Tuesday, July 26, 2011

WoRkInG FoR A LiViNg!!!♥

Grand~daughter Kate working on a "special" gift...

 Girls gettin' ready for the Coop.......their dresses are in a coffee bath at the moment~♥



Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Quilts old and new~♥

This is a well loved quilt ready to recycle~the fabrics on the applique have been loved~away...♥

 This is a Welcome wall hanging getting all fancied up to go to the Coop~I think it will need a couple of big beautiful buttons on the top to make it at the ready for hanging~

Here is a quilters dream waiting to be loaded onto my quilt machine....wonderful prim colors with a perfect mix of cotton and wool~



Thursday, July 14, 2011

Our Coop~♥ Zip Trip and ghosts......

A visit to the Coop to add a few items~Look for Laura Bradley (owner of the Cooperage)on ZipTrip on Fox 25 this Friday morning~she said she will be LIVE at 8:50 a.m!

ALSO a TV crew spent two overnights filming in the Cooperage looking for evidence of a haunting and a show will be airing with the results soon I will keep you posted with a date and time!~LOVE IT!!!!!


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

K00L~Aid strawberry wool~♥

I have lots of wool in colors that need tweaking before they inspire me. I love to dye wool but had yet to try Kool Aid dying so I gave it a whirl~these are my t00 pink pinks...(before shot)


 These are my cast of characters....My husband came home as the wool was simmering and he said,"What is that smell?" oh my.......sweet berry boiling wool......lol!


 waiting patiently for the wool to dry....(the antique crib is coming to the Cooperage with me..)



(After shot)These are my strawberry colors...WHOO~HOO!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Happily learning lessons~♥

This is Shirleys beautiful black and white quilt~we decided to use white black and red thread to accent her quilt and to keep the integrity of her piecing~that made complete sense to me in the abstract~now for the design...hmmmmm. I chose to simply use a grid on the black, highlight the black triangles with a motif and swirl feathers in the white....oh my...

What I realized as I began was this pretty print actually soaked in the thread and made it disappear...I mean "Where's Waldo" disappear!!! I had no idea where I had quilted and no idea where I was headed! Has this ever happened to you? Well LOOOOONG story short I FELT my way along as I quilted reading my quilt like a book in braille...I am serious!!!


And the lesson I was learning was that some prints are to be enjoyed more than the threadwork and I will remember to play second fiddle with my thread if I come across a statement color quilt in my future..

If I place Shirleys quilt in the sun at high noon you can appreciate my design ~lol! (It helps too if you have on some reading glasses...ha! )

Saturday, July 9, 2011

"NeW PiLLOwS!

These little ladys are coming with me to the store this afternoon~they are really priceless to me as I can see the original shirtings fabric and the faded red to pink fabrics~On the "I love you "pillow you can see where an iron has left a print from someone long ago~and every once in a while I can see a spot that has been mended....♥ I am trying to be a good steward of these beautiful old quilts and will use up every tiny bit...♥





 Tea stained and ready to frame....

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Up~cYcLinG ViNtaGe QuIlTs~♥

My sister~in~law ( the other half of the Two-Wheelers) found two very worn out and beautiful quilts last week which were waiting for a second life......the tiny hand stitches tell me wonderful stories as I work them into some restorative pillows with a touch of lavender from a lovely farm in France....♥

Look for these lovelies and more at the Cooperage this weekend~Laura (owner of Coop) is having the farmers market celebration this weekend starting on Friday!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Handmade Goods and Vintage Finds~store open!!!



My sister-in-law and I spent a beautiful summer day working from the trunks of our cars putting our little space together today~Kate my grand~daughter came along to help us~nothing like 9 year old legs! She earned her keep today for sure! Thanks to all my friends and family who stopped by to wish us well today~♥

A VERY big thank you to Devon who was running the shop today and was so kind to share her pizza with Kate and make all of us feel right at home!♥