Monthly Archives: March 2008

Thankful Thursdays

Easter Dinner, my take on Kelli’s Community Dinners.  25 of our new friends came over last Sunday for a delicious Easter dinner potluck.  Fun was had by all and Joe and I are so glad to have that 14 person dining room table for all the entertaining we love to do.  Although we had to set up 3 other tables as well for the overflow and the kids.

My new country – read more about it here, on my other blog!

Sunny spots, coffee and baked goods from the local convent.  Sometimes its the little things that make quiet time so much more enjoyable.

New Books  – if you haven’t picked this one up yet, I highly recommend it.  This one was a gift from my Father, one of my inspirations.

Upcoming Day Trips – can we say pottery heaven?  Don’t worry I’m sure I’ll have plenty to write about this trip.

And lately I have been struggling with the idea of going back to school for a Masters.  Weighing the decision has been difficult for me, as is finding just the right school and finding just the right program.  But today I am thankful that this is a decision I can make.   Not everyone has the privilege to think about such things.

I am blessed!

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Flowers Flowers Everywhere

Joe and I had inherited some hand crocheted doilies his mom made years ago and I wanted to do something fun with them.  I saw this cute idea and decided I wanted to try it myself.   I rolled the doilies up and hot glued them closed to make some rosebuds.  Then I made some half circles out of green felt and rolled them around the bottom of the buds.  I hot glued some floral wire onto the bottom and voila, a cute little bouquet that will never wilt.

While I had the hot glue gun out I decided to make some cute spring flowers with ribbon and some floral accessories I picked up at the fabric market before I left Korea.  Brooches, gift wrap bow alternatives, magnets, pushpins, the possibilities are endless.  You can find them in the shop soon.

I also wanted to make a bulletin board for my new sewing room so I picked up a medium sized bulletin board at the junk store down the street and hot glued some fabric and ribbon on it.  I added some fancy push pins and I’m now using it for projects.  The left side is for projects I need to start and the right side is for projects I currently need to finish.

Since we’ve been taking plenty of day trips since moving to Spain I decided I needed a drawstring backpack to take along.  I used Happythings tutorial to make this out of my new favorite gray tweed.  I lined it with Alexander Henry’s “Bird Seed” print in yellow and added lots of interior pockets.

I quilted the bottom and sides with a layer of batting and the bag is nice and sturdy.  My only problem was that the casing ended up being quilted with batting and therefore very difficult to get the straps through.  I also made the straps a little too short but that can easily be fixed.  Three friends already want one and I love the design, although the bag took quite a while to make.

Simple Gifts

My move to Spain really put a damper on my crafting habits.  When you pack up your sewing machine for almost a month it can get hard for someone with crafty ADD.  I was a little behind on my FaDSA projects so I thought I would post 2 at once.

I made the button scarf back while we were living in Korea so I got plenty of use out of it in the cold and gray winter.  I opted for something a little different and instead of making a button I made a large buttonhole to pull the other end through.  It’s totally adjustable and nice and warm.  One side is a black soft fleecy fur and the other side is a black and white flocked brocade.  I was very happy with this scarf and will be making more in the future.  I don’t get much use out of it in Southern Spain but I will be wearing this next winter or on quick weekend trips to chilly Scandinavia.

My next project was the Pintucked Table Runner.  I had a small bump in the road when I sewed the pintucked side into the inside of the runner by accident.  I just cut my seam allowances off, turned it over and resewed it.

I chose a gray tweed for the top, making it difficult to wash but I loved this fabric and it went great with my new black and white themed dining room.  Considering I live less than 1/2 a mile away from a bullring I found it fitting to use a matador and flamenco dancer print.  I don’t condone bull fighting but I do love all things Spanish.

Our home came with a gorgeous wooden table that seats 14 people (yes, 14) and two matching China cabinets (too bad we can’t keep them).  With a table this long I wasn’t about to make a table runner that draped off the sides so I opted for a shorter one.  This table will surely come in handy when we entertain.  Speaking of entertaining, our first soiree is an Easter dinner tomorrow for 25 of our new friends.

Kelli and Finny, I’m all ready for April’s assignment.