Saturday, January 13, 2018

Storm day stitching

When we got up this morning it was raining which soon turned to freezing rain and then fine snow about mid morning. We’ve stayed inside being creative. Hubby was working on a stool for our grandson to be able to stand at the kitchen counter and be mama’s helper.
The bottom is made from an IKEA stool.



He followed directions on Pinterest for the rails on top. This is my grand niece using the one her dad made.


While he was busy in his workshop, I was in my sewing studio putting the borders on a baby quilt. I had to stop before I got the fourth one on but it’s pinned and ready to go.



I was watching my eggplant slices baking in the oven. There happened to be one in my fridge that needed to be used and yesterday I noticed a recipe called bacon eggplant on Facebook yesterday that looked good.



The sandwhich called for tomato’s and lettuce. In place of tomato I melted a slice of Havarti on one slice of the bread and added lettuce. Although the roasted eggplant didn’t really remind me of bacon the sandwiches were yummy.

After lunch, I went back to the studio to have a little more creative fun, free motion stitching the background on a little art piece.



There’s more to be done before I move to the foreground. As I looked through some of my photos I decided it needed a few small fir trees here and there. The simplest way for me to do them is to hoop up some water solvable stabilizer and use the free motion zigzag. I will add a few bits here and there directly to the background also.



I’ll add a few mediums and lights before removing and stitching to the piece. When that’s all done, I’ll move to the large birch trees I want to add in the foreground. Once I felt the creativity flowing, I really wanted to keep going; however, my back and shoulders were protesting. It was time to take a break. At least I’ll be anxious to get back to it.

This is where I am for now.




Thursday, January 11, 2018

Gelli print tote bag

It’s kind of grey today and since I was out snow shoeing yesterday, I decided to stay home. I like to be a bit active in the mornings. It helps me to wake up and to work out the stiffness. A couple years ago before my hip replacement, I tried to paint parts of my kitchen table and chairs. It was looking a litttle worn and tired. With all the bending involved I wasn’t able to do it. As part of my resolve to finish a few projects in the house this year, I started it this week. From my laundry room paint job, there was a part gallon of primer and semi gloss grey paint leftover. Might as well use it.



The wood on the chair back will be grey too. It just needs priming. I’m leaving the seat and the table top which will get sanded and finished when I can take it outside. I need a primer coat and two coats of paint all of which will be done a little at a time. 
After lunch, I headed into the studio to finish the quilting on the Gelli print tote bag. Then I trimmed it, stitched the sides together and cut the lining. I didn’t put it together yet as I have to make the straps. 

In the meantime I had pulled this piece from the closet — another unfinished project. It is layered with strips of fabrics in colors that reminded me of the skies when I’m out snow shoeing.  



Once it’s all stitched down and the foreground bushes and small trees are stitched, I want to add 3 birch trees.

Here is the idea:



It is only January but I’m determined to finish up a few things before I start something new. My closet is full! I’m in the process of planning and getting an estimate to open up the double sized closet and add kitchen cabinets to the top. I currently have a desktop in there so I would also like a countertop across the width which would make room for a sewing machine.

The idea is to clear up some space in the room to be put to better use— mainly an armchair for hand work. It is a nice sunny room and I’d like to take more advantage of it. I will post picks when I get started. First, I have projects to finish and cleaning out to do!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Sewing and a Tote Bag

Here I am in my sunny cozy studio on this winter day finishing up a wee bit of hand stitching, blanket   stitching the piece of wool felt to one end of the sewing kit. There is a tiny bit of stuffing added to it.


The next one I make would be a bit bigger but this one will fit nicely in my knitting bag or a hand sewing basket.


Then, I did the free motion quilting on the tote bag that I'm making using one of my Gelli mono prints.


I'm almost finished but have to stop for a break. My shoulder can handle only a short session.


Besides, the fresh air is calling me as I sew. This is my view.


There is a lot of snow!



I don't have the car to get to the trail today, so I decided I'd head out to do a bit of snow trimming off the front walk. When I walk to the front door any parcels I carry hit the sides. I'm heading out now and hope this works. I just got a new computer and I'm trying it out.



Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Stitching, sketching and snow shoeing

I’d planned to spend the afternoon in my sunny sewing studio. The problem is the sun and blue skies and perfect snow call to me and I had to go snow shoeing with my buddy. It’s pretty cold right now but once bundled up and in the woods it’s,  beautiful.



There’s art to be found everywhere.



A storm is forecasted for Thursday into Friday so I’ll have studio time to work on these little fun pieces.
I’m free motion stitching parts of my Gelli prints to use for the pockets in a small roll up sewing kit.



I also finished a mini sewing kit perfect for the purse. It’s about 2 1/2” by 3 1/4”.



Still room for a pocket and a piece of wool for needles.






All the while, I’m thinking about my next piece of fibre art. There a few landscapes that interest me. Also, I’ve had these rabbit pictures taken at the family cottage that I’ve been thinking of too. Not my usual subject, I decided to start with a sketch and watercolour to see how it goes. 



It needs more color and shading. I had to pick up my friend.



My resolve for the new year is to learn how to make videos in my studio. I’ve done a couple of short ones which I’ve uploaded to YouTube. Since I’d need many followers before I can have a link, I can’t share. If you wanted to look, try Holly’s studio sewing kits. I found it that way.
I’m waiting for a new computer which I’m hoping to use to directly upload my movies here, something I can’t do right now with this APP. 

I’m wishing you all a Happy New Year. Tell me about anything new you’re hoping to try this year if you’d like.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Stitching little sewing kits

Well Christmas has come and gone and so has my little grandson and family. It made us very sad; we are about 4 hours drive away but it could be worse. We had fun after a fresh snow playing on a little sliding hill we made after a fresh snow.



What a happy little guy. Who doesn’t love baby giggles!
We had a blizzard on Christmas Day and stayed cozied up inside eating, opening a few gifts, and playing. My son and his fiancé got up for a quick visit before the weather got too bad. This pic of my son with his fiancé with our grand puppies was taken at her home not far from here.



After all the company left we went into a cleaning frenzie which took most of the day. 
Yesterday, despite the frigid temperatures, we went snowshoeing. Once you’re warmly dressed and in the woods away from the wind it is comfortable. With the fresh snow it is so beautiful. 



I’ve been thinking about my studio and itching to do a little sewing. Every year around this time, I take stock ( as many of you probably do) of all my unfinished projects. My shoe box of gift items was almost empty so I wanted to finish a couple of sewing kits. I had some in various stages left from my Quilting Arts Magazine October/November 2016 article.



I needed to cut a lining and a couple of pockets for the inside. 



They’re a bit fiddly because of the bits of Velcro I add for closure. I’d hoped to sew assembly line style but then realized that they were different colors and really needed matching threads. 
I finished one.



There is a piece of wool stitched along the center for needles.




Tomorrow, I’m hoping for more snow shoeing and more sewing. 

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Snow day

This morning I was out for a doctors appointment and a few groceries. Pretty pleased that she cut my blood pressure and diabetes medication in half. All because I finally got the C Pap machine for sleep apnea. To think I kept putting it off. It did take a little getting used to but it wasn’t bad. I sleep more soundly now, only waking up once as opposed to many times a night.  
It’s been pretty quiet here. I’m approaching Christmas with a minimalist attitude this year. Less gifts and we want less. We’re choosing to spend time enjoying family and activities. We’ve just found out that weather permitting, our little one and parents are planning to come for Christmas.

I did have a bit of fun with some wrapping this morning. I think I need to cut more snowflakes.



I’m really hoping we can keep some snow so we can all go snow shoeing. Ollie hasn’t seen snow in any amount yet. Gord wants to make a little slide out back. This was this afternoon on the trail.



It’s snowing now and will be overnight; however, they’re calling for a change to rain tomorrow.

I knit this little monster for Ollie. The red is a litttle hat that will have holes for the ears.



It fits in the palm of my hand.
I hope things aren’t too frantic for you and that you can enjoy some quiet time.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Decorating and stamped stitched poinsettias

Last Friday in a small burst of slightly freezing rain, I had a nasty slip on my concrete front steps which necessitated a trip to emergency.  I was very lucky to have no broken bones but extensive bruising and pain as I hit four steps all the way to the bottom.
On Saturday and Sunday, I didn’t move much; I watched a movie each afternoon and did some knitting.



I’m making a size 4 sweater for Ollie in merino wool.

Yesterday, I got out for a couple errands. I can’t stand or sit for too long.

Today, I visited my mother in law at lunch time. I made muffins and I started to put out a few ornaments. We’ve had a wee bit of snow. Tonight we’re supposed to get snow, then freezing rain and rain. I’m hoping for a snow cover before Christmas. We bought a little sled for Our grandson, Ollie.




We enjoy these snowflake lights all winter on our back deck. My husband set them to come on at dusk and off at 10. We really enjoy them at supper. As winter passes it’s interesting to note how the turn on time gets a little later each week.






The snowflake table topper was featured in a Quilting Arts magazine issue several years ago.

I switched out my yearly cushion covers for my poinsettia ones which I made a couple years ago. They are monoprinted, free motion stitched and quilted.



Last year I started a runner. It only needs to be sandwiched and quilted. Maybe I’ll envelope it for speed.



I used a craft foam stamp for the poinsettias.