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Thursday, September 30, 2010

What I Have Been Up To...

Hi Everyone...
Another month is almost gone..and I seem to have been gone a lot from blogging lately too! I think I can finally say that I feel like I am getting back to normal. August and most of September were creative write-offs...but my usually happy spirit is back and I am having fun working at my desk once again!
Let's see...this past week, I was busy getting ready for a two day show. The show was this past weekend...and it wasn't very good for any of the exhibitors. The weather was beautiful and so the show was lacking people, the economy is still affecting spending and the show generally needs a face lift. I have done it for 6 years...and not much has changed. Cheaper booth prices and new blood would help in rejuvenating the atmosphere. We'll see how it goes for next year...
Okay, so that wasn't so positive...but seeing familiar faces, selling a little, and having a booth behind me that I absolutely adore and a booth in front of me that was filled with the most wonderful quilting fabrics made the weekend enjoyable. The girls behind me have just written a beautiful Christmas book for "The Patchwork Place". How could I not buy the book and have it autographed, especially with that title!! They had a lot of the finished pieces at the show and they were so lovely...






I also picked up the greatest whimsical tree pattern. It is actually from an Australian quilter and I just love it! I can hardly wait to do this tree...The girls behind me at the show had it done up with a red background...caught my eye immediately! Here is a pic...



















I usually always teach classes when I do shows...and this year I decided to do two projects. The first one is my version of a Prize Ribbon Wreath. It didn't take too long to complete and the result is a very dainty wreath to hang inside for the holidays. The inside paper was created in photoshop using 3 different pics..it was fun to see it come together.


































And the last pics for this post are of a Shabby Chic Mannequin Sampler...I have always loved the dress form and I wanted the second class to be fun...and so I used wire, old paper patterns and more to create this piece. When I started doing the wire...I thought this was going to be a bit tricky for a class...but the girls in the class were great! Each one was different and sweet. Here are a couple of pics of how it came together...
I am going to do a second one, but will leave the wire exposed...




































This last pic isn't quite as clear...but you get the idea. I also painted the sides all around with alternate black squares. I hope you enjoyed this little show and tell...I have lots more to show you...but I will wait until Monday. I have to finish a couple of things over the weekend.

Have a happy weekend!
Nancy

8 comments:

Dolores said...

I do love those ladies at The Quilt Patch in Moose Jaw. I live in TO and order from the store. Great service. That Christmas Tree pattern is wonderful but, although it looks small, it's 47.5” x 59" which may lead some people to purchase it.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Nancy,

It was lovely to catch up with you again and see what wonderful things you have been up to.
Sorry to hear that the Fair was not as good as you would have liked.
It seems to be like that all over and can be disappointing.
The Christmas tree pattern is neat and look forward to seeing the finished one.
Also love the mannequin dress forms and the rosette, looks like a fun class.
How is your leg, hope that you are getting around better.
Enjoy the Autumn and have a lovely rest of the weekend

Hugs
Carolyn

Lisa said...

I too am sorry the show was slow, but on to the next thing...I love love love the wire mannequin sampler. Do I have permission to do one? I won't sell any, but I know my daughter in law would love it.
Good blessings to you and thanks for stopping by.

big hugs,
Lisa

Christine LeFever said...

Show and tell was wonderful! You do such sweet work.

softinthehead said...

Oh Nancy I love what you did....I want to learn to do it! I'm finally finding some time to visit my favorite people. Thinking of you often....Smiles, Pam

The Vintage Polka Dot said...

Nancy, I absolutely love this piece. Gorgeous!

Brenda

Nancy said...

Thank-you so much everyone for your kind comments...I love what I do and am so happy you enjoy it too!

Hugs, Nancy

Torie Jayne said...

Fabulous work, I adore the last pic, Have a sweet day!

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