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.