Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Butter Churn

 

It’s difficult to find an adequate place to take pictures at this time of the year, not enough light.

I tried hanging it on the wall, but it did not work well.

Ok, then on the floor:

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This is the second “Le Petite” project, it’s a pattern called Butter Churn.

I used fabrics from my stash,  I think they have a “touch” of Christmas. In the day light the colors seem “warmer”than in the picture, the background is not so mealy, I wish the real colors could be shown here.

The little squares measure 1 1/2”, it was a bit challenging. At the moment I have no idea of how I should quilt it. Any suggestions?

On my last post I had a picture of two critters which I called moose. Well, I admit I am not an expert on this subject!!!

What I bought were reindeers!

Like DH said, just because both of them have antlers, that does not mean they are all the same!

Now, these ones here, they are moose,right?

Can you guess for whom I’ve made them?!

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Here are the little Santa’s helpers taking a little break and chatting:

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Time for more stitches!

Hope you can spend some lovely and creative hours with your sewing machine this week!

Happy sewing!

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

The first Sunday in Advent

 

The last two days were quite busy, I wanted to get many things ready for the first Sunday in Advent. I baked, I cleaned, I sewed, and I quilted.

Yesterday the Hunter’s Stars wall hanging was done! :-)))

It’s now hanging at the entrance:

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I quilted mostly in the ditch, then I also did some outline quilting.  The borders were free machine quilted:

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After these two days away from computer…

I started reading the mails, and to my surprise, Jackie wrote me I won her giveaway!!!

It’s a Hunter’s Stars ruler from Deb Tucker!

I ran upstairs with a huge smile,  and asked my DH, “guess what, guess what?!!”

He was happy for me, too.

Thank you so much, Jackie!!!

I’ll start showing part of the decoration, a small stitchery:

 

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Some of my last purchases. DH is a great moose fan, and I love polka dots, specially in red, and when both of them come together I can’t resist!

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This is a cookie jar – that I first did not see (unbelievable!…), but my friend did and said “That look’s perfect, don’t you think?”,  “of course, that’s just what I was looking for!”, ggg!

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The first cookies and a lot of fun!

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I found this cookie cutter, it’s the most lovely boot!

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“Oh, Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree…”

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This afternoon we’ll sit together by the fireplace, light the first advent candle, read a passage, and enjoy a warm cup of tea (DH needs coffee), and eat some cookies!

The weather is just right, the sky is clear, it’s cold, but it feels nice!

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The work isn’t done! More lovely things to prepare, make, and send next week!

And, more cookies to bake! ;-)))

Wishing you a peaceful and blessed Advent Season!

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Just a note

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

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“See you” soon!

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”!

When I saw a set of Sweet Little Santa I knew I had to give it a try.

I actually don’t work with wood and I’m not that good in painting, but, why not?

The bodies are really tiny! About 1” or so.

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I had to paint and let it try – but how?  They have a round head, they don’t stay upright!…

My “solution” was to place them upside down in a scrubbing brush:

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With “clothes” on:

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And now they have some “hair”!!!

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I’m sewing their pointed hat, pics will be shown later!

My next first try was to felt. I’ve never learned  neither tried this before and I can say, it was not easy. I read the instructions and started – I’m not going to show the first ones, they were for the bin!!!

This one looks fine, but I need a little break, phew….I would be thankful for any tip!

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Another “first try”?…

Yes! The Hunter’s Stars pattern. A small wall hanging to get confident:

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I got the idea for these sweet houses from a dear blogging friend, the very creative Lisa. They are so much fun to make! They are called Advent Houses and they’re used to count down to Christmas like a calendar. I stuffed them with a little fiber fill and I’m going to give them as gifts.

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You can find her instructions in this magazine:

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I’m also having a lot fun sewing Mug Rugs, I think they make great gifts. I’ve made several different ones, mostly in red and white:

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The Christmas gifts I’ve been working on for my family and friends should be a surprise, but if I don’t show any picture of them, my posts will be quite dull…So, the surprise is to guess which gift will be in the parcel! ;-)))

These cute fabrics are my last purchase, just have to noodle up what I can make with them!

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Hope you are all sewing and crafting with joy for the most wonderful time of the year!

More sneak peaks soon!

Happy stitches!

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Friday, November 12, 2010

World Kindness Day

   

Through Tracy I’ve just learned that Tomorrow is World Kindness Day.

I do believe that kindness makes this world a better one, a beautiful one.

Smiling, caring, giving a hand, just saying “thank you” brings you closer to other people.

Anyes and Se’Lah are co-hosting A Random Acts of Kindness Day in blogland on the 13th,  it would be nice if you stop by.

“The value of kindness cannot be measured in human terms. An act of kindness enriches the heart of both the giver and the receiver.”

Br. Arockiam

Wishing you a lovely and creative weekend filled with kindness!

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xmcl1k

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wishes come true

 

It is more than two years ago the first time Ulla and I “met” in Blogland.

Meeting her in person was a very special moment. Though we’ve never seen each other before, I knew it was her at the minute I saw her standing there! And I think she thought the same! It was like meeting a good, old friend, it was so great!

The hours went by so fast, she had to leave. A warm, heartfelt hug, and a wish that we shall meet again.

I took a picture of the Mall where we met:

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We both had presents for each other, she gave me many lovely gifts. Isn’t the little angel sweet? And the mugs, for me and DH- who is a moose fan! I love the beautiful Marimekko fabrics, everything in blue:

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And delicious chocolate with an exquisite filling:

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I hope to meet all the other blogfriends one day!

Don’t you, too?

Now I can reveal what I “showed” in my last post, the gift I made for Anne Ida, an owl pincushion ( Bunny Hill Design):

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I’m so glad she like the presents. Here’s a picture she took of the parcel:

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One of my favorite magazines came last week:

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Some nice ideas for Christmas decoration and also for gift making.

And, talking about gift making…..

I’m right in the middle of it!

I hope to have them all finished and packed very soon!

Maybe I’ll look like that, full of presents to send:

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What a pleasure ! :-)))

Some sneak peaks in my next post!

Hope you are all having a lovely and creative week!

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