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.

Friday, September 30, 2022

The last one

 As you can see, there's been progress on the second chef ornament (finished one is pictured as well).  Still quite a way to go but the end is in sight.  

If you'd like to see what I'm aiming towards have a look HERE.

- THESE are really pretty and would make wonderful gifts!

- I think THESE are rather intriguing too.

- Have a look through the portfolio of THIS amazing artist.  I was busily admiring her work and then I saw the section on her website where you could see her prices.  Ouch.  That's me, rubbing my butt, after I fell off my chair!!!

- THIS is a very pretty scarf design.

Today's quote..."Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are endless"

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Proof positive

 Yes, folks, we do have proof that I have indeed finished the stitching on the second Nutcracker.  Phew!  Now on to working on the second chef and once he is done I can start putting them together.

THIS is a great little tote that would serve a whole lot of purposes.

- THIS would be fun to make for your fall decor.

- Have a look through the gallery of THIS artist.

- THIS link takes you to a PDF for a really nice fall wreath pattern that you can can also simply make it using pre-made felt.

- If you like acorns, perhaps THIS might be fun to make.

Today's quote..."I bought a little bag of air today.  The company that made it was kind enough to put some potato chips in it as well"

Monday, September 26, 2022

Stitch, stitch, stitch

 Yes, I have been doing something but it's certainly not very exciting for you to see.  My plan is to make two of the Nutcracker ornaments and two of the chefs but I must admit making the second one is a slog.  I know what it's going to look like so there's no wondering what's going to come next.  So, here is my progress...

AND just so you know what I'm aiming for, HERE is the link to the design so you can see how they will (hopefully!) finish.  Mine won't have the fuzzy hair of the original because I couldn't locate the proper thread.   

- THIS is a really pretty shawl that would use up odds and ends of yarn.

- There are a number of quite pretty shawls HERE as well.

- THIS is a nice easy-to-knit cowl that would make great gifts.

- Have a peek through the embroidered pieces by THIS artist!

Today's quote..."One of the weirdest things about being an adult is having a favorite stove top burner.  No one ever talks about it, but y'all know it's true"

Our thoughts and prayers go out to
the people of our Maritime provinces
who were so hard hit by 
Hurricane Fiona


Friday, September 23, 2022

Because you just never know!!!

 No, you never know what you might find when you visit here at Chez Magpie, as this will attest.   This is a photo of our #4 Grandie modeling a dress that was once mine (you know, from back before dirt!)...

Photo shared with the permission of #2 daughter-in-love!

- If you're a crocheter, perhaps you might like to play along with THIS CAL.

- If you go HERE you can see a virtual quilt show of the contest winners from the Des Moines show.

- If you're a knitter and have problems with joining yarn mid-project, perhaps THIS article might be of interest.

- THESE are incredible!

Today's quote is from Maya Angelou..."Hate.  It has caused a lot of problems in this world but has not solved one yet"

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Alas and alack

 Sadly, there is a lack of any photos to show you of anything I've been doing.  You don't want to see pictures of a few rows of cross stitch added to the latest ornament. 

You also really don't want to see any pictures of the piece of knitting I've frogged more times than I can count either.  

- THIS is a rather nice bag that would make great gifts.

- Have a peek through the galleries of THIS artist!

- And THIS one too!!!!

Today's quote..."Society has gotten to the point where everybody has a right but nobody has a responsibility"

Monday, September 19, 2022

A sad week

 The past week has been a difficult one.  Two  friends, both in their 90's, have passed away as well as the Queen.   I find myself somewhat adrift and haven't been able to apply myself to my creative pursuits as much as I'd like.  So...I'll show you a picture of another project that's not quite complete.  This sweater is lacking buttons.  I found some I *could* use in my stash but they're not quite 'it' if you know what I mean.  I might end up using them anyway but maybe I'll get to a fabric shop and will be able to find better ones.  

- If you don't like bugs you won't want to see THESE, but I found them fascinating.

- Have a look at the creations of THIS artist (and take note of the material he uses)

- There's an interesting article HERE that addresses stash culture.  It's geared towards quilters but knitters/crocheters can easily be subbed in.

- Reading that led me on to reading THIS.  

Today's quote is from Sam Elliott..."A strong man stands up for himself.  A stronger man stands up for others"

Friday, September 16, 2022

Sort of a finish

 I can't exactly say this is a finish per se but at least the cross stitching part of it is finished....

This will ultimately be finished into a circular Christmas ornament but there are still two more in the series to make before I assemble them.  You can see three more of the ornies in THIS post.

And, in case you were wondering...remember that sweet doll pattern I pointed you to in my last post?  Well, I succumbed....

- THIS is shown as a Christmas quilt but there's no reason it couldn't be done in any colour you wanted.  I think it would look good scrappy too.

- Have a peek at the fun garments found HERE.  I love them but would never possess enough nerve to actually wear them.

- Have a scroll through the amazing wooden sculptures found HERE. AND have a scroll through THESE as well!

- And while you're looking at amazing works of art, how about the gallery of THIS one!

- AND just because this is a full-service (totally off-the-wall) blog, check THIS out.

Today the quote is courtesy of Matthew McConaughey...."We gotta really watch how quickly we like to say we deserve something...we can earn things, but I don't think we deserve things"