Thursday, March 24, 2011

That's My Boy!

I was "minding my business like a good girl should"
several weeks ago
when Boy approached me with a
He had been trying to learn to knit
for a project for his 3D Art Class
for a couple weeks
and decided it was time to 
wave the white flag
and ask Mom for help.
Now there's a whole 'nother 
I've always been a FAIL at knitting.
But that night was magic,
sitting with Boy on the sofa
looking at "Knitting for Dummies" together...
I caught the bug and he learned to knit passably
(so long as I hovered and cautioned).

Since then I have been caught in a knitting vortex,
and as you can see, I have been making swatches
and trying to figure this thing out,
determined to make at least
before I give the needles a rest.
I'll keep you posted...
Not much later, after our knitting night,
Boy asked me if I would help him learn to sew.
For his next art class project, he wanted to make a quilt.
Of COURSE I would!
But Boy tends to dream big
and as he sat down at the computer to research quilts,
I felt bud nipping was in order
and suggested the simple pattern you see here.

He worked VERY hard on this.
Did it ALL himself - Cutting, Piecing and Quilting...
and I have the video to prove it...

this was supposed to be an "in class project".
Several kids knitted scarves while others made "quilts."
I say "quilts" because knotting fleece together
doesn't fit my uppity definition of a quilt.

Boy took the hard road and drug me down it with him
by making this quilt,
and although I fussed and complained at times
(mostly because of having to video it all)
I'm glad to have had the opportunity
to guide him through it.
It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, I'm sure.
And now I have the memory of working with Boy
and video of his silly little sisters
prancing through the kitchen as he sewed.

Since this post has become an
Ode to Boy,
I will finish by sharing his true, current passion,

Boy loves working with hammer and nails.
This bird house was his first project.
With no previous experience, a hand saw and a hammer,
he constructed this abode for birds.
Dad and his drill completed the job.
Boy cut bamboo from the yard for the perch.

this little bird is as big a dreamer as Boy.
They will get along just fine...

Sunday, March 6, 2011

I Feel Honored

that my blogging friend, Martha,
used an edging I tatted for her
a while back,
on the ring bearer's pillow
she created for her daughter's wedding.

The preparations for Emily's wedding
JOYOUS and colorful!

Martha has been busy working on
napkins for the guests,
and, most recently, the pillow.
It is DARLING - and you can see it HERE.

She and Emily are gathering
Depression glass table settings
for the reception.
How funny that I photographed
the edging with a couple of the pieces
Mom gave me years ago.
Colorwise, I think my set would work,
but since it is a childrens' tea set
I'm afraid some guests would be
disappointed with their portion size...

Needless to say, I am THRILLED
that something I created
will be part of such a
Oh, and I'm back.  I haven't been far.
Just a case of life interrupting art.