Sunday, April 20, 2008


Well, as you can see, I've been busy making postcards. Most of the postcards that I've made have gone out the door before I remembered to photograph them, so I decided to take a quick photo of these when I came home from doing my postcard demo at Gathering Fabric today. Of course the word demo means that there is now another stack that needs to be quilted, and otherwise finished, but now I'll have them ready to go when I need one.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Mom's Childhood Home

Here's my mom, standing by the front door of the stone house my grandparents owned at one time. Somehow, I seem to remember my grandmother telling me about a house in Oakmont, PA, but I can't be sure, as they had owned more than one home in PA, before moving out of state. I wish I had more of the old family pictures, but am grateful for the ones I do have.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Janet's Influence finished

Here it is, all finished! I thouight a traditional binding would detract from the look I wanted, so I've wrapped the binding to the back. (Detail pictures were taken as I was working on it, so they can be found in previous posts.)

Monday, April 07, 2008

Artichoke Journal

Yes, I'm taking another online class:-) This one is a journal making class with Sue Bleiweiss, and above is the front of my first journal! The outer fabrics and papers were created while taking another class. Aa real artichoke was used to stamp with fabric paint, so they were all nicely coordinated, and the lining was just waiting in my stash.
The inner pockets are a bit different than the lesson, but I wanted the larger one to hold things even if it was picked up upside down, and the smaller pocket can hold some pencils or pens.
All the inner pages are made from cardstock, and have at least a bit of paint somewhere.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Ryan's socks

Lately, with all the traveling we've been doing to check on the house renovation, etc., I've had lots of time to knit in the car. (I've tried to work on quilting, but got tired of being pricked and had to find something else to do.) Anyways, I decided to try some of the cool socks in Cat Bordhi's book "New Pathways for Sock Knitters". Since the socks use techniques that were new to me, I did the little baby sock lessons and found that making socks from the toe up were much more fun than from the leg down. No grafting, no picking up stitches! This pair uses a combination of techniques in the book, but is close to one that is pictured in the book. They were supposed to fit me (same gauge as the other pair I made), but ended up growing larger, so my son ended up getting these and I had to make another pair for myself.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

house renovation

If you've been wondering why my posts have slowed, this picture shows just part of the reason. Last fall we purchased a new (to us) house that needed renovation, but had such a great location that we couldn't resist. Eventually, we want to live there full time, but are currently busy with the renovation, as well as fixing up the property. Last weekend we planted an orchard full of trees, as well as berries and kiwi vines, and we're still trying to keep up with all the usual things.