Summertime projects

I know that this might sound a bit like whining, but it is just now, a good week after I have returned from my vacation that I feel like I have finally recovered. Now don’t get me wrong… I loved my vacation. I always love my vacation. Every year right around this time, our closest friends and their 3 children along with us and our 3 children pack our whole lives into our mini vans, including our dog and whatever vacation project I have dreamed up and we drive a few hours into Sonoma County to the Russian River Valley. There we unpack those same minivans, buy a lot of good food, blow up a lot of inflatable toys and spend the next week swimming, eating, playing games, talking, canoing, sunbathing, rock skipping, eating some more, just to name a few activities. In between all of that…

Easiest Handbags Ever… Really!

For those of you who have been searching… your search is over. For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about… read on. What all this is about is…. leather handles! If you have been working on one of these great handbags from the pattern “Easiest Handbags Ever”> then most likely you have been searching far and wide for those wonderful leather handles. Now I know that fabric handles are just as lovely… but I have recieved so many retail requests for these fantastic handles that I have ordered them from Korea and they are currently on their way across the ocean. Many of them are already spoken for but I have ordered several dozen extra and I wanted to offer them to you bloggy gals first. I will have them available [while supplies last] in both the apricot/beige…

Fences, Amish & other delights

My life turned a sharp [well perhaps I’m being just a bit dramatic] turn a few days ago when our trusted contractor of old called us to say that his guys had some time to do all those little projects we had wanted him to do but he never had time [this includes everything from serious garage work, to building furniture, to altering a porch, to fixing concrete, and on and on…]. Well that is all well and good and we are very glad he can fit us into his schedule, but WE’RE NOT READY! The garage has become a depository of every imagineable piece of flea market furniture, random boxes, old kid’s toys, scattered tools, dog beds, garden trash,… remember that photo I showed you of my studio floor right after Market? Well imagine that x10, garage size! Its an ugly…

Books and Babies

Happy Belated Father’s Day to All- Hope everyone got a chance to enjoy the day with a dad of any kind! Our day was filled with adorable handmade presents, boy errands, good food, the park, baseball and some good tv… I don’t think the daddy is complaining. It must be book time around here and I wanted to congratulate Elizabeth on her new accomplishment! As someone who loves any kind of words on a quilt, I have been waiting for her book ever since I found out that she had written it. I can’t wait to get my grubby little hands on it. I’m sure she is very proud!! And speaking of not being able to wait, I have been wanting to share a little picture with you and now I finally have a good image… Our first major book…

At Cicero’s

This is just one of my vintage images that I love. I think I might start each post with one of these. I had the pleasure of driving around the sweet little town of Napa yesterday. And when I say around, I really mean around since the google instructions that the quilt guild I was speaking to sent me, sent me on a roundabout path that ended up at a U-Haul facility instead of the auditorium where I was supposed to speak :-)!! It was all good in the end… Anyway, I finally did arrive, gave my presentation and trunk show, chatted a bit with the ladies and then took myself on a little date around town. I have to tell you that as a mom of 3 small kids, I don’t often get the chance to have any kind of a meal by myself much less…

Figs on the Floor

I know I haven’t posted any pictures of Market since I’ve been back…and some of you have been waiting patiently for something, a little decoration, a little fig, a little something… Well, I have to make a confession… for the 3rd Market in a row I have brought my camera with me and yet failed to take a single picture! The camera just doesn’t even make it out of the hotel room. And every year, as I am in the middle of taking my booth down at a break neck speed [I don’t know what it is about Market break down but you can ask any Market vendor that it is almost like a contest to see how fast one can break down the entire booth- the booth by the way that sometimes took you days to set…

Fresh Vintage Adventures

Okay, so I’m still cleaning up my studio. Although I do have to tell you that I’m almost done cleaning, the floor has slowly come into view.. I know you probably doubt me, but its true…. pictures coming soon. To celebrate my “cleanliness” I treated myself to a little flea marketing before an afternoon of fabric design and painting today We are lucky enough to have a wonderful Flea Market right here in our own backyard, the Alameda Naval Point Antiques & Collectibles Faire, which happens to be about 15 minutes from my house. I dragged 2 of my friends with me, Denise, and Diana, one of my quilters extroirdinaire and off we went. My goal was to find some new furniture & fun accessories for a photo shoot that will be happening at my house later this summer [that’s all…