Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I don't know if the pictures show it well, but for the teacups, I "fussy cut" the wool so that light pink stripes from the wool would be positioned right on the cups, under the little flowers. Notice that each of those teabag tags have "tea" embroidered on them, FRONT AND BACK! Sheesh this one took a lot of time, but it's beautiful. I can't say enough good about the talented designer of this pattern, Annelle, from http://www.annellesoriginals.com . If you'd like to see some creative designs, go visit her site and take a look at those wonderfully detailed candle mats!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Haha, when I first lay out the wool cut out pieces, I always question whether the design will work out. It looks bad without all the stitching and embellishments. I forge ahead and stitch it because I know it probably will look nice after it's completed. Sometimes, I admit, I scare myself with some of the designs. I made a Christmas tree mat a few months ago that I wouldn't even want to give away. It was one of those "holy cow, that's ugly" kind of mat.
I had to increase the pattern size to fit better into the scallopped background. I always like to look at pictures of my layout before it's sewn because for some reason, it gives me a different perspective of the design. I always see something that needs adjusted or corrected. In this case, I think the two top strawberries need to be a bit plumper. I'll have to cut new strawberries. I won't throw those two smaller strawberries away though...I never waste my wool! I'll use them in a pin cushion later.
So the candle that I have placed in the center of my mat is from the Fragrance Collection by Glade. It's a soy based candle and this fragrance is a wonderful scent of Currents and Acai. I haven't burned it yet, but I will soon. Just the scent in the room from the unburned candle is really nice.
I'm a Bzzagent so the people from http://www.bzzagent.com/ sent me this candle to try. After I try it myself, I'm supposed to spread the word about the product that they've sent me. I then report back to them about the positive or negative feedback. Usually I have coupons or samples to pass along too.
I thought this would be a perfect forum to spread the word about this exceptionally nice candle. They offer different scents and also reed diffusers.
Go take a visit to http://www.fragrancecollection.com/offer/Mar09/ . You can get a $2.00 off coupon there too. If you like good, quality candles, you should give it a try.
I still haven't completed the Tea For Me mat, but it absolutely, positively will be done by tomorrow. It has turned out so incredibly nice, but I don't want to show the picture until it's completed.
It's a lovely day today, I don't know if I'll get as much sewing done as I hoped.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
The grandson came to visit for the day on Monday. He's drawing pretty pictures on my pattern templates. When he sees paper and a pencil side by side, naturally he's going to draw. His artwork is on quite a few of my templates now.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
This is something I do every year right before Easter. I think I got the idea from Martha Stewart but I'm not sure ... it was many years ago. The grass that grows look so nice with decorated Easter eggs in them.
So on with the how-to demonstration!
First he prepared the container by dumping cupfuls of potting mix into a nice little plastic dish. If you spill some dirt on the countertop, just say, "uh oh, mess!" and grandma will clean it up!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I almost always use #8 pearle cotton threads for my sewing. Even though it's a lot more expensive, it's so much easier to work with than embroidery floss and it doesn't tangle like floss, when stitching. This pattern design, however, has such small details, I decided that it would look better using the thinner strands of floss. The pearle cotton would just be too bulky. Blah, I'm spoiled by the pearle cotton so switching over is a real adjustment for me.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Here is the start of my bird. I think I'll make it into a little pillow first. If it turns out as nice as I hope, then I'll consider making penny rug candle mat with the design.
I hope to create a blog that will show my penny rug designs as well as my progress steps that go into making them.
More to come shortly!