Saturday, February 26, 2011

I'm a winner!

I got a lovely package the other day!  I won a give-away hosted by Devons Quiet Corner which included
a Project Envelope, a copy of Stitch Sampler book with a nice bookmark and a set of crochet coasters in spring colors, as advertised, BUT - - Devon is so sweet, she  included two wonderful crocheted wash cloths too! Thanks Devon!

Devon has a lovely Etsy shop that sells stitch markers, scissor fobs, project envelopes like the one that I won and other cute things!  Please visit her shop today!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Memories

Since St. Patrick's Day  is approaching, the Etsybloggers Blog Carnival topic was to write about St Paddy's day memories or traditions.  For me, memories of the day are all wrapped up in my elementary school days.  We never took much note of St Patrick's day in my family, but I loved the "green day" at school.  I was careful to wear green on that day, I didn't want to be embarrassed because I had forgotten. And I didn't want to get pinched by my classmates for not wearing green.  I didn't know why we wore green for the longest time.  Learning about the saint and Ireland was interesting, experiencing corned beef with cabbage was different, and looking for four leaf clovers became a passion in my yard.  But the best thing about the holiday for me now is that, of all things, I have a grandson with the name of Padraic, which is the Middle Welsh way of spelling Patrick.  We call him "Paddy."  So, I though I might feature my grandson in honor of St. Paddy's day!

 He loves the computer!

And has a great smile!

Happy St. Paddy's Day Everyone!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Yesteryear - Applique Stitches

The quilt above is patchwork ( the star pattern ) and appliqued (the curved vine and flowers.)

In the past, applique was quite popular and done beautifully by hand.   Several stitches were used and it was thought that stitches should show as little as possible--for obvious reasons.  Some quilters used an 'invisible' stitch.  Most of the thread, provided it is a matching color, is hidden in the fold of the fabric.

Start the first stitch with a knotted single thread into the fold from the wrong side of the fabric.  It then comes out thru the fold.   For the second stitch, insert the needle into the fold right near the spot where the first stitch ends, then come back out in the fold about a 1/4" ahead while taking a short stitch into the backing fabric. Repeat.  Practice makes perfect!  This stitch was very popular in many old quilts. 

I feel that hand work is very relaxing.  Try it sometime!

Monday, February 21, 2011

One of my new Loves!

 Lately, I've been doing something a little different, creatively, besides my sewing.  I've done embroidery before, but hadn't done very much of it in a year or two.  I found some embroidery hoops in various sizes attached to a hanger in the back of my closet! I guess they have been hanging there for quite a while. 

So, I dragged them out and looked at them with a new creative eye!  The first few I did were redwork.  Then I tried something, again,  a bit different.  I love flowers and I tried duplicating one of my favorites--purple cone flower.  They grew wild in Missouri where we used to live.   What do you think?  I think my echinacea hoop turned out pretty good!  I can't wait to do a few more hoops! 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday Sketches - Pine Sprig II

This is for Sunday Sketches hosted by Sophia of BlueChairDiary.  Visit her post today and see all the other participant's sketches!

Also, I have written a "Small Stone" about this sketch in my other blog.  You might like this image in words!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Grocery Bags

Our state is considering outlawing plastic take-home grocery bags.  You can still have paper ones--that kill trees--but you will have to pay a deposit for them to the retailer, since they are more expensive than the plastic ones.

Then there is the sanitary issue of those reusable bags that they sell at the store for a couple of bucks!  People toss them in their trunks, they sit on the floor board of your car, and then are taken inside and set on the kitchen floor while you unload.  And that is not to mention the meat juices that just spilled in them!  One grocery store checker told me a story about reaching into and filling one customer's reusable bags and then breaking out in a rash on her arms almost immediately after!  She said that she was only allergic to certain weeds, and I said that you never know where the bags have been!

Anyway, I have begun to make nice fabric grocery bags out of cotton fabric that can easily be thrown in the laundry when needed.  They are custom made from any fabric that the customer picks.  You can click (on the picture above) Debbie Mumm Farmer's Market print one that I have pictured above to see the specs and how they are made, if you are interested.  Or you can order a CUSTOM bag, one or more, here.   

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentines Day Sonnet

My husband is a teacher, professor, and writer.  He writes to me occasionally. 
I have decided to share his words to me, on this Valentines Day:

A Sonnet for Linda

O’er yonder hill’s edge ere the sun doth break
My love for thee dwells within, no mistake

All through the morn as the sun doth arise
So dost my love for thee climb to the skies

When high in the sky the sun doth burn hot
So too my sweet love dost our love, no naught

At waning of day whilst sun doth arc down
Our love doth not wane, it still dost abound

When neath western ridge the sun doth descend
When day is then o’er love’s bounds hath no end

Whilst earth lies in darkness throughout the night
We know not light’s gone, our love doth burn bright

This sonnet I pen to thee my sweet love
E’er thanking God for His gift from above
   .     .    .    .    .    .    .    .    .    ap

Ain't he a keeper?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Blog Carnival - Romance or Winter?

For our Etsyblogger Team Blog Carnival this time, we have a choice of writing about  a romance book or movie that we liked or about a winter experience that we have had.

I could write about my favorite romantic movie for the Etsyblogger's blog carnival, but I think I have already done that here in this blog. My favorite is "You've Got Mail."   I love the story, and the scene changes. So I'll say no more about that and I will write about a series of books that I read.  I like them for their developing romance themes.  They are a bit bland for those of you who like racy romance stories, but I like the settings, the culture and the respect that is shown as a result of the cultural traditions.  I'm speaking of books by Beverly Lewis about the Amish.

I used to live about 15 miles from an Amish community, and loved to go visit their grocery, and fabric shop.  I guess their culture intrigues me, so I read Beverly's books.  All of them have a thread of romance along with the story plot.  They are relaxing reading and feel good books!! Anything that Lewis writes, I recommend!

(Picture is of a set of Amish dolls that I am making--watch for them in my handcrafts shop!)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Work in progress

In January, I closed my jewelry shop on Etsy.  I gave away lots of my pieces to my family--lots, because I have a BIG family!  Since then, I have been re-thinking my focus for the closed shop (and my other online shops--supply shop and Handcrafts shop) but mostly re-vamping the former jewelry Design shop.  The first part of the year is the natural time for this, but it has become a more involved process than I first thought it would be. One cannot just abruptly about face and start anew with a 180 degree turn and expect that everything will fall in place immediately.  (Did I mention that I might be a little impatient!)  Anyway, this re-think is taking some time to muse over, do research, obtain supplies,  not even mentioning the time it takes to make new items! 

Suffice it to say, my new shop with it's new focus, is developing . . . . 

 My new banner, maybe, not sure I am done with it.
and new avitar . . . .
 Sneak peek  of one section . . .

What do you think?  Attractive, appealing or . . . ?  Let me know what you think!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sunday Sketches - Water Violence

This is my Sunday Sketch for this week.  It corresponds to a post I wrote yesterday in my other blog, Abigails Attic.

Sophia from BlueChairDiary, hosts the Sunday Sketches and many talented artists participate.  Most of them are preliminary sketches of ideas for later projects, but my sketches are finished works of art, since I do not use other mediums--just pencil and charcoal pencil.  Hope you enjoy my submission for today.  Please do visit the other artists' blogs to see what they are working on!  Thanks! 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Benefits of My Day Outside

I'm still so excited about having a camera again and look what I saw today!
 A Red Tail Hawk!

We were down by the rivers (where the Willamette and the Clackamas Rivers run together) and saw him right in front of us--not 15 feet away.  I was in my car, so I snapped some pictures!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Tree

 Sorry about the words . . . but . . . I am so thrilled to have my new camera!  Simple walks can produce such beauty!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


I was given some old quilt tops, blocks, and quilters magazines by an elderly lady, last year.  I discovered that in the bottom of the box were some old feedsacks.  I was delighted to get them!  Just to see them was a treat! They were a product of the 1800's and  early 1900's.  Women used them, after their product contents--like flour, chicken feed, and sugar---were gone,  to make all kinds of things for home, even undies!   I had heard about feedsacks for years, seen quilts made from feedsack fabrics, but never owned one of these treasures!   One, I was given,  was a sugar sack, one a flour sack and a couple of others were no longer distinguishable, probably because recipes used to circulate among the ladies for removal of the advertising on the fabric. (So prairie pantaloons, or other homemade items made from them would not have writing on them!)    This happened until Richard Peek of the Percy Kent Bag Company made a trip to New York to see designers.  He wanted to add prints to the fabrics so customers would want them MORE!  Feed sacks were a coveted new item , especially in the 1930's.  The craze finally subsided in the 1950's when printed calicos became more readily available in yardage shops and there was less of a  tendency to be frugal. 
How are you frugal today?