Friday, April 18, 2014

Fellowship of Flowers and the Wonders of the Internet

                             Ahh, the internet.... what would we do without it.
Today I stumbled on a blog telling how to manage your sewing machine bobbin threads.  And on reading that one I found another blog with more info and on and on it can go.
         I got this first site from a friend on Facebook....

              and on that site I was lead to this one........

And if that hadn't been enough information for me I am sure I could have kept on going.
I already have a couple of boxes for the bobbins but of course they were a mess!

Here is my "before" bobbin boxes.....  (I have two kinds of bobbins, one for my Janome and another for my Brother Embroidery (which also does embroidery) although actually they can be used on either one as it turns out.  But that is why I have two kinds showing here.)    AND I have SEVERAL boxes with bobbins.  Remember now I have been sewing for many, many years and NEVER seem to throw anything away that might have some usefulness left in it.   This grouping shown doesn't even show the several bags of pre-wound bobbins I have to use in my machine embroidery.  So yes, I have a LOT of bobbins.  You may have to look closely to see the "messiness."  But just try to get a bobbin out of one of the boxes and you will see what I mean!

  I bought myself the required tubing and plan to get it ready to use.  Next week I hope I will have had time to get my bobbins in order and will show you the finished product.

Here is the third of the Fellowship of Flowers projects.  This time it is a pair of pillows.  I have them up on my bed now because they go nicely with my bedspread.

 I used a couple of "very" vintage buttons that I really like.  I got the trim from one of my favorite fabric shops....  Old Trail Fabrics in Shamokin Dam, PA . 
The rest of the fabric was from my stash!

I am really enjoying the Fellowship of Flowers projects.  Now I am waiting for the next project which we should receive info on next Wednesday.     

Hope you enjoyed my link to the bobbin tutorial.  And that you enjoyed seeing my pillows.   See you next week for what ever I manage to come up with to show you.  And be sure to check in on Tuesday  for tea parties and such on Tea Cup Tuesday.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring at last

 I think Spring is FINALLY deciding to stay with us.  There may be some lingering snow flurries in the future but the grass is greening up, the bushes are covered with tiny leaf buds and my daffodils, tulips and hyacinths are coming along nicely. I have also noticed the Forsythia beginning to bloom.

So I decided to set up for a springtime tea and to begin my seasonal journal while enjoying a "cuppa."

The tea set itself is a pretty glass set of teapot, sugar and creamer. 

 This teapot is special because it includes the infuser for the lose tea...............................

I decided to use the pretty little hand painted Nippon plate for my sweets. 

And this Colclough hand painted cup and saucer.

 And finally, here is closeup of the garden journal I will be using.   There is a lot to report on already.

Thanks for joining me for tea today and hope you visit all the other TeaTime blogs as well.

I have joined with the following Tea Cup Tuesday Tea Parties.

Hope you will visit them too.

Be sure to come back next Tuesday for another Tea Party and join me on Thursdays or Fridays for my project updates.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Flowers and a new toy

Spring is definitely coming along.  The temps are a bit milder.  And while walking up in our woods today my husband discovered these pretty little Crocus.  (what is the plural????)

On another note:

I do have a couple of modern day sewing machines. BUT I have become very interested in some of the vintage machines that are available out there.  They were made of METAL not PLASTIC and even after 50 or 60 years they still run strong if you take care of proper oiling and other maintenance.
So yesterday while out at a sale to buy things for my antique shop I came across this little machine.  JUST $10.00.   I couldn't bear to leave it.  So home with me it came.  It is what they call a Japanese Clone of the Singer 15 and was made in the early to mid 1950s.
I was able to look up an instruction booklet for the Singer  Machine that is so similar and have learned how to thread it and how to oil it.

So far it sews fairly decent.  I have to work on the tension a tiny bit but I think I have a keeper.

This picture was taken before I cleaned it up at all, just wanted to show it off quickly.  So what do you think?

Because Spring has arrived I have been spending time out in the gardens cleaning up from Winter's mess.  So I won't be doing as much sewing as I would like for another couple of weeks until I feel like I have things under control outside.  Of course when it rains I can stay in and sew.

I hope next week I will have another finished project to show you.

Monday, April 7, 2014

The snow is gone

The snow from last week is gone, the sun was shining all day yesterday and my tulips  and daffodils made it through the storm. We are due for quite a bit of rain over the next few days but  I figure I will have a few daffodils to bring in the house by this time next week.

Mean while I was trying to decide what I would show for tea cup Tuesday this week.  I found a few mis-matched things that I liked and will share them with you this week.
The tea cup set is interesting, especially when you want to try loose tea.  It has the infuser included in the set.

I dearly love little cottages, and naturally a tea pot that features one would be one I would need to have.
It is fairly new teapot from Arthur Wood pottery in England.

And the next picture features a tea cup or sugar or creamer cover.  I have seen they used in various ways.  I did not make this one but they don't look too hard.  I have seen different styles.  But I like this one with the pretty little beads.

And to enjoy the tea time even more I have included some tiny spring type cupcakes.  I did not make them but got a few from my local bakery.  They are really quite simple but good.

I hope you will join me for tea today and visit all the other TeaTime blogs as well.

I have joined with the following Tea Cup Tuesday Tea Parties.

Hope you will visit them too.

Be sure to come back next Tuesday for another Tea Party and join me on Thursdays or Fridays for my project updates.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Finishing up some projects AND making gift tags

I finished the second Fellowship of Flowers project, the pretty little table topper and here it is. Haven't  quite figured where I will put it but I will find somewhere.

Meanwhile I worked more on the table topper I showed last week.  After finishing the top of the little quilt I used up all the rest of the material and made a backing which  does use up all the rest of the fabric nicely.  Probably will never use it that side up. Some doesn't "match" up like on the other side but it serves as a good backing. 
I hope to start the machine quilting on it next week.  It is all pinned and ready to go!!!

And on a completely different note:
        While sitting out in my shop, between customers I started making these gift tags using various vintage and vintage looking things I had sitting around.  I had previously "antiqued" the tags using wet tea bags. Click here to see one of many tutorials on antiquing paper..  You can sprinkle cinnamon onto the tags while they are still damp and it will add a pleasant scent.

 And here are some more tags plus a couple of book marks made using handmade paper I made a while back.

So that is what I have accomplished this week.  No telling what I will do next week.

And don't forget to check in on Tuesday for Tea Cup Tuesday.

Monday, March 31, 2014

First Tea Cup Tuesday in April

We "thought" spring was coming but we were due for another SURPRISE.  What started out as rain turned into a sleet, ice and snow event and we ended up with 5 fresh inches of the stuff on the ground.  What a mess.  So now we have to wait for it to leave!  This week the temps are supposed to be in the 50s for part of each day so that "should" help!  

Meanwhile this is what we have.....................

 A couple of days ago I went out to take pictures of the spring bulbs that are coming up.  I hope they are still there under all this stuff.

Here are the pictures I took ......

Lots of Daffodils

And some Tulips!

But on to better things!

For today's Tea Party I  decided to do something very different.

 As some of you know I like to make miniatures. And so a while ago I made a "miniature tea shop."  I used the Mary Englebreit theme because I thought it was appropriate.  I painted the paper mache teapot in familiar colors with her "cherries" as the main design. I found a little paper kit to make some of the items and I was able to find a little tea set featuring the cherries too. And away I went!

 And a closeup of inside the pot.

 This is the ME style miniature tea set.

 A closeup of the table and chairs,


 And the shelf with teapots and tea boxes.

This little tea pot and tiered server were made from jewelry findings and beads.  Fun to make but tiny!

So I hope you enjoyed a visit to my world of miniatures and that you enjoyed the "tea party."

I have joined with the following Tea Cup Tuesday Tea Parties.

Hope you will visit them too.

Be sure to come back next Tuesday for another Tea Party and join me on Thursdays or Fridays for my project updates.+

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Quilts and other UFOs

            I have been in the mood to sew lately and have been collecting up projects to FINISH!  Last week I showed the little mug rug.  Today I am showing a table topper.  This was a kit I bought a couple of years ago from Connecting Threads.  I had cut out all the fabric, so finally started sewing and am nearly finished with the top.  Now I have to figure out what to use for the backing.    I will show what I came up with next week.
 And here is my Fellowship of Flowers  project, still just "underway."  I had to order some trim to use since there isn't any available in my immediate area.  When it arrives I can FINALLY Finish this project. (I do still have to add some buttons and beads but I have them now.

I got the pattern and instructions for the March Fellowship of Flowers project and have already started on it.  Because I am waiting until the end of each month I will be able to make the projects in my own color selections AND from my stash.  I collected up everything I needed from things I already had.  That felt GOOD.  I will work on it until the trim I had to order for the other project finally arrives.  Then I can finish that.  Wonder if it will actually be done by the end of the month.  Hope so.
  I am hoping I can finally show the finished project next week along with a couple of other finished projects too.