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 25, 2016

A hodge podge of mumblings and stuff

The weekend has been yet more hot weather here, but at least we had a break in the middle of the night when we had a big thunderstorm and some rain.  The skies are still threatening and we're hopeful for more rain today.  Fingers crossed!!

I did some sewing over the weekend, but nothing that I can show you yet.  Should be able to finish what I'm working on this afternoon and will be able to show you tomorrow.  In the meantime...

Our balcony garden has produced these!
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- I'm doing a great deal of wishful thinking on THESE.  Scroll down to the very bottom to see the finished pieces. There's a great how to, but I don't possess any of the necessary tools to create my own, but that doesn't stop me from just a teeny little bit of coveting!!

- For those of you who like to tat, there's a pretty free pattern HERE and if you want more patterns, there's a spot to sign up for that, as well as a number of other free patterns to be accessed through their sidebar.

- If you like cross stitch and are thinking of Christmas patterns, have a look at the ones HERE.  These would definitely make cute ornaments or package ties.

- There are a couple of interesting needlework contests happening at the moment and you can find out more about those by checking out the post HERE

- For some amazing fiber art, you might like to have a look at the work of THIS artist.
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Today your quote is from Mary Anne Radmacher...."Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying "I will try again tomorrow"

Friday, July 22, 2016

Hot, hot, hot

Too hot for celebrating such things as birthdays.  Too hot for stitching (which I never thought I would ever say!).  Just too hot.  34 degrees Celsius and high humidity....thank goodness there's at least a breeze.

We decided to get in the car (air conditioned) and go out of town and hit the fabric shop (air conditioned) and a couple of thrift stores (air conditioned) and have a nice birthday lunch (air conditioned).  As of this moment there's no rain in the forecast until at least Monday - hopefully it won't be a huge storm when this does break.  
At least I can say I got everything that was on my shopping list so that was a bonus.

So, because there's been no stitching and I really would like to try to think cool thoughts, I will give you some more snowflakes (or flowers - or seam treatments - your choice)....

Instead of your quote for today, I found this wonderful picture....

I don't know who to credit this to, but whoever it was - gotta love that dog!  He's definitely got the right idea.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A surprise and more stitches for you

Today we were beyond surprised to have these delivered to our door...

Aren't they beautiful?

And, what's better?
They actually have a marvelous scent!

Here's another in my little series of snowflakes/flower motifs for you to use in your work....

Today your quote is from Kristin Armstrong...."I love the big fresh starts, the clean slates like birthdays and new years, but I also really like the idea that we can get up every morning and start over"

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Series continuation

Here's another in my little series of snowflakes/flowers, either motifs or seam treatment ideas...

For those of you who might be interested in embroidered monograms Mary Corbet has released a wonderful e-book that has 16 different versions and you can find more information about that HERE.  

If you like hats.... (I'm not one who does, but THIS pattern is cute!)

THIS lady does some really interesting fiber pieces that some of you might enjoy seeing.  

Today's quote is from Jean Shinoda Bolen...."When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life"

Monday, July 18, 2016

I'm never bored!

Today I'm going to show you something completely different than the 'norm' here, just to prove that I actually do other things than just crazy quilt all the time.  Yes, I know - who knew?

I was recently gifted (thank you!!) with some wonderful books written by Tone Finnanger containing patterns for making Tilda dolls.  After mulling over what I might create, this doll appeared in my life...

Her dress is made using a hankie for the overskirt and the underskirt is made from layers of lace.  She also has a lacy slip and underwear (for after all, what self-respecting doll wouldn't want proper underwear?).  She has red shoes (simply because I love red shoes...my name should have been 'Dorothy'!) and a crocheted hat.  

It's very hard to get a decent picture because she measures 24" tall.

If you aren't familiar with Tilda dolls, please google the name and you will find all sorts of wonderful examples all over the internet.  
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This morning I changed gears completely and put together some fake flowers into a 'saddle' to adorn my parents gravestone.  Every year I re-do this because the weather tends to fade the flowers.  Thank goodness for dollar store flowers!

A florist I am not!!
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A mumbling (or two)....

- Renee of 'Living My Dream' posted the results of her 'Third Annual Piggy Bank Savings' challenge spearheaded by 'Val's Quilting Studio' and there will be another one issued for the next year.  It's a great challenge and a fun way to save a little bit of money towards stash enhancement!  Go HERE to see Renee's post and HERE to read more about the challenge.  

- Further in the 'out of the norm' theme that's happening in this post, how about making yourself (or someone you love) some super decadent body butter from THIS recipe?  Maybe make a note of this one because THAT day in December will sneak up on you faster than you think and this would make wonderful gifts!

- There's a great post HERE about what to do when you hit a creative slump.  
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Today your quote is from Monica Johnson.... "Pray for someone else's child; your pastor; the military; the police officers; the firemen; the teachers; the government.  There's no end to the ways that you can intervene on behalf of others through prayer"

Friday, July 15, 2016

A new series

Today is the first of a new series I thought I'd share with you.  These are not seam treatments per se, but they can certainly be used as such simply by repeating them across your seam.  They can also be used as individual motifs representing either flowers or snowflakes.  You can add beads and use whatever threads you desire.  I would recommend using waste canvas for these.

Over the next few days I will share some more of these patterns.  Hope you find them of some use in your work.

- Karen of 'My Desert Cottage' is currently hosting the 'Where Bloggers Create' online party and it's a winner.  If you want to peek into all sorts of creative spaces (and maybe get some ideas to spruce up your own) go HERE for the list of participants and to see Karen's own creative space.  It's great fun to visit everyone!

- Yesterday I sent you to see some crochet patterns suitable for the current Pokemon rage and not to leave out the cross stitchers and knitters I have found some cross stitch ones HERE and some knitted ones HERE.  

- There are some really cool stitched botanicals on Ann Wood's site  HERE.  

All of us are horrified yet again by the totally senseless violence and loss of life that has occurred in France once again.  There are simply no words to express the sorrow that the whole world feels.  The quote today is a fitting one and is from Mahatma Gandhi...."Terrorism and deception are weapons not of the strong, but of the weak"

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Last one (at least for now!)

This is the last of the little seam treatments I have for you at present - perhaps later on I'll do a few more if you'd like me to.

This one is relatively simple and really doesn't need waste canvas as a base unless you choose to.
It began as gold metallic chevron stitches (red in diagram) with embroidery floss straight crossed stitches (blue in diagram) and a further straight stitch using blue metallic thread (green in diagram).

Should you want further information on the creation of the basic stitches I advise checking out the most excellent tutorials available from both Mary Corbet and Sharon Boggon.  There aren't too many stitches that these ladies haven't created great tutorials for.  If you would like to have a book by your side as you work, I can also recommend Judith Baker Montano's 'Embroidery & Crazy Quilt Stitch Tool' published by C& T Publishing.  Of course there are other books and other sites with great information, but these are the ones I go to time and time again.

In the next few days I will begin another little series that I hope you'll have fun with.

For some reason there's been an outpouring of all things 'Pokemon' around and about the internet lately.  Not my cuppa cawfee, but for those of you who might be interested, have a peek at the list of free crochet patterns HERE

I don't know about you but I am forever gunking up my iron and wondering how on earth I can clean it.  Well, there are some great ideas HERE!

Kathy Shaw has opened registrations for her online (and FREE!!) beginners crazy quilting class and you can read about it HERE, but you'd best hurry because she's only accepting sign ups until midnight tomorrow!  It's a great class so if you've been wanting to learn to crazy quilt, you might want to sign up.

And, for just plain eye candy, have a peek HERE.  

Today your quote is from Eleanor Roosevelt...."Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world"