First, the sunshine! Spring sprang around here and has headed straight into summer. It makes challenging shadows on photographs, but makes me very happy. The dogs, however, miss the gazebo and are struggling to find scraps of shade. They are still doing the spring shed and are downward dogging in the heat. We had frost on the windshield on Monday and are tempted to turn on the A/C on Friday. Ahhh, Cincinnati!
I am loving this new purse pattern I am developing. I'm a bit addicted to quilting the fabric before turning the cloth into handbags. This clutch/wristlet bag will be called Carrie for my sister. I hope she loves it as much as I do. All the above bags have homes: pink for Emily and Sali J. and brown and aqua for me. I have a lot of little quilts for lots of new bags.
I have some great book finds! For years I have looked for Elsie Dinsmore books. My grandmother gave me a first edition of "Elsie Dinsmore" when I was a child. I fell in love with this lovely misunderstood little girl who just wanted her father to love her. Last month I found two newer 1930's editions of other books in the Elsie saga. I found them on Etsy, of course, from Peanut and Tommy, Too.
I found several Trixie Belden books in the binding that I remember from my childhood at local antique stores. While not technically antique, finding these favorite stories there makes me feel old. Really old.
Did I mention I feel old?
"Freestyle Handmade Bags and Skirts" was a happy find at our local independent bookseller. The finished products in the photo are less polished than I prefer, but the book is chock-full of great ideas. The embellishments on the messenger bag are genius. I'm going through my vintage notions and findings for a special project.
The Cincinnati Chapter of The Modern Quilt Guild has the first meeting this weekend. I'm looking forward to meeting the women who have created the gorgeous quilts on the website. They are meeting at Stitches, a fabric store in Glendale that I have never heard of before. New fabric finds and new friends, what could be better?
Actually, I do know what's better. It's reconnecting with old friends! I had a long call with my college roommate and opened a letter announcing impending grandparent status from the mother of one of Andrew's oldest friends. They moved to the Piedmont area to be near their son and his wife and the new baby is a great bonus. My roommate checked out my Etsy site and was my first customer. I can't think of a better home for my bag and I love the idea of being back in touch with her. A definite favorite thing!
My sister, Kathleen, is coming to visit next week and I can't wait for here to get here. I have been cleaning all week and tonight we are picking up the new bed for the guest room. I would like to think she is coming to see me but I know that she is really coming to eat Graeter' s ice cream and Skyline Chili three ways. And of course the real reason for the visit is ...
...to hang out with the girls.