Thursday, July 31, 2014

July 2014 NewFO goings on

What do you know?  I actually did some things this month - AND remembered to take some pictures too!  Yay me!!
I didn't do any sewing to speak of. 
Maybe a little on my ongoing project for my sister.
But, really, it's been too stinkin' hot in my house for me to sew.  I can't afford to turn on the a/c, and I can't seem to figure out a way to situate a fan to blow on me, but not blow on what I'm sewing on. 
One night it was still over 90F in the house after dark!
I know it was that hot, because when it gets to 90F, the fan on the HVAC automatically comes on.
It was still running after 9pm.
That aside, my guild meeting this month was fantastic!
The amazing Katsy Chappell, "Quilting Qomic",
actress, comedienne, "green" crafter, masseuse, Lyft driver and midnight soaper came to speak to us.  She is hilarious!  I would highly recommend her to speak to any group of quilters or crafters (or anyone else for that matter!)
Katsy is just plain FUNNY.
Okay, okay, I am a little bit prejudiced, because I've known Katsy for quite a while.  But she makes me laugh!
(And she works clean too, no worries.)
We also had her do a workshop for us - soap making.
We did cold process soap, using lye, water and 3 different oils - soybean, coconut and olive. 
I used bright orange & red coloring in mine, along with orange scent.  What do you think?

 Here it is, still in the mold

After a saponi-nap in the freezer, out of the mold!

All sliced up

Looks a bit like a dreamcicle, doesn't it?

Still needs to cure for another week before using

I can hardly wait to try it out!!

My other project is a wedding gift.
My good friends, Corbin & Phyllis DeLapp's son Devin
just married his sweetheart Nicole on July 26th.
I know they are both Disney fans...I think the fact that Devin proposed to Nikki at Disney World was a big tell on that!  So I wanted to come up with something Mouse-ish for them.  I decided to paint some coaster & crochet a bowl for the coasters to live in:
The front
I apologize that the first 2 are slightly out of focus.  Night time is not my camera's favorite time.

The back

the bowl

The happy family

In their home

 You may have noticed, there's only 3 coasters & thought that was an odd number to give.
Well, you're right.
There was a tragic wrapping accident the morning of the wedding.  Two of the coaster slipped out of my hands as I was attempting to securely cushion/wrap them for transport.  Unfortunately, one of them hit either the edge of my laptop or the foot of my Dave table, and a big chunk came off.
I did put a note in with them explaining this, and the last one is painted and currently awaiting firing.  Then I will mail it off to them as soon as I can.
Aren't they adorable?

I did start one more new thing this month,
I'm teaching a beginning quilt making class at Auntie's Ceramics in Covina, CA.
I don't have any pictures yet though.
My camera has decided it doesn't like the <cough> inexpensive <cough>  batteries I bought at Big Lots.  They last only 2 or 3 days (ONE day if I use the flash) before they go dead.  I have some new rechargeable ones on the way, so maybe in August.... 

I'm linking up with the 2014 NewFO Challenge at
Cat Patches!

That's it for me!