Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Better LATE Than Never...

As a progression of "catching up" I have a few special things I received over the holidays that I wanted to share with you.

First, I received the most amazing Secret Santa gift from Holly (a member of my Cyberbee Group.) I was unable to attend the Christmas Party our group had so Michelle was kind enough to stop by to drop off my gift. Imagine my surprise when I opened this beautifully wrapped gift

Front of the bag is above, the back of the bag is shown below.

Not only did Holly "make" me this beautiful sewing bag in the perfect colors it is just perfect for sitting in my office chair for quiet sewing in the evening. (She also stuffed it with some wonderful surprises - some edible and some useful) The workmanship on this little tool bag is beautiful - as there are pockets, a zipper pouch and mesh divider as you can see here. On the outside the butterflies are fussy cut and beaded and the background it beaded. It's gorgeous.

When we have our Capital Quilter's Guild meetings and Cyberbee meetings I often get to see her things first hand. Her work is absolutely beautiful. Thank you again Holly for your thoughtfulness.

Here's a link to Holly's webshots album. Take a minute and go have a look at her wonderful work.

I am also the fortunate recipient of this beautiful piece of art - stained glass wind chimes from Katie.

Katie and I have a mutual appreciation for oneanother's work and we worked out a little trade. I'm making her a neocolor journal and she made me this. It's very similar to the one she sent me over the summer however the colors are different - upon my request. Her beautiful garden art adds color and life to our yard all year round. Check out Katie's blog to see more of her stunning stained glass work, as well as some of her more recent endeavors - including mixed media art and art journal pages.

As for me, well I've been hard at work on Katie's journal, a little giveaway prize for Clevelandgirlie and Lisa's peace sign tote bag -- both of which are almost complete. Once those are out of the studio I'm going to regroup as I have sever new projects slated to begin, as well as I am attending (I'm so excited about this) Lyric Kinard's art quilt workshop next Saturday. I'm really looking forward to this workshop as I'm hoping to pick up some skills in beading.

More to come soon. In the meantime, stay warm, bundle up and drink more soy lattes!!


katie jane said...

Hi Cathie, thank you so very much for the wonderful compliment and plug. I hope you are enjoying your chime. The sewing bag is just awsome! What a wonderful piece of art! I know you are busy all the time and I don't know how you manage to fit it all into your day, but you do. Can't wait to see my journal cover. I plan to keep a garden journal this summer, and the cover will be spectacular, I'm sure!

Mary said...

Hi Cathie! I haven't taken a class in a long long time -- have fun you lucky girl!

Vicki W said...

You are right, those are fabulous gifts!

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

I had an extreme case of bag envy when I saw this at the Cyberbee meeting. How lucky to have a Holly creation!

3rdEyeMuse said...

what terrific treasures you've gotten! can't wait to hear all about your workshop - may it be even better than you expect. :)

Pursuing Art... said...

Your sewing/tool bag from Holly and the stained glass wind chimes from Katie are beautiful! Treasured friends and treasured gifts!

How exciting that you are taking Lyric's workshop...and to pick up some beading skills!!?! That is fantastic!!! xo~Lisa ;-)

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