Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Spring has sprung and love is in the air !!

Spring has sprung VERY early here in northeast Pa !! It was 75 degrees today !!!  A record breaker I'm sure !!  Can't say I'm minding the early spring ( just so it's not a brutal summer !!).  This nice warm weather puts me in the mood for Bridal Shower planning ...... and it's a good thing cause my soon to be daughter in law's bridal shower is zooming up soon on April 2nd !!!  So, her mother and I have started gathering up the makings of what we hope is a successful shin dig .   As you can see, we are going in the direction of shabby chic.

AND, as soon as the shower is over, the main event ( wedding) will be here before I know it ....... and what am I , the mother of the groom, going to wear ????  I HAVE NO IDEA !!!!  I walked into a bridal salon about a week ago  and I thought they were going to have a stroke when I said I was looking for a dress for a May 28 wedding  ...... apparently I've waited a bit too long to look for a dress !!!!!  OOPS !!!! In my defense, the mother of the bride hasn't looked yet either ....... So, I was thinking maybe I would sew my dress or maybe a suit ?   The wedding is an outdoor afternoon wedding, so I don't want anything shiny or sparkly or dark colors.   I picked out these 2 Simplicity patterns .....

The dress and skirt and top should  be pretty easy to put together..... the jacket might be a bit of a challenge to get the right fit ...... getting the right fit is ALWAYS the problem  !!!!!   So...... it's crunch time !!! Tick Tock !!!!  and if I end up sewing my outfit, it would be true to form for me to be hemming it as I'm being escorted up the aisle 2 minutes before the wedding starts !!!
 
Be back soon!
Toodles,
Mary Anne ( aka Mare)

Monday, February 15, 2016

Counted Cross Stitch Revival

Well it's a VERY frosty February day here in Jim Thorpe, Pa !!!  The steam train is in town for the President's Day holiday and it's making quite the spectacular scene !!! Looks like something out of The Polar Express doesn't it !!!  I'm FREEZING just looking at the picture ( and I was REALLY FREEZING taking the picture !!) .   So, to warm up, lets talk bunnies and spring time ...... and the counted cross stitch revival that has been going on the past  few months/year or so.

I LOVED counted cross stitch the first time it was popular ..... back in the 1980's and 1990's .  In fact, I was a cross stitcher way before I was a quilter .  I did a wedding sampler for myself , and then birth samplers for both of my boys ...... 

I just love sailor suits on little boys !  So I couldn't resist this bunny wearing one too.

And Beatrix Potter bunnies !!! How can you resist Peter Rabbit, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail ???

Now doesn't that just look like Spring !!!!

So, I'm really happy to see counted  cross stitch picking up steam again ..... I have TONS of great patterns and half started projects ( big surprise) ..... I'm gonna have to dig them out and dust them off and get stitching again !

Be back soon,
Toodles,
Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Winter Storm "Jonas" ..... a whopper !!

So this was the scene from my kitchen window this morning .....

I thought it was appropriate to light my "Winter Morning" candle....

.... and by 3:00 PM, my car was pretty much buried in the driveway ( this is after I uncovered it a bit) 

....  and  as per usual, ignoring the gigantic "should list" category of the "To Do " list, I came across these 2 drawings ( more like doodles on scrap paper) I started about 8 (yes 8) years ago .... 

 ..... and all of a sudden I just couldn't stand to not have them colored in .....

..... so, after shoveling out my car, I came inside and relaxed with some very therapeutic coloring !!!    Maybe one of these days ( probably 8 more years) "Let it Snow" and "The Skating Season" drawings will turn into something else ?  Applique maybe ??  

Hope you are warm and cozy if you are in the path of "Jonas"  !!! 

Be back soon !
Toodles,
Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Am I too late to say "Happy New Year "????

Ok ..... so I'm only about 2  - 3 weeks late on the "Happy New Year" thing  ...... in my world that's still within the realm of  being on time !  As you can see, the baby quilt ( last post) still isn't finished ..... baby is now 3 months old ( again, in my world that's still within the realm of being on time !)   So here and there I'm  stitching down fluffy fluffy clouds and "dream houses" floating on clouds ...... promise to show you when it's finished ! 


Then there's the teensy matter of my sewing room /stash mess ...... ( and here you are only seeing a smattering of my "collection" ) ..... and there's a graduation quilt ( or two) partly finished AND my soon to be daughter in law's Bridal Shower to plan .... AND I have to hunt for a Mother of the Groom dress (a major under taking)  .... AND what the heck am I gonna do with my hair !!!!!!  (big sigh) ... The wedding is going to be here before ( way before ) I'm organized !!!  ( May 28th ....... oh , wait ..... I have TONS of time ..... don't I??????) 

Be back soon ! ( I know ..... I keep saying that ....)
Toodles ,
Mary Anne ( aka Mare)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Here I am ..........

So ........ it's only been a few months ( as in 6) since I last posted anything ....... ugh!  How dare the day job get in my way so much !!!!   I have managed to squeeze in the start ( notice "start" not "finish") of a couple of projects.  This first one is a high school graduation quilt ( and yes, the recipient is now in college..... but only a freshman ..... so far).  I was inspired by those cute labels sitting there by the fabric and my pen ( found in the scrapbooking sections at Michaels)  to make a signature quilt .  And I'm using a layer cake of Kate Spain "Sunnyside"  fabric that I just LOVE !!!

Here is the preliminary layout with Sam's assistance. 

......and here we have Daisy lounging on the beginnings of a baby quilt (my niece's baby girl due at the end of this month .....).   Of course my family is taking bets on whether this will be finished in time for the baby to go to kindergarten or college !!!  

Well, hope to be back soon with a picture of one of these quilts actually finished ( but lets not hold our breath !)

Be back soon ! (aren't I being optimistic !)
Toodles,
Mary Anne ( aka Mare)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter !! Happy Spring !!

 
Well hello there and Happy Easter !!   It's been quite  a LONG stretch since I had time or was in the mood to post here on my poor lonely blog.  Lots has gone on in the past few months.....some sad and some happy.    And, my old excuse of the day job just eating up my every waking minute hasn't improved ..... in fact its worse ..... UGH!!!    But, if there is just one constant in my life , it's FABRIC  and SEWING and my quest to make time for them  ( I know I should put fitness in there some where too , but right now there really isn't room for either, and if I get to choose one that might squeeze into my day between 2 AM and 8 AM, it's gonna be FABRIC and SEWING darn it !!!) .   Any how,  I'm hoping to be able to resume blogging my sewing/quilting/designing escapades every now and then ( I have a wedding quilt to design and make .... my first baby is engaged !!!!   Guess he's not a baby anymore ..... ). 
Well, as is my usual for a weekend, I have hours and hours of work to document into my computer left over from the past work week  ..... and no time to sew or play with fabric or colored pencils ...... so I am going to console myself with a chocolate Easter egg or 6  and wish you all a Happy Easter or Happy Passover. 

Be back soon ( I hope !)
Toodles,
Mary Anne ( aka Mare)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Quick & Easy Cell Phone Case

So, I got a new cell phone .......and it didn't fit into my old cell phone case ( which was pretty thread bare anyway).  So I decided to make a new cell phone case .  After much pondering ( way too much!)  on whether to make it out of cotton or wool felt, the wool felt won out ( mostly because my laziness stepped in and decided the wool felt would give my cell phone the cushioning it needed without having to do the extra step of quilting the fabric,  which the cotton would need ). 

My first step was to make a pattern out of paper  to get the design I wanted and to make sure my phone was going to fit inside. 

 Next, I use the pattern to cut out my wool felt pieces.  (just 2 pieces;  the back piece is longer than the front so it can fold down over the front ). I used pinking sheers to cut out my main pattern pieces.  I had fun making a simple wool felt applique design of leaves and a stem ( which I stitched on with black thread  before sewing the front and back together).  I folded down the top of the back piece then sewed the front and back pieces together (wrong sides together) using 1/4 " top stitching .

I used a small piece of elastic cording for my button loop.  I found the best way to hold it in place to stitch it down was by using a piece of tape and sewing right through it.   Then I stitched on a fabric covered button .

Last step is to give the folded down flap a good pressing for a nice crease ........ and you're done !!!  Quick and easy !!!   (My original idea was to sew some sort of straps on so the case could hang from my purse strap,  but I decided to leave them off for now ...... maybe I'll add them at some point, but for now, I just toss the whole thing inside my purse).

Now I should do something about the way I store my tea bags and sweetener in my purse !!!  I googled "Tea Bag Wallets"  and actually found  a whole bunch of  cute ideas !!!!    Hmmmmmm ........I'm thinking  Christmas gift idea !!!!!  (now I just have to get organized and start making them ......... BEFORE Christmas Eve !!!)
 
Be back soon !
Toodles,
Mary Anne ( aka Mare)