Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Treasures from Florida

I just got back from a trip to Florida, and my favorite thing to do there was walk along the beach looking for interesting shells. Just look at all the treasures I found! :)

I was amazed at the variety of tidbits of coral along the shoreline. My favorites though, are the broken pieces of shells that have been worn down like sea glass in the ocean. I kept finding such interesting shapes in a variety of colors and textures, and I couldn’t stop picking them up!

Imagine the jewelry that I can create with them! Hopefully I can find a special drill bit to make some tiny holes in the shells, otherwise I will have to revise my plan. I’ll post some pictures of my creations as soon as I have a chance to create them. :) Until then...don't they just look lovely all jumbled in a pile?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Smoky Mountain Quilters Sale

Boy did I get some treasures Tuesday night! The meeting was primarily a yard sale where different members of the group were thinning out their stashes. It was really fun!

I got 21 back issues of Quilting Arts magazine or 10 cents each (That’s right…$2.10 total!)

A fabulous little wall hanging named "Morning" that Candace Tucker made in a workshop with Nellie Durand.

I’ve started a collection of little quilts from different artists, and it will be a wonderful addition. I’ve always admired Nellie’s work, and I think Candace did a great job with this landscape. It made my heart smile when I saw it!

I also got some assorted hand-dyed fabrics from Candace. She teaches fiber art classes at the Oak Ridge Art Center, and her work is really lovely. I don’t have a specific project in mind for them, but they were so pretty and they begged me to take them home.