Monday, December 24, 2012

All stitched up and ready to wrap!



At last!!  Yea!  I have wanted to do this for several months but other projects got in the way.  More on those later.  My dad loves to play music, primarily bluegrass but he also plays hymns.  When I was at my parents home for Thanksgiving, Mom got the mandolin out for me and I took some pics.  So here it is finished with some detail photos, as well.  I had a lot of fun putting it together.  I hope he will enjoy it.  What do you think?

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Stitching more.....

Progress as promised.  Now I am stitching the frets  and have more to add, I don't know the names of all the parts.  But there will be more.....stay tuned!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Shhh....Christmas Secrets


When I was a kid that was the thing we would say when the intended receipent walked in on a conversation about their gift.  That meant turn around, you cannot hear this!  So don't tell my Dad everyone, but I am working on a project for him for Christmas.  He has played musical instruments since before I was born.  In fact, if you look at my profile photo here on my blog, you will find a photo of my Dad and me with a couple of his instruments.  Anyway, this is the start of his gift and I hope it works out as I planned it on paper.  I will post another photo of the finished product soon since it IS part of his Christmas presents and I have to get busy to finish it!  More soon, in the meantime, remember, shhh....Christmas Secrets!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Falling Leaves

Recently I had lunch with some very creative women and we exchanged handmade gifts.  I wanted to do something for them that was unique, I had not seen and had not made before.  After giving it some thought, I decided to come up with these stylized leaves.  And I personalized them for the recipients.  Starting at the bottom, Rosiland always puts a flower in her quilts, so I gave her a flower.  Next, counter clockwise the orange and gold was for Jereena who is from India.  Then Barb hand dyes a lot of fabric so hers was made with a batik with the look of one of Barb's hand dyed fabrics.  Then there is Billie, and she is new to our group.  And lastly (but not least) is Carole, a fabulous quilter and all who know her know she has a very distictive look using her signature colors so the one I made for her was in celebration of that. 

Thank you to all my Creative Friends.  I look forward to a new year of creating together.  Sharing laughter, sharing techniques, encouragement and love with my sisters of the cloth!