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.