Friday, October 30, 2015

last one for fall .....

This could be my last project for fall.  Whilst de-cluttering I was sorting through some craft magazines and came across an old issue of Create and Decorate with such an appealing cover I had to sit down and leaf through it ... and that's where I found this design.  I'd already labelled the magazine with 'save' and it's definitely a keeper.  Create and Decorate no longer publishes nor offers access to their archives - such a shame.

I used dropcloth for the pocket and lined it with a piece of flannel from an old shirt - the applique is felt.  I brushed on some cinnamon to antique it.

Look what we awoke to earlier this week -  it disappeared within 24 hours
but served as a warning from Mom Nature. 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

the rooster ....

The rooster has been finished but I goofed.  My plan had been to make a fabric tray to hold 4" cocktail size napkins - I took all the measurements (including seam allowance) and added the extra fabric (it's not rocket science)  but ended up with this small tray .....  :(  
  I still like it although it doesn't seem to have much purpose now.   If I wanted to give it away I could fill it with wrapped candy - hmm, this is one piece that I think I like too much to give away. ^^

Saturday, October 17, 2015

pumpkin time

No doubt I'm beginning to sound like a broken record  -  the warm weather is still with us and  we continue to sort and toss and are making good progress.  Hubby has his shop (aka garage) down to the bare bones ... I told him how impressed I was.  We have a carload of goodies to be taken to Value Village on our next trip to town.  Needless to say the garbage bin has been well used, too - why do we save so much crap junk!

When I saw this pumpkin mini quilt here I had to make one and couldn't believe how simple it was - my kind of project.  ^^

Friday, October 9, 2015


We're having a splendid Thanksgiving weekend.  We had a nice visit with my Aunt Lou (she's a hoot), a lovely drive there and back, have eaten well, and fabulous weather!!  In recent years we've had some Thanksgiving weekends with freezing rain or worse that made family visits,  near or far,  quite difficult/impossible.

The Christmas countdown is already on in blogland with weekly projects appearing here and there providing all sorts of inspiration ... I love Christmas projects!  ^^    I only have one Christmas item to show you just now - it's hanging on the first wooden tree that my husband made for me.   The pillow is antiqued but that's not showing up in the photo.

When I found this weathered board at the cabin I knew what I wanted to do with and here is my finished project ....  I didn't have any old, grungy hardware to add to it so I used some rope and tied it with my favourite knot.    The letters are painted white but have been grunged up a bit with some bronze paint.

I wanted to try out this coaster from here .  I know, it's so bright, but they (there will be 2)  are for someone who likes these colours and it will brighten up a dull winter day. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

a few things to share .....

It's a damp. grey day here but it's not cold.  We're just home from closing up the cabin for the winter - it was so windy there for a couple of days that all the leaves came off the trees.
Now that we're home to stay for awhile I need to start the fall cleaning .... I do it in the fall rather than the spring.  I used to do spring cleaning, too, and actually enjoyed cleaning but I smartened up.  I'm on the band wagon with de-cluttering, downsizing, etc. trying to practice minimalism.    I tell myself that if I haven't used in the last year to toss it out but it never fails that as soon as I toss it I'm looking for it for a project.  Alas, I guess that's Murphy's Law.   

I have a few things to share with you .....

These are both Buttermilk Basin designs.  The top one I made 
into a pocket and the bottom one is a mini wall hanging - the
tree that it's on is one my hubby made from weathered
wood we found at the cabin.
I appliqued onto drop cloth for both of them and
backed the wall hanging with burlap.

This is the weathered wood tree.

And for my cross stitch friends  - this is an Ursula Michael design.
I have no plans for it just yet but will likely use it
 for a card or a tag on a gift.

And just look at these beautiful sticks that Beaver left behind - they're perfect for hanging mini quilts/wall hangings!