Somehow, in between visiting middle schools & getting our new apartment in order and all the other routine challenges of life, I managed to finish quite a few things this month that have been on my work list for longer than I care to disclose. For instance, this tutorial for Hancock Fabrics, published just today:
And also this post for them late last month, featuring the patterns I am now hawking in my store (buy! buy!):
Then there's the family tree pillow I made for a lady in Italy. She specifically requested ecru fabric, and a red bird and flowers on the tree. I think her ideas were great!
The warm and wonderful Hochmans of Saltaire commissioned not one but THREE house portraits back in August: one of their house from the front, one of the hammock area in back, and one of the koi pond. Working from photos I took, I finally got them done. I think they are beautiful paintings of an exceptionally beautiful home and I'm proud to share them here.
Oh my gosh I took on the job of embellishing the aprons for the waitstaff at Elizabeth's Neighborhood Table in June -- and only finished them this month! Fortunately Elizabeth is my friend and a patient and lovely person, who never complained once and gushed over the final product. Here are a few close-ups of the embroidery (my original designs) and the waterproof lining (protection against exploding pens), as well as a photo of the apron in action!
Meanwhile, at Sugar & Plumm, my sewing students are being super creative and just all-around amazing! Here is one of my 3rd graders happily showing a completed project that was her own brainchild: a "smiling heart" stuffed animal!
And here's another project that was someone else's brainchild. My friend Joyce wanted to give a pillow printed with one of my watercolors of the beach at Fire Island, and embroidered with the couple's names, as a wedding gift to friends who met and fell in love there. Here's what I made:
And finally, one more photo to share, this time of the highlight of my week: being the "mystery reader" in Tucker's classroom!
Well that's some of what I've been up to! Thanks for reading!
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