First of all, Val asked how I attach things like shells and such to my crazy quilts (sorry I can't answer you directly Val, but you are a 'no reply' so I have to respond here). I try to sew everything down to my pieces and use nylon beading thread as much as possible...or you can use dental floss if you feel it won't show too much. I avoid glue as much as possible simply because it tends to yellow and let go over time. If I do use glue, I use E6000. The real shells I used on this piece had little holes already drilled in them so they were easy to stitch down....if the item I'm using doesn't have a hole I try to drill them myself. Anything to avoid using glue! If you simply can't get a hole into an item, perhaps you can try just looping threads around it in order to hold it in place. In that case I try to use a colour of thread that blends as closely as possible so that it doesn't show too much. Another little hint as well - I try to knot my thread after stitching on pretty much every element, just to be sure that if something does let go in years to come, the entire lot won't follow suite.
Secondly, Boud asked if the embroidery frame she could see in the picture was the one I made myself. Yes, it is and I absolutely love it. It's made from PVC pipe using the free instructions from Kathy Shaw found HERE. I love that it makes my work hands free - always did hate juggling embroidery frames along with my needle and thread! Here's a picture (albeit not a very good one - it's dull and yucky here again today)....
There are several different ways you can orient this frame, depending on the project you're working on. I'm sure there are better pictures available on Kathy's site, so have a look there.
Today I must make this little fellow happy...
He's sadly carrying his own tail and looks so sad. Poor thing - I must put him out of his misery. Who knows, maybe he might even be treated to some 'pretties'.
Edited to add: The bunny measures about 8" tall and the pattern can be found HERE.
Today your quote is from H.S. Fritsch...
Age is a quality of mind.
If you have left your dreams behind,
If hope is cold,
If you no longer look ahead,
If your ambitions fires are dead -
Then you are old.
But if from life you take the best,
And if in life you keep the jest,
If love you hold,
No matter how the years go by,
No matter how the birthdays fly
You are not old.