Monday, August 19, 2013

Weekend Bits and Bobs

It is hard to believe it is the middle of August.  Particularly since every morning for weeks has looked like this:

Nothing but a wall of white fog everywhere you look.  Some days it doesn't lift 'til the afternoon even inland where we live, and at the coast can linger all day long.  Boring and cold!

This is the view across the fields and hills in the late afternoon.  Maybe someday I'll see them in the morning again--in September!

A few months ago I gave a visiting old friend one of my heart mug mats--along with a couple of others to give to her mom and aunt.  Well, my friend's daughter Rachel loved it and so I was asked if I might be willing to make one specially for her.  Of course I would!  They provided the fabric--but there was a twist with the package I received.

Rachel is in a sorority at TCU and their colors are yellow-gold and black.  She also wanted the heart changed to a kite, as it is one of the sorority's emblems.  I searched and searched through my magazines and patterns but came up empty until I went online Saturday morning and found an old block of the month from that had a 6" paper pieced kite and four patches as a tail.  I decided to adapt the idea and use squares folded into triangles to make three 3D "bows" for the kite's tail.  I wanted to jump right into the idea but instead spent the day with DD Erica on a DIY job, making over her bathroom.

This beat up old oak cabinet was supposed to end up as a deep chocolatey brown with the stain we bought.  However, after three trips to the home center, a lot of breathing of fumes, sandpaper dust, and scraping of the doors that we started with, by Sunday night the doors turned out looking like something from the 60's that people have been tearing out for decades.  Back to square one on that project.  An opaque stain or paint is next, I guess.  

Sunday morning I did actually sew, since I needed a gift for a bridal shower and naturally waited until the last minute to decide what to make.  I put together a Snap Bag but didn't get a photo of it since I was so late to my future niece's event.

Here the lovely young lady is with the ribbons from all her gifts made into a bouquet.  Traditionally at showers, each ribbon that gets broken is supposed to mean how many babies there will be.  The bride-to-be was very careful not to break any until the end, when she broke two on purpose :)  Only 47 days to the wedding so I guess I better get cracking on their quilt! 


Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Sounds like a great weekend! It has been raining here all summer, leaves me wondering where the season went. Coolish and wet mostly for the last three months. A lit of thought and planning went into that mug mat! Can't wait to see the finished product!

Quilt Hollow said...

Oh Annie...if you could see this weather in NC this summer you would be thankful for your summer there....rain and loads of it and really not too many terribly hot days like a true summer here. It's been a real bummer but then there are those who love it. I love that she planned her mug rug. I have a feeling a few more will want it! As for that bath cabinet of luck. Don't you feel like what you already spent you could have nearly replaced it? I've been in those shoes in the past...I think paint wins. LOL!

Pokey said...

I must admit to rather enjoying the odd summer weather, it has been much cooler, and easier on the pocketbook. Great inspiration on the kite mug rug, don't forget to show it! Too bad on all that work on the vanity, been there, done that. We ended up adding paint ~

Janet O. said...

We have been hot, hot, hot and extremely dry. A strange summer indeed.
I love that mug rug design with the kite. That will be so cute--and you may have a full-time job with that sorority. : )
DIY projects can be either so satisfying or so maddening. Hope this one eventually becomes the former.

Libby said...

I love that morning fog :-)

Shay said...

Seriously? Fog in Summer- thats just not right. Cold has been the order of the day here this week and we still haven't had fog!

It stinks that the bathroom re-do didnt go as planned. I hate it when that happens. Hopefully you guys can get that done with another attempt.

And I love that tradition about the ribbons. I hadnt heard that before.

Sarah said...

Well I wouldn't have thought you would have cold fog in summer. We're always told California's climate is like ours in South Australia, where it's hot and dry in summer despite being coastal. Maybe that's a bit further South than where you live. I hope you get some clear sunny days soon. Autumn usually brings that doesn't it!

Kate said...

Love the design for the mug rug, that's going to be very cute.