Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Porch Sale in the Barn - No Longer Participating

Although this is late notice, I need to make sure that you guys know that I am no longer participating in the Porch Sale in the Barn.  I have not had adequate time to devote to making the items for the sale.  I am really sorry, especially if anyone truly was looking forward to visiting me there.  I encourage you all to still check the event out.  It is in a really cool locale and will most likely be lots of fun.

PS:  Otis and Igor say hello!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Porch Sale in the Barn

I will be participating in a fall festival type event this year.  I have never done anything like this before.  Although I am nervous about not having enough time to create everything I want to make, I am very excited to try this out and see how it goes!  I have got to get on the ball, however, as this event is taking place in just a few weeks.  Here are the details for anyone that may want to check it out:

Porch Sale in the Barn
Fall Festival

Save the date for
October 14-15, 8am-5pm (both days)

Come shop with us at our second annual sale with wonderful items created by local artisans as well as some antiques and vintage items.  Lots more!!

Location:  The Little Herb House
5800 Holland Church Road
Raleigh, NC 27603

Sharon Stewart

Lisa Treadway

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy

Well hello to all you wonderful people!  It has been far too long, but alas, I am here and doing well.  Since my last post, I have gotten accepted into an online Master's of Public Health program through A.T. Still University that I will be starting in September, been accepted as a vendor for the 2011 Porch Sale in the Barn, and have been sewing like crazy to prepare for the porch sale.

As promised in my last posting, here is the quilt that I made myself back in June:

This is definitely not the style that I usually work with, but I LOVE the finished product.  The homespuns (the flannel pieces) remind me of old shirts that I've had in the past and I also really like the nautical fabric.  The backing is done in a light blue denim and for the batting I used an old blanket that was no longer being used.  This quilt is very comfortable!  I cannot wait until the fall and winter to truly enjoy the comfort I'm sure it will provide me.

Moving on to the Porch Sale in the Barn (which will take place in mid October), my buddy Jennifer over at Stitchin' Thyme participated in the porch sale last year.  There were just a few friends who got together and sold handmade stuff on one of their front porches.  Well, this year's version of the sale has expanded to a barn and has grown to having many vendors offering a wide variety of items for everyone to enjoy.  The event is being coordinated by Lisa Treadway at The Little Herb House and Sharon Stewart at Liberty Rose Patterns.  Please stay tuned for further details on this event.  I would love to see some familiar faces there as this will be the first time I've ever participated in an event like this.

With that being said, I am very excited and really looking forward to the sale!  I will be honest by saying, however, that I am also freaking out right about now.  I have a million thoughts racing through my head....trying to determine what the event will be like, if my products will be things that people will want to purchase, how much of everything should I make, and how I should set up my booth.  I hope that I am overreacting and just very nervous because this is a new experience for me.  This will be a way for me to get a little exposure into the area's crafting community, so I will deal with the stress and use it to my advantage instead of letting it wear me down.

Take a look at some of the items I've made thus far for the sale, but please note I am not going into any detail about any items.  You will just have to come to check my booth out in October if you see something that you can't live without.

Okay, well that's it for me for the time being.  Right now it's back to work.  I will try very hard to be a better, more active blogger.  I should certainly have enough to blog about for the next little while.  Without further adieu, please remember to bark less and wag more.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Back To Reality

Hello folks!  I see that yet another month has crept by since my last posting.  Since then, I have celebrated a birthday (June 24), which puts me at being 29 years young.  Mama Pug and I went on a much needed vacation to Harker's Island, NC for a week (June 27-July 2).  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Harker's Island, it is part of the Southern Outer Banks (SOBX) and is about 30 minutes from Beaufort, NC.  We always choose this locale as our beach destination of choice because of how uncommercialized (jeeze, is this even a word?......sounds good to me) the area is.  It is one of the most peaceful vacation spots that we have encountered in our nearly 6 years together.

This trip was extra special because Igor and Otis accompanied us and have now became "salty dogs".

Isn't it the cutest thing how they almost blend in perfectly with the sand?  The boys rode on a boat for the first time, which they did well with.  The boat ride was a ferry over to Shackleford Banks, which is where the wild horses are.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the wild horses on Shackleford Banks click here to learn more about them.  While we out there, a group of the horses came from the inner island area to the shoreline right near where we were.  Igor and Otis didn't seem to notice them for a while, but of course Igor barked to make his presence known when he saw them grazing nearby.

Across from Shackleford Banks is one of NC's seven lighthouses.  Part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore, the Cape Lookout Lighthouse on Core Banks is black and white with a diamond pattern, as seen in this photo:

Something I have always wanted to do when we've travelled to the area in the past is climb the lighthouse.  We finally did it this time!  The view from the top is incredible!  Take a look........

I hope you guys enjoyed hearing about our vacation.  Stay tuned for another posting soon.  I made a quilt that I need to take photos of.  Once I have pics I will share them with ya'll.  Until then, remember to wag more and bark less.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My Pillow!

Hello!  I hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous day!  As for me, I'm working all night again for the next two nights.  Unfortunately, it is quite busy at the moment, so this will have to be a brief posting.  As promised I wanted to share with you all that I received my pillow and love it!  Here it is:

My swap partner ended up being Bonnie over at Bonnie's Blurbs.  She is a seasoned quilter and prefers "scrappy" quilting over any other form.  There was a very nice and quite funny letter hidden inside the pillow.  In this letter, Bonnie told me that my pillow is the third one she created for the swap.  She didn't realize that we would be assigned a specific person and also stated that she had some difficulty working with the browns and greens that I like so much, as these are not her favorite colors to work with. 

Bonnie, if you're reading this, I just wanted to let you know that I really like the pillow you made for me!  I will admit that it isn't exactly what I expected to receive.  With everything I've seen from the few meetings I attended last year, I thought that my swap partner would end up creating something very bright and wonky.  What you made is much more toned down and that's okay.  I actually like it better.  The fact that you made something following your preferred technique is like the pillow telling a story about your love for quilting.  The piecing is done very well and the waviness in your quilting is gorgeous!  Thank you for a beautiful pillow that will be a nice addition to my sewing room!

Just to fill everyone in, the partner I made "El Pollo Loco" for absolutely loved it.  It apparently brought her to tears.  I never expected such a reaction, but I am quite touched to know that something I made impacted someone so much.  She actually told me that she has three chickens that she keeps as pets, which I had no knowledge of.  She also said that the pillow matches the new color scheme in her sewing room very well.  Jenny, I am glad that you are enjoying your pillow!

With all of the above said, I think that it's safe to say that my first swap ever went very well.  I am looking forward to participating in many more of these.  It's very special having something that someone made just for me.  I think I finally understand just how much it means to others when I give them things that I've made specifically for them.

Anyways, enough of the mushiness.  I have to get back to work.  Take care and please remember to wag more and bark less.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Triangle Modern Quilt Guild Pillow Swap

I don't know how many of you were aware that I was in a quilting guild for a few months last year.  I stopped going after I became overwhelmed with school, work, and sewing obligations for friends and the guild.  I really enjoyed the guild and felt so bad for giving it up.  It truly is a great outlet for me to meet others who share the same interests as me and is also an excellent source of inspiration for future projects.

It's been about a year now since I participated with the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild and decided to renew my membership for the year.  Today there was a pillow swap that I signed up for a few weeks ago.  When I signed up for the swap it didn't occur to me that out of all the weekends I would have to cover for a vacation at work that it would end up being the same weekend I was looking forward to begin attending guild meetings again.  Of course I decided to participate in the swap anyways and Jeremy was kind enough to take time out of his day off to attend the guild meeting long enough to drop my swap partner's pillow off and pick mine up.  It was exceptionally kind of him to do this for me, especially considering that he had to drive to Chapel Hill for the meeting.  I think I'll owe him a dinner or something extra special for helping me out.  So anyways, here's the pillow I made:

Jenny over at Craft Canary was my swap partner.  I remember her from the meetings I attended last year.  The projects that she shared with the group were always among my favorite.  She and I have similar taste because she also seems to embrace wild and crazy styles and color choices.  Her request for this swap was that she wanted something bright and funny.  She also stated that she prefers striking color differences in value and tone as opposed to subtle gradient changes.  As you can see in the above photo of what I call "El Pollo Loco", I am pretty convinced that I definitely stuck with her requests.  After finishing this pillow I honestly fell in love with it.  It is so soft and squishy!  I hope she will enjoy it for years to come!!!

For those of you who are wondering what I received, I am still in the dark about who made my pillow or how it came out.  Jeremy is having dinner with friends then stopping by my job on his way back home to bring me the pillow.  I can't wait to see it!  I will be sure to update you guys tomorrow on my pillow.

Now for all of you Halloween lovers out there, here are a few pictures of a very early Halloween wall hanging I just had to go ahead an make:

I really like the way this project is looking.  I still have a bit more quilting to do and then I can bind it.  The thread I'm using is glow-in-the dark so this quilt looks especially awesome at night!

Okay, the guys at work are being quite persistent today, which is making me busy as I try and type this.  I shall go for now.  Don't forget to wag more and bark less.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Yay!! Daddies Make Messes Too!!!!!

OMG you guys......It has been so crazy around here.  Me and my big brother Otis have had lots of fun watching our daddies destroying the house.  For some reason they decided that it would be fun to rip up the floor in the kitchen.  I'm here to tell you that it WAS fun, a lot of fun!!  It made the house smell funny and it also got really dusty after Mama Pug cut a hole in the ceiling in the living room and put a light in, which really added to the messiness.  There was stuff everywhere for me and Otis to sniff and taste, but my daddies kept telling me not to eat anything from the floor because the stuff they called glue would make me sick.  Here's a picture of me trying to offer my assistance in the kitchen.

I'm standing on the floor after the sheet vinyl was taken out.  Daddies had to scrape the left over paper and glue off the concrete before they could put tile down.

They worked really hard and didn't pet me much because they were so busy.  It was okay though because I had fun exploring the debris with Otis and my sissies the kitties. 

Take a look at what the kitchen looks like now......

Now I don't know about you, but I liked it when it was torn apart and messy.  My daddies seem to really like the new stuff though so I guess as long as they are happy I will try to like it.  Now if you'll excuse me.......since the mess is all cleaned up I have to go entertain myself by harassing my big brother and my sissies.  Maybe after that I'll go search for sticks and my new favorite snack, worms.  After I finish all that I will climb up onto the back of the couch and take a nap. 

Okay!  Bye!!