Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bead Soup Blog Party Is Back!

After quite a break from my blog, I am finally back.  This is thanks to Lori Anderson and the Bead Soup Blog Party.  I can't resist a good party and when that includes beads, it is especially inviting.  It seems that getting two new grandchildren and doing two house remodels took up a great deal of time and my blog was one thing that had to be put on hold.  So after nearly two years I now have the time to resume.  I want to encourage other bloggers out there that have let your blog slide for a while, whether it is a month or years, give it a try again.  We can do this!

You may recall that my husband and I added a garage, sunroom, outdoor deck and bead room on to our house.  Also I own a house and my daughter and her family wanted to move back to Virginia and asked if they could live in that house.  Since they already had one of my grandchildren, of course, I would love to have them nearby.  The issue was that the house needed a lot of updating so I embarked on some major work.  Of course, much was hired out like the new kitchen and bath and new roof.  But I painted every room in the house and managed all of the other work.  There is still ongoing work to be done on the house but the bigger jobs are complete.  And best of all, my grandbabies are only 15 minutes away. 
Best grandbabies ever!
Of course, now I am finding all the projects that I had to put aside in order to get the work done.  In a past post, Quilt Finish, I showed a quilt that I was finishing for my new grandson.  It was done before he was six months old.  Now my granddaughter is nine months old and her quilt is still not completely pieced.  Time to get sewing.  In my defense, during this time my sewing room was completely packed up and moved. I have added a couple of pictures from her quilt to prove it is in progress.  Yes, there is a lot of pink. 

My beading and jewelry making during this time was almost non-existent.  So much so, that I had to close my Etsy shop.  I am happy to say that the Etsy shop is open again but I need a lot more listings.  And yes, I also moved my whole bead room too.  

I am more organized now but it is taking time to get back in the habit of working in my studio.  So Bead Soup Blog Party to the rescue! 

Let's get creative,

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Quilt Finish

At the end of January I gave a sneak peak of the quilt I was working on for my new grandson.  Well, it is finally finished and in his nursery. 

I made several samples of his embroidered name and used one to make a matching pillow. 

Here is a view of the front  
and the back with the label.  This was a relatively easy quilt to make with only a few challenges laying out the back. 
That's my DH holding the quilt.  Oh, the things they have to do for us.  
Here is a more current picture of my perfect gentleman.  Just love this guy and today he fell asleep on my shoulder for about 30 minutes.  (I loved just holding him.)
What is your latest creative finish?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

GYB Winner!

Hello All!

I am a bit behind on announcing my Grow Your Blog winner due to weather and other things.  Because my prize was a mystery, I will now reveal the faux sea glass earrings that I created just for this event. 

It is a little difficult to see in the picture but the glass pieces are square.  They are very lightweight and I hope the winner will enjoy them. 

And the winner is -   (Drum roll please!!!)

Val is a very talented quilter with a very bright and colorful style.  I hope you will check out her blog to see her many quilts.  So Val, please send me your snail mail address and I will get them on their way to you. 
Hope everyone is finding time to create something,

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day to all

Hope everyone is having a pleasant Valentine's Day however you choose to spend it.  Just relaxing here.

Don't forget to comment on my Grow Your Blog party post to be entered for a surprise giveaway!  I will be drawing a name some time tomorrow.  Good luck! 

Keep creating,

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grow Your Blog 2015

Welcome to the "Grow Your Blog" Party - 2015.  A big thank you to Vicki, at 2 Bags Full blog, for hosting this event.  Over 400 bloggers have signed up and the fun begins today.  

My name is Carol Dillman and I live in the mountains of Virginia, USA.  I am retired from the education field and keeping busier than ever.  I have two grown children, a son and a daughter.  Both are married and my daughter just had a little boy in November.  I also have 4 grown stepchildren and 3 more grandchildren. Whew!  The family is growing.  My husband and I love to entertain and spoil the grandchildren and sometimes the granddogs. 

The Mr. and granddogs
I am so glad you have come to visit my little space in the blogosphere.  This is where I get to share my adventures in lampwork glass beads, jewelry, sewing and some photography.  I need to be busy all the time with creating, learning and improving skills. 

Zinnia in my garden
I love to sew and have been sewing since I was fairly young.  Though I am currently in to quilting and making baby clothes, my daughter and husband can sometimes get me to create projects they devise.  Mending is not on my favorite list. lol 

Quilt made for the Crisis Pregnancy Center
Another sewing project I enjoy is upcycling leather garments in to handbags and totes. 

Leather tote made from leather skirts
Next on my list is making lampwork beads which means I melt glass in a torch flame. 

Lampwork beads from my torch
Then, because I have so many beads, I use a lot of them in jewelry.  This also gets me into some metal work. 

Sterling silver and lamwork beads
Seems that one thing just leads to another in my life.  Does anyone else just like to try out everything?  And this explains my stashes of fabric, glass, yarn, etc., etc.  So many projects - so little time.

Glass stash
This year I have decided to join in with a GIVEAWAY.  All you have to do is leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win.  Of course, I would love to have you follow my blog but it is not a requirement to win. 

The gift will be a surprise as I haven't decided what it will be yet.  I will announce the winner on February 15 so be sure to leave your comment before then to be entered.

Thanks so much for visiting with me!  If you are a blogger but not a participant in the "Grow Your Blog" party, leave your blog site in your comment and I will visit you, too. 

Now if you are ready to have some fun and meet some new friends through their blogs, please click here on Vicki's blog Vicki has a list of all of the participants and links to all of the wonderful blogs that are participating.  Many of the blogs are also having giveaways.  Here's to making some new friends!

2 Bags Full

Keep on creating,
Carol D.


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