Rug Made From Scraps

This is nothing fancy.  In fact, it is made simply from sewing thick fabric scraps together, with random piecing and random stitches.  The goal was for the rug to be as close to square as possible.  It has been a great bedside rug in the apartment.  It adds color and it will go into the washing machine.  The edge was turned under once or twice and hemmed.  I am pretty haphazard.  Enjoy this day!

Spread something out. No matter what. Cats will get in the middle of it. Lucy.

Blooming at Sidetracked.

Lace Dress: Altered Couture from Vintage Lace and New Lace

Friday night I had an undeniable urge to pull out the sewing machine and make something.  I had not really done any sewing in awhile, due to moving things around between the shop and Jason’s and the apartment.  Seems I have stuff everywhere!  In addition, I dealt with my taxes this past week, and let’s just say that dealing with a house sale, especially since I got stuck with paying the taxes on the gain (my ex did not have to pay taxes on his part since he could claim the house as a primary residence), I ended up really, really needing a positive outlet for my energy.  We won’t even talk about how someone ignored upkeep on a property, and that led to lots of equity loss.

Two things I have learned from previous choices and mistakes.  1) Givers have to set boundaries, because takers don’t have any.  2) I am done with people who promise things but then forget what they said once a commitment is in place.  True character is just that: truthful.

So I put on my happy face and said I was thankful for what I DID get from that old house.  Four beautiful, wonderful children who have memories of playing together in that sweet yard.  Lots of life experience.  At least some financial gain from the sale!  There’s more, but let’s get back to the sewing machine.

I pulled out my stash of fabric.  I had forgotten just how many treasures I’d tucked away while the sewing machine was put up and out of sight!  With dozens of pieces of lace and a few deconstructed garments, I ended up with a very sweet dress.  One of my friends said it was “Victorian with a modern twist.”  Another friend said, “It is so YOU!”  A visitor to the shop asked if I would teach classes on deconstructing and reconstructing clothes.  I guess you could say I am pleased with the outcome.

Saturday at the shop. It was a really productive day there. Bright sunny days bright out shoppers!

Long vintage doily over right hip.
Many, many pieces of lace! Behind me is a favorite piece of floral fabric I have hanging in the shop.
Ties from another dress work well on the back of this dress. The elasticized panel was taken out of yet another dress.

As I plan on closing the shop for good, I look ahead to having private studio space.  A dream world, if you will.  My Etsy shop will grow and evolve as more elaborate pieces are added to vintage images and small collected items. The thought of having workshops in a private studio is very enticing!

That is all for now. Stay tuned for garden photos!

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

The Many Faces of Vlad and Lucy

Even as I write, there is serious CAT CLOWN HOUR going on in the apartment.  Vlad and Lucy are galloping like lions on the plains, pawing at each other and scratching the carpet and the furniture.  Yes.  Owning cats is not for the faint of heart!

A very serious Lucy! Vlad knows to watch out!
Vlad wants his Meowfia friends and foes to know that he helps with laundry. So there!
Twins. They love to watch the comings and goings. They listen to birds and peeps.
Vlad can be fierce, but he always comes around for his morning hugs.
Um, not to be outdone, Lucy PRETENDS to help with laundry as well. I turned my back for a second, and she was sitting in the warm clothes. I promptly removed her. She’s safe!

In other news, I love to goof off with a canvas and acrylic paints. I love the way this looks after taking a picture and adding a fun filter.

Circus lady: the bird whisperer.

And who does not need to make a habit of smiling and being happy? I originally thought to put this gorilla(?) in the shop, but then I decided that he needed to ride around with me. He always makes me smile. Especially when I stop at a light and he is still swinging. Any ideas what his name should be?

Are you watching the road???

I am so glad it is Friday! There is a cold wind blowing here today, but hopefully it will calm down and warm up over the weekend. Dinner out this evening. Hanging out in the shop tomorrow. Then Sunday, the day of rest and worship. I am thankful for every day.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Textiles…

I love fabrics, fabric scraps, bits of paper and ephemera.  Oh dear!  Hanging in the apartment is a beautiful wall hanging I put together from newer and vintage fabric scraps.  I love looking at it.  I thought I would share the view.

I have continued to look at houses. I checked out an ADORABLE little cottage-style house this past Thursday. The yard would be perfect. Each little room in the 75-year-old house was perfect. I am being patient. I have to. It may not work out, as these things take time, but it encourages my heart to know that such houses are out there, just waiting for me. I can see it now, filled with vintage treasures, twinkly lights, my coffee pot, and me.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

 

Wire Wrapped Stones and the UNC Game

What a post title!  No telling what sorts of Google searches will bring this post to the top!  Last night Jason and I attended the UNC game.  It was a fun game but sort of nondescript.  The two teams sort of just kept up with each other the whole time, but I was very proud of UNC for leading and winning!  As an aside, I was feeling very tired last night, so ignore my description of the game if you think otherwise.  Normally I am standing and active during the games, but I sat through most the  game.

 

I have been learning a little about wire wrapping lately and have really enjoyed wrapping some pretty stones and crystals.

jasper
raw rose quartz

I am placing them on leather cords for Sidetracked and for the Etsy shop. This has been an extremely busy week for me so I still have not gotten them into my Etsy shop yet, but I am hoping to in the next couple of days.

I must run for now, but just wanted to at least drop in and say hello! Looking forward to getting around to all of your blogs this evening and in the morning!

Enjoy this day!

Lynn