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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Star Mug Rugs

What a week! I already am exhausted. Why? First I had to finish all those stars.
I made mug rugs for all my faithful Quilt Show workers. And I must have been crazy! These are little paper pieced stars from Judy Mathieson's book Mariner's Compass book. We used a lot of these stars in our Opportunity quilt and I thought it would be a good memento to remember this years QS. After about three, I was ready to re-think that whole plan! But I continued on, complaining to myself. And I finished! Sure I was finishing the binding on 10 or so yesterday morning, the day of our Celebration meeting. Have I mentioned how I procrastinate?
I obviously like this color combo. Years ago I bashed a bunch of tile and made my outdoor table a beautiful compass rose mosaic, not unlike this little mug rug.
First batch of 6.
Second batch of 6.
Last batch of 6. Glad to be done!
One great thing about these mug rugs, all scraps. Not a thing was bought to complete these. That I love! In fact I may not hate these as much as I first thought. I'm think I need a matching set for my own house. Now I just need to do it...

Because we were having a Celebration last night, I thought we needed a special treat. So out came the cake pans and gum paste.

Unfortunately, I have very little patience (another flaw). I gave up trying to make the frosting smooth and just covered it with a ribbon. Yes I could have put fondant on it, but I don't like it. I didn't like working with it or eating it, so why bother. But gum paste, that I like. And it makes such beautiful flowers that you can use to hide ugly bits.

So I'm now done with other things and I hope to get back to my own things. There is no pressing agenda, outside of my own head.
Except the "C" holiday. But I'm kind of still a humbug and I don't want to hear about it, so I'm sticking my head in the sand. Don't tell me!

In other news, my Daughter is coming home, just in time for Thanksgiving! She said for a month or two, but I'm not complaining (yet). The only problem? Two and a half years ago, I moved into her room and my old room, a converted attic, became a storage room. Can you say "Hoarder", yeah apparently that's me too. So I have been going through years of "I'll get to that later" boxes. I have found a lot of baby clothes that I have saved for the kids. Every little outfit brings memories of yesteryear.
So now that I've explained my tardiness, I'll try to do better next week. Bring on the fabric! I need to use up some creativity. You know, use my skills to create and stop wasting it on cleaning. Yea, I like that.

Take care, Brandie


Marsha said...

Once again you amaze me! So much talent within you.

LynCC said...

What a gorgeous cake! I don't even know what gum paste is. . . lol

Jean said...

Loving the blackeyed susans...

Lynn said...

You are so darn clever Brandie! You amaze me. What is gum paste? I'm clueless.

Heather said...

Love those little star mugs, OMG so much work!

debbie said...

Lovely little stars and nicely done! I've been wondering where you were...didn't have time to check blogs until Sunday evening. Son's wedding weekend went as smooth as can be expected with people coming from TX and WV, 48 hours or less before, to put on a wedding. From Friday's rehersal dinner to the wedding dinner, everything was done by family except the flowers and the formal wear.
With all the pre and post company cleaning I do understand your situation. I took over son's room as soon as he was gone! Now I need to take the twin bed to the basement and put my sewing room back together! Hope you get her settled in and back to creating soon!

Lori said...

I love the stars! Worth every effort for sure Brandie!!
So, you'll be doing a bit of cleaning and purging soon? Be sure to save time for blogging:)

Library Gal Quilts said...

You are a star! Look at those sweet gifts...and the cake...well, how do you find the energy!!

Linda said...

So I'm playing a little catch up. I love everything. Your star coasters look to amazing to be putting under drink!! Your cake looks too amazing to eat!!!! Wow!!! Those flowers are gorgeous!

Carrie P. said...

those mug rugs are so cool. great stars.
Enjoy your time with your daughter. Hope the dogs can get along.