Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thoughtful Thinking Thursday ~9~ Broken


Two years ago on the Longest Yard Sale of the World (HWY 127), I bought this statue for a couple of bucks. It reminded me of my childhood days..... barefoot and happy.   

     The owners didn't want it anymore because the right arm and the left finger were broken off.    About 2 weeks after I bought this little lawn ornament, I broke my right arm.  


My first broken bone ever.

Just think about it..........
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday #92~Happy Spring Hyacinth!


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Quiet Book Page ~ Easter Basket Page

  Previously, I posted my Quiet Book Bunny and Rabbit Finger Puppet page.  On the backside of that page is the Easter Basket page.  Little hands stay busy taking the eggs out of the "grass" and putting them in the basket and vise versa.  For older children, add numbers.  Depending on colors of fabric, threads and designs you use, eggs could also be classified or grouped in different ways.  Let their little brains think and explore after you had the chance to explore the wonderful stitches you've probably never used on your sewing machine!

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I used scrap pieces of fabric with a layer of dense, thin batting in between layers.  Just happened to have the brown loose weave fabric for the basket. Perfect.  The rick rack is a very old package from my Momma's stash. You can tell how old it is by the price.
Back in the late 70s and 80s, I guess you can say I hoarded things like thread because it was so cheap.  Some would say that would be a waste of money because thread can deteriorate.  I can't tell this polyester thread is any less stronger than the thread I would today have to pay more for than the cost of 7 of these spools back in the 70s.  I call it an investment as I'm having a great time using up my stash in my retirement now.
If you like creating, then you'll enJOY making the eggs for the basket. 
            The first eggs I made for the first child, I didn't add the numbers.  From now on, no matter the age, I think I will add the numbers, because one day they will be learning about numbers.  If your machine doesn't stitch numbers, then use a permanent marker.
           This is also another time you get to use your threads like a kid with a box of crayons.
        I stitched as many eggs as possible with the one loaded color.
All eggs were decoratively stitched, then cut out and satin stitched around the edge.  I could have made an embroidery file to do all this, but this left the creativity more to me and the fabrics I have on hand. 

 On a 12 x 12 cloth page, as explained on the Rabbit Finger Puppet page, I first cut out the handle pattern on freezer paper.  Ironing the wax paper pattern, wax side on fabric, attaches the pattern to the fabric and makes it much easier to cut out than using pins. (sorry no pics).  After you've appliqued the handle to the page, then add the basket bottom.
The basket bottom is stitched like the pocket for theRabbit Finger Puppet page 
The Rick Rack was tacked leaving spaces for eggs to fit.

If you need a pattern for the handle of the basket and an egg, you can download my template here.


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thoughtful Thinking Thursday ~8~ Missing Words

 Find the picture above in the picture below.
Do you know the missing words?

Just think about it..........
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wordless Wednesday #91~ Enduring Coastal Wind Years

 @ Monterey Beach, CA    2013
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Quiet Book Page ~ Bunny & Chick Finger Puppets ~ Free Embroidery Download

    I'm making Quiet Books for a few children.  I decided to make pages that are kept together by a ring so they can be added as I make them.  The Easter page is not the first I made but in starting to share the book, I thought I'd share this one first since Easter is approaching.
    EnJOY! 





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      The pages start with a 12 inch square of fabric which eventually are sewn with another page with a ¼ inch seam leaving a finished 11½ inch square page.
     For this page, to make the pocket I started with two 8 inch squares.
        Decorate the top half of one of the squares as you like.  I appliqued single flowers on one and clusters on another.  It's whatever you like.
      Fold in half and stitch around ends and across one long edge.  Turn inside out, press.
 



Place the folded edge of one along the bottom of the page.  




 

Place the folded edge of the other piece ½ inch from top of page.    



          In the above picture, the right is the pocket.  It was stitched across the bottom, turned up and top stitched around 3 edges and tacked on the corners to withstand a lot of hard pulling. On the left the top flap has been stitched along the raw edge, ready to turn and top stitch.





I used 2 rows of top stitching.




 



I was making sure the raw edge didn't show when I turned up the flap.











 Using my Master Works Embroidery software, I created a Bunny and Chick finger puppet which I'm offering as a free download in this post.  They are PES files.  You can convert them using a free software.  


As you can see, I didn't cut out the holes for the fingers, but instead cut a cross.
    The bunny looks like it was made from terry cloth (towels), when in fact it was an old sweater with just the right texture for this project. I used 2 layers wrong side together, with a thin padding fabric in between to give a little stiffness.  Even with all those layers, I used a light weight stabilizer.  Stitches bunched on the back without the stabilizer.  
     For the chick, I did use some light weight terry cloth I had and used 2 layers of padding in between to give some stiffness.
    I don't know what the fabric is that I use for padding.  I found a bolt of it at a yard sale.

         While they are not being played with, they stay in their little "grassy" pocket.  
        Can you guess what is on the back of this page?
Be sure to check out the Easter Basket Page as well.



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