Keep Smiling

Keep Smiling

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Time To Sew :)

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I have been actually having time to play in my Art Barn . . .
and enjoying every minute of it.
Friday morning I put a pot-roast into the crock-pot
and headed out to the barn to sew:)

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Oh! The carrots and the onions in my pot-roast were from our garden.
I love saying that . . . "our garden"
It has been so wonderful having a place for a garden this year.

 I started out doing some embroidery.
this set of designs is from
Oregon Patch Works
http://www.oregonpatchworks.com/ 
They are a wonderful company to do business with, so helpful.


I selected some vintage prints . . .

Added some ric-rac  . . .


Did a little patch work . . .


and made three more pot holders:)

Well that is what I did for fun Friday and Saturday.

What do you think?

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If I keep this up I'm afraid that 
I might wake up some night 
and walk into the kitchen to find
the ghost of Betty Crocker whipping up a batch of cup cakes, LOL.

It is a delight finding ways to tweak my vintage kitchen.

What did you do this weekend?

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Keep Smiling:)

Your blogging sister,

Connie :)




54 comments:

  1. I haven't created beautiful pieces like you have. They are lovely! And how wonderful to be using carrots for your pot roast from your own garden. That must be very rewarding. Happy Sunday to you Connie :)

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    1. Hi Denise, it is wonderful having a garden and it is amazing when you pick vegetables just minutes or hours before eating. The freshness surpasses anything that you can buy in the stores and it comes through in flavor. I had no idea:) Having a garden is a new thing for us, but one that we will be continuing every year, now that we have the room. Thank you for saying that my handmade things are beautiful . . . that is very sweet of you:)

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  2. Hi Connie, look at all those darling pot holders all lined up! And what a swanky embroidery machine you've got! Mine will do lots of fancy stitches but it won't do programmed designs like that.

    Thanks for your visit and your lovely comment - I am so glad you like my album. If you search my blog for "Recycled Mini-Album" you can read all about how the actual album was constructed - every part of it is from recycled or repurposed materials and it was great fun to make. I've still got a lot of pages to embellish and am hoping to finish it by the end of the year so I can begin to work on other projects, particularly sewing ones.

    Hope you are having a great weekend. Off to church in an hour or so and I think I'm singing this a.m. if they can fit it in - we've got a baptism today!

    Shoshi x

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    1. How exciting that someone is being baptized! Another person claiming to the world that he or she is standing on the truth that Jesus Christ is Lord. Hallelujah!!! Thanks for visiting and have a glorious day:)

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  3. With Halloween on the way you just might find Betty's ghost in your kitchen.....lol I love your pot holders those are just adorable. Your vintage kitchen looks so fun and I can smell that post roast cooking in the crock pot.

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    1. Hi Ann, Steve went on and on about how good the carrots were . . . it sure makes a difference when they are garden fresh and not stored in a produce house, then carried my truck, and then sit on the grocery shelf. We are loving this, "pick and eat the same day" . . . so much more flavor. I never thought that I would hear my hubby raving about carrots, LOL.

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  4. Connie, You are a good seamstress. I know a few more out there in blog land. I love those days of the week. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. Hi Susie, it is delightful having you visit . . . and thank you for your sweet comment. It was wonderful to have time to play out in the Art Barn . . . I am loving this new space. One of the best parts is that I can leave my mess ad get back to it later. Sometimes when you have to clean up after each time allotted to creativity . . . it's just harder to spread it all out again and remember exactly where and find all of your tools again.

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  5. Your pot holders are adorable! Love how you have tweaked your vintage kitchen!

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    1. Hello Lesley, thank you . . . I am having so much fun having time for sewing and making vintage inspired projects.
      I appreciate your visit and your encouraging comment:)

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  6. love the pot holders . . . love the kitchen colors . . . love your embroidery . . .

    I sat around doing nothing, doctor's orders, and I am going CRAZY!!

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    1. Sweet, Sweet Carol . . . you are in my heart and in my prayers. It is so hard to be ordered to be still, when you are a "go getter - kind of girl".
      I am happy that you like my colors and my kitchen projects. God Bless you.

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  7. Hi Connie, thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, your carrots look great. I can't seem to grow carrots, I gave up on them. I do great with turnips though. I'm hoping the Round Black Spanish ones do great this fall, they are my favorite. I admire your wonderful machine embroidery, I don't have a special machine so don't do that, but I traditionally start sewing clothes in the fall and winter after the rain starts. Hugs, Hannah

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    1. Hello Hannah, thank you for coming over to visit . . . I love making new blogging friends. Your blog is very inspiring to a new gardener like myself. I planted my carrots in an above ground planter that I filled with lots of manure. I was delighted when they can up; I will be planting more next year:) Do continue to visit . . . who knows, I may even convince you to follow me back one day :) Have a lovely week. Oh, I do not have a compost pile, but I do dirt and bury all of my scraps and coffee grinds in between my garden rows all summer long:)

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  8. I just love your kitchen Hannah! Those are some adorable pot holders. I wish I was as crafty as you. I did not do to much this weekend, Spent Sat. vising my girlfriend in another town and we played with all of her new toys from Tim Holtz. :). We used some super fine glitter from Tim, and we made some beautiful things but by the time we were done we were glittered from head to toe :).

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    1. Hi Becky . . . not Hannah, but Connie, but thank you so much. I am delighted that you love my kitchen . . . me, too :) You can not use glitter without looking like you have been dusted by the fairies, LOL. Hey, that's part of the fun of it. You can always spot a paper crafter in the craft stores, because they sparkle.
      Wishing you a marvelous day :)

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  9. Oh those are just adorable.
    I sat around and messed up my blog... almost cried.
    Left it
    Prayed about it...
    came back this morning and got it all worked out... Yay!
    Praise God...
    Your vintage kitchen is just adorable...and those pot holders are too. Send Betty my way, I'd like some sugar free cookies. :)

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    1. Oh, how we all know the anxiety of having computer problems. They are wonderful when everything is working, but when it is not it can be a nightmare. I am happy that you have it worked out:) Thanks for the lovely comment, and if I see Betty, I'll send her your way.

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  10. Your pot holders look so cute hanging in a row and fit perfectly with your vintage kitchen. Isn't sewing fun? We're celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend, so I spent Friday and Saturday cooking and cleaning. Today is quieter and I'm enjoying sitting with my computer on the couch in front of a fire and watching the grey drizzle outside. Cozy and relaxing.

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    1. Dear Lorrie, you painted a picture in my head . . . sitting by the fire, cozy and warm, while out the window it is damp and grey . . . sounds like the perfect place to be . . . there is no place like home, especially on a stormy day:) Happy early Thanksgiving to you . . . and thank you for the sweet and encouraging words. I do have fun fixing up my vintage kitchen.

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  11. That is some kind of fancy pants sewing machine. Wow! So cute!!! Nice work, Connie!

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    1. Hello Connie and thank you so much:)

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  12. Dear Connie,
    What delightful pot holders you have made.. they are beautiful.
    you are so talented.
    Your kitchen looks great, and the holders look just perfect there.
    happy week... val x

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    1. Good Morning Val, it is great to see you and thank you . . . they were fun to make. I am finally having some time to sew and loving it:)

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  13. Everything is so cheerful and pretty! Glad that you had some time to create. My weekend was very nice ... my birthday was Friday and I had a nice day with so many well wishes. On Saturday, I made 5 batches of playdough for my nieces daycare. My daughter spent the night with us on Saturday night, and that was wonderful. Just hung out and watched t.v. yesterday. Very relaxing weekend after a super busy week.

    Hugs,
    Kathy M.

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    1. Happy Birthday Kathy!!! I am so happy to hear how much you are enjoying your retirement. Life is good!

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  14. Gorgeous potholders, they suit your kitchen perfectly!! The pot roast with the home grown veges sounds wonderful too - and so nice to be able to set something cooking and head off for some sewing!

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    1. Good Morning Raewyn, it is great to have some time for sewing . . . and as for the crock-pot, well, if you have any good recipes send them my way. I am going to start using it more and more. With the house and crafting area in different buildings, it will be a blessing to put something in it and go off to have fun and not worry. Up until now it has only been used a few times a year, but now I'm ready to get my money's worth out of it, LOL.

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  15. Love the colors in your kitchen.
    Thanks for visiting me today.
    Marilyn at Delights of the Heart

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    1. Hello Marilyn, thanks so much for stopping by to visit . . . happy that you like my bright and cheery kitchen :)

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  16. How fun to go out to your Art Barn to sew!!! I hope to get back to sewing soon now that the garden is about done. Your carrots are so nice. How fun, huh! Pot holders look so cute and cheerful hanging in your kitchen. I will have to try to make some! Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, I enjoy making small things like pot holders . . . they are decorative and then when you change and want to hang others, these are very useful for everyday cooking :) They make great gifts, too . . . everyone needs pot holders.

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  17. delightful potholders Connie. You have a space just for crafting and sewing! I wish! I have enjoyed this little peek into your world, Thanks for stopping by last week and coming over to my blog. I am so glad you enjoyed the visit. Have a great week.

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    1. Hello Jill, I'm happy that you like my pot holders and thanks so much for visiting:)

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  18. I did some machine embroidery today too. Love you pot holders...so cute!!
    ~Cindy

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    1. Hi Cindy, I hadn't used my machine to embroider in so long that I had to relearn how to download designs into the machine . . . My memory is not what it used to be, LOL.

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  19. These are so awesome! LOVE the new kitchen additions! You are so talented!

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    1. Good Morning Anita, it is wonderful to see you, and thanks for the sweet and encouraging words of praise . . . how sweet :)

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  20. Hi Connie, I love the days of the week embroidery items~~~they are so sweet!! LOVE the aqua and reds in your kitchen....so Vintage stylin'! I'm sure you are in
    "art barn" heaven!! I am so happy for you with your "space"!! Isn't life wonderful? Are you and Steve glad you took the plunge?? Blessings~~~Roxie

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    1. Hi Roxie, We love our decision to move to this little home. Every night or two we say something to each other about how amazingly blessed we feel. This was the absolute right move . . . we are both loving it:) I hope that it is the same for both of you. Yes, life is wonderful!!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for being such a dear sweet friend . . . Love ya.

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  21. Well, I LOVE your vintage kitchen and your new pot holders! Thanks for stopping by the blog and following! I'm a new follower of yours too! I'm off to check your other blogs! Cheery wave!

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    1. Hello Sweet Bev, I am so excited to have you as a mutual follower . . . I am doing my happy dance and it is a sight to see, LOL.

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  22. Aww....such sweet potholders! How fun to have an embroidery machine.

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    1. Hi Billie, I love my embroidery machine and use it a lot for embroidery and machine quilting. Brothers make very good and affordable machine . . . otherwise I would never have been able to purchase one. I have seen them priced way up in the thousands of dollars. Mine was round $350 if I remember right, and it works great:)

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  23. what a fun sewing day you had ! love the pot holders!

    Helen

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    1. Hi Helen, thank you so much . . . they were fun:)

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  24. Hi Connie,

    Great potholders! Those embrodeiry machines are very cool -- love the patterns you've chosen. Last weekend I started going through my bedroom closet. I can't believe how much I had crammed in there! I still have some bins to go through and am slowly making progress. I plan to put my condo on the market hopefully next month so I'm having to do a big clean up. My realtor would like me to remove all my books from my bookshelves but I'm just not going to do it! Tee hee. I'm not totally daft and do realize I need a super duper clean out of things that I've collected. So, that's probably what I'll be doing part of this coming week too!

    Hugs,
    Kay

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    1. Hello Kay, I hope that your condo sells better than our home . . . it is still on the market and we have come down $25,000 on our original price. We're praying for someone to come along that loves it as we always did:)

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  25. Connie, your work is wonderful! I love your vintage kitchen.

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  26. Wow, such lovely pot holders and sweet embroidery! Your kitchen looks gorgeous!
    Happy weekend, Connie!
    Helen xox

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    1. Good morning Helen, thank you for your sweet words . . . they mean a lot:)

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  27. Such fun pot holders and decorative too.

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