Thursday, March 28, 2019

Bunnies and More Bunnies


For about a two week period in February, bunnies were multiplying in my dining room. I had stuffed bunnies, unstuffed bunnies, bunnies with cottontails, bunnies without cottontails, pom poms in piles....well you get the idea.


These were way too much fun to make and the more they accumulated the more I wanted to make! Some were made from repurposed burlap curtains, others were made from a repurposed bedspread, and I made a few from painter's drop cloth. Then I added some vintage edgings, lace, bias tape, some flowers and of course their pom pom tails.

 I had a pair of lavender embellished bunnies that were shipped off to their new home in Florida. Truthfully, I wanted to hand deliver those bunnies as the weather here was not nice....


My favorites are the two cream colored bunnies in the back with the gathered vintage edging ruffles and pink and green ribbons! I made them oversized pom pom tails. I love how they turned out!


Not only are their tails oversized but they stuffed so nicely and are quite plump...... pleasingly plump I guess you could say!


They wear some pretty pale pink roses along with their pretty ribbons and ruffled collars.


These peachy bunnies are all stitched up in burlap and wear bias tape ribbons in two shades of peach and a darker peach (almost orange) checked ribbon. They have a vintage edging that appears to have been removed from either a pillow or table linen. Their cottontails are actually acrylic yarn pom poms.


These burlap bunnies are dressed in pink and cream with a mauve rose.


These lavender bunnies are the ones who flew south to Florida to escape the New England weather! Lucky rabbits!



These two missed the group shot but I dyed the pink one and gave her a wide laced collar, some vintage crocheted edging, a bow with  a two-toned pink flower and a multicolored pom pom tail. The black and white checked bunny has the same wide collar and flower and her bow is a white dot on black grosgrain ribbon and a wider pink ribbon with a scalloped edge.


I have several other bunnies cut out and I am hoping to find time to make myself a bunny or two or three for my Easter table too.

The inspiration behind creating these white bunnies was my love of white chocolate as a young child. Easter bunny knew that white chocolate was my preference and he would leave me one in my beautiful Easter Basket every Easter. I admired the bunny long before I had the heart to bite into it. Good memories! 

Well friends, have a nice weekend! I hope spring has sprung wherever you are!

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring!


Hello friends and Happy Spring! I don't know about you but I have had enough of winter and I am quite ready to shed bulky winter jackets, boots, chunky scarves and heavy socks! So I have been doing a little shopping for some spring clothing and I am beginning to put away some winter gear. Out with the old, and in with the new!

Since Valentine's Day I have turned my attention to creating some angel ornaments all decked out in some pretty spring colored fabrics. I had a great deal of fun creating these more dainty, feminine versions of my angels. I particularly love the lady in lavender!


I have created some coordinating tags so that they can be customized for various gift-giving events.


Then I reversed the fabrics and used the blue for the dress and the lavender on the top layer of wings. The bottom layer, which is hard to see in this photo is created from the pale blue.



.....and here is the trio! All decked out for spring!


The trio below is constructed from creative twist paper, cotton lace, some vintage lace and bias tape ribbon. It's been a while since I fashioned angels out of paper and the details added have certainly evolved over the past few years. These take a bit more time to construct than their predecessors but the extra time is time well spent.


These Paris-themed angels were a custom order and I was very pleased with the way they came together. This time I added some cotton doilies to the wings which I really liked so I added them to another pair of angels below.


I love the shade of light teal used in these angels. To add a bit more of the teal color, I used coordinating teal embroidery floss and ran some straight stitches through her vertical lace on her dress. I added the teal floss to her buttons as well.


Another tag that I created for Mother's Day....


She looked really pretty placed in a rag wreath!


......just another photo op here.....


This sweet angel is done up in pink roses....



...and last but not least.....


more roses, more pink......


Stay tuned for my new nautical-style angels--coming soon! ;)

Now I find myself leaning towards Easter....in fact I've already stitched up a bunch of little vintage inspired bunnies which I will show you in another post......

.......and today I tried out a new recipe for crock pot Easter ham which was surprisingly delicious and very moist. It was so easy. I threw a few ingredients into the crock pot, added the ham, covered and cooked for seven hours. What is on your Easter menu? Do you prepare the same dishes year after year or do you switch it up a little?

Wishing you all a great week and a lovely spring!


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Holiday Recap


Good afternoon friends! Like so many I have spoken to over the last few days, I am both sad and relieved that the holidays are behind us! We had so much fun hanging out with family on Christmas. I wish that part of the holiday could last longer! I also made a very conscious effort to listen to (and sing along with) my favorite, traditional Christmas Carols and Hymns because I enjoy it! So much of the time leading up to the holidays is exhausting. That is the part I am relieved to let go of! It takes a good long while before I can walk in to a store again after the holidays and I am not one of those that rushes out to purchase next year's trimmings on clearance.


I do love wrapping gifts and I try to do the wrapping as soon as it is purchased! I don't wrap anything that even looks remotely like a dog toy because my dog will assume it is hers and sneak it over to her chair and tear it open! She loves Christmas morning and is always the first one up. She lays next to her stocking until everyone is up and ready to open theirs. This year though, everyone slept in a bit so she meandered over to her stocking and gently removed one wrapped item from her stocking. She brought it over to the couch, jumped up on her blanket and opened it!

Prior to Christmas I was busy in Santa's workshop making ornaments for my shop. I will share a few.....















I think you get the idea. Some of these are new designs, and a few are oldies but goodies that I make year after year.

The new year rolled in for us without much pomp and circumstance though this year I did actually stay up until midnight to watch the ball drop. That does not generally happen. Earlier in the evening we did our usual dinner out and were home by 6:33 pm. I was in my new flannel jammies by 6:37 pm. I know, not terribly exciting.....but it was enough excitement for me!

Now I have moved on to sewing for Valentine's Day and well....I love Valentine's Day because  it is all about hearts and lace and all the colors and things I love to sew and sew with! These are may latest angels:


I added arms to my angels finally which opens up a whole world of possibilities! Why did I wait so long? Holding hearts is a good use of arms I think......;)




The black and white check angel was finished just last night. I have a few others cut out in both colors!



....and that is all for now except I would like to wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! No resolutions for me either.....just focusing once again on last year's word....GRATITUDE! I try to wake up every day with a grateful heart....even when things are not so great!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS!

            

Thursday, November 8, 2018

My October to November Blur


As I have stated plenty of times since I began blogging, the fall season is my favorite time of year. This year, though, it is passing me by at warp speed and I somehow missed my favorite tree in the backyard turn from green to glorious gold. Usually my yard boasts the most beautiful gold and red foliage, but my yard did not strut its usual splendor this year at all. While raking I realized that many leaves on the ground were still green. Hmmmm......stranger still, even at this later date, many green leaves are still on some trees.

October is always a very busy time of year and all but one weekend was committed to events, a family gathering, our anniversary and our little weekend getaway to celebrate our anniversary. My husband has a Halloween birthday so the kids all came home to celebrate. It was a busy, full month.

I also began a new treatment for migraine. (the one without side effects) Well, I lost an entire week to a litany of "no side effects."  So October has simply flown by and here it is already nearly Thanksgiving. I have got some serious catching up to do!

In my spare time I added some new items to my Etsy shop for fall: some new angels, tea accessories, zipper bags, etc. I made some half-moon zipper bags, or to put it more accurately, half-luncheon plate and half-dinner plate zipper bags. I created the pattern by tracing around two sizes of plates!



They make a cute pair! Zippers coordinate nicely.....


....more matching zippers....



and more....note the neat zipper pulls!


(I made this one for me)  How is it I have zippers for every fabric?

Well, I acquired a very large stash of vintage zippers and by very large I mean they were stored in a person-sized pine box. I filled 3 large tote bags with zippers and took them home to sort by color, size and to wash. I have done 4 loads of zipper laundry! It has been a lot of fun sewing with them but now I will have to put on my creative hat to come up with an idea to use them all!


Some of the whites already washed....


Sorting of colors....a fraction of the colors and shades of colors.....

I was very excited to score this collection of zippers. I look forward to putting them all to good use!

I have also started to create some Christmas items. Here is my newest star ornament....I am using words from some of my favorite Christmas carols and stitching them onto burlap and twill fabric tags and attaching to the stars. These are so much fun to make. I just love working with creamy fabric, lace and ribbons! Puts me right in my happy place!!!



I found an enormous collection of lace at one of my favorite vintage shops, so I have lots to choose from.


 I have a bunch of these cut out in various fabrics!



This was the first one I created. Some randomly placed buttons make a simple but cute embellishment.


I added bits of lace and cotton edgings to this one to accentuate the points of light.


The ribbons and lace are cut generously.


The gold wired ribbon gives them a "shooting star" look. They would look sweet hanging from a tree, or shelf and I tried one on for size in my ivory rag wreath and it was very cute!

I've got to get going as I have some food prep to do for a gathering tomorrow night. The thing is I don't have the food purchased yet that I am prepping so I've also got some errands to run. I'm doing easy appetizers but need beverages, cups, and some ingredients that I don't have on hand.

So friends, have a wonderful weekend! I will be spending some time popping in on my blogging friends over the next couple of days to see what you have all been up to.