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,
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