MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

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, March 20, 2020

Ready for borders

I think this landscape is ready for borders and finishing now...



- For those who might be having difficulty finding bread at the moment, have a peek at the blog post HERE and check out the link to the bread recipe.  We're planning to make some (by we, I mean Resident Chef!).
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Question for you.....do you use washaway stabilizer?  If so, what brand works well?  I have some 'Unique' and it will not dissolve no matter what I do.  Obviously not what you want after you've spent several hours creating something and then can't get the stabilizer out!!  Over to you....opinions please....
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- For those who are knitters, Arne and Carlos are running a knitalong that we can take part in during these trying times.  You can find more information HERE.

- Further on the knitting area, have a look at some of the ideas HERE of things we can work on at home - as well as links to some free patterns that are on offer right now.


- Right now we need to take a more light-hearted look at things so perhaps some of you might find THIS to be a fun project.

If stitching is something that appeals to you in order to get through the trying times, perhaps you might like to check out THESE videos that Karen Ruane has posted.  A little oasis of stitch!



- Just a thought for you - try googling live web cams for birds and I'm sure you can have some fun watching them nesting.  You can start by going HERE.  

Today's quote...."Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not obsess.  Just breathe and have faith that all will work out for the best"

Stay safe, stay well.

17 comments:

  1. I dunno about the tp cover that looks like tp.. seems to be room for confusion..now I can't unthink that.. sorry!

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  3. Hi Mary Anne,
    Reading Karen's message, I couldn't agree more. Today I spent a while hand quilting a baby quilt by simply stitching around little elephants on the quilt. There are 28 of them, so far only 8 completed! A very therapeutic and peaceful occupation.
    Val (UK)

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    1. Finding something peaceful to do is the best antidote to what's going on. Something to take our mind off everything that's happening. Enjoy your elephants!

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  4. Could the pH of the water be causing a problem with the wash-away stabilizer? Might be worth an experiment with a scrap of fabric. Baking soda to reduce acidity, vinegar (or maybe a tiny bit of citric acid if you have it) to increase acidity.

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    1. The water here could be at fault for oh so many things! Never thought of it being a problem with washaway though but I suppose it's a possibility. The washaway I tried to use is a cheap brand so that could be why - prior to this I've been using an unknown version and it worked well but I've used up every scrap. Wish I knew what kind it was!

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  5. I prefer Aqua Magic water soluble stabilizer. Wish I could find a Canadian wholesaler for this stuff. Floriani's Wet N' Gone is another good one. They just moved all their distributors to the US. I used to get it out of Alberta.I couldn't find anything on the Unique product that you have. Good luck.

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    1. Thank you Judy - Canadian suppliers for many things is often a problem. I will see what I can find on these two and appreciate your input.

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  6. Further knitting area...love the pattern, and great links there.

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  7. Love your new work. Just lovely. Re the breads. I make bread all the time but I cheat because I use the mix and knead cycle on my bread maker first and then bake it. Less work. That link for Karen Ruane's blog was interesting. I liked the stitch with the sequins. I might try that.

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    1. Thank you Mary Ann. We wore our bread machine out and never replaced it, which probably is a good thing for our waistlines. I love homemade bread and will eat far too much for my own good! Had hoped to get some yeast when I was at the store but it (and flour) are non-existent, so I was happy to discover this recipe.

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  8. I'm enjoying watching the Shed Aquarium videos on Instagram! They have to take the penquins and other animals on 'field trips' around the aquarium because they need the stimulation. Apparently they thrive off of visitors and since they don't have that, they go around and visit other exhibits. It's the cutest thing ever! I love how we're all finding ways to connect using technology!

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    1. Technology can be a good thing, especially in times like this. We have to look for upbeat things to help balance all the doom. Never thought of the animals needing stimulation in this way and will have to find the videos.

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  9. Your Church landscape looks lovely. Staying secluded and safe and well is the most important thing right now. Adapting to our new normal and feeling blessed. <3

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    1. Yes, we do need to feel blessed - blessed that we are doing okay, that we have a roof over our heads and can shelter in place, that we have food, and that we're not working on the front lines dealing closely with this. We can do our part and stay home.

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