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Thursday, January 21, 2021

A Fine Book

 DH went to the Post Office to pick up my package. Yes! It was the book my friends in Australia sent me, A Fine Tradition by Margaret Light. 

The front design is called Tree of Life.  I've ordered the kit from Inspirations.  What a fabulous project! I just love that striped tulip. 
The book has wonderful photos of the projects.  I have to admit I already have the kit for Blackbird Needle book. 

 I've been afraid to start it.  It has the most adorable dog in it (even thought I am not fond of dogs, they bark and poop). Now with the great photos, I think I can stitch it. 
In the back of the book are the patterns and instructions.

There are so many projects in this book that I want to do, like nine of them.  My friends in Australia had Margaret Light sign it for me! I am a bit jealous of my friends as they take classes with her. The Crewel Gobelin is listing three classes with her this year - and they are projects that aren't even in the book! 


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Getting Ready to Play

 I had an idea for my casket. I got the idea while standing at my kitchen counter eating some Lucky Charms. We did some alterations on the kitchen a few years ago. We put in a back splash. I loved this interesting looking decorative tile. 

I also collect molds. What if I used some paper clay in my molds to make a border for my caskets? I don't want it to be just white.  

I tried painting a paper clay mold that I made a while back to see how it looked. 

Not the effect I was looking for. What if I used watercolor pencils? I'll have to try that.  I gathered up a bunch of my mold and ordered two kinds of clay. Now I am ready to play.


Tuesday, January 19, 2021


 I painted the box a nice brown and then gave it a coat of Mod Podge. I cut a piece of comic board and about five layers of quilt batting. I laced the stitching on it. I wanted the top to be able to be a pin cushion. 

I glued a button to the drawer and put a small pair of scissors inside. I glued a piece of felt on the back so the drawer wouldn't come out of the back. Mow it is done.  I should give the wood parts of box probably need a little sand paper to smooth it over.

I had this ornament stitched for a very long time but never finished.

  It happens to be a similar size to the stitching for the box so I finished it at the same time.
It feels good to have some finishes!

Monday, January 18, 2021


I started to post this on Saturday and my device died so I had to charge it up.

 I've been chipping. That means I cut up some bright Purl. Using stuff I bought from Jenny Adin-Christie.

I started stitching the "chips" on to the felt padding in the middle of the design. 

That string on the right is the Bright Purl.
I'm not quite done. There are a few more chips to add. 

I've had some great news.  I qualify to get a very expensive medicine. I've been hoping to qualify since last November. I am scheduled to get the medicine starting on Friday. One more step toward getting back to normal.

My doorbell rang on Saturday. I didn't know it was the mailman with a package that I had to sign for. He left a slip in my mailbox to pick up the package at the Post Office.  I think the package is the book A Fine Tradition by Margaret Light. And today is a holiday so I have wait until tomorrow for DH to go pick it up! Rats! I am very excited to get the book and have ordered 3 kits for projects in the book. Thank you Anna and Maria!


Friday, January 15, 2021

DH comes Through

 DH just got back from the grocery store and he found some paint for me.

Three choices! This will be perfect for painting the box for the Blackbird project.  
Now I can finish this off. 

I was trying to find something to watch Saturday morning when I settled on Sewing with Nancy on PBS. She passed away several years ago. I happen to go to a quilt show in Madison WI where she was the featured speaker. But she had just discovered she was not well. Anyway, I enjoyed watching the episode on how to quilt a photo with Tammie Bowser.  I think I could actually do this. Bowser has a book about how to do it and I ordered it. How to Sew Art:

It is fascinating to see what a person can do.
I would love to try this sometime. There's not enough time to do all the things I want to do!!


Thursday, January 14, 2021

New Kit New Start

 This is a kit  from The French Needle that came in the mail the other day.

The kit was packaged very nicely and all the pieces are labeled.
There is a booklet of instructions.
I cut out the felt padding for the center and stitched it down.

Then I cut out the silvery leather stuff.  It is going to be a little hard to stitch through. I may have to get out my pliers. Fun!


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Limonera Pear

 I decided I didn't like the color of the fourth section of the pear.

I started another section using a different color.

I was curious to see if I could just sew the sections together using my sewing machine.  
I did it! Two and a half sections yet to stitch.
 I ordered some craft acrylic paint for the Blackbird project.  I wanted a brown color for the box. I got the paints yesterday - and no brown! Drat! I don't even know if I could mix a brown with the colors I have. So I looked into ordering from different places. One place said I had to order 3 bottles of the same color. It turns out that the grocery store DH goes to twice a week has the craft paint I want. I should have checked there first instead of being stuck with 12 bottles of the wrong colors!