The land of the free and the home of the brave! How lucky we are to live in such a grand country! We get together each year with picnics and fireworks to peacefully, however, noisily celebrate our Declaration of Independence! Our flag is so beautiful - doesn't it look good with my bee balm?
It is very hot and humid so I have been sewing in between picking raspberries and clearing some small trees that have popped up in my garden along the pole barn. I can see part of the area from my computer but don't get out there much until the raspberries are ready...and much to my surprise - lots of willows, roaming raspberries, and some other healthy volunteers. So yesterday in this tropical weather, Hubby and I began our taking down of trees! We got the easy part done and now maybe tomorrow we'll tackle the last half of the garden of lovely plants - hostas and other shrub types planted by previous owners in rock! I hate gardens planted in rock! I'll show you a picture when its done and pretty.
Completing projects has got to be one of my favorite past times! I have completed three Victoria Knitting and Sewing Totes by Sue Spargo. This one is a surprise for someone who had a birthday in June so I'm not very late!
This may not look like a lot of work but let me tell you - IT IS! I had some sample books of decorator and upholstery fabric. So on each side of the center panel are 16 2 1/2" squares - each hand picked to coordinate with the other fabrics and panel. I barely got the panel of the tropical bird out of the sample book but it worked. The buttons are all old and large - 11 in all! So when you multiply that by 3 bags...it adds up and I thank my friends for their donations!
While at the lake last month, I made this purse by Heather Bailey, her Marlo Bloom Handbag. It sure was fun picking out the fabric at Country Fabrics, Quilts & Collectibles in Brainerd. The fabric is Oz by Moda. The purse is reversible and has a fun fabric flower pin. The inside is the same as the handle for those days when you want to be more subtle. I will be making more of these with matching makeup bags!
I'm working on organizing my sewing room and my studio where I hope to be making more mixed media projects. In order to get myself motivated, I am going to show you my sewing room before so I can show you my sewing room after. So don't get scared - its messy!!!
And this is my future studio! I have been collecting treasures and stacking them up. It's time to be accountable and organize so you are my organizational police. I will be updating these two pictures as I get busy.
I hope you are having a great time celebrating America's great birthday and if you are out driving - be safe!