Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New Shoes

What a wonderful crisp, cool, autumn day it is today!!
It makes me want to dig out my wool sweaters and sip on some mulled cider
 while sitting and watching the leaves fall!
I plan to go to the orchard this weekend so I hope the weather remains lovely
as it is today!

I bought some new shoes last week and thought it would be fun to jazz them 
up a bit!  
They were plain suede beige lace shoes by Bass.

I took the laces out and put them aside temporarily.

Then with black permanent marker I made circles and other similar shapes all over the surface of the shoe.

I tried to make some shapes larger than others.
Can you see what animal design I'm going for?

Next .... I filled the shapes in with color (pink)
of course!!

Then I taped down the area that had the spots.
To protect them from the dye.

Now... I was ready to add color to the other part of the shoe.

Let them dry and add the laces...


I just love them!!!

I wear them with my brown cord paints and pink sweater top!

Have a great day!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Rough going..

Hello my sweet friends
I am back. I am so sorry I got bogged down.
Things will be back to normal as life has a way of continuing no matter
what happens day to day.

Last Saturday I lost one of my dearest and best friends.
It came as a complete shock.  

Tomorrow is the funeral. Another close friend and I will be speaking at it.
We hope to be able to express our feelings about this very special lady.
We also will be speaking for the others that were in our "sewing group"

It was Jans idea originally to begin our "sewing group".
We started with just Jan, Laurie, Nancy, and myself over 30 years ago!!!
Later Beth and Betty joined our group as well.

Jan was an expert quilter.  She really had such an artistic eye!  
Her quilts and quilted hangings and tree skirts were amazing!!!

But most of all Jan was an honest, kind hearted, gentle, woman.
She had the gift of grace.

Not only was Jan my dear friend but she was also a grandmother to both
of my daughters! She taught them to sew and to do quilting.

What a gift Jan was!!

Vincent van Gogh wrote that "close friends are truly life's treasures.

Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves.
With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears.
Their presence reminds us that we are never truly alone."

All for now!