Friday, April 25, 2014

Ribbon Embroidery Topiary Needlebook and Etsy Finds

 
I've been in a bit of an inspirational slump lately, but I finally got inspired to make some new needlebooks this week.  A little topiary tree with French knots in silk ribbons and cotton flosses.  For the other needlebook I have a collection of the 2 1/2" charm squares and found a plain one to embroider and then finished the needlebook with some of the other squares trimming them down a bit.  May do more of these, I liked how this one turned out.    

Browsing on Etsy lately and felt like doing a little shopping.  I've been looking for some small change purse size zip pouches for summertime and to carry in my camera bag for travel.  I bought the blue one from Sea Pinks on Etsy to carry change in or possibly keep my lens cap in.  I really liked the bottom one too because of the ring to attach to my camera bag.  It's a good size for money, drivers license and such.  Cute fabrics too.      
 

 
I've been eyeing these pumpkin shape pincushions for a while and finally found one I had to have.  I love the delicate fabric, the linen fabric stem and the organza ribbon.  So cute and so well made.  Not sure if I want to use it or not.  I just like to look at it and place it with my other collectibles.  

Looking through my fabrics I wanted to jump back in my box and do something with pastels for spring.  Comforting and familiar to get back into the swing of things.  I want to make a nice big patchwork pillow with a hand crochet border around the edge.  All in pastels.  


 
Sketching some of our vintage bottles from our collection for some inspiration.  My daughter made the paper flowers a few years ago and I like to keep them in there in my china hutch. Until next time, hope you have a good weekend.  Raining here.  Like the rain since we get so little here in the desert.   

Friday, April 4, 2014

Fair Isle Sweater Vest Progress

 
My Craftsy fair isle vest is progressing nicely.  I'm enjoying the pattern (since it has easy repeats :)  I've watched most of the class with Mary Jane Mucklestone and will continue it when I reach the point of adding steeks for armholes and V-neck.  I'm not too far away!     

 
I like the earth tones in the sweater and these colors are really out of my normal pastel color range I usually choose.

 
I did put some purple in there, I love purple. 

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