Sunday, August 30, 2009

Show and Tell Monday

Well, its Sunday night again! Its been a nice and quiet weekend, so I was able to get quite abit done. Thats always a good thing. Why is it when you think you are just about caught up, you can see the end, then all of a sudden your at the back of the line again. LOL I guess that OK too. I guess if you actually do get to the end, it just may actually be "the end" and I certainly dont want that. :) But it does feel great to be productive and get things accomplished.

This weekend I finally got to work on some pincushions. I know so many people are doing them now, and why not? Sewing has grown in popularity and they are just so darn cute. These are my interpretations. I am experimenting with fimo clay to make little pins to go with them. I made these cupcakes and roses, but they are a little rough, but not bad for the first effort. I will make more this week. The cupcake bottom and the child size teapost was made by my friend Cindy at Angel Heart Designs. I always like working with her! I also got one more pillow finished. Its a cake and black and white. And last, this is my first attempt at making slippers for the Pink Slipper Project. (see post below for details) So, all in all it was a good weekend. This week I will be working on some new and different pillows and some jewelry. I see in all of the fashion magazines that this fall the deep rich jewel tones are so popular, especially the plum colors. Look for new jewelry to wear for fall. Have a great week,,, until next time.. gail

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pink Slipper Project

Each year, hundreds of thousands of women and children are forced to leave their homes and seek safety and healing in shelters across the country. This year, you can make a difference in the lives of a few of those women and children and remind them that their sisters are thinking of them. They are not alone.Make Mine Pink and Quilt 'n' Stitch Marketplace are joining together to launch our much-anticipated Pink Slipper Project, and we hope you will join us.

The Pink Slipper Project is a project started by Joyce Lucas of Make Mine Pink. She was inspired by Terry Grahl of Enchanted Makeovers and all of the wonderful work she does to make the lives of Women and Children a little better living in shelters. We are going to provide hand crafted slippers to as many Women and Children as we can this winter. There are so many ways to help with this project. You can make slippers, donate materials and supplies or even money to cover shipping. Everyones contribution is important. Working together we can make a difference. Our first group of slippers will be going October 1st and we will be donating 80 pairs for women and 40 for children.

Above is a photo of a pattern you can download at Or feel free to use your own pattern. If you crochet or knit that would be wonderful also. The pattern here is a very simple awesome pattern Joyce created that is ONE seam. Yes, one seam and super easy! :) And as cute as can be. If you would like to help ..... please email Joyce at

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Show and Tell Monday

Wow, another week has gone by. I hate to wish time to go by faster than it already does. Its important to try and live in the moment. Remember yesterday fondly and with gratitude and look forward to tomorrow with hope, but being in the moment today is truly what life is about! Now with that being said....when the hell is this summer going to be over! It happens every year here in Arizona. By the end of August folks are just sick and tired of the heat and are crabby. I love the fall, its like a breath of fresh air to us here in the desert. I imagine much like spring is to people stranded in the snow for months. I try to remember how much I hate the cold and this is why I put up with this blazing heat for a few weeks. Once we get over this hurdle its just beautiful and gorgeous for the next 8 months, so I will patiently (as I possible can) wait for October :)

I had alot of time to sew this weekend. I got alot done and this is a new color combination for a new cupcake pillow. I am still on the fence with my job. We dont know hour by hour if we are going out of business or being "taken over". If we are taken over I will more than likely keep my job, so I am really hoping for that outcome. One thing is for sure, this week is it. There is enough money for one more payroll. I hope everyone can get their ducks in a row by friday. But all of this uncertainty has given my the opportunity for more "calender doodle art." LOL Can you tell how bored I am? I hope everyone has a pretty week, is cool and enjoying the end of summer. Until next time....

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Make Mine Pink Friday ~ Secrets of Mothers Jewelry Box

I love this fridays theme. As a child I loved going through my Mothers and Grandmothers jewelry boxes. It was back in the 60's and my Mom had alot of the enamal flower pins and bright colored bangles. I was a girly girl and I could play there for hours! My Grandmother had this wooden box she used for jewelry. I think it originaly had stationery in it. It had a little lock and key and I thought that was the most awesome thing ever. On one of my visits there she gave it to me. Of course the first thing I did was lock it and loose the key! My Grandpa had to cut the lock off and I was sad, but I still loved this box and I still have it to this day. I am not sure what it is that I love about this box, but my Grandmother owning it and giving it to me was everything to me. She was one of my absolute favorite people in my life.

Join all of us at Make Mine Pink for a one day shopping event that will bring back memories of your Mothers jewelry boxes too!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Show and Tell Monday

I am both happy and suprised I have so much to share this week. I finished a couple new pillows for my website and I had the pleasure of spending the day with my niece-ish and my grandson on Wednesday. I am struggling with finding any time to spend on my business. Dividing my time between my job, my pet sitting business and creating for my website made for a very full calendar. Now my family needs me. My daughter April still isnt supposed to be driving until she is seizure free for 3 months. She lives with her Dad and we are trying to work it out between us. They live very far from me and on my days its 3 to 4 hours of an exhausting long two round trips a day in rush hour traffic. I have to fill my gas tank up every other day if that tells you how much I really am driving. I have an economy car! Its just the way it is for now. I will get through this and adjust, but its been an extremely hard three weeks.So,,, on to the good things of the week....
I actually made two pillows today. And ice cream cone pillow, I would say pistachio, and a black and white cupcake. I was thinking that this cupcake would be such a cute ring bearer pillow for a black and white wedding. Especially if the were serving cupcakes instead of the traditional wedding cake. Next is a bracelet I made as a bracelet I made for Bobbies Mother as a gift and the fairy necklace I made for Bobbie. She flew in on Wednesday from Hawaii after visiting her father for several weeks. I got to pick her up from the airport and spend the day with her. My Grandson Mikey adores her and he went with us for the day. We went to the trainpark, Mikeys very favorite place. She returns to England on Tuesday.
Bobbie is 16 and just finished high school. The education system is different in England. She will now start a 5 year college course to become a mid wife. I learned something new from her. In England when you become pregnant you see a mid wife throughout your prenancy and then she would be the one to deliver the baby as well. This is just an observation, not a judgement,but I wonder how many 16 year olds here would be up for that kind of a job so young. She is such an awesome young women. I cant wait to see her again!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Cupcakes and Cute Stuff :)

It feels like forever since I have had anything to post. You know the saying Life is what happens while you are making plans. :) I finally got alot accomplished this weekend toward stocking my website. This first cupcake is my all time favorite. I am still trying to decide if I will list this one. I dont have anymore of this white fabric and its not being made anymore. I also got finished on of the smaller versions that I call a fairy cake. This necklace is lavender and purple glass with swarovski crystals and the pendant is a vintage cut glass crystal heart I have been holding on to for the right project. I have about 10 more in various stages of being done and colors and fabric design. I was at a favorite remnant store and came accross some awesome new fabric.

As an update on my daughter April,,, she is doing well right now. With seizures you never know, so its just day to day. She is back at work. She is not able to drive at all, so her father and I are doing are best to share what I like calling April Duty! lol Its a large adjustment on my time, but one I have to make. But I am getting into a routine and I am creating once again. Life is good. I also want to thank all of my very special friends for all of the support you have been to me over the last couple weeks. I am a very lucky person to have such incredible friends, thank you from the bottom of my heart... (((()))) gail