A blog about my interests, which include fabric landscapes and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

You knew it, didn't you

 I'm sure you're not the least bit surprised that another landscape is underway.  This time I'm using this photo by Dale Stewart (and used with his always kind permission)...

I have the hare-brained idea that I can incorporate a road map in to the design.  Stay tuned to see if that thought will bear fruition or whether it might be a total flop.   Right now it's pretty much 50/50.

- You might want to give THIS technique a try.

- THIS looks like a useful bag you could make.  And there's THIS one too.

- The creations by THIS artist are interesting.

Today's quote is from Abraham Lincoln..."Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most"

Monday, May 27, 2024



 'The Witch House'
(near Dollard, Saskatchewan)
measures approx. 27x29"
based primarily on this photo by
Dale Stewart (and used with his kind permission)
as well as photos by Michael Trueman and Glen Bowe

- I rather wish I could sit in a corner and take notes when THIS artist is creating!  Be sure to check out her eco-prints HERE as well.

- THESE are cute and would be easy to make...perhaps attach them to a 'pick' and plant them in your flower pots?

- THIS artist takes pintucks to a whole 'nother level!

- Although  THIS was originally geared towards Christmas, I don't see why it wouldn't be pretty hanging in a window any time of the year. OR maybe THIS take on it would be fun too.

Today the quote is from Teresa Funke...."Putting our art out there is one of the biggest risks we can take.  It's a special kind of vulnerability.  It takes guts to be an artist"

Friday, May 24, 2024

mmm, mmm, good!


Resident Chef made this and I can attest that it's delish!  Thought I'd share in case any of you would like to try it.


2 lb. pork, chicken or beef, sliced thinly
2 T. veg. oil                             1 c. fine chopped onion
1 ½ c. chopped green and/or red peppers
1 ½ c. grated carrots
12 T. white vinegar       1 c. brown sugar, packed
4 T. soy sauce               4 T. ketchup
1 tsp. ground ginger     1 tsp. garlic powder
8 tsp. cornstarch          4 T. water
1 can sliced mushrooms, drained
200 grams (approx) Udon or Rice noodles - cooked
        Heat oil and stir fry onion, peppers & carrots til
soft.  Add next 6 ingredients.  Mix cornstarch & water;
 add & stir til thickened. Heat 2 T. oil & add pork strips.
 Stir fry til no longer pink.  Add mushrooms & sauce.

- The quilters among you might enjoy seeing some interviews of the winners at the Quilt Week Show at Paducah.  Go HERE 

- And, better get those bread crumbs ready for when you visit all the free patterns to be found HERE!

- Sometimes you just never know when a tidbit of information just might be the very thing you need to know as THIS will likely attest (and yet another example of you not quite knowing what to expect here!).

- Although I don't often work with paper, I thought THESE would be a fun project.

- Must admit THIS is beyond my abilities but I know some of you enjoy spinning so perhaps you'd like to give it a try.

Today's quote is from John Bunyan..."You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you"

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

A close up

 I've been wanting to attempt this sort of technique on one of my landscapes and decided that the time is now.  I didn't know if I could pull it off but I'm quite pleased.  The original photo I'm working from for the landscape shows a field of autumn grasses in the foreground and I didn't want to spend the days/hours/ weeks?? of time it would take to embroider them individually.  This consists of bits of hand dyed cheesecloth and various other fabrics of unknown origin and some teeny bits of tatted edging that had frayed to the point of being unusable for anything else.  What do you think??

I tried to do a video but it doesn't want to load, so
you'll have to see it this way instead.

- Perhaps you'd like to try THIS?  As a little side note, I saw an idea for using a splatter screen from the dollar store instead of the frame they call for in this post.  I'm all for cheap supplies!

- I think THESE would make a really pretty 'curtain' in a window.

- Have a peek through the gallery of THIS artist!

- THIS is a cute little project you might like to try.

Monday, May 20, 2024

 I thought I might point you to a really interesting post about the actual Witch's House in Saskatchewan....go HERE.  And now, perhaps you can see that I have quilted the sky area with a vague nod to a trapunto technique for some of the clouds...

Over the weekend Resident Chef appeared in my sewing room doorway bearing this...
Sourdough Cheese bread!

- I must admit my jaw was dropping as I scrolled through the work of THIS incredible artist!!  AND, when you get to the bottom of the first page, click through to the next one...and the next one.  

- THIS might be a fun technique to try.

- HERE is another take on doing a temperature quilt.

- I enjoyed seeing THESE.

Today's quote..."Worry is a conversation you have with yourself about things you cannot change.  Prayer is a conversation you have with God about things He can change"

Friday, May 17, 2024

Maybe now?

 Maybe now you can see the progress on the Witch's House?....

- Have a peek through the portfolios of THIS artist - very creative.  And if you want to read more about her work go HERE.  

- If there's a bridal shower in your future, perhaps making the bride one of THESE would be a perfect gift OR you could change the colours and make it for yourself (maybe to carry your phone).  You could also make THIS to go with the bag.

- HERE is another artist you might like to visit.

- HERE's a technique you might like to play with.

This quote made me smile..."Today I completed a chore I'd been putting off for six months.  It took 15 minutes.  I will learn nothing from this"

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

A lovely surprise!

 These pretties arrived from #2 son and daughter-in-love for Mother's Day....

I'm blessed!!!

- THIS would be a fun project to create for your summertime decor.

- Please walk to your kitchen and obtain a loaf of bread.  You will need LOTS of crumbs to find your way back out of THESE!  There are pages of them!

- THIS sounds intriguing and we all know the raw materials are plentiful this time of year!

- THIS is a pretty piece of clothing that would be relatively simple to make and would be perfect for an additional layer.

- And, just to prove that you never quite know what you will find here at Chez Magpie, how about trying THIS?

- Or maybe THIS?

Today's quote..."Not sure if I'm bad at sleeping or just really really really good at thinking"