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.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Sadly disappointed, I'm sure

Today I have the reveal of the 'mystery project' I was working on (and before you go and get all excited about it, I'd better warn you that it's not half as exciting as you might have been led to believe).  All I can say is into each life a little disappointment must fall!

Before I get to that though, how about some mumblings about some things I've discovered around and about the internet...

- There's an interesting tutorial HERE for making needle lace skeleton leaves.  

- and did you know that you can use gelatin for a fabric stabilizer?  I didn't either - and you can read about it HERE.  


- This morning Connie Eyberg posted a link to an amazing video how to on making a gorgeous flower.  I want to try this!!!  Thanks Connie!

- I'm happy to pass along the news that there will indeed be a 'Where Bloggers Create 2016' party this year, hosted by Karen Valentine of 'My Desert Cottage'.     You can go HERE to find out more.  I took part in this a couple of times and it's great fun....and even if you don't choose to take part, just visiting all the bloggers is bound to keep you enthralled for quite awhile.  July 15th is the date. EDITED TO ADD:  My apologies to Vicki Boster who I erroneously said was hosting this one and to Karen Valentine for overlooking that it was, indeed, her.  So sorry!  

- For those of you who enjoy cross stitch and also happen to have a pirate lover in your circles, there's a nice free pattern HERE.  (be sure to scroll down).

- There's a great article and tutorial HERE for antiquing embroidery floss.  

- And for those of you who are 'Finding Dory' fans (and it appears as though there are going to be multitudes that are!) how about the crochet pattern links found HERE.  

And now, on to the reveal (and I seriously hope you're sitting down, because the sheer amazement of this should be too much to handle)...




Yep.  I told you.  I can hear you all now - "what in the world IS that?".   Well, as you know there's a new grandbaby appearing in our lives in the next little while and this is a form of soft 'high chair'.  Very portable and easy to tuck in a diaper bag for those occasions when you want to pop into a restaurant (or grandma's house) and there's no high chair available.  I know it's hard to tell from the photo how this works so perhaps this will help...

Photo from Amazon
(sorry, but can't get the link to work)

The pattern I used was a free download from 'Canadian Living' magazine, but it appears they have since removed it from their files.  
We had one of these when our boys were small and used it a lot, so hopefully it will come in handy once again.

Today your quote is from Winnie The Pooh - "Sometimes the littlest things take up the most room in your heart"



16 comments:

Vicki Boster said...

Girlfriend....
Congrats on your new grand baby to come!!! Seriously, I think the little chair pad is perfect and totally genius!! You will see that used a lot!!

Better make a little correction-- that party is hosted by our beautiful Karen ValentineZ she's the genius behind the "Where Bloggers Create" party.....I'm planning on hosting my party early next year. I'll blog about that later this year!!

Love
Vicki

Baa. xxx said...

Drum roll please.......ta...da......Those high chair thingys are great. I had one years ago with my children and they are brilliant. So handy when you are out and no-one has a high chair but you still need containment! Love it!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Mary Ann. Haven't stopped by in a long while, unfortunately. Congrats for being a grandma soon--beats being a mother! And the child's seat is pure genius. Have a great summer with the new arrival!
best, nadia

KimM said...

Wow! Thanks for all the links - especially for Karen's Where Bloggers Create party. I found Karen a year or so ago and she gave my blog a much needed facelift....created a "look" that screamed "YES! This is ME!" I'll be sharing my creative space....thank you for making me laugh with your sense of humor....and love the secret project. It's a perfect addition to your repertoire with a new little one coming.
xxx

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

OMGOSH! This is such a great idea!! I always hate to see little ones in the high chairs provided by the restaurants. I ALWAYS wonder if they are property cleaned. I am so sure that your soft high chair will get great use. How thoughtful that you made it. Super!!
xx, Carol

Wen Green said...

Lol, well, I would have done an awful job on that, so I can see no wrong here :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, I knew exactly what that was as soon as I saw it. These have been around for years, and are super handy for a parent to have tucked into the diaper bag.
Your banner changed, and I have new awe and respect for you now that we can see this stitching even closer. Wow. I don't know what else to say, except that I hope someday after I've been embroidering another 40 years that I have half the talent you have.
Maureen S

Anonymous said...

These little portable high chairs are really neat. I made one for Gregory!! See ya tomorrow.
Sue

FlashinScissors said...

This is a brilliant idea Mary Anne, and I am sure your son and DIL will find it invaluable! It's so satisfying to be able to make something that you know will be sooooo useful for your nearest and dearest!
Barbara xx

janie krig said...

Great banner!
I like the idea of a 'soft' high chair. My grandma used her aprons to make a sort of
soft hi chair for the grand kids sometimes.
Love that quote, I think that's true.

Suztats said...

Love the high chair thingy, and the quote!

Vicki W said...

Well, it will be darned exciting once there's a baby in it!

Wandering Wren said...

Hey - don't undersell yourself, I would love this soft high chair, I think it's a brilliant idea and unless all the stitching is going to unravel (which it won't!!!!) you have done an amazing job. The fact you have made it with love is just gorgeous :)
Wren x

Createology said...

Brilliant Soft High Chair for little ones. I definitely would not have guessed that...ever. I LOVE Winnie the Pooh and all his amazing and very wise advice. Gandbaby Bliss very soon...

Jillayne said...

That is the cutest high chair ever - and what a great idea.
I love all your findings from all around the web - thank you so much for sharing them!

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

You portable soft high chair is just the perfect thing for baby. Wish I had made one when My granddaughter was born. She is now five. Thanks for the links too.