Saturday, September 08, 2007

A Little Diversion

Stepping away from the sewing room this morning, I took a bracelet-making class at Urban Arts & Crafts here in KC. It was a simple, mindless activity but loads of fun! Stringing beads is as Zen-like as chain-piecing, I do believe! I love beads almost as much as fabric and thread. Mostly I stitch them on fabric but occasionally like to make a piece of jewelry.

Here are some redwork blocks I have been working on at "TV Time". I was a MAJOR fan of paperdolls when I was a li'l girl. I could spend hours and hours changing their outfits and making up stories for them to live out! I don't think little girls play with paperdolls anymore. Sad. Such a fun way to stretch creativity.






And last, the third block of the Farmer's Market BOM over at Pat Sloan's Yahoo group, Blue Ribbon Pies. I love pumpkin and DH loves strawberry--so there you have it!
It was so sad to hear of Pavarotti's death. That is one of those names I've heard all my life. Such a talent. Though I'm not an opera buff, hearing his amazing voice could bring tears to my eyes and chills down my spine. You always wonder who will take the place of a legend such as Pavarotti.

15 comments:

Littlepenpen said...

Oh my, I love the paper dolls. I must look for that book online. I remember spending many hours playing with paper dolls. What sweet memories!

Angie said...

Cute bracelet, Vera! And paperdolls. Oh what memories that brings to mind. I too played with them, oh I can see them in my mind's eye now. :) Your redwork blocks are just too cute, and I love your pies!! I've been printing out the Farmer's Market patterns and adding them to my 'wanna make' pile. (Ummmm, yes, that pile HAS fallen over and is now in two or three piles ROFL)

anne bebbington said...

I don't actually think anyone can take Pavarotti's place - there have been other fabulous tenors, Jussi Bjorling is one that springs to mind - his 'Duet from the Pearl Fishers' with Robert Merrell is exquisite' for example, and there will no doubt be others - but Luciano was larger than life in every respect and will always stand out as one on his own. His Nessun Dorma was magnificent but to me his rendition of Che Gelida Manina from La Boheme always turns me to mush. Thank goodness for modern recoding techniques, we can enjoy his beautiful voice for many years to come. Love the pies btw and the bracelet, you multi talented lady you :o)

Darlene said...

Paperdolls were always such a favorite of mine - such wonderful memories come flooding back. Thank you, Vera!

The pies are adorable!

Libby said...

Oh - paper dolls *s* Do you remember Betsy McCall? Many fun hours spent with Betsy.

Finn said...

Hi Vera, happy autumn!!! Love the finished Birds Of, the velcro'd bib bindings, the pumpkins for sale and especially the paper doll redwork!
I'm an old paper doll player also, and enjoyed very aspect of it as a child and young girl. I think it gives a creative outlet for children despite the pre-planned outfits.
I never was very good at the cutting out, but mostly due to curmby scissors, I'm sure!! *VBS*
Maybe there will be a resurgance of intest as in other things. I have a nice ocllection of the paper doll pages form Mary E's Home Companion...couldn't possibly bear to cut into them..LOL I remember being fascinated by The Dionne Quinntuplets.
The tomato crup looks great and will taste good this winter. Hugs, Finn

Jeanne said...

That little break must have really given you new energy. You've been very productive. Love the paper doll and clothes. I use to make my own as a little girl. Then I would host beauty pageants with them as contestants. Your pies look yummy!

Laurie Ann said...

Beads have been calling to me also, lately. I bought way to many at Michael's and JoAnn's last weekend. I am hoping to put together some great bracelets while DH is gone camping in a few weeks. Good activity for watching TV on the couch!

Sweet P said...

Your bracelet is adorable. Your redwork blocks are great too.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I agree with Quilting Bebbs, don't know that anyone could take Pavarotti's place... there will be others who will step up, though. It will just never be the same. The pies and wonderful and your beaded bracelet is divine!

Juliann in WA said...

Lovely bracelet. And your little redwork blocks are great. Isn't it fun how much embroidery is going on these days?

Nancy said...

Such wonderful projects! yes, I loved paperdolls, too.

Susan said...

I love the little redwork girls, paperdolls one of my favorite things then, and redwork is now, too. Your FM pie looks wonderful and delicious! I wanted to have the time to do these, but everything keeps getting in the way. =(

Patti said...

Oh, yes - another thing we have in common. I adored paper dolls! I have a pincushion I made from a kit I got from a Tangled Thread friend - with paper doll fabric for the cushion. That's a marvelous redwork pattern - I'll have to look for it.

Dawn said...

I love your bracelet! Very very cute! I've tried to make bracelets but they just don't turn out cute like this!