Beautiful Blue Table Runners!!

 

Blue is such a wonderfully relaxing and comforting color!  No matter where you live, it can remind you of the sky, the water, a relaxing day at a spa. Blue will work in any environment.

These pretty blue table runners are made from a wonderful soft and nubby 100% cotton fabric that is reminescent of old fashioned grainsacks. Just added to the shop, these wonderful runners are a great way to add color and warmth to your home for the spring and summer months.

If you are in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area, stop by Vintage and Vino in Queencreek May 18 & 19 and see them in person.  I’ll have some available for you there!

 

 

 

The Grand Canyon and Sedona

My sister and niece were here visiting since the end of last week.  We took day trips to the Grand Canyon and Sedona, and I showed them around old town Scottsdale and a nearby old western town called Cave Creek. I’ve posted up a few pictures to share.  I hope that you enjoy them!

Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon

This is one of my favorite places in Arizona.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

And Sedona:

Bell Rock - Sedona
Bell Rock - Sedona

My camera doesn’t really capture the brilliance of the red rock, but I hope that you get the idea.

Sedona

Sedona

Sedona

Oak Creek runs through the Red Rock National Park in Sedona.  We took several short hikes around the area:

Oak Creek at Red Rock National Park
Oak Creek at Red Rock National Park

After we crossed the bridge, we saw a couple of young deer:

Oak Creek

Oak Creek

Oak Creek

When you live in the desert, you always take pictures of water!  Anyhow, the weather was wonderful, in the 70’s or low 80’s the entire time they visited.

I hope that you enjoyed the pictures!

Absence

It’s been busy times around here!  First with Easter, and taxes at the same time, and now I have been getting ready for company that is coming in today.  I was hoping to get a little sewing time in, and I did a little, but nothing to show you completed!

I am so excited to have my sister and niece coming in from Washington.  This will be my sister’s first visit here to Arizona.  So this weekend we will be going up to the Grand Canyon (one of my favorite places to backpack!) and up to Sedona to see the redrocks, and a few places closer to home.

So I won’t have much of a chance to do any sewing, or blogging, until they return home.  Although I may get a few pictures of our trips up.  So stay tuned, and if you don’t hear from me, I’ll be back with a couple of completed sewing projects that I have started and a tutorial the end of next week!

I thought I would show you a couple of pictures from around the yard; the beginning of spring!

Blooming Hedgehog Cactus
Blooming Hedgehog Cactus
Closeup of a Baja Fairy Duster Bloom
Closeup of a Baja Fairy Duster Bloom

It was windy when this I took this, but the blooms are so light and airy.

Lynx in backyard
Lynx in backyard

This Lynx was passing by in my backyard a couple of weeks ago! Looking for breakfast!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Digging Through the Stash!

Friday was such a warm day here.  It was 73 degrees outside!  It made me think of Spring, which usually makes me want some new clothes.  So I decided that I should look through my stash of fabrics that I stocked up on clearance sales last fall, and some patterns that I have been stocking up from JoAnn Fabric’s 99 cent sales, and see if there is something that I can make!  It was great!  It was like going to the fabric store, without leaving the house!

Here are a few fabrics I pulled out:

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and this:

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Actually, most of this fabric has been in my stash for a few years.  I worked part time at Hancock Fabrics during evenings and some weekends.  I bought tons of fabric when I was there.

And here are a few patterns that I pulled, some new and some really old but classic styles:

Patterns

I have cut out a skirt and two tops.  I’ll show you when I get them done!

New Clothes!

One of my goals this year is to start sewing more clothes.  It’s been a few years since I actually made something to wear!  So here it is:

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I made a new shirt!  It is made of a double knit, which was really nice to sew.  This is Simplicity pattern 3568.  I happened to have just enough fabric in my stash, so this worked out pretty good.  There are a few thing I would change, now that I’ve made it.  I’m not entirely happy with the collar.  Something new to learn!

And, this is also the first time I got to use my sewing mannequin!  A belated gift for my birthday.  Worked out pretty good!

I’m Back!!

I am back, after a whirlwind last couple of weeks.  I had to go to Chicago for 3 days for some computer software training for work, came back and worked a day, and left at 4:30 the next morning for southern Oregon for a week vacation.

I had the opportunity to go to southern Washington, we flew into Portland, and visit my son and my sister and her family for a day.  Then we drove south to Grants Pass to spend a few days and check out the area.  It was just beautiful there and the weather was excellent!  The leaves are just starting to change.  The days were warm, in the low 80’s and high 70’s, and the mornings were from 45 – 50 degrees or so.

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Here is a picture of the Rogue River.  It was incredibly relaxing, and you can see the changing leaf colors.

A great way to spend the end of September!