Eye Glass Case, Pin Cushions

First off, here is my shameless request: A quilt I made was the basis for an Instructable “ible” for the “Sew Warm” contest that they are having. If you haven’t, I’d appreciate it if you would vote for me. If you have voted, you can vote again! I know that this is a shameless plug again, But I really want to win! Please go here and vote!

I have under the weather for some time, each time I thought that I was getting to feeling better, I’d have a relapse later in the day from trying to do too much. But, I did turn to my needlepoint (or cross stitch) to make the time pass while recuperating.

I ran across the pattern on Pinterest (don’tcha just love that site?) and thought it would be something that might be relatively straight forward and not take too much time. Something I could pick up and put down easily. It did go pretty quickly.

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Here is the piece almost done. About two thirds complete, I decided what I was going to do with the final piece and made the curve along the top edge.

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And here is the finished piece: an eyeglass case. I lined the inside with those microfiber cleaning cloths, so it will never scratch the glass. Other than my stitching the two edges together seeming a bit wonky, I think it turned out pretty good.

I also ordered sewing pins from the internet… I am one of those people who sew over pins although I am sure my first HomEc teacher would be out of her mind to hear this! The biggest problem I have is bent pins and I always throw those away. I do seem to go through them at a pretty good rate.

So, another thing I could do while laid up in bed… put pins from cute little containers into pin cushions.

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The majority of the pins went into two very large tomato pin cushions that I use religiously, but this was enjoyable. The Kid thinks I am a nut!

I have been working on some more pieces, I hope to write a couple of more posts for them. For now, the headache has returned and it is about all I can do to keep my attention on the writing on not on Russell Crowe in this movie I am watching. ;-o

julie

Wind Chimes Weather

I’ve been having some issues with keeping all of my computers and various storage devices in sync. Because I use my own computer for work and my work computer for home stuff, I have difficulty remember what is where.

So, this post is to fill in a gap now that I have found the photos of the remainder of my wind chime photos. I don’t know what it is about chimes, but I have always loved the sound, and even more so when they make a low ‘bonggg’ noise rather than tinkling sound. Although I love them too, I just love the larger ones more.

On the backside of my house, I have eves on the deck off the kitchen and then again above the deck off the master bedroom. They have – and always have and always will – be lined with chimes. I am fond of retrieving broken chimes – when the thread breaks and the pieces end up on the ground and make them into new ones. That’s the story behind this one (and you can read about the process here):

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This past weekend, the daytime temperatures were perfect for having the backdoor open and the wind gently making its way through this vast amount of tubes. It was awesome!

So, here are some that I created with found and purchased pieces that also hang out there.

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This was was made as a result of finding those cute little bowling pins at a thrift store. I used a trackball ball as the “bowling ball”, I even drew on the little finger holes. The top is actually a coin bank found on eBay. It came together pretty well, but due to the close proximity of the pins to the ball, there isn’t much “twinkling”. But I love the look, since the bank is just like one that was my mothers when she was an avid bowler. The one I inherited is actually ceramic whereas the one used in the chimes is plastic.

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This one was based off one that my Dad had hanging off my parent’s front porch. Again, this one doesn’t make a lot of noise via wind, but where it ended up on the porch, it gets hit with the screen door each time is opened and makes a wonderful jingling! And even after hanging out there for months, it still startles me when I go out on the deck! Ha! But that is more than alright, it always makes me think of my Dad!

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I think that I had the pieces of this chimes back when I posted about them a few months ago, but didn’t have it put together. Not sure if I had the colanders either, and let me tell you, I LOVE the way this turned out. In case you can’t tell, those are egg beater blades, and a heavy duty beater from a KitchenAid mixer and the a red ceramic spoon rest (although someone told me that is a measuring spoon also). Again, this is all stuff stumbled onto during a thrifting session. This couldn’t have cost me $5 and just love this as well. The red ball should have been lower in order to have the hanging pieces strike it, but again, oh well! Looks good, don’t it?!

That gets me a little caught up. I have heard that it is NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) but I missed the first day, but am going to try and be a little more responsive in getting posts written.

I hope you enjoy visiting! (Comments are nice too!)

julie

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