A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Monday, July 28, 2014

A finish and a continuation

Over the weekend I finished crocheting a baby afghan which is a gift for a friend's grand-baby that is expected in August. 


The pattern is one that was given to me by one of my friends (thanks M.E.!) and I'm not sure of the origin.  The edging is one that I contrived on my own.

I also finished another small area of one of the sections for my wrapping cloth #2 project.  Lots (and lots!) of French knots, surrounding 'thrifted' flowers taken from a wedding gown.



Today the quote is from Emily Dickinson (and is one of my favourites).... "My friends are my estate" 


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Another gift and amazing embroidery!


This  little crazy-quilted kitty
came to live with me!
Isn't she sweet?
This is the creation of my
friend Pam Kellogg.

Thank you Pam!!

One of the members of the Simply Stitch 4 group posted a link to some of the most amazing embroidery and I simply HAD to share it with you.  Go HERE!

AND....

Karen Ruane has announced the opening of
registration for her latest on-line class.
'Simply Stitch 5' information can be 
found HERE.
I highly recommend it!

The quote of the day, from Albert Schweitzer..... "In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.  It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.  We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit" 




Tuesday, July 22, 2014

One section completed


This is one of the sections that will be added to my wrapping cloth.  There will probably be about twelve (or so) sections by the time I'm done.  If you click on 'White 2" in my sidebar you can see the sections I have done already.  AND, if you want to see my first wrapping cloth, look under 'White'. 

The quote for today is from Garson Kanin....  "The best part of one's life is the working part, the creative part.  Believe me, I love to succeed, but the real spiritual and emotional excitement is in the doing"


Monday, July 21, 2014

White cloth? What white cloth? Huh????

WARNING!!!

Fall-off chair alert!!!

Yes, I thought it best that you be warned.  I don't want to be responsible for any injuries incurred by my readership.  The guilt would simply be too much for me to handle.  Not only that, I can't afford to send everybody get well flowers and bonbons.  

You may remember (but then again, you may not.  Depends on how far back your memory banks extend)....but eons ago I was working on my second wrapping cloth ( a la Karen Ruane) and it had fallen by the wayside in favour of the  Grande Secret Projects of 2014?  Well, I've dusted it off and am merrily stitching away on it. 





Behold....

THE PROOF!!


Today the quote, from Carrie Snow.... "No day is so bad it can't be fixed with a nap"


Friday, July 18, 2014

Thank you and be prepared!

Firstly, thank you for all the suggestions that you had for my question about a source (and size) for the ribbing I want to put on baby bibs.  I know I could simply knit my own, but I had envisioned the type of ribbing that you find around the necklines (and often the cuffs) of sweatshirts.  That wouldn't be as scratchy for a baby as something that is hand knitted might.  I'm also looking for something with lots of stretch to go over a babies head with ease.  I love the suggestion that I simply go to the thrift store and purchase pre-made baby pullovers and 'source' my ribbing from those.  Never thought of that and I should have because thrift stores are my favourite places to shop!

Never let it be said that I'm not moving into the current century, albeit kicking and screaming all the way.  I've been seeing the current phenomenon of taking 'selfies' all over the place, so yesterday (during a fit of boredom) I decided to give it a whirl.  Out of at least a dozen pictures, there was only one that might be fit to be seen.  Here 'tis, and hopefully it won't do any damage to your computers!!....

(double chins and all!)

DH had his knee surgery yesterday and all went well.  He's enthroned in his favourite chair, with lots of books and the tv remote in hand and is already announcing that he's bored.  Hopefully in a few days he will be able to motor around and not be confined.  Poor man....he has to eat my cooking, so if he knows what's good for him, he'll heal fast!!

Today the quote is from Leo Buscaglia.... "Life is a great and wondrous mystery, and the only thing we know that we have for sure is what is right here right now.  Don't miss it"

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Needing advice

I have always found blog readers to be a fountain of information, so I'm going to throw this question out there and hope someone will know the answer (or can send me to the right place).  I would like to make some baby bibs that simply pull over the head with knitted ribbing around the neck, rather than ties or snaps.  I found one at a craft show a year ago and gifted it to our niece and she says it's the best bib ever.   Of course now I can't remember where exactly I got it, nor can I find the pattern.

I can come up with a pattern (there are lots of free ones on the internet) but my problem is two-fold....

1) sourcing the ribbing for the neck - in Canada if at all possible.  Postage rates everywhere else are out of this world so I'd like to find something here.

2) knowing how big to make the neck in order to fit over baby's head. 

Any thoughts?  Thanks, in advance!

Today the quote is from an unknown source (and I thought it might be fitting since I am currently playing semi-nursemaid to my hubby who had knee surgery today)..... " A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools "


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

More mumblings of the site-full kind, and beauty too

Last night we had friends over for supper and they brought us these...


Absolutely gorgeous!

There are a couple more things I thought I'd tell you about, in case you'd like to have a look...

1.  I stumbled across the machine embroidery work of Alison Holt and have to say that I'm totally blown away.  Go HERE and you will see why!

2.  For several years now Karen of My Desert Cottage has been running a popular online studio tour called 'Where Bloggers Create'.  I actually took part one year (click on the 'studio tour' category in my side bar and I think you can see some pictures).  Anyway, if you are interested in peeking into where some very talented people create their art and finding ideas about how to spruce up your own creative space, go HERE.  You'll need more than one cuppa coffee to see them all!  And, if you really want to explore there are links to go and see the studios that were on the tour from previous years.

From Cullen Hightower..... "The prime of life is that fleeting time between green and over-ripe"