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I’ve been working on the jungle house for “A Crazy World” and was having trouble finding a suitable thread/stitch that I liked for the roof.  I had some loosely twisted jute but it fell apart as I tried to stitch it down.  Then I thought I remembered seeing some embroidery raffia, but couldn’t remember where.  So while I was out using my 40% off coupons at the local hobby/craft stores I purchased a small pack of raffia thinking I would try it.  So far I like the results, the hut’s not finished but here is a pic of my progress.  Even though the strips of raffia aren’t very wide, I still split each piece in half.

Raffia roof in progress

Raffia roof in progress

 The past few weeks I had been feeling kind of down and had little energy, so I decided I just needed to get out and be with friends.  Thursday I drove down to Lawton for the Skrappy Ladies meeting and had a really good time.  Came home in a better mood and frame of mind.  Sharron had finished putting together everyone’s fabrics and hearts into a warm wishes quilt for Marcy who is still recuperating from a bad fall.  The picture isn’t the best because of the lighting but it is a pretty little lap quilt.

warm wishes for marcy

warm wishes for marcy

 Toby has settled in and is running the household.  Bill has stolen his affection though, all I’m good for is feeding, and keeping the litter box clean.  Oh, and the occasional petting and belly scratching.  Toby’s favorite pass times are attacking the springy doorstops, playing fishing with Bill (a piece of string tied to a bamboo stick), racing up and down the hallway and bird watching.

Bird watching

Bird watching

 

More bird watching

More bird watching

Toby was sitting perfectly posed for a picture, then just as I snapped the pic he decided to be silly.

silly cat

silly cat

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It’s the time of year when blogging becomes a little harder and there isn’t much to talk about or show pictures of.  Not that there aren’t projects being worked on, because there are, but the projects are holiday gifts and i don’t want to spoil the surprise.  I’ve been knitting, sewing, stitching, drawing and even coloring on fabric with crayons.

Yesterday I made a greeting card for a friend that is in the hospital, I think it is cute but I put it in the envelope and addressed it before realizing I hadn’t taken a picture.  Also sewed a little on the mystery quilt.  I’m not a person that likes to sit at the sewing machine, so all of the sewing on this quilt top is getting old.  I did take a short break and work on the jungle scene for “A Crazy World”.  Finding a way to transfer the line drawing of the jungle house onto the fabric was difficult.  The different marking pens and transfer papers wouldn’t show up, so finally resorted to the old reliable tissue paper method.  I drew the outline on the tissue paper, basted it in place and then stitched over the paper.  Since I was using a short split stitch the paper was easily removed from around the stitches when I finished.

I have a sewing buddy.  My newly adopted cat Toby is still a little standoffish, until I go into the sewing room, he then enters and makes the rounds inspecting every nook and cranny, after which he expects to be petted and scratched as if he has accomplished the wondrous feat of making sure the room is safe.  When I start using my sewing machine Toby comes running, I think it’s the hum of my Viking Rose.  A woman in a quilting class once told me that my machine sounds like it’s singing.

As for Toby’s name, nothing I was coming up with seemed to fit.  Then I thought of Toby, and he seems to like it, he may not come when called but he will perk up his ears and look in your direction.

Lots of errands to run today, including rounding up the last minute bits for the Thanksgiving feast.  Then cleaning up the house on Tuesday, followed by baking on Wednesday.  The beginning of holiday craziness.

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What if… I say no to myself.

What if… I learn that due to health and time issues I can’t participate in everything that sparks my interest.

What if… I realize that my crazy quilting started veering away from traditional a long while ago.

Jude on her “what if..” blog offered a challenge to her readers to redefine crazy quilting.  The results from the CQR (crazy quilt revisited) group have been interesting and inspiring.  All of the goings on of the past month or so haven’t been conducive to participating in this challenge and I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to cut back on new projects and concentrate on current ones. 

I need local stitch buddies.  Other people that I can bounce ideas off of and to personally view their work, thus relieving me of the need to try every new technique just so I can see first hand what it looks like.  Since moving a couple of years ago and leaving the Skrappy Ladies, small stitch/quilt group, I haven’t met any local stitchers.  I don’t want to join a quilt guild because my interests have changed directions from most quilt groups and I’m not really up to dealing with the politics.

The Skrappies are having their fall retreat in a couple of weeks and I’m way behind on getting fabric ready for the mystery quilt we will be working on.  Also hindering the preparation for the retreat is that “A Crazy World” commands my attention everytime I enter the sewing room.  My time on the plains is almost done and I will soon be moving to another part of the world.
The plains of "A Crazy World".

The plains of

 

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 The Village of Turtle Bay

(You can click on the image to enlarge it.)

Work on the little village of Turtle Bay is finished.  Decided I didn’t care for the first tree I stitched, next to the white cottage, so it was replaced.  Then greenery was added to the village on the hill and the addition of clouds in the sky.  The two little cottages and the silo are stitched using several different woven and needle lace stitches.  For size reference, the little white cottage is approximately ½” tall.

Now to decide whether my next visit in A Crazy World will be to the jungle or the great plains.

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It seems like I’ve had some type of needle in my hand since about the age of 5.  My grandmother always had some needlework project ready for my summer vacation arrival at the farm in Missouri.  One year I had to make enough yo yo’s to cover a pillow and to this day I dislike making them, but I know how.   Between my grandmother and my high school sewing teacher the correct way to stitch/sew something was drilled into my head, they didn’t tolerate my shortcuts.  Now these days I can and do stitch in any manner I feel like, secure in the knowledge that I do know the correct way and that any shortcuts I take don’t compromise or take away from the project.

OK, you’re wondering where the heck is all this information coming from?  I was just sitting here remembering the summer evenings spent with grandma, sitting on the back porch at the farm, stitching, hearing the “preacher” birds and listening to the hunters and their dogs running through the woods.

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The stitching around here has mostly been noise, you know the background stitching that fills in, doesn’t really stand out, but adds to the total picture.  Not terribly exciting on it’s own, so no pics.  Hoping to get to more interesting stitching in the next day or so if I get caught up on things around the house.  Company is coming in a couple of weeks, Hi Eve, so have to get everything ship shape.

In the “that’s interesting” category, I had my eye exam yesterday and told the Dr. that my eyes kept watering all of the time.  Turns out I have a bad case of dry eye syndrome, who would of thought that watering eyes meant they were dry.  

I’ll leave you with an interesting quiz I came across that is, in my case, surprisingly accurate.

NBPS – The Idealist

Nature, Background, Big Picture, and Shape

 

You perceive the world with particular attention to nature. You focus on the hidden treasures of life (the background) and how that fits into the larger picture. You are also particularly drawn towards the shapes around you. Because of the value you place on nature, you tend to find comfort in more subdued settings and find energy in solitude. You like to ponder ideas and imagine the many possibilities of your life without worrying about the details or specifics. You are in tune with all that is around you and understand your life as part of a larger whole. You prefer a structured environment within which to live and you like things to be predictable.

Take The Perception Personality Image Test at HelloQuizzy

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Yesterday in “A Crazy World” was spent by the seashore.  There is a lighthouse to warn those at sea of the perilous coastline and a small little cottage for the lighthouse keeper and his family.  The thatched roof on the cottage is my first attempt at Hollie Point needlelace and I’m happy with it.  Still needs a few finishing details such as trees, bushes and maybe smoke from the chimney.

 lighthouse1

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For size reference, the cottage is approx. ½” tall.

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