Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lace, Flowers and Twine

Today was a good day! I set off early in the morning to accompany my friend as she looked at some property out of town. She picked me up at 7 am and asked me if I was ready for an adventure! ALWAYS!!! I am always open to an adventure!

I was bundled up because it was so cold and windy.We turned off the road and drove down a 1/4 mile driveway nestled in pines. We arrived at a large clearing and parked. We got out and proceeded to freeze (well I did). It did not stop us though from wandering. What a charming place!

We walked down to the lake which was incredibly pretty and incredibly cold and windy! The waterfront area was sprawling! There was a platform which we stood on at the water and the stairs that lead down to the water were stored on the platform. From where we were standing you could see a large portion of the lake. I could easily imagine waking up to this beautiful lake view every morning, and in the evenings, sitting in the nearby screen house watching the sunset over the lake. (you know how I love sunsets!)

We then walked around the houses and other buildings on the property. I saw potential in every nook and cranny! I know I am being vague here but it is not a completely done deal and I am keeping a confidence,

We left the beautiful woods and headed to a nearby town for lunch. We parked in front of an antique shop that my friend said we just had to go into. So we did. It did not disappoint! While examining an antique hutch I opened a drawer and it was full of vintage and antique lace AND the price was right! We will be going back there for sure!

I scooped up several of the rolls of cotton lace and brought them home with me. They will be perfect for making some more angels!

We had a lovely lunch at a little French pastry shop. I got a spinach/carmelized onion crepe with a light layer of goat cheese. It was delicious!

After lunch we did a little shopping and I picked up some natural and white twine and 3 large rolls of kraft wrapping paper.

When I got home, a package had arrived for me in the mail. I had ordered some little tiny vintage flowers from an ETSY shop called Ribbonsales. A friend had given me a small stash of these little flowers and I loved how they looked on my angel ornaments.  I did a search on ETSY and found some more of the burgundy roses and some additional pink roses that are a little bit larger but made from paper. They are so sweet! I asked a couple of questions prior to making my purchase and Ribbonsales responded to me within minutes of each question. She then set aside a special listing for me and once shipped that same day, they arrived very quickly.

It was a good day--.a day spent with a friend,  a little shopping, lunch, some good conversation, laughter--embellished with lace, flowers and twine! Simple pleasures!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

What Have I Been Up To?

What have I been up to? That question has been appearing a lot lately in emails from my bloggy and non-bloggy friends alike.  For the past couple of days I have been working on angels for the holiday. I created five of these red rose angels but a friend of mine snatched two out of the pile. After I get two more made, I will list them on my etsy shop. Hopefully I will finish them up tonight.

They are very sweet. She has a white, dotted swiss fabric ruffle at the bottom of her dress along with a lace ruffle. She has two layers of lace at the neckline.  Also, her wings are embellished with eyelet flowers that I cut out from wide eyelet lace and the centers are dotted with little white pearls. They are lightly stuffed with fiberfill to add just enough dimension. I guess I would say they are pleasingly plump!

The little roses and leaves were given to me by a friend. They were from her mother's vintage craft supply so I do not have very many of them. They are so nicely made compared to the ones that you find in the stores today.  I only had enough little red roses to make five angels. I still have many leaves left for future angels.

The dotted swiss fabric ruffle is easier to see in this photo. This angel has burlap and lace on her wings.

They are each packaged in their own little bags with some shredded kraft paper and then sprinkled with a few tiny little hand-punched paper stars--just heavenly!

Here is a custom angel done in gold and cream....

I found a few vintage gold roses in my stash. This is one of my favorite angels that I've ever made.

What else have I been up to?
I went to Joanne's Veteran's Day Sale and I purchased some sewing supplies, Christmas and tote bag fabrics, and have cut out bags out of two of the fabrics. (you will see soon!)

Other than that I have been busy with a few "life things"--you know, the things (little surprises) that come our way from time-to-time and steal the hours away.

Now, I am hoping to focus on making more holiday items for my ETSY shop, Christmas shopping and preparing food for the holidays. I love to cook!.....

........AND we have snow coming! Yes, that's exciting! I don't mind the's the darn cold that I mind. Unfortunately, we can't have one without the other. No matter when it comes, the season's first snow is always exciting to me!

So, what have you been up to?

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Recycled Knee Socks

My Toasty Arm Warmers

While folding some laundry this afternoon, I decided to take a fairly new pair of knee socks out of circulation. Though the chunky knee socks were received as a gift only last Christmas, there were already two holes on the bottom of one sock and three holes on the other.

 My husband noticed me looking over the socks. He asked, "What are you doing?" I told him that I loved these socks but wondered why they wore out so fast. He replied, "Have you seen your feet? They are like industrial grade sand paper!"

 I'll spare you the rest of the conversation!

Anyhoo, I couldn't throw them away. So I recycled them into arm warmers and I have had them on ever since!

I cut the foot off the socks, straight across. In the photo above, you will note the cut. (at top)

I then turned the socks inside out and folded the cut side over 1/4 inch. I pinned all the way around.

I stretched it over my sewing machine and stitched all the way around with a zigzag stitch.

I turned them right side out. Note the cute ruffle effect as a result of being stretched a bit over my sewing machine.

You can see the ruffled effect better in this photo.

I had to try it on. It's pretty toasty warm!

 I was wearing a fleece top, but I placed some lace around it to see if I liked it.

Got a better idea placing it in a crocheted lace sweater sleeve. I like the lace and I love the ruffle! It is so dainty peeking out from a lacey sweater and it adds quite a bit of warmth too. The sock cuff holds them securely in place just under the elbow and they can be pulled down over the hand or pulled up closer to the wrist.

So with lace,

or without;  you can turn all those gently used socks into an accessory that is not only functional in terms of adding a layer of warmth but also fashionable as it peeks out under a sleeve.

I think I will go digging for some more socks!

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