While I was waiting for little Liam to be born.....he was 2 weeks later than we expected him.....
I was helping my dear friend and designer Stephanie Ryan, whose first line of beautiful fabrics were about to be previewed to the public. MODA is the manufacturer......and they were unveiling Steph's maginficent collection of fabric at the International Quilt Fair in Houston.
Stephanie asked me to come up with some "projects" to show folks how her fabrics could be used.
So we talked .......and then I drew and sewed .....and this is some what happened!
Funny longlegged dolls and bird mobile (it's hanging in Liam's room now!)
I held a painting workshop this past weekend in my home. We had a wonderful group of people/painters sign up.It was such a pleasure to host this group......very hard working......very compatible. So much fun!
What a busy day! I got up.....went swimming..... then to the market for some new painting "inspiration".....a lovely bunch of daffodils. Went to the studio, set up my painting.......I sat down and painted away!
I ate lunch, showered, changed and headed down to visit one of my galleries, the Somerville Manning Gallery in Delaware. Raced back from the gallery to finish my painting.
I was so thirsty.....ran back to the kitchen for a glass of water....grabbed a glass......but then I spied a full glass of water on the counter.....so as not to waste a glass of water.....I grabbed it and gulped it down.....the whole thing. It left a funny taste in my mouth.....what was that taste? It was familiar.....oh no......it was daffodil! What? How did that happen?
Oh, now I remember....when I returned home from the store I put my daffodils in water before I arranged them. In a drinking glass? Yes, I did.
I did a quick google search. "Are daffodils poisonous". Yikes. They are. There was lots of information. The bulbs are the most dangerous.....both the stems and flowers are too.
But what about the water? I soon found out. My stomach started rumbling, followed by a sharp pain and an emergency run to the bathroom. I felt like a small child.......on the floor thowing up. I felt terrible but it was amazing to think of my body's natural reaction to get it out of me!
So, there you go......a word to the wise......Don't Drink Daffodil Water!
On a recent trip to Italy I noticed that all of the curtain panels in the house we stayed in were suspended from the curtain rods with clips attached to rings. So I thought......What a good idea! When I got home I went to my local Bed, Bath and Beyond......and voila......there are many styles and sizes of these gizmos. I bought a couple of sets and......
One hour later I had turned my Persimmon Sunflower Tablecloth into a beautiful curtain!
And then I added the chair I upholstered in the Oaisis Hydrangea.....I love these two patterns together
The blues and the oranges make a vibrant combination.
And then I played with the Peony Fern......first as curtains.....
And then the napkin stretched in a shadow box......the perfect addition to this grouping in my dining room!
Last weekend, Amanda ran a Carol Maguire Home booth at the Richmond Holiday Market in her hometown in Vermont. Her friend Caitlin (also a redhead) helped her staff the booth, and they met lots of wonderful people!
Our booth at the market.
Caitlin (left) and Amanda (right) smiling at the booth.
The big man, himself, showed up for a few hours - and the little ones lined up for hours just to have a few moments with the magical Santa Claus! The pictures are a little blurry because - as you may know - Santa is very elusive!
There were also sleigh rides, courtesy of Santa's stable. Bake sale yummies were being sold, and wreaths by the boy scouts - it was a true small town holiday event!
Some folks brought their plates to figure out which tablecloth they wanted...and decided that the Peony Fern tablecloth was the best choice.