Monday, August 23, 2010

Anniversary Wall Hanging

I was hired this summer to make a gift to celebrate a 50th Wedding anniversary. Kind of exciting!! My first project for hire!! They wanted the wedding photos of the parents and kids in the project as well as the photos of the grandkids.

I also worked in a "stained glass-like" cross.

This project was really fun. Again editing images and printing them off onto fabric and THEN, like a puzzle, getting it all to fit. I was not working with a pattern on this project, so it all came together as I went. I am happy with the result and the client was as well. I heard the Anniversary couple liked it as well, which is the most important part!

Taste of Summer

There is nothing that fully expresses the flavor of summer than home-grown tomatoes! As you all know, their flavor explodes in your mouth! My mother-in-law brought me some gorgeous tomatoes that we savored! BLTs, homemade sauce and caprese salad graced our table.

So in tribute to summer and great tomatoes, here is caprese salad!
So simple, yet so yummy!

1 or 2 tomatoes
1 package buffalo Mozzarella (it looks like a ball)
basil (sliced to to thin strips)
Balsamic vinegar
olive oil

You just slice the tomatoes and mozzarella and alternate them on your plate or platter. Sprinkle on the basil and then drizzle the balsamic vinegar and olive oil over it all. Salt and pepper to taste!
We love to have this with something grilled. YUM!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Seven Skirts

I have been blessed with six nieces on my husband's side of the family. If you include my own Miss E, that make 7 granddaughters in total. Because I am a wonderful auntie... cough.. cough.. snicker... snicker I decided to make them all twirly skirts and embellished Ts. It won't be long until they day comes when it won't be so "cool" for the 2 eldest girls to wear something that matches the little ones that are 6 and 7 years younger. SO.... I got to the task of finding cute fabrics that would appeal to all the girls. I found many of them at a great shop in Stewartville, MN called All in Stitches. Needless to say I had a grand time buying fabric for this fun project!

I had a project-for-hire earlier in the summer and thus procrastinated my task a bit! Luckily a friend of mine came to visit that week and she helped me turn out the skirts and shirts!

So enjoy my "oh so cute" nieces and their matchy outfits! I sure did!

As noted before, I adapted a pattern by Pink Fig called The Patchwork Skirt and T-shirt for this project.