Saturday, October 28, 2006

haunted house for Mr. Owl

it's Mr. Owl's house!

Mr. Owl was looking pretty lonely, wee little felt creature that he is, so I made him a haunted rowhouse. I'd had the idea in my mind for awhile now, and I was surprised at how easily it came together, and how much I enjoyed stitching it (even though it took at least 3 nights of effort). I wanted the windows to open and reveal more little creatures, so I did just that:

boo! no pumpkin shortage here...

Also, Owl's little door does open and close - a little detail I'm quite proud of:

is there someone at the door?

And it's actually a stuffed card - that opens up to show a greeting:

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 27, 2006

spooky little owl

feeling spooky

I made this little owl, without any pattern, but just a very general idea in my head. Everything "happened" - like the eyes and the wings, and the little orange feet. I love working with felt, because cutting, shaping, and sewing it is so easy. It's basically the way you expected fabric to act when you cut it for the first time, at about age 4. And not the frayed, lumpy, scary mess real fabric really is... :) I loved making the owl so much I immediately got started on a little haunted house for him... (pictures soon!) :)

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Sir Bear of the Insufficiently Stuffed Neck

meet Sir Bear of the Insufficiently Stuffed Neck....

So, believe it or not I have a very long list of things I'd like to make this Christmas. Now, not being as well-equipped with magic elves as Santa's workshop, we'll see how many projects I'll really churn out... Sir Bear had been waiting patiently, as a few flat cutouts gathering dust in my armoire. I whipped her out a week ago, stitched all last Friday night and most of Saturday, and voila! New Wee Wonderfuls bear:

working on a little something....

I'm especially proud of the yellow flower buttons - from my Singer stash purchased at the drug store. As usual, I reconned fabrics from my very large wardrobe of ill-fitting clothing. Why do I have so much clothing that doesn't fit right? #1 - My unusually large backside, and #2 my impatience for shopping. Lately if I find anything that even half fits, I'll buy it to just get out of the store and go home. After a few unenthusiastic wears, it turns into stuffed critters... :) Sir Bear's head and limbs are made from gray slacks that made my rear look droopy and a beautiful dark brown and red plaid skirt that rode up so often it looked like I was wearing a mini. :)

Sir Bear is going on the Christmas list as my first planned toy made and completed! :)

Tea Towel swap goodies arrive!

something sweet in the mail...

So, I was loath to check my mail last week... but I finally got to the mailbox yesterday, and discovered a wonderful package from Jackie, who was kind enough to arrange a Tea Towel Swap. This was my first official swap, and it was a fun experience - I love sending and receiving mail!

beautiful towels stitched by Jackie

Just look at the lovely details and stitching on these towels! And the way all the colors, trims, and threads complement each other - they're just gorgeous! It was also wrapped so delicately, with a couple of tasty recipes... If you're wondering what I sent to her it was the Busy Bees:

los Busy Bees

Of course I waited to the last minute to send mine, and was a bit frenzied as I mailed out my package, so I didn't wrap it. :( Oh well, perhaps this procrastinator will learn how to mail a better package! :)

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

fuzzy magenta scarf

new fuzzy scarf

About a year ago, a friend from work introduced me to knitting. I'd always been curious about it and it seemed like the perfect hobby for such a cool climate. I bought this fuzzy maroon-ish magenta-ish yarn in Texas in May, but only now started the scarf - it just doesn't feel right knitting in the summer. The yarn is Caron Feathers and the color is Purple Finch. I'm just doing a knit stitch on size 15 needles, but the yarn is so fluffy and colorful it still looks pretty. :)

At this time I have only two scarves to my name - a lumpy one I made for my sister, and a blue wool one which is a gorgeous color but way too scratchy to wear. :)

Monday, October 16, 2006

Good Luck Kitty Towel #2

Good Luck on Tuesday

Ok, I realize it isn't Tuesday yet, but I finally finished Good Luck Kitty #2. I say finally, because these kitty dish towels took some time to stitch - I sat down with them 2-3 nights for 2-3 hours each. My favorite thing to do when embroidering is listen to movies... yeah it's usually listening because I find it hard to tear my eyes away while working on something. So, my listening list for this kitty was The Ice Storm with Kevin Kline and For a Few Dollars More. The Ice Storm was much easier to follow but Clint Eastwood flicks get confusing, what with all the whistling music and whizzing bullets. :)

Is anyone curious about the DMC thread colors I use? I'm thinking of adding that to my blog... I'll have to dig the colors up this evening because all I remember offhand is that the red is DMC 666 (yes, those thread makers do have a sense of humor). :) I'm liking the tea towels, but my main beef with them is how hard they are to iron - and I don't look half as cute plugging away with a hot iron as this kitty does! :)

Friday, October 6, 2006

Good Luck Kitty Towel #1

Good Luck Kitty finished...

So I just finished the first of the Seven Lucky Kittens - I've been on a tea towel rampage lately, and I finished this kitty up while watching Walk the Line last night. The big cross stitches were pretty quick to stitch (they actually took longer to trace than to stitch...) :)

seven lucky kittens

The pattern is another vintage Vogart transfer I bought on Ebay - I got this wonderful transfer uncut and in perfect shape! So, I'll finish stitching the second lucky kitten soon, and on to the decision of which to send for my tea towel swap... :)

Monday, October 2, 2006

Bee Helpful Tea Towel

los Busy Bees

So here is the second of the tea towels - what can I say but I am a sucker for strange sewing animals! :) I used the incredibly tricky metallic floss on this one - and it did just what I expected it to do - knotted up, frayed, got stuck and tangled. But somehow I plowed through and stitched the little needles and thimble:

more cute little bees

I like these colors more than the first towel - but I think they look cute together... I'm still not 100% sure I should send these out for the swap - I'm trying one more design this week, and if I like that one better I'll send something else...