Linking up to LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color for this week's post of positive energy.
5 days until spring!
Honestly I can't wait for it to warm a bit and I can start working in the garden! It's been terribly windy this month and we've had a number of nor easter snow storms passing through. We are all ready for a true spring to arrive!
I'm working on my list of tops I'd like to complete this summer. My guild does a challenge each year and we show our pieces at our annual potluck dinner. This year I LOVE the challenge. This year it is called "Panel Play" and we are encouraged to use a panel from our stash. There are two categories one can compete in: a quilted or non quilted piece (non quilted pieces would be purses, jackets, etc).
I sometimes have problems with challenges. Sometimes the perimeters are too narrow to inspire creativity or it might mean buying something that I don't wish to buy. This challenge defies those problems and what makes it brilliant is that most quilters have a stack of panels in our stash. I know that I often have buyers remorse a year after I've purchased a panel.
I'm very jazzed about this challenge and yesterday worked out the math for one piece I'm hoping to sew.
I've wanted to use this panel for a long time. That brings me to my second like: I like Mary Engelbreit and her fabrics! They are cheerful and colorful and I enjoy the fun nature of her illustrations.
I've been in a creative funk for months and this past week I visited my friend and sometimes business partner Beth. She gave me a tutorial the Blind Applique technique she uses. It is very relaxing and I've been basting pieces to apply to a project in the works. It shakes out the cobwebs in my brain to do something very different!
I like a few of the things I purchased at the flea market last week. You saw the hankie wreath but I also purchased this little duck pitcher:
I also found these beautiful framed pieces. At first I thought they were pressed flowers but they were delicate embroideries! I haven't found exactly where I would like to hang them yet but they would look great in my dining room. My friend Linda (best decorator I know) will help me choose a place for them.
Lastly this week I like Scout's current favorite toy at night--Kongs!
I usually keep her kong on a shelf in the kitchen but couldn't find it for two nights. DANG! We went to the petstore yesterday and purchased a new smaller one. I gave it to her last night and she was so pleased! And then, 5 minutes after she finished her Kong, she brought the original one to me. The little minx! She had hidden her big Kong. I'm still not sure where she had it but I'm wondering what else I will eventually find in her secret hiding place.
As my husband says, it's a good thing she is so adorable!
Have a good and safe week!