#1 My friends new puppy. This guy is a hybrid. His breed is Miniature Australian Bulldog...about 7 years ago the Aussies decided that there were problems with the English Bulldog (I am a Bullie lover...I remember my Burt with a fondness akin to godliness) and being the sensible gang that they are they proceeded to breed the problems out (namely respiratory complications) by cross breeding English Bulldogs with French Bulldogs and Pugs. What the result is is the fellow above. I want to buy about 8 of them and breed them...and walk them all on leashes while wearing a cape. Then I can be truly crazy. But crazy with some really cool doggies.
#2 My Wonderful Claudia Vu made me these little plates. I made her this set of diaper bag and a wonderful lap quilt. She said she loves it so much that it inspired her to make things with her hands too. How awesome is that? I certainly NEVER expect anything from ladies I sew for...believe it or not, but making these bags and the fact that you trust me enough to send your Hero's uniform to me to cut up and transform is such an honor for me. Heaven! I LOVE it. I love these little plates. They made me cry when I opened the bubble wrapped envelope. Is that similar to what you feel when you finally get your bags back? Guys...and Claudia especially, I LOVE you! You guys make my little craft worthwhile. Thank you!
#3 SO this is some of Cake Rock Beach by Joelle Hoverson (Purl Patchwork- my favorite fabric store online, since everything comes wrapped up in tissue paper...oh and she sent me 2 yards of Liberty of London fabric and $50 to spend for my Hero Bag and Quilt cause). I am going to use this fabric to make my rendition of this quilt. I have been yearning to make one for ages....since the first time I looked at Denyse Schmidt's Book.....which you NEED to own if you don't already!#4 This is some WONDERFUL hand Screen printed fabric by Lara Cameron. You can buy it too at her ETSY shop...or let me know and shipping is way cheaper to me.;o) I have an entire line of bags in mind for this and the fabric I have by Kristen Doran. Both of these talented artists are from Australia (one in Sydney and the other in Melbourne) heck when in Rome.... They are going to be named "Downunder Bags".
This is a new bag...I am going to stock it in my little store after I sew a big fat Rough garnet on the flap......
OK, dinner is ready!
I do have to thank you all for all your book recommendations. I have been on Amazon ordering away! Molly....you KNOW I love your taste in books. You turned me onto Julia Quinn and the Romance novels about the fellows who were like ours (War veterans...but for the life of me I can't remember the authors! Help me out My Friend!) ...I may read the rest of Kite Runner, but I have already given it to 2 other ladies here in town. I will hit it again when I get it back.