Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year

The picture is a bit fuzzy, nevertheless, Happy New Year from me and my "kidz".  Left to right are Dash, Della, Alba and Nigel.    :)



Shabby Tabby #3


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Friday, December 26, 2014

Shabby Tabby Series

Now that my husband and I have retired from our business, I am giving serious consideration to opening an Etsy shop.

The fun part would be creating items for the shop and hopefully filling orders.  The not so fun part, at least from the get go, is figuring out the fine print and how to set up shop.  Fortunately, I opened up an Etsy account under the "Cotton Picker" name years ago.

My focus would be making my moon face ornaments from recycled textiles and some paper collage as well.  Much of my materials come from thrift shops.  I am often amazed at the beautiful floral fabrics (pillow cases and sheets for instance) that I find.  It makes we wonder how people can give these up.  Maybe it's because they look old fashioned, not stylish by today's standards.  Don't know.

I have a accumulated a large collection of fabrics scored from these shops.  I favour florals because it seems they were meant to partner with the Shabby Chic style that I love so much.

At any rate, I have more than enough material to keep me going for a long time, but I know I will not be able to resist adding to the stash when I spot something that I really like.

One of my ideas is to offer a line of floral cats that would bring to mind calico kitties.  That would be the Shabby Tabby Series.  Here then, officially, is the first one of the series.








Thursday, December 25, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Envelope For My Christmas Card

Look what I found at the buck store.  Writing paper with a Santa on the bottom of the page.  As soon as I spotted this paper, I thought I could make envelopes from it for my Christmas cards.

Here's what the full sheet (8.5"x11") looks like:
























After a little folding and cutting and gluing, here's the front, pretty well blank except for a few snowballs. 

















And finally, here's the back, which is the fun part. 



Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Little Hanging Ornament

The weather is getting colder and this is the start of my hibernation.  I do not sleep though.  This is when I get out my bits of paper and fabric and start making things to make the winter go by faster. 

I haven't stitched in a while so here's a simple little ornament to get me back into sewing mode.  :)