Thursday, March 26, 2015

Pin It Weekly #107


Inspired by my own photographs from last summer...

Beautiful natural light

35 Fantastic Black and White Street Photographs -

New York, Long Island, the Hamptons, Westhampton Beach, Beach Erosion Fence, USA  Photographic Print

Kawase Toshiro | ikebana

Light and shade at Grand Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Oh what a day I laughed, I played and all the while my shadow was with me...  greeting all the other shadows you see!  (from Goodnight Shadow a book by me)

Tom Dixon pendant lamp that projects beautiful shadows as it illuminates a space. See more of his work at

How to photograph classic heart-shaped shadows using wedding rings and a simple table lamp.

"For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face." 1 Corinthians 13:12

Northern BC is full of amazing spots that can take your breath away, like these tall winter shadows near Fort Nelson, BC. Photo by Dan Newcomb Photography. #healthynorth #explorebc

Djibouti, Lake Assal. An Afar camel caravan crossing the salt flats of Lake Assal, as shadows lengthen in the late afternoon. At 509 feet below sea level, Lake Assal is the lowest place in Africa. Each camel carries between four and ten thirty-pound sacks according to the size and maturity of the animal. The salt is sold across the border in Ethiopia. by John Warburton-Lee Photography

Silhouette and Shadow Engagement Photos ~ we ♥ this!   #engagementphotos #shadowengagementphotos

The Kiss  we ❤ this!  #engagementphotos #savethedatephotos   #shadowengagementphotos

Park Bench Shadows by Rob Huntley - Kite Aerial Photography, via Flickr


Beautiful light effect through this window

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: C H A I R S

I started out thinking that chairs could be the inspiration for making a quilt.  In my head the chair would be on the quilt.  

"Literary Reverie" by art quilter BJ Adams -- 34.5" by 24.5" -- 2007 --   Free-motion machine embroidery on cotton fabric.

It turns out that my search brought up the opposite: the quilt is part of the chair.

Wheel Chair Lap Quilts with pockets, or great for seniors, click here. - Baby Quilts and Lap Quilts with Pockets are my specialty!

How to...Reupholster Chairs with Old Quilts (Inspiration) Pretty!

Patchwork Furniture

DIY Recycle scrap fabric into tuffet / stool by Elsie's Girl Awesome but looks like quite a project!

Suffolk Puff covered chair. Made for Thread and Thrift exhibition by Mandy Pattullo 2009

DIY Floor Cushions + 25 Small Quilting Tutorials

Well, damn! If I had thought to use a pre-made quilt to reupholster my chair, it would have saved me a lot of work!

Sew Sweetness: Tutorial: Junk in the Trunk Chair Cushions

AWESOME use of fabric selvages to cover an office chair seat, from Sew We Quilt@Stash Manicure.

This chair is amazing! ♥  I would love to do something like this for the chairs in Domesticraft.  So cute.


What's your favorite kind of reading chair? I like the chair and a half. Room for me and my stacks. Why read one at a time? The Search for the Perfect Reading Chair 10 Favorite Finds

There's a part of me that really wants a patchwork chair in the craft room.

Squint Ltd out of England. Sold in limited editions. If you haven't seen their work check out their website and say wow!

I have had one of these quilts in progress using 'Blush' for....ever. Looks so pretty in 'Dream On'!

and to think i have all those vintage quilts... love the idea, even if i am not wild about the frame work of the chair

I would say it's a novel idea but, it turns out, using a quilt to upholster a chair is fairly common among crafters.  I guess great minds do think alike!  Have a wonderful week.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Friday Linky Parties--join us!

One of my resolutions for this blog has been to increase traffic by joining a couple of linky parties.  I'd even like to host a link party eventually, but that may have to wait for a while.  The thought is still scary., to be able to participate in linky parties, I figured I'd need to create a list so that I don't have to search every time I need one.  Of course, it's awfully nice to share the information with others, so here you are.

Link party help/hosting info:

Monday parties:
Monday Makers for

Tuesday parties:
Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts 
Sew Cute TuesdayScraptastic Tuesday at She Can Quilt

Wednesday parties:
W.I.P. Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
We Did it Wednesday at Sew Much Ado
Made by Me! Wednesday at JAQS studio

Thursday parties:
Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
WIPs Be Gone at A Quilting Reader's Garden 
Really Random Thursday at Live a Colorful Life
Bag Brag Tuesday at ChrisW Designs

Friday parties:
Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts 
Fabric Frenzy Friday for Fourth Worth Fabric Studio
Sewjo @ My Go Go Life for Go Go Kim
Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya Quilts 
Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Thank Goodness Its Finished Friday for Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday TGIFF  

Weekend parties: 
Show Off Saturday at Sew She Can .
Submarine Sunday at USS Crafty
Sew Darn Crafty at Sew Many Ways 

Baby Quilt party:
Michelle's Romantic Tangle for Let's Make Baby Quilts

I'm pacing myself, so I haven't gotten to every one of the blogs yet. Well, I have entered a post in every single one.  I have in most, however.
ChrisW Designs
I'm very sure that the list is not exhaustive, but it's a good start. You could always have me add your linky party--just email me at  

I understand that not all of the items have a link included. I think I fixed most of the links.  I also added a couple more linky parties and a few logos to dress up the post.

Remember, each blog has its own rules.  Be sure to read the fine print and follow the rules.  Of course, visit other blogs on the list and leave comments.  Finally, come back for a visit!  I hope to see you in cyberland.

Happy blogging,

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pin It Weekly #106

How's this for an unusual building?  If you love books, these are the buildings for you.

Kansas City Public Library parking garage. The 22 book titles were chosen by patrons of the librrary. Love it!

steampunktendencies:  Spiral Staircase, Public Library, Lima, Peru Facebook |  Google + | Twitter   Steampunk Tendencies Official Group

Willa Cather is such a talented writer.  I like most of her books, but this is my favorite.  I appreciate that determination and strength that made it possible for her to survive and succeed.I haven't written anything about books and libraries in quite some time, but I read Willa Cather's O Pioneers! yesterday, so I've been thinking about both.  That means sharing some pins with you.  
This pin is from my "bookworm, books" board.

New York Public Library

facade//basically a breezway made of pallets - let's the light in, but adds privacy. could be fence structure. whole-house fence

Seattle Library | Rem Koolhaas

Almere (holland) public library. I no es podria haver fet així la Filmoteca de Catalunya? per comptes del búnker, fosc, sense gaire ventilació i amb una despesa energètica brutal!

The Radcliffe Camera at Oxford University, built in 1737-1749.  It is the earliest example of a circular library in England, and amusingly, according to Wikipedia, J. R. R. Tolkien (author of The Lord of the Rings) remarked that the building resembled Sauron's temple to Morgoth on Númenor.  It is also mentioned in 'The Notion Club Papers'.

Edna St. Vincent Millay's private library. No one was allowed to enter, not even her husband

Libraries we love: Berkeley Public Library. California.

University of Michigan (Old) Law Library - Ann Arbor, Michigan

The New York Public Library

Top 25 FREE Things to Do in New York City - Southern Savers :: Southern Savers

Kansas City Public Library parking garage steps, 14 West 10th Street, Kansas City, Missouri

State Hall of the Austrian National Library, Vienna

A couple of pins from "book, quotes"....

Willa Cather quote
from O Pioneers!
Books --- old or new.

If you'd like to see more pins like these, go to my "public, library"  page where there are photos of libraries from around the world.