Sunday, April 17, 2011

Cross Stitching and Painting Branches

I got out my stash of floss and aida cloth and
started a little something for the new grand baby coming this summer. They have told us its a girl. We are all
very excited.


I had forgotten how much I love to cross stitch. I use to do pieces continuously in the early 80's. I even belonged to a group that got together to visit and stitch.


When I was at the flea market this month there were quite a few booths that had painted sticks and branches for sale. I loved the idea and headed over to buy some for myself. But Jeff's left eye brow and upper lip curled up when he saw me looking at them. He informed me that he could take me down a dirt road and I could find my own to paint. So that's what I did. Hand painted them with white semi gloss( that's all I had in the cupboard) and hot glued birds to the branches with a couple nests.

Found this pillow to place in front of my tree.


Monday, April 4, 2011

Dying wool and visiting the Flea Market

 

I had another felting class and learned how to make birds,eggs and nest. I only had to go and get one bandage this time. Last time, two bandages, I'm getting better.




So I have been dying wool and anything else I can find. Like Jeff's socks!  I bought Cushman's dye and it's awesome. However you do need gloves when you use it. Maybe that would have been good to know before I started.

 This past week-end was the Kane County Flea market. Turned out to be a beautiful sunny day. Jeff and I walked for hours and found blue eggs, a clouche and birds.



Also found a needlepoint pillow with purple violets. Jack was sound asleep when we got home with our "finds".



Found a recipe for banana-nut bread and made some on Sunday. It was so good...it's gone. Spent some time this morning dying burlap. I am hoping beyond hope that bleach will take the yellow out of the stain on my counter.  However the burlap sure looks good.

Bird Nest in Glass Bell Jar

Bird Nest in Glass Bell Jar