One of my favorite artists is Nicol Sayre. She is well known for her doll making and an original doll can cost hundreds of dollars. I love all the detail and feminine charm that she creates in each piece.
Image from NicolSayre.com
Image from NicolSayre.com
Image from NicolSayre.com
I have found that Bayberry Cove carries her line of mass produced art and I have purchased some of her items in the past. I recieved the "Dear Friends" as a birthday gift several years ago from a good friend.
Her Christmas items are whimsical and fun and I enjoy getting this little snowman out every year.
The Easter lines are charming as well. I keep this piece out year round. All of her creations are a delight and I encourage you to go to her website and look through her gallery photos. You will be amazed at her original pieces.
Each year, in Shipshewana, IN there is a gingerbread house contest. Each year I say to myself, I wonder if I could do that? My friend, Nancy, has a restaurant and bake shop there and I thought it would be good publicity for her if I did one.
My teenage daughter and I decided to go for it. We have been tirelessly working for the past few days to construct this house in order for it to have time to settle before we drop it off on Monday.
I enjoyed working with her and spending this time laughing and sharing and feeling a bit sick over the smell of candy together.
We were having difficulty knowing when to stop. We do have some cupcake topiaries and a cupcake snowman to make yet.
It took my daughter over three hours to construct the roof last night using over 100 sticks of bubble gum. The smell is so nauseating that I don't think I'll be chewing gum anytime soon.
All of the fencing and scrollwork for the arch and decorative details are done in royal icing and made in advance. The neco wafer (stone) foundation is one of my favorite parts.
With this being our first gingerbread house, we really didn't know what to expect. Although it was alot of hard work, it was fun and we decided we might start a tradition of making one every year, contest or not. Although, we do hope we win the $500 even though neither of us can feel our fingers today!
A package arrived in the mail over the weekend from Sue at Country Pleasures. I had won her recent giveaway which was this darling apron and a very cute card making kit. I just love this apron pattern, so feminine yet practical, just as aprons should be! Thank you, Sue!
During the sewing room redo, I found these butterflies that I had forgotten all about. Quite awhile ago I had discovered them when I was out on of my treasure hunts. If you click on the picture you will see that they still have pins in them. The fabrics are wonderful old prints and deep colors, like the orange. My favorite is the pieced butterfly at the bottom, this was a resourceful quilter for sure! My plan is to combine them with some other old quilt blocks that I found and make a small quilt. There is a sweet satisfaction in finishing the work a dear quilter started a long time ago.
I so enjoyed reading your comments on yesterday's post. I got another quilt cut out and started these gloves as a Christmas present for my daughter. Lori suggested that I do some applique. Awhile back I won her giveaway and since she's the Queen of applique in my book, I decided to spend some time today studying her methods and trying a small applique quilt pattern that I have. Di's comment about her husband borrowing her machine to make a Halloween costume had me laughing. She has a recipe on her blog today for Pumpkin Fudge. Yum, yum and yum! Time to make some coffee and get to work. Have a blessed day!
It's been almost three weeks without my sewing machine. My strips of fabric sit all ready to go. I never thought I'd have such a physical reaction to not having my machine. I'm pretty sure I might have a full-blown anxiety attack shortly. I think I'll go cut out another quilt...
On Friday, my daughter and I met up with my dear friend Amy for a trip to Ikea. It was my first time there and I think I walked for hours with my mouth open. Fortunately Amy knew the ropes and directed me towards my intended purchase, a new cutting table.
After looking and measuring and weighing all the pro's and con's, I bought a kitchen island and chair. Saturday I removed everything from the room except the big cabinets.
I did a major inventory of my goods and confirmed again that I'm on a purchasing lockdown until I can use up a great many items. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I even found things that I forgot I had..
Then I began putting the island and chair together. It was not as difficult as I thought it would be but we'll see if they actually stay standing.
I like all the open spaces I have now, hopefully it will encourage me to keep things organized.
The quilt I hung in the room is the first needle-turn applique and redwork quilt that I made back in 2003. I thought I would never get the leaves and vines attached. It is true, the harder and longer a quilt takes to finish, the more you love it in the end (not so much during). The Victorian saying reads,