Thursday, September 16, 2010

Latest projects

My friend Tami has resurrected her blog, and now that my major project has been completed as of August 18th, I have been inspired to resurrect my blog. My major project-- "little e" was born on August 18th at 5:01am after 27 hours of labor. He weighed 7lbs, 15.5oz and was 21 inches long. At 4 weeks, I swear he's almost doubled in size, and I've been afraid to weigh him (much to my mother-in-law's disappointment!). He is a great baby, I think we'll keep him... :) Even if he does make it difficult to work on any other art projects right now.

For his room, my partner in crime, Christie and I made some wall art. Amazingly, three of the four Winnie the Pooh hangings were completed before his arrival. I finished the E and the last one after he was born. I have a few other things that I want to do for his room (coordinating basket liners) and then I can hopefully get back to quilting. I have a few classes that I've signed up for so I can learn paper piecing so I can make my sister's quilt that I promised her. I also have three baby afghans to finish, I hope the kids they are meant for aren't teenagers by the time they get them!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

4th Quilt is Finished!

Lately, I haven't been feeling overly crafty. I guess I have Jeweler's Block. I've been working on an afghan for a friend's baby girl, and all of the fun part is finished, just the sewing together. (My least favorite part!)
At least I haven't been slacking in the quilting department. I started this one shortly after dropping off the last quilt at the quilter's in early Febuary. The material is from Moda's Goodnight Monkey line, and the pattern is from Happy Hour. I'm going to use navy flannel for the backing to make it extra snuggly. This will be perfect for the really big "craft" project I've been working on since December. That one won't be ready until late August...
In the meantime, I have a bunch more material ready to go for quilt projects, yarn for more baby blankets (I will soon be able to figure out which color scheme gets started first...) and plenty of beads and wire for jewelry. My husband gave me a soldering iron for my birthday, which is something new to figure out!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New Year, New Quilt

Happy January everyone!

I just finished this last night, I think I started it last October, but between travelling and making Christmas presents (and being way more complicated that the first two quilts!) it took me longer for this one. I'm hoping to take it to the quilter's next week to finish it.

The quilt is for Eric and is destined to dwell in the 'Man Cave.' If you haven't guessed, its a Scarlett and Grey themed room.

A bit more info about the quilt: the pattern comes from Marti Michell's Log Cabin book. It combines a Star within a star, log cabin blocks and an outer border of flying geese and pinwheels.

The next quilt will be purely for fun- a monkey quilt. Then I have another red/white/black quilt and the most ambitious quilt for my sister. I'm going to have to take a class for that one!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Quilt #2 is Finished!

Ok, so I have been doing so much more than quilting lately, but I was sending some of these pics to my folks so I thought I would share them with everyone.
Glassblowing is going well, I have some pics on my camera that I need to download and then I can share those.
We've had so many travels and visitors lately! I can't complain that I don't get visitors in Ohio now. My sister and her boyfriend visited us in September. Our friends Caitlin and Kyle came to visit in October, and our friends Mike and Tif were here also in October. Then, my folks came to visit in November for a few days before Thanksgiving.
So, I haven't had much time for quilting or jewelry making lately, but I'm hoping things will settle down after the holidays for a bit.
We went to Florida for a Conference in November too. I donated six pieces of jewelry for the American Optometric Foundation auction that was being held at the conference. My jewelry raised over $700 for the AOF! It was for a great cause and so gratifying that my work was so well received! Check it out here (Mine are listed under Donated by Dr. Moriah Chandler) The green necklace sold for $200!!

Next up: pictures of glass pieces and a tutorial on making some awesome Christmas Tree ornaments, in time for next Christmas!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Another New Hobby!

Happy Summer All!

This summer, my neighbor and partner in crime has been teaching me how to quilt. I think she's been wanting to do this for years! I finished piecing my first quilt, and I did a pretty good job. I'm not going to do the quilting myself-- I would rather have a finished quilt than a pile of material. Anyway, the quilter was pretty impressed. I can't wait to see it all together and be able to use it!

I already started cutting pieces for my second quilt. I found the material for it when I was looking for material for the border for the first quilt. And I have extra red material, so that means I have to make a Buckeye quilt, right?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Please Vote for Mel the Monkey!

The Etsy Hookers team is having a creative challenge, "a walk of the wild side." I entered my crochetted and felted monkey, Mel. Voting is now open and you can vote now until next Monday, June 15th noon EST. Please vote early and often! :) Thank you!
Mel is now available in my Etsy shop: and is looking for a good home!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

St. Petersburg Chain

I had a another beading workshop on Monday night. This is my work in progress-- isn't it nifty? The stitch is a double St. Petersburg Chain, and the bottom of the pendant is going to have lots of beaded fringe when I'm finished getting the length of the chain to where I want it. The focal bead is Labradorite (my current fave!) and I actually got some of the blue flashes in the picture. The seed beads are size 11, and it takes 3mm Swarovski crystals. I picked light sapphire satin since it goes well with the labradorite. This is a neat project, but its pretty intensive since you have to make half of the upper side, then the other half, and then work on the lower halves separately. I have a ton of respect for beadweavers; it takes a ton of time and work!

In other news, I'm trying to make my own light box so I can take pictures whenever I need to and not wait for a sunny day. The convenience will be good, but I will miss showcasing parts of my garden! (Which looks awesome this year!!)