March 22, 2009

Books & Procrastination

Yup... that's what I have been so busy doing over the last month! I have just been having so much fun lately becoming totally inspired by everyone else's blogs & creations that I haven't had much time for my own but HEY! ...We all need a break from time to time :o) Thanks to all of you who left those little messages through my e-mail, blog, flickr & etsy telling me you missed me!

I have been sewing a bit here & there but not as much as usual because I have started reading again... yes, I haven't picked up a novel since before Claire was born (4 1/2 years ago) and I forgot how time consuming it can be... especially if you read two 950 page novels in two weeks! I admit I am a fantasy girl and have been utterly enthralled in the new television series Legend of the Seeker. This series is like nothing I have ever seen on TV! It's like one long epic motion picture. The film quality, acting, & special effects are all top notch. It is based on Terry Goodkind's Wizards First Rule so I started reading to find out what REALLY happens!! I find that books are always better that the film version! I have just started the third novel in the series.

During my break, I have collected a large number of photos in a folder titled "to blog about". It's been so long that I just can't go back that far to catch up in order so what I am going to try to do is every time I blog about something new, I will throw in something old that hopefully relates in some way!

This week I sewed some more Book Pillows. One of my bestest customers requested two smaller ones (6x8x2inches/ 15x20x5cm) and this time I remembered my rule to always make more than one! That means there are three extras in my shop :o) I was really happy with the label for the Beloved Poems book. I finished it off with a border of french knots and cotton crochet trim...

I also listed my tiny "teapot" wall hanging in my shop at the same time. The idea came to me while I was surfing Etsy and saw these long wooden beads from SupplyCandy. As soon as I saw them I knew exactly what I would make!

Don't you love how a little thing like a bead can inspire a whole piece of art?!

Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)


  1. Welcome back!! You little wall hangings are really lovely.

  2. Welcome back, your book pillows are beautiful and I do love the teapot wallhanging too....just divine.

  3. Hi, welcome back!
    I am glad to see you are still sewing and I know exactly what you mean about books and getting totally absorbed in them... I haven't picked up a book in years... I haven't heard of that author I will have to look him up... I am also a fantasy girl... Magic and good versus evil are fab... I think the last books I read were by Janny Wurts and David Gemmel so perhaps its time to pick up a new book...

    Loving the sewing beautiful as ever...

    X Alex

  4. Nice to see you here again, it's the same for me as far as books concerns... I have a 1,1/2 years old child and it's impossible to find free time for reading...
    On the other hand I like to see the thing you do... Don't read so much, je,je
    Have a nice week

  5. It's funny how time can get away from you isn't it. Before you know it a month has gone since you blogged last and it feels as though it was only a week ago. I find your blog so inspiring and love your little teapot wall hanging. You come up with the most simplest ideas that look so amazing. I borrowed the book "Pretty Little Purses & Pouched" from my local library the other week and loved your pattern for the teacup pouch. I actually made one from seeing them on you blog but changed it so that it was a lot smaller. I have a photo of it on my blog here
    Good to read from you again.
    Regards Jane 8o)

  6. Ooooh welcome back my sweet Laurraine ! I missed reading you so much ! I know how hard it is to come back & report what you've been doing during your break, there're just too much to show & tell !!! The wall hanging is sooo delightful, your use of these beads are brilliant ! :)
    Have a super nice week, my friend ! Take care ! xoxoxo
    PS : enjoy your books !! :)

  7. I my name is Anna from italy I wanted to say that yours work are wonderful excuse my English


  8. hola tu blog es una belleza!! siempre veo las cosas que haces!
    felicitaciones por tus trabajos tan lindos!
    la chio de cordoba argentina

  9. So glad to have you back. I love the beads and the teapot hanging. Your designs are awesome. Thank you for sharing

  10. I am sooo happy to see you again!

  11. Love the teapot wall hanging.

  12. Welcome "home"! And congratulations for the lovely things you have made! (Like everything you made).
    I like so much!
    I have received your book (I've send you a mail).
    Let's work!
    Have a nice week!
    ana paula

  13. I love the story book quality of your work, the fabrics, the embroidery. Very talented lady!

  14. Hello, my name is Titim from Chile, I like your work, is beautiful.
    Serious pretty that you put traductos thus more people of hispanic speech visitarian to you.
    Have a nice day!

  15. I was so pleased to see you posting again and you will be glad to know that the photo thief is no more - Esty has stopped them. I absolutely love your book pillows are just gorgeous. Lots of Love Patti xxx

  16. Oh wow. I love the teapot. It is super super darling.

  17. I'm partial to ALL things tea. Love your darling little teapot quilt.

  18. Yay glad to have you back! I love love your Book Pillows! They are soo cute! Have a lovely merry happy day and lots of love to you and yours!

  19. Laurraine love,
    Your books are wonderful, beautiful and
    your Teepottquilt is sweet.
    Liebe Grüße

  20. What a wonderful blog. Found you through Stephanie of LoftCreations. I found reading conflicted with crafting, so now I listen to audio books while I craft. Almost all the books I want to read/hear are available from the library. Give it a try. You'll become hooked!

  21. Oh... I am currently working my way through those books. I am up to book 10, but lost interest at about book 4. Stubbornly I persist with the story.

    However if you like them, authors that I think are better of similar genre are Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series... or even better George RR Martin's "A song of ice and fire" series.

  22. Thanks Metanoia,
    I have read the "Wheel of Time" series and loved it up until about book 5 or 6... Definitely one of my favourite series! Right now, I am finding it difficult to get through book 5 of the Sword of Truth series "Soul of the Fire". I have never heard of "A Song of Ice and Fire" so I will definitely look for it next time I go to the book store :o)
    I also liked "The Elenium" Trilogy by David Eddings.
    Hugs, Laurraine

  23. I just found your blog and I saw this post- so I had to comment!
    First of all, I love your work - everything is so whimsical and adorable!!!!

    Secondly, I wanted to post because I just found the tv show, too & am really enjoying it! I read the Terry Goodkind series a few years ago and loved it so much - the tv show is fun and reminding me of the stories - you're sure to enjoy the books much better.

    I'm in love with your coffee cup pouches - I'm hoping the pattern is in one of your books.


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