Monday, January 9, 2012

inspiration/goodies : shades of winter : f4:w11

Hi y'all! Where is the time going?!?! Goodness gracious, I can't believe we're already a third of the way into January! I don't know how I get so behind in my blog sometimes. I blog all the time throughout the week, yet I still manage to get behind on certain posts. This week is going to be a catch up week. With a little extra in there, I'm sure. :) Either way, I'm excited about this week. I'm not really sure why, but I think it has to do with the fact that it's a full week with no days off, so I know I'll get a lot done this week. Not that I didn't LOVE LOVE LOVE my vacation a couple weeks ago, and not that I didn't get a LOT accomplished around the house, but it's good to focus on other things too. 

Anyway, enough with my ramblings... on to start catching up with my shades of winter series!

shades of winter : f4:w11

| collage by yours truly |

I love these colors! 
Shades of light red. Shades of grey. Shades of yellow. Shades of beige. 

Gorgeous!!! I love this collection!

More shades of winter to come later this week. 

Also, this weekend I taught one of our former youth group girls, and lifelong friend, how to sew. On a sewing machine AND by hand. Some of our former youth group girls came over Friday night for a fun night of catching up, eating pizza & cake pops, playing games and watching movies. 

We watched Charlie St. Cloud. Which I've seen a few times, but one or two of the girls hadn't. 

Then, the next morning Candace wanted me to teach her how to do a few things. She wants to learn how to sew, knit and quilt. Done, done and done. 

I pulled out some fabrics from my fabric tub, let her pick her colors and to my office we went. I taught her how to thread the sewing machine, how to insert the bobbin and how to set a stitch on the machine. Then, I taught her how to make a pillow. She did a GREAT job and here's how it came out:

Pretty good huh? I told her the next time she comes back we will get fancy with our pillow-making and do iron-ons and such. I'm excited! It was so much fun and I love passing on the skills that my Granny passed on to me. 

I also pulled out my knitting looms and yarn and taught her how to knit on one of those circle looms. It's called knitting, but I think it's more weaving then anything. But whatev. Anyway, I gave her the stuff to get her started but that's as far as we got. She didn't get to finish her scarf and I didn't get to teach her to quilt because her sister needed to get back home. No big deal though. That can wait till next time. ;) 

And the awesome thing is, Candace went home and bought a sewing machine that very day. I think I've created a monster... the best kind of monster there is. ;) 

I also fixed her scrapbook (She bought one and the pages were in upside down and she didn't know how to flip them) and told M what to be when she grows up. All in all, I think the impromptu girls night was a SMASH HIT! I can hardly wait till the next one. :) 

I also worked for a couple of hours on Joey's office. Did I tell you I'm redecorating his office at the church? It's my anniversary present to him. Pictures to come when it's all complete! Which will probably be another week or two.... 

How was your weekend?


  1. How awesome that you inspired someone to create! Nice job and hope she uses that sewing machine a lot. Thanks for the welcome back post on my blog too!

  2. YAY for your little crafty apprentice! The pillow looks great! :)

  3. it's so heartwarming to pass on those handwork skills we learned at Gramma's knee. Now another generation will love them and teach them to their grandchildren, and on, and on, and on..........

  4. love the pillow regina! and congrats on teaching to sew on the machine and by hand that is definitely some talent for sure!

  5. great post! that pillow is beautiful...I wish we had snow here. I had to turn on the ac yesterday because its so hot

  6. She did a great job! Good for her! I always have a TON of trouble threading my machine, but I think that's partly because it's as old as I am and there aren't good directions for it.


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