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.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Winning ways and filling up

Today I thought I'd show you what I purchased yesterday with a lovely gift certificate I won, generously shared by Stephanie, the organizer of the mug/cup&saucer swap.  The certificate was from 'Teavana' which I had never heard of prior to winning.  Luckily there is an actual bricks & mortar store a little over an hour away and DH and I did a road trip yesterday so I could check it out.  Here's what I came home with...
The mugs and one package of tea ended up being free and I simply *had* to buy two more flavours to try out!  Thank you Stephanie - I've already tested out a mug for my morning coffee.  Perfect!

Here are some more fillers I created on
Block 6 of the courtship series...





- I know many of us find that avoiding the twist that often happens when we're starting our circular knitting is  a challenge (hate to say how many times I've started over).  Came across this wonderful tip and thought I'd share - Simply knit 2 or three rows straight and then join in the round.  It's much easier to see that you have a twist and avoid it that way.  Those couple of rows then can be joined together when you are stitching in your ends.  Genius?

- Sandy of the blog Quill Cottage is about to teach her very first online class entitled "An Artist Field Kit" and it's amazing!!!  Go HERE to see a short video about what she'll be sharing with her students (how I wish I could take part in this one!!).   Even if you don't plan on taking the class go and see anyway!!

- Kathy Shaw has once again opened online registrations for her beginner's crazy quilt class (it's FREE!!) but you'll have to hurry to get in!  Go HERE for further info on that.

- Pam Kellogg has released the latest in her Inspirational Sampler Series of cross stitch designs and this one is very patriotic!  Go HERE for that.

Today your quote is form an anonymous source...."I love days when my only problem is tea...or coffee" 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Filling and fluff

I'm heading out for the day to our monthly CQTeers meeting, but thought I'd do a quick post to show you some of the fillers on block 6...





And...
here's the first little baby item
I made from that amazing mohair yarn...

Pattern is #110 Newborn Dainty Blossom Pant Set by Sau Wong (Monkey Moo Moo)


It's worked with an 8mm crochet hook so works up really quickly.

Not much in the way of mumblings today...
- HERE's a free crochet pattern that would be perfect for using up stash!

Today your quote is from an anonymous source..."Attract what you expect.  Reflect what you desire.  Become what you respect.  Mirror what you admire"









Tuesday, April 25, 2017

More seam treatments...





Straight stitches (pink); fly stitches (light green); lazy daisies (darker green); cross stitches (yellow) further 'crossed' with straight stitches (orange).




Half cross stitches (black); woven with metallic thread (pink); and beads or French Knots.

And here's one of the filler sections on Block 6...

Next time I will show you more of the fillers and soon I will be starting into the final block (actually, in 'real time, I'm working on it now, but I'm a bit behind in my sharing with you).  

I also want to show you what arrived at my door yesterday....a box filled with absolutely gorgeous mohair yarn - all the way from Lithuania!  


I have been asked to make several items of baby clothing which our #2 son and daughter-in-love will use as props for their photography business.  This yarn is absolutely luxurious!!  Can't wait to start to play with it! 

- There's a great tutorial HERE for joining the first and last stitch when knitting the first row in the round.

- For those of you who have trouble counting rows in your knitting, perhaps you might find the tips HERE to be of value.  If you're wanting to learn to knit I see she also offers a free online class.

- I am in need of a larger system for storing my circular needles and of course I fell down the Pinterest rabbit hole in quest of ideas and came across THIS.  I'm not going to use it, but it certainly gives you pause for thought.  There are lots of ideas for needle storage HERE as well.  Back in 2011 I made myself a smaller storage case which I really liked and then I further re-vamped it to make it much roomier for a gift for a friend.  Of course, being of not sound mind, I didn't keep the pattern I used for the small one and since I cobbled the large one together I don't know if I can repeat it.  Duh!  Anyway, if you want to see what I'm rabbiting on about go HERE

Today your quote is about knitting and comes from Melanie Falick...."In a ball of yarn is the potential to make a dream that you have come true".



 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Back to crazy quilting

Now I'm going back to showing you what I've done with block 6 of my courtship series of crazy quilt blocks.  Here are several more new seam treatments and how to create them...


This one is done with Chevron Stitch (black); straight stitches (green and pink); and lazy daisies (blue). 





I apologize once again for the horrendous cropping of the images - there is something odd still happening with my computer and the program and it's annoying!!  



Lazy Daisies (orange & green); Cross Stitches (red): French knots or beads; and I created some little ribbon roses.






Straight and cross stitches (red and black); French Knots or beads.

- There's a lovely cross stitch chart HERE for butterflies.

- For those who have little ones in your lives, perhaps THIS might be a fun creation for them.  There's lots of scope for design in this one too.  I can 'see' a barn....or a fire hall....or a store....whatever your imagination comes up with.

- Mary Corbet has written an excellent post HERE about taming and organizing your threads.

Today the quote is from an anonymous source..."Anyone can make you smile, many people can make you cry, but it takes someone really special to make you smile with tears in your eyes"





Friday, April 21, 2017

Not going to chance it!


I'm almost afraid to see if the camera and computer have decided to play together today, so luckily I remembered I had something on file that I can show you.  Over the weekend I created these cute little bibs for a baby gift....



These came entirely from my stash, always a bonus....the green ones are flannelette and the middle one is recycled denim.  The pattern I used is from jRoxDesigns for Craftaholics Anonymous.  Really easy and quick to make.  I embroidered a rooster on the denim one because the wee little boy is of Asian descent and 2017 is the Year of the Rooster.  

Today's mumblings...

- For those of you who like owls, how about making one of THESE?  I'd love to have one hanging in my window!

- I came across this great way to make your own fabric labels which would be perfect for adding to your sewing and knitting projects.  Go HERE for that.

- And because it's finally spring here in this part of the world, I think THESE would make a perfect addition to your decor!

- If you want to pour yourself a cup of your favourite beverage and then go and spend some time perusing THIS pinterest board, I guarantee you will find some amazing embroidery projects.  Definite eye candy!!

Today the quote is from Pablo Casals..."The child must know that he is a miracle; that since the beginning of the world there hasn't been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him"

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A further swap update

As an additional 'bit' about the swap I posted about yesterday, I thought I'd show you the absolutely lovely 'thank you' I received from my swap partner Marina.  One of the 'rules' of the swap is that you send a thank you card to your partner, but imagine my surprise when I received a fat envelope in my mailbox and out tumbled some amazing things!  

After a struggle with my camera and computer refusing to discuss things with each other (why on earth would my Canon camera suddenly decide that it should download pictures onto DH's Nikon camera program escapes any logic I know of! @#$#!!!)...here's a couple pictures of what I received...


hang on - another blip.....

Argh!!!



Just look at the treasures she sent!  First of all she wrote a lovely letter on that pretty flowered paper (which will be saved for use in a creation later on); the beautiful cross stitched violet sachet (and the stitches are teeny tiny too!); the pretty cross stitch sewing-themed pattern; two beautiful quilt-themed postcards with quotes on them; AND some gorgeous buttons!!  Thank you Marina!!





Phew, what a struggle THAT was!
Have no clue why the computer is
deciding to be difficult, but assume it
must be atmospheric.
Either that or she's PMS'ing!!

I also sent a little handmade card to my swap partner to thank her for the goodies she sent to me and apparently the picture I took has disappeared off my computer....hmmm.....

Anyway.....it's similar to
the one I sent to my swap partner...

(which has also disappeared!!)


....the mystery thickens.....

On to mumblings (which might, or might not, take place!)...

- I wonder if kangaroos are going to be the next 'thing'?  Have a look at THESE little cuties.

- There's a great tutorial HERE for making your own duffle bag - lots of uses for this one!

- THIS is a really sweet pillow pattern - could also be used as trim on a skirt I think, or a wallhanging.

- How about an easy-to-make bunny that simply uses a knitted square?

- Kathy Shaw has issued a really pretty quilt pattern called 'Weaving Ribbon' and you can find out more HERE and she's also opened registrations for her latest free online class concerning ribbon embroidery and you can find the information HERE.  As usual, she's only leaving the window of opportunity open for a very short while so you'll have to act fast.

- And Pam Kellogg has another in her  Inspirational primitive cross stitch sampler patterns available and you can read about that HERE.

- If you are interested in making your own books, perhaps you might find THIS post about easy bookbinding techniques of value.

I went searching for a quote about frustrations with computers and came across this one by Paulo Coelho..."Life has many ways of testing a person's will either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything all at once" and I was satisfied with that one, but THEN I found THE perfect quote by Peter Drucker... "The computer is a moron"

Yep, nuff said!!!




Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Reveal day!!

I'm so excited that today is the big reveal day for sweet Stephanie's (of The Enchanting Rose blog) 10th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange!



I have wanted to play along with this for a couple of years and finally mustered my courage and signed up - and I'm so happy I did!

Each participant sent, and received, a lovely parcel from their swap partner and I'm happy to be able to share what I sent, and received.

First of all, my 'send-to' partner was Marina (who unfortunately doesn't have a blog) and I had such fun putting a parcel of goodies together for her.  She shared that she collects things pertaining to birds and has a lovely Black Lab dog and a pet sparrow.  She wanted a mug so the hunt began.  I initially searched for one with a bird theme and perhaps some flowers to make it prettily feminine.  The hunt came to a screeching (almost literally) halt when I came across THE most absolutely perfect meant-to-be mug that featured not only birds but a black lab too!!!!  I was so excited!!  

Here is what I sent to her...


I made her a mug rug, featuring a bird and a cross-stitched
Black Lab.
A crocheted coaster; a rose tea-light
holder (also crocheted) and 
maple leaf coasters.


Teas, chocolate and a few other things
rounded out my parcel, along with a 
handmade card...

The lovely Sandra from all the way over in France put together a lovely parcel filled with special goodies just for me...

There's a lovely mug featuring flowers and a deer from their area in France; an assortment of flavoured teas and hot chocolates (which I'm happily enjoying!!); my favourite chocolates; some pretty fabrics; the sweetest little mouse ornament (which just happened to be attached to some chocolate); and a lovely little tea bag holder, also from her area in France.  I use the tea bag holder every single day!  Thank you Sandra!!!!

And finally, and big thank you to Stephanie who very capably organized us all.  There were over two hundred participants (!!!) and I'm sure it wasn't an easy job to pair everyone and keep tabs on us all.  I'm so glad I played along!!

Today your quote is from Lin Yutang..."There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation"