Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Promises Kept ...

Hello friends.  You may be wondering why I haven't posted a note for nearly a month.  There is no need to worry or be concerned.  (You are so kind to have sent notes recently asking.)  I haven't walked away from my love papers, flowers, ribbons and more .. to be honest, it's simply because I've been too busy.  Before you ask, "Too busy?  How can you set aside your papers, stamps, buttons and all for an entire month?!"

I've been keeping some promises.

I promised myself some time spent getting back in touch with crocheting.  Something my mother taught me many many years ago.  I've been spending hours in front of the fire with my hooks and my yarns.  I just finished a beautiful lace shawl which will be a Christmas gift for a dear family member.  Created in a soft plum color, it has a gorgeous open weave pineapple pattern and I learned two new stitches along the way.

Next, I promised my son I would paint his bedroom.  His previous color was what I would refer to as "nursery yellow" - not appropriate for a young man of 10 years old.  He selected "Natural Hemp" by Martha Stewart and I must admit he has a wonderful eye for color.  It's a deep rich shade of taupe that looks striking with the antique white trim.

I also promised my husband that we would host Thanksgiving.  Laughter, chatter, football, and plenty of wonderful foods filled our day.  Another family celebration consumes my time this weekend - I look forward to seeing some of my brothers soon.

Life will be slowing down soon and days will return to normal.  I will be back to creating, posting, and visiting all of your wonderful blogs next week.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cadet Blue

When I visited The Play Date Cafe this week and saw that their inspiration photo featured "Cadet Blue", I was enamored.  With kraft and blush, it makes a lovely combination.  Although I'm very late with my entry, I sooo loved the other postings in the challenge that I wanted to join in on the fun!

Using scraps of printed papers in the colors of the challenge, I layered and sewed stunning stripes, sweet polka dots, and beautiful butterflies.  The leaves are burlap and my flower began with linen, tulle, and a blue print cotton.  Of course I had to add a bit of crocheting - a small square motif ... whipped up in a jiffy.  Pearl beads gather to create the flower center complimented with matching decorative pins.  The seam binding is hand dyed a wonderful pale shade, the tag states "Just for You", and the buttons help balance the large flower center.

I'm sure you agree this inspiration is one that can't be missed.  A beautiful trio of warm earthy color.  Be sure to stop by for a visit to see the super talented Design Team projects ... and the incredible challenge entries too!

Don't forget to hop along with this - post - and vote to win a prize!  Enjoy your evening everyone!

Grateful for this day

Hello friends!  Can you believe it's November?  The leaves are beginning to blanket the ground here and there has been a bit of frost in the morning lately.  Soon it will be a time of family gatherings with good food, great company, and laughter.  I look forward to seeing everyone again...

I'm pleased to say that I am a guest designer this month over at The Polka Dot Door!  I am incredibly honored to be included with such fabulous artist.  Their work is amazing and I'm sure you'll agree.  Sarah and Rebecca are wonderful hosts with photos that both challenge and inspire us.  Their generosity is unbounded with multiple prizes available ...everyone has a chance to win!

If you'd like to play along - please do!  A prize will be given to the November Challenge winner, just create your project from the inspiration photo and link it up.

Plus, one Guest Designer Blog Hop participant will be named the "Featured Designer" ... the project with the most votes wins!  There's only one way to vote ... simply visit all the blogs on the Hop then finish by leaving a comment on the Polkadot Door Designs blog letting them know your favorite.  Again, be sure you chose a Guest Designer who has earned your vote!

While you hop, leave a little love at each blog for the chance to win a prize from one of our sponsors!

Finally, three to five artists (who have chosen to participate in the challenge) with the most impressive creations will be chosen to join next months Design Team and Blog Hop, and compete for the Feature Designer prize in December.

Sounds like fun?  Let's get started!

This months photo is full of possibilities.  I couldn't ignore the bee motif and the tablescape is a buffet of color!  I tried to captured the delicious red of the strawberries and the stunning blue of the bowls...layered on a background of soft greens, yellows, and neutrals, the colors really "pop" as in the photo.

My papers are scraps from "here and there".  The greeting is from Perfectly Penned and is paired with a few buttons.  The rolled flower is a combination of a neutral woven linen with a wonderful soft suede print from the Spice Cake collection (thank you Geri for the tutorial).  I added some hand dyed seam binding, velvet leaves, decorative pins and some beautiful blue fibers.

This inspiration photo will get you started ...

Here is this month's Blog Roll.  Be sure to leave a little love and don't forget to vote at the Polka Dot Door!

Joanne (that's me!)

Be sure to finish at The Polka Dot Door to vote for your favorite and thanks for stopping by!