Saturday, March 10, 2012

Craft Camp

A month or so ago Ellen and I had the opportunity to attend a women's craft retreat in the Texas Hill Country. I can't rave enough about it. It was set at her summer camp, but we got to be in a more grown-up friendly area of the camp. All of our meals were provided and we had access to a big room set with tables, outlets, etc.
The women we met from all over the state were truly amazing, hilarious and full of life. There were about 20 women who did everything from scrapbooking to quilting to beading to painting.
Ellen beaded
And she made a Valentine's wreath
And a few wreath pieces were fashioned into a barette
I worked on a long-time UFO.... a Karen Stone pattern that I have fallen in love with all over again. It was really nice being able to spread everything out to see what I had done and so I could ensure a good variety in colors and block patterns.
They are hoping to make this an annual event and Ellen and I are definitely going to be first in line to make reservations next year.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Hello March!

I have been away from blogging for awhile because my family needed every bit of extra time for the last couple of months, but I'm hoping to get back on the horse and rejoin the blogosphere! The next few posts will take care of some catching up.

 A while back one of my favorite catalogs was running a sale on light weight cardigans that I thought would be perfect for embellishing. So far*, I've only finished my daughter's. She picked out the pattern and the colors. I used a water soluable stabalizer to stitch through, and I think it turned out pretty cute.


I also wanted to show off this bracelet that Ellen made. She's been tearing out photos of jewelry from some of our favorite catalogs as inspiration and recently came up with this using new beads, old beads, bits of broken jewelry and even an earring. I absolutely love it and have put in an order for one soon!


*Note to Nicole: It's not to late to return your un-embellished cardigan for some decorating! :)