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, August 24, 2015

Sites and Series--zzzzzzz

First of all I thought I'd send you off to explore a few things I've found in my travels around the internet...

- for those of you who are grandparents and if you're looking for fun things to do with the kiddies, have a look at THIS blog.  She comes up with THE most creative and fun things to do with kids!!  I know I'm keeping track of this blog for future reference with our grandson.  Be sure you look back through her blog to see even more great ideas.

- for those of you who actually like to clean (not that I know anyone personally!), there are some great hints HERE for hard to clean areas in your home.

- for those of you who live in the US, Hedgehog Handworks is having a free shipping sale until the end of August (free for the US and half price internationally).  You  check them out HERE.

Now (yawn) I will return to the ongoing series...



This is the back of a crazy quilted purse I created (for myself actually) in 2013



This is the front of another CQ purse, also made in 2013 as a gift for a friend.











Also in 2013, I took some thrifted metal napkin rings, 



a thrifted wooden bowl,


and came up with this pincushion.



It rapidly became my every-day, stuffed full of needles,
and well used pincushion.

If you want to make one yourself, just look for 7 napkin rings, each about 1 - 1 1/2" high; and a wooden salad bowl (test fit the rings to see that they will fit).  Make a 'pouf' out of fabric stuffed with a little bit of fibrefill that will fit on the top of each of the ring.  Glue the rings into the bottom of the bowl and then use a hot glue gun to glue the poufs into the rings.  I added an artificial green leaf, just for fun.    

Today your quote is from Alex Haley.... "Find the good - and praise it" 




9 comments:

Createology said...

What a great upcycle of napkin rings and wooden bowl. I can see it would make a wonderful pin cushion with its weight to stay put. Lovely CQ purses you have created.

Judys Lace Creations said...

Love, love that bag! That pincushion is pretty nifty too!!I love pincushions!~All types, styles,sizes!!

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Mary Anne! Love your crazy quilted bags and that pincushion is fabulous.... I can understand why it is a favourite! Christine x

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I missed the original post of that pincussion..Very cleaver. When I embroider, I like to keep each size needle in a different wedge of a tomato pincussion. This one would be perfect for me!!
xx, Carol

Shirlee Fassell said...

Love your CQ purses and handy pincushion! Thanks for the tip on hedgehog free shipping.

Dolores said...

Love you pincushion. What a novel idea in re-purposing napkin rings and a bowl. As always, the bags are stunning.

Boud said...

Good old Hedgehog! I love their name, aside from anything else. Thanks for reminding me about them.

Janie said...

Nice projects, thanks for the info.
Good words to live by.

karen said...

ha...ha...OMG...you are sending us to a cleaning blog?????? Have you been to my place when I wasn't home..lol....