Nothing earthshaking to report today, but I am enjoying the sight of my new pin board wreath. A lot of people have been making these for their doors, but I thought I'd use mine to pin goodies and inspiration on. The yarn had been sitting there since April when I planned on a pretty spring wreath for the front door. I got it about 1/4 wrapped around and gave up. I'm not sure who has the patience for that.
In the end I finished mine in front of the T.V.. Which is what I should have done in the first place.
Like for instance, there's this new rule at my daughter's school that you can't park in the front because there is a bike lane there. Nevermind we don't have a bus system to get the kids to school, and 800 parents try to drive through the circle pickup all at once. Nevermind that the line to get through is backed up down the street and through and around a major intersection. And, nevermind that all the kids are riding on the sidewalk anyways because the cars are backed up all the way down the street and in the bike lanes.
This rule, I ignore. Completely. I park my car for the ten seconds and run get my kid, cut across the parking lot with her, hop in the car and drive right off thereby bi-passing an half hour's worth of wasted time. (BTW, you can't get into the parking lot because of the car backup. So even if there are empty spots there's no getting to them.)
There's a couple of rules in Girl Scouts that have driven me nuts and these I ignore too. The Girl Scouts are so darn rigid. ... Just thought I'd get that in while I was on the subject.
All that ranting and raving behind me, there are certain rules that should not be ignored... especially when they are coming from Margrette and Janis (December's Child) and are sewing rules. I took a collage/free motion quilting class from Margrette not too long ago and she told me at least 10 times to pull the thread up from the back side.
I didn't believe that this was necessary and instead left them there. I thought it was a waste of time and hence ended up with a collage wall hanging that needs to be lined on the back instead of showing all the pretty quilting lines which in my project are not pretty but incredibly tangled. Not so smart a rule to ignore.
So now my rule of thumb is "Margarette talk, Bari listen."... And truly, things turn out much better when I do.
That was a whole lot to say in order to get to what that picture is up there at the top. That is the back of this front panel of a handbag. I wanted to show you how really very pretty the back does look when you pull that back thread up before you go merrily along your way.
Surely you enjoyed my rambling mumbo jumbo along the way to that, oh, so important thing to say.
Don't be like me. Follow the rules, boys and girls.
You are going to love this, I'm telling you! I can't believe how it feeds my little tea-theme addiction. Yummy!
T.J., Janie and Chrissy got hold of me last week to do some graphics, they're friends of Heather's who took some really gorgeous photos for them a bit ago (Does Heather do anything but gorgeous? Uh... no.).
These ladies are up to something so super. I looooved it. Their new business, Orange Blossom Tea House brings the gift of tea service right to you with Teagrams... they've trademarked that little ditty, aren't they smart? The ad below has all of the details.
As you might know from my previous post, my family has been in need of a little of this. Thank goodness it comes in many kinds... we could use all the therapeutic treatments we could find... My sister and I found some of it when I visited her this weekend in Arizona. One of which was getting some blond highlights in her hair by a super fantastic hair "therapist". I have to say, Lara looked amazing, as did our mom. She needed a little treatment too.
I am relatively scared of hair color and thank goodness, I unbelievably haven't but a few stray grays. Plus, I actually like my hair color (hmmm... now that's unusual. I said aloud that I liked my hair.) Which makes me think... why didn't I go get the alternative and much-needed nail therapy? I shall indulge later this week, me-thinks.
In addition to beautification therapy, we also spent time getting some of our most favorite therapy of all... retail therapy as it is commonly known.
Amazingly enough, we didn't indulge in food therapy because we figured that would have been therapy that eventually would have made us feel worse. Plus, of course, the thought of weighing in at WW and weighing more is enough to scare me straight any day... Good girls...
The retail therapy was as expected very, very satisfying.
Below... a goodie from that part of our adventure... at Paris Envy, a shop in Phoenix that carries my bags... and btw, is undeniably "Wow.". I'm not just sayin' so because my bags are there either, it really really is. And the prices are reasonable too which I'm finding unusual (someone remind me later to show you the little spread about it that was in the Arizona Republic a couple weeks ago... it looked incredible).
There is also Puppy Therapy ... Lara has much of this... Roxy, our girl, will not leave her side and barks at anyone who comes near Lara these days. Amazing how animals know when we are vulnerable, isn't it? I threatened to take this cute potato home with me... She's the most amazing rescue dog ever. We think she had been abandoned... who in the world could abandon this???
Then all said and done I came home tonight finding the squeezing of my little peeps and Super Husband quite therapeutic as well... Then, unexpectedly... an added bonus... my own personal form of therapy... my Very Own Fabric Therapy... it arrived while I was away. I did really cry too. Very, very good therapy.
My most favorite therapy of all however... My Family. Seeing my Lara, hugging her and knowing that everything will be alright. There really is something to be said about the connections that siblings have. The shared experiences, all the ups and downs. I'll never know anyone like I know my sisters and brother. They are undeniably the best friends I'll ever have.
We have our mother to thank for that. She has always said, "I always wanted four kids, because I wanted you all to always have each other." And we do (she said through happy sad, sad happy tears.). Thanks, Mom.
I'm having one of those days when I love what I do. I can't believe I get to play with fabric and goodies all day. Don't anyone tell Super Husband I am enjoying myself so much. Tell him I'm working my butt off please.
And truthfully, not every day feels like this. A lot of days are spent doing the dreaded accounting and paperwork. That's what you should tell Super Husband. Tell him I'm doing math all day. It's horrifying.
But on the sly I'm going to tell you that today I am in heaven. Fabric fabric pattern pattern color color. I love it.
Today, I mixed and matched and matched and mixed. It had my little pea brain all in a tizzy. "Ooooh, pretty! Oh... I know, not that fabric! This fabric! Move this here! Do that!" I was all a-whirl with thought.
As I was going along it occurred to me to wonder why it works out. What makes these seemingly random patterns and colors come together?
When I'm designing I find it curious that sometimes I have no idea where it's going. I'm simply taking various items, mixing them up and trying to make sense of them. It may look pretty random when I'm done, but really I think that as I'm mixing and adding my brain is tying it all together.
Sometimes as I am doing this, I have a hovering sense of doubt about what it will all look like in the end, but so often it has managed to come out "right" that I have taught myself to keep going even if it's not making sense at the moment.
I was having that sense of dread and doubt as I was lining up my piles of rectangles for this quilt for Jennifer. The blue wasn't doing it for me. Then the yellow made no sense. But as I mixed and placed and replaced the rectangles it started to meld, as it always seems to with pattern and colors.
And when it does all come together, it usually leaves me wondering why. Why does that look right? One color answers another and one pattern answers another even if the colors seem totally unrelated when you look at them separately.
Sometimes I do that I purpose. I take things I know have no business being together just to see if I can make it work. That's what I did with this particular quilt. And somehow or another, that blue does look right.
That's what gave me this sense of satisfaction today. For no reason at all... that blue does look like it belongs. It just brings me joy.
Of course, I better not let Super Husband know. Not that he begrudges me my happiness. He'll think I was having far too much fun, and might want me to (I can't bear to think it) get "a real job".
Next time he walks in, I'm going to have to switch over to Quickbooks on the screen and furrow my brow. That throws him off every time.
Lisa's advice and "chit chat" will have you cracking up. And laughter is totally the best medicine.
Plus... yours truly made the new banner. My daughter was teasing me because I spent a good hour fiddling with the red shoe design only to reduce it down in size and hang it from the letter "C". But I think it was worth it. I love that cute shoe. It was based on this $695 shoe (yikes!) from NM. Don't you think I'd look HOT in those shoes? Hello!
We've been mourning. Last week my sister miscarried her twins at 19 weeks along. I don't know what to say, or where to begin, but it's been just horrible for her and her husband as well as the rest of us.
To Lara I'll say what I've said over and over... I know you have the strength to carry on. We all love you, and we are with you. And to our beautiful angels, Max and Michael... you were and are loved by the most wonderful parents God could give you and your family will love and think of you always.
Jennifer sent a couple boxes full of fabby fabric for belts and a quilt for her store. (She got very carried away with the sheer amount of fabric she sent... not that I'm complaining, mind you). So first I sorted it ...
And when I was all done making stuff... and tell me this doesn't look familiar... this is what my sorting looked like...
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