Should be sleeping!

What I should be doing is sleeping... I'm about 80% better, sleep could actually take me to 100%!!! Instead, I was working on the babushka doll. I have her done, but since I'm not sure what I'm doing with her yet, her side seams are open until I blanket stitch her in place... but you get the idea. The scans for the directions have been sent to Michelle, and with just a few directions, we should have the pattern up tomorrow. I am quite happy with her, and wanted to put her up before I crawled under the covers. I'm still thinking about embellishing her a bit. Many matryoshka dolls are quite ornate. We'll see!
(Wow... lightening is awful on the pic. I will get a better pic up tomorrow. Must sleep!)
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Posy Peasant Babushka Doll

I woke up this morning with the flu bug that Fairy brought home earlier in the week and this inexplicable desire to design a Matryoshka doll! I'm not sure if the 2 are connected, but between naps and blowing my nose, I managed to design this Posy Peasant Babushka Doll. I'm not sure to what ends yet... but I know I want to make something 2 AND 3 dimensional. (Hmmm... perhaps a new doorstop???) And, just because I thought the drawing was so cute, I watercolored it! (Why aren't I napping?) 

I am sure the first thing I'll do is to make this up with felt, but it would also be adorable with calicoes... perhaps an applique on a skirt. And I do want to create the "nesting" aspect of the dolls, so I will design matching smaller dolls. Anyway, the couch is calling to me, so off I go! Look for the pattern for this Babushka doll in the next couple of days.     Read more

Candlewick Mushroom Wallhanging

Materials:
10” wooden embroidery hoop
2 pieces unbleached muslin, 16” x 16”
1 piece thin cotton batting, 16” x 16”
Ecru crochet thread (candlewicking or embroidery floss)
16” of 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
Washable marker for tracing

Candlewick Mushrooms

Way back in the 80s, candlewicking made a comeback. Candlewicking is an interesting Colonial craft technique where ecru thread is used to embroider designs on ecru fabric, traditionally unbleached muslin. Candlewick is the unbleached cotton thread that is used for making candles, something most Colonial families had available for use. Although you can still buy candlewicking, now tatting or crochet thread is often used; and you can even use 6 strands of ecru embroidery floss. The end results are a subtle and muted design... that reminds me of a shadow. Many of the early pieces used a series of French knots to outline imagines, creating a 3-D look, but you can use any embroidery technique you enjoy!

I always talk about my penchant to create designs that can be used in more than one way. Our applique blocks are especially suited to multitasking! For this piece I ran a copy of our Mushroom Applique Block pattern, cut apart the individual mushrooms, and played with them until I achieved a design I liked. You can recreate my design using the placement pattern or lay out your own design. The directions for this Candlewicking...Read more

Patchwork Pots for Mother's Day

Using the same directions as the Patchwork Pot, Bug, Fairy and Pixie were busy making flower pots for their mommy for Mother's Day. They needed assistance putting the trim on, and I did put the 2nd and 3rd coat of Mod Podge on for them, but they picked out the fabrics, painted the rims and glued on their pieces. I think they turned out lovely! Tomorrow we are going to the nursery and buying flowers for the pots. Won't Mommy be surprised Sunday morning?!!

Patchwork Pots

There's this "thing" out there. Before you have a child, you should have a dog for a couple of years. If you can take care of it and manage not to do anything irreversibly stupid, chances are you're ready for a kid. Some logic here, I suppose! Well, I didn't do dogs, I did plants, but same premise... sort of. But when I was in college, my plants were my babies. It started innocently enough. I moved into my first dorm room with a James Taylor album in one hand and a little pilea cadierei, better known as an aluminum plant, in the other. As the year went on, I kept picking up new plants. Back then I could literally spend hours picking out a single plant. God love him for putting up with me, but that's how my boyfriend and I often spent Saturday evenings! And I bought tiny plants, that was all the I could afford. But with excessive care and nurturing, they grew and flourished, and by the time I graduated I had over 40 plants that I schlepped around with me. Kids would be a breeze!

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