Sunday, February 17, 2013

Haberdashery, hearts and Mingles

Remember this?  Well, I finally hung it up so I would be reminded on a regular basis to finish it!
I really do not have all that much more stitching to do on it. I just need to allocate a little time to finish it.
So that was step 1 today. Step 2  I pulled out a few treasures...

Buttons, from the Mollie Makes Magazine. I love that they always give you a little "gift" of something crafty and wonderful with each issue. (These buttons came with the previous issue.)

If you are like me you have heard the word "haberdashery" before and know it has something to do with a shop, but what else?????

as per wikipedia:
A haberdasher is a person who sells small articles for sewing, such as buttons, ribbons, zippers, and other notions. 

I am stitching hearts, and beading them....

The most fun find of all!!!!!
I am using my new...


by Sublime Stitching

and lastly,

I could not resist taking a picture of my daughter sleeping with our cat Mittens...
They both are little snuggly sweeties.
Have a great week!

Saturday, February 9, 2013


the fabric message rolls up and stores neatly in a little pouch under the fabric/ribbon.

finishing touches....

one finished :)

Snow day fun!

recently bought...

inspired and making....

listening to...

and listening to this....


After spending the morning digging my car out of the snow it is time for some hot tea and fun!

Wishing you and yours a lovely day!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

And the Angels were Singing!

If you want to be happy, be.

                                                Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Took out some fabric today and created this little piece. The wings are white wool on one side and a batik fabric on the other. I was trying to decide which way to place them???? Also, do ya notice the stuffing around her nose! Ugh! Also along the edge at the bottom? I am thinking I will coffee dye her to 
make it disappear.....

And the angels were singing....

I went out thrifting and saw this beautiful dress! It was like the angels singing! lol! It is an old Laura Ashely dress in "mint" condition!!!! SCORE! I knew right away in my thrifting heart, if there is one there is more. So I went searching in the dress section and lo and behold, look what I found:

Also in mint condition an Old Laura Ashley "Dungaree"! (the one piece jumpsuit). Now the catch was will they fit????

The pinafore is a small and I will have to figure out how to add a small piece of fabric to the side.
The dungaree is a small, but it fits! Yippee!
My youngest teenager daughter said, "Mom you are not going to wear that?"
I respond, "Oh yes I am!"
Teenage daughter: "Not in public?"
Me: "Oh yes I am!"
Teenage daughter" "Mooommmmm! really?"
Me: "Yep!"

I also found this book and I am enjoying learning some fascinating things I never knew about Hopi Kachinas. The book was copyright in 1977 and looks brand new.

A small verse from the book that stood out to me because I thought it was beautifully written:

"Kachina are the spirit essence of everything in the real world. Their existence is inferred from the steam which rises from food and whose loss does not change the form of the food, to the mist rising from a spring on a cold morning or the cloud which forms above a mountain top. As the breath of a dying Hopi departs it also must join the other mist-beings in a spirit world, the exact counterpart of the real Hopi world but with different powers. Thus when the clouds form over the mountain tops and drift over the Hopi villages it is the rain-bringing kachinas who are there."

There is so much more to all of this and I definitely look forward to reading it.

Have a great week!