A piece a Week – Skirts to dance in for Diwali

Thank goodness last week is over – it was crazy busy with a mid week show at a local school in the Los Altos Hills. Starting off with a book club meeting and ending in a Diwali celebration with much more in between – I must say the weekend and time to breathe and just watch movies was heavenly. 
Continuing my circle skirt theme I experimented with some sari fabric and this amazing sewn striped fabric from a shower curtain – this skirt is a beauty! 
Made from a shower curtain this skirt will swing at all the holiday parties
This is the best dancing skirt as I tried it out at the Diwali celebration at school on Friday 
I had a show with my friend Savi from Recipe Sack at Gardner Bullis Charter School up in the Los Altos Hills. Certainly a very “special” crowd lives up there I was very happy to come back down to Mountain View that evening when it was all over. It was an experience in cultural differentiation that I will live and learn by. 
My booth at the show of about 8 vendors
Thursday I taught the Arts Focus class and the kids enjoyed learning about quilting and some even made a fleece pillow to take home with yarn tassels. I came home and could not get into my house as the lock was jammed and what a drama that was – keep calm and carry on as my son would say…
Friday was the Diwali celebration at our school hosted by the South Asian Families including myself as I have Sri Lankan roots! I helped out with the Rangoli with a friend and saw beautiful designs & color created by the kids. 
Creating a base design (pic by A. Son)

My friend Lavanya made this outside the principals office – I love it! 

Saturday was Caturday for us with a cat party for two of our little friends who turned 1 year old and 5 years old. There were cosplay cat ears and cat tails for the kids to wear and Hello Kitty made an appearance to play with the little ones.

Missy the cat

To end the weekend with some rain Jonathan (from FabMo) and I made a trip to Barnes and Noble for their Mini Maker Faire at their store in Eastridge, San Jose. Jonathan the co-founder of FabMo, 2 other makers and myself presented the FabMo story to the customers and inspired them to make with fabric – all it takes is a needle and thread! It was a interesting concept and people were interested in coming to visit FabMo at their next distribution event – yay!

Be inspired with these amazing fabrics!

A piece a Week – Custom order Patchwork Snakes

Last week flew by with 3 volunteer gigs for the week including my usual Arts Focus sewing volunteering with the kids at school on a Thursday morning. In the evening I wanted to give back to the place that provides me with the most amazing fabric collection – FabMo and it was so enjoyable seeing so many new faces coming through the doors. I generally take the Greeter role that involves introducing FabMo and it’s wonders to people who have appointments. Generally it is all good and I see them come out with bags full of goodies to craft with! Sharing the love of crafting is a wonderful thing!!
The last volunteer gig was for a Diwali event we had after minimum day on the Friday. It was a complete success with lots of delicious food and I helped out with Henna and was an apprentice for the day. A friend of mine did this peacock on my daughters hand. I need a bit more practice but still the kids enjoyed me drawing feathers, peacocks, birds and whatever they wanted on their hands. 
Detailed peacock made from a paisley pattern

Rangoli – folk art using colored sands

Yesterday we visited a friend at a local park that had been refurbished over the summer and found this sit upon lizard – the kids just loved it!

Enjoying a ride on a lizard

Here are the snakes that friends commissioned me to make for them – for a little baby to a Kinder child. They are enjoying the succulents that I am propagating in my garden – the drought has got me thinking about what should be in my garden and succulents are the thing! I love to grow them and the varieties are endless. I found some today that a neighbor was selling as they are moving back to Spain – what a score!!

4 snakes on the table

My favorite snake made from velvet – so soft to touch!