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Monday, June 15, 2009

Fun With English Paper Pieces

English Paper Pieced Ornaments
This month is the last month of our Christmas Club, and we finished off with some ornaments made from English Paper Pieces. They are really a lot of fun to make as well as being very quick, and make the best little gifts to give to that special someone that you just want to remember with something small and home made. I added a few small yoyo's (which I love to make) to the hexagon wreath for berries. You can add to them embellishments if you choose. Hang them from a door knob, cupboard door handle, shade pull, fan pull, of just lay a few in a basket dor a real festive look. These are made with the paper pieces still inside of them to make them more sturdy. A great way to use of fabric scraps as well.
Happy Stitching! Carol

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Vintage Basket #2

I finished the second vintage basket that I designed and now I am not sure what I will do with it. I like the colors that I used, and the precoloring really does make the design stand out more and adds to the three dimensional effect. I guess I will just have to let it lie around for a while until one day I will pick it up and finsih it somehow. Does that ever happen to you when you finish a piece and you don't quite know how you are going to use it?
Vintage Basket #2
If nothing else it will look good framed or on a pillow.
This evening I was out watering my flowers, (we need rain bad!) and it was such a beautiful evening, however, the mosquitos were nipping at my ankles and the hummingbirds were circling over my head. I was watering by the flowers that they like to come and have a drink from before they retire for the night. Such minute creatures they are, makes me wonder how they survive out there in predatory country. However, they are no more than an appetizer at best for even the tiniest predator. We have had a bumper and I mean BUMPER crop of army worms this year. Many of our trees in our back yard are stripped. Someone told me the leaves would come back yet this summer. I guess I will have to watch to see if they do.
I am in the process of moving my studio into another room in our house as we are doing a bit of remodeling. This week will be the big move as I will be going through everything as I move it.
What a week it will be, but the move will be well worth it as I will have more space, better light, and a door from it that goes into our four season porch, one of my favorite places to stitch. I am dreading the moving and if anyone could see all the stuff I have packed into my old studio, you would know why. I will try to take some pictures of my new room right before I mess it up with a new project!!
Happy Stitching! Carol