Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I'm sooo excited!

What is this picture missing?

 
Some of These!!

 
I'm so excited!!!  I've been asked to put some of my tatted bookmarks for sale in a new bookstore near me that just opened up.  Whoo Hooo!
 
(so that means I'm off busy for a bit making up a bunch of bookmarks!)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Gifts for Baby

Recently Katie, a friend of my daughter (Jai Robinson) had a baby shower.  In the past I'd made a baby blanket for her last baby which was so loved she asked for me to make her one for this baby too.  She also has a 3rd child which is just a bit older than the others.  I didn't think it was fair for 2 of the 3 children to have a baby blanket so I decided to make one for the older child too.  Back in the 60s I'd made a pillow for my grandmother and I remembered the design, thinking it would be pretty done as a baby blanket.  So off to work I went and stitched up my Avalon Baby Blanket which is crib sized (only done a bit larger for the 3rd child).

My daughter made the cards that went with the gifts!  Check her blog to see them - Jai Moore Designs

 
 
I decided to publish and sell this pattern and it's available in my Etsy Shop

Avalon Baby Blanket


Katie told my daughter that for this newest baby she had picked the colors of purple and yellow.  I had a pattern for a baby afghan that would work up well in those colors, so once again I started stitching away.  This is the result:




Since Katie also had requested a baby sweater, bonnet and booties, I designed a baby sweater set to coordinate with the baby afghan.  I am so pleased with how they turned out and with this design that I'm working on writing it down so I can also sell the pattern for the entire set.

Abigail Baby Sweater Set





I will put pattern for the Abigail Baby Sweater Set (named after the friend's baby) in my Etsy Shop and will also announce it here.

I had fun at the baby shower and the baby afghan and sweater set were well received :-)



 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Where I have been...

Well...from my last post you all can see we got a puppy named Sophie.  She is such a delight and I love having her in my life.  In fact she was so wonderful that shortly after we got her, my daughter and I went back and got me a puppy!

He is also a cross breed of Bichon Frise and Shih Tzu only he takes after the Bichon side (has curlier [is that a word?] hair.  He's the four legged love of my life!  His name is Sawyer and this is the best picture I have of him (he isn't still for photos very often..lol)


However, having 2 puppies, trying to housebreak and basic obedience train them has kept me very busy all this time.  I've done a little tatting and other creating, but finding the time to post here about them hasn't come easy.  Now that Sophie is nearly 1 year old and Sawyer is 10 months old I'm starting to get back into a more normal schedule and getting back to work on some of the projects that got set aside.

This is my newest tatting.  It's a bookmark I made based on Jon Yusoff's Rose Window design.  I worked it up in a deep rose thread (Lizbeth's English Rose Dark I think is the name) and the picture really doesn't reflect how pretty this color is.


I also tried my hand at something new for me...beaded crochet rope.  I had bought a kit for this a while back, came across it one day, and decided to give it a go.  I really enjoyed working this up and was very pleasantly surprised at how nicely it came out.  I plan to make more beaded crochet rope items and have already started on another one in a different design.


The bookmark and bracelet are available in my shop - http://PeachtreeCottage.etsy.com

My posting might be a bit less often but I am going to try to post more when I do post.  I want to also say thank you to all the other blog people out there who continue to provide me with such wonderful inspiration!