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, July 24, 2020

66 - and counting

Hah!   I'll bet if any of you are keeping track of my posts and remember the title of my last post you'll be suitably impressed by how rapidly I'm creating hexie flowers.  34 to 66....a herculean task you think? 

w-e-l-l you can just un-impress yourself because that's not what I'm referring to at all (hee hee).  No.  It's been a week of celebration here at Chez Magpie started off by Resident Chef celebrating his birthday followed a day later by me celebrating mine.  Mind you, we don't celebrate beyond wishing each other a 'happy day' umpteen dozen times throughout the day.  The most exciting thing was that one of my friends invited me over yesterday to enjoy our first (socially distanced and sanitized!) coffee date.  Took my own coffee and my own chair but it was SO nice to see her in person.  We've been doing the online video chat thing but that's not as good as the real thing.  This friend and I have gotten together pretty much every week for over 30 years so it's hard not to see her in person.  The two hours just flew by.  Another friend dropped off a little gift for me so we met in the parking lot for a few minutes.  All of those things, plus a couple of (oopsie) online fabric shopping retail therapy sessions made for a great week.

Now, on to what I've accomplished on the landscape...



I think you can see that the hand embroidery is starting.  This is when the entire thing starts to come to life.  Lots more to do yet though!


- I loved THIS - not sure where to get a door but perhaps there's another way to create one.  So cute!

- Lots of eye candy in the galleries HERE.  

- And how about the ones found HERE.  

- You might enjoy a virtual stroll through THIS blog.  

- And do check out the galleries of THIS great artist!

And your quote of the day is a smile....


30 comments:

  1. So glad you had a Happy Birthday. It is so hard not celebrating this year with family and friends. Mr Noofy and I celebrated 50 years of wedded bliss last Saturday!!!

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    1. 50 years - that's something to celebrate for sure! Us long-term marrieds are in the minority these days it seems. Many happy (belated) returns!!

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  2. Looking really good...do you use only DMC floss for your handwork or many types of threads?
    When i did my crazy quilt i used a lot of different stuff...but for my Tuscan project I am using DMC floss..
    not a huge fan of splitting the threads though;000
    Hugs from afar
    Julierose

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    1. I use whatever thread or yarn or twine that gives me the texture/effect I'm looking for. Couching is my friend! (a hint re splitting floss - just pull one thread out at a time and then put them back together...it's far easier!).

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  3. Happy birthday to both of you, I’m sure you will have had a lovely week!

    It must’ve be lovely to meet up with your friend after all this time. Coincidently I had a friend round and we sat in my back garden, distanced of course, and both head Choc ices and a natter. It never seems long enough when you meet up with friends, and especially not at the moment.

    Wow, your quilted pictures are amazing!

    Hugs,
    Barbara xx

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    1. Thank you! It certainly was fun to meet up with my friend after not seeing her in person since the end of February. We video chat but it's not the same.

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  4. Aw, happy birthday to both of you!

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  5. Hi Maryanne happy birthday my friend hope you had a fabulous day. Boy your landscape is looking awesome yes I can see the embroidery ,well done my friend,stay safe and take care xx

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  6. It's amazing to me how the details of the plant life add so much dimension. Just beautiful, Mary Ann. And those textile art galleries. Sigh. You folks who are artists with needle, thread and fabric just blow me away. Glad you had a good visit with a friend. I had a similar visit nearly two weeks ago, now and I'm ready for a repeat.

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    1. I always like a landscape better once I start adding the embroidered details. It seems to bring it to life somehow. There are so many amazing textile artists out there and I'm always amazed at what they can do. Wish I could take lessons from some of them!

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  7. And belated Happy Birthday wishes to you and the Chef! :)

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  8. Lovely to hear you had such good catch-ups this week. Your quilt additions are fantastic. Love the reeds and grasses... and the Minions.




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    1. I liked the Minions too - made me laugh and that's always a good thing. The quilt is coming along and looking more interesting with each new addition.

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  9. Happy Birthday! Mine is in July too. Landscape is looking great! Love the links. Must visit the artists links later as it's bedtime. The quote gave me a chuckle. Thanks

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    1. Thank you - and glad you enjoyed the chuckle!

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  10. Happy birthday to you both. It sounds as if you had good celebrations.

    Your truck is coming along now, life starting up!

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    1. Thank you - on behalf of both of us. As for the truck - the life is starting in the landscape but the truck certainly won't.

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  11. Happiest Birthdays to You Both!

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    1. Thank you! Always glad to put the entire thing behind us.

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  12. Happy Birthday to both you and the resident chef! I had my birthday earlier this month, it was one with a big '0' at the end but sadly all my planned arrangements had to be put on hold until next year.... at least my youngest daughter was able to come and visit (after the appropriate quarantine!) Glad you had a lovely week! Hugs Christine xx

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    1. So many celebrations are being put on hold during this time. It's unfortunate but we have to do what we're told. Luckily Resident Chef and I never do celebrate per se so it's really not all that different for us this year.

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  13. Hippy Happy Birthday!! So happy you got to spend some time with friends for your special day. And happy day to the Chef!

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    1. Thank you Karen. Hope all is well with you and yours.

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  14. Happy, Happy Birthday to the both of you. How lovely you were able to meet up with your friend and enjoy each other's company again.

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    1. Thank you Kim - for us it's really just another day. Maybe that's a good thing when things are so radically different this year!

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