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, March 29, 2013

The reveal....

Remember yesterday I showed you pictures of some metal napkin rings and a wooden bowl that I picked up at the thrift store? 




This morning I fiddled about and this is what I created with them (with the addition of some denim scraps)...


I have the idea in mind that a sectional pincushion such as this would serve nicely to divide the different types of needles.  Total cost?....probably $2.

Happy Easter everyone!
May it be blessed and safe for all of you.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Studio pal and thrifting

It's been awhile since I posted a picture of my studio pain helper -



My cutting table doubles as his bed - so needless to say not much cutting gets done if Himself decides to take a nap.

His name is Cosmo - named after Kramer on Seinfeld.  Like his namesake our Cosmo delights in making a grand entrance into a room.














Yesterday we spent the afternoon moseying about our favourite thrift stores and I came home with these...



and this....



Now whatever do you suppose I might be planning to do with them??


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A new ORT holder?

Today was our monthly CQTeers meeting and Sue taught us how to make these pretty little bowls...


Here's a close up....



Who knew that simple 'ingredients' like felt and buttons
could make something so pretty?

Mine is going to be my new ORT collecting bowl.
Thanks Sue!

AND....

I stumbled across this great idea for a sewing journal.
For those of you that do a lot of sewing and would like to keep a record of
what you make, I think these printable journal sheets would be
a great way to do so.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Almost....

Yes, my white wrapping cloth is ALMOST finished!!!  A few minutes ago I put the last embroidery stitch into the body of it and now it's on to the border embellishment and the backing.  I'm excited to see it finished (not because I want it to end, but because I want to SEE it!!).  I have had soooooo much enjoyment out of the making of this cloth and can't wait to start the next one.  I won't mention the fact that I probably have enough white goodies to draw from to make at least a half a dozen more - no, I won't. 



Sorry about the pictures appearing to be blue but, trust me, they ARE white.  In the picture above you can see a lovely little embroidered flower section - they were done by my maternal grandmother, probably in the late 1950's.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Back to white

We took #1 son home yesterday after he'd been here for a few days of R & R, so today I went back to stitching on the white cloth.  Here's some of the results...




The seam treatments on the cloth are rapidly drawing to an end, and then it will be on to creating something for the outside edge.  I really like prairie points, so I know already that there will be some of them involved!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

And now for something REALLY different!!

We have our #1 son (the chef) home for a few days R&R and here's what went on in our kitchen today....

stirring the pot..


a watched pot....


see???.......


and we strain it....



and we squeeze it.....


and after awhile.....


IT BECOMES CHEESE!!!!


Friday, March 15, 2013

another bit...

I didn't get much time to do any stitching today but I did manage to create this...






Inside this crocheted flower is a penny, one of the last ones to be minted here in Canada.  It will be stitched to my white cloth to add to the memories it holds.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Another white section....

Are you sick of seeing this white cloth yet??
If you're not, and REALLY want to look at more
aspects of it, click on 'White' in the 'labels' 
section of the blog and you can explore the rest.

In the meantime, today I added this section...



Now I'm working on these...





Little crocheted bows that will be added to
the section shown above, 
and will look something like this...




As usual, you can click to embiggen!


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The last piece of white!

Today I finished stitching the last piece of white that will be included in my cloth.  I'm not at all sure how I feel about it - glad that it's almost done and I can sit back and admire it, or sorry because it's nearly done.  Definitely some mixed feelings!   Oh well, I can console myself with the fact that I have a second one rarin' to go, and maybe another one to come. 

Here's the final block...


I still have a lot to do with this cloth because I still have a few small seams to embellish and then it's deciding what to do around the outside edge. Decisions, decisions!!

Monday, March 11, 2013

TUSAL and Knit

Oops, almost forgot to post my TUSAL results for the month (thanks Arlee for the reminder!!)...


Above is my pile of ORTS,
and below is my ORT jar to date...





If you embiggen the jar picture, you might be able to see the little pieces of paper that are tucked in with the threads.  I decided that, this year, I also wanted to keep track of the projects I finish and so I'm writing each thing onto a little slip of paper and including it with my ORTS.  At least then I won't come to the end of the year and wonder what I've done with my time!

and.....I've been knitting too.  This is one of the two hot water bottle covers I've done in the past few weeks....


Friday, March 08, 2013

A little bit of white


Here are a couple of little 'bits' I've added to my white cloth. 
 



Thursday, March 07, 2013

Exciting morning!

Normally our days here at the House of Magpie are relatively un-exciting, with only occasional small blips in the radar.  Well this morning topped all the blips in a large fashion.

First of all, my friend Carroll arrived at my door for our usual Thursday morning coffee bearing this...



Here's a closeup...
 

Apparently I am on the receiving end of these because I have reached the ten-year mark of visiting the chiropractor (who just happens to be her husband) on a regular basis.  Wow!  They are absolutely gorgeous and the pictures definitely don't do them justice.  Thank you Phil and Carroll!!

Part Two of the excitement...

We were sitting, drinking our coffee and minding our own business when we heard a lot of yelling outside.  Some of you know that our apartment building overlooks the local river.  When we got out onto the balcony to see what was happening, it turns out two people had managed to end up IN the river.  You have to remember that the river is covered in ice still.  Of course there was a great deal of police, fire and rescue people running about.  The people got out on their own but we aren't quite sure WHY they got in there in the first place.  Perhaps they thought it would be fun to go polar dipping....or did they fall in....or did one try to drown themselves and the other jump in to save them?  Were they high on something and for some reason thought it would be fun to go swimming in the dead of winter?  Who knows.  It did add a certain element of drama to our usually rather uneventful coffee dates!!

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

And now...for something a little different

I did very little on the stitching front today, so I thought because Easter is rapidly approaching that  you might be interested on learning how to embroider on eggs. Mary Corbet is running a series of how to's and the beginning posts can be found HERE.    I must admit that this fascinates me!


Monday, March 04, 2013

Lace knitting

If anyone had ever said that I would attempt to knit any form of lace, I would have scoffed and say no way, never, not gonna happen.  Well, never say never...



Above you can see Mr. Bird modeling a lace knitted scarf that I actually completed.  I won't mention the fact that there are a few teeny-tiny mistakes that hopefully won't be noticed.

Here's a close up of the pattern...

 



Friday, March 01, 2013

Today's white

I haven't had a whole lot of time to stitch today, but I did finish one more section for my white cloth.  Currently it's being wet blocked and once it's dry I will show you a picture.  In the meantime, I've been working on this, which is another section of the cloth...





The fingertips are left loose as well as the cuff so something can be inserted inside.  Not quite sure what I will do next with it!