Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Angels Among Us

I believe there are
Angels among us.

Sent down to us from
 somewhere up above

They come to you and me
 in our darkest hours

To show us how to live,
to teach us how to give
To guide us with the light of love.

The angel I created
from a kit by
The instructions were
clearly written
and the wool...
well, just like
stitchin' on butter!
Rita aka Reets was
having a giveaway for the
angel ornament and a
Santa Pillow pattern.
I was one of the
happy winners.
Thanks Reets!
The kit could not
have arrived at a better
time.  I recently downsized
my Christmas tree and
 needed a tree topper.
The angel ornament
was perfect!  I left the
bottom open to slip
onto the treetop.
I have had my mind
on those precious
children that lost
their earthly life
last Friday
at the Sandy Hook
Elementary School.
As I stitched, I prayed
for the families
that had been
touched by this
Those precious
little ones and
their teachers.
May those sweet angels,
guide us with their
Light of Love.

Love to all,
Lyrics : Angels Among Us
  by Alabama


Monday, December 3, 2012

What Beer And Santa Have In Common

Depends on the beer
and it depends on
the Santa.
For this Santa you have
to drink the beer, slump
the bottle and paint.
You can find Santa in
I did slump the bottle and
do the painting.....
just can't remember
about drinking the beer!
Wonder what I could
do with a Tequila bottle?!?!
Love to all,

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sometimes You Need A Kick In The Pants!

I have loved creating handmade items for years.
Often, I was asked if I sold things online.  A couple
of years ago, I created an Etsy shop....but the shop
sat empty.  I thought of adding items, but it all
just seemed like too much to think about.

Vicki over at 2 Bags Full had a friendly invitation
for her readers, she was making a list of her reader's
Etsy shops.  Vicki is always working on a charitable
project and sometimes has let me join in the fun.  So,
the rest they say is Etsy shop is open
and there are creations in it!

Visit Vicki to see the list of her reader's Etsy shops!
Love to all,

On a personal note, Vicki thanks for that kick in the pants!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tobacco Sticks, Barbed Wire and Nails

Give me some tobacco sticks
and I will make a
Christmas tree.....
well, my DH will make it!
The tree is for my craft show
 this weekend.  Wait until
you see it decorated!
Love to all,

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Thief

This post is about a thief. 
 No, the word thief
 is not strong enough to adequately
describe the devastation and sorrow it
brings.  But, thief is the only word I can
think of to use. 
Silently entering our lives and turning
everything upside down.  Stealing away
friends, mothers, sisters, daughters, cousins
and men are not out of it's grasp.
I feel certain this thief has visited someone
you know....maybe even yourself.  I know
of 2 friends I would still have today if not
for this thief.
The thief.....Breast Cancer.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

My friend Vicki wants to draw attention
to Breast Cancer and the hope for a cure.
What will Vicki be doing?  Knitting a nest!
Vicki's nests have benefited everything
from shorebirds to a Children's Hospital.
When Vicki creates her nests she allows
some friends to join in the fun.  She asked
me to create some leaves to adorn the nest.
So, I made up a sample
and since then I have been adding
to the pile!  Don't you love Fall
and all the colorful leaves!
Please visit Vicki, too see
her nests and other
things she has in the
works for the coming year.
Love to all,

Monday, July 16, 2012

Keep It And They Will Come

On a recent episode of
American Pickers,
Mike and Frank
were discussing
 with a widow,
 the vast collection of items
left behind, with the passing
of her husband.

The widow states,
"I just didn't have
any idea, he had all
this stuff."

I turned to Mr Magpie
and said,
"You will be saying those
words one day."

I have come to the conclusion that

has given

a reason to believe!


Love to all,

Friday, July 13, 2012

A Room Where Creativity Flows Free-Where Bloggers Create 2012

Welcome to my home.
Do you have 1 room,
 in which all your creativity flows free?
I have such varied interests
 one room just could not possibly
 contain it all.
Those of you that follow my blog know I have
been stitching a Schwalm Whitework Embroidery
project for Luzine Happel. The term whitework says
it all, it is white linen worked with white thread.
Ample light is a necessity, so I work on
this project in my sun room. I often will do
other handwork here as well.

Next to my chair I have a collection of items
received from blogging friends. Nice reminders of

one of best things about blogging... friends! I often
think we are a bit like pen pals during the war. People
wrote letters, shared details of their daily lives,
asked for prayers and celebrated happy events all
on sheets on lined stationary. The only difference
our stationary is a blog and the time between
letters can be as short as mere moments.

In my laundry room, I have my stained glass
supplies and bottles waiting to be altered. 
Vintage chandelier crystals, door knobs,

porcelain figurines and other fun things, often
find their way to adorn the tops of my vintage
bottles.  One of the most meaningful of the many

 bottles I've created recently, contained a snake skin
with a stained glass cross attached to the
top.  It is fun to find a deeper meaning or inspiration
when you are in the middle of a project.  The
project it's self almost leads you to what it is, to become.

Cutting glass and soldering are  messy
hobbies.  You need a space with ventilation
and a water supply, in my home the laundry
 room is the perfect spot.

The largest room I create in,
 was my oldest daughter's bedroom.

 This room holds sewing notions,
fabrics and my paper crafting supplies as well. 

As you have visited other blogger's creative spaces,
 you have no doubt seen carefully arranged vignettes of
supplies.  Vintage laces spilling out into an ivory
dish.....My room is not like that, but it does hold
many treasures.

  A sewing rocker that belonged to
my grandmother. 

White enameled pitchers which once belonged
to my great grandmother,
hold knitting needles and crochet
hooks that other family members used before me. 

A small chest and bookcase that once  held
Mark Twain and Hardy Boys books
in Mr. Magpie's room when he was
 a young boy, now holds needlework
books and supplies.

A vintage sewing machine from a dearly loved aunt
has been repurposed into a lamp.

The pie safe from my great grandmother's kitchen
holds fabric and projects waiting to be completed.

The desk holding my sewing machine was one of my
first thrift store purchases some 30+ years ago.

When I enter this room it comforts me, the items
on the shelves greet me and the past surrounds me.

This room takes me to a world, where a mother sewed,
a grandmother knitted and an aunt crocheted. They each

shared that inner need to create. To make a piece of
clothing for a child, to share their handwork

as a gift or to make their home a little homier. They
 always had that need to create something from their

I hope you enjoyed your visit with me and you have
a space, to call your own.   A room where you hear the
voice of your muse, a room where the contents speak
to your soul and your creativity flows free.

Love to all,

A Special Thank You to
 for taking the time to organize
this fun event!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

It's Now A Felting Machine

I love the look of hand felted items,
but my hands suffer when I try to
needle felt.  Yes, there are felting
machines, but have you seen the
price!  I would have to do a lot
of felting to justify the cost of
one of those machines. 
I had an idea to turn a sewing
machine into a felting machine.
I did not want to experiment with
my nice sewing machine so I
decided to use my daughter's

beginning sewing machine.  I
would not need any fancy stitches
a simple straight stitch machine,
would work.
I removed the needle from the machine
and cut a felting needle to the same length.

I used heavy duty wire cutters for this
task, even though felting needles break
in use, cutting them is not easy.
Insert the felting needle in place of the
sewing needle.  I removed the bobbin from
the machine and began to needle felt.
It worked! 

The cost was that of a felting needle...the
child's sewing machine and wire cutters
were already here.  If you don't have an
inexpensive sewing machine to devote to
needle felting visit some garage sales,
you may find some other good things
there as well.
Love to all,

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

DeeDee's Special Challenge

DeeDee and I have been friends,
almost since I began blogging.
I remember those first days of are so unsure
of what to share and who is
reading your blog.  I was so
worried about the dangers of
the Internet.  One day a new
person showed up in my followers.
"ddsdoubles", with a Betty Boop icon!
I  first wondered, was this a porn
star that was following my blog?
The name...double D??? Silly, I know
but, I just did not know who this was.
I was afraid to hit the link to this
person's blog...why were they
following me?  Now don't tell
me you did not have these similar
fears when you first started getting
on the Internet!  I did not know
anything about the Internet or what
I was doing.....(I still only know
enough to get me in trouble!)
Anyways back to DeeDee.
I got the courage to check out
her blog. She was a real person
and we had similar interests!
We quickly became good friends.

DeeDee recently sent me a challenge.
Take this square of white fabric with
a white heart embroidered on it and
create something with it.
She also sent one to another friend
 Shirley and I have been friends
 for a long time as well.  So long,
we could not remember how we met. 
Shirley and I share
common interests, as well as, both being
cancer survivors.  It seems so strange
to write those words...that part of my
life seems so long ago, almost as if
it had happened to someone else.  But, it
did happen to me and it happened since
I began writing this blog. I had lots of
prayers and support from my blogging
friends, while I was fighting that
battle.  (Kim B, I am thinking of you
right now.)  

 I keep getting off track with this post.
  Anyways, Shirley C and I,
got the idea we would make something
for DeeDee with our squares.  DeeDee
loves her dogs and she is a seamstress...
so the practical thing to make was
a dog bone pincushion!
So, here you go DeeDee, a
Bentley bone from me, you
 will have to visit Shirley to
see the Chuck bone!
We love you girlie!  Hope you
enjoy our answer
 to your challenge!

(While working on this project
and writing this post, Shirley and I
have had a constant emailing session
going back and forth.
  I don't know if DeeDee
will get near as much enjoyment out
of this, as Shirley and I had
 planning the whole thing.)

Love to all,

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pincushions and Thread Catchers

A girl can't have too many pincushions,
especially when she stitches all over the house.
I have been having so much fun finding items
to repurpose into pincushions.

The pincushions have been created using
 100% wool.  At a recent fiber festival
I bought wool fleece to use as stuffing.
The fleece has a good deal of lanolin still
in it so the needles glide right in.
To cover the the fleece, I have used repurposed
wool sweaters and wool felt.
This pincushion was once a sugar bowl. 
The lid long gone, but that's okay I don't
need it.  Created for a special project,
project.  Luzine had sent me 3 needles.
Each needle was intended to be used with a
certain thread and stitch.  I knew, if I did
not find a way to keep those needles seperated,
I would not be able to tell them apart. I have a
small removable label by each of the needles.

This one was really fun to make!
It began as a toothbrush holder. A quick spray
with white spray paint covered the brass metalwork.
The loops on the outside are perfect for scissors,
thimbles, my magnifying glasses and other tools.
The covering wool felt had a dip in a Rit dyebath,
as did the marble base giving it a sutble pink cast.
I think this one is my favorite and most fun to make.

A toothpick holder along with a vintage
earring were used here.  The covering is
a felted sweater with a bit of needled felted
fleece to add some color.

Along with a pincusion you need a thread catcher.
I will often put my thread ends on the arm of my
chair, of course they end up on the floor.
My friend Sherry did a post on some thread
catchers she has been creating.
After I left her a comment
on how cute they were,
she sent me one!
Not only useful for thread tails but the perfect size
to hold a spool of thread.  Spools of thread often want
to roll away, but no more chasing and trying to get them
before the dog.  I love the label Sherry added.
Sherry has left me a comment before that something was
I love that word!
 When they add it to the dictionary, I hope
Sherry gets credit for inventing it!
Notice the safety pin fabric and the
little red safety pin Sherry painted.
Sherry has a link for the pattern on her
post. It is based on 1 triangle!
Thank you, Sherry.

I found this site through a maze of blogs.
Do you ever do that, click on a link to
another blog....and 5 minutes later you
are wondering how did I get here.
I found a wool bowl on this site
that is based on a square.  I could not
click on a photo to show you but go
and see for yourself.
The bowl is shown holding different items
so I thought it may make a good
thread catcher.  I can not read a word
on the tutorial...thank goodness the
photos are easy to follow.
The tutorial shows a 28 cm square of
wool felt as the base.  There are diagrams
that show how to remove the corners.
I wanted to make the pot my own so
my square is smaller but the corners
are cut the same as the tutorial.
My base was once a wool skirt
and my sides are needle felted instead
of being stitched.
After needle felting the sides in position,
I then wet felted the piece to further secure
the sides.  After shaping it over a juice glass
I left it to dry.  Further embellishing was completed
with running stitches and DMC floss and small
seed beeds.  It matches the aqua/blue pincushion
with the vintage earring.

Another good blogging friend Mary Anne
made this cute pincushion and thread catcher
combined!  She is always 2 steps ahead of me.
In her post  she gives a link to the tutorial.

Very cute MA!  Love the fabric!

Last but not least is this little goodie from
DeeDee.  DeeDee sent me this as a challenge
to see what I could make from it....I am thinking
of burning out the center and ...... thought
I would embroider something on it that would be too expected!
Brutaly hot outside here for the next
few days.  They have even closed
Churchill Downs Race Track!
Too hot for the horses and barn
Stay cool!

Love to all,
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