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.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Mailman is getting a hernia!

Remember that fun Grow Your Blog hop?  Well, the mailman brought me another parcel filled with special goodness that I won and this one came all the way from Germany courtesy of Annett of Knetty Craft!!

There are at least 20 different 5-inch squares and there are two of each, enough to make a wonderful lap quilt, although I'm toying with buying a couple more charm packs so I have enough to make a twin size.  Will have to think about what I might do - oh, the possibilities!!!  

Thank you so much Annett!!

Today I am sharing a quote from A.A. Milne (Winnie The Pooh)... "Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude"

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

More mumbling

Some stitching was accomplished today and I made progress towards getting the rose hussif finished, but I'm going to be mean and make you wait to see it.  Come to think of it, I'm only being mean if you're waiting on pins and needles to see it - those of you who are sick of it all will be heaving a sigh of relief I'm sure!

In the meantime here are a few things of interest I have found that you might enjoy....

- The latest 'Through Our Hands' free online magazine is available and it's worth checking out, if only to see the front cover!  Go HERE (and don't forget, it's free!!).

- If you go HERE you can see a great tutorial to make a sewing kit using a potholder courtesy of Karen of Sew Many Ways.

- Karen Ruane has announced a new online class she has on offer.  This one is a 4 week class called 'Reinventing The Page' and you can find more information HERE

And, just because......

- Oh yes - and for the folks that like to go camping, have a look at THIS!!  Even if you don't camp, have a look anyway.

Today's quote is from Maggie Scarf.... "Getting angry can sometimes be like leaping into a wonderfully responsive sports car, gunning the motor, taking off at high speed and then discovering the brakes are out of order"

Monday, March 02, 2015

The mailman brought something else!!

I am indeed a lucky girl with what the mailman is dropping off in my mailbox the past few days!  I was fortunate enough to win a lovely piece of art courtesy of Liz (aka Boud) from 'Beautiful Metaphor' blog and her giveaway for the Grow Your Blog party and it arrived on Friday.  Anyone who is familiar with Liz knows that she lives with a very active bunch of Dollivers who keep her on her toes and so my Ellyron had to get into the spirit of things and pose with the lovely piece of artwork Liz sent (entitled 'Tidepool')....

And here is a better closeup of 'Tidepool'

Unfortunately, for reasons unknown to me, my
new photo program absolutely refused to let
me rotate or crop this picture, so it's 
upside down!
 There is goldwork and lots of sparklies on this!

Just as an interesting aside note, Liz lives in the US (we've never met) and I am friends with her sister Irene who lives not far from me.  Small world!     Thank you so much Liz - I will treasure this (and promise I will hang it right side up!!). 

Today the quote is from James McCay.... "No matter what level of your ability, you have more potential than you can ever develop in a lifetime"

Friday, February 27, 2015

Mumbling and announcing

Because of the sad lack of stitching happening around Chez Magpie over the past few days, I regret to inform you that there will be no pictures today. 

However, I DO have some things to
mumble about!!


This one is time-sensitive and you will need to act quickly if you are interested.  Kathy Shaw (Shawkl) has opened up new registrations for her Intermediate On-Line Crazy Quilting course.  It's free and the only pre-requisite is that you have taken her Beginner's Class.  Registrations close March 1st, so hurry!!  Go HERE


For those of you who use your sewing machines a lot, perhaps you have run into issues with your bobbin not acting the way it should.  There is an excellent article HERE about what to do to fix the problem.


My friend Pam, of KittyandMeDesigns, has posted a great tutorial on the use of shibori ribbon in your crazy quilt pieces.  Go HERE for that.


While I was exploring new-to-me blogs during the 'Grow Your Blog' hop, I 'met' a wonderful Canadian artist named Judy Cooper and loved her work.  She just posted about a jaw-dropping garden-themed sewing box that she created and I know you will love seeing it HERE.  While you're there, be sure to scroll down and see her hussif!

Today your quote is from Bertrand Russell Delong...... "The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms.  The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real estate, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith"

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mailmen can be wonderful!

Just have a look at what has arrived in my mailbox.....

What an amazing treasure trove of 
luscious handmade laces!!

I can't begin to thank my friend Pam Kellogg enough
for sharing what she scored at a flea market near
where she lives.  
I'm a lucky lucky girl!!

Today's quote is from David Viscott.... "To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides" 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

For lack of something better.....

Today was our monthly CQTeers meeting and, being that it was here, it was my turn to come up with something to make/create/do.  After falling head first down the rabbit hole that calls itself Pinterest for altogether too many hours to count, I came up with a recipe for a lovely hand scrub.  It's one of those really nice little treats that ends up costing next to nothing to make and yet makes you feel so good!  Win/win....right?

So....for lack of anything else to mumble about, I will share the recipe so you can make some too!

(exciting name, huh?)

1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
(or almond, orange or lemon would be good too)

Mix together.
Store in tightly capped pretty jar. *

* or, do like I did and leave your mind at the door of the dollar store and forget to buy pretty jars and end up having to scrounge some plain jane canning jars instead....oops!!!

Today's quote is from Quentin Crisp.... "There is no need to do any housework at all.  After the first four years the dirt doesn't get any worse"

Friday, February 20, 2015

Two more!

A pincushion and a needlebook.

The pincushion will fit perfectly in the 'spine' area of my hussif (which explains why it's long and skinny!).  I edged the needlebook with a row of buttonhole stitches and then crocheted a filet trim using the buttonholed stitches as a base.  

I also mucked about with my new photo
ooooh - special effects -
who knew??

Today the quote is from W. J. Boetcker.... "If you want to know how rich you really are, find out what would be left of you tomorrow if you should lose every dollar you own tonight"