Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Monday, April 30, 2012

~ THE REVEAL~


After hours of stuffing, stitching, and poking myself NUMEROUS TIMES (now I LITERALLY know how a pincushion must feel!) I am finally done with my new MAKE DO PINCUSHIONS!!!  What do you think??


They were really fun to create though I must admit the stabbing part is not my favorite thing to do!  It seemed like I just kept poking myself this week and my poor fingers were really sore!  Speaking of sore, it was also a bad week at the dentist!  A simple filling turned into a very painful root canal.....my very first one, and hopefully, my last, and I still have to go back to finish it up on Friday, but at least all that terrible pain is gone!!!  I have come to the conclusion that though I love pincushions dearly, I certainly DON'T want to be one!!!


My new pincushions will be added to my Picture Trail shortly and I hope you will stop by for a visit to see them "up close and personal!"  With Mother's Day just around the corner, they might be just what you are looking for!!


And speaking of Mother's Day, I am actually going to be able to be with my mother this year!!  Since we live so far away from each other (WA and NC), I don't get to visit as often as I would like to!  She recently had surgery and is recuperating at home, so I am flying there next Tuesday to spend some time with her!!  I would so appreciate your prayers for her continued healing and look forward to being with her and my two sisters!!  My husband and daughter will miss me, but we will celebrate when I get back....you can be sure of that!!!!

Thank you all so much for your sweet comments and encouraging emails to me, and for all of you that take an interest in what I do!!  It means more than you know, truly!!  Also, a big WELCOME to all of you who are new to my blog!! Thank you for joining!!

May each of you have a lovely week, filled with  bright sunshine, gentle breezes and warm hugs~~

Julie

 

Monday, April 23, 2012

~ SCRAP HAPPY ~


I save all of my fabric scraps!  Big scraps, medium scraps, skinny scraps, little scraps and even snippets, another name for very, very tiny scraps!


Here is a pile of some various pieces, some larger than others, but all used in other projects and saved for just such a time when I want to make something small!


Little pieces of scraps, that become wings for angels and wings and tails for birds!


More small pieces from other scraps that will become.......


These!!

I love making pincushions and here are a few that I have just started from a wonderful pattern by Kindred Spirits!  They need to be distressed and embellished and to think that they all started from a lowly piece of scrap fabric!!!  It makes me........just plain HAPPY!!!


My very favorite pincushion is made up of various scraps of homespun, mounted on an old hogscraper, stitched with a herringbone stitch, and filled with all kinds of old pins!! I just love it and it always reminds me that a lowly scrap can become something wonderful!!  Some of the pins are even covered in some old velvet and satin!  And to think those scraps could have just ended up in the trash, but are now proudly displayed!


If you have never saved those small pieces of fabric, I encourage you to start saving them today!  They may just become a new pincushion, an angel wing, a strawberry, or any number of sweet little creations that you can treasure!!  Let's all get SCRAP HAPPY, shall we??

Wishing you lots of snippets and scraps my friends~~

Julie


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

~LITTLE SQUARES OF WARMTH~


Today it is cold and rainy, the perfect weather to talk about something near and dear to my heart.......QUILTS!!!  They are not only the perfect way to wrap yourself in warmth, but they also instantly warm up a room with their vibrant colors and interesting patterns!


Recently, I came across a wonderful book about quilts by none other than COUNTRY LIVING!! 


Published in 1992, the book is just full of beautiful photos of many different kinds of quilts; from the Log Cabin, (my personal favorite), to the Flower Basket, Irish Chain, and the Crazy Quilt, just to name a few!  Also included are several chapters on living with, and caring for your quilts, as well as quilting basics, stitches, and even patterns!


It is a lovely book that I would highly recommend you watch for, if you don't already own it!!  I was fortunate enough to find this pristine copy for pennies and it makes for great reading on a day like today!!

Since I am already talking about quilts, I decided to take a few pictures of some of my framed quilt squares. These are old pieces I have collected and framed to use as art.


These old blue shutters are my "make do wall" on my stairway landing, and are the home of many of these frames pieces!  I left each frame different, so as to really highlight the uniqueness of each quilt piece, plus created a wall that warms up my contemporary townhouse, adding some favorite old crocks, and a wooden birdhouse that I love! 

A closer view of the left side.

Here is the right side, leading up the stairs!

A sweet pinwheel in a wonderful frame!

Though I do not pretend to be a quilter like some of my very talented friends, I have done some very small quilted pieces and love quilting some of my creations!!  Perhaps this book will be just the inspiration I need to tackle something bigger!!!  


Wishing you a day filled with Inspiration and Warmth, my friends~~

Julie 


Friday, April 6, 2012

~RABBIT TALES~



Once upon a time there were three rabbits!  They lived on the edge of a wooded meadow and loved to grow carrots!  One day Walter, the oldest brother, decided to venture to Canada, since he heard that carrots were highly sought after there!!  He has since settled into his "forever home" and plans on spending his time entering his carrots in the county fair. 


The other two rabbits, Woodley, and Winfield, are the younger brothers of Walter, and they are also carrot farmers!! 


Woodley is the "middle rabbit" and always feels like he is in his older brother's shadow, so he has decided to try lots of county fairs all over the country and not just the the local meadow!  He is just sure he will win and then get the attention he so deserves! 


Not to be outdone, the youngest brother, Winfield, has to do everything that Woodley does because he wants to be just like him when he grows up, so he is also entering his special carrot and hopes big brother will be proud of him when he wins the grand prize!  ! 

Let's hope that each brother wins a prize so this "Tale" can end.......happily ever after, as all good tales do!!!        The End!

As you can see, I have been busy creating these rabbits and have had such fun "bringing them to life" using some wonderful patterns by Netty Lacroix!!  I always love rabbits any time and made them for an  "everyday rabbit," rather than just for spring or Easter!  If you would like to know a bit more about them, you can "hop" on over to my picture trail to take a closer look!!  They would love to meet you!

Wishing you a lovely day with a "Happy Ending"!

Julie