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, December 19, 2014

Nuttin', but silliness

Yep, I have nothing whatsoever to show you today, so instead I will give you a couple of things to laugh over...

 For the knitters...

For those of us who will be indulging in
a few too many bonbons over the holidays...

Today the quote is from Mother Theresa.... "It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you....Yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand"

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Another project, and some things of possible interest

I've been intending to tell you about a few things you might find of interest, so here goes....

Mary Corbet of NeedlenThread has done several great posts that will be helpful to embroiderers.  Go HERE for tutorials for 26 different chain stitch variations;  HERE for embroidery design transfer tips; and HERE for some fun places to visit.

My friend Pam Kellogg has put out a call for submissions for the Summer issue of the new 'Crazy Quilt Quarterly' magazine.  The theme of this issue will be 'Seascapes', but I know Pam will be happy with anything you might choose to share with her readers.  Go HERE for further information.  Please do consider submitting your work - the more we support the magazine, the more fun it is for all of us.

Pam is also looking for photos and descriptions of how you organize your crazy quilt supplies and you can go HERE to read more about that.

And, for the knitters, Garn Studio has been putting up daily  free knitting patterns for the month of December.  There are some really cute things and if you'd like to have a peek, go HERE.  They will be revealing a new pattern every day until Christmas. 

If you love animals and textile art, you will want to have a look at the work of THIS artist!  Be sure to click on each of her pictures to embiggen to see the incredible detail she puts into her work.

I just finished making a shopping cart cover for my grandson.  It's impossible to take a decent picture of what, in effect, is a blob of fabric with no shape (and I don't suppose it's very smart to 'borrow' a shopping cart to bring it home just to do a photo shoot!!).  So...instead of a picture of my finished one, here's a photo of the pattern itself and of the fabric I used.  You're just going to have to use your imagination!

Today the quote is from Salman Rushdie ....  "What kind of Christmas present would Jesus ask Santa for?"

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Another project done!

I usually spend my evenings in front of the tv (where there is nothing much worth paying attention to) with my knitting needles in hand.  Last night I finished making this little fellow...

The pattern is 'Knubbelchen' and can be found on Ravelry.  The original pattern calls for sock yarn but I chose to use 'Simply Soft' by Caron.  The pattern is very well written and great fun to knit.  Perfect for a little one to grab onto (and chew!!). 

Today the quote is from Oren Arnold.... "Christmas Gift Suggestions:  To your enemy, forgiveness;    To an opponent, tolerance;   To a friend, your heart;   To a customer, service;   To all, charity;   To every child, a good example;  To yourself, respect"

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Activity book - part 2

Here is the continuation from yesterday's post of the pages from the activity book I made for our grandson...

This page simply has a pair of pre-made mittens stitched down.  He can put his hands inside.

A felt barn, with animal finger puppets.  Pattern for the barn came from serving-pink-lemonade.com and the finger puppets was from jocelynandjason.blogspot.com

This page is a colour-matching game.  The balloons are removable and held in place with velcro.

This is a 'cause and effect' page.  He can pull on a ribbon and see it move somewhere else on the page.

This is the final page.  I had some dinosaur-printed fabric so I used some as an applique.  There is a zippered pocket on the page which holds the felt transportation pieces.  I just looked around on the internet for line drawings and used those for the designs.

There you have it - an activity book that I had a 
great deal of fun creating and hope my grandson has
fun playing with it.

Last night we watched my favourite Christmas program - the old original Boris Karloff version of 'The Grinch' and so today's quote is from the Grinch himself.... "Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.  What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.  What if Christmas...perhaps....means a little bit more"    Wise words!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Busy activity book

Over the past few days I've been working on making a little activity/busy book for our grandson.  Didn't know it was possible to have so much fun making something so utterly silly!!  Hopefully he'll have some play time with it over the next while.

This is the cover.  I simply printed off a picture of Logan and his mommy and daddy onto iron-on t-shirt transfers.  Around the edge I added some ribbons for him to pull on (or chew!!)

Page one is a tool box, complete with felt tools.  Pattern for the tools came from serving-pink-lemonade.com.

Page two is simply felt shapes.

Page three is a stop light.  The felt 'lights' are removable with velcro on the back of each piece.

The little boy has removable clothes and fits inside the bed.  Pattern for the boy also came from serving-pink-lemonade.com.

This page is all about textures....
netting, fake fur, burlap, sandpaper, etc.

Tomorrow I will show you the remaining pages.

EDITED TO ADD:  if you're interested in activity books, be sure to
check out the link that Dolores provided in the comments!

Today the quote is from Julie Andrews.... "A miracle is the achievement of the impossible, and it is only when we put aside our greed, anger, pride and prejudices so that our minds are open and ready to accept it, that a miracle can occur"

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

White Cloth # 2 - Done, done AND done!!!

Here's the front - I used all sorts of vintage 'bits' that belonged to family members, both from our side and from my d-i-love's family too.  

The back used a lovely family heirloom that was 
embroidered by my d-i-love's grandmother
and was used in their family whenever anyone
was celebrating a birthday. 
I didn't have the heart to cut into it, so
decided that it would be a perfect backing.
The doily in the centre and the piece on the
right was also from that same grandmother.

And here's another view. 

It was delivered to our #1 son
and daughter-in-love on Monday, so
now they have the fun of trying to find
someplace to put it
(perhaps under the cat?)

Today the quote is from the ever-present 'Anonymous'.... "We all have within us a center of stillness surrounded by silence"

Friday, December 05, 2014

Things of the ornamental kind

Today is a red-letter day because I put the final stitch in my White Cloth #2 project.  Unfortunately there will be no pictures forthcoming in this post because it's just plain too dull and yucky to get anything even remotely decent.  If the lighting improves I will try to get you pictures tomorrow.  Now the decision is....do I make another one?  I don't NEED another one.  I don't have a USE for another one.  However....I have enough fodder in my stash to make probably five more.

Many of you will remember that every year I make a series of Christmas ornaments for use either as little gifts or as the 'bow' on other gifts.  A couple of years ago I made the monumental mistake of mentioning that perhaps I should quit, thinking that people would be sick and tired of getting yet more ornaments.  Well - there was a huge hue and cry and great distress expressed at the idea that I would even consider such a thing.  So....

These?  Times 20!!

Tutorial and pattern is free HERE

Today the quote is from Henry David Thoreau... "The cost of a thing is the amount of life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run"