The weekend and week have just flown by. I mentioned in my last post that I was going to my Mom’s to make some homemade goodies with apples. My sister and her daughter and my sister-in-law and her kids joined us for the day. We ended up making 50 pies, 14 small apple crisps and 14 containers of apple sauce. I went pretty good, even with the 3 little ones. This is just a little bit of what we did.
This little gal was distracted with color crayons (tolor tans)
This little guy was distracted with Thomas and Rosie the trains (though we did find a few pies with little finger holes)
This little guy played in his whatchamadohicky (I can’t remember what it’s called!)
And this little gal helped all day long! She was such a trooper. She’s wearing her apron that Grandma made her and using the small rolling-pin that Grandma got her for the occasion.
And this little piggie cried wee,wee,wee all the way home.
Oops. Wrong story.
We ended up with apple juice, apple pie filling, and flour on everything. I had to scrub the floor 3 times just to dissolve all the apple sticky. But, it will all be worth it later this winter when I can pull a pie out of the freezer and have a good dessert with no work!
I have spent the rest of the week working on a new bag pattern and a new book, both to be released in a few months. I also cleaned out my studio. It’s been a year since I’ve reorganized and picked up the piles of fabric everywhere. I’m having a retreat next weekend and I wanted to have this done by then (more on the retreat later).
The other fun thing that I have been working on is a new fabric line. I’ve teamed up with my Mom again, to work on a line due out next spring. The last line we did together was Rebel Roses, and we enjoyed working together (at least I did). It’s always great to have someone to bounce ideas off of. I can’t show you too much yet, but here is a sneak peek at the fun, spring colors we are using. We haven’t named the fabric line yet, but we are always open to suggestions! It’s going to be mostly florals, with a fresh, playful feel.
(By the way, this picture is before I cleaned my studio!)
This is part of the main floral print. I love how this angle shows the textures.
I’ll share more about the line as soon as I can, so I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going.
While working on this line, I discovered a new favorite thing – small paint samples!
I used to use paints from the art department, but the colors were never very good. I would end up spending hours mixing colors to come up with something that you would actually use in your home. Now places like Home Depo and Sherwin Williams are selling small containers of paint, allowing you to buy just enough to paint a sample on your wall to test out the color. I found they worked great for painting this fabric line. I found lots of decorator colors, in just the amount I needed. I think this may be the next thing I start collecting. I’m sure no one else is going to get as excited as me over this – but I just had to share!