Saturday, June 26, 2010

Kamryn's Graduation Party

Today was my niece Kamryn's graduation party. I made a carrot cake which wouldn't photograph well, but it did taste good. I also decorated Hershey Nuggets for the party.

I used address labels to cover the candy. The top has Kamryn's picture, one side has her high school logo and the back has the MSU Spartan. She will be going to Michigan State this fall.

The roses are blooming in the front yard.

Even though some insect has been nibbling on the leaves, I think the flowers are beautiful.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Amy's Tote Bag

I made my friend, Amy a tote bag for her birthday.

Amy likes cats so I put a cats on the front and back outside pockets.

The larger cat has ears similar to prairie points.

Both front and back pockets have Velcro tabs to keep them from gaping open.

The inside of the bag has a magnetic snap. One of the interior pockets is sized for a cell phone, so I put Velcro on the top to keep the phone inside if the bag were tipped over.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Pretty Pink Peonies

My mom raised beautiful flowers. In the summer, she always had bouquets of flowers on her dining room table. The year before she passed away she gave me one of her peony plants. It did not bloom for a couple of years but now it has gorgeous blooms.

The flowers seem to attract ants. I remember them on her table too. Since my bouquet was small I think I managed to shake off most of the insects.

I keep trying to create the perfect fitting vest. I have a quilted pattern I want to use, but only when I know the vest will fit when I get it done. A couple of people recommended I make a muslin test vest. It seemed like a waste of time and fabric (I realize that's not really true). I found some inexpensive home decorator fabric at JoAnn's and used that to test my pattern again. I can wear my test vest and don't feel I'm out time or money :)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Spring Flowers

Being retired, it seems like I should have a lot of time to keep current with my blog. I haven't been doing much sewing lately; I have been taking crazy quilt classes but haven't finished anything to show off. My flowers are just getting minimal care, but that hasn't stopped them from being beautiful. The poppies were in bloom a few weeks ago.

The clematis is thriving on the bird house pole.

The blanket flowers love the sun on the south side of our home.

The red lilies are just starting to bloom in front of my arbor.

They are gorgeous.