Thursday, 19 June 2014

Newest Obsession & Taking a Break

Hi all. I've been pondering about whether to just not write a post for awhile, or write a post then take a blogging break. Guess I decided on the latter as there are a few things to tell, and to show.

First off, thanks so much for sharing your advice about lighting and helping with my stitching problem on my last post. I actually have not done any stitching since my last post! But I have saved a few smalls that I stitched awhile ago so I will show you those, then I can tell you about my lastest Obsession!

First off, from Pineberry Lane - Merry Christmas?( Not entirely sure about the title.)  I have the funny reindeer and Santa. The reindeer is holding off like it's getting ready for a Disneyland ride (Thunder Mountain?).
Next is Beggar's Christmas from Threadwork Primitives. Love that series!
This one is Thankful Heart (I think) from Heartstrings Samplery. I left out the words and shorten the design from the bottom. I like the spareness of it though I think I might go back and add our initials. I love the colours! 
This last one is Land that I love from Birds of a Feather. I modified it to say Oh Canada!, which is the start of our national anthem. Love that cute design!
My newest obsession? It's related to stitching...sewing clothes for myself but the real obsession is getting my hands on some Liberty cottons for tunics and tops. *sigh* I will have to shop online as I can't find any of them here in a brick and mortar store. I would really prefer to see them in person so I can better gauge the scale of the prints, etc. If you have any advice in best place to get Liberty cottons and at a good price (and I haven't already asked you privately)  please let me know. Thanks!
Last year, I was gifted some pieces of Liberty cottons from dear Ann from Scotland.  I knew nothing about these cottons until there and I didn't really get obsessed with them till I tripped over finding a pattern that I thought was do-able for me. It's the Schoolhouse Tunic by Sew Liberated. Apparently it was quite the buzz online a few years ago when it first came out. 

My mom had also asked me to do some minor alterations for her and with my getting my sewing skills sharpened I just remembered that I used to do sewing for myself, that I have actually made some small quilts and I have a darn good sewing machine at home. I also found my serger from 20+ years ago tucked in a corner of a closet, dusted it off and will take it in for much needed maintenance.

So, as you can see, I've been bitten by the sewing bug and the fabric-holic bug!  While I haven't found Liberty cottons I did find some cheap cottons on sale so I can try out the fitting of the pattern and polish up my rusty sewing skills. I remember the fabric stashing bug that I went through when I was quilting. Well, it's back!

I've been spending a lot of time online looking for those cottons but also easy to sew patterns. This is a new arena for me and it's so easy to spend hours lost online! I gotta stop!

Meanwhile everything else have taken a back seat. Julius was wondering why my painting tray is empty! 

My roses seem to be finally in full bloom despite the up & down weather. 

So, we'll bid you farewell for awhile while I muck away at the sewing machine, the easel, the garden, and maybe some stitching! Oh yeah, and we've been watching the World Cup games. I don't know if it's my imagination but the games seem to be better than they were the last time around - more excitement, more goals.
Take care and we'll see you soon!  Summer will officially arrive in a few days!

Monday, 2 June 2014

Caged bird

Happy Monday! We have started on a stretch of warm weather so it will be much gardening again for me once again to do lots of clean-up. For some reason I just caught up with other things. 

Here's one, a caged bird...on linen. The design is The Gilded Cage by Carriage House Samplings. An oldie but goodie. The colours are much more brilliant than how they are showing up in the photo. I had to make small adjustments to the design due to a counting error...
Next I picked up an UFO from mid-Sept 2011! It's the Mary Gibson sampler from the Haselmere Museum. Here's where I'd left it.
...and here is where I left it a couple of days ago. I'm glad I managed to finish the blue house. I have a dilemma with this one. It's stitched on 35 ct WDW Straw linen which I have used before. However, now I am having trouble seeing the holes in the linen. The funny thing is I think it's the way the Daylight Lamp is casting the light on the linen, like it almost bounces back into my eyes. Have you ever had this happen to you?

I use this lamp all the time, like on the Gilded Cage and I never had a problem with it. Now I think it's the linen. It's much, much darker than how it's showing up in the photo. I might have to put it aside again...not feeling the love for it! 
I spent all of yesterday painting. Here's a painting (of grapes in case you are wondering) I had to finish for my "homework". Again, my teacher helped with the painting so there are her brushstrokes showing me the way!
Next is something I did for a Traveling Journal project. I expressed my feelings for a poem that I love. It's done with watercolour and I had so much fun playing with colours.

Not much in the way of gardening but here is our dragonfly again. It comes to the same spot every year, it's very odd. I'm sure it can't be the SAME dragonfly but there must be something there that attracts it. 
Here's the Christopher Marlowe rose again but see how there is yellow in the centre when it opens up? Amazing! It also has a lovely fragrance. 
Thanks for visiting! Must run. Have a great week!