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, April 08, 2014

Mumblings and such

Because the project I'm currently working on is top secret, you're going to have to suffer through my mumblings today.   I have a couple of things I'd like to draw your attention to....

1.  Deb of Mosaic Magpie has drawn my attention to a very worthwhile project and, because it's one of my chosen charities to support, I thought I would pass it on in case you would like to join in.  MJ of MJ's Lost Cause has started a wonderful 'Tatted Totes 4 Tatted Tits' project.  She's collecting as many hand sewn tote bags as she can for donation to people newly diagnosed with breast cancer.  If you would like to know more, and find a link to an easy tote bag tutorial, go HERE

2.  Karen Ruane has placed her highly successful 'Alchemy' class back on offer.  I can tell you with a high degree of confidence that you will love every single minute of ANY on-line class that Karen does (I'm currently enrolled in her Simply Stitch 4 class).  Karen is one of the most gifted embroiders I've come across and she's very generous with her knowledge....and delivers it all with a great sense of humour as well.  If you are wanting to increase your knowledge and also expand your own abilities, go HERE to read the course description and to find out more.

3.  You all know my insatiable 'need' to own every single book about embroidery (yes, I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a collector!), right?  Well, thanks to Mary Corbett's review I had to order this book from Germany, and have to say that the mail service from there is second to none.    Anyway, this is what I ordered and am currently drooling over...






4.  And, for your viewing enjoyment, I have to show you just part of the large flock of vultures that have been visiting the skies over the river the past week.  I think they are incredible flyers - so graceful in the air, despite being rather an ugly bird on land.   (Click on the picture to embiggen)



5.  And just to prove that I haven't been idly sitting around snacking on bon bons and watching the boob tube....





The completed stack of flannelette receiving blankets!





The quote of the day, from Erma Bombeck...

"Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died"

5 comments:

Vicki W said...

Oooh, I love vultures! They are nature's vacuum cleaners.

Mosaic Magpie said...

Thank you for mentioning MJ's project...her blog post is very touching. Your stack of blankets, very colorful. I am wondering which one will become a favorite to be drug around the house for years to come. Oh, you are going to have so much fun!
xo!

karen said...

thank you!! and such beautiful snuggly blankets....

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Looking forward to seeing what your top secret project is. Thanks for the links as I'll be checking them out. Have yet to see a wild vulture - very neat :)

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

So I take it that some time in the near future we'll be seeing some new whitework embroidery from you? :-)