Sunday, September 14, 2014

Back to the Bee!

Welcome back, friends and readers! I took a hiatus for awhile as summer, work and illness kept me too busy. But now Autumn is here and I look forward to crafting for the holidays.

Else's fabrics
My penpal Anita and I have decided to spend the next four months crafting a monthly "something" for this Christmas. This month we are making a candlemat from Quilter's World, chosen by Anita. We are alternating the choice of project, and I will choose the October project.

We are each giving our projects the personal touch. I am inspired by a Scandinavian Christmas, so I am using red felts and fabrics. I am also not using the quilting directions as given because I don't have that much time to quilt and sew. So I created the base and will applique the felt piece on by hand.

Here's my progress so far:

Progress on my candle mat
However, my friend Anita is a fantastic quilter and has chosen some beautiful green and red fabrics to make her mat, with beautiful applique and quilting:

Anita's chosen fabrics
And here is her progress. Her mat is looking wonderful!

Anita makes progress on her candlemat
We hope to have these completely finished by the end of September so we can begin the October project!

Friday, May 02, 2014

April catch up: Earth Day and a poem

I can't believe that April is over. And it still feels like Spring hasn't quite arrived; we've had rain and cold breezes and I'm still layering a sweater under my jacket.

Earth Day was in April and my garden celebrated: tulips and daffodils were open and we ate from our first crop of asparagus! My husband planted a few asparagus starters years ago--and we had to wait two years for the first crop--now we get so many that we can't eat them all! Fresh asparagus is very, very tasty!

I was able to put all sorts of "earth-y" photos in my Project Life album last week, and I also made some stitched and Earth Day cards to include on the pages:

Stitched title card

Altered Studio Calico journal card with stitched sequins

Journal card made with a WildOlive cartoon

April was also National Poetry month and I read some poems to celebrate. I find that I am enjoying poetry a lot more lately; it's almost as if something has "clicked" in my brain and I can take it in.

I also wrote one poem, inspired by things I love. I hope you enjoy it!

Gray.

To some,
Gray is a sad cloud.
But to me--
Gray is my pastel.
The mist that reveals morning
The softness of elven garb
And smooth covers of Persephone's tomes.

It is silver, a treasure,
The comfort of Herdwick wool
Yarn unbleached
In a shawl, that cloud
On my shoulders that comforts.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Bee and more...

I really enjoyed stitching this week's Bee design from WildOlive. Lots of tiny details in the flowers, and of course the smile on every object Mollie creates makes each design very sweet! Anita and I each had a different take on what colors to use. It's really enjoyable to share a craft experience with a friend and to see what each of us comes up with!

Anita's spring basket

Else's spring basket

Crochet mandalas seem to be everywhere I look lately (or maybe it's just me) and my fingers have been itching to make one. I found this free pattern on Made in K Town and worked it up with yarn left over from my crocheted pillow. It was easy and fun and now I'm prowling around the Web looking for more mandalas to stitch!

Crocheted mandala!

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