Thursday, February 21, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Well, my friends, I’m getting a lot of use out of my “red” stuff—what with Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, and now today’s Chinese Lantern Festival. I already shared my lantern photos Monday in my erroneous celebration on the wrong day. Ah well, at least I’m enthusiastic in my mistakes.

I think I’m going to find a little something from different countries around the world to celebrate each month along with my own U.S. traditions. It’s a good way to learn about other cultures. February has been fun learning a little about Chinese customs so I’ll move on to Celtic customs during March.

The Amy Butler Weekender Bag project is now done and has been delivered to its new owner.
I guess I should explain that my sewing this was not for money but as a kindness to her.

She wanted a southwestern themed fabric and chose two different Michael Miller prints that look like petrolglyphs.


In the meantime, a need to whip up something new and super simple lured me into an unscheduled sewing project yesterday afternoon. I didn’t want anything expensive or complicated—just a little thing to balance out my big projects.

So here is my new tea towel using fabric left over from last year’s spring dinner party apron favors. This was merely a matter of cutting out a rectangle and hemming the edges—such joy in simplicity. Just seeing it hanging on the line and dancing in the breeze is enough to celebrate this moment in time.

Now I’m off to work on projects promised to
Joni, Kelli for a fundraiser, my sister Connie, Special Olympics fundraiser items, a technical writing project, etc.

Thank goodness dinner is in the crock-pot. I’m using an easy recipe for Pepper Jack Chicken posted on Seasonal
Delights. I’m kind of tired.


a pink-bee said...

You are such a busy bee :) Hope you get some time in just to relax soon- love the apron party favors idea :)

meg said...

So I see you're taking it easy this week... . ;)

Don't you love whipping up a quick project to help decompress after a tricky one? It's such a great way to get back on the horse.

Jan said...

Your weekender bag for your friend looks great. She is sure to treasure it for years to come. I do wonder sometimes if you ever sleep. What you accomplish on a daily basis is to be admired for sure.

Jennifer said...

I love that bag, and I'm wanting to make one for myself, but it seems like quite the undertaking. As usual, you did a wonderful job! I'm sure your friend really appreciates it!!! I can't imagine the amount of time that went into crafting that work of art!

Pat said...

You make the most beautiful things, June. You really could have your own Etsy shop of handmade creations, but I guess that would take some of the fun away from it.
I'm looking forward to seeing your Celtic creations in March. St. Pat's is one of my favorite days!

hunnybunny said...

Wow, that bag is awesome and the tea towel is incredible. Can't wait to see your Celtic stuff, I'm sure it will be amazing. Did you catch the eclipse last night? I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

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see you there! said...

Celebrating with the different cultures is a terrific idea. I love hearing about other peoples customs and learning about countries I'll probably never see.


Diane said...

YOu are one of the most productive people I've ever encountered and kudos for that. Lately, with visiting a few other blogs of those who make beauty with their hands, and yours in particular -- I've become inspired to put my hands to use for more than just writing and taking photos. I was actually considering making either a set of napkins or tea towels. After seeing this lovely on your line, perhaps that's what I shall settle on -- a beautifully simple tea towel. Thanks for all your inspiration!!

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Gumbo Lily said...

Cute weekender!
But you're right, Junie, sometimes a simple hem is project enough for the day.


Rosie's Whimsy said...

I love your sweet little tea towel. That will bring a smile to your face each time you use it. A simple joy....wonderful :-) Rosie

MammyT said...

I am just enjoying your blog so much. So many pretty things to look at and think about. Thanks for sharing your good ideas and fun projects.