Sunday, March 19, 2017

just hooking ...

I know, it's been awhile since I posted - no exuses.  March came in like a lion and hasn't quit roaring yet.  We have more snow now than we had all winter and just recently it's been topped with ice .... I'm very much feeling 'cooped up' since it's too icy to walk - to walk anywhere let alone to actually take a nice long walk.  To add insult to injury DST arrived - for the last 13 years we lived where DST was not observed and enjoyed it.  I've been tired all week and I blame the time change.  

We've been out to the cabin a few times but there is still too much snow to do anything there - with the March snowfall the snow that was ankle deep is now knee high.
I've been keeping myself busy and for a change from sharing unfinished stitched pieces here are a few of the things I've hooked and actually are finished .....

some facecloths, a soap saver, and can covers.   I was trying out different stitches and sizes for the facecloths - I like a seven inch square.  The blue can cover is actually hyacinth and pale green.  The can covers are quite simply a chain that fits snugly around the can and then whatever stitch(es) you want till it's high enough; for some great ideas and instructions have a look here - I love all the colour Lucy uses.  These are water chestnut cans and were the perfect size.  

I'd like to learn to make soap - that doesn't require lye.  A pretty bar of soap along with a pretty crocheted face cloth would make a nice gift to give although perhaps not to receive.

if you can't be kind .... be quiet

Sunday, March 5, 2017

something for spring ...

The prolonged spell of mild weather that ate away most of the snow had me thinking of spring.  So when I saw these cute embroidery designs I rummaged through my needlework box and came up with these threads and a piece of thin dropcloth - too thin to call it canvas - I wish I could find another dropcloth similar to this - it's thin and soft and makes up into wonderful things - I suspect it would be rather useless as an actual dropcloth.

I makd a hanging pocket from the design and on one of my regular walks I scrounged a few branches for it ...

I'll be linking up with Kathy at Slow Sunday Stitching.

embrace simplicity .... celebrate imperfection

Friday, February 17, 2017

a cutie pie .....

We are having another taste of spring with very warm weather - the snow is melting and water is running in the streets - we're loving it!
And I actually have a finish to show you - not just the finished stitching but the actual finish - would that be a finish finish.  I wanted to get this posted before the end of the month so that you could grab the chart if you sew so wished - it's only up for the month - there is a new chart every month. 

Since I have only a few bits and pieces on hand for finishing I was  pleased with how this came together - another good lesson in minimalism - some spring decor for the barnboard tree - she's a cutie pie ... I think I'm in love.

it's today .... my favourite day

Sunday, February 12, 2017

love is in the air .....

We're having a mild day - it's +1C and sunny with a light wind - yes, I've been for a walk - there's still lots of ice which meant I had to take careful steps rather than take a brisk walk - I won't complain - it was nice to get out and stretch my legs.  

 Love is in the air ... well, that's misleading - no big romance to share with you  -  just seemed like a good  introduction.  For some February decor I crocheted a couple lid jar covers - I was going to make some in pink, too, but decided red was better since they could also be used for the Christmas season and I do like red and white.  Since I have to keep 'stuff' to a minimum I figured I might as well make things that are multi-purpose - just like the mouse.    All my hearts are packed away - that story is getting tiresome, right?   After years of having lots of room minimalism can be a challenge - I have to constantly remind myself that enough is enough.

 For the covers I used this pattern.  Since I don't have any white ribbon with me I used white butcher twine ... kinda looks like cording from a distance - faux cording.  The small jar has a button on the top and the big one has some rickrack gathered to form a flower of some sort ... making do with what is on hand.

 The doggie is felt with a design found here.  This pattern reminded me so much of Little Dog that I had to make it.  We still very much miss this little girl. 

she is everywhere, she is nowhere
but she is still here

love isn't what you say ...
love is what you do

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

horsing around .....

I made this card for a young woman who lives in our building and is a good neighbour.  She has impeccable manners, is respectful, a hard worker and a bit of a social butterfly.  She comes 'for tea' occasionally.  ^^   She loves horses so for her birthday Mr. Google helped me find a horse design to stitch for a card for her.  On the back side I added one of the little tags that I've stitched in abundance - seemed the appropriate spot for it.  She was so pleased with the card - it made my day.

We've had lots of sunshine recently and we're enjoying it - the downside is the cold wind with it.  Recently on a blog that I follow I read complaints about the negativity on social media, including blogs.  I've never had negative comments on my blog but daily I see the anger and unhappiness on FB - makes me wonder what's going on.

always choose kindness

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

African flower ......

Wow - the first of February - I didn't mind that January flew by - I'm enjoying the extra hours of daylight!
I was all set to whine about my difficulty trying to crochet a mobious wrap when suddenly the pattern worked out - go figure!  Instead, I'll show you an  African Flower that I recently crocheted with cotton yarn.  Since I have a lot of pincushions I made it into a lid cover. 

For the Celtic/Gaelic/Pagan celebration of February and the first awakenings of spring - Imbolc - this is a design by the Primitive Hare


if you listen to birds
every day will have a song in it

Friday, January 27, 2017

have you noticed ....

Have you noticed the dearth of sewing posts on my blog?  There's good reason for it .... I'm not doing any and yes I miss it, very much - I usually do most of my sewing in the winter.  In our tiny apt. there is no spot to set up the sewing machine and all the other paraphernalia required to cut and piece.  This also explains why I'm doing so much stitching and crocheting. 

Here's an appliqued wall hanging that I made many years ago - it resides at the cabin - it was my first attempt at hand applique and now I wish I had used thread that matched each object rather than one colour for all ..... hindsight and all that. 

♪♫♪ do you want to know a secret ♪♫♪ -  do you want to know one two  -  I've begun my sixth year of blogging - I celebrated my seventieth birthday last month - no one is more surprised than I.   

the biggest risk is the one not taken