Saturday, June 22, 2013

Nature's Paint

Hi Everyone! 

I just wanted to drop in to say a quick hello before I 

take a little break and unplug for a few days. 

The hubs and I are taking a little trip over to the Olympic Peninsula 

to celebrate our 7th year wedding anniversary!

So, before we hit the road, I wanted to share this fun little 

project I tried.

One misty, rainy day last week, I gathered up 

some flowers and leaves from around the yard, and 

experimented making prints of them on 

paper and fabric.

The above photo is of a print I made from a 

lace leaf maple leaf onto a piece of watercolor paper. 

I had so much fun picking up little flowers to try on my print. 

 The photos below, I used a piece of canvas fabric, or 

duck cloth I believe it's called. 

Some of the flower pieces were easy to remove, 

others left a heavier stain. 

When I get home I'm going to see how it looks and possibly

add some embroidery .

For now, I just covered the piece with wax paper and pressed it in a book

for further drying.

I'm really happy with how it turned out. 

I'm thinking next I will try a little beeswax over it.

Have you ever tried doing this before?

If you want to see a great tutorial on how to do this, Kim from 

has a great one.  

I'm really looking forward to seeing the rugged Washington Coastline,

and doing a little beach combing!

I think we're going to get some rain while we're there, but that's never

stopped us from walking on the beach before!

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, and

I'll catch up with you when we return.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A New Project

One of the things I've been trying to do lately is come up 

with ideas for the doilies I make. 

This of course is not a doily, but a little crocheted motif I made 

with linen thread and then 

I hand stitched it onto a piece of linen fabric.

 I think hand-stitching is so relaxing, I don't know why I don't do 

it more often.

I made 3 little pin cushions/lavender sachets with the linen 

thread I already have in my stash. 

You can use any kind of crochet thread...  

you know I'm just crazy about the linen stuff, right? :-)

It was fun digging into my linen scrap pile 

to find pieces of fabric to work with. 

Finding the remnants of linen at the fabric store is the way to go 

for little projects like this.

So, that's one way I can use crochet pieces, 

but here's another "long-term" project 

I'm working on.  

This is a pineapple doily I crocheted a while back. 

I saw somewhere on Pinterest a window covering 

made of sewn together doilies!

OK, here's the thing...

I could probably get enough doilies from the antique store 

for under $20.00 to make a window panel, 

but I want to crochet my own!  

(It could be a while before I complete this WIP) :-)

Other than that, I'm working on 2 different afghans, 

a scarf, a table runner, and 

2 different doilies.

Hum...maybe I need to complete these WIP's before I start another. 

How about you?  Are you good at finishing one project before 

starting something else? 


Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday Finds

I see you Lucy! 

Lucy thinks it's Friday Hide-n-Seek.

No Lucy,  I'm trying to get some pictures of my Friday Find to share! 

This week I just had to show you this beautiful, old spool cabinet I 

found at an antique shop just down the street from me.

I've always wanted a spool cabinet,  and I was so excited to find one 

in such nice condition!  

  The only thing is that the J. and P. Coats 

is on the back, so you can't 

see that from where I have it right now. 

I understand that this cabinet is from the early 1900's 

and the drawer knobs are not original, however, 

I think it was really well done.  Besides, this is not something I bought 

for it's value.  I just love vintage sewing notions because it reminds me of 

my mom who sewed all the time.  

Isn't the detail lovely on the side? 

So, I'm using it to hold my embroidery thread, 

and beading materials.

I think this doily looks perfect on top. 

No, I didn't crochet this one, 

but, I had some size 30 thread and thought I'd give the smaller 

thread a try.  I've been using the popular size 10 thread that you've seen 

in my past posts. 

So, I hope you've enjoyed my Friday Find this week and 

now I'd better go see if I can "find" my Lucy! 

Have a great weekend! 


You can visit other Friday Finds by heading over here:

kim klaxon dot com

Friday, June 7, 2013

Friday Finds

Bleeding Hearts. 

I discovered these in my front yard a couple of weeks ago!

Since the weather has been nice, I have been outside a lot lately

just exploring our surroundings.

I was thrilled to find this Bleeding Heart plant right in my own front yard! 

I've only seen pictures of them on other blogs, until now. 

Such delicate little flowers they are!  

So, I thought this was the perfect thing to share this week on 

Kim Klassen's 

Hope you discover something new and wonderful too this weekend! 


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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Down the Lane

So this is June already.

It feels wonderful to be walking in the month of June,  in the bright, 

warm sunlight and not feeling "hot."

Just down the lane (or alley actually) from us is this colorful display 

of flowers along a white fence.

After putting away our recycling bins, I walked down the lane to 

check out this beautiful scene.

Busy bees everywhere! 

Warm sun brightened the already vibrant colors of these flowers. 

Such a simple pleasure to pass by this way each day.

 Hope you're having a nice weekend.  

I had an old friend in town that I haven't seen for years.

It was a nice we'd just picked up from where we'd left off.