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I love anything creative...I am a busy mom of three (+4 dogs, 1 bird, 1 bunny, and 1 sweet husband) who sometimes wishes I had more time/energy/talent to devote to just being creative!

Monday, June 12, 2017

A little of this and a little of that


 My mom was kind enough to finish my July wordplay pillow for me. I actually made the pillow, but I rely on her for all of my zippers and trim. I am more of a "creative" sewer (read I can't sew a straight line to save my life), while she is more of a practical sewer and actually has some skills with a sewing machine. I love how this one turned out. I originally had in mind the crab fabric on the right in the photo below, to match the little crab down in the corner of the design. But I am so glad I went with the more primitive look of the stripes. I used the red stripe on the front, and the blue stripe on the back of my pillow,
I also ordered fabric for my August pillow, but am not loving it, so am on the hunt for something with a smaller bee themed print on it. I may still use this one for the back of my pillow, but didn't want the pattern to overwhelm the cross stitching. I am still torn on it, but hoping I can find something I like a little better. 
 And here is my other stitching this week, the bonus chart from Lizzie Kate's Mystery Sampler (from 2013 I think). I want to stitch all three of these, but did not plan for the odd shape of my fabric very well. I probably have room to do all three charts vertically if I wanted to. This was a piece I hand dyed from stash, and you can see I had already cut pieces off of it for other ornaments. The color was a RIT dye "Hibiscus" that came out a very dark violet, so I wound up bleaching to this kind of dusty medium purple. Sorry for the wrinkly fabric, I haven't had a chance to iron it out yet.

 And just a close up of the first design. I used WDW "Kohl" and like it better than "Onyx" for an all black chart.
Not reading much this week, but I do have a movie recommendation. We watched "Passengers" this weekend, which just came out last year I believe. It has Jennifer Lawrence (Hunger Games), Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Lawrence Fishburne (Matrix) as pretty much the only characters. But it was really good, not a total action movie but not slow either. I really liked the characters (though the bartender reminded me a lot of the Stephen King movie "The Shining"- I wonder if that was intentional). I also took my girls to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, which was ok- about what you would expect for a movie franchise that has lasted this long. We went on a Thursday afternoon, and had the whole theater to ourselves which was kind of fun in itself.

6 comments:

Julie said...

Well done to you and mom on a beautiful pillow.

Melinda Forbes said...

I love your pillow for July. I do love those charts. I have a few of them, but not all. I never finish the whole year for any of the Series I start! I have only seen the trailers for Passengers - it looks interesting.

Rachel said...

Love your stitching. Your dyed fabric is pretty!

Lol I was surprised they had made another pirates movie, but I guess people are still watching them so they gotta make money while they can.

I'm surprised Johnny Depp is still acting in them. You would think he would get tired of that role by now.

Have a great day!

Brigitte said...

The July pillow that your mom finished up for you is so beautiful. And the August pillow will be just as beautiful with the bee fabric.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Love the finish for the July pillow! The stripes look great.
I am not a sewer either.
I didn't realise the Pirate franchise was still going either.

Astrids dragon said...

Perfect finish, the stripes look great! I can sort of sew a straight line, but I still wish I had someone to do it for me.
I like the bee print for the back of the pillow, maybe a lighter green on the front?
Love the colour you dyed, just right for that pattern!