Thursday, April 30, 2009
So, I had to start all over again cutting out more of those dang little violets and this time using the right sized template background.
I still have to attach more little violets to that inside ring and then attach the little leaves to each of the bunches. Then I'll sew on the backing, and I'm done. I'm going to keep it on the dining room table today so that I can work on it during free minutes and then finish it up tonight while watching Survivor and The Office. My customer is giving it to her mother-in-law for Mother's Day. I feel honored to be able to make it for her. Next project up to do is a geranium. I just drew it up last night and still have some leaf size adjustments to do before it turns into a pattern, but this is basically what it will look like. I made a template of the little flower so all I have to do is trace the flower onto freezer paper, dozens of times and iron that onto the wool.
I had a customer ask me back in February to make a gerainium, but with it still being winter, I asked her to wait until closer to geranium season so that I could see a real one. Seeing real ones right in front of me helps to get the size and shapes right and it gives me a better idea of the right colors to use too.
So Geraniums are out in the stores now, it's time to make them!
I'll make a pink one first just because I have the wool dyed and handy right now and then I'll attempt a red one if the pink turns out nice.
Oh, happy day! Rachel is coming home today! I'm hoping that my other sweetheart daughter will stop over to visit tonight too so that we can all be together. I love my girls!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I need to come up with the design though.
I'm working into more of a rooster-drawing mood now and after typing in "rooster art" in google images, I'm getting more excited about roosters. If you want to see some gorgeous roosters, do that google search.
This rooster has been hanging in my dining room ever since I started working with wool. This is the first wool applique that I made just for me and I've always loved the rooster on it. Looking at it now, if I were to make it again, I'd make some minor changes (those black&white checks and tone down some colors) but the rooster with the various tweeds would probably stay about the same. I like the body design, so I think I might use the body with different head positions in my design. I need to find that pattern that I used for this though.
And that's where the problem is .....
I can't find my pattern for it. I remember that it's a quilt pattern so the picture on the front of the pattern, from what I remember, shows quilted cotton squares with completely different colors. I remember long ago buying the pattern at my favorite local quilt shop. That shop is out of business now, so I can't get help there.
So if anyone recognizes this rooster, with the sunflowers and cockscomb, please let me know what it is so that I can purchase another pattern.
Happy day everyone! Time for me to go out and cut grass in between the raindrops.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I think Rachel had this worked out quite nicely though. She had us go down, load up the truck with her stuff and sent us on our way home; without her. Now, for her this is wonderful, because she doesn't have to UNLOAD the truck. Finding places to store her things until August is the most difficult part of the entire move. I could/should just unload the things into the living room and wait for her to put it all away when she comes home on Thursday, but that would mean I'd have to live with that mess until then. So yes, mom carries all the things upstairs and stores everything nicely on the sunporch which is right off of her bedroom.
It's all ok though, because Rach is coming home on Thursday!!
She texted me once we got home and said that she can't wait to get home so that she can finally do nothing but relax on the couch.
For me, that was wonderful to hear because I know how much she loves her college life and I know she's going to miss the boyfriend so I didn't think she was going to be really happy to be home.
Rachel is coming home on Thursday!
Ok, so now to the entire theme of this posting ,which is :
THE COMPLAINT DEPARTMENT
I decided that every once in a while, I'm going to make a post that is devoted to my complaints. You know, those everyday little things that you try not to let bother you but the more you think about it, the more peeved you get? I think actually writing out the complaint, getting sympathy and understanding from my fellow bloggers should help the peevement immensely. (Yes, peevement is not a word but until I think of a better descriptive word, it will stay.)
Here's my complaint:
Are those garbage bags laying at the side of the house? Well looky there, yes they are!
Ugh ... when we bought our house 30 years ago, the neighbors were an elderly couple and their house was like a cute little cottage. When they both passed away, the house was inherited by .... well that's a long story, but basically, the people who live in the house now, don't seem to care about property values.
So that's my complaint.
We will be installing fencing along the border, but it's just not going to be the same.
What a shame.
Do you have a complaint? Now's the perfect time to get it out!
Complaint Department is now opened!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
It's only a 1 1/2 hour drive down, so if we do have to go down again on Thursday, at least husband won't have to take the day off.
What's up with this weather, though?? Less than a week ago, it was snowing. Yesterday, the high temp here on Wagner's knob was 90. Today it's supposed to get just as hot. I know I shouldn't be complaining about gorgeous weather, but SHEESH, we have a lot of work to do today and the heat will be exhausting.
This year, Rach's dorm room is a looooong distance from the parking lot so it's a lot of walking to get there. At least there's an elevator. I'm hoping she'll have a few friends there that will be willing to help.
Rachel is coming home on Thursday!
She's had a tough year at school, not academically but with a pretty rugged schedule. She's on the volleyball team and even though the spring semester is off season, she still has practices everyday with trainings, workouts, lifting... and it requires getting up for 6am every morning to do it. She's one tough cookie and she still manages to get a 4.0 gpa too. I'm so impressed with her and pretty proud too. It'll be so good to have her home again.
I finished up the Strawberry Candle Mat last night. Hope to get it Ebay listed tonight. We'll see how exhausted I am by the time we get home. :)
I've an order that came in last night for a candle mat so that gives me yet another excuse to put off the rooster penny rug that I should be working on.
Before I close and get on with my heat-filled day ... let me just say....
Friday, April 24, 2009
But guess what folks? ......
Yes, indeed, it's more strawberries! I guess it's just that time of year and with the weather becoming so nice and springlike, I'm more in the mood to draw flowers and butterflies and yes, strawberries.
Roosters are more ... hmmm ... late summer and fall kinda things, I'm thinkin'.
I've listed a bunch of things on EBAY people! Go take a look. Decide which one or two or ten things you want to buy and then start bidding, please. Sales are slumpier than slump so any one of these items are sure to sell for low low prices.
I'm pretty sure that the word "slumpier" is my very own created word, but my kids tell me that I have a tendency to do that...create my own words.
Anyways, seriously, here's another shameless, HUGE PLUG for my EBAY things .
Bid now, bid early and don't get peeved if someone bids at the very last 2 seconds and steals it from under you. I've had numerous and humorous complaints from bidders because they'd lost to a winning sniper.
See, anyone that sells on Ebay, knows about the snipers. To "snipe" on Ebay means to bid on something at the very last seconds before the auction ends. There's a trick to it and some people actually use a special program that will do it automatically for them. The sniper usually always wins.
Let's just say that some of my favorite people are snipers and although I feel sympathy towards the unsuspecting loser of the sale, I have to laugh when they send me FURIOUS emails afterwards, complaining about the sniper. I'm laughing now, just thinking about it.
It's just part of the Ebay game, people. I love all my customers, no matter how they win the item. Snipers included!
Another shameless plug in case you happened to miss the shameless plug above or are too lazy to scroll up to click on the link .... VISIT ME GO HERE!
IT'S BETTER THAN STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE WITH PILES OF WHIPPED CREAM
Ok, that's a blatant lie, I'm sorry. :)
Happy day everyone!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
After the morning grandson visit, I went out to do errands and decided to make a stop at my local Goodwill store just to look for wool. Now, mind you, not many, if any, people around here do anything with wool, so the thrift stores in my area are just full of wonderful selections of just about anything that I want, for cheap, cheap! I limit my wool buying now to mostly blankets, because I really have so much of everything else, I just don't have the room. Wool blankets are a rare find at the Thrift stores though, so when I do happen to see one, I snatch it up, no matter what the price. Yesterday, I stuck gold. Not just one, but THREE wondeful, lovely, soft ,beautiful creamy colored wool blankets were there on the rack, just waiting for me to take them home.
For a total of $15.98 I was able to get a North Star blanket which is a thinner weight and two army blankets. The one army blanket is actually labeled medical blanket and with the date, 1944. It's such beautiful thick wool no holes or stains and just the perfect weight just for penny rug backgrounds. I hate to cut it up just because of the special printing on it, but the wool is so lovely that I know I'll eventually cut into it.
Getting bargains like this just makes my day even when it's rainy and dreary.
Today, after taking the satin binding off the one blanket, I'll throw them into the washer, and wash them a couple times, just to get them super clean and fresh smelling.
Of course, Precious kitty, has to attack the bag that the blankets were in. She loves those plastic bags!
Monday, April 20, 2009
This, along with the matching pinkeep is up on Ebay now so keep your fingers and toes crossed that it does well. I'd ask for a prayer but really, there's so many more important things to pray for, I'll just stick to crossed fingers and toes for this!
So as I'm listing this it occured to me that this is not the least bit primitive, but yet, I'm listing it in the primitive category. I've really strayed from making primitives mats and I think it's time to make an adjustment in my listings. Just not sure where to place it to get the best viewers. I'm kinda getting the craving to go back to the more primitive mats, but, unfortunately they just don't sell as well.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Pink Saturday. Go visit her site for the list of pink participants and then go on a journey of PINK!
I really don't do a lot of pink but now that I'm attempting to do Pink Saturdays, I do notice a touch of pink here and there in my home.
This is a wool applique mat that I made several years ago. I love it so much I just can't sell it. It's been hanging in my dining room since it's creation.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Here's what I have done on the Violet candle mat so far....
The white basted lines won't stay on there. I quickly basted the thread in there so that I can easily center each flower bunch in it's own space. It's much easier and quicker to use a chalk line to mark the sections, but I've found that on darker backgrounds, sometimes that chalk is difficult to remove. Now, I just take the extra time to baste the lines.
I never sew my wool to the tablecloth anymore because of this board. All my work is done on it. When I sew while watching tv, the board is on my lap, giving me a hard surface to work on.
I don't know if the picture shows, but I write little notes on it too. Measurements that I might need, ideas for shapes ... all kinds of things get penciled in on the board and it wears off after time because the board is used so much. I have two of them so that if I'm working on one project, I'll have one free to use in case I have to start on another project.
Oh sheesh, look at me sitting here typing on the computer when I should be outside appreciating this wonderful weather and doing yardwork!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Seeing these now, I know the tweaks that have to be made for the candle mat. I'll make the little flowers on the hillside a little bigger and the leaves on the violet one, a little smaller. Oh, and I need to put a little tie aroud the sheep's neck ... perhaps a tiny bell would look cute too.
Last night I worked on cutting out all the tiny pieces that will make up both of the candle mats. All that needs done now is the best part ... the sewing.
I wish I had a little fairy that could be trained to cut out all the shapes so that all I'd have to do was draw the design, pick the colors, and sew. And no, I tried a long time ago to make my kids the fairies, but I found out quickly that #1. they hated it and #2 they don't cut like I cut. :)
Back when I first started making penny rugs and selling them on Ebay, sales were so good that things were literally grabbed up as soon as I listed them. I just couldn't make them fast enough. I noticed that one seller was very quickly selling her young daughter's penny rugs which were VERY primitive, with the crooked stitching ... basically very bad stitching but that's the appeal of the really primitive designs. I told my Rachel, who was like 10 at the time, that she could be making things to sell on Ebay too.
Haha, she attempted. I still have her one and only little wool applique mat that she designed and stitched completely on her own. I'm not sure where it is right now, but I'm going to have to get a picture of it to show. Let's just say, it was really primitive! She didn't enjoy doing it however, so that was the end of her stitching attempts.
Neither of my daughters have inherited that "need" to sew that I have. I would think if they had "it", it would have shown up by now.
Happy day everyone! I've some stitching to do!
Monday, April 13, 2009
This morning, I dyed up some of the colors that I would need. I had to stop though because I'm out of vinegar (used in the wool dyeing process).
This is the very next project for a candle mat., bunches of violets. I'm going to make a little pincushion from this design first. I think I will alternate the colors of the violet flowers using purples and deep pink.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Yesterday, both he and Rachel colored the Easter Eggs. He's old enough that he wants to help with everything so we let him drop the dye tablets into the vinegar. It was quite hilarious though because when he was handed the first dye tablet, it instantly went into his mouth because he thought it was candy. Oh my oh my, it was funny, with Pap fishing the tablet out of his mouth. He was a little blue, but no harm done.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I did something really stupid, hence the Lesson #1 subject.
See, one should never, ever, EVER, try to measure fabric while talking on the phone and even worse, one should never, ever, EVER, CUT fabric while talking on the phone. Because even if you think you're doing it right, you are distracted and chances are pretty good that you're not doing it right.
Thankfully, the cutting errors (note the plural in that word) could be corrected without it being noticeable.
Here's the window above the kitchen sink. Take note that this picture was taken about 20 minutes before the next picture ... notice the STUPID snow in the next picture. Someone please tell me why we have so much snow in April. It's just not right, nor FAIR.
So here's what the finished valances look like. Not too bad, eh? Considering I didn't use a pattern for these, and it took me probably twice as long to make them because of it, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
Monday, April 6, 2009
I'm going to turn this fabric into 2 window valances. Still not sure exactly what the design will be, but it will get done today. yessiree, it will.
**NOTE: This works well with most recycled wool...wool from skirts, jackets, etc. It doesn't work most times with hand-dyed wool since the methods used to dye will set the dye into the wool so that it doesn't bleed.**
Sunday, April 5, 2009
K and Jen are coming over for dinner so I'd like to get everything finished before then. More Ebay things will be listed tonight (hopefully). I'll be listing the Strawberry Candle Mat for sure and hopefully, I'll finish up another strawberry pin cushion to list too.
So here's a picture of the grass dish that K helped me make a week or so ago ...
This is just a little one and prim with small tulips and wool bunnies.
I've had a lot of questions about growing the grass and the post HERE
gives a quick how-to for it. Basically, you fill a container with some potting soil, moisten it well then place a thick layer of grass seed right on top. You don't need to cover the seeds. Moisten the seeds, cover it with some plastic wrap and set it aside. In a couple days, you'll see that it's sprouted. Uncover it ,keep it moist and in about a week, the grass will be thick enough to decorate it any way you wish. Watch that it doesn't dry out and every once in a while cut the grass with some scissors to keep it neat! That's it!
Oh and in my last post, I gave too much credit to my daughter, Jen, and said that she would smile that smile but was too sweet to tell me that my grass growing was silly. I take that back! When talking to her on the phone yesterday, I was gloating to her how so many people liked the grass in the basket and that I mentioned in the blog about her and her sister thinking it was all so silly and that someday she will do it herself. Her response, to ME, her MOTHER, was "Mom, even back when I was 12, I thought it was stupid." Haha, she made me laugh with that!
Also, I had a question about Penny Rugs and how I make them. They are called penny rugs because back in colonial times, women would collect all their scraps of wool and use pennies and other coins as a pattern template to cut their circles for the rugs. The circles are made of different sizes and are stacked and sewn together. The penny rug shown above underneath the Easter grass container is an example of a traditional type of penny rug with stacked "pennies".
My penny rugs and pin cushions are all hand-sewn/stitched I never use a machine for any of it.
So, my cupboard is finally cleaned out. The picture shows an empty shelf but that's for my bin of threads. I've found some things that I haven't seen in years ... a cute little wool needle case that I made back in 2004, my leather thimble thingy that I used for quilting...a tulip pattern that I thought was lost forever. So, I'm thrilled to finally have the cupboard emptied out and organized again. I've learned some things from this too ....
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Yes, that is real grass in there.
Every year, I grow grass in containers. I then decorate the containers in different ways. As Easter comes closer, I will be showing even more ways that I decorate grass containers.
My daughters have always teased me about this yearly grass growing project. Every year, I get, "oh sheesh, there goes mom, growing grass again." They really do think it's silly. But I like it and I betcha when they get to be my age, they will be doing it too. And when/if they read this, I imagine Rach rolling her eyes and chuckling and then making some wisecrack comment and Jen grinning that dimpled grin of hers in a way that shows me that she thinks I'm silly, but is just too sweet to actually say it.
The wool tulips are new this year. I've always used "dirtied" up prim tulips in the containers, and I still will but I thought some fresh spring-like colors would look nice in this old vintage basket.
For anyone that would like to make these, just cut out the tulip shapes, sew two together around the edges, leaving the top open. Stuff a little fiberfill inside the tulip to plump them up a bit and then insert a wooden skewer down through the center of the tulip. Tie a strip of green wool around the skewer for the leaves and there ya go. The tulips look really nice gathered together in a bunch too. I like these so much, I'm going to make more.
Happy Pink Saturday!
Thanks to Lisa for the Pink Saturday connection and also for letting me know that I had commenting disabled! All fixed now, thank you Lisa!
Friday, April 3, 2009
I'm almost done with the cleaning and organizing of my cupboard. I need to get out today sometime to purchase some kind of containers that are big enough to hold my threads AND fit easily into the cupboard too.
My sis, Carol, called yesterday. She read my story about the cupboard, while she reloaded my blog several thousand times, thinking it would look better to have my "hit counter" a little higher. I think that's cheating! I find that really funny though.
Anyway, she nagged me about getting the cupboard finished, so not only have I humiliated myself by posting a picture of the mess, but my sis is going to bug me until it's done!
So on this no procrastination Friday, I will finish up the old cupboard and after that's done, I'll measure my kitchen windows so that I can get started making curtain valances. I have the main fabric already ... a nice deep red and mustard checked fabric with cherries. I need to buy a yard to two of matching plaid fabric to use for the accent and I need to buy some rods too. I'm thinking of making and painting the rods myself though, so I better put some more thought into this ...
Happy Friday, y'all!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Now I can move on to finishing up pansy orders and ...I'm anxious to get started on a new tulip candle mat design of mine.