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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tree Bird Blog Hop - MY DAY!

A bird house found at our Guild's Holiday auction in December that I couldn't resist.
Perfect segue! 

I was able to get several items made to share for this terrific Tree Bird Blog Hop.  Lana our cheerleader from It Seams to be Sew  is doing a stand up job keeping all of us bloggers on tract for this hop with Madamme Samm out of commission while she tends to some serious personal business.  My prayers and thoughts are with you and yours Samm.


First, everyone who knows me knows I collect scissors.
Check out this sweet scissor fob for my Owl scissors.
{Love}!


Went shopping this am with DH so I could make some more lanyards for beaded scissor fobs with some little bird beads I purchased on Saturday but am too late to pull that off with the grand children being here until 6 pm this evening.



Had wanted to get a couple more fobs made but I ran out of time.




Was able to sew this Chickadee apron which is made from a panel of A Colorful Season designed by Nancy Mink.  This will be perfect to wear in autumn and my dear DIL happily modeled it for me this afternoon but with the request of not showing her face.  Don't know why, she's quite beautiful and the Mother of two of my beautiful grandsons.    Just saying.
I lined the apron panel with a medium mottled green, the same tone as the printed rope.   Sewed around the perimeter, turned it inside out as in a pillowcase method, then top stitched around all the edges.  It happens to be my preferred method of constructing aprons and it will wash like a dream.  It came with two printed pocket segments but I choose to only sew one on.  The print matches perfectly with the apron base.


When I purchased this I also purchased some yardage of a matching border print of the same line 
to make a 60 degree table runner but again, I ran out of time. 
Harrumph!   
Seems to be the theme around here!


 Now for the piece de resistance,..........

a Charlie Harper stylized cardinal tea cozy.  

Too CUTE!
Love those angry beady eyes (no pun intended - NOT!) popping out of his head.  lol 


I am quite proud of my Cardinal Cozy.  All of this was made without a pattern. [Patting myself on the back for this one, with both it's concept and it's finish.]  Each morning now while I have my cuppa, I will smile and know anything is possible.


See the coaster on the left - themed with the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, only befitting since he's known for quoting:
"Oh Dear!  Oh Dear!  I shall be too late!"

Which sums up how my monkey mind works at times.   I seem to run around like that quite often, usually finishing things up just before the deadline. Friends say I do it to myself, and they are right.  But it's my way of life and how I get to do all I do and help out where I can and want to, while always pushing the envelope to get to more things that I want to do, see or be....  That's My Life.

Anyhow I digress, the coaster was the tool I used to make the cardinal.  After drafting it I realized it was way too big for my little tea pot so reduced it by 60% so it could fit proportionately.   (The next cozy I make I'll be adding to both the height and width since I have a few larger tea pots and these do help keep the tea a perfect temperature to finish the pot.)   I used the same pussy willow fabric for the exterior and the lining fabric, a polyester batting and a Teflon quilted and lined fabric so the finish is quite thick.  Will see how well it insulates my little pot this am!  ;-)

Last year I did purchase the themed fabric Beautiful Birds by Tracy Lizotte for Elizabeth's Studio but couldn't find it and didn't want to waste anymore time looking.  Also I wanted to get some of these other bird themed projects I found done and the ones I had remembered that I wanted to do too done as well.   We love and feed the birds here.  So some time in the near future, you will be seeing more bird projects done.   Like the bird house wall hanging shared in this post.   The quilt in this post because of a bird fabric, or this one started Little Miss Shabby,  a few birds or even more birds here on Counted cross stitch,  another quilt here, and the first quilt with chopped up birds called Autumn Song.    Yep, we love birds around here.  Who knows when I'll find that bird panel fabric or where I put it.  One good thing though, I did find the soft aqua and off white striped fabric I bought at the same time to go with it so hopefully it should surface soon and not a decade later before it surfaces.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my crafts and hopefully you can make some time to check out these other bloggers during this hop to see their creations.  Of course if you leave a comment, I'd appreciate it.  Enjoy your day.

Today's Schedule is:
Tomorrow's Treasures Today
Childlike Facination
Pig Tales and Quilts
Ella and Nesta's Little Room
Thimblemouse and Spouse
Gracie Oliver Arts

It's amazing how creative and different all the projects are.  Thanks Lana, it's been fun!




51 comments:

Lana said...

You ARE AMAZING! WOW! I love that you created that cozy with your own pattern! LOVE LOVE LOVE! And oh, that apron! You really captured the real theme of this hop and that is BIRDS!
Such a sweet helper there too!

Judy B said...

Your tea cozy is fantastic! Thank you for sharing.

Lana said...

You are AMAZING! What a great little pattern you have designed!!! That cozy is PERFECTION! I love that you showed your artwork with it! And that apron! What a BEAUTY! And what a sweet helper there too! GREAT JOB!!!!

Anita said...

Lovely tea cozy! Thanks for sharing.

Baa. xxx said...

What a great tea cosy! The cardinal looks super.

Anita said...

Lovely tea cozy! Thanks for sharing.

Calicojoan said...

I love your tea cozy. This beady little eyes are just precious! I got a kick out of your Alice in Wonderland button. Would that be a great quiltie or what? :-)

Mdm Samm said...

oh so pretty, apron and cozy...I think I need some tea

Thearica said...

Love your apron but that tea cozy is the show stealer. he is cute as ever!

Vickie said...

what a perfectly darling tea cozy (great creation) and cute apron ! I wouldn't have been able to pass up the bird house either !

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Great projects! The cozy is really special!

charlotte said...

Great projects. Such a cute apron. I love the tea cozy. That cardinal is great!

Teatime Creations said...

The tea cozy is so just lovely. Nice fabric and design. I wear aprons all the time and am envious of such a ptetty birdy one.Cute projects.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Sweet project

Dorian said...

Very nice, you made some lovely projects.

Jeanie said...

Nice birdie projects! I'm especially fond of Charley Harper, so that tea cozy is my favorite! "Monkey mind"... yes, I think that describes me and probably many of us. ;) Thanks for sharing today!

Linda said...

I love your little apron and tea cozy! Both are just adorable!!

Karen H said...

I really like your tea cozy - I keep meaning to make one for my tea pot but never seem to get round to it! I love scissor fobs and your owl fob is so sweet! Love that bead!

Kate said...

Your chickadee apron and cardinal tea cozy are beautiful!!!

tink's mom said...

Lovely Birdie contributions to the hop. Your owl scissors are amazing as is your cardinal cozy.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Love, love, love the apron! And that tea cozy - so cute! blessings, marlene

Terri Ann said...

I love that apron and you did such a beautiful job matching up the print. Your beady eyes comment cracked me up :) Wonderful projects!

Carol said...

Sweet pattern for that cute, cute cozy! Love the apron with that beautiful fabric, too!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful tea cozy!

Needled Mom said...

Your spron is so sweet and I LOVE the tea cozy. That bird is fantastic on it.

SuperMomNoCape said...

I love the apron and tea cozy! And I also love your owl scissors... where oh where did you get it?

Denise said...

Cute projects you have made. You sound so much like me...running til that last minute to get it all done! :D

Scrapatches said...

You are sew crafty! I love the cozy you designed. I just saw that pussy willow fabric in a store this past weekend and it called my name, too, to add to my bird fabrics. It makes a great setting for your cardinal design. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

Mary Huey said...

charming tea cozy!! I'm a big Charley Harper fan -- have 1/2 dozen of his posters in my office and studio!!

Tricia said...

Isn't it nice when you can develop a pattern & have it all come together the way you want it too? It is worth a pat on the back or three. Your projects are bright & cheery will would be delightful to look at all year long.

Thank You for sharing them with us today.

Toodles,
Tricia

Gmama Jane said...

You did a super job on the tea cozy. Very nicely done!!
Gmama Jane

andrea @ tideline quilts said...

The apron is fabulous...but the cardinal is just incredible...I love, love, love it!!!!!

Mary Ann said...

Love your bird projects. The apron is gorgeous and the bird cozy is cute and I bet it's very handy. Thanks so much for sharing.

Judy said...

Beautiful Projects, love you cozy with this funny cardinal!

Jane's Quilting said...

Oh Wow! I like your fabric you used for b your apron...it is so pretty. Your projects all are pretty.

Renee said...

Your apron and tea cozy are adorable! I love your cardinal pattern. Your DIL was incredibly sweet to model your lovely apron.

Debby said...

Love that apron. And I love anything Charley Harper! That crazy cardinal of his is awesome.

creativity amongst chaos said...

Wow what a pretty apron...such a lovely fabric. I also like your little pouch. He is a Q.T.!

Createology said...

Great Tree Bird projects. Your tea cozy is fabulous with that Red Cardinal. Thank you sew very much for Tree Bird hopping and participating. Creative Bird Bliss...

Ella and Nesta said...

Love all your bird projects! You are one talented Lady! Scissors fob: fantastic + tea cosy: brilliant = impressed!

apple blossom said...

I'm an apron gal. love it.

Patty D from NC said...

love the tea cozy!

Janarama said...

Love the apron and the tea cozy is too cute.

Cindy said...

What an adorable apron and I'm in love with your cardinal, so cute!

Marian said...

Love both of your great projects, each unique in it's own way. Lovely

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Great projects but the tea cozy is the best!

Carla said...

Your cozy and apron are wonderful. I really like the cardinal, it just makes me smile.

Kathy said...

great projects ☺

LJ said...

I love your apron - the colors are gorgeous and Chickadees are a favorite bird of mine. Envelope sewing it together is totally a great way to make an apron. Chick-a-dee-dee-dee...

Lovelli Quilts said...

I love your Charlie Harper cozy!! I hope you go on to make some other inspired quick projects.

Amy said...

Your tea cozy and apron are just darling. Love the cardinal on the cozy. Cute, Cute!