There’s a song from A Chorus Line – “I Can Do That”. It keeps popping up in my head every time I see a crafty item I like. It’s more a question for me first, then a statement. While exploring a local retailer I saw some pillows with dogs, rabbits, pheasants and miscellaneous other animals done in an applique/machine quilting style. I loved them. They were more than $200.00 each and overall dark in color. I looked at them, walked away, came back to them, studied them carefully, then took photos. I Can Do That.
My mother, my Aunt and my maternal Grandmother all sewed. It’s a strong tradition, skill, art, in our family. I took Home Ec classes in high school and I learned from the masters (my family). I always had custom made and custom designed clothing that was gorgeous. I lust after a couple of college age party outfits my mother made. One was a soft grey crushed velvet palazzo pants and jacket with a silk low cut white blouse to go with it. Circa 1970 – and it would be perfect for today’s styles. Another was a sheer peasant blouse in cream color and pale pink palazzo jumpsuit with suspenders and glittering embroidery at the hem. Oh well – those were the days.
I tried my hand at making clothing early on and quickly abandoned it after I realized the special skills needed. Moving on to more practical projects, I made curtains for our first house – over and over again. Re-decorating, re-decorating, re-decorating. Just can’t stop that creative flow. Then I moved on to pillows for the couch and chairs. and beds.
Fast forward to 2016 and the puppies. Here’s my own artistic version of what I found in the store -which were shared with family for Christmas. And of course, Bill and I had first choice of two to keep at home!