We live in an area of prime real estate. The two houses across the street and the house next door have been sold for a very nice chunk of change.
The two across the street were sold to developers to rebuild. They have already taken down one house and will be starting on the second one soon I guess.
The sounds of a back hoe digging up a foundation....IS NOT....music to my ears :(
The view from my sewing room window......
They are building mega houses. The two that are going in there are ugly in my humble opinion.
One around the corner sold recently....it had a nanny suite, a 400 bottle wine cellar, a 7.1 movie theater, a gym and a built in office. You get the picture at how large the new houses are. The neighbourhood is really changing fast. We've lived here about 38 years and the neighbours that sold next door even longer.
We get realtors are our door and on the phone asking us to sell...it's tempting:)
I think it's going to be a long noisy dusty summer.
I found this interesting blog yesterday and I thought I'd share. Here's the description.......
"A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design
techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold,
silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink,
sprinkle, smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a
variety of heat tools."
Last summer I started a Traditional Redwork class with a Yahoo group called StitchMap. For various and sundry reason I couldn't finish it and had to stop at lesson 3.
I joined a new session of the class and I'm proud to say I stuck to it and finished all six lessons. Most of the stitches covered are ones that everyone knows but it was really great to sit down and learn to do them correctly.
At the end we took each of the small embroideries we did and made sewing weights and a bag to put them in. The weights are to hold down your pattern when you are cutting it out. I'll be honest I'll probably never use them but what the heck.
Here are my weights and the bag I made.
Yes there is blue and green...these colours became popular in "redwork" embroidery in later years as the dyes they used for the thread became colourfast.
The bag even has a lining!!!!!
Before I took this class I did the Color Theory class on StitchMap as well. It was quite interesting. Here are a few of my samples for my workbook.
I think I'm done with classes for awhile....I'm pooped.....LOL
Valerie Bothell.......co-author with Allie Aller of Quilting..Just a Little Bit Crazy!...... has started a Facebook group called Joyful Embellishments. The purpose of the group is to discover new crazy quilting seam and motif ideas.
To find it just do a search for Joyful Embellishments on Facebook.
Valerie will be posting a new stitch idea
Monday through Friday of each week. They will be based on variations of standard stitches such as the Herringbone Stitch. By the end of the
year you will have tons of new stitch ideas to use on your crazy quilts.
Everyone can stitch along and post their work. So far there has been some amazing eye candy to see.