I sit around and ponder, wonder, and flounder. I just don’t seem to have that little ‘oomph’ it takes to think of great, mind-blowing, inspirational stuff. Drivel. just plain drivel. That’s all I’ve got floating around in this ol’ brain right now. Soooooo . . . instead of great flowing volumes, I think I’ll just float out a few photos from the last few days. Kinda tells a story, doncha think??
Friday morning I began a new purse, using some of my vast supply of upholstery samples. Friday evening I seriously considered scrapping same. This exercise in futility provided graduate-level courses in seam ripping and hair pulling. If you haven’t experienced such an education, I thought I’d share my seven top instructions. If you follow these suggestions, I can guarantee you will achieve the same results I did. But if the purse still shows signs of coming out rather well, you can try trimming the seam allowances too close to the stitching before turning the purse right side out.
Well, that’s how you make the imperfect purse. I’ve decided to punish myself by keeping it.
This week’s photo challenge was to take a ‘selfie’ photo. Well, I have something to confess. I look better behind a camera than I do in front of one. So I’d rather show a different type of selfie – self taking the photos. Well, OK – just one selfie, to prove my point.
As we ended up having a bit more snow than I’d figured on, I went home from work early yesterday (at my boss’s suggestion), and stayed home today (at my suggestion). It felt like a vacation day, so I did what I like to do on some vacation days: nothing. I watched the snowfall, I fooled around with trying to make a purse pattern, I watched the Avonlea series to my heart’s content, I took a walk in the snow, and I even (gasp!!!) cleaned the house . . . a little. I had to take a series of photos to watch the snow accumulate – just LOOK at that birdfeeder!!!
Spencer enjoyed going for a walk and making tunnels. Little balls of snow clung to his underside, which made for a rather damp quilt when he decided to bless our bed with his presence.
So, how has YOUR day been?
. . . daddy’s gone a-hunting . . . .
Anybody remember that little ditty? It’s not entirely applicable here, but still cute. Hubby made a blanket and pillow – and I did the buntings. I used Simplicity pattern #1565 for the blue drawstring one, and Butterick pattern #5583 for the closed-bottom one.
I’d found some fleece at Hancock’s that I liked for this one, but found that fleece could stretch a mile if it didn’t have to walk back. I kinda wonder how long it’s going to look OK. Oh well, good thing babies grow fast! He’ll be out of that before he has time to stretch it out, I’ll betcha. Hey – he may have outgrown it before he gets it! That would be a major bummer.
I didn’t want to use the same material for both, but I had nothing very heavy for the other bunting. That meant I needed to quilt something. I had a lightweight flannel for the backing, and all sorts of babyfied cotton fabric for the front. And a whole lot of batting!
Saaaayyy….batting, huh??? That gave me an idea for the quilting. I didn’t want to just do boring straight lines, so I took a piece of craft paper and drew little baseball shapes all over it, and wrote “Play” and “Ball” here and there. Then I just pinned the paper to the layers of flannel, batting and cotton, and sewed around my design. Then when I was finished, I tore the craft paper away and changed needles, and added that needle to my collection of flowerpot magnet supplies. I’m still looking for an oversized thimble to use for the pot, but that’s a project for another day.
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