Thursday, February 28, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A New Addiction

I'm a little late to the party.
I meant to be on time, but the party is at a time that's a little challenging at our house.  Sunday evenings at my house are typically spent getting ready for school the following day so I don't usually watch TV. That's why I didn't watch Downton from the beginning.  I kept hearing how much fun everyone else was having, so finally, I bought the DVD's.
Now, like so many others,
I am addicted!!

Currently I am in the middle of Season 2.  I'm trying to get caught up before Sunday so I can watch the next episode with everyone else.  I did watch the first episode of this season so I know about a special birth and then a very sad death.  Since I didn't know who anyone was, it was confusing.
I've decided to DVR Masterpiece Theater from now on!!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy St. Valentine's Day!

I know, the day is almost over, but I really wanted to post something on Valentine's Day!
My Valentine and I went to lunch this afternoon while the kids were at school.  It's easier than trying to go out on a school night!  I think lots of other people had the same idea since there were mostly couples in the restaurant.
I found a pair of postcards at the antique store a few months ago that are very intriguing.  The one above is to a Miss Kathrine in Cicero, Illinois and says "Am still waiting for that letter.  Well it serves me right.  From, Jack."  It's postmarked from the World's Exposition in 1915 in San Francisco.
This card is definitly more straight foward!  It's also from Jack to Kathrin but with no message on the back.  Jack must have felt the message on the front was enough!  I can't help wondering if they ended up together.  The first card has faded corner marks from being in a photo album.  I like to think Jack stopped sending cards and finally proposed to Kathrin.
Even if your day wasn't as romantic as Jack's postcards to Kathrin, I hope it was still filled with love!

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Ceremony for the Broken Needle

Today is Harikuyo, the Ceremony for the Broken Needle.  Ever heard of it?  Me either until a few months ago when I saw a post on Susan Elliot's fabulous blog, Plays with Needles.  So Harikuyo is a Japanese tradition honoring the broken needles used in work during the year.  Susan has a post explaining the tradition.  She even offers a class for making a Japanese Harikuyo inspired needlebook.

Needlebook kit
 If you have followed me long enough, you know I have a hard time resisting a new project!  I have my needlebook kit and hope to get started on it soon. 

In the meantime, Plays with Needles is having a blog hop for the Ceremony of the Broken Needle where participants can share how they are honoring their broken needles.  I couldn't find an actual broken needle, but I did bend one today while working on my Pies and Tarts project.

My second Pies and Tarts block (98 to go!)
The Harikuyo needlebook has a special page for broken needles so until I finish mine, I found another way to keep my broken needles.  I've had this little bottle for a long time intending to finish embellishing it but not really sure what to do with it.  I put some glitter and sparkly beads in it and tied some lace around it.  Don't you think it will make a lovely final resting place for broken and bent needles?

Broken Needle Bottle
 Visit Susan's blog and see the amazing needlework she does!  They are truly works of art.  Then visit the other fun blogs with their own tribute to the needles they use to create.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Baby Ballerina Shoes

My youngest child is going to be 8 yrs. old this month.  It's been a long time since I needed to buy baby clothes for my own children so it's so much fun when someone has a baby--especially if it's a girl!  My youngest is taking piano lessons, and his teacher had a baby girl a couple months ago.  I usually take little stitching projects with me when I sit at the lessons and discovered the piano teacher has a fondness for handmade items.  It would have been fun to make a quilt, but let's be realistic.  That baby would be in kindergarten before I got it finished!

Pattern from Curby's Closet
Instead of a quilt, I made these tiny quilted ballerina shoes.  The fabric I chose has a bohemian feel that I new the new mom would love.  It's hard to tell in the photo, but there is some beading detail on the toe of the shoes.  The inside is lined with soft flannel.  When Tommy and I gave the shoes to the teacher, she teared up a bit.  It was very touching.  Don't you love when you put the time into a handmade gift and the recipient loves that you made it yourself?
Now off to make some more handmade gifts...!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Making Pies and Tarts

So I visited a new quilt shop in my city, More Sew for You.  It's a lovely shop specializing in reproduction fabrics and patterns.  They are also the only shop in my area to carry a decent assortment of wool felt.  While browsing in the shop I fell in love with a display quilt called Pies and Tarts.  It's a Block-of-the-Month kit so naturally, I had to join in!

The quilt needs 100 'pies' and 80 smaller 'tarts' using an English paper piecing technique which is really very fun and keeps those circles nice and accurate.  So far, I have made ... one!