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May 13, 2013

Mother's Day

I hope that Mothers everywhere had a wonderful Mothers' Day. 

Being a mother makes me so happy, and being a grandmother is equally wonderful. We have 3 adult children who we adore, and now 8 grandchildren (ages 7 mos to 9). 

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Our youngest child, Rachel, stayed at home to raise her 3 children after graduating from Columbia College and Columbia Business School.  When her youngest child started kindergarten, she started plans for a new business for online consignment and sale of designer furniture and home decor.  That business is now fully launched and we are all so proud of her.   

Please look at the website for Viyet and see what amazing things you can buy for your home or apartment - and you can now have it shipped throughout the United States.  Even if you are not ready to buy furniture, just look at the wonderful photography and enjoy the designs.

This weekend my husband and I cared for our youngest grandchild, and having him here over Mother's Day was a very special treat.  I got to give him his "just finished" hand quilted baby quilt, and yesterday we spent the afternoon walking him around Central Park.  The quilt colors were selected to match the colors in his room!

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He seemed to like it! 

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Taking care of a 7 month old Friday-Sunday while his Dad (in the gray shirt), Mom, and two big brothers went to Florida, meant that I had no time to finish my sketches.  I worked on a page of his favorite "chew toys," but never finished painting it.  But we had a wonderful time and my sketchbook will wait for another day!

December 18, 2012

Christmas Ornament Paintings - 2

Last week I posted some pages of a watercolor book that I'm creating to document my handmade Christmas ornaments.  I've been making them every year for 30+ years and decided that it would be fun to have a book full of paintings of them.  Here are 3 more pages.

The dove was made out of a piece of lace from my wedding dress and hopefully will be passed down by my daughter to her daughter.

 

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The two red cats are actually red embroidery, outline stitch, on white fabric.

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I smocked the eyelet on the cuff of the stocking on the top right.

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                   At last count, there are 124 ornaments made by me on our tree.

 

December 4, 2012

The Elves Are Still Working Here

Last Spring two of my Grandsons asked me to make them Minky blankets.  Robbie, on the left, had a soft blanket that no longer reached from his toes to his chin.  Since then I made one for Callum, Annabelle, and Sydney - using a variety of Minky colors and prints.

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After making each double-sided blanket, I had variable width strips of Minky that I just couldn't throw away.  So I ordered 12 x 16" pillow inserts and made matching pillows for each of them as part of their Christmas present. 

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I also made a "giraffe-print" blanket and matching pillow for William, who will be one this month.  And I had enough leftover lime green to make a small baby blanket for Charlie who was born in September.  I spent all day at the sewing machine making 7 pillows and two blankets.  Happy time!

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December 1, 2012

T'is That Time of Year

I spend more time in my studio this month than any other time of the year.  Although I store art supplies and bookbinding supplies in there, it is really set up for textile arts.  I see photos of amazing studios in magazines, but I'm thrilled to have even the smallest place that is all mine in an apartment in New York City.

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This space measures 7'3" by 9'9" on the blueprint, but those measurements are before the furniture and bookcases/cabinets were added.  Every inch is filled and most times I can find whatever I need for a project.  When this photo was taken, I was pulling scraps of Christmas fabrics from the green storage box that is in the front left, and making ornaments and stockings. 

This is the fabric ornament that I painted and posted in my last blog post.  It is machine appliqued and quilted.

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Today I finished 16 of the Santa tree ornaments - to be given to our children, grandchildren, and some friends.

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The last two days I also made large Christmas stockings for our two grandsons that were born in the last year.  Each of their brothers and sisters have the same stockings, with different designs, that we use here in our home on Christmas Eve.

For Charlie, who will be 3 months old by Christmas:

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And for William, who will be one year old on December 18th.

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November 27, 2012

From Thanksgiving to Christmas

We had a big family Thanksgiving at our apartment on Thursday and I painted the Gerbera daisies I had in the bud vases on all of the tables.

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The following day my husband and I relaxed and then I started planning the Christmas ornaments I will make for our grandchildren.  I made one prototype in order to work out problems with the pattern.  But then I needed to make a second one to tweak things more.  Now I'm almost done making a total of 15 Santas - assembly line production.

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The Santa head is the ornament - measuring about 6" long.  The green square is artistic license on the page! 

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