I cannot count my day complete
'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.
~Author Unknown

Sharing a common thread with those who love the art of hand embroidery

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year!

And now let us welcome the New Year,
full of things that have never been
                                                                   Rainer Maria Rilke

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Now that Christmas has passed,

I can show you a project that I worked on to give as a gift.
But first,
my son has a unique way of giving me a stash of embroidery floss for a present.

whether it be Mother's day, a birthday

or Christmas,

He always finds pretty containers, and then stuffs them full
of new skeins of embroidery floss........
"my sewing basket runneth over"

now for the project.........most of you are familiar
with Hallmark store's Maxine and her little dog Floyd?
My friend/sister-in-law has always loved Maxine's
character and sarcastic wittiness.  

I always try to make her some kind of unique item......something that 
no store has and that no one else will probably ever have. So 
I  decided to make a Maxine doll.  I carefully sculpted her head
from oven bake clay and after it was cured, I painted  and styled as
best I could.

I also sculpted her hands

her legs/feet with shoes.

I made her body soft and stuffed in a garment that looks
like something Maxine would wear
I then sculpted her little dog Floyd out of oven bake clay.

As most of you know.......she also wears bunny house shoes,
which I hand sewed 

and made to fit on her feet.

My friend loves the doll boxes I create......so.....
I found a very pretty shaped box

and on one side, created a kitchen setting , complete
with table, chair, tea pot, tea cup, a food bowl for Floyd, 
an oven baked clay pie

and a window scene

the other side of the box, I made a place to hold her wardrobe
and other little accessories I made for her

My friend/sister-in-law was delighted.....
as I hoped she would be.
After all of the laughter was over, she told me
that our local Hallmark store is closing........
as many others have recently done.
It is a shame to see these types of stores
fade away.
So now she has a memory of something from that
"era" to make her smile.
I hope this finds that you all had a happy holiday time
with friends and family and that you 
have wonderful hopes for the new year to come!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Wishing you a very merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas dear friends!  Stop by my cooking blog at this link for a recipe for a wonderful cake for Christmas!
                                                           Cranberry Layer Cake

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things,

but just look what they can do when they stick together.
Vesta M. Kelly