Monday, January 14, 2013

Stitching away...


I'm back! We had a little excitement here on the mountain. A big snow and hail storm came through  before the New Year and lightening hit the transformer near us and took out our electricity, internet and  fried our land line. We were off on a visit to see my relatives up north and missed most of the drama. My son convinced me we didn't need the phone anymore since we all had cell phones so I had to say good bye to my old phone number. 
But I still have been busy stitching away and preparing for our upcoming workshop in Oaxaca. We are now full with 10 adventurous souls who will spend a week in sunny Mexico making bags, totes and fiber jewelry and seeing local artists, shops and sites. 



I made this bag with some fun vintage pieces. The bottom was a table cloth and the top piece was from a quilt. 


This one will be similar to the one above, still working on it ...


A fun little drawstring bag...maybe to hold some stitching projects...


another bag...may do some stitching on this before we are done...


Two little bags to hold a Kindle, plus a heart from an old quilt...also still finishing up a padded pouch for my new ipad mini  (my Christmas present) .


Last week Syd and I got to spend some fun time with Pam Garrison, Charlotte Lyons, and Rebecca Sower who were preparing for workshops in Los Angeles at French General. They rented a cute cottage in Carpinteria for a few days and we painted, laughed and went out for some Mexican food for dinner. Too much fun! Wish they all lived closer!
We have two remodeling projects going on here now. A bathroom and kitchen. So life is interesting, and noisy, dusty and full of decisions. But someday it will be done and things will be back to normal.
In the meantime I will be stitching and hooking and keeping busy.

4 comments:

Grace said...

Hi Mary! No land line! Let me know how that works out-we often think of getting rid or ours. Those Ipad covers are so nice! Love the black and white with the heart! And the paintings are so lively and fun. Makes me want to paint!

Hugs!

grrl + dog said...


HI Mary! Goodness the Mexican trip has come around fast. I will wish you well for that and hop eyour adventures will be colorful.

The fist bag you made is gorgeous. Mini ipad?? uh oh....
love,

Dxxx

liniecat said...

Gosh its too far from the Uk to your workshops..........any chance youll do any over here anywhen? maybe? lol
At first I thought that first bag was a refashioned old apron, its smashing!
I too would like to drop the landline, since the only calls I get on it are from window salesmen or dubious other non requested folks.
But I have yet to master the internet on my old phone let alone on anything remotely modern!!

Yael said...

Ohhh, all your sweet stuff Mary!!!
Thank you for your good wishes! I always receive them with an open heart! :-)