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, April 28, 2017

Winning ways and filling up

Today I thought I'd show you what I purchased yesterday with a lovely gift certificate I won, generously shared by Stephanie, the organizer of the mug/cup&saucer swap.  The certificate was from 'Teavana' which I had never heard of prior to winning.  Luckily there is an actual bricks & mortar store a little over an hour away and DH and I did a road trip yesterday so I could check it out.  Here's what I came home with...
The mugs and one package of tea ended up being free and I simply *had* to buy two more flavours to try out!  Thank you Stephanie - I've already tested out a mug for my morning coffee.  Perfect!

Here are some more fillers I created on
Block 6 of the courtship series...

Today your quote is form an anonymous source...."I love days when my only problem is tea...or coffee" 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Filling and fluff

I'm heading out for the day to our monthly CQTeers meeting, but thought I'd do a quick post to show you some of the fillers on block 6...

here's the first little baby item
I made from that amazing mohair yarn...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

More seam treatments...

Straight stitches (pink); fly stitches (light green); lazy daisies (darker green); cross stitches (yellow) further 'crossed' with straight stitches (orange).

Half cross stitches (black); woven with metallic thread (pink); and beads or French Knots.

And here's one of the filler sections on Block 6...

Next time I will show you more of the fillers and soon I will be starting into the final block (actually, in 'real time, I'm working on it now, but I'm a bit behind in my sharing with you).  

I also want to show you what arrived at my door yesterday....a box filled with absolutely gorgeous mohair yarn - all the way from Lithuania!  

I have been asked to make several items of baby clothing which our #2 son and daughter-in-love will use as props for their photography business.  This yarn is absolutely luxurious!!  Can't wait to start to play with it!

Today your quote is about knitting and comes from Melanie Falick...."In a ball of yarn is the potential to make a dream that you have come true".


Monday, April 24, 2017

Back to crazy quilting

Now I'm going back to showing you what I've done with block 6 of my courtship series of crazy quilt blocks.  Here are several more new seam treatments and how to create them...

This one is done with Chevron Stitch (black); straight stitches (green and pink); and lazy daisies (blue). 

I apologize once again for the horrendous cropping of the images - there is something odd still happening with my computer and the program and it's annoying!!  

Lazy Daisies (orange & green); Cross Stitches (red): French knots or beads; and I created some little ribbon roses.

Straight and cross stitches (red and black); French Knots or beads.

Today the quote is from an anonymous source..."Anyone can make you smile, many people can make you cry, but it takes someone really special to make you smile with tears in your eyes"

Friday, April 21, 2017

Not going to chance it!

I'm almost afraid to see if the camera and computer have decided to play together today, so luckily I remembered I had something on file that I can show you.  Over the weekend I created these cute little bibs for a baby gift....

These came entirely from my stash, always a bonus....the green ones are flannelette and the middle one is recycled denim.   Really easy and quick to make.  I embroidered a rooster on the denim one because the wee little boy is of Asian descent and 2017 is the Year of the Rooster.  

Today the quote is from Pablo Casals..."The child must know that he is a miracle; that since the beginning of the world there hasn't been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him"

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A further swap update

As an additional 'bit' about the swap I posted about yesterday, I thought I'd show you the absolutely lovely 'thank you' I received from my swap partner Marina.  One of the 'rules' of the swap is that you send a thank you card to your partner, but imagine my surprise when I received a fat envelope in my mailbox and out tumbled some amazing things!  

After a struggle with my camera and computer refusing to discuss things with each other (why on earth would my Canon camera suddenly decide that it should download pictures onto DH's Nikon camera program escapes any logic I know of! @#$#!!!)'s a couple pictures of what I received...

hang on - another blip.....


Just look at the treasures she sent!  First of all she wrote a lovely letter on that pretty flowered paper (which will be saved for use in a creation later on); the beautiful cross stitched violet sachet (and the stitches are teeny tiny too!); the pretty cross stitch sewing-themed pattern; two beautiful quilt-themed postcards with quotes on them; AND some gorgeous buttons!!  Thank you Marina!!

Phew, what a struggle THAT was!
Have no clue why the computer is
deciding to be difficult, but assume it
must be atmospheric.
Either that or she's PMS'ing!!

I also sent a little handmade card to my swap partner to thank her for the goodies she sent to me and apparently the picture I took has disappeared off my computer....hmmm.....'s similar to
the one I sent to my swap partner...

(which has also disappeared!!)

....the mystery thickens.....

I went searching for a quote about frustrations with computers and came across this one by Paulo Coelho..."Life has many ways of testing a person's will either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything all at once" and I was satisfied with that one, but THEN I found THE perfect quote by Peter Drucker... "The computer is a moron"

Yep, nuff said!!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Reveal day!!

I'm so excited that today is the big reveal day for sweet Stephanie's (of  The Enchanting Rose blog) 10th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange!

I have wanted to play along with this for a couple of years and finally mustered my courage and signed up - and I'm so happy I did!

Each participant sent, and received, a lovely parcel from their swap partner and I'm happy to be able to share what I sent, and received.

First of all, my 'send-to' partner was Marina (who unfortunately doesn't have a blog) and I had such fun putting a parcel of goodies together for her.  She shared that she collects things pertaining to birds and has a lovely Black Lab dog and a pet sparrow.  She wanted a mug so the hunt began.  I initially searched for one with a bird theme and perhaps some flowers to make it prettily feminine.  The hunt came to a screeching (almost literally) halt when I came across THE most absolutely perfect meant-to-be mug that featured not only birds but a black lab too!!!!  I was so excited!!  

Here is what I sent to her...

I made her a mug rug, featuring a bird and a cross-stitched
Black Lab.
A crocheted coaster; a rose tea-light
holder (also crocheted) and 
maple leaf coasters.

Teas, chocolate and a few other things
rounded out my parcel, along with a 
handmade card...

The lovely Sandra from all the way over in France put together a lovely parcel filled with special goodies just for me...

There's a lovely mug featuring flowers and a deer from their area in France; an assortment of flavoured teas and hot chocolates (which I'm happily enjoying!!); my favourite chocolates; some pretty fabrics; the sweetest little mouse ornament (which just happened to be attached to some chocolate); and a lovely little tea bag holder, also from her area in France.  I use the tea bag holder every single day!  Thank you Sandra!!!!

Today your quote is from Lin Yutang..."There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation"

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Final foods

Over the weekend I finished up the felt food pieces that are going to be a birthday gift for our #1 grandson...

(Sorry, I forgot I had photographed the
doughnuts earlier!)
The shoebox I had is now full and there should be lots of play value inside.  Mind you, with little kids you never know just what they'll end up playing with!

And...just to prove that I'm also doing other things, how about a peek at what my living room floor currently looks like?

These are the pieces for the sweater I'm knitting for #2 son...blocking on the floor for lack of space elsewhere!

Your quote for today is from Walt Disney..."Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever"

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter wishes

"I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in me will live,
even though he dies; 
and whoever lives and believes in me
will never die"

John ll:25-26

Blessed Easter wishes to you all.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sweets and fries

Continuing the felt food fun!  Today there are a couple of donuts and some french fries.

Today your quote is from Plato... "Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments"

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

What would a kitchen be without......

In hindsight I should have made an entire pizza pie that would end up fitting together, but I didn't have enough felt for that.  

While I was at it, I made a few bow-tie pasta pieces...


Your quote is from George Bernard Shaw..."Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything"

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Breakfast, anyone?

Further in my playing about with creating felt food for #1 grandson, how about some breakfast?

I kind of suspect that Grandma is having just as much fun making these as he will playing with them...maybe even more.

Yesterday we had pretty much perfect weather - sunny and warm - although we did end up with a thunderstorm passing through.  So, in light of the fact that maybe (just maybe) spring might be here....your quote today comes from Virgin A. Kraft..."Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world"

Monday, April 10, 2017

Just to prove.....

....that something else happens around Chez Magpie than just embroidery and knitting!....

Our #1 grandson will be turning three soon and he got a play kitchen for Christmas.  Of course Grandma needs to make him some food to go along with it!  First 'up' is a burger with fixin's.  

The white 'blob' you see is reversible - it's supposed to be mayo with ketchup on one side, and there's mustard on the other.  
(Thank you Lyn for the burger pattie fabric!!)

Today your quote is from Steve Maraboli...."A new day:  Be open enough to see opportunities.  Be wise enough to be grateful.  Be courageous enough to be happy"

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Just a stitchin' along

Yesterday I actually got an entire day to stay home (a rarity at Chez Magpie) and I made the most of it and completed a bit more on Block 6...

(I apologize once again for the 
cropping job on these photos,
my computer is having obvious

This one is pretty much straight stitches, with some French knots or beads.

A really simple version - all straight stitches and beads.

Again, all straight stitches with some added beads.  

 how about this quote for today from an unknown source...."Regret for wasted time is more wasted time"

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Block 6 begins

I apologize in advance for the horrendous cropping of the pictures and diagrams - for reasons known only unto the computer, cropping is cancelled for today.  Argh!!  Now, on to the beginnings of Block Six of the Courtship Series...

This one was done with straight stitches, a few little cross stitches, and then I added French knots and some beads.

The heart within a heart was all done with cross stitches.  You could remove the middle heart and use flowers instead (silk ribbon would be lovely!).  


Since I started the courtship series, I've been wrestling with ideas of how to finish the blocks off and I have a few ideas floating about in my brain - one of which I would like to tackle, but not at all sure it will work.  Came across this quote this morning and perhaps it's telling me something??? It's from Mandy Hale..."You don't always need a plan.  Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens"