Monday, March 23, 2015

A Few Of My Favourite Things!

Spring has sprung but the weather has not caught up with the feeling of spring!

 Nicholas took this photo of Tommy watching me type on the laptop. He's such a good old cat & yes I let him up on my sewing table! The sewing table is the antique table that Bill purchased for me last year & it looks so good with Namama's antique chairs!

Here's the table at The Red Door Shoppe, with the center opened. I just love this oval sewing table & so does Tommy. The table sits in front of the bay window but Tommy likes to be close to watch me out of his good eye. lol

 Three of my favourite things... the antique sewing table, Tommy the cat, & hot foamy cappuccino!

 Bill makes me a skim milk cappuccino every weekend he's home! xo ;)

So little sewing this week...

I helped my girlfriend Sandy paint her shop this weekend & 3 1/2 gallons of paint later it was done & wow did it look good! It was a lot of work to work around everything but all painting is done now.

This week, Mitchell's pillow was finished & I'm really pleased with the outcome of this technique. It's tuxedo pleats & boy did it take a lot of fabric to do this. But oh so worth it!
I always find something on the YouTube Missour Star Tutorials that inspires me. I'm so glad that found this one! She does have a way of making things look fast & easy.

 I took his drapery fabric & cut the stripes out, then pressed them in half & sewed them down on another piece of fabric just a  1/2" apart from each coloured strip. This side is going to look great with those drapes!

 The other side is personalized to his hometown of Elnora. He has the wallhanging to match the center. It was the one I made him with the five wolves in it.
When I was there for Christmas it was his bedroom drape, he used a tension rod to keep it in the window! I did make bedroom drapes but haven't gotten a photo to show you on a post yet.

 This was the last pillow I made Mitchell...
With a friendly reminder on the other side! lol It must have worked because he does call me when he's in transit to/from Edmonton or Calgary & we have long wonderful conversations!

It was a busy week as I mentioned & I also attended a London East Rotary luncheon, it was to honour the past presidents. I was their president 2002-2003 & it was great seeing everyone again, over a decade later! wow where does time go?!

Thank you for stopping by & do visit again. I've started working on so yo-yo bunnies & they're more work than I had thought.
I'll have them done for next post... with Palm Sunday this week, Easter is just around the corner! With warmer weather for all of us I hope!!

I laughed when I read this!

Lord Love A Duck --- Alternative To Swearing
So many people use to say that when I was young! And I would remember the story of the ugly duckling & how it would grow up, then turn into a beautiful swan. My elders were alternatively swearing!! lol

Have a great week!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mid March & Melting!

Finally the snow in SW Ontario is starting to melt! It's a first this month as we had no January or February thaw this year. I'm so glad this winter is behind as the snow melts away those bone chilling memories. So grey with the dirt from the sand machines but I was thankful on many a walk that dirt was on the ice!
Last year was not my 'upright' year as I fell twice, once on ice resulting in whiplash & then on large stone, damaging my knee cap. This has been a 'good year', touch wood & whistle! :)

I've been putting out rabbits, most of my Easter decor moved last summer with the Christmas decorations, to the east coast. Oh well, everything is going there eventually. Glad this Jim Shore bunny was in my studio! He's one of favourite's, thank you Liz. ;)

 I'm having a frustrating time finding the right shade of white to work on this bell pull that's more of a cat mat these days.
                                                    Rexton spread out, through the hoop!

                                               She's so precious when she's sleeping & still.

 She trips me daily, hourly even. She loves to be under foot & I've stepped on her so many times!

                                                           The 'sleepy - Hula Hoop'!

                                          I tried & tried for the right angle of her as slept...
                       I've had a cat all my life but never one like her, she's more dog than cat.

The wee rabbit is done!

 I never did find the eyes or nose that I wanted for her. I sewed on a nose & used two black beeads for her eyes. I'm probably going to find them now but boy did I find a whole lot of other things looking!

 I found this stuff rabbit from the Dollarstore & made her dolly rabbit a matching dress from the picture of her dress!

                     I shaped her nose to look like a heart, she is a sweetheart rabbit after all!

                                     She also has a co-ordinating little purse for her outfit too.

               The dress has so much body, not as much as Cinderella's however it stands out beautifully!

 She sits better on a pillow. I had a chair for her but there was way too much dress! lol

 Thank you Lou for all that lace you gave me, a lot went into her underlining slip & her crinoline slip! Three tiers of gathered lace & one large tier of gathered crisp crinoline. The whole skirt of the dress was underlined with tulle also. This dress will hold its own for decades to come! lol

Sewing With Friends - I taught Bev & Deb how to make little baskets one morning.

This is Bev's basket.

                                 This is Deb's basket, she has a passion for Oriental fabrics.
                                                            Very nicely done ladies!
Next months class will be on paper piecing - Lynn returns from the south & has already put her request in. Bev your BOM April birdhouses will work for this!

 Wee Konrad has his quilt now & his mom was thrilled with it.
Sweet dreams under your quilt Konrad.

I'm still finishing up some UFO's & that seems to be what a lot of us are doing these days.
We can never say we're bored!! Anxious for spring though.

Quote of the Week

We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars. - Oscar Wilde


Sunday, March 8, 2015

March Begins As A Lion

March has begun a as lion so I'm hoping it leaves like a lamb!

 There's still the snow that needs to disappear. It is still quite white outside.
 But the sun has been shining these days & the bay window has been the spot to indulge in the sunlight! Big cat in a little basket. lol

I just love the way Tommy's so careful with my yarns...

 Unlike Rexton that knock things down just to chase them! She glides over furniture with those long legs. Both cats are enjoying the cat grass, I keep trimming it & throwing the clippings over the hill for the rabbits.
Rexton enjoys watching the birds & squirrels at the feeder, Tom enjoys sleeping.

 This antique oak bookcase was my find this week at The Red Door, thanks Sandy for holding it for me while I figured out if it would fit. And it did just like a glove! Right behind the bakers rack.  Now to organize more, the shelf dept is 7", just perfect for those fat 1/4's. And the CD holder fits on top to hold more!
My dad's wooden tool box holds sewing items too.

A Mother's Proud Day :)

                                                                   Stay Safe My Son xo

Mitchell's Drapes

 His drapes have arrived in Elnora Alberta & he has installed the rods.

 His place is really coming together.

 I lined with with black-out lining & they'll be real handy this summer to keep the sun out.

 Very nice Mitchell!
This is a pillow cover that I started for Mitch. The other side will have the pleated tuxedo look from the drapes I made him. I saw the technique on YouTube 's  Missouri Star & I'm going to give it a try.
That way he'll have two pillows in one, just by turning it!

I played with a technique that Elizabeth from Escuminac has tried to get me to do...

 It's a jelly roll that's sewn end to end - again & again. I only had a dozen strips & wanted to try it.
 IT was fast & fun, I made on very long table runner, it looks like Easter colours to me & the chocolate colour  reminds me of yummy rabbits!
I used my duck fabric on the back, the feather stitch as my top stitch, & chocolate brown binding. And I finished it in a day!

Bill's Photos From China

 He saw this flowering bush & thought of me :) In Canada with the snow!

 The blooms are lovely & the colour yellow so perfect.

 Once the sun goes down the house is cool again.

                                 When the fireplace goes on, the pets gather to worship the heat.

                                                Rexton has claimed the top of the fireplace.

 Boris likes front & center, while Tommy just stays to the side watching the flames.

While organizing my studio I found a muslin rabbit that i had started years ago & this Daisy Kingdom doll pattern. I'm going to make this dress fit the rabbit.

 Since it's called 'Victorian Tea Dress'...

I made a fancy hat to go with it! I saw a tutorial on gather ribbon & gave it a try, gorgeous with satin ribbon. This will be an Easter bonnet soon!

 Frustrating that I can't find my container of eyes & noses. I've looked three times & just can't find it!!

 I put leather boots with trim on the legs & stuffed the arms. Everything will be on hold till I find those eyes & nose! I'll begin with the dress as it's going to be a lot of work. I'm underlining it & having tulle & a slip for fullness under the skirt. Grrrrrrrrr I need to be more organized!!

 Spring Clothing ---
 I found some denim fabric pieces that look great with this cotton that I purchased years ago to make a dress or top with. Cynthia had this pattern that I always loved of a jacket made with fat 1/4's or solid fabric. I'm going to use the denim & line it with cotton, it's going to be perfect for the cottage this summer.
But first I'll sew that rabbit her Easter dress. lol

                                                            How cute is this shamrock?!
 I saw a tutorial on Shabby Fabrics to make it & tried it scaled down 50%. It was quick & easy! -

 I was going through my piping to accent the rabbits dress & found this perfect mini sized piping. How old is this piping?! 5 yards for 25 cents?!!

 My Mystery  BOM - February is now done. it's FREE! And a new one comes out the 15th of every month. Thank you Bev for printing it off for me. :)
The squares so far are 6" x 10", I'm curious to see what the finished quilt will look like.

Have a great week, we've now sprung ahead with our clocks. It won't be long before mother nature will shows us the miracle of our earth coming to life. But first this snow must disappear! I never thought that I'd be so happy to see slush. lol
Thank you for visiting.