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.

Friday, December 29, 2017

A little bit of progress, and some cuteness

Well, I hope you all had a nice Christmas and are now looking ahead to all the things that are in store for you next year.  Our celebration was really nice - Skyped with our #2 son and his family on Christmas eve and had the joy of watching our 1 year old grandson Theo open his gifts from us.  Christmas day we drove, very carefully because the roads were pretty dicey, to have a late lunch/early supper with our #1 son and his family.  All in all, a wonderful time.  

Before I show you the progress I've been making on the latest barn project, thought I'd share the cute gift we got from Theo....


It's hard to get a decent picture of a coffee mug, but at least you can see his sweet face!

Yesterday I got back to working on my latest barn and hopefully you can see some progress from what it looked like at the beginning...


....to now....


I'll explain a little bit of what I did so you can see that, yes, Virginia, there not only is a Santa Claus....but I DID do something to it!!

The areas circled in pink show where I have simply added a little bit of netting to soften the colours of the underlying fabrics.  The area circled in red was created using Texture Magic, which 'bubbles' the fabric up into the most amazing textures (looks a bit more tree-like than the flat fabric did).  For the areas circled in blue I created some fabric lace using my sewing machine....placed cheesecloth really tightly in a hoop; dropped the feed dogs; and stitched, trying to use mainly circles to create a lacy effect with the cheesecloth.  Then I added little snippets of the green fabrics I used elsewhere in the grass and stitched them on.  Cut and appliqued to the areas on the grass where I wanted them.  The barn itself has been painted and I also used Sharpie markers to add definition.  The fence, after much thought, was created out of a pipe cleaner also 'painted' with Sharpie markers.  


- THIS is a really pretty crocheted cowl and there's another one HERE.

- Sometimes you come across a little tip that makes you wonder why on earth you didn't think of it yourself and THIS is one of them!  And THIS is another one.  And THIS is a great tip for quilters.

- If you're like me and like to make a fresh start in January and have the urge to clean (I know - it doesn't happen often here at Chez Magpie!), perhaps you might find some of the suggestions on THIS list useful. 

- THIS is a really nice crocheted basket tutorial - I think I would be tempted to not add the handles though.

Today I have a wonderful quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson...."Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year" and, because this is likely to be my last post before the new year, I thought I'd leave you with this one, from Neil Gaiman..."I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes, because if you are making mistakes then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world"

Happy 2018 to you all!


16 comments:

KimM said...

Looks fabulous! Hope your Christmas was a happy one.
xxx

Vicki W said...

Wow, the barn is looking awesome! I bet that coffee mug will get a lot of use!

Createology said...

So very happy to see you had a wonderful Christmas and stayed safe on treacherous roads. Super cute mug with Theo’s face smiling at you. Great tips and projects you have shared. Love your barn and how you are being super creative with your “canvas”. Perfect quotes for bringing in 2018. Blessings for Peace, Joy and lots of Creativity for all of 2018 Dear...xo <3

I am said...

Oh i love the cup with Theo's face on it ,what a wonderful gift.
And wow your barn is looking fantastic,well done and wishing you a Happy New year my friend xx

Dolores said...

What a lovely mug. Glad you had a great Christmas. Your barn is wonderful. I have a couple of barn photos I'd love to reproduce in fabric but there are a lot of other things that I need to work on. Thanks for the links.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Good Morning. I'm so glad you had a good Christmas and were able to visit your family who is a distance away. Isn't technology great. My SIL uses FB Face Time often to visit with her grands who are spread all over the country.

Thanks for the great tip links. That Card Stock tip is the BEST!

You have sure learned a lot about making a realistic barn landscape. This one is terrific.

Happy New Year,
xx, Carol

Kay G. said...

Your barn is amazing, you are so talented! Happy New Year!

Catherine said...

The barn is looking amazing!

FlashinScissors said...

How lovely that you were able to watch your grandson opening his presents thanks to technology!
Awww, love the mug!
Wow, great progress with your barn, thanks for sharing how you did it!
Wishing you a Wonderful, Happy and Healthy New Year!
Thank you for your friendship this year, and I am looking forward to seeing more of your pretty projects next year!
Hugs,
Barbara xxxx

Janie said...

Sweet little face!
Your layering looks great and your barn is perfect.
Good quote, thanks for sharing. Yes, mistakes are part of growing,
stretching and experimenting, staying flexible.
Happy New Year to you and your family!

Quinn said...

Here's a fun tip: if you click to open your images as a "gallery" or whatever it's called, you can click back and forth between #2 and #3 and watch the barn deteriorate and rebuild itself over and over again :) I wish my barns would do the rebuilding part!
Thank you for the great quotes (Ralph is one of my favorites as you may know) and for a year of bloggy friendship. All the best to you and yours in 2018!

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Happy New Year! Cute mug and child. I'm enjoying your barns and the links. There is just not enough time to get things done!!!

Kim said...

I think I shall call you the "Queen of Barns". Your barn is progressing fabulously, Mary Anne. I love all those special effects. How sweet to have a photo of Theo on your mug. He is very sweet, isn't he. Happy New Year to you.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Whoa . . . wait a minute. Back up . . . this is fabric?? Okay, I need to go back and find your original post on this. Glad you had a fun Christmas - what did we ever do without FaceTime and Skype lol?

Cathy said...

Oh my goodness! The before and after on your barn is simply jaw-dropping! Really, it’s amazing how much depth and artistry you’ve added. I think you’ve found your “wheelhouse”. Happy New Year and hugs to you and the family!

Renee said...

Your grandson is adorable! What a sweet gift. :)

Your barn's transformation is fantastic. Thank you for sharing how you worked your magic. It is wonderful!