Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Project Therapy

Well, work has been quite hectic and I am in need of some project therapy sometimes that involves gardening and sometimes sewing or painting. Lately I am thinking of trying some new kinds of projects. It is my nature though to try to finish the projects I have started before moving on to something new so I have finished my bag and almost finished the bag that was a surprise for someone special. I hope my Mom will enjoy using it for something fun! I still have to add the zipper and get it off in the mail (hopefully that will be accomplished this week).

Some new projects I am hoping to try are tatting and applique. I have ordered supplies and a book for the tatting. Most of the supplies have arrived from a site I found on the web called the Be-Stitched Store. I am anxious to get started, just waiting on the shuttles that didn't find their way into my package though I have been assured that they are making their way to me pronto. I am also wanting to try my hand at applique and have just found a wonderful site that links to a video with some great tips and some books by Beth Ferrier. Can't wait to get started and am even thinking up some ideas for a tea themed quilted table topper. This idea was inspired by some fabric I just received from the Fat Quarter shop by Susan Branch called Tea Party. I also bought a plain Jelly Roll thinking it could come in handy and now wish I had also gotten some solid colored fat quarters for applique and embroidering some blocks with tea pots and tea balls and tea cups...I'll have to post more on this idea as it emerges for now it is still a work in progress that is slowly making its way from my head to paper and hasn't gotten to a fabric stage yet. I may need some of Beth's books for tips on how to get it all on fabric...hmmm...the wheels are still turning...maybe I can even work some tatting into this and it will be a project of 'new to me' projects!

I'm glad that I have my projects to help me get past the difficult times in other areas of my life!

P. S. That Susan Branch is always a step ahead I just found a pattern for almost exactly what I was thinking about on her website for free no less! the pattern is 24 pages long and full of recipes and folklore...Thank you Susan, this is so thoughtful! I will be downloading this and tweeking it a bit with some of my own ideas. Love the inspiration you can find on the internet!


Anna said...

Looks like you have been busy but I've been thinking about you. I love Susan Branch. She has some photo album stuff I want to purchase also.

It sounds like we are thinking alike. I want to start some quilts and get some home stuff done. I love the tote bags you did. They look very pretty.

I'm glad you finally moved and have more room. Looks like you started sewing right away----now that's the spirit!!

Mom said...

I love the bag you sent me Ferne!