Monday, May 31, 2010

For the kitchen

My sister's kitchen.

Potholders, glove, hot pad...

Happy birthday sister.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Youthful Bags

Unusual bags at Old Navy.

The local store,,,

had some interesting bags...

I was intrigued by the roughness of it all...

Nothing clean...

But interesting nonetheless.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Lunch bags

Lunch bags are used often around these parts. 

I had entertained making some myself.

But Snowden and I spotted these at Old Navy and at $5.00 they were attractive enough to acquire.  The girls now have lunch bags for 2010-2011.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Air Force lover in her

Being the granddaughter of a faculty of the Air Force Academy, who flew for a living...

 and being the daughter of an avid plane connoisseur...

makes her a fan of all things planes.

She scooped up these fat quarters and patiently waited for her backpack.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Anna Maria's new book has this easy to make doll.

I made a few.

This one will be a gift.

This one is grasshopper's.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sweet, Charming, Delicate

It began with a sample book like this one.

I removed the fabric samples.

I used the amazing fabric pieces and made these bags.

I used a coordinating fabric as the liner.

And ribbon for a loop.

I imagine them holding family relics...

Like jewelry.

This is one of my favorites.

I feel connected to my Portuguese roots when I work with such pretty fabric.  The Portuguese are fond of lacy things, and their valuables too.  These blend the two.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Patchwork pillow

The pieces of scraps I had been saving have a purpose now.

I kept adding pieces together to the two sides of the pillow.

Each piece tells a story.

And now it rests on the family room couch.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Africa Wall

Also known as the diversity wall, this spot had for years featured European and Asian countries.

I arranged to change that by supplying the teacher with many African items I have. 
I even printed pictures of children and their schools in Africa taken by Kelli on some of her many visits there.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Pièce de résistance

Oui.  C'est mon pièce de résistance.

This is all created on the spot as I touch my fabric and develop an idea.

Embroidery is still new to me but I never hold back when I am ready to try.

And what is a pocket without brushes in the art class...
I am hoping the Art teacher likes this as much as I do.