Will’s Owl

IMG_9815IMG_9814Did you hear shrieks of joy radiating across the land this morning??? If so, that was me. Will was working late into the night stitching away at something that he would not show me until he was finished. This morning he gave me the sweetest owl I have ever seen. Don’t you agree?


A note to Mom

IMG_9807IMG_9801IMG_9803IMG_9800Dear Mom,
Thank you for sending this quilt to me. I remember when it was on my bed as a kid and I am so happy to be able to use it again after all these years. I love looking at the squares remembering a dress, a hat, or maybe just a pattern or color combination. It all comes together in such a wonderful way. Seeing all of these fabrics together makes me realize how much of an influence they have had on what I like today. Simple patterns and lots of color make me happy! Thank you for making this quilt for me long ago and for getting it back into my hands to enjoy for many more years.
Love, Karen
P.S. The portrait is of me as a four year old wearing a dress my mom made for me. The fabric she used is in the quilt block to the right of the portrait. The yellow calico with the red apples and black leaf sprigs.

IMG_9787IMG_9773IMG_9785IMG_9781IMG_9783IMG_9776IMG_9793IMG_9782IMG_9778IMG_9777IMG_9788The Oakland White Elephant sale is an event that I look forward to each year. I met my friend Lisa there bright and early yesterday morning. It was a gorgeous day, clear and cool but not too cold. Here are some pictures of my finds. Cheerful, bright and quirky just the way I like them! I had to think twice about the lion but then I couldn’t imagine leaving him behind. I actually met a woman in the embroidery section who flies in yearly from Connecticut. Now that is what I call dedication.

IMG_9736IMG_9742IMG_9744IMG_9745IMG_9739IMG_9741Happy birthday to Julia, my awesome sister-in-law! She is celebrating her 40th today! For the occasion I made her a tote bag with a sweet little Dutch girl embroidery on it. Julia is Dutch so I was happy I had something meaningful to incorporate into this tote for her. The rose barkcloth was found at Nolt’s Bargain Barn in Martinsburg, PA. I actually think Julia was with me when I found this fabric a few summers ago. Happy Birthday Julia! I am so glad you are my sister! xoxo K.

IMG_9771IMG_9770IMG_9768IMG_9772My friend Dawn found this tea towel at a thrift store almost two years ago. She gave it to me and I have been meaning to make her a tote out of it for about that long. She is my thrift store hero. She can find the *Best* stuff. In fact, she was visiting me last weekend and found a pair of Kate Spade leather sandals that were maybe worn once or twice. I think the price was something crazy like $7.99. She has a way sniffing out the really good expensive stuff and buying it for a song. I got inspired to get this tote done this week and it really turned out nicely. I have been collecting these tea towels and plan to make a one of a map of Royal Britain next.

IMG_9747IMG_9749IMG_9760IMG_9764There have been lots of good offerings lately from the local thrift shops. One of my favorites is this rug crafting kit from 1979. It was in the original package with an $8.99 price tag still attached. I got it for $4.99. I am not going to hook it like was originally intended but instead I plan to fill it in with vintage fabrics, trims and embroidery. I thought I was going to use earth tones and make it really have a 70’s feel but then it started to go in a more Scandinavian direction which is fine because I am part Swedish. I also found two big bags of beautiful wool yarn. Each bag was only $1.50. I’m not sure what I will use the yarn for yet but how could I resist?!

Axel: “Mom, what are you doing out there? It is cold outside.”
Mom: “Yeah, I know but the light is so nice out and I wanted the glitter on the pig to sparkle and the colors of the vintage sheets to be true and pretty!”
Axel: “The glitter is sparkling but I am unimpressed…”
Mom: “Just look at those those nostalgic patterns and beautiful colors!”
Axel: “They would look much better folded in a sunny window with me sitting on top of them…”

p.s. This thoughtful gift came from my friend Shannon. She rolled up bits of vintage sheets and put them in this cute mason jar with a whimsical glittered pig on top. I can’t wait to incorporate this fabric into a quilt which is a goal I have for 2013.