Happy New Year

Yes, I know January has passed me by and February is with us, but its still the New Year. For some of us we are heading towards an early spring and for others they are buried deep in snow and shoveling out paths and drives etc. just in time for what seems yet another storm. It would be fun to have some of the cold and snow in Southern California. It seems like the snow packs have not been replenished in our mountains and we are threatened with another year of drought! Perhaps, this year I’ll only plant tomatoes and zucchini – both of which I love.

We start the New Year with grand resolutions and mine is to develop my Etsy shop. As part of my plans I ran with an idea I’ve had for several years a “heart” throw…a double size, to my own pattern and love it. I would tweak it next time but I have the pattern now and a million paper sketches and could recreate it now! I thought it would be fun to have one made and in the shop in time for Valentine’s Day but they’d also make a unique wedding present, or special gift.

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          Cotton top – heart prints                                Flannel back, pink spotty heart & birds with hearts

I’m thrilled to report I sold my last Halloween throw and another Christmas tree throw which was very exciting. And, I also sold one of my shabby chic, crocheted cream flower garlands… So small sales are happening irregularly and keep me on my toes.

The Redlands Art Association’s Multi Media Mini Show is just around the corner, with Take In on Sunday March 1st and for the 1st time all our forms are on line. I have some new ideas for some crochet flower jewelry.

Talking of the New Year, I have a new job, a relief gallery coordinator at the Redlands Art Association. Its enough to dip my toes into the big work pool again and slowly find my feet. I’m thrilled.

So, things are afoot. Happy New Year to all.

Lovely show at the YMCA last weekend.

It was a fun show at the YMCA Boutique and Home Tour at the weekend. Meeting up with artist friends and catching up with friends I’ve not seen for ages. There was so much on offer for those who were still Christmas shopping. Many thanks to all those who stopped by, and to Donna, who gave me a bag of nice bags and some other bits.

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I didn’t deactivate items in my Etsy shop: Something Old, Something Blue, but spent the day checking to make sure I didn’t sell the same item twice!

I found some more cute Christmas fabrics that were begging to be made into a tree throw!

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Front (feet not part of quilt!)                 Back: love the white snowflakes

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Joann’s had this adorable retro train fabric which I couldn’t resist! So the Santa train chugs quietly around the tree!

Looking through the end of line fabrics I found Angry Birds Star Wars fabric which made me laugh (out loud in the shop)! Again, I couldn’t resist it so I bought some Star Wars fabrics and made a throw (now in my Etsy shop).

star wars 7x7 top        Angry bird star wars back

I thought it was such a hoot and was longed for by several people at the show!

I found some Olaf from Frozen flannel on sale and thought it would be fun in the turquoise border of a Christmas tree throw, but there was more fabric left!

Then I found some Frozen fabrics with the two princesses and I made a throw from those fabrics using the Olaf flannel for the back.

frozen front        frozen back

Cute but I’d rather have Angry birds meets Star Wars!

These two can be found in the Etsy shop.

Now the show season is over. The City of Redlands cancelled the last one at Olive market next weekend, but rain could be an issue?!, so I’m only dropping off replacement pieces at the Redlands Art Association (a service they offer artists – to ring and inform them a piece has sold and invite them to bring in a replacement piece). Now, I can think about the end of the semester with the boys, Will’s 20th birthday and Christmas. Thankfully Geraint has always been on the ball with the boys big Christmas pressies and Santa and I have liaised over stockings!

So housework calls, along with decorations for birthday parties and Christmas, then there are the New Year celebrations. Reflections on the out going year and sadness that some loved ones will no longer be there with us, for me that will be my Dad, and for my step-mum another major first to get over. Its been such a tough year for her. I hope the new one brings happiness and prosperity for everyone.

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