Saturday, June 29, 2013

Yesterday was taken up with a charity golf tourney which provides scholarships to kids who don't qualify for the NM State Lottery.  This is the piece I donated.  The gentleman she went home with actually ASKED for her.  What I didn't know was that he had tried to buy her before the tourney.  He actually won another prize, but asked if he could exchange it for this piece....  No one minded, which means she went to the home she was meant for.  I was very touched.  I also got to visit with both my daughter and granddaughter over lunch.  It was a great day.

Final Pattern for conference bag
So, after a day of no studio time, I am again working.  This is the final rendition of my little conference bag.  So, I'm back in the studio to sew my fingers to the bone (LOL here) and make some to sell.....  I think that I will leave them plain, like this, with the option to add a face or flower, or other decoration to the pocket, all for the same price.  Yesterday, while at the golf tourney, I wore the original yellow one....I had several comments from the women golfers, spectators, etc.  So, it's versatility can fit many genres.  As soon as they are ready to go, I will list one on Etsy and have several others on my website (which I still have to update...LOL, I am soooooo behind!)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

This morning I planted Moon Flowers in my front rose bed.  Yesterday (and most days), my internet is so slow it's hard to do much except early in the morning.  I was unable to post my "conference pocket" yesterday, so thought I'd try again today.  Would love feedback.  This one is based on an old one that was given to me in the early 2000's made from a pattern by Sherry Goshon.  I've redrawn and redesigned it to fit a passport (since in order to travel by plane, we all need one these days).  Anyway, here goes.....


Back with pocket

Front Completed

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I didn't make it yesterday, but it was a productive day!  Actually got back into my studio after years and years....LOL...  Let me tell you, trying to remember just how my sewing machine worked was a job all in and of itself!
During CIFI, I wore a very old doll face pocket---I think it might have been a Sherry Goshon pattern, and it was made for me by Kathy in Hot Atlanta (I've lost track of her, drats!).  You know what they say about what is old is new again?  Very True.... I must have been stopped and asked about it by every attendee and some of the other hotel guest as well.
It was great pocket to wear around my neck, as it fit my cell phone, I attached my name tag, and could carry my hotel card key and CC, as well as attach the hotel conference keys.
The bright idea dawned on me, wouldn't it be wonderful to have one that was similar, but wider-as in wide enough to hold my passport, and be just as functional.  So, when I came home from the conference, I drew up a pattern---the first one I made just didn't work, it wasn't wide enough, the lining was too wide, the whole thing buckled...yada, yada, yada---so back to the drawing board, and I drew up another pattern.  It worked much better, AND I added a loop for my readers---anyone who knows me personally can attest I am in a continued state of flux as I can't ever "find" my readers....  So Kudos to you Sherry!  I've yet to "do the face," although the template is drawn up.  But you know I think this would work for those who aren't doll gals!

Monday, June 24, 2013

OMG, it's been a year!!!!!  Well it's a new day and a new year and I'll be visiting here every day with something to say.  I've opened an ETSY store.  Pal Pay works and I am "back in business."  Life is crazy and it waits for no man or woman.  I've learned that the hard way.  CIFI 2013 just closed earlier this month, and although very small, it was a great success!  The smallness lent itself to a very intimate "retreat" like atmosphere, where everyone was able to  really visit and get to know everyone else.  I'll post those pictures tomorrow.  For now, it's clearing the slate, going back to work in my studio, producing art and patterns, so watch here for "what is happening."