MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

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.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New home???

Up for grabs - a copy of Somerset Life magazine -
issue from Oct/Nov/Dec 2010 as pictured above

and.... a copy of Green Craft
Autumn 2010 issue.
What shall I ask you to do in order to have one of them winging their way to you??  

TWO things!!

1. Leave me a comment noting which magazine you'd like (the first person 'wins')

2.  Please donate $5 to your local animal shelter

EDITED TO ADD:  BOTH ARE HEADING TO NEW HOMES!!  Thanks!




Monday, November 29, 2010

Puzzled????

I know - two posts in one day?  What's this world coming to?

However, I'm totally puzzled about something that's happening in cyberspace and I wanted to know if anyone else was experiencing the same phenomenon.  Today I have suddenly received (in my email account) a number of emails that I had sent to myself (and never received) over a year ago!!!  Not only that, I just received another email from a friend who was quite puzzled as to why I had emailed her in great excitement over winning something from her blog...which also happened OVER A YEAR AGO!!   W-h-aaaa-t???? 

Any ideas of what's going on??  Have the planets shifted or something and let loose all the lost emails that I figured had ended up plugging the hole in the ozone layer? 

Oh, and before you ask why I would be silly enough to send emails to myself - they had to do with the book I was working on and were quite legitimate.  No, I haven't taken up emailing myself (I do talk to myself sometimes, but I haven't quite resorted to doing that via email.....yet).  

More cards and some mumblings

Here are a couple more of the baby cards for you to play with....
(scroll down for the remainder of this post!!)

Sorry!  I still haven't figured out the latest changes in the picture program and my cropping is leaving something to be desired. 



The mumblings aren't really that, but I did want to point you towards a couple of interesting things you might like to know about....

1.  My friend Pam Kellogg has a new post on her blog about Creatively Coping With Depression which can be found here.  This one talks about dealing with the holidays.  Pams mom has done another post on how she deals with being bi-polar (here).  Both posts are from the heart and I admire both Pam and Adria for talking so openly.

2.  Another friend, Marie Alton, is having a giveaway on her blog.  She has challenged herself to create 100 different snowflakes and has already reached 120!!  She's looking for followers on her blog too, so be sure to check it out here and  on this post you can find details about her giveaway.

Today my order from Patternworks arrived in the mail and I'm now the proud owner of two sets (pairs, pair??) of Addi Turbo circular knitting needles.  I am so tired of knitting with my old aluminum/plastic ones and have it on good authority that Addi is the way to go.  I'll be testing them out later tonight.  I really hope to be able to knit faster!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

More, and wishes

First of all, I want to be sure to wish all my friends in the US a very happy Thanksgiving Day.  Hope you are enjoying turkey and all the trimmings, or whatever  is the tradition in your family.

And, are you tired of these yet???

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

here's more....

More of the 'found' baby cards.  Please do feel free to copy them and use them in your art! 
Sorry about one being sideways, but I think you can still make use of it. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Interesting 'find'!

I found all the cards my parents received when I was born and thought I'd share some of them here.  Please do feel free to make copies and use them in your art!!  I would LOVE to see what you do with them.  Enjoy!! (Edited to add:  Yes, I DID crop these and obviously it didn't work....hmmmmmm!!  Be sure to scroll down!)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Dilemma -

What to do, what to do?


Oh, what should I do
with a 10 inch stack
of these....
They're lovely old magazines and I really do wish I had space to keep them, but I don't.  Does anyone have any ideas of what I should do with them? 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Oh, so close!!

The contractors arrived yesterday to begin tearing out the downstairs bathroom.  Today they undertook to move the new shower in.  Well, had it been an eighth of an inch bigger it would not have gone in!!  As it was, they had to take all the doors (and frames) off between the bathroom and outside ... that was four doorways.  Yikes!  I felt so sorry for the guys because they were sure sweating their way through it.  However, the shower is in the bathroom and the next step (also very much of a problem apparently) is to marry it up somehow with the drain.  We've been feeding them cookies and coffee in the hopes that they won't hate us TOO much!!

I should be finishing up my painting, but didn't want to chance it in case something they needed to move in ended up having to move through my space.  Instead I've continued attacking the fabric stash.  4 1/2 drawers done - 1 1/2 left to go. 

WHY OH WHY
DOES A CRAZY QUILTER
NEED SO MUCH
S-T-A-S-H
???????????

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Look what the mailman brought!!

A few weeks ago I was the lucky winner of a giveaway on Kim's blog - a $35 gift certificate from CSN Stores and was able to choose my own prize.  It was really hard to pick from all the goodies CSN have available, but I finally settled on this.....
Our old kitchen clock is exactly that - old.  It's been painted over several times to 'match' whatever the current kitchen colour scheme was and I know it's ready to give up the ghost.  B'sides, it's a plain old cheapie plastic clock!  This one is gorgeous...I love the old-fashioned look and it will go in our kitchen perfectly!!

Thank you SO much Kim for having the giveaway, and CSN Stores for their very prompt delivery all the way to Canada!  Kim has her blog here and CSN Stores can be explored here.

Monday, November 15, 2010

ummmmmm.........

Paint


Paint


Painterly, paint, paint

AND

Hammer

hammer

saw

Yep, I got nuttin!!!

Please do carry on with what is
exciting in YOUR
life!!!!




Friday, November 12, 2010

Kitchen done!

Here's the before....


And, here's the after......




I love it!!!

I painted in my studio pretty much all day and got the second coat on the walls and the first coat on the ceiling, doors and trim.  You'll have to stay tuned for before and afters of that because right now it's just totally a MESS!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Proof we're working.....

 MALE BONDING

Jack and Shawn working on the kitchen floor today.  The old tiles required the use of the heat gun to get them off.  The new ones are looking beautiful though and they have nearly finished...only a few odd little pieces to cut and put down tomorrow. 
Shawn is now a pro with the heat gun!

I, being a wife of thirty one years, know full well that the best way to get a big job like the kitchen floor done by the men...is to stay the heck out of the road and tackle my own project....in this case, painting my studio.
I have the first coat on the walls and it looks awful, but that's the way painting always looks.  
Tomorrow I hope to get the second coat on and hopefully start at the trim.



Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Yikes!

The drawers are exploding,

The drawers are exploding!!!!!!!!!!

THE DRAWERS.......

Well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, right?

The great studio re-paint is about to happen over the next few days and the chest of drawers that holds my crazy quilting fabric stash are bulging open (quite literally).  

SO.....
 
this is drawer #1,
upended on the floor.  
The scissors and the iron have been busy most of the afternoon and I have this lot only HALF done.
(too much stash you say???)

There just might be a few chubby envelopes of stash enhancement up for grabs in the next while along with at least one large garbage bag destined for the fabric recycling depot.  Now, if only I could lose weight this easily!!






Monday, November 08, 2010

Spoiled offspring!

#2 son (the one that's 6'8" and has a 38" inseam) has been crying the blues because the sleep pants I made him in 2005 have had the audacity to wear out.  They just don't make things like they used to, do they?

Anyway,
because I'm his mother
and don't like seeing
a grown boy cry...


I hauled out the pattern and made him two more pairs
out of these fabrics....

And yes, I DID crop these pictures and the computer told me they were saved as cropped.  So....hmmm....wonder why they aren't cropped here?  Serves me right for thinking I should pay attention to that little icon that kept popping up telling me to 'update' my computer!!!  Why is it that the so-called updates really aren't and are subtly hidden as huge learning curves and muck-ups of something you had just managed to figure out how to do from the LAST time there was an update??  Feel free to interject a letter of your choice to begin the word 'muck'.  

 


Saturday, November 06, 2010

quilt and tute

There has been some discussion lately about the Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt patterns (and I've noticed a definite resurgence in interest in making them).  My aunt made us one as a wedding gift 31 years ago and it's one of my special treasures.  Unfortunately it doesn't fit any of our beds, but it is special nonetheless.

On another subject - there were a few enquiries yesterday regarding how I made the little napkin ring pincushions, so I thought I'd break it down so you could see...


This photo pretty much shows all the necessary 'ingredients' - a napkin ring, a small block of wood cut to fit inside the napkin ring (not necessary, but gives a more finished look), a small amount of stuffing, and a circle of fabric.  I simply used floss to embroider little flowers on the fabric, gathered up the edge of the circle, stuffed it with fabric and plunked it in the ring.  I'll be painting the wooden blocks black to finish them.  Then it's just a case of gluing the parts together - I'll use E6000, but I would imagine a good white glue that dries clear (or even hot glue) would work just as well.  If you make any, please let me know because I'd love to see them!!

Friday, November 05, 2010

Small things

 (Yes, I can hear you all muttering things about 'small things...small minds', so don't think you're being sneaky about it!!)
Twelve of these wee pincushions - made with a sterling silver napkin ring as the base and some scrap fabric, beads & embroidery floss.  Easy peasy!!

Monday, November 01, 2010

I'm honoured!

My friend Pam Kellogg of Kitty and Me has done me an extreme honour and asked me to be one of her guest bloggers.  To me it IS an incredible honour to be asked because I admire Pam so much for her beautiful work AND for her willingness to talk so openly on her blog about her struggles with depression.  I think Pam and I have 'bonded' over our issues with it (depression) and also with the fact that we both enjoy crazy quilting so much. 

If you're interested in reading my guest post please visit Pam here, and leave a comment to say hi to her!  While you're there be sure to have a look around and also check out her etsy shop where you will find all kinds of lovely things!  Pam also recently did an excellent post on creating a crazy quilt block - great learning tool for beginners.  Go here for that.

Thank you Pam - I really enjoyed being your guest blogger and am so tickled you asked me!!