Monday, March 17, 2014

Accessorize the Irish Way

There's precious little I know about being Irish. But on this day, we all wear a little green.

Just for fun, I made these hair accessories for Jodie and sent them to her in a little care package. This 4-leaf clover is a clip that can come off the headband and be used in other ways - even as a broach.

It's over the top, I know. But she got a giggle out of them. She's just enough like her mom that she doesn't mind being a little silly. The pony tail holder is not quite as in-your-face, as accessories go.

Add in a couple hair clips to complete the set.

Happy St. Paddy's Day, y'all!


I got the idea and directions via Pinterest.

Original idea from MollyMoo.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Saving Daylight

I took a walk this morning while it was still dark out. On my way home ...

Tree at Dawn, Cloudy Morn

Friday, March 7, 2014

VooDoo Doll Pencil

When I go on vacation, my favorite kind of souvenir to pick up is a pencil. Other travelers in my family pick up pencils for me on their trips, too. Pencils are inexpensive and small - and useful. I wrote about some of my favorites last year. On Jodie's jaunt to New Orleans last fall, she found this great pencil for me.

She found it at an authentic voodoo shop!

This may be my very favorite pencil ever!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Round Robin Ornament

This year I'm hoping to finish up at least 12 stitching UFOs. My UnFinished Objects are items I've stitched, but haven't done the finishing work so that they are ready for display. In December I finished Just Nan's Snow Forest as an ornament and Santa Peeking by Designs for the Needle as a tote bag. In January I finished Just Nan's Love and Roses as a journal cover.

My February UFO finish is called Round Robin by The Trilogy. I finished the stitching on this in 2001, so I thought it might be time to do the finishing work.

I stitched this piece twice. First "2 over 2" on 32ct clay linen (16 stitches per inch). And then this piece stitched on the same linen as petit point - 32 stitches per inch.

I used a Finishing Form as the base of this ornament. Finishing Forms are a lot like covered buttons. You cover the metal form with a lining and the stitched piece on half the form, and lining and a coordinating fabric for the back.

The two pieces are sewn (or glued) together, then the cording added. I made this cording out of the same fibers used in the piece.