Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March Leaving Like A Lamb?!

This is a perfect day for snoozing it away!

Rexton is Boris's "Watch Cat On Duty". lol

And she's had enough of that...

As you...

Can see...

Her job...

Is 'Hands On'. lol

These two have developed...

Quite the...

fellowship as bed-fellows?!lol

Sewing report on those rabbits...

 And were way more work that I thought!

 45 yo-yo's for the arms & legs & 12 more for the body ---
 Yes 57 to-yo's total per bunny rabbit!!

 And then the making of the head & ears too! But oh so cute when done.

 Rexton is on the prowl...

 And investigates anything that's getting more attention than her. lol

 A quick sniff & no movement.

 She moves on & the bunnies are safe for a time.

 Bill surprised me with hydrangea's this weekend on his grocery store run. Yes he does most of the grocery shopping as he has no patience for me reading everything on the label & doing the price comparison to every item. I've so many allergies & sensitivities to ingredients & chemicals that I investigate every label.  He does do a much faster job than I could & I enjoy that he buys me flowers...I wouldn't do that for me! lol
 The violet  rabbit is such a calm colour,

 While the pink is perky!

 I think I prefer the violet rabbit right now - however the blue rabbit is not done yet.

 Bunnies in the sun. :)
 Such an old pattern idea of yo-yo's in toys. My eldest sister Bonnie made one for Mitchell 27 years ago by crocheting yo-yo's into a clown with a plastic head & large bells at the end of the hands & feet.
He loved the noise of the jingle bells & teethed on his clowns head.

 But fabric has always been my textile of creation for colour & design. I'm thinking of hooking a rug in fabric rather than wool this summer. I've so many panyhose too that have lost their elasticity over the years & I'll work them into a design too.

 These hydrangeas really feel like spring when I look at them!

 Last night I finished the embroidery hanger of spring circular design. I used the 'Sticky Solvy' that you copy through the photocopier & then stitch through it. When your finished stitching you place your finished piece in warm water & it resolves in the water, then dry & voila!
 I will use this product again. I purchased it on line at Connecting Threads when they had it on sale. I'll be waiting for another sale to get another package of 12 sheets for more embroidery quilt projects. The Walmart in Miramichi was getting out of fabric yardage & I picked up this piece of batik at a good price. It was perfect for Easter decorating & I used it here with other solid batiks.
 The detail that is picked up through this Sticky Solvy' process is so easy, it's great!

 Sweet little rabbit embroidery is now complete---that was a two year UFO project... to get around to!
Bev had her blue one hanging on her kitchen wall weeks ago! Good job Bev, you inspired me!

Weather Today...

 This is what London Ontario looked like this morning! The view from my front door...

 If March came in like a lion, is this the lamb?!  Baa Sh*#, could be worse though & be a spring ice storm.
Tomorrow it will be all gone with the sun & a high of 8C, wet slushy spring day.

 So indoors it is with a splash of spring colours!

 As with the bunnies--- I await the explosion of spring colours outside. :)

Last weekend when I wasn't feeling well, Bill brought home flowers, hoping that I would feel better. This week I'm well and those flowers cheer my day!
Spring is so close & the longer days reassure us that it's just a matter of time---till Spring Time!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit & I hope my flowers brightened your day!

Hop On & Have A Great Week!

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