This past weekend I visited my parents and we celebrated Dad's birthday.
Mom also showed me her latest finishes. It's been a bit over two months and she only had two finishes to share...
The coneflower above is designed by Jan Goos of Goos Nest.
Mom's second piece isn't quite finished, but she let me share some photos :)
And now you'll know why she has only worked on two projects:
WoW! The lighting was a bit too bright, but you get the idea :)
(I'll take more pics next time when it is truly completed.)
This kit sat in my craft corner for over six years and Mom did all this incredible work in just seven weeks!
She is amazing!
Done in all Blackberry Primitives wool - the colors are perfect for Maggie Bonanomi's "Settler's Pride".
It is hard to pick a favorite block - I love them all!
As always - Mom's work is perfection.
(After we took the photos, she found a few things that she wasn't thrilled with, so she ripped out and re-sewed them.)
I'm sure that her backing/binding will be perfect as well :)
Wouldn't you love to just move right in?!
After we were done admiring Mom's masterpiece, she demonstrated her new favorite wooly gadget:
The Sizzix Big Shot!
Sandwich together the plates, die and a few layers of wool.
Crank the handle a few times and:
Voila! Instant pennies!
No more tracing circles on freezer paper and hand cutting each of them individually.
Now Mom is really going to be whipping out the penny rugs!
Look how many she created with scraps of wool in just minutes!
Can you guess what I'll be putting on my Christmas list this year?!
Especially after seeing all the cute dies that are available...
I'm hoping that Santa will think that I've been good this year ;)
We stopped in a few shops in town and I found a small handful of new treasures:
They absolutely did not look like this when I bought them. How lucky am I that Dad cleaned all of my purchases before I went home! They were all so rusty, tarnished, and dented that they were too extreme to even be called primitive, but Dad fixed them up for me. The thimble from England is so big that I could put two fingers in it :) The teeny tiny salt shaker is perfect for needles I'm thinking... The brass medallion is an old pocket watch fob from an Elks club and the button hook handle is made of Tigers Eye.
Thanks so much Dad for cleaning them up for me on your birthday :)
And congratulations Mom on your beautiful masterpieces! Can't wait to see Settler's Pride completed!
O come, let us worship and bow down,
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.