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Friday, January 13, 2017

Beloved - A New Design, And A Tutorial


Just in time for Valentine's Day!  My newest design, "Beloved".  Combining simple embroidery and sewing, making a gift for a loved one couldn't be simpler!  I've included a tag with directions for use, ready to print and attach.  Pattern is now available in my Craftsy shop, here:



But if you don't want to embroider on your rice bag cover, I'm going to show you how I make a plain one!  Microwave rice bags are something we use around here all year long.  I have terrible arthritis in my neck - and after a day of stitching, it hurts!  The rice bag gives off a lovely moist heat, and boy does it help.  For myself, I make it without a cover, but when I want to get fancy and make one for a gift, I definitely make a cover!   (All directions for the embroidered cover are in the pattern.)

You'll need two 6" x 15" pieces of fabric for the rice bag itself.  Stitch around 3 sides, leaving one short side open.


Turn right side out, and press.  Fold under about a half inch hem on the open side, and press.

Cut a corner in your bag of rice, and pour into the open end of the bag.  You'll need three hands.  It can get a little tricky to keep it off the floor!  Fill it up to about 4 inches from the top.  If you'd like, you can hold the bag closed while laying it on your neck, to see how heavy it is - too heavy, let some rice out.  This amount works fine for me.


Keeping the rice away from the opening, topstitch the opening closed.


And there you go, your rice bag is done!  Microwave for about two minutes on high.  Do a test - my microwave is small, and not terribly powerful.  I suggest 30 second increments to find the proper time.

To make a washable cover, cut two pieces 6.5" x 17".  You'll make it the same way, but make sure to fold your hem under twice, and don't stitch it closed - use your free arm to stitch around it.  If you don't have a free arm on your sewing machine, you can stitch the hem first, before sewing up the sides.


Now how easy-peasy is that!  I made this one for my mum, and boy does she love it.  I had purchased this fabric years ago, knowing she'd love it, but never found just the right thing to make for her.  Well, this was it!   Pretty, right?

Now for you ladies down under, you may not want to make a rice bag, as I believe it's pretty warm down there right now - but how about stuffing with polyfill and making a pretty little neck pillow?  You could even add some lace around the outside.  I'd love to see that!



That's it for me today - I'll be posting again soon, I have some things to show you!  Right now I need to borrow mum's rice bag and put it on my neck, lol...writing patterns all day also makes my neck ache!  See you soon, 

Love,
Allie



Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Silly

You know, back when I started this journey with mum, I had visions of her and I sitting around, taking life easy, me stitching and her reading.....sipping tea, watching Lucy....sigh.  Care-giving is not for the faint of heart.  Unless you're a cat.  Cats are fine with it.

Hermione says "relax".....

Mum starts rehab any day, if we ever recover from the plague that hit last weekend.  I spent Christmas Day in bed - fortunately, my guests brought their own food, as my ham never made it out of the fridge.  We're having it tonight.

We got 10 inches of snow in our first snowstorm of the year, yay!  I love the first snow, especially if it's a good one.  I love seeing all the Rose of Sharon bushes wearing their little hats.



Then we got another 6", and it all melted after Christmas when it went to almost 60F.  The fog off the melting snow was awesome.


Exciting, right?  *snort*  That's been my life.  There is stitching happening, just not too much - taking care of mum, and cleaning after 5 people who are all on different schedules and eat at different times consumes me.  But I can't wait to share with you some upcoming stuff....my pencil has been busy.  As soon as I find my work tables, creating may happen!  Right now they're covered with mum's Christmas gifts.

I hope you all had a very blessed Christmas holiday, and that the New Year is good to you - 

Love,
Allie



Friday, December 2, 2016

Done and Dusted

Hooray - I finished my wise men!!!  Introducing Follow The Star - 


And right here, I must stop and apologize for the quality of the pics.  I have no idea what's wrong, it must be the operator, I forgot how to use the dang thing.  


I'm really very pleased with how this turned out, the Asian-inspired fabrics just glow on the deep blue background.  And my very first Christmas decoration is up in my house, lol!!!!

Because it's so late in the year, I'm doing an introductory price of just one dollar for this pattern - I'd really hoped to get it done in early November, but we all know how that goes.  You can purchase Follow The Star in my craftsy shop, here:

This special price is only until Christmas!  

In other news, we visited the cardiologist today, and mum is getting her new pacemaker MONDAY!!  It's a new kind too, it automatically sends the data to the clinic, no more fooling around with land lines [we no longer have one!] and visiting the clinic.  Mum's not only battery-operated, she has wi-fi!  Makes you wonder what's next, lol.  

Well my dears, I must go make dinner, I have a nice relaxing weekend to look forward to and I'm going to try to catch up on blogs....cuz

I MISS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
Love,
Allie

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Postcards From Heaven, Block 12, December....

It's here - the final block in our year-long journey.  What a blessing this has been to me, and I hope for you also!  Jenny always has the best ideas.


It's been an amazing journey, as well - at least for me.  I think I told you before that I had these blocks done by last December...and every month, as they came up, they were always applicable to what was going on with my family and me.  Some more so than others!  

My prayer this month is that if you haven't opened that door to Jesus, you soon will.....that you will taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psalms 34:8




The pattern is available free from my craftsy shop, just click here:

Jenny's exquisite version:

You'll have to go to her blog to see the gorgeousness of what she made with it!  Jenny of Elefantz

I do hope you've enjoyed this journey with us.  It's been a very busy year for me, and sometimes the only project I got done all month was my postcard, but that was enough.  I can't wait to get all my postcards put together into a quilt - I'll share that with you too!  And hopefully tomorrow, I'll be able to share a finish with you - 


I actually had my sewing machine out today!!!!!!!  Can you believe it!!!!

See you soon, precious friends - be blessed.
Love,
Allie


Saturday, November 12, 2016

First Week

Hello my friends - I've missed you!  We've had our first full week of mum at home, she was ever so glad to get here.


She's constantly freezing, even when everyone else is warm.  Her doctor thinks it's her thyroid, so he's checking things out.  Yes that's a roll of toilet paper next to her - we ran out of kleenex, lol.  Keepin' it real.

She's doing very well, except for anxiety.  She's been breathing so badly for so long, because of the mitral valve, and is having a hard time adjusting to the fact that she can now breathe easily!  She refuses to lay down flat, and sleeps in the recliner.  

We laughed the other day - told her I thought that getting her here would be the easy part, we'd sit around and drink tea and read and I could stitch.  Turns out, driving to the hospital and nursing home every day was the easy part!

Every day there's someone coming in, and usually multiple someones.  PT, OT, nursing, social workers, you name it.  And I'm constantly washing something  - dishes, laundry, counters, floors, bathrooms.  Not a lot of time to stitch!

I have started a new Christmas design.


Don't think it'll be ready for Christmas, though.  I was hoping to make it for my cousin, sigh.

Autumn is just about over, it's been absolutely splendid.


That's my view across the street.  It's been unseasonably warm, for which we're profoundly grateful, but I woke this morning to frost.  Most of the leaves are gone.  The bucks in the back meadow are butting heads, the squirrels are frantically burying things, and I think one of them has taken up residence in our living room wall.  Good times.

Well that's all from me, I've been hoping to get around to your blogs and try to catch up, but my computer is hardly on.  I've been full on flat out and wow, Christmas is coming - we're having Thanksgiving here, and celebrating two birthdays that fall on that day as well!  This year has gone by in a blink.

Keep well my friends, I miss you so much!!!!!

Love,
Allie

Monday, October 31, 2016

Postcards From Heaven, Block 11 November

It's November 1st in Australia, which means it's time for another Postcard From Heaven!!  This month it's Jenny's gorgeous design for you....


Oh my isn't that too gorgeous for words!!!  Thank you Jenny!!!  Go visit Jenny's blog to download the design, and see the gorgeous pincushion she made with it:

I've done mine, of course, in redwork....


And used the King James scripture.


If you'd like to use the King James also, you can download the words only file from my craftsy shop.


I truly love this verse, and this month's design. I'm sure you will too!!!

As always, be blessed as you stitch.....

Love,
Allie

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