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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Vintage Christmas Wrap

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Just finished wrapping the final gifts. I had forgotten about this vintage wrap I had gotten a few years ago at a thrift store in San Jose and had it packed away with the other Christmas wrapping paper. I love the colors and the slightly off register printing gives it a sweet nostalgic look. It is also little yellowed with the years. Happy Christmas Eve to all!

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Pink and Aqua. I love this combo. Most of these bits and bobs were found at estate sales too. Ok, now that the wreaths are made, time for some present making! That starts today.

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IMG_9525IMG_9522IMG_9524IMG_9528Estate sales are such a great Place to find the odd holiday decoration. This year I happened upon two or three sales that had lots of fun vintage Christmas items. I have been itching for YEARS to put together some wreaths packed with masses of stuff just oozing that “Holly, Jolly Christmas” feeling. For some reason, today was the day. I didn’t plan it to be but I wanted to do something creative and this fit the bill perfectly. I started with a foam form from Michaels, wrapped it in red and white gingham, plugged in the hot glue gun and got busy. It was a blast! Next up, Kitschy Christmas Wreath #2 in an aqua and pink color scheme.

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