Monday, December 6, 2010

Baby It's Cold Outside

So. So. Cold.  I'm typing this post with a t-shirt, hoodie and sweater on, under a quilt and with my heated rice bag on my knees.  Our guaranteed-for-life windows leak quite badly, and the company is no longer in business.  But it's still summer in my heart!  Sweet Carrie sent me a package and warmed me right up.

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The loveliest towel, hand-stitched with a bucket full of seashells, reminds me that it's still summer somewhere, and will be again [she has me pegged, you know, I love all things beachy], the darlingest little reindeer ornament [the nose is a red bead!] and some vintage buttons with, yes, ANCHORS on them!  Thank you so much Carrie, you're a darling.  This is where they live:

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I had bought that cupboard years ago, loaned it to my mum, and now twenty years later it's come home to roost in my sewing room.  PERFECT for the towel and reindeer!  The buttons are on the shelf with the vintage picture.

I finished a project this weekend, unfortunately it wasn't for me - my aunt asked me to make some placemats from some napkins she'd bought, as a gift for her friend.  Of course I said yes.  So she purchased the backing fabric and brought it over.  Both fabrics were stretchy, and what should have taken about 20 minutes took all weekend.  Midge  suggested I use interfacing on the back, which would have worked very well, had I seen her email before I finished the first few.
 
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The picture was taken before I snipped the threads and ironed them.  Just so you know - nothing leaves my house looking like that, lol.

Must tell you about a couple of things.  First, Jenny of Elefantz has a new pattern out, Christmas Tea, so, so darling!


And bonus, right now she's having a 50% off sale in her shop!  You can't beat these prices, gals - and right here, I want to publicly thank Jenny for keeping her pattern prices low enough so we can all afford them.  Even when they're not on sale.  I'm not an affluent quilter - I can't pay big bucks for patterns - and I really appreciate Jenny's doing that.  Should I ever sell my own patterns, I'm going to follow her excellent example.  Go check out her shop, and if you already have all of her patterns, you can tell her you'd like to purchase some and send them to a fellow stitcher!

Also, I wanted to tell you about a give-away over at Val's blog.  Val is yet another lovely Aussie designer [something in the water down there, folks, Australia abounds with talent!] and is having a wonderful give-away.


She has some really sweet patterns - and some free ones, go check her out!  I really need to make the hanger covers for my aunt.  DARLING.

I think that's all for now, I need to go into hyper-top-secret sewing mode between now and Christmas day [and probably beyond, to be truthful].  So I doubt I'll have any finishes to show anytime soon.  For the new year, I'm planning on some more free designs, a give-away, and who knows what else.  So be well, stay warm - cuddle up with someone you love~!  And if you're Down Under, stay dry and cool...although my imagination won't even go there right now.

20 comments:

Mary-Kay said...

It's not that cold outside. You should try working out there and then you wouldn't be cold at all. If I keep repeating it, it's true! Nice gifts from Carrie and I like the redwork one too. Don't you just hate it when a quick job takes forever? Tht stretchy fabric reminds me of some junkie fabric that one of the ladies had in one of my quilting classes. It just wouldn't square up after she sewed it. What a mess!

Cathy said...

Your embroidery is very nice, and I love the cabinet!!!

I hate when I think I can just whip up something and it takes forever...and sometimes I don't like what I made...NO ... I struggle with liking my own work. But I know your aunt will be well pleased!

Melody said...

A great post with lots of interesting things to show and tell.
It is very wet here in Melbourne but still warm, sort of sub tropical really. As a result gardens have never looked better. I love the little cupboard you received from your mother - just perfect in your sewing room. Take care.

Michelle said...

It is getting frosty out, isn't it? I'm telling you, I need to have a house in both the northern and southern hemisphere so I can live in perpetual summer!

Lovely gift from Carrie. :-)

The placemats came out great! I can see where the stretchiness would have been a challenge though.

Thanks for telling us about the wonderful sites.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

The placemats look great Allie....lucky you with your gifts...we now have a few roads closed around us...

Shari said...

Such lovely gifts - especially that cute reindeer! It's not too hot lately. Little cool spell with temps in the 20's Celsius. It sounds too cold to sew where you are! Hang some quilts over your windows to keep the draft out! That's what they used to do in the 'olden days' in England. Beautiful tapestries to keep the wind out.
Hope you get all your projects done!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

The reindeer ornament is SO cute and I love your little cabinet. It looks like a great storage/display piece.

Have you ever tried shrink wrapping your windows? You do it with clear plastic so you still get the light in, but it keeps drafts out and acts like a double pane. We did that to our daughter's apt. last year and it REALLY saved on utilities.

Joanne Lendaro said...

LOVE the cabinet!! The placemats turned out great inspite of the issues you might have had, really like the fabric.

Mama Spark said...

Well, well, well, aren't you the lucky one? I love that little reindeer, so cute! Try to stay warm, Allie, I fear we are in for a cold one this winter!

Carrie P. said...

Awww! look how cute they both look hanging on your cabinet.
Boy, that is bad that the company went out of business. Try some caulking.
Stay warm!

susan m hinckley said...

Hope you're staying warm, Allie, and enjoying your time holed up in Santa's Workshop. Please take photos before you send off/give away!

West Michigan Quilter said...

What a wonderful friend Carrie is. Such lovely items. Is the deer painted? Love the cabinet. Stay warm!

Ivory Spring said...

Those gifts are awesome, Allie! You are most deserved of them! :)

Cheryl said...

Love that cabinet and your goodies look so good with it. Great placements!! Stay warm!

Fleurette@ Fleur's place said...

Lovely gifts Allie, love the placemats and the cupboard. I can't imagine such cold, take care and stay warm!

bluebird-lyn said...

Hello Allie, gorgeous little cupboard,,,bright, cheerful placements...hmmm pouring rain here at the moment....La Nina at its best....Hugs Lyn

Val said...

It is freezing here too! It suppose to be down to 19 degrees tonight and my Sweet Hunter is hunting!!! crazy! When I was reading this post and saw "Val".....I thought ....me having a giveaway!! Crazy me!!!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

The little reindeer ornament is just precious! Love the red bead for a nose :)

Lots to inspire and enjoy ~

In my book there's nothing like a hot bath to warm you right through that or a bowl of hot soup.

Talin's Corner said...

Love the tea towel with the blue embroidery. It looks great hanging on your cabinet. Enjoy!

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

That cupboard is TOO CUTE - and love the way you've decorated! Love the placemats, too! Hope your warm and that you get some good sewing time in!

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