Category Archives: Presents

Beautiful Indigo Art Quilt by Victoria Gertenbach!

I’ve been a long time fan Victoria Gertenbach’s work, she blogs at The Silly BooDilly and has an Etsy shop as well. She and I met 2 years ago in the green room of Quilting Arts TV and have become long distance friends after emerging from that beautiful, stressful day wiser and more experienced of many things new to us both.

She commented on one of my indigo dyeing posts, and I knew instantly that she would like some indigo fabric, so I dyed some up, along with a scarf, and sent it to her:

A few weeks later, she blogged about a couple of quilts she’d made with the fabric, and there was an email in my inbox from her telling me she wanted to send me one of them, but she wanted me to choose which one! Eek! So exciting!

I chose “Indigo Blue Cross No. 1” and it arrived yesterday:

I love love love it! The worn look of all the (freshly hand-dyed) indigo totally fits her aesthetic, and mine as well!

I roamed the house looking for a likely spot for it, and hit upon this area right by my beloved new hardwood stairs hubby installed this summer:

You can see it from the front door – in fact, Logan exclaimed “Ooh, cool, new art!” the moment he walked in the door this afternoon! I also see it while walking up the stairs to my studio:

I love the texture she gets with her stitching, alternating rows of indigo and slate blue. I’ve borrowed this picture from her site, as it shows it so much better:

Photo by Victoria Gertenbach

Ah, it’s just so lovely…and a lovely reminder of kindred spirits who can connect across the country via the internet! Thanks so much Victoria!

Babies Need Color!

One of the reasons I remembered to blog about Brian and Laura’s wedding scarves the other day was because I needed to make them some baby clothes! They’ve got a baby girl due in a month and I wanted to bring some tie dye baby clothes to the baby shower: I love giving a rainbow… Continue Reading

A Crafty Holiday: Blog Hop for Handmade Gifts

Angela Flicker from The Artists’ House organized a special Crafty Holiday blog hop.  This hop is designed to promote buying handmade over the holidays.  November 1 – December 16, you can find wonderful gift suggestions on the participating blogs. Yesterday, Linda from a la Mode Stuff listed all sorts of deelicious items that would make wonderful gifts… Continue Reading

A Quilt to Chart Max’s Growth

Dear Max, If I may say so , you are one lucky guy! As the youngest of my niece/nephews, you reap the benefits of your Auntie Candy having learned so much and improved her creative skills! When you were born, she made you and awesome piece of art to adorn your nursery walls, a cute… Continue Reading

Tie Dyed Lab Coat Report!

Remember these from the other day? Well, although I forgot to bring my camera, Sharise did, and we got a few pix of the coats on their recipients! What I can’t wait to see is them being worn in the lab next semester – so FUN! Psst…don’t forget I’m hosting another giveaway at Park City… Continue Reading

Christmas Lab Coats

Whee! Look what I’m wrapping up right now – lab coats for the 3 awesome ladies who prep my labs for me ( and many other professors in the Biology & Chemistry Departments of the University of Redlands)! Although I love surprises, these were a a bit too expensive for them to not be what… Continue Reading