The Return of the Perfect Pocket

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Now that I have my new Baby Lock sewing machine I’m super excited about sewing again.When I was thinking about what I was going to do with new machine I kept coming up with new ideas for my Perfect Pockets, so that’s where I started.

Today, I completed my first Perfect Pocket and just now have put it up on Etsy for all to see.

Please drop by my Etsey site have a look and leave me a like or a favoriite.

Stay tuned:I’ll have another, different purse to add in another day or so.

I like my pillows

We’ve lived in this house for well over 2 years and I’ve always wanted to design and make decorative pillows for our living room. I’ve just never got around to doing it.

My new sewing machine has changed all that.

 

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They really brightened up our space

Baby Lock Serenade

I must have been an especially good girl this past year because for my birthday I got a new Baby Lock Serenade sewing machine. The Serenade comes with almost all the bells and whistles so I can professionally almost anything including draperies, Perfect Pockets, garments, costumes, blinds and valances. What did I miss?

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Of course with a fancy new toy I need a new project so for my first I chose this table runner.

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I have some new ideas for my Perfect Pockets and our daughter is looking for a blind. I plan to keep my new machine busy.

Any ideas?

 Want to make your own table runner?  The pattern is at the website So Sew Easy 

 

 

 

Studio M

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For years and years I’ve dreamt of having a craft room of my own set up so I could easily paint or sew. I envisioned having the whole room organized.

 

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I started with a new paint job, then added a bright LED light. Then I made some matching covers for my machines and tables.

 

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A clipboard for projects, a blackboard for reminders and a wireless speaker for some tunes.

I love it.

Morningstar Mill

Historic Morning Star Mill

Historic Morning Star Mill

We often hike in this area, it’s just a few minutes drive from home, on the edge of the escarpment with many hiking and biking trails. It’s still a working mill, and they often offer demonstrations of how the mill worked back in the mid 1800’s.
Both Larry and I are fascinated with the the area, the waterfall, the rocks and the architecture so I guess it’s only natural that I wanted to paint it . Conicidentally, this is the last painting I did in oil. I’m not saying last oil painting ever, but I did want to try my hand at painting acrylic.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Last winter Larry and I often went to St Catharine’s Jaycee pool to get a little exercise and change things up from our many hikes. In this building there is a long South facing row of  windows on a  hallway to reach the pool and in this area a number of employees have taken to tending to beautiful flowering plants. It is there that we discovered this beautiful flower.
This was my first attempt at painting with acrylic paints instead of my old favorite oil. I have to admit it was a bit of a struggle, the paints just didn’t flow like the oils did. In my more recent works I’ve used nothing but acrylic paints and I think I’m getting in to the medium. I especially like the ease of clean up using only water, compared to the stinky varsol I used before.
Chances are there will be another oil in my future but I’m starting to see the advantages of acrylic.

Ball’s Falls Welcomes Perfect Pockets

I’m designing and creating every Perfect Pocket that I can these days; the Grimsby Festival of Arts is less than a month away (it’s September 6 and 7) and as well as my oil paintings, prints and tiles I want to take as many Perfect Pockets as I can with me for that 2 day weekend event.

But every good girl needs a day off once in a while so Larry and I recently packed up a few of my finished Pockets, and headed off for a hike at Niagara’s well know Ball’s Falls, home of one of the first woolen mills in southern Ontario. We had a great hike both up to the upper falls and down to the lower falls while my pockets got to show off a bit on  the gorgeous sunny day.

Why not visit my Etsy store to see more of my creations. You will find them at Etsy.com/MarilynVanstone

Here’s what’s coming up for Perfect Pockets

I’ve almost caught up with costumes for the year-end shows at  Artist’s Play Dance School and my understanding accounting clients are up-to-date as well. Now I move on to 2 sets of draperies for RV’s and my true loves, my perfect pockets and maybe even some time to get out the easel and some brushes and move some paint around.

Here’s the fabrics soon to be Perfect Pockets. I’m working on these now.

You can shop them all at my Etsy Store

Six Perfect Pockets for Mother’s Day

Each of these unique designer Perfect Pockets is available here  at my Etsey store.