Friday, May 22, 2015


"Geronimo!"  It's what the eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) says each time the TARDIS launches forth.  The tenth Doctor used to say "Allons-y".  This week I have not had much sewing time but as you might have guessed,  when I've been able, I've been working on TARDIS pincushions.

“Amy Pond: 'I thought... well, I started to think you were just a madman with a box.'
The Doctor: 'Amy Pond, there's something you better understand about me, 'cause it's important and one day your life may depend on it. [He Smiles] I am definitely a madman with a box.” 

“This is one corner… of one country, in one continent, on one planet that’s a corner of a galaxy that’s a corner of a universe that is forever growing and shrinking and creating and destroying and never remaining the same for a single millisecond. And there is so much, so much to see.”
— The Doctor, Season 7, Episode 4

Dr. Who

“People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey... stuff.” 

Dr. Who

“I am and always will be the optimist, the hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improblable dreams.” 

Dr. Who

“In 900 years of time and space, I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important”

Monday, May 18, 2015

Still Winter In The Mountains

I spent the last couple of days in the mountains where it was still Winter.  On a hike at Lake Alpine, my daughter and I got snowed and hailed on!  We quickly sheltered under some pine trees till the squall moved on up the lake!  The wind was bitter and we were thankful for our hats and gloves.  There were lots of small birds in the trees, all the juncos were fluffed up against the cold.  We saw a mountain chickadee, a first for us.  This lake is beautiful, no matter the weather.  

Back near the car we spotted this flower stalk emerging from the ground.  What a bizarre bloom!  It was the size of an artichoke or a small pineapple!   

Last time I was at the cabin a robin flew into one of the large windows.  Most of the windows have glazing bars but a couple of the bigger ones don't.  Thankfully the robin flew off after sitting on the deck, a little dazed, for a while.  When I got home I searched for something to hang in the window to help the birds see the glass.  I found this little stained glass chickadee in this Etsy shop based in Canada.  It looks really pretty hanging in the window, I love it!  There was no sun this weekend to shine through the colored glass but maybe next time there will be.  

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Finished Fairy Door Pincushion

I finished this pincushion at the end of the week and got it listed in my shop yesterday.  The tree trunk felt is part of an order of hand dyed felted wool I received a few weeks ago.  I also use it for my little tree stump pincushion because I love the extra texture it adds.  In my imagination, the low hanging leafy branch is protecting the fairy door from the weather and from unwanted prying eyes.  I like to work in batches, so I have two more of these in progress.  Usually I work on them all at the same time, doing all the doors or all the blue flowers etc, which makes the best use of thread and my time but in this case I was excited to get one finished!

I have this pincushion listed here.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Magical Woodland Pincushion

This week has been a week of cleaning and decluttering the house.  As a result, I haven't done a whole lot of sewing. Today I did get some time to work on a new pincushion though.

These are the sketches for it from my sketchbook.  It is a magical woodland scene with a little fairy house in the base of tree.  There are lots of little details which will make it fun to sew and embroider.  I was inspired by all the photos of fairy doors and hobbit house cakes I found on Pinterest!

If you look back to the second sketch you will see that I plan to stitch a leafy branch over the top part of the tree trunk.  You might also notice that I had planned to have a little window next to the door but when I was sewing everything, I decided there wasn't really room for one.  The sideband will be a silvery grey and the underside, navy blue.  I think I will add some more red and white toadstools to the sideband.  Hopefully I will get to work on this some more tomorrow but I think it's looking pretty cute so far.  I really like the herringbone felted wool that I am using for the tree trunk, it adds so much texture.  

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Union Jack PIncushions

After giving it some thought, I decided to make a batch of Union Jack pincushions before working on something new.  These are very dimensional, with all those layers of felt making up the Tudor Rose in the center, which I like.  I'll be making a batch of three because that is all the red felt I have enough for!  

felt pincushions

I have the house to myself this evening so I will continue with my binge watching of really early "X-Files" episodes (I had forgotten how scary some of those are!) and sewing these.

felt pincushions

This is the hideaway of choice for one of my cats!  She is behind the pillows on my bed.  Sometimes, if everything is too much for her, she gets inside one of the pillow cases!

Friday, May 8, 2015

More Antique Clock Face Pincushions

I finished four of these pincushions today and mailed one off to its new home.  You can read more about this design here and about the grandfather clock here.  It has been another busy week.  We are coming up to the end of school so there are all manner of special events.  I'm not sure I'm quite ready for it to be the summer break in just two weeks time!  I need to make some Union Jack pincushions next and I also have some ideas in my sketchbook for some new designs which I'd like to find the time to work on!  TGIF!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

On My Worktable

Today began with some delicious gluten free blueberry pancakes with extra blueberries and some maple syrup.  These are light and fluffy and my go-to pancake recipe (thank you Pinterest!).  And of course they taste even better off one of my pretty plates from Anthropologie!  

Today I have been working on some more antique clock face pincushions which I wrote about here.  I have sold out of these in my shop and had a customer convo me to see if I could make more.  

I've also been sewing more hexies for needle books.  I have to admit I find making these soothing and a bit addictive!  They are pretty small, less than an inch across so a bit fiddly but not too time consuming.

I think there is something very comforting about cats on windowsills.  Mine like to follow the sun around the house, starting off in the morning at the back of the house and ending the evening soaking up the last rays on the windowsill in the living room.  I love it when I walk up the path to the front door and they are both mashed up against the glass of the living room window, completely oblivious to everything except the warmth of the sun.  

Monday, May 4, 2015

Working In The Garden

Here in California we are living with a serious drought.  Since there is little we can do inside to minimize our usage (we've already done what we can) we have been turning our attention to the outside.  Usually I grow vegetables throughout the year but this year it seems irresponsible.  So we have leveled our beds and covered most with gravel.  We didn't have any grass in the back anyway and already had a gravel area with a fire pit.  Now it's just bigger.  I'm finding that I love it and I've been enjoying decorating the space... with plants, furniture, rocks and accessories.  The new plants will get a little water, we are allowed to water on Tuesdays and Fridays but I was very careful to only pick really tough plants that could tolerate heat and not much water. 

Today I went to an import store and got a little turquoise metal table to put near a pair of loungers and two pretty Moroccan style lanterns which I've hung in the cherry tree.  As it began to get dark, I put the little tea lights inside and lit them.  The glowing lanterns are making me smile.  They look so cheerful hanging there. I hope the glass doesn't fade in our strong sunlight.  

A little while after taking the lantern photos the moon rose, full, golden and enormous.  A show off moon begging to be noticed!  This photo, like the one taken a few days ago, was taken from my back doorstep.  

Friday, May 1, 2015

Random Friday Musings

I just had coffee, or in my case, tea with two friends I have known for years.  We try and meet up regularly but it can be hard to juggle work, parenthood and coffee get togethers!     We talk about everything and today as always was a mix of happy, sad, laughter and unquestioning support ... because that's who we are.  

Here are some pictures from the last couple of days.  They are random, but they are snippets of my week I might share with a friend.

The moon has been pretty this week and I've been playing with my camera again, still trying to get to grips with some of the manual settings!  I took this from just outside my back door.

This is me playing with a new selfie app on my phone!  The app is called B612 and has loads of fun filters.  I also photographed my cats with it (see below).  Because it doesn't take the photo immediately that you click, I was able to position the phone and then quickly move my head out of the photo!


Actually it got even warmer than this later in the day.  If felt like summer yesterday and it wasn't fun.

I received the felt I'd ordered and was excited to see all those beautiful colors. This is hand dyed felted wool from fellow Etsy shop Quilting Acres.

I finished up the three cherry blossom pincushions that I've been working on and mailed off an order for another of the antique clock face pincushions.  That was the last one so I will have to make some more of those soon, and some of the Union Jack ones since I sold the last one of those too!  Happy Sewing!  Have a great weekend.

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