Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I must have been sleeping.....

Holy cow!  Get yourself into something new and where does the time go?  It seems as through the days have just flown by lately and here it is, a whole week since I've posted.  More on that in a bit....

I'm sad to say that none of my kid's dresses were gobbled up and sold.  Who knows what I'm going to do with them now?  I should take a picture of the whole closet and show you how many are in there.  Perhaps next time!

Today, we're going in several directions (due to my lack in sewing much at all these past two weeks).  Truthfully, I found a pin in Toby's beard one day and it has scared me to death ever since.  I love that little dog to death and if I were responsible for something happening to him, I don't know if I could forgive myself!  The funny thing is that I don't use pins much so I have no idea how one got on the floor to start with.  Thankfully, he didn't eat it.........but I'm so afraid that it might happen again.  You must see him.  Hubby and I groomed him this past weekend.........he was overdue by a week.  Check out how hairy he was:

Think I need a haircut?

Kinda reminds you of cousin "IT", huh?  Well, he looked much cuter when he was all done and back upstairs.  I'm so glad that I'm still able to groom my own dogs.  It sure has saved a ton of $$ all these years.

All done and pretty again!!

I am in a swap again....(big surprise)......so made a little off beat quilt to confuse my partner.  This isn't what I am going to send her, since I don't think it's her style at all, but I threw it out there to see what everyone would think.  I named it, "Secrets at Midnight".  It's 12 x 17".  Personally, I love it!

"Secrets at Midnight"

And a little closeup:

"Secrets" close up

Nothing like a bit of color, huh?  Too fun!

Yesterday, I received a marvelous envelope from my super talented friend who moved to California before her time!  We had just met (here in Wisconsin) where she lived for years....until she moved to care for her aging parents a little over two years ago.  It seems impossible it's been that long already!  (Lucky girl does avoid our crummy winters now though...!!!)  I'm going to try to steal her photo from her Flickrstream........aaahhhh.....poop!  I just discovered that she has not allowed sharing.  Phooey!  Let me link you to her Flickr.  Look for the envelope with my name....Carol!  It's so amazing!  

I sent her something too, but I will show you next time.  For now, suffice to say that I have been busy in a different vein other than sewing.  Somehow or another, I got "roped" into buying Copic markers lately.  Too much surfing the net, I think.  Anyway, I used these markers years ago when I was making Christmas cards to send every year and thought that buying a few more might be fun again.  Well, one thing led to another and look what happened:


Yes, I am running out of room!  I must find a different system of storage......but at least right now, I have no more room for more and perhaps that is a good thing!  I LOVE these markers and I have been having such fun drawing and coloring my own designs.  I started with a Zentangle that I had made a few years ago as you will see below, but I have since branched out and I will show you those next time.  I have so many done, I must organize them first.  Stay tuned.......

Colorful Zentangle

So....until next time........happy sewing, drawing, baking, cooking....or whatever your pleasure!

28 comments:

Tracee Perry said...

Toby is so cute, I love your Secrets at Midnight very bright and bubbly., and Zentangling is so much fun and a great way to keep a busy mind fulfilled.

my cup of tea said...

I just adore your 'Secrets at Midnight' Its just the cutest secret!! Awww your Toby is adorable!
Hope you are having a great day! Oh and Copic markers.....don't get me started!
~Donna~

Dianne said...

Toby is adorable although I don't know how you have the courage to get near his head with scissors! he must be a very obedeint little fellow to sit still while you cut his hair.
Secrets at midnight is too cute! Love the bright colours and the smug look on the cat's face.
I have done a bit of Zentangling but until now had not hear of Copic markers...probably best I don't look them up ;0)

Sara said...

Toby is a sweet doggie!

Have fun with all those colors in markers!

Annie said...

Geezelouise I cannot believe how fast Toby's fur grows! Your little secrets quilt as SO adorable! Just LOVE both the cat and the bird. The Copics....you've just GOT to have colors available when you need them! That zentangle makes me think of a carnival ride. I can't wait for your post of your own drawings!

Noela said...

I love your bright quilt, it is gorgeous. The pin was a bit scary but Toby looks adorable with his new cut. Hugs......

Samelias Mum said...

I love secrets at midnight. It's so bright and fun. Your puppy looks super cute after the haircut. Very cuddly.

Sheila said...

Such an interesting post and I did follow your link and discover envelope art - who knew?

Sue said...

Toby is gorgeous and I love your cat quilt, I know a few people who would love one of these on their wall, lovely work.
Sue x

Jeanne said...

Toby's makeover was a success! He looks adorable. Love, love, love the little cat quilt!

Jeanne said...

Toby's makeover was a success! He looks adorable. Love, love, love the little cat quilt!

Rettabug said...

You're like a kid in a candy store when it comes to crafty/sewing tools, Carol. love the new toys & also love what you did with them.

Poor Toby...I'm so very glad he wasn't stabbed with that needle. Yikes! He sure is a fluff ball of fun. He looks so grown up now, too.

Cute envelope from Freezeframe, too.
I don't blame her for not moving back to the Midwest. This winter has been the pits! It is cold & snowing again today & I am so sick of it, all I want to do is sleep. Ugh!

Talk to you soon,
R.

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Elizabeth said...

I'm sorry you were not successful in finding a new home for the lovely little dresses. I know how much work goes into the smocking. Most people do not understand and are not willing to pay for your time.
You might check your town for a children's consignment shop that would be interested in selling them for you.
I love your designs.

Sewing Sue said...

I was wishing my little grands were smaller but sadly the girls are much bigger than the dresses at this point. Lovely ladies, even the 'naughty' one! Don't get me started on markers, I am afraid to count how many I have. Lovely work!

AnnieOf Blue Gables said...

wow, you have a bunch of comments deleted by administrator. I can't imagine anyone saying anything but good stuff about you. I too have just discovered copic markers and have had fun with them, but not near so much as you have! What great creativity you have!!
xo
~a

sun rae arts said...

you are just adorable.. and so is your liitle Toby..what is he? Maltese? We are soul sisters..love the little quilts. so fun and zentangles..I am an elementary art teacher. so glad you share your wonderful life..

Elaine said...

So cute !!! You are so talentled and I love the colors and the super cute cat !!!!! I would love to have you as a teacher. Some day i might try to make one kinda of like yours except I don't know how to do all of the fancy stitching . I make quilts and cat pillows.
Hugs Elaine
Check out my quilts on pinterest

Maggie Mccormick said...

Would lIke to follow your blog automatically. I absolutely love your "little" quit and I have a dog, not a cat.
please tell me the procedure to follow your blog -- new to this Facebook stuff. I love your work.
maggie: emmccorm1949@gmail.com.
thanks