A Challenge For You

Last week my son, his wife and children were here from the Dallas area for a great visit. My daughter-in-law and granddaughter had been introduced to Pinterest by my daughter last Christmas and encouraged me to sign-up. I had heard about Pinterest from several people, but wasn’t convinced I needed another distraction.

Todd and family

Todd with Julie, Tyler, and Madison

Silly me, I did need this distraction because it is so much fun, plus I’ve learned so much and seen beautiful pictures of things I love. Also, I’ve  tapped into sites of friends and acquaintances. The most wonderful thing I found on my search is my former editor’s board which had a link to a blog FULL of vintage lace. Oh, my, my, my, my, my! I thought I had died and gone to heaven. This link led to other sites with vintage lace. I shouted, “There are people out there who love vintage lace as much as I do!” I have one closet in our home which is devoted almost exclusively to lace.

Closet

Closet Designated for Lace and Trims

Yes, I know you are saying that is way too neat and organized. I have been collecting vintage lace for 30 years. It would take over our house, if I didn’t organize it. But I cannot tell a lie. This is what my studio looks like right now when I start pulling out those boxes. I love to surround myself with all things that may possibly need inclusion in the project of the moment. I will eventually pick-up everything and put it in its place again so I can pull-out the next boxes of important sewing stuff.

Studio

Studio During Creative Stage

After looking at the vintage laces on Pinterest,  I knew that I had to blog about my collection and my love for vintage lace and vintage linens. About this same time, the manager of the Texas Quilt Museum asked me to make some pillows for the Museum Store using vintage lace. She did not need to ask me twice. I had been making collage greeting cards for the Store, and I could sew on those every day of my life and never tire of making them.  Making a pillow just added to my excitement.

A few days later I had my weekly call with  Art Coach, Lesley Riley, and she had a fun suggestion for me to do for my blog readers. It’s an on-line challenge! I hope you will join in the fun. Starting today, while the supplies last, you can sign up for my challenge to make an item using a packet of vintage lace I will send to you for $5.00. I promise you that what you receive will be well worth its cost. Each packet will be different, but will  include an assortment of four different pieces of vintage lace. Your challenge is to make something using the majority of the lace you receive from me. How you use the lace is up to you.

Here are pictures of several things I have made recently using vintage lace. You can also see more items in my etsy shop. If you don’t have an idea of what you would like to make, maybe these projects will trigger an idea for you.

Mother's Day

Mother's Day Quilt Card

Journal Cover

Journal Cover

Pillow

Special Order Pillow

Pillow

Special Order Pillow

Postcard

Postcard

Postcard

Postcard

Bits and Pieces of Lace

Bits and Pieces of Lace Pillow

Wedding Pillow

Wedding Pillow

Are you willing and able now? Here are the particulars.

  • Send $5.00 to me at 3815 Oakland Circle, Missouri City, TX 77459 by April 17. I will send your laces immediately to you. Be sure to include your address. If you would like, you can pay by paypal to your paypal ID.
  • Email a picture of your finished project to my email address at judym@entouch.net by May 1.
  • Post picture on your blog, if you have one, and link to my blog. I will post listings of all those who have a challenge photo on their blog.
  • There are no restrictions to what you make, how you make it, or what you do with the lace. It does, however, need to be recognizable.
  • There are two independent judges who are willing to choose the #1 entree.
  • I will post the winner, along with other entree photos on my blog, on May 4. The winner will receive this 4″ X 8 ” by 3″ high vintage sewing drawer full of vintage lace.
    laces

    Laces from Drawer

    Sewing Drawer

    Laces in Sewing Drawer

    Sewing Drawer

    Sewing Drawer for Winner

I really hope you will join me. It will be so much fun. I can’t wait to see how you incorporate what I send to you into something wonderful.

In closing, here I am happy for another reason. Our son from LA was here for a day and night this past week. He’s our artist/musician whom we don’t see often enough.

Troy

Troy

Now you have seen all of my family. They make my heart sing as do you. Happy Creating to you, Judy

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28 Responses to “A Challenge For You”

  1. Barbara Black Says:

    Wow! Now that’s a prize worth playing for! My $5 is on the way!!

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  2. judymurrah Says:

    Great, Barbara. Can’t wait to see what you do. I know it will be spectacular with your precise sewing skills. Thinking of you and the wedding coming up. Enjoy!

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  3. Debra Bentley Says:

    Judy, I really like this idea. I have made several “memory pillows” for family members, and for dementia patients. They contain photos, buttons, charms, laces, etc., to aid in remembering family and loved ones. Thanks for this challenge!

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  4. June Graham Says:

    Hello Judy, I learned of your work through Lesley’s blog and I want to join your challenge. Paypal is my choice, but I don’t know your email address for payment. It is probably obvious to most, but I need to ask!
    Looking forward to this new venture with you,
    June

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  5. Debi Minter Says:

    Judy, I just read of your challenge via the newsletter from Lesley. I’d love to take this challenge as I LOVE vintage lace. I’m going to send me $5 via paypal today. So excited…my brain is whirling!
    HuGGs, Debi

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Thanks to Lesley I am hearing from several vintage lace fans. So glad to hear from you, Debi, and that you will be participating in our on-line challenge. I’ll be sending packets in tomorrow’s mail. It will be fun to see your creation. I’ve heard of some innovative ideas as I’m sure your’s is. Enjoy!

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  6. Tammy:-) Says:

    Very fun idea!

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  7. judymurrah Says:

    Hope you will join in the fun, Tammy. I’ve sent out several envelopes today. Stay tuned…

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  8. Nicki Lee Says:

    Oh how wonderful! I am another one addicted to lace – love love love it! I would think I died and went to heaven playing in your stash! I would love to take part in your challenge – can I paypal you the money? If so what address?

    Judy, although I don’t post much on your Blog, know that I check in every time you post and am in awe of everything you create!

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  9. judymurrah Says:

    Hi Nicki. Thanks for checking-in. I’m so glad to hear from another lace lover. You can pay your $5 with PayPal using judym@entouch.net. Can’t wait to see what you make.

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  10. judymurrah Says:

    Got it. Thanks. Packet will go out tomorrow and the fun begins.

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  11. Debi Minter Says:

    Good Morning Judy!!!
    Did you get my paypal payment? Just checking in to make sure. I’ve got lots of ideas running through my head.
    HuGGs!
    Debi

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  12. myrosesindecember Says:

    Oh, how I would love to have a stash of vintage lace like that. I sew for vintage/antique French dolls and would so love to have vintage laces available to me. What a treasure. Enjoy!

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    • judymurrah Says:

      I have collected laces for more than 30 years. I’m going to LaGrange, Texas later this week for Warrenton Antique week with my sister. She has an antiques shop in San Antonio so is a serious shopper. I just love to look for good deals and try to talk myself out of buying more vintage things. Think I’ll be successful? Wish you were here to go with us. I’ll blog about our fun in a later blog.

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  13. Marie Donnay Says:

    Is this vintage lace challenge a current event for 2012?

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Yes, Marie, it is current. You still have time to participate. I hope you will join the fun. I still have several packets so you aren’t too late. Hope to hear from you again soon. Judy

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      • Nicki Lee Says:

        HI Judy, I was wondering if you had a chance to send out the Challenge packs yet as I have not received mine. Thank you!

        Nicki Lee

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      • judymurrah Says:

        I did, over a week ago. Nothing has been returned to me. Keep me posted. I’ll send another one if you haven’t received yours by Thursday. Judy

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  14. Nicki Lee Says:

    HI Judy, Hate to be a pest – I’m so bummed – I still have yet to receive my lace package….help! Can you check your Paypal Records under my Paypal name – Barbara Seavey (Barbara is my first name)

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Dear Nicki/Barbara,

      I am home from Cincinnati now and could check, but I have no record of a PayPal transaction with Barbara Seavey. I had a Niki and just assumed it was you until you recently told me your order was under a different name. My PayPal account is under this email address: judym@entouch.net. Do your PayPal records show you have ordered a lace challenge packet? If you send me your mailing address, I will send a packet to you tomorrow and you can send your payment. So sorry for the confusion, but all along I thought I’d received a request from you when it was someone else.

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      • Nicki Lee Says:

        Good Morning Judy,
        I just sent you an email with the Paypal transaction details… they are saying the payment is “unclaimed” if it is too late to get a package to me and get a project don in time for this challenge, I will wait until the next time you have a challenge to participate.

        Hugs!

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  15. judymurrah Says:

    I am so sorry you have not received your packet. Something must have happened. I am in Cincinnati at our Quilt Festival and will return Monday. I will send another packet to you Priority Mail on Tuesday. I am so sorry for the problem.

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  16. Nicki Lee Says:

    Hi Judy! Yea!!!!! The BEAUTIFUL package of lace arrived and I’m am in awe – so very pretty! Thank you for sending it out to me. I have a card on the way with your check and am so sorry about the Paypal mix up.

    Hugs,
    Nicki Lee

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  17. Roberta Says:

    I personally think about the reasons why you named this post, “A Challenge For You
    | judymurrah”. In any event . I actually admired the post!Many thanks-Caren

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