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.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The aftermath

The hectic part of the season is over and now it's time for the cocooning to begin (at least here at Chez Magpie).  After Christmas for me has always been a time to sit down and delve into as many books as I can manage to read until the urge passes.  The projects for Christmas giving are done and nothing new is clamoring to be created (not to say that the to-do list isn't trying to attract attention!).  My studio is as tidy as it ever gets and I hate the thought of messing it up, at least for a few days.  

I think this was one of the best Christmases I've ever had.  I actually got a few things that are for creating with - something I am always happy to get and rarely do.  I was even given a couple of online classes through Craftsy - both of them about creating pictorial quilts which is something I have wanted to try out for some time.  I have a glimmer in my brain that I would like to attempt to re-create old decrepit barns in fabric.  So many of them are falling down in total disrepair and nobody seems to care. Perhaps trying to recreate them in fabric might be a good thing.  On the other hand, the technique is so far removed from my normal range of ability and I'm quite truthfully terrified to even try it. Maybe now I've put my dream into print and shared it with you I will be honour bound to at least give it a try!

Alas there are no pictures of my creations to share with you today, so how about I show you one of Jack's creations instead?  


We spent Christmas with our #1 son, daughter-in-love and grandson and their dinner theme was 'southwestern'.  Pecan pie is, of course, part of that.  Jack is well known for his amazing butter tarts, so it wasn't much of a stretch to create a pecan pie.

I found a few things to mumble about...

- There's a great tutorial HERE for dying buttons.

- I'm sure most of you have a 2017 calendar already, but THIS freebie one is absolutely beautiful and you might like to download it.  You might just want to use the images themselves in your projects!

- If someone in your house got Lego for Christmas, perhaps THESE fun ideas might be just the thing you need to keep them occupied over the rest of the holidays.  Scrolling down to the bottom will yield another link to yet more ideas.

Your quote for today is another one from an anonymous source...  "Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets.  So, love the people who treat you right and forget about the ones who don't.  And believe that everything happens for a reason....if you get a chance, take it; if it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it would be easy.  They just promised it would be worth it"







7 comments:

deanna7trees said...

wishing you a fabulous New Year. happy to hear you enjoyed your holiday.

Cyra said...

Love that pecan pie, looks yummy, and my mouth is watering now. I hope you do manage to create that 'Old Barns' quilt. There are too many just left to crumble and ruin. It's a great way to preserve their memory as they slowly fade away over the years. I will be following your journey on this and admiring your creativity as usual.
Happy New Year to you and yours.

Christine Barnsley said...

Jack's pecan pie looks delicious! So glad you had such a lovely Christmas.... enjoy your books! Happy New Year! Christine x

Createology said...

I have missed so much while away for Christmas. Instead of warm sunny Palm Springs it was rainy and very cold!!! Happy to be home and have my computer to read blogs and catch up. I shall look forward to a calm ending to 2016...is it possible? No activity on our home sale. Love your links and anonymous quote. Restful days dear...

Mary Ann said...

My granddaughter received Lego for Christmas. One set has 799 pieces!!!! I was amazed at the colours they have now...pink, purple, turquoise. There were a few Star War kits and as she is only 6 I was wondering who they were for. Her or her dad...LOL I sent the link to my son. That should keep him busy:)

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Playing catch-up with blogging. Renos are taking over these days. Jack's pie looks divine! More great links - thanks

karen said...

I have no doubt in your ability to create your barn themed pieces....go for it. Your skill is amazing and I can't wait to see the finished results.