Sunday, August 26, 2007

Rushing, anyone?

My time at college was the best years of my early adulthood. I loved it all, and the time there left me with great, lifelong friendships. When I was in fourth grade, I saw a movie in class, and I don't know what it would have been about, but it discussed college, living on campus, and sororities. First, I knew I wanted to go to college, but second, I wanted to be in a cool sorority! Little did I know what can come along with that.... However, the university I went to had local Greek clubs where good control was maintained over them and dues were kept at a minimum. So, until I began to hear from other friends about all that was going on in their sororities at the big schools and the cost of staying in, I really had no idea. I was just sublimely happy with my situation.

Anyway, I've always been a lover of the paraphernalia of groups, including t-shirts and bags and stickers and printed notepaper. So, when I received my embroidery machine, of course, along with monogramming everything, I was crazy to make sorority-related stuff. That excitement has passed -- it's being done plenty by everyone else. However, I still have the means to get the job done. Pictured is a bag I made for a girl in my sorority, ZX, at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. So, at this time of year, if you, your kids, or friends are rushing or back to the sorority and need a fun gift to give, please remember me.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Basket Liners

Have you been to a Longaberger basket party before? Such beautiful baskets with a million reasons to have them all over the house and then lined with the lovely fabrics they offer. I have purchased a few over the years as well as the liners and garters; I love textiles, so I had to have them. I found a company, though, that has basket liner patterns for nearly every basket style, AND they are REVERSIBLE! Great, huh? Obviously, perfect for matching in your home dec department. One side could match the home decor and the other might be a holiday print, or a winter to summer theme. Pictured are my two favorite baskets - the round darning basket and the medium market basket. See how perfect the liners fit, and then you can see how nicely they reverse.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Sweet, sweet baby shoes!

Back to blogging again. My computer died in July and there were all sorts of activities and business going on for the past month, so I had to put aside my creative endeavors. However, I was blogging on other sites this weekend and came across something I have never noticed before -- handmade (sewn and embroidered, too) baby shoes! I fell in love with the felted wool patterns, but I didn't have any wool last night, so I found a way to make a pair with soft flannel and canvas soles. And, of course, a bib because it has to be a set. I can't wait to make more. They were so easy and gave me instant gratification. Tell your friends who are new moms or need sweet gifts for baby. We can customize a set to match an outfit or just embroider an initial on the toe, etc.