I’ve Been Published, Well, sort of…

Remember the Christmas dresses that I made for my repeat customer Martha?  Martha’s family was featured in an online magazine and they even made the cover.  The shots they used for the story and the cover were of the family dressed in their finest.  Ya, that is right, the Christmas dresses I made.  Whoot!  The article photos look so great.  They were taken by my nephew.  He is quite the budding photographer.  Have a look.

The Hands

Oh, This is Too Much Fun!!!

Today, I took a break from my latest order (a white smocked baptismal dress) to have some fun with some machine embroidery.  Fall is almost here and that means college football madness is right around the corner.  I needed to create a few birthday gifts, so here is what I accomplished today.


The absolute best part is that the shirts were under $10 each.  Using this machine is SO much fun!!  I have to be careful or I will be spending all my time playing with this craft!!  What do you think?

Week Seventeen – Picking Up The Pieces

This week was a devastating one for the state of Alabama and the southern United States in general.  Currently, the death toll is at 248 in Alabama and 345 across the south, with hundreds still missing from the viscous tornadoes that ripped across the south on Wednesday.  Tuscaloosa, AL seemed to be hit the hardest.  Scott ventured up to Dadeville, AL with some people from our church to assist in the relief effort on Saturday.  There is so much devastation everywhere that it is difficult to do anything, because anything you do to help just seems so small in comparison to the overwhelming power of the storm’s wrath and the aftermath.  To see some wonderful photos that Scott was able to capture on Saturday, please see this post.

In crafting news, Sock Madness 5 is officially over for me.  I made it to round 4 and the pattern for that round is one I just couldn’t bring myself to spend the time and energy on.  It was a lovely sock, but the pattern contained too many “omissions” for my taste.  So, I moved on and finished one of the Spider Socks this week.  It was not a hard pattern, but a challenging one.  In contrast to the SM5 pattern for round 4, the Spider Sock pattern is very well written.  I am going to knit a few mindless things before picking up the second sock.  Here are the unglamorous photos:

That is about all for this week.  Happy Knitting Everyone!

Quote of the Week:

“I bought a cheap watch from a crazy man
Floating down canal
It doesn’t use numbers or moving hands
It always just says now
Now you may be thinking that I was had
But this watch is never wrong
And If I have trouble the warranty said
Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On”

Jimmy Buffett, Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On

Week Three // We’re Expecting

Well, ok, technically, “WE” are not expecting, but our kids are!  We found out this week that our son and his wife are expecting their second child (cough, cough…girl) in September.  William is going to have a baby brother or SISTER to take care of soon.  They will find out the sex of the baby at approximately 15 weeks or so.  Until then we just wait…

Today’s basketball game is Auburn vs. Alabama.  We pretty much make every home game, as it is a great venue for knitting and we both enjoy watching the game.  This particular game is extra sweet because Alabama will be handing over the Iron Bowl trophy and singing the Auburn Fight Song at half time.  Did I mention that we won the Iron Bowl?  War Eagle!  Oh yes, and the BCS National Championship Trophy will also be in the house for all to admire (ogle/covet).  I suppose I should mention, for those who don’t know, we won that too!  War Damn Eagle!!

On the crafting front this week, I finished my Remembrance Ring and made great progress on the cross stitch I started when I got home from the hospital.  Hopefully, the cross stitch will be completed next week.  Here are some photos of the ring.  I just love it and it was so easy!  What do you think?

Auburn Tigers Football Season (is just around the corner)

…and so, I have finally added two new dresses to the collection on my Etsy shop. One is another adorable Auburn dress. It is navy blue and has Auburn across the front. The other dress is probably the most classy and detailed dress I have made to date. The detail on this second dress is awesome. These two dresses have been finished for a while, but had to wait for life to calm down and photos to be taken.

Now that I am back from teaching Hand Quilting at the Estes Park Fiber Festival (which was enormously gratifying) and I now have one graduate class, instead of three, on my plate, hopefully, I can get back to smocking, knitting, sewing….etc. It felt really good to get back into the teaching mode at the festival. I really love it when I can see students actually understanding and improving their skills throughout the duration of the class. Thanks to my minor afternoon contribution, I can say that there are 20 more people out there who have a better understanding of the art of hand quilting. Fabulous!

Now, on to the dresses. I have the fabric in the stash for an Alabama Roll Tide dress, but have yet to put a needle to it. Also in the works is an Auburn toddler bubble outfit that is just adorable, complete with paw prints. So, if you haven’t yet visited my Etsy site, please, please, please do. I would really appreciate it!

As always, comments are welcome and appreciated!

Fair Winds

Go Tigers // Auburn University Football Smocking Begins

If you live anywhere in the southeastern United States you probably follow, or at least are aware of the SEC and it’s rival schools.   I thought I would get a jump on things by starting some orange and blue dresses for the fall football frenzy that is Auburn Football.  Below is my first dress for the season and the images are linked to my Etsy shop, in case you want to browse more.  Enjoy!

Can we talk?

My Dogs on Thursday post this week gives you all an idea of how Blazer and I communicate.  This is the expression that Blazer gives most of the time he is listening to what you have to say.  He loves to carry on a conversation and he will let you know his position as well.

What you talkin' bout?