Thursday, August 28, 2014

What I made on my summer vacation

 What the flock did I make on summer vacation you ask??
A "parliament" of owls for one thing.
You know crafts people must have a project at the ready especially for long car trips and vacations. I took along the makings for these owl pin cushions and each one came out with a different personality. The one with not so level eyes looks kooky, the one with an outstretched wing looks like he's saying hi!, the one with the flower eyes looks like she's ready to party!
I also took along some scrap muslin ironed to stabilizer stamped with Christmas images so I could play with my zentangle sketching. I plan to make these into some Friendship exchange squares that are due in December.

I took along 6 projects but spent a good amount of car time sewing my pre-planned hexies as my goal is to finish this king sized hexie quilt this year. Well within a year. It's been going on a long time, but not every project is a quilt in a day. Sometimes you want to take your time to savor them.
(I'll show you how I organize the bits and pieces in another post)

I have lots of fun pictures and stories about our vacation but for today, I wanted to share the hand work I did. I also looked through some brand new in the plastic wrap magazines I found hoarded from 2009! I learned a lot and was highly entertained while sitting in the sun by the lake. I learned what to eat and what exercises to do, what clothes go with what shoes and make up. I learned how to set a holiday table, make some crafts, and improve my sleep habits. I love a new magazine, even an old one. I was able to freely recycle them so the car was lighter on the ride home!
While looking through the magazines, I got ideas for quilts, are you surprised?? I sketched out those ideas in my sketchbook while sitting in the sun too.

Some of my hand work was done on the balcony in the evenings, while DH read our latest shared book, and while enjoying a glass of the local wine called Snowgoose. There were annoyances on the trip, but I don't want to share those. Y'all know life is not always rosy. I just share the rosy bits, heh heh.

I saw a card on the trip that said "Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful" and I'm learning to put that into practice along with my word of the year, enjoy.
Next time, some shopping trips and skating pictures.


  1. What a wonderful Parliament Lee Anna! Very productive holiday by the sound of it.

  2. Love your owls! I have a friend with a chicken addiction, so I can see that birds have a habit of multiplying. What a great quote. Isn't it wonderful that you have so many rosy bits to share? :-)

  3. Hi LeeAnna!
    Thanks for sharing all this fun stuff you enjoyed while on vacation!
    And thanks for the inspiration! I think it's about time I pulled out a bit of stitching! Maybe get that pumpkin pattern that I bought during the Houston trip last year on the go and finished for Autumn of this year!
    Take care,

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  5. LeAnna you have been busy this summer. Oh that hex quilt is gorgeous in those colors. The owls are cute and so is the Christmas Zentangles.

  6. I love the stamped fabrics! And a king-sized hexie quilt is a very ambitious project - it's looking great!

  7. Your little owls are just about the cutest things ever!!! Even better because they are vacation owls!

  8. I love love love the owls! They are wonderful!

  9. This is the cutest parliament I have ever seen. I must say that the white one is my favorite.