29 September 2014

August Pincushion for CQJP 2014

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Though it's the end of September, I've just finished the August Pincushion for the CQJP (Crazy Quilt Journal Project) 2014.  I've known for a while that I wanted to do a pincushion with sunflowers and since they are at peak bloom here in August, it seemed the perfect pincushion to do them on.  

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I started with this block in yellows, brown and greens.  The colors I think of when I think of the end of summer here in Colorado.  Though I have to admit that this year it was greener than I've seen in years due to our slightly cooler, damper than usual weather!  For those who want to know, I make the circles for my pincushions 9" in diameter.  The outer inch to inch and a quarter will get hidden when the pincushion is formed. 

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I've taken to signing the back of all my work.  Not that anyone is likely to see it.  But I think of all those amazing antique quilts we see that no one has any idea who made them, and I think it's a shame.  There's something intriguing to me about the back side of a piece of crazy quilting.  It has it's own language and beautify somehow.

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On the inside of my pincushions, I use two old CDs or DVDs,  one in the top and one in the base to give it shape and stability.  Every now and then, serendipity happens and I find a CD or DVD that is so appropriate to the pincushion at hand.  Like this old Sunset Western Garden CD with a sunflower on it!  The inside of my daughter's Ring Pincushion for her wedding had an old Pride & Prejudice DVD in it, which happens to be her favorite movie!  

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While I love the look of the blocks when they are flat, there's something about turning that flat piece into a dimensional object that I just love.  

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And this is why I am forever cleaning cat hair off of all my work.  Miss Mollie likes to sit on my lap while I'm working.  Sometimes we can work together.  Sometimes we can't.  She has a soft nest next to my chair in which she sleeps when she can't sit on my lap.  She sits like this when I'm at the computer as well, so this is definitely my most common view of her!  

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Back to the pincushion... When I saw these buttons, It thought how perfect a center it would make for a sunflower.  I backed it with a couple circles of felt to give it stability and stitched a wreath of woven petals to create the sunflower.  Using variegated thread gives the sunflower added interest. 

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Around the base of the pincushion, I used a Mokuba ribbon trim that I purchased at Florilegium in Missouri.  The colors were perfect! 

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I love glass leaf beads, but rarely seem to actually use them on a project.  It was fun to add them to this rick rack seam.  Here you can also see some of the little flower sequins I have from Cartright Sequins.  

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Some little ribbon rosette flowers from Mokuba picot edged ribbon was a nice touch.  The flowers are from the same ribbon, but I varied which edge of the ribbon I gathered to change their color appearance. 

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I love this little vine of straight stitch flowers.  This also gives a good look at the ribbon leaves I added for the big sunflower.  

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Some small brown buttons became centers for a row of sunflowers.

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Now that I've finally figured out how to do bullion stitch and how to make it come out consistently the way I want it too, I've been using a lot more.  Here the bullion stitch buds tuck among some golden bugle beads for a stylized flower.

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I also used bullion stitch to make the centers of these sunflowers.

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These are my two favorite seams on the pincushion.  Love the way they turned out!

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It's just such a happy pincushion!

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On the back, I added my usual signature along with the month this pincushion represents.

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A view from the top!  Like I think I've said about each pincushion before it, I think this one is my new favorite!

28 September 2014

Wedding Photos - Part 3

The Reception

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While the guests were going through the receiving line, all was in readiness for the reception.  There were paper lanterns in the tree...

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The serving tables were set up underneath.

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Lights were strung over the driveway for dancing later.

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The drink table and even schedule were in front of the garage.

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The flowers on the porch were gorgeous.


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The dining tables were set with antique doilies from my collection, mason jars of lovely flowers, candles and the wedding favors, which were small tins of Jessie and David's special "Wedding Blend". 

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The photo booth was ready for guest to have their photos taken.

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I had mine taken with Jonathan (my oldest son).

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After going through the receiving line, guest helped themselves to an assortment of cheese, crackers and assorted olives and pickles on the back patio.  

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Then they made their way to the main reception area for beverages.  My sister Holly managed this area and kept everyone well supplied with their choice of lemonade, iced tea with mint or lemon, water, wine or beer!  

Here I must tell you one of the stories of the day. My sister and I started working on wedding stuff at 7:00 a.m. the day of the wedding and were so busy with the flowers and last minute food preparations, that Holly never did get to change into her wedding finery and I barely had a chance to shower and change myself, and never did get to put on my makeup or do my hair that day!  So if you were wondering why the mother of the bride was looking a bit tired and frumpy in the photos, now you know why! 

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As time for dinner drew near, the baskets and platters of food were brought out.

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Soon everyone was serving themselves at the buffet under the maple tree.

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Seating was in the tents, decorated with lights and lots of flowers!

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It was lovely.

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But the clouds were gathering...

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And soon, though you can't really see it in the photos, it began to rain!  It didn't dampen Jessie's spirits at all! 


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And Holly found a cheerful way to stay dry while serving beverages! 

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After the rain stopped, we gathered for some family portraits.  This is our side of the family ~ slightly extended.  From left to right: Holly (my sister), Amanda and Stephen, Me, Zach, Jessie, Jonathan, David, Becca, Paul, Joel (Laurel's son) , Laurel (Paul's wife), Gary and Marcy.  Love these folks!  

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After photos, it was time for cake cutting and toasting.  The dessert table included an assortment of Dutch pastries - Dutch Letters, Stroop Waffles, Dutch Windmill Cookiles, Wilhelmina Mints and cream cheese mints that Jessie and I made.  My Mom used to make cream cheese mints for nearly every wedding our family attended and we kept the tradition going! 

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Yet another amazing bouquet of flowers we were able to create from the flowers that Denise gifted to Jessie!  Jessie and I made the flowers for the wedding cake as well.  

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There were several toasts - all lovely and filled with love and encouragement for the new couple.

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I loved the glow of lights as the day started to wind down.

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Jonathan had fun with the instant camera and did a great job of catching fun photos of many of the guests! 

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Lots of fun photos! 

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After some dancing under the lights, the evening came to glorious end!   

They spent the first part of their honeymoon at a mountain cabin and the second part of it in Hawaii, where they attended the wedding of David's best man Keith and his new bride Keiko!  

So many good memories.  Despite the craziness of preparations before the ceremony, it was a beautiful celebration and a wonderful day! 

Wedding Photos - Part Two

The Ceremony

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Jessie and David before the wedding.  The nearby park was a beautiful setting for their wedding photos! 

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Once their photos were finished, the wedding party walked down the street to the next photo shoot location.  I wonder what the neighbors thought of the wedding party entourage passing by?!  

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Jessie and her bridesmaids.  From left to right: Sarah, Lena, Jessie, Cassie and Elizabeth.

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David and his groomsmen.  From left to right: Keith, Will, David and Gary.

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A pensive moment for the Bride and her Court before the wedding.

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Fun with umbrellas!  This photo captures the quirky fun that this lovely group of young women have together! 

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Can't leave the groom and his men out of the fun!

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The wedding party! 

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Cassie was a lovely Maid of Honor for Jessie!  I have to add a plug here for Cassie, who has recently written a book, Growing with God, on the importance of being right with God first and foremost, regardless of whether single or married.  

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While the wedding party photos were being taken, the final touches were put in place for the ceremony.

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Jessie wanted a wildflower look for the altarpiece bouquet.  This was the only large bouquet that Holly and I didn't make!  The florist did a lovely job and fit it to the antique iron urn beautifully.  

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And finally the moment arrived.  David waiting for his bride.

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Jessie and her Dad. 

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A beautiful Bride. 

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The ceremony. 

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Jessie's dear friends from church,  Ed and Jaima,  were the wedding officiants.  

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A kiss to seal the marriage. 

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Married!  Jessie and David walked down the aisle in a shower of flower petals, to the ringing of bells, and the joyous music of Handel's "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" 

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So lovely! 


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