Friday, August 1, 2008

More Show and Tell

I have another mixed bag of things to share this time starting with cross stitch.
This is The Goode Huswife 1831 pincushion finished as a pinkeep
(Don't forget that all of the pictures are clickable for a better view.)

Here's the back of the pinkeep. I used some Moda Blackbird Designs fabric that Angela gave me which I think is a good match. Thanks Angela!

Next up is a drawstring bag and pincushion that I made for Hazel's birthday. As Hazel had been to Holland earlier this year I went with a Dutch theme for her.

I did stitchery on the front of the bag. The little pincushion is not stitched but was made using pre-printed fabric. I thought it turned out cute.

Still with the drawstring bags here's another one I did using my favourite pattern by Gail Pan

A few weeks ago I received my pincushion swap package from Tammy my partner in Linda's pincushion exchange. Tammy sent me not one, but two lovely pincushions along with a selection of DMC threads and some fabric. The bolster shape pincushion has three different dresses done in applique and the oversized square pincushion is a beach scene complete with a cute button in the shape of flipflops.
One of the fabrics Tammy used is an Amy Butler print and I just happen to have a small piece of it in my stash. I have plans to make myself a matching needlecase - when I can find the time!

I have a beautiful new mermaid in my collection! This one came from Sheila who lives about an hour away from me. She came over for the day and we had a lovely time talking all things to do with needle and thread.
Sheila goes to a stained glass class and she made this mermaid using a technique called fused glass. Do you see her mirror and comb? I don't think she can have been using them much judging by her wild hairdo LOL.
I placed the mermaid plaque over a piece of my Laurel Burch Ocean Song fabric and now she looks as though she's enjoying a frolic in the ocean.
Thanks so much for this lovely addition to my mermaid collection Sheila!

I have a bit of a fascination with pretty tins and boxes. Here's a picture of my latest aquisition. I think it will be perfect for storing my ever growing collection of buttons.

Finally a few beach pics for those of you that tell me you enjoy them.
As always, thanks for visiting and for your lovely comments. It wouldn't be half as much fun without you!


Nancy said...

Oh Margaret! What a gorgeous post!

I love your Goode Huswife pinkeep! The fence is adorable, isn't it? I love the colors with the black pins and trim. How sweet of Angela to give you the beautiful fabric. The gift you made for Hazel, and the pink set are both gorgeous! As always your work on everything is nothing less than perfection!

The mermaid from Shiela is wonderful! She must have had so much fun making this, and she did such a beautiful job. You are right - she looks like she is floating in the ocean!

Thank you for the warmth, breeze, and sound of the ocean! It was heavenly!

Nancy said...

P.S. I forgot to say how adorable the little dresses are!

Dovilė said...

all the things are beautiful, I love the blue sac and pincushion :)
Have a good weekend

Anonymous said...

Your GH pinkeep is gorgeous Margaret! I have that one in my stash and I've been itching to start it for a while - maybe I will now I've seen yours ;)

Lovely bags too and the mermaid from Sheila is brilliant!

Sheila said...

I was lucky enough to have a snoop around all Margaret´s stash and stitching goodies - what a fun day - Thank you! You must have been up very early to get empty beach photos at this time of year :)

Daffycat said...

All of your stitching is wonderful but I love the mermaid Sheila gave you...those boobs are a riot!

What a great post!

Clare said...

You have, as always delighted us with your superb stitching Margaret. looking out at another grey, wet day here in the UK, I envy you those beautiful sunny beaches too!

Dorothy said...

Margaret, your needlework is wonderful! I love the Goode Huswife pinkeep.

Chookyblue...... said...

lots of beautiful sewing do a fantastic job...
....and enjoying the beach posts to is about 5 hours from me......

Sue said...

Wonderful finishes ;)

Rhonda said...

What great work you do! And thank you for posting the pics of "water" in central Texas, today it was 104 degrees with no chance of rain......LOL.....We are suffering here but you enjoy all that water. Take care.

Kim said...

Fanfabulous, Margaret, you are the best stitcher in the whole world! Truly, your work is divine. Your gifts are so sweet, too. Such kind offerings from the exchange partners.

How are you doing with your bag (swap)project?

Tanya Willis Anderson said...

You are amazing - LOVE those things you made - wow. Hazel must be over the moon for hers. Wow.

That mermaid - my goodness, check out her hair! How fun :o)


Sandra said...

Margaret, everything is gorgeous as always. Love the Goode Huswife pinkeep, it has turned out perfectly. Sheila's mermaid gift is perfect and a great additon for your collection. You must show us them all one day.

Yuko said...

Margaret! Again, what a wonderful post!!
I love your pinkeep by Goode Huswife, it's so beautiful and the backing fabric is perfect!!

And oh Margaret!
I always admired of your quilting tecniques so much, they both are so beautiful and sweet!
How can you make such wonderful stuffs???
I can't believe as I can't do quilting or patchworks...
You are so amazing lady!!

Lorraine said...

wow- you have been those bags you have made....all so different....well done....and the pinkeep is soooo pretty....!

Karen said...

Man o man, are you ever good! Love all of your projects and also love the pincushions-lucky you! Please let me know where you go to find "spare time". I keep looking, but haven't found it, so far (lol);)

Nancy said...

I just don't know where to start on comments. First I love the sissors and the little dress on the gift you received is just too cute. I love paperdolls. and this reminds me of them.
Now, about your pin keep and bag gifts. WOW! That is some very fine stitching you did. I know everyone who received the gifts love them, some have said and showed them to us. Where you live looks so pretty. I know I missed something but just know, I think all of it is great.
Nancy V

Françoise said...

Hello Margaret
Your pinkeep is gorgeous!!
wonderfull work like always

hazel c UK said...

Hi Margaret, Thank you so much for posting such a beautiful photo of the bag and pincushion you made for my birthday gift, it really shows them perfectly, they have been much admired. I love your blog and visit often and love all your recent gifts especially the mermaid, I have done stain glass and know how hard this can be. Thanks for letting us see the beautiful sea where you are now living.
Love, Hazel

Christine said...

As always argaret your blog is an absolute joy to visit.

Love your pinkeep. Fantastic job!

You know I love your bag and cushion for Hazel. I'm sure she is delighted with them.

The pink know what I think of that...LOVE IT....LOVE IT...LOVE IT!!!

Cute pin cushions. What a wonderful exchange you ladies had.

Wow, the little mermaid from Sheila. Is she not darling. Sheila is one talented and creative lady.

Thanks for more Spain pictures. I always enjoy seeing them.

Gail said...

Love all the things that you have made...especially the pink bag!! Thanks for dropping by my blog..!


Margaret, You create such very very lovely creations. Your pink stitchery bag and pincushion is truly beautiful. I espeically love your Dutch Dilly Bag and Pincushion. I have NO idea how to do cross stitch sooo seeing your lovely work is always sooo impressive to me.

How sweet to received such a lovely fused glass mermaid. She looks wonderful swimming along.

I always love seeing the photos of the place you call HOME. Beautiful. Hugs judy.

diane said...

What a fun and filled post!! I adore your Goode Huswife pinkeep, it is beyond perfection!! Your gift to Hazel is so pretty, you are so multi-talented!!
Love the mermaid from Sheila, how very precious and one of a kind!!

Sweet P said...

Wonderful items, as always! The mermaid is adorable.

staci said...

Love, love, love the Goode Huswife pinkeep! And the fabric you've used for the back is absolutely perfect! And your bags are sooo gorgeous, such lucky recipients!

Joni said...

Well, Margaret, you certainly have been a busy girl! The pinkeep is beyond adorable and that fabric is perfect on the back. And Hazel's bag is just perfect. And the pink bag, well, it's gorgeous! You are now officially "the bag lady!" (But I promise not to call you baggie for short.) I got the giggles looking at your new mermaid. She just makes me smile with her wacky sweetness. Sheila is an absolute gem of a friend. Your beach seems very quiet and peaceful. I expected to see the sand covered by people and was pleasantly surprised at seeing all that sand! Just lovely. Thanks for sharing. How is the visit with the grandkids going? Have they run you ragged yet? :-)

Carol R said...

Love your Goode Huswie pinkeep - the backing fabric is just perfect.

Cute mermaid from Sheila.

Your beach looks inviting!

Anonymous said...

I like everything you've made Margaret. All are perfect and stunning. Very talented and creative of you!

Lovely pics too.

Brigitte said...

Oh Margaret, visiting your blog is always such a delight. Over the weekend I was browsing blogs again and came back to yours several times to savour all the pictures of this post and the previous ones again and again.

Your needlework is outstanding, no matter what you do - stitching, quilting, stitchery - it's just perfect.

The Goode Huswife pinkeep is so beautiful and makes me want to stitch one of their designs as well. Maybe I'll start one by them these days.

Thanks for sharing.

Sonda said...

I love your stitching! And the mermaid is very cute!!

Sally said...

I love it when I see a new post from you as it is always full of such gorgeous pieces. I love everything here especially the pinkeep:)

Marit Johanne said...

The pinkeep is so nice! I like the old fashioned style on it. And your drawstringbags are so cute!

Ginger Patches said...

You do such beautiful needlework! I'm so glad you like your pincushions :) I saw that Amy Butler fabric on your blog...that's what made me use it :) Love your beach pictures, just gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely photos!!!
And your work are very gorgeous and beautiful finish!!
I like your pinkeep!Back fabric is so beautiful!!!Rare design!
Bang and pincushion are lovely!

Stained glass from Shiela is beautiful!!Is this her desgin?So cute!!!

Have a great summer!

Susimac said...

Such eye candy!! Wonderful post and I love your finishes.

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Char said...

Margaret, what lovely projects on your blog.......I especially love the pink bag with the pincushion...just
So, you like tins and boxes? That one is a real treat!!!!

Sharon said...

I just found your blog - and I'm SO happy that I did!!! You do such lovely work! I will be peeking in often for motivation (and just maybe a tad bit of envy for your amazing talents!) :)
Keep up the wonderful posts!!

Pam Seavey Schaffner said...

Margaret, I love it!

Also, I have nominated you for a "Kreativ Blogger" award.

These are the rules for the award. If you have already been given this award or choose not to participate I understand, I know not everyone likes to do these kinds of things but please know that you inspire and often enable me....

1. The winner may put the logo on her blog.
2. Put a link to the person you got the award from.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to the blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

Khris said...

All of your work is gorgeous as usual it all. Hugs Khris in Oz

Karen said...

Love the little pinkeep. And the fabric used on the back is perfect.

Carolien said...

I know I am boring, but I love all those new projects, especially the pinkeep. Sigh ... so nice.

Have a nice weekend! Greetings from Holland, Carolien

lena-lou said...

I really love your GH Pinkeep and like coming for a visit to your blog :)

Amy said...

The pinkeep is sooooo wonderful.I am about to start mine.LUV Goode Huswife.
Come see mi at Amy

MysteryKnitter said...

That pinkeep thing is beautiful!