Thursday, February 9, 2017

Cozy Snowy Sewing Days

This has been the week for wild and wet weather!  We got over a foot of snow over the past weekend, followed by rain, then more snow, then more rain, and more snow... and today we got a slosh of freezing rain after an inch or two of snow fell last night, making the whole world around very, very sloppy and drippy!  This is not walking weather at all, but rather the perfect kind of day to cozy up inside with a good hot cup of tea, with the whirr of the sewing machine accompanied by occasional thumps from outside with the ice and snow melting.



You may remember the lovely Barbara who blogs at Small Moments held a fabric giveaway earlier this year, and I was the lucky recipient of her giveaway!


Well, this past week, I was able to find the time - thanks to the lovely cozy weather we are having - to get busy on a little project I had in mind with the fabric she sent me.


It was a gorgeous selection of fabrics, with each piece probably about the size of a fat quarter, except for one larger piece (which I did not use this time).


In a previous post here, I shared how I used a die-cut machine to cut fabric to make a flower.


In this project, instead of using the circle scallop die, I used the square die to cut out four scalloped squares from each piece of the coordinating fabric Barbara sent me. I layered quilt batting between the squares, and sewed an "X" on each square to tack down the batting.


After placing all the pieces together in a pleasing manner to my eye, I sewed them together to make a large square.


My plan was to make a pillow out of these pieces. My next step was to cut out the backing for the pillow and sew it all together.


Now, it was time to wash and dry the pillow to "fluff" up the cut edges, and create a homespun fluffy look to the pillow.


While the pillow was washing, I started on the next project, but there was a bit of interruption.


Mr. Simba did NOT like the spinning spool of thread, and thought the world would be a better place without it!


I coaxed him into my lap and soothed his little heart with cuddles and soon he forgot about the evil sewing machine and its whirring thread monster. Perhaps that's what all the commotion was about any way... he was just jealous of my attention given to the machine, and not to him!


With a few of the remaining squares I had left, I sewed up this quick little potholder, using basically the same technique as I used with the pillow.


And here is the "mystery" picture that I mentioned in this post.  This was all that was left out of the collection of fabrics Barbara sent me (except for one larger piece of pink flowered fabric).  These were the scraps left from the scalloped squares that I cut out.  I hated to just throw these beautiful pieces into my leftover fabric scrap pile, and so I let them sit out a while for me to ponder them.  What to do with them? They were so pretty!



Finally I settled on making a little stuffed pincushion for my needles. (Some of you were very close with your guesses!)


With a shabby fabric rose sewed into the center, this was the perfect little pincushion that I have been needing for a long time.


These shabby roses add the sweetest touch to just about every sewing project I do!


A perfect way to use up the little scraps that were left over!


The finished pillow....



It adds the perfect springy touch in my living room with my neural colored couches, and brown and turquoise pillows.



The finished potholder...


I'd been wanting to try this little pattern for fabric bookmarks after seeing the tutorial on Kelly-Anne's blog, Diary of a Country Girl.  Excellent instructions for making your own bookmarks that won't get torn and are simply a beautiful way to enjoy a good book and never lose your spot.


So there you have it... my little collection of projects from the last day or so when I've been cozied up in my sewing room.  I've a few more projects I've been working on, but I'll save those for another day.

I'm sure your wondering what our little cutie has been up to... or maybe you want to see some snow.  Well, I aim to please... lol!  For those of you who don't have snow to enjoy, I hope you enjoy this little taste of winter, along with a peek into the cozy days we are having.


Mr. Simba has definitely has got a chip on his shoulder lately, with the arrival of little Riley, and the ironing board has been his favorite sleeping place... high enough to keep away from the loving attempts of Riley to make friends.  Mr. Simba will have none of it!


Roger loves wrestling with Riley, and it is a hoot to watch the two of them roll around together.



Two very silly dogs!


We took a quick walk one afternoon before the snow came back in again.


I took this picture of Annie guarding the feed block from the turkeys.  She certainly isn't making any friends in the world of turkeys!


A perfect vantage point for Riley to keep an eye on all the action outside.


Uh.oh.  Yes.  Sad news.  The tractor is stuck!  I called in a professional plowman to come and get it unstuck, and plow our driveway.  He almost got stuck with his chained up bobcat, and gave up... of course I still owed him the $50.00 for trying!  Sigh.  Things like this always happen when my dear husband is out of town.  He will be home tomorrow... and boy I can't wait! I know he has a few tricks up his sleeve and I'm sure we will get it unstuck.  Until then, there she sits.


Not sure what Roger is looking at here, but he was quite intent on whatever it was!


The snow is piling up around us!


Our son's car, parked for the winter... can you even see the car? LOL!


Just an idea of the collection of the snow we've had all winter.


The chickens haven't been impressed at all with the additional snow, and mostly just stay inside the coop, rarely coming out into the run.


Lots of poor man's fertilizer in here!


My poor little greenhouse.... all bundled up in the deep white snow. I have to keep the roof shoveled, because it is made of plastic.


Has winter caused any excitement for you this year?  I have certainly enjoyed the cozy snowy days we've had, but I'll admit, along with my furry and feathered friends, that we are beginning to look forward to spring :)


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  1. Your pillow is so gorgeous and frilly! Love it! No snow here but it has been cold and windy. I hope your husband arrives home safe and sound.

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    1. Thanks Gina! Yes, he made it home safely :)

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  2. Wonderful projects that you completed with that fun fabric prize! What a winter! Our kids in northeastern Washington are getting ice today, too. ugh. Stay warm and safe.

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    1. It has been quite a winter hasn't it! We are getting rain today, and likely quite a bit of snow melt :) Hugs to you today!

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  3. I was so excited to see what you had up your sleeve for those pieces of fabric. That pillow is BEAUTIFUL! I love it! The pin cushion is adorable, as well as the potholder. You are a clever lady! xx Dianna

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    1. Thanks Dianna, it was fun playing with such beautiful fabric! Hugs to you today :)

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  4. I love your pillow - and thanks for the explanation of what a serger does. I now remember reading that somewhere, but it was buried in the "not need to know file" of my mind.

    I just grabbed two bags of phlox at Costco - 10 each. I did this last year and thought they'd be fine in the barn until planting time. I thought wrong. So..........I'm getting ready to drag in a hug bag of potting mix to thaw out and then I'll plant the phlox in 1 gallon containers. Naturally this will make a total mess out of my dining room, but hopefully I'll end up with 10 new phlox come spring.

    I'll be so glad when this winter is over.

    Wouldn't it be nice if Riley stayed that size forever. He is heartbreakingly cute.

    I don't blame Mr. Simba one little bit. He and I know how dangerous a spool of thread on a rampage can be. Terrifying!

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    1. Oh you will be so thankful come spring that you put out the effort now for the flowers! Yes, it has been a long winter, but spring is coming, the days are definitely getting longer! And oh my, Riley is growing so fast, little stinker! LOL about Simba, I heard him purr in agreement :D Hugs to you today!

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  5. Gorgeous! I love that pillow. You are one talented sewer. Glad you had cooperating weather and fur assistants ;-)

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    1. It was entertaining, for sure, with my furry helpers and working with such beautiful fabric a delight! :)

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  6. I love that pillow. All is great.

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    1. Glad to hear all is well with you! Hugs to you today :)

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  7. That's really interesting how you put that pillow together. I may not look at raw selvedges like how I did before! Is that fabric 100% cotton or a cotton- polyester blend? I hope your husband can get the tractor out.

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    1. 100% cotton is best to use to get the nicer frayed edges, I think. I'm not sure of the fabric content as they were a gift to me, but I suspect they probably were. We did get the tractor unstuck and back in the shed. It is raining today, so we will probably lose a lot of snow bulk today. Hope you are doing well :)

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  8. Beautiful projects, Marilyn! You had such pretty fabrics to work with. I feel so contented when I can sit inside and craft on a snowy day. Thanks for sharing your cozy snowy days!

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    1. I agree, cozy winter days are very special! Hugs to you today :)

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  9. My sweet and beautiful friend, I can't tell you how wonderful it is to visit with you this evening. Oh, it's been tooooo loooong!

    I am smiling from ear to ear after seeing all of your stunning creations. Your pillow is ever so sweet and charming and that pin cushion is just daring! And oh....the booksmarks took my breath away! They turned out lovely, my friend. Thanks to sweet Kelly-Anne I, too, made a couple and I just love using them.

    Thank you for such a delightful post. How I would love to spend a day crafting and sewing with you.

    Love you!

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    1. It was a delight to have you stop by Stephanie! Thank you for being part of the inspiration for the bookmarks :) I am always inspired by you and Kelly-Anne and your lovely tutorials. Wouldn't it be so fun to craft together, I would surely love that :) Hugs to you today dear friend!

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  10. Such beautiful creations!! And, that snow! Oh, my, I wish you could bottle some up and send it this way!! We would love to have it, but it appears that we probably won't get any more this winter. But, then again, who knows...only the dear Lord. :) That little Riley is so adorable. God bless you, sweet friend. :)

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    1. I would surely love to send some snow your way! We have so much of it! It is raining here today which will probably start the melting away of a lot of it. So good to hear from you last night! I will email you today :) So thankful you are doing well, so busy I know, this downsizing gets exhausting! Hugs to you dear friend!

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  11. Dear Marilyn...
    What a smile your pictures put on my face this February morning!
    I have just come home from a lovely brisk walk with my mom and now I am sitting down enjoying a catch up with you while little Oscar, our sweet kitten, purrs happily next to me. Animals add such joy to our lives, don't they? {{smiles}}
    I loved seeing what you've been creating this week, all cosy in your home! I can't believe the amount of snow you've gotten! For someone who has never even seen snow up close, I am so amazed at all that has fallen in your area! My goodness! {{Smiles}} I am sure you are excitedly anticipating the arrival of Spring...it is so thrilling to think of happy days tending the garden and making the outside area look pretty! {{Smiles}}
    Your cushion is just so beautiful and what pretty fabrics! Your pin cushion is perfect...so handy! Aww and how lovely that you followed my tutorial to make your own bookmarks...they turned out perfectly! Such charming fabric!
    It was so wonderful to visit with you a bit...thank you for sharing bits of your life through your lovely blog! You are a true inspiration to me!
    Hugs and love to you! Have a splendid weekend...
    Kelly-Anne

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    1. I love it when I can sit for a moment with a furry friend beside me.. and how wonderful to get up early for a nice walk! Indeed, we love our animals so much, they add so much to our lives! Yes, we did get a ton of snow, but today we are getting rain, so quite a bit of it will probably melt, lol! Thank you for always inspiring with your excellent tutorials, I appreciate your clear directions so much with great pictures too! I don't have the time to sew as much as I would like to, but when I do get to sew, I enjoy it so much. Appreciate your visit so much, and thank you for your email this morning, I will reply today :) Hugs to you dear friend!

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  12. I certainly don't envy you with all that white stuff! We were in that situation a few weeks ago but alot has melted as we've had some warm days.. thank goodness. Your son's buried car looks suspiciously like my car did a few weeks ago! Yikes... I was not a happy girl. I bet you'll be glad when hubby gets home and gets the tractor unstuck. Good time to be sewing and love the way you made your shabby ruffly pillow. What a neat idea! And pin cushions are darling as well as the bookmarks. Isn't it fun to get things done???I'm so bad at not finishing things.. and then I move on to a new project. Your doggies are so cute and your white Annie is gorgeous. She reminds me of one my son had years ago.. he was part wolf and part huskie and pure white... we got him when he was 6 weeks old and my son had him until he was about 16 years.. they grew up together. You've inspired me to get out my sewing maybe this weekend and try to finish a project! Hugs.. Marilyn from Oregon

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    1. It has been quite a winter here, for sure! We will probably just let the car sit until spring comes, lol. I know you must be glad your snow is gone! We are getting rain here today, so quite a bit probably will melt. I know what you mean about starting projects and then reaching a bit of a block, and setting it aside,lol, yes I have lots of those! I enjoy sewing but don't have a lot of time to devote to it, except in the winter months. How interesting about your dog that is part wolf. Annie is part husky and german shepherd. She is a gentle giant! I hope she gets to live as long as your sweet dog did! Hopefully you had a lovely and productive weekend :) Hugs to you today!

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  13. What a pretty creation! I think it's a comforting thing to do. Beautiful snow! Well, I'm sure it's not all beauty, but wow. Cute dogs!

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    1. Oh I love the snow! Just not the work that comes with it, lol! Thanks for your visit Lux :)

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  14. I really love the pillow and will use that X technique the next time I saw, it works very well !

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    1. Yes, it is a great way to tack down the quilt batting, and adds a nice decorative touch too :)

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  15. Good Morning, The fabrics are so pretty and I love your sweet projects. I had to giggle at Mr. Simba! The photos of the dogs make me smile, too. Wishing you a blessed day and a nice weekend.

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    1. Thanks Mildred, we certainly love our pets, they bring so much joy into our lives! Hugs to you today :)

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  16. Good morning, friend!
    My what a lovely pillow and pincushion you have created. I especially love the white flowers. :) The bookmarkers are just so pretty. That ribbon you added to the top was the perfect touch. :) I do wish I could sew well. You do a beautiful job. :)

    Much love,
    Ashley

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    1. Thank you Ashley for your kind words! I wish we lived closer, I would be glad to show you the little I know about sewing :) Hugs to you today!

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  17. Oh my ! I do live all your sweet foodies that you made . I'll have to check out that bookmarker too . The colors of your gifted fabric speaks romance to me . You're very talented . Hugs and blessings , Cindy

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    1. Thanks Cindy, I don't know about talented, but I find it a wonderful way to spend long winter days inside :) Hugs to you today, appreciate your visit!

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  18. As I cannot sew at all, I'm duly impressed by your colorful creations! The quilt-like pattern is so cheerful.
    And wow, you have so much snow! I'm afraid if we had that much here in Georgia, we would be trapped for weeks.
    Blessings!

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    1. Yes, even here in Idaho where we are used to getting a lot of snow, this year it has been more work than it has been in recent years. Everyone generally is prepared here for it, which is the complete difference as to getting snow in the south, lol! Appreciate your visit, have a lovely day :)

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  19. Not sure what to comment on - the jealous cat, the snow or your gorgeous makes. The first made me laugh, the second made me wish we had some, and to the third - WOW!
    Amalia
    xo
    xo

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    1. Thanks Amalia, appreciate your visit, you always make me smile :) Hugs to you today!

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  20. Your sewing projects are so cute, loved all of them!! I also enjoyed all the snow pictures. WoW, it must be cold!! Hope you stay warm and keep sewing!!

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    1. Thanks Mary, all this cozy winter weather definitely helps to get caught up on sewing projects :) Hugs to you today!

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  21. What a terrific snow, how I'd love to have it here, darling Marilyn ...
    ... and as for your so beautiful and many works of art, you know, Winter inspires my creativity too, or maybe it's the snow ...!

    Anyway, thank you for sharing a post expressing such a lovely and cozy atmosphere, thank you, you've truly warmed my heart, darling friend !

    Wishing you a joyous day, today,
    and wonderful days to come,
    with much thankfulness

    XX Dany

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    1. Thanks Dany, always such a joy to have a visit from you :) Have a blessed Sunday!

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  22. Your beautiful fingers have been quite busy with your machine and the material you won is darling. Spring beauty for sure gracing your living room with that darling pillow.
    You made good use of every scrap piece.
    My dear Stephanie made me one of those gorgeous book marks and I just love pulling it out of my devotional book daily.
    Mr Simba is too funny! Cats are something else when they get their nose out of joint! I had to laugh when you said he was sitting on the ironing board just high enough to be out of the way of dear Riley. Our Toby does the same thing when my older daughters boys come, He wants to see all the action, but yet keep his distance. Those three boys have a lot of energy. :-)
    Winter this year for us has been the strangest! In all the years I have lived here we have never had a winter quite like this. It reminds me of the type of weather the east has, snow, rain, freezing rain, gray days, melting and then freezing all over again. Our property is surrounded with incredible ice making it quite dangerous. My husband uses the Bob cat and tries to keep it cleaned up, but sometimes to no avail.
    Even with the weather being strange, God's beauty shines forth and I praise Him.

    Have a most wonderful weekend~

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    1. We too have had one of those crazy winters! Lately we have had three days of rain, and now another bit of snow coming today. We have so much ice too, making it very dangerous out in the yard without ice picks in your boots! I always enjoy a sweet visit from you, and appreciate your friendship so much! Have a blessed and wonderful Sunday :)

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  23. What cute projects and all from about a fat quarter of fabric! Riley is just adorable. ♥

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    1. The fabric was a beautiful, a joy indeed to work with... and Riley adds so much fun to our days :) Appreciate your visit Anne!

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  24. What cute, cute projects. I need to get busy and do some sewing one of these days soon, too. You did a great job with your fabrics.
    Looks like you got enough snow to last for a while. lol. Keep it there, will ya? We have enough of our own here.
    I want to steal that little Riley away and claim him for my own. He is SO darned cute!!! I am glad Roger plays with him and enjoys the company.
    Hope you have a great weekend. I did a new little FUN thing on my blog if you get a chance to pop by and let me know what you think. xo Diana

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    1. We certainly got our fair share of snow... we have had rain for three days, and now more snow... such is the winter this year! Appreciate your visits as always, have a blessed day!

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  25. Love the pillow. Sewing can be such a great pass time.

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    1. Sewing is a great pass time in the winter, for sure! I try to save all my sewing projects for the winter months for that reason. When spring comes, I'm more apt to have dirt in my hands, lol!

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  26. Look at you go! Such cute creations!
    That is A LOT of snow! Cute pets, too!

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    1. Yes, we've had a lot of snow, a lot of it has melted, and now more on the way, such is winter here, lol! Have a blessed day :)

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  27. Oh my! I am so impressed with your sewing projects! Adorable pillow, pin cushion, pot holder and bookmarks! Love how you make that look so simple! I'm not much of a seamstress, but would love to give some of these a try (someday). You sure have a lot of snow! I hope you stay safe and warm and cozy...and don't have to go anywhere too quickly!! God bless you warmly!! :)

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    1. Thank you Pamela, I enjoy sewing and try to find time in the winter to do some fun projects. Appreciate your visit, and hope you have a lovely SONday :)

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  28. Dear Marilyn ... how nice to be cosied up inside when it is so wintry outside. Such lovely little projects. It looks like you had lots of company with your fur babies. Our weather in Kansas today was 73 degrees. So unusual for the mid part of February. But, we loved being outside tending to little chores. I am sure we will have a bit more wintry weather before spring time. Keep warm and cosy. Hugs ♥ Teri

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    1. Wow, that is lovely weather for February, you will probably be planting before long! We have been getting lots of rain here, and today more snow. Such is our winter this year, lol! Hugs to you today :)

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  29. My goodness me...so much snow over there while we are sizzling here in Australia. It never ceases to amaze me. My brother used to live in Alberta and I think he was happy to return home to leave the snow behind. I love the colours of that fabric you have used and the scalloped edges on the pillow. I bought a scalloped edged pair of pinking shears and might use them if I ever make another rag quilt..

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    1. It is amazing how the weather can be so different, isn't it! Yes, I think pinking shears would work great to make a rag quilt! So many fun projects to try... not enough time, lol! Hugs to you today :)

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  30. What a great post, so much to read and look at.
    You've certainly had a lot of snow ...

    Love the fabric you've used.
    You seem to have a lot to keep you busy!

    Have a good weekend

    All the best Jan

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    1. Yes, we have gotten so much snow this year, and then rain, and today, more snow, such is our winter here, lol! I love to do sewing projects in the winter, more time to sit still and be cozy inside! Hugs to you today :)

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  31. Some fabrics are so pretty that you don't want to waste a single bit. You did well using up all the pieces from Barbara. Great projects! The pillow is very sweet. Our snowy days have given way to rain and wind - we'll see what the weekend brings.

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    1. It has been a wild and crazy winter, hasn't it! We have gotten lots of rain the last few days, and now more snow today... such is winter here, lol! Hope you are doing well, have a blessed Sunday :)

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  32. I like the items you crafted from the material, too bad a certain feline didn't want you working away at your machine.
    That is a lot of snow! We had not a lot left at home when we came down to Florida but that has been remedied with two days of it piling up again.
    Have a nice weekend.

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    1. Yes, my furry friend, Mr. Simba does not like the sewing machine, at all! Cats are so funny! I hope you are enjoying your vacation in Florida! Hugs to you today :)

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  33. wow, that's a lot of snow! Ours is all melted now because of the warmth and rain we've had the last couple of days. The critters are too cute! The fabrics that you won are so cute and I love what you've made. I made a similar pillow a few years ago, but mine doesn't have the raw edges.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Those pillows are so fun to make. I hope to make more soon... winter is a great time for these kinds of projects :) Appreciate your visit, have a lovely Sunday :)

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  34. I adore the patchwork pillow! All of it is lovely, really!! You have an eye for design... <3

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    1. Thanks Sarah! Appreciate your visit :)

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  35. Poor Riley...giggling...he looks like, "Hey, I'm not walking or getting down out of this chair."

    As always, a enjoyable post, Marilyn. Have a beautiful weekend, friend.

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    1. Thanks Linda, always a blessing to have you visit :)

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  36. What creative things you make!
    The snow, oh the snow!
    I will not covet my blog friend's snow.
    I will not covet my blog friend's snow.
    I will not covet my blog friend's snow.

    77° today in southern Missouri and still waiting for our first real snow.
    Blessings,
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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    1. I'd be glad to send you some of my snow Laura! We have surely gotten plenty this year! :) Hugs to you today!

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  37. I love all your pretty sewing projects! The raw edges sticking out look really neat.

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    1. Thanks Abbi, it is fun using the raw edges in these projects :)

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  38. Whatever you have had in the weather dept must have come to us. It's one misery after the next, which includes not only the physical stuff like actually moving the stuff, but the $ it takes. I will have to hire the plowman and the roof man to clear the weight of snow off. Oh well, enough of that...

    Let's talk about your pretty projects! Love, love, love the shabby chic pillow. Very nice. Barbara must enjoy seeing how you used your fabrics. 🙂

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    1. Oh, I hear your pain with the extra $$ that it takes to remove the snow! We have had to shovel our roofs at least 4-5 times so far this winter and normally our tractor plows the driveway, but we've had a few technical issues with that, so I've had to get the driveway plowed twice by others. I hope that your snow melts without any flooding issues - we have been getting lots of rain here, and flooding has become the new concern.

      Appreciate your visit and kind word :) Have a blessed week ahead!

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  39. Aw, I LOVE the goodies you made! That pillow is so pretty! You did a great job! ...we have had screwy weather, too. We got snow 2 days ago, pouring rain today, more snow this week...very odd for February. Enjoy your Sunday! :)

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    1. This has definitely been a "doozy" of a winter as we've been saying, lol! Hope you are all doing well :) Hugs to you today!

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  40. I was going to comment on the sewing projects, but I got so distracted by Mr Simba it all flew right out of my head! I love red tabbies! They always have the cutest personalities.

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    1. He is definitely Mr. Personality Plus, lol! Appreciate your visit Jean, and I apologize for taking so long to respond to your sweet comment! So happy to have met you :)

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  41. Thanks for stopping at my blog! I've enjoyed my visit here, and am thankful that Michigan has been having a lighter winter than usual. Sorry you are dealing with all that snow!
    I love what you did with that fabric. Everything is so pretty!

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    1. Glad you are having a milder winter there in Michigan! We have had a lot more snow here this year, poor man's fertilizer they say, lol! Appreciate your visit so much, have a lovely week ahead!

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  42. Oh sweet Simba! :-) Just love him.

    Beautiful projects.

    We are having unusual warm days ahead for us. 50 degrees in the forecast this week!

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    1. He is such a sweet cat, we love him so. He is finally coming to accept little Riley, slowly! LOL... Wow, 50 degrees! We haven't gotten up that warm yet here.. maybe soon! Hugs to you today :)

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  43. So many sweet projects from your winnings, you are a very creative girl. I love the pillow. The fabric is so cheery and I adore your design.

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    1. Thanks Kim, I had a lot of fun with that gorgeous fabric :) Now I like looking at my little pillow and thinking of spring! Hugs to you today :)

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  44. Your sewing is BEAUTIFUL!!!

    And my goodness, your area gets a lot of snow! We visited Cour 'd Alene and Spokane last summer for the first time. Loved it. Such beauty!

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    1. Hello Barbara! So happy to have you visit! I'm sorry to be so late in responding to your sweet comment! CDA is a beautiful town, I agree! Hugs to you today :)

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  45. I loved your projects, it was a difficult choice but I think the potholder is my favorite!
    That sure is some snow, and poor kitty having to share his home with yet another dig, grin.
    Hope by now the tractor I'd free, and you're plowed out!
    Blessings!

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    1. I really liked the little potholder too, appreciate you sharing your favorite! Yes, we have gotten a lot of snow, but now we are getting lots of rain, and it is quite a mess! We did get the tractor free, thank you for asking! Have a blessed week :)

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  46. You did a wonderful job using the fabric you got. The pillow looks so pretty and also the other items. Your sewing machine looks awesome. I am looking into buying a new sewing machine, my is basic and so old. I don't do a lot of sewing now that the kids are grown but would love to have a new machine. Never used a computerized one. Your photos looks so pretty!

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    1. Thanks ts Angela! I got the new machine a few years ago after my old one quit working, and I was forced to! I must admit I do miss my old machine, but this one does a nice job too. Finding a new machine and getting used to it is always a bit of work, but nice once you get used to it. Hugs to you today :)

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  47. quilts ... oh yes. winter was made for them. lots and lots of them!

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    1. Yes indeed, warm cozy winter days are the very best kind to snuggle in lovely quilts :)

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  48. My goodness my friend, that is a lot of snow! Our's has mostly melted off down here and I am very thankful for that. So far I can see that my favorite rose bush has suffered the worst damage and my hubby has said he will replace it if need since he is the one that threw the heavy snow on it while digging out the driveway.

    You pillow, potholder, pin cushion and bookmarks are so cute. I just love them. You are so creative. :)

    Be blessed!

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    1. Thanks Debbie, it was so much fun making the little projects, working with such pretty fabric! Our snow is melting fast here too, although it still has a ways to go. I hope your rose bush survives! Hugs to you today :)

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  49. Wow! That's a lot of snow. I can see why you have been inside. Your sewing projects are beautiful!!! I especially like the pillow and bookmarks. You are sure talented!!! The pups are fun loving, aren't they? Such good companions. I adore the photos of Mr Simba. He's a beauty. :)

    Blessings ~

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    1. Winter is certainly the time to work on indoor projects, and I certainly loved working with such pretty fabric. We do love our furballs, they are precious to us :) Hugs to you today!

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  50. Yes, winter has been challenging this year. Our town installed a new water system two years ago and they didn't bury the waterlines deep enough. With two months of sub zero temperatures they've been afraid of broken water lines. This means we've had to keep water running through our bathroom or kitchen faucet 24x7. Even though the town isn't charging the residents for the overage, it does create inconvenience. I'm still staying positive, though. We have sunshine today and the snow is melting. Spring will be even sweeter this year. I love your projects. Patchwork is one of my favorite quilt designs, and your pillow and potholder are delightful. Great use of the scraps for the pin cushion. I'm crazy about those bookmarks. On my way to check out Kelly-Anne's tutorial. Hugs, Nancy

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    1. Oh my, that is horrible that the town didn't see the need for deeper water lines! That would be a terrible inconvenience to have to keep your water on. We only do that when it gets very cold here, down in the teens, just to be safe. I hope they rectify the situation come spring!

      I do love making those bookmarks, they are so easy to make, and love adding the extra little touches to them.

      Hugs to you today Nancy, always appreciate your visit :)

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  51. Hi Marilyn! So that's what all the material was for...quilting! What a fun project, and you are so good at getting the sewing just right. The little rose you made was so sweet too.
    Thank goodness you don't have to dig out your son's car, what a job that would be! Our winter hasn't been much this year. The lowest snow total in years. I'm not complaining!
    Happy Valentine's Day :)
    Ceil

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    1. It was such a fun project, and I really enjoyed working with such pretty fabric... makes for wonderful cozy winter days with fun sewing projects. I'm sorry you haven't gotten much winter weather, that is disappointing, I agree! Appreciate your visit :)

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  52. What an adorable pillow! You are very creative and crafty for utilizing every bit of fabric you have.

    I wouldn't be surprised to discover that all that snow brightens up your home, acting as a unique source of natural light!

    It's actually been cold, rainy and very windy here, in the village, which is a change from our usual mild and sunny conditions, but I can't complain, especially since I got up extra early to bake up fresh scones. They were perfect with that first cup of steaming hot coffee!

    Happy Valentine's Day, sweetie!

    Hugs,
    Poppy



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    1. Thank you Poppy, it was quite exciting to find that I had enough project for the little pin cushion out of the leftover scraps! You are right about the natural light, I love it!

      I understand that rainy dreary weather is no fun - we've actually been getting a lot of rain here too, and our snow is slowly melting away, spring is not far off. Your scones sound wonderful! I agree that a fresh hot scone couldn't be better paired with hot coffee in the morning! Hugs to you today dear friend :)

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