Thursday, April 28, 2011

Royal Trip

Tomorrow's the big day!
This is the place--Westminster Abbey. We visited London back in 2004, a little too early for the Royal wedding, but a whirlwind, fun two days. We had been living in Germany for two years and we were so happy to hear English spoken--albeit in a funny accent. :-) 
These crowds at Buckingham Palace are here for a changing of the guards.
I'm thinking tea and cakes (apple juice and muffins) are in order for the early (4am) morning tomorrow. :-)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Redwork Project Bag

Another project bag. This time with a redworked girl with flowers. I found the pattern online, but I don't know where. Someone had uploaded an old neddlework book that had this image, a little boy as well as some other things. If you recognize this, please let me know. 
I started this back in January and got very sidetracked by the furniture painting which turned everything upside down and backwards. I didn't spot my sewing machine until just a week or so ago.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Royal Ring

You could say that some of us have the fever--the royal mania.
Em made this replica royal engagement ring last night.
She saw a TV commercial selling a replica ring and said "I can make one".
Ahhh, music to my ears!!  :-)
I found a velvet ring box for her and look how elegant it turned out.
Em wants to know if she can get up at 4am (here in the US) on Friday to see the wedding activities.
She will be joining me of course--I'm driving my family crazy watching all the coverage of the royals. :-)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Lovely Hutch and Stuff

I finally got my hutch painted and filled with many lovelies.

Dibs and dabs 
It was a lot of fun to get my fabric all out of storage boxes.
It seemed to take me a long time to get this room back together again.
A rainbow of colors.

Chocolate, It's Good For You!

Little chocolate felt bunny for Easter. 
These are mini-clothespins in the picture.

Click on the pattern and it should come up larger so you can print it out.
Have fun!!
Happy, Happy Easter!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I Heart My Fence

Ta Da!
My new fence!!!
This is how it began two weeks ago.
Then we progressed to the pickets and the painting of each and every one.
And now, it needs seeds and plants. :-)
The Bleeding Heart plant is a gift from my sister.
She divided hers, so now I'll have one growing here next to the fence in the sun.

Tulips and Painting

I bought these tulips from a garden store when I just couldn't wait for spring, mumbling my mantra about Spring COMING. Well, spring has sprung, we have had a full bloom of crocus, forsythia, daffodils, and now tulips. I have been painting a ton in the last weeks. It started with painting of two big shelf/cupboard combos for my fabric and other stuff--not quite done. Then outside we have painted a few items. One was an old broken down garage shelf thing that was trash=picked. We scraped it down, added an upper shelf, painted it and voila, a garden bench.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Jeweled Steed

Isn't this old carousel cool!
It has been restored and is protected from the elements. This carousel was built in 1914 by the Mangels-Illions company and was once a part of the largest amusement park in the United States in the day. More pictures of this beautiful ride can be found HERE.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Pretty Posy

I potted up some pansies yesterday.
We had a lovely warm day and I enjoyed some knitting time on the front porch.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Has it Sprung??

A little color in our neck of the woods.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Purse Fit for Royalty

Mousie is stepping out.
Little purse for mousie. The pattern came from the book "Knit Your Own Royal Wedding" by Fiona Goble. I am not prepared to knit an entire royal family as of yet, but I couldn't resist this book. Easily can be used to make simpler, less regal dolls.  With clothes!! :-)

Aren't you tempted???

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Organizing my ribbons......
I have tried different methods in the past. Most of the time they have been thrown into a clear plastic bin--quite messy and hard to sort through.
Once, I tried to mount the ribbon spools on metal rods attached to the wall. That won't work where I am now because I don't have the wall space.
This time around I am trying plastic bags organized by theme in a plastic bin. I took the time to remove all the cardboard spools and wrapped the ribbon with a clear rubberband or a strip of paper (taped closed).
I was unhappy to find that some ribbon had been slightly damaged by sticky tape holding it to the spool so I'm glad I got rid of the spools.
I thought about splitting the ribbon up in bags by color but I tried to think of how I look for ribbon for a project and decided that I usually look for a specific theme first.
 Utility (such as bias tape),
 and Novelty
Ric Rac is in a jar all by itself

What ribbons do you hoard?? :-)