Saturday, June 29, 2013

Petite City Bag

Another Petite City Bag, finished.
Outer fabric and lining are both from Anna Griffin's Honoka Collection.
Base and handles are chocolate brown faux leather, my favorite.

 Zippered pocket on one side...
 ...and triple compartment pockets on the other.
On display (and for sale) at Needles Quilt Shop, here in Wellsboro.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Shop Hoppin'

Are you ready for the state-wide Row-by-Row Shop Hop that's happening this summer?  Many of the shops will be selling collectible fabric "license plates".  Here's what I made with the plate you can get at my local shop...


 This flex-frame pouch is just the right size to hold your rotary cutter when going to a retreat or workshop!  Or sunglasses, or anything else you can think of...

So go to their Facebook page to download a list and map of participating shops in PA & NY and get hoppin!  What will you make from the plates you collect?


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tasting Table Tuesday - Party Pictures

Instead of writing about what's on my Tasting Table today, this post is about what has been on my work list for the past couple of months - my parent's 60th anniversary party.  All of the preparations and work was worth it - the party was perfect in every way.  Now that it's over, I can finally share some pictures with you!
 We had about 80 people in attendance, including two of my brothers who came all the way from British Columbia, Canada, many family members from Ontario that I haven't seen in many, many years, and lots of friends from the local Erie PA area.

It was an outdoor event at my brother's home in Lake City PA, near Erie.  We rented a tent in case of rain, but the weather was perfect.  There had been thunderstorms and rain in the days prior to the party, as well as the  day after, but the day of the event couldn't have been nicer.

The tables looked so pretty!  I was so busy getting things ready that I didn't get time to take some good photos, but at least you can get the idea with these quick ones I snapped just before the guests started arriving. 
I made burlap runners to go over the white table cloths and tied a green ribbon on each end.  The ends of the tablecloths were folded in and pinned, keeping them from becoming trip hazards, as well as helping to keep them on the tables when the breeze picked up.
We rolled the silverware in white napkins and tied them with purple grosgrain ribbon, put flowers in mason jars, and put pictures from Mom & Dad's wedding on each table.
A wonderful dinner was prepared on-site by Three B Saloon of Erie.  Their Bar-B-Que is awesome!
And my parent's good friend, professional jazz pianist, Mary Alice Brown, entertained us with her music.  Mom & Dad have talked about Mary Alice for years, but I had never had the chance to meet her until now.  She is amazing.  A wonderful person, as well as a very talented jazz musician.

At dusk, we lit some Make-A-Wish Balloons and watched them soar off into the night sky.  A perfect ending to a perfect day.  Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!  Here's to many more...


Monday, June 10, 2013

Tasting Table Tuesday - Lanyards

Yes - I missed last week's Tasting Table Tuesday post.  Again...  But there has been SOOO much going on lately!  Some I can share - some I can't...

My parent's 60th Wedding Anniversary party is coming up on Saturday, so that has been consuming most of my time lately.  So many projects to do in order to make this party happen and my brothers and I have been working really hard to get everything done in time.  It's out-of-town for me, so we're taking our camper and using that as home-base for the few days that we'll be there.  I can't wait to share some pictures with you after the big event!

Then when we return, I'll be heading right back out for a week of babysitting my granddaughter, then the week after that we're opening up our fishing camp in Canada.  (yup - that's hubby in the front of the boat!)
 So that pretty much wipes out the entire month of June!  I have a feeling that this summer is going to fly by even faster than last year!

So - right in the middle of all of this activity, I was presented with the opportunity to enter a quilting "challenge".  The practical side of me said - "no way - are ya nuts?" - I already have more than enough going on in my life - I don't need more!  But I've always been drawn to challenges, and this one is no exception.  I just couldn't let it go.  I know - I'm crazy - but against my better judgement, I'm making a quilt.  I can't show you my progress just yet, but I can tell you that the challenge rules state that I have to use this fabric...
“Ribbit Stripe” by Alexander Henry Fabrics
...and this tool.

I only have until the 1st of July to get it done, but I only have to have the top pieced by then.  I can quilt it later.  So it's an achievable deadline - I think...  Stay tuned for pictures of my quilt after all the entries are in.  I don't want to give away any secrets!

Now - for Today's Tasting Table picture.  This is the beginning of an assembly line to make a large custom order of ID Badge Lanyards for my favorite group of teachers.
Earlier in the year I made a large batch of laptop computer sleeves for this group, and now they have asked me for lanyards.  I know I won't get them done before my series of upcoming trips, but I figured I could work on them while I'm babysitting my granddaughter.  I'll be staying at my daughter's house for the week and will need something to work on during naptime.

Now to figure out what to do with all my spare time...  Ha!

With all these trips coming up, I've decided to put my Etsy Shop, Cotton Cellar, on vacation for the rest of the month, starting on Wednesday.  Hopefully, when I re-open in July, I'll have some new items to list.

Hope you're enjoying the beginning of your summer, and if you don't hear much from me in the next few weeks, now you know why.  Busy Busy Busy!!!