Friday, August 30, 2013


It's going to be a fairly quiet weekend here.  We only have plans on Sunday and that is to have lunch with my brother and sister-in-law.  I'm doing a lot of sewing these days.  We are having masonry work done and I need to be home anyway.  More on that as I finish things...
Have a safe and happy holiday!

Monday, August 26, 2013

So much fun at the party!

A long post to make up for a long silence:  

The party was a blast although I am still tired!  For those of you who are wondering what we are celebrating, my son Peter and Jessica threw a surprise wedding in June.  We held a party to celebrate their nuptials on Saturday.  I've been spending most of the summer making things for the event (and it was so much fun!).  Here are some photos from the happy party:

They are a great couple and that is the one thing everyone commented about--how suited they are for each other. :)

 Gift table with photos of the couple and photos from the surprise wedding

I made table toppers for all the tables and the embroidered panel below which we had hung above the food table.  These aren't quilted.  I'm taking apart all the toppers and attaching the pieces to the wall hanging for a picnic quilt for the couple (my fall project).

We decorated old mason jars with fabric scraps which we tied with twine.  I had my "Busy Aunt Beas" (Mom, Kathy, Linda, Carol, and Denise--who isn't in this photo) helping me out last week to do these small projects.  
We wrapped the mason jars, eating utensils wrapped in napkins with fabric and twine and of course the favors, homemade cookies (Pete's favorite).  My wonderful neighbor Denise wrote out every card for us--"Love is so sweet!  Congrats Jess and Pete!"

One of my favorite gifts that they received was from my friend Beth Bacher who is a quilt teacher and quilt restoration expert.  She designed and created a pillow that celebrated their wedding.  The pillow features the dress Jess wore and the Hawaiian shirt Peter wore and it was a really BIG hit with family and the happy couple:
We are all recovering this week and are grateful it is a short work week.  DH is on vacation this week and we are just going to putter around at home.  I just wanted to touch base with all my buddies who couldn't be at the party and share some photos.  We are so happy--tired but very happy.  It couldn't have gone any better!
Have a happy day!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Katie's Polka Dot room!

I wish more of photos came out but you can see some of Katie's room:
We had also used fabric for a french memo bulletin board for Katie.  Katie helped with every process for her room and I'm proud of the work she did:
 Now Denise is making a Pouf (never heard of this before but it is an ottoman) which she is knitting from...get this...old t-shirts that she dyed and tore into strips which became her yarn.   You can't tell in the photograph, but it is a great thickness and would be perfect to use this kind of technique to make a rug--which is exactly what I am considering as a fun project for this winter.  
Work on wedding party preparations continue here but slowly but surely, I'm getting things checked off my list!  Take care and have a great day everyone!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Seeing polka dots...

little dot 1When I was a kid, I loved reading Little Dot comic books.  Dot painted spot on EVERYTHING :)  Today we might say she was obsessive/compulsive; back then, she was just fun to read.  I loved that her name was Dot Polka instead of polka dot.  I've been thinking about little Dot this past week because Katie (from next door) has been going through a room revamp.  Her theme has gone from pink pussycats to bright polka dots-- perfect for a young teen.  

Yesterday I finished some pillows for her:
She had picked the fabrics last week and I wanted to finish this before she gets back from camp on Saturday.  I hope she likes them!