Thursday, July 12, 2012

Summer Crafting

We had our bi-annual family reunion this past weekend, with a couple of my sibs and their kids and grandkids here from Texas.  We met with aunts, uncles and cousins on Friday evening and Saturday evening. We had a great visit but the time went by too quickly, as always.

It has become a reunion tradition for family members who craft, sew, etc. to make something to donate for a silent auction with the proceeds going toward reunion expenses.  Others donate purchased items and lots of us bid.  I had a few things in mind for this year but ended up making just a couple of patriotic decorations.  I was inspired by Jackie's recent class at Paper Crown (see her blog post here.)  I wasn't able to attend her class, but borrowed the idea.  Sorry, Jackie!  But I'll be there for her mystery class later this month!
My sweet sister and sister-in-law were the winning bidders on these, so a big thank you to them!

I was the winning bidder on this cute bag made by my sister-in-law.  I love the combination of suit fabric and ribbon, and check out that great lining and all those pockets.  She originally made it to carry to Canton but we had to cancel our trip, so the bag went to the auction.  Lucky me!  It's perfect for junqueing.

She sells purses, hats and other things at art and craft shows occasionally, but I think she needs an Etsy shop. She's a great artist, too, and does lovely paintings.

Tabitha at Creative Wings Boutique is hosting a Very Merry Unbirthday Cake Swap.  I've joined in, so I'll have a cake to show you in a couple of weeks.  The Paper Cowgirl Summer Travel Postcard swap continues and I'll soon have a couple of cards to show you from round two.  Here's the "Africa 1914" card I received from Debbie.  It even has a little pocket watch.  Love!  Thanks, Debbie!  You can see my Africa card and a link to the swap Pinterest page here.


  1. What a fun idea for covering reunion expenses. Love it!

  2. Can I be a family member next time and come to your reunion? Sounds like fun!
    Love your creations - as always!

  3. What a fun couple of swaps! I do like your little Canton (sniffle) purse, too!