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I just received a phone call from Pam saying that she had received her package.  This started out to be a quick and easy little project.  Had planned to make a small boot shaped needlebook.  While I was drawing the details I decided that the sole and heel of the boot should be a different color, then the foot, toe and leg shaft should contrast.  The leg shaft looked bare so it needed some embellishing.  Do you see where I’m going with this?  The little boot took on a life of it’s own and started telling me what it wanted to be.  Pam likes western things and whenever we have round robins or challenges, you can count on one of her “not wants” to be flowers.  So out of sheer orneriness, I had to embroider flowers on the boot.

The front of the needlebook.
 
Boot needlebook for Pam

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The inside back of the needlebook.

Inside of boot needlebook for Pam.

I haven’t been sleeping well the past few nights which made for not feeling the greatest.  So in the midst of having a pity party for myself, I received this postcard in the mail from some special Skrappy Ladies.  

Cheered me right up.  Thank you!

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When the creative muse pays a visit like this, the only thing I can do is just go along for the ride.  The current project was just supposed to be a small, quick, get it in the mail project.  But it has taken on a life of it’s own.  Outside of the sewing room I think about all of the things I need and want to do, then the second I walk in the room this little project leaps into my hands and the channeling begins.  I’m amazed when I take a break to look at what I’ve stitched, because I’m not really planning the design, it has progressed far beyond what I initially envisioned.  I’m not saying that it’s a “great” work of art, but it’s not the simple little project it started out to be.  Still isn’t finished, but below is a pic of the progress.

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The leaves I had planned to do were a lazy daisy type, but that’s not what I starting stitching, I like these better.  That’s what I mean about channeling, my brain has one idea but my hands do something totally different, almost like they aren’t my own.

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I’m supposed to be getting all my fabric cut and supplies ready for next weekend’s “Skrappy Ladies Canyon Retreat”.  Have I been doing that?  Of course not!  I’ve been doing this:

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Making felt needlebooks. 

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I’m going over to Donna’s in a little bit and wanted to post these pics before I go.  These are the little felt figures I’ve been working on.  To give you a size reference, the egg is about 3ΒΌ” tall.

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               A vintage postcard


I’ve been working on the little felt figures and hope to take pictures today after I get the branches painted.  Knitted a few rounds on both the chain link and tidal wave socks.  Yesterday I mostly just fought the urge to go back to bed for the day.  Feel like I could sleep for a few days straight, but I only doze for an hour or so at a time.

Bill did take pictures of the new raised garden beds.  The two 4′ x 8′ beds are for the vegetables.  The 4′ x 4′ is for my herbs.

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It’s hard to tell from this picture but the onions planted in the front bed are about 6 inches tall.

 

 

 

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Yesterday I went into my sewing/craft room studio, I’ve decided studio sounds better, pulled out my wool, wool felt and new needle felting supplies.  Then proceeded to play.  This is the result:

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The needle felting is finished but now I’m embellishing it with embroidery and beads.  In the end it will be a needlebook.  The colors are truer in the above photo than in the scans.

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Detail photo

Needle felted applique sure is a lot faster than the traditional sewn down method.  The only thing you have to watch is to not overdo the needle punching, or you could end up with all of your fiber on the wrong side of the fabric.  This is especially true with the wool yarn, a little work with the felting needle goes a long way.  The picture below shows how the wool fibers are pushed through the bottom layer of wool, locking the layers together. 

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Back side of project

On the weekend knitting front, I have cast on and knit 4 chain repeats on the second Chain Link Sock.

Today I am planning on starting my garden plants from seed.  I’ll be starting violas, parsley, thyme, tomatoes, jalapenos, squash, burnet, lemon basil, cinnamon basil, and spicy globe basil.  I’ll also be starting some hanging geranium seeds, they remind me of Germany because they are the type of flower, along with petunias, that you see growing in flower boxes all over Germany.

Most houses have window boxes with geraniums.

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