Thursday, August 29, 2013

Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time
14" x13"
A new embroidery on painted cotton twill.
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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Taking A Break

Robin and Tess take a break.
Tess has her Snoopy under the covers with her.
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My daughter, Bonnie and grandaughter Robin have been here visiting.
We made cupcakes and baked them in fancy flower shaped paper cups.
The best part was coloring the icing and putting on the sprinkles!
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Thursday, August 8, 2013

An Embroidered Box Top and Some Toes

This is a embroidered and padded top I made for a vintage sewing box. It is not very big. The embroidery is 6 x 6 " and it is on a box that is 8.5" square. The padded piece is like a large Bean Bag, embroidered on a felted surface and then padded and backed. The piece is pinned to the top of the original sewing box. I can rest the sewing box in my lap and the padded surface gives me a place to anchor the tip of my needle when embroidering stitches like French Knots. My ugly toes are here because of a discussion about accidentally getting your feet in a photo. I thought I would just do it on purpose! 
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Volvo P1800

I don't know why we went to a car dealership in the first place. I don't even remember what city we were in. It was probably San Antonio, Texas. I had family in the Hill Country, North of San Antonio and we often visited there. At any rate, we had no business looking at new cars. We had no money! My husband Tom McClellan and I were poor school teachers in West Texas. But something about this car just wouldn't let us go, so we bought it. As I recall, the payments were $100 a month. Simply outrageous. And the year? Maybe 1963 or 64. It was the most wonderful thing we ever owned. The seats were so comfortable that we often carried our plates out to the car and ate dinner in it. It didn't have a back seat, just a shelf, but it was just the right size for our two year old daughter. We didn't have to worry about room for groceries, as the local mercantile delivered. No one in Sanderson, Texas had ever seen a car like it. The Volvo was so unusual, that when a couple from Canada came through town driving a car just like ours, we invited them home for dinner! When you were tucked in this car, your worries flew out the window. You felt like the richest and most glamorous person in the world. We had the car for three years or so, and then, when our second daughter came along, we had to get something a little larger. I believe we traded it for a Volkswagen bus.

In memory of Tom McClellan, who died Saturday. Those were the days.........

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013

White Felted Sampler

This sampler is 9 x 10.5" and is done on a hand felted surface that I created myself.
Vintage fabrics and lace were needle felted into a wool background
The piece was then hand embroidered and a paper fan was tucked
a tiny pocket formed by the lace.
Is it finished? I don't know................
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