.
Of course, this is just one of the 35 projects included in the book. The contributors include: Patty Young, Kaari Meng, Joanna Figueroa, Kathy Mack, Dolin O'Shea, Lisa Carroccio, Alexia Marcelle Abegg, heather Niziolek, Jaime Morrison Curtis and Jacinda Boneau, Karen LePage, Jennifer Hagedorn, Shelly Figueroa, Bonnie Shaffer, Jess Christian, Bari J. Ackerman, Mary Abreu, Jennifer Paganelli, Irene Rodegerdts, Anneliese S., Linda and Scott Hansen, Betz White, Kim Christopherson, Melissa Averinos, Val Pillow and Anne Maxfield, and me!
So who would like to win a copy? Unfortunately, this drawing is only open to the US this time. Leave me a comment telling me something about hats. Do you wear them? What's your favorite? Have you made one before? etc. One winner will be drawn at the conclusion of the book tour. Make sure to visit these other blogs for your chance to win.
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Western Kansas is filled with relics from the great flood. Our family recently explored Monument Rocks. It was about to be sold to a private buyer and maybe no longer available to explore. We went just in time!
Be careful! So many things to stop a mother's heart!
My nephew Clint went along with us.
Formed from limestone, or chalk rock.
What a beautiful blue sky!
He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. Deuteronomy 32:4
Thank goodness for the tractor or we would have to carry all the hay bales up to the loft by the ladder.
Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations. When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in, the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field.
I'm so happy to introduce you all to Patty today. Patty owns Granma's Treasures in Wray, Colorado, as well as Granma's Treasures on the internet. It is a beautiful and fun shop that I always enjoy visiting!
You can hear all about it from Patty herself. (She wrote this as a letter to me, but I'm sure you don't mind. Her words are perfect.):
Granma's Treasures has been in business for 18 years, although I spent 2 years before that following the craft fair circuit with a friend. We made a lot of little gifty items as well as table linens and Quillow quilts, a
variety of dolls and little trinkets.
Finally tired of the packing and traveling, I opened a shop in the big room at the back of the house, and with our first open house we were sold out! And with 3 weeks to Christmas. I called everyone I knew from the
craft fairs, pulled less loved antiques from my house, and bought a candle and metal work line to keep going.
One year later I was diagnosed with Fibromylgia, and told I would probably be in a wheelchair in a few years. So we sold our big house in the country and moved, house, shop and hubby's business all to town.
Remodeled a garage for location number two, which we out grew in just a matter of months. Rented a space downtown in the spring, and within six months outgrew that so bought a building on Main St. As you know we were there for about 9 years, when we bought this old bank building on the corner by the stoplight.
After three months of extensive remodeling, we opened here in April of 2008, exactly 13 years from the beginning. And we've added a website, a blogspot, found our way to facebook, and are looking for the next
Just before the last move we began downsizing the giftwares, and started putting in quilting fabrics, patterns and tools. This year we have added needle arts to our showroom. As you can see in the pictures I am attaching, we have created a Needlework Nook with embroidery, cross stitch, knit and crochet threads, yarns, and tools.
We have reworked the back half of the building recently, since you were here last, actually, and now we have a much better classroom, which seats 6-8 students comfortably.
Our best events are Demo Day, Designer's Lunch, and Author book signings, all three of which you have participated in at some time. Quilts of the Plains is a community wide celebration on the art of quilting, and we love that.
Current classes coming up include; Mini Monthly Mysteries, which is a series of 'unknown' but quick and easy projects for the beginner, Eleanor Burns 'Braid in a Day', Wool Applique Club, and several on the back burner just simmering.
Our next big event will be another Demo Day, sometime in late October, and then Holiday Open House the week before Thanksgiving.
We try to do a lot for charity, especially children's charities. In the last year we have supported Firehouse Toy Drive with filled Christmas stockings, made 40+ quilts and comforts for Comforts for Kids, sent 30
pillowcase dresses to Dress a Girl, and made a dozen pretty pillowcases for Kid's with Cancer. As soon as I brush up on my knitting we will start making hats and scarves for Christmas gifts! We also do a quilt each year for Breast Cancer Awareness, which we then give away.
Thank you so much Patty! Make sure to visit Granma's Treasures website and store if you're ever in Wray. And tomorrow, tune in to the Quilting Gallery where Granma's Treasures is sponsoring the Super Deal of the Day.