Thursday, July 31, 2008

Burger Masterpieces

Dada scanned these into the computer yesterday!

This one on manila paper was done at our friends, Blue Mama and sons.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Apron Month! or july custom orders

Cute july market photo of Dada and burger...needed to be here

July was a month of record custom orders for me! I am very lucky to be developing such good trusting relationships with so many fun people. I also had my Apron give-away this month ; which was my most responded to give-away so far . Thanks to all who left such sweet comments.
I had several custom apron orders that were each in need of special attention for different design needs. It was a creative boost to work out the specific needs and let function help dictate form.

I first made a custom apron for a pizza waitress in Portland Maine(a very dear friend)
I worked pizza joints for more years than I am going to disclose so I was quite intimate with the needs of this apron.
1. Looks good with jeans
2. looks kinda like a pizza
3. very durable washable material
4. User friendly pockets:
a. I have a larger long(deep) one for the check book
b. a smaller more shallow cash "drawer"
c. a few pen slots

This apron also has a fold down waist band to get a different look ..or if you are too busy to have a sassy tie in the front

I really loved this project... The client wanted a very durable apron that would wear well from the kitchen to the hostess table without showing to much stain that was the function part.
The content was constructed from a free flowing idea email she sent me about her house her style and her family. This was what I came up with and we were both thrilled with the outcome. Thanks girlfriend it was a fun collaboration of ideas!

I made several custom skirts this month but I seem to have mis-filed the photos on the machine . Two were "tractor girl" skirts here is a pocket from one! hopefully my gal pal form sunset valley will be sending me a photo of her modeling hers soon!

This was the pocket on a half apron that I made for Cali transplant's 29Th birthday , It is supposed to turn her into a domestic diva( the airplane is from this vintage curtain that a co-vendor gave me ! It is so Richard Scaryesk...look for more in this series; very fun,inspiring fabric))

Custom wrap skirt, This is the greatest green fabric almost seersucker texture ...very flowy perfect for a wrap ( thanks Cinda)
"Apronstrings"had a very similar apron on Monday I was tickled over( i told you the fabric was sew similar D)

This custom apron was for a gift for Houston's Sissy -in -law( almost, mipper), I am really in love with it . She gave me no specs cause Houston trusts my creative genius completely (hahahaha- she is completely under my spell)I made the sister to this apron and sold it on Saturday at the market without taking a single photo!!!! I hope to see the buyer again maybe she will send me a photo


So luckily for me I had lots of great response to my aprons and skirts at the Market and beyond. Thanks everyone for your growing support!~ I did not get the greatest pictures ( I missed a couple all together). But They were all very fun and special so I wanted to share them! Thanks for bearing with me thru this rambling post I am sleep deprived this week (already)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Fun yellow cards

I might be seriously considering moving on to yellow ...I think it is seeping out of my subconscious; I changed my serger thread to "maze"
I am really enjoying the change.
and so was someone else......hmmmmmm

I dyed the paper for these cards a month or so a go and I had a jolt of inspiration and whipped these little babies up this past week.

I sold all three on Saturday at the Farmers Market. Luckily daddy scanned them into the machine for me Friday night."What a man, What a man, What a man, What a mighty good man!"( don't you wish there was a music symbol key up there; they could just replace "^ " I never use "^" )

Think about it...Boy am I sleepy, night night

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Desperate times desperate measures

desperate people in my drive way stealing things ! I don't usually write to much on here about our troubles because I like to write about my inspired moments but I cant get this off my mind and I think it is stifling my pocket making this morning.
Yesterday around 2:00 (past nap time) Burger and I were trying to wind down for a nap in front of Donald duck You tube. Big dog was barking(from the bedroom this dog knows ) and through my Disney haze I wondered is Dada home already? I looked through the shade to see a silver sedan parked in the drive "who is here?" I wondered annoyed as I stepped out the front door( with burger on my hip) to see a 200lb 40 year old man with his arms full of valuables (Dada's work stuff) jumping into the back of this car. I WAS NOT THINKING STRAIGHT.....
I grabbed the other side back door and proceeded to try and stop them. pulling out some of the goods and bruising my leg. (I KNOW THIS WAS STUPID)
Luckily the driver was a women also about 40 that was very concerned that I was holding a baby...she did not run us over
Anyway I have to assume they were desperate ...I am not excusing them I feel completely violated
The Daddy's girl from the Georgia woods said"oh HELL no you ain't taking my sh*t "
You see we feel pretty desperate right now too "Do we buy groceries this week or pay the utility bill that just sent notice" so I can empathize
I have nothing remarkable to say or insightful or an idea of how to make it better... I just see the storms coming the cost of living is increased so much in the last 6 months we can't keep up!
The cops came I got the plate # ... But even if they stop them what about the rest of us .

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

honky tonk angels

Here we are ...

well in 2 photos we forgot to let someone take a shot of the four "angels"

We took my Cali transplant out for a honkytonk celebration of her recent completion of masters!

Always a dancing good time we hit the Sunday night showing of Heybale at our local Continental Club.
I do believe we all agreed it was quite a hoot and each of the ladies were led around the dance floor several times!
I have to mention that I have always found the gentlemen of the Sunday night Heybale shows to be very sweet and gentle leads even if their dance partner is a little skiddish or out of practice.
(OK he is not one of them)

Cali even snapped a few -20 photos of our little adventure ! You can see her here with the one she referred to lovingly as the "pedophile".I have to say my favorite dance of the night was "Just walk on by...wait on the corner"

I do love Mr. smooth...Jim reeves

It was a much earlier evening than I would have had years ago but a much later one than I am used to now ...
Until next time girls ;thanks for the good times!
and thanks Cali or all the embarrassing photos(some posted some not)

Apron contest winner!

I had a terrible migraine last night ...and I still have it this morning (probably my least favorite way to wake up) . Anyway this is not a cry for pity but rather an example of how wonderful my man is. He did the drawing last night and took pictures and everything(he is far more thorough about things than I am).

Thanks dada!

Any way the winner is Apron Strings and Other Ties that Bind. I found that This random winner could not have been more appropriate after seeing this wonderful little quote on her blog

"Welcome to the ramblings of my mind.

I don’t think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids

And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the autumn, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that “old-time apron” that served so many purposes.


Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.

Her granddaughters set theirs on the kitchen counter to thaw.

~copied from an email…

This fits appropriately in my blog…and still applies today. Some things just don’t change."

Thanks to everyone who participated in the give-Away!