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, June 01, 2018

And.....phew.....

......a return to the regular mumblings that you have grown accustomed to here at Chez Magpie!

I dunno about you, but I'm glad!!!   I've had quite enough grappling over privacy policies, the European Union and computer gobbledy-gook that means nothing to anyone but the geeks that wrote it (and obviously felt a need to justify having their jobs).  So....deep breath....and onward....

(although - I'm still waiting to get the ability to reply to comments sorted out and hopefully when all the dust settles things will return to normal).

EDITED TO ADD:  I am doing a VERY happy dance right now!!  Becki made a comment on my privacy policy post telling me what to do to be able to reply directly to your comments on my blog and it worked!  Happy happy!!!  If you want to see what she said have a look at this post and scroll down to the comment section.

For the foreseeable future, please check back to your comment on my posts and I will respond to you there.  If things change, I'll let you know.  Thank you Becki!!  

My week has pretty much been shot playing about with privacy issues and also doing a lot of social things so precious little has been accomplished in my sewing room.  So...I thought I'd show you another one of my little treasures....

This little bag, measuring approximately 5x9") was crocheted by my maternal grandmother.  It's lined with a pink linen fabric and is made using crochet cotton.  I have no idea what she might have used it for, although the size suggests that it might perhaps have seen use as a purse at one time.  

- Those of you who are taking pictures of your work for show entries, or even if you want to improve your photos for use on your blog, perhaps you might find THIS article of interest.

- There's a tutorial HERE for making luggage tags (stash buster?).

- THIS is a really cute crocheted summer cardigan pattern.

- Have a look at the amazing work by THIS artist!

- There's a great tutorial HERE for ensuring that you obtain that perfect, but often elusive, 1/4" seam.

- Go HERE for a link to the pattern for a really pretty summer shawl.

The quote of the day is from Dr. Seuss..."Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory"





17 comments:

  1. Beautiful bag! Ecru crochet is my favorite. I didn't think in terms of a purse until see your bag.

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    1. I love this little bag too - something I don't ever plan to part with, although I never use it for anything other than to look at!

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  2. It is a beautiful crochet piece. A keepsake, for sure.

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    1. I just wish I knew what my grandmother used it for. I can't imagine her making it just for the sake of doing it....she must have used it for something.

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  3. How lovely to visit your little world and see all things pretty again. =) Your grandmother's little crochet purse is lovely, isn't it. How she crocheted this pretty is beyond me. It is a beautiful heirloom. Thanks for the links, Mary Anne. The photography one has my interest as I am always up for some learning on how to capture better happy snaps.

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    1. Oh yes, it is SO good to return to life as we knew it (sort of), isn't it! My grandmother used very fine crochet hooks for several of the pieces I have and she also knitted lace trims for all her pillowcases. She obviously liked pretty things!

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  4. What a treasure! Your grandmother did fine work.
    Thanks for the tips.
    I'm glad you got your replies figured out.

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    1. I think it's a treasure too Janie. Both of my grandmothers created amazing things and I'm lucky to have the care and keeping of a few pieces they made.

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  5. Fabulous bag Mary Anne and I am so glad you got the 'reply to comments' working on your blog! Who knew you needed to be a computer scientist to write a blog?! LOL!! Have a great weekend! Christine x

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    1. I'm glad it's working too - definitely was a strain on my poor ol' grey matter!!

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  6. Love, love, love the filet crochet bag/purse. The diagonal design is very interesting. I love making little bags like this too. They are rather special, and I'm so pleased that you appreciate your heirloom from your grandmother. This style of bag was mainly a Sunday church bag to hold bible, hankies, and little necessities for the day, as well as on other special occasions and outings.

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    1. Thank you Cyra! I never thought of a church bag, but I think you are quite likely right. I know she never went to dances and probably precious few parties, so it most likely was used for church.

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  7. That bag is beautiful! What a treasure!

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    1. Thanks Karen - don't know if you saw Cyra's comment above where she said that she thought it might have been used on Sundays to hold little things that might be needed. I think she's right!

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  8. Beautiful bag..grandma was an expert,wasn't she? Thanks to you and Becky, I have changed my comments settings too and now reading up on the good photos article. You're a gem, MA!!!

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    1. My grandma was indeed an expert at many different forms of fiber art - she not only crocheted, she also knitted very fine lace that she used to trim pillowcases, she embroidered and she made quilts. Glad you found something in my posts that was of interest and was helpful!

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  9. Your Grandma’s little crocheted purse/bag is lovely and quite a treasure for you. So hoping the Blog-grrr issues are resolved. I never got any comments on my last post. This packing is killing my blogging and computer time. Just 7 days until the moving van arrives! Finally we see our dream on the horizon...<3

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