Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Fabric Out....Fur In

I'm really, really, really trying to use up OLD (really, really old) fabric.  I unloaded the blue fabric from the bookcase and started cutting it up in strips to make a locker hooker rug.  Three rounds on the rug and my right hand is crippled for life...  mmmmm... got to think of another way to use the fabric.  Maybe I should just put it in a bag and deliver to a charity.  Nonetheless, fabric out.... and ORANGE FUR IN!!  Gotta love Cassanova!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

A Study in Color - Thank You, Sarah Tobias

When my LNS went out of business I scooped up a lot of Thread Gatherers's thread @ 50% off....what fantabulous stitcher wouldn't?  Then I got the idea to do a study in color.  What would the thread called Peacock look like on different fabrics and how pretty would Plum Honey look on different ones.  Well I started out and 10 stitches later this is what came from my fingers....

Ten - count 'em - 10 pin cushions!

Here are 4 using the Plum Honey floss....
And 6 pieces using the Peacock floss....
These were really fun to do.  Even though it was 10 times of the same pattern I had 10 times the fun!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Meet Elsie

I work at a yarn store one day a week.  And if you know me well you know I can start a lovely conversation with a light post when it comes to needlework.....nonetheless, a customer came in and I don't know how it happened but we started talking about Singer Featherweight sewing machines.  She lived in California and she and her husband travel around the USA.  On their excursions they happen to pick up Featherweight sewing machines.  They clean them up if necessary and then sell them.  I expressed my desire to own one of these darlings.  Well, dreams do come true.  She moved to Florida to be closer to her family and stopped in the yarn store a couple of weeks ago.  AND here's a pic of MY Singer Featherweight which I named in honor of my Great Grandmother, Elsie.  She is a gem and sews just as I expected!!  I can't wait to start a small table quilt!!  

Here's a pic of some cute bags I stitched up using Elsie.  The bags are a free pattern from Moda using their Honey Buns.  The fabric is from the Blackbird Design ladies called Beach House.  I really like how they turned out!!  Elsie did a FANTASTIC job!!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Sisters and Mothers

My sister Joan sent me such a fun Mother's Day gift.  A tin she decorated with papers, mine a cat theme, and then filled it with traveling must haves....gum, floss, lip balm, band-aids, and safety pins.  Now, how cute is that!!  And a DARLING bird to hang in my garden, or on my lanai, or in my sewing room. 

My sister Cathy sent me this lovely flower arrangement for Mother's Day!  Beautiful white flowers splashed with tiny dark pink roses.  It's in a purple vase with darling dotted swiss ribbon.  Purple being the 'sisters' favorite color. Just absolutely over the top fun!
What more could I ask for than two...yes two wonderful sisters, and both of them just simply fabulous mothers as well.  I love you Joan and Cathy.  Have a great day tomorrow with your families!!  Hugs

Friday, May 1, 2009

Magnolia Blossom

Look at this magnolia blossom!!  It's about 6 inches in diameter and the most lovely creamy white color.  I love my tree, the shade it provides, and these beautiful, fragrant blossoms. It's one of the pleasures of living in the south.