Thursday, November 8, 2018

My October to November Blur

As I have stated plenty of times since I began blogging, the fall season is my favorite time of year. This year, though, it is passing me by at warp speed and I somehow missed my favorite tree in the backyard turn from green to glorious gold. Usually my yard boasts the most beautiful gold and red foliage, but my yard did not strut its usual splendor this year at all. While raking I realized that many leaves on the ground were still green. Hmmmm......stranger still, even at this later date, many green leaves are still on some trees.

October is always a very busy time of year and all but one weekend was committed to events, a family gathering, our anniversary and our little weekend getaway to celebrate our anniversary. My husband has a Halloween birthday so the kids all came home to celebrate. It was a busy, full month.

I also began a new treatment for migraine. (the one without side effects) Well, I lost an entire week to a litany of "no side effects."  So October has simply flown by and here it is already nearly Thanksgiving. I have got some serious catching up to do!

In my spare time I added some new items to my Etsy shop for fall: some new angels, tea accessories, zipper bags, etc. I made some half-moon zipper bags, or to put it more accurately, half-luncheon plate and half-dinner plate zipper bags. I created the pattern by tracing around two sizes of plates!

They make a cute pair! Zippers coordinate nicely.....

....more matching zippers....

and more....note the neat zipper pulls!

(I made this one for me)  How is it I have zippers for every fabric?

Well, I acquired a very large stash of vintage zippers and by very large I mean they were stored in a person-sized pine box. I filled 3 large tote bags with zippers and took them home to sort by color, size and to wash. I have done 4 loads of zipper laundry! It has been a lot of fun sewing with them but now I will have to put on my creative hat to come up with an idea to use them all!

Some of the whites already washed....

Sorting of colors....a fraction of the colors and shades of colors.....

I was very excited to score this collection of zippers. I look forward to putting them all to good use!

I have also started to create some Christmas items. Here is my newest star ornament....I am using words from some of my favorite Christmas carols and stitching them onto burlap and twill fabric tags and attaching to the stars. These are so much fun to make. I just love working with creamy fabric, lace and ribbons! Puts me right in my happy place!!!

I found an enormous collection of lace at one of my favorite vintage shops, so I have lots to choose from.

 I have a bunch of these cut out in various fabrics!

This was the first one I created. Some randomly placed buttons make a simple but cute embellishment.

I added bits of lace and cotton edgings to this one to accentuate the points of light.

The ribbons and lace are cut generously.

The gold wired ribbon gives them a "shooting star" look. They would look sweet hanging from a tree, or shelf and I tried one on for size in my ivory rag wreath and it was very cute!

I've got to get going as I have some food prep to do for a gathering tomorrow night. The thing is I don't have the food purchased yet that I am prepping so I've also got some errands to run. I'm doing easy appetizers but need beverages, cups, and some ingredients that I don't have on hand.

So friends, have a wonderful weekend! I will be spending some time popping in on my blogging friends over the next couple of days to see what you have all been up to.


  1. The stars are gorgeous. I love the fabric and ribbons you used. SOooooo Pretty.
    Have a great rest of the week Linda.

  2. Hello Linda! I was happy to see a post from you in my 'reading list' today~
    To start with, thoses zippers are a dream! Wowzer you have so many; And such
    beautiful colors! We can look forward to seeing your ideas for them become reality ; )
    Love love your stars Linda. So beautifully done and embellished; with some of our favorite neutrals~ I like the effect of the generous cuts of ribbon.
    Thank you for sharing the gorgeous Autumn foliage. It can seem to change when you're not looking - or in some instances as you mentioned, not at all~ Have a fun gathering! Hugs to you <3 karen o

  3. My very favourite thing about visiting your lovely place, Linda, is to always oooh and aaah over all your lacey gorgeousness! Your little stars are so pretty oozing with ribbons and lace and other such pretties. Those trees in your yard are dressed in glorious autumnal/fall hues, aren't they. How odd that a lot of the leaves on the ground are green. I do believe the weather has gone quite mad. =) Those zippers were a fabulous find, weren't they. Love all those happy colours. Oh.....and I almost forgot (because there is so much visual delight in this post) your little bags are beautiful. Enjoy a beautiful weekend, lovely Linda!

  4. Are you saying you purchased a coffin full of zippers?! Wow. You hit the mother lode. I just love the stars...darling.

    Hope that you are feeling much better now. Oh my that crimson tree is spectacular. Just looking at it puts me in a good mood. 🙂

  5. It's wonderful to see your post and look at the beautiful things you are making. I love the star...gorgeous! And your leaves are very pretty. I'm off to put some things in my wish list! Happy Fall my friend! Hugs, Diane

  6. I hope that your migraines are under control, Linda. Even with all that, you still manage to make such beautiful things. My goodness, you surely did score the mother lode of zippers, and I know you'll put them to good use. The little zippered bags are too too cute, as are the lace-trimmed Christmas ornaments. Happy sewing!

  7. Wow you scored a great deal with all those zippers, you have made some pretty zipper pouches with them.
    I will have to say your stars are beautiful, lovely ribbons on them and love the burlap tag too! Hope you have had a good time with friends tonight :)

  8. Mercy, that's a lot of zippers! It's really nice that some have odd little pulls on them. Your bags are so pretty! And oh my goodness, those stars are gorgeous! Now if I had the space in this downsized house for a collection I would have to have a Christmas tree full of those stars. I love to picture you touching your fabric and trim collection, letting an inspiration occur to you for your next creation. Your love and passion for it shines through.

  9. Such pretty fabric. Thew stars are just too pretty. oh I hope your bad headaches are better. I am having a time with headaches but mine is caused by arthritis in the neck. YAY ME! Hope you have a great week. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  10. Good morning, my lovely friend! It's always such a joy to visit your beautiful place. And wow, those zippers were a great find! Love what Vee said about them - HA! :)

    Your creations are beautiful, dear Linda. I never tire of seeing the sweet things you create. I hope you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving. Love and hugs to you!

  11. Beautiful artwork...The first picture is amazing too.Merry Christmas,Linda!

  12. Happy New Year dear Linda! What a glorious red trees! I so much love Autumn too. And here it was different this year as well. It's because the summer was so dry here this year. Your sewing projects are very beautiful. I love those cute zipper bags and shooting stars. Wishing you a wonderful 2019! hugs xx