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Caesar Boat

August 23, 2012


Don’t chickens look like boats when they sit like this? You could put this bad boy on a lake, crank the motor, and off he’d putter. Color him yellow and he’d be a great rubber ducky.

Caesar is our teenaged Light Sussex rooster. He hasn’t yet crowed, but he has shown some inclination of late to dominance. He flares his neck feathers like a cobra and has a good stare-down with whichever chicken has just walked by.

In general, though (and so far) he’s been a gentle giant. We all adore him, and watch in near disbelief as he gets bigger and bigger.

wee gifties for my patient readers

February 20, 2011


embroidery designs from Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection

For Lucinda JonesColleen, and AJsnow. Please let me know which one you would like, and your second choice, just in case you all like the same one. 😉

Thank you for helping me celebrate my birthday, and I wish you all joy!

p.s. Mom, I know you’ve had a lot on your mind lately, so I’ll send yours even though You Didn’t Leave A Comment On Your Daughter’s Blog. (heh heh)

I’m Lucky Enough to Pay It Forward

January 30, 2011

It’s my birthday, and despite being old enough to shun its celebration, I am happy to be around.

So I’m following AJSnow’s example and paying it forward with three small but heartfelt handmade gifts for the first three commenters today.

Okay, don’t laugh too loud! I don’t have three readers! So I’ll give any leftover gifts to anybody who wanders into my path.

Here’s the Crafty Pay It Forward, as AJSnow wrote it:

I am participating in a little crafty pay it forward campaign. I have been super excited about doing this and can’t wait to see who I get to craft for! “I promise to send something handmade to the first 3 people who leave a comment here.”  If you have a blog, post this again or if you don’t blog simply send 3 handmade things to 3 lucky people. They do not have to be extravagant, a simple handwritten letter works in my book!

Thank you, Embroidiva, for the idea, and for sharing your lovely work with the world. You make blogging a Good Thing.

The Twelfth Day of Christmas

January 24, 2011

How many dolls can fit in a set of matryoshkas? According to wikipedia, several dozen. Wow. They must be either very thinly walled or graduate into a very big size.

These felt dolls are from Karen De Nardi’s pattern, aptly named “Matryoshka Dolls,” in Fa la la la Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations. I’d like to make a whole bunch more of them, although probably not in sizes larger or smaller than these (the smallest is 1.5 inches, the largest 4.25). I can’t make smaller ones, and larger ones would look wonky on the tree.

But wouldn’t it be neat to have a great big one?


The Eleventh Day of Christmas

January 16, 2011

A traditional Christmas bell, with snowflakes and beads. The pattern is “Silver Bells” by Amanda Carestio, which features buttons instead of embroidery. I’m not good at picking out buttons, so I did something different.

“Silver Bells” sounds so pretty that I had to look up the song. Unfortunately the lyrics are unremarkable:

Silver bells, silver bells,

It’s Christmas time in the city

Ring-a-ling, hear them sing

Soon it will be Christmas day.

I was hoping for some onomatopoetic play on the “s” sound and short vowels in “silver” and “bells.” “Sing” is nice, but “ring-a-ling” doesn’t cut it for me. Oh well.

And maybe I’ll stuff the next one with little jingly bells.

The Tenth Day of Christmas

January 14, 2011

A wee little gnome, slightly modified from Aimee Ray’s Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection. I love gnomes; they remind me of the Nac Mac Feegles in Terry Pratchett’s books. I love the Doodle Stitching books. (Doodle Stitching: Fresh & Fun Embroidery for Beginners is the first one.) I never would have had the courage to try embroidery before seeing them.

The Ninth Day of Christmas

January 14, 2011

These little critter portraits designed by Cathy Gaubert are the cutest things and fun to make. I may cut down the outer circles a bit, or not. Meanwhile, the colors and the critters’ little faces make me happy.

The Eighth Day of Christmas

January 13, 2011

One of my current favorite color combinations is brown, pink, and teal. So here they are in a traditional ball ornament, “Felt Flora” by Cathy Ziegele, again in Fa la la la Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations. There are lots of wee bitty pieces in this one — each flower petal and little circle appear on both sides of the ornament. While I don’t have one of those cutting machines (like Silhouette and Cricut), I really don’t have the need for one — the amount of cutting I do is easily done with scissors and, in this case, a paper punch, neither of which require additional purchases for different designs.

The Seventh Day of Christmas

January 10, 2011

Itty-bitty Christmas tree ornaments in pink and green, from Ula Phelep’s pattern “Oh, Christmas Trees” in Fa la la la Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations. Her design has the swirls. I took the dots from elsewhere in the book. I think the more, the better with these little trees. A full-sized Christmas tree deserves a forest of them.

The Sixth Day of Christmas

January 9, 2011

almost like a Fabergé egg, huh?

Another Cathy Ziegele pattern, “Beaded Tassel Drop,” from Fa la la la Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations. This one reminds me of a Fabergé egg with its heavier beading and fully three-dimensional shape. It’s positively luxurious. I omitted the tassel at the bottom and attached a pearl instead.  I’ll definitely be making more of these. They take a little extra time, but when there are so many colors and beads to play with, how could anyone resist?