I hung up a decorative ledge in the entrance of our house. Our place is a little bit odd that way - when you come into our place, there's a hall and it's very skinny, so there's no where to really put stuff down. Stuff just ends up in the kitchen or in our dining room (like mail) BUT there's a closet there, so the shoes and jackets get put away nearly every time. Yay. ANYWAY, this ledge is not big enough or strong enough to hold anything substantial, so I use it for decoration only and I like to change it with the seasons/festivities/holidays.
Oh no! I just realized I have skipped Chinese New Year! UPDATE: Chinese New Year is February 22nd, so we're good. I'll add some lanterns or something to the ledge for that. PHEW! I love Chinese New Year! And it will be the Year of the Goat. I love goats. Goofy goats. I smell a trip to the petting zoo in our near future.
WAIT, what was I talking about again? Right. Valentine's Day and our decorative ledge. I picked up some vintage-like Valentines - the kind you punch out with perforated edges, just like I had when I was a kid. Except we'd buy the Valentines at the drug store. I loved buying those big, huge books of corny Valentines and punching out all the cards.
This book of Valentines has reproductions of much older Valentines than I had in elementary school. I love them.
I decided to put some of these Valentines on some wooden canvases (I think that's what they're called) after I painted them with a combination of chalk paint and acrylic. I just did a couple and will add some more, because the decorative ledge is looking a little bare/dull/not as cheerful as I'd like.
My paint job - even with the distressed sanding done to it is very bland. I am missing something, I'm not sure just what it is yet, but I may try to make it more layer-y. Something so it's more interesting, but not completely sanded off. Maybe I don't like shabby chic? Nah...this just doesn't look the way I'd like it to.
I'll just keep painting.
I was invited to try out a felting machine today. What's a felting machine, you ask? Good question! It looks like a sewing machine, only there's 6 needles instead of 1 and it's best if you move the wool roving all around under the needles instead of in a straight line.
It's the leaf blower of the felting world. All three of us agreed that the six pronged hand felter (on a brush) demonstrated here:
worked the best for most felting projects. But the machine did work very well for bigger projects with a base fabric.
My project didn't really turn out, so I just kept cutting and cutting and cutting my felted fabric until I gave up, and, with Cynthia's suggestion, decided that I spent all afternoon making these 4 coasters.
Lysa made a purple dolphin with a mustache,
and Cynthia made several felted bacon sheets. And a pretty, little heart!
It was a fun day even though I came down with the plague. Oh noes. I had evaded the sickness for weeks, but this afternoon it hit me. I headed home early, coughing the whole way home. I hope I didn't infect my pals. EW. I'll never get invited back!
While we ate some lunch, we talked about picking a theme for 2015. I've heard of this - instead of making New Year resolutions, you just remember your theme to keep you motivated throughout the year.
So I picked, "pirates!" for my theme for 2015. Just kidding. I haven't picked theme yet.
There are still 4 days until 2015. I have plenty of time to pick my word or words. Is leave it to the last minute
a good theme?
Meh. I've been doing that for the last 10 years at least. I think it's time to try something new.
I heard somewhere that when someone has all sorts of projects started it's some kind of way to ensure that person always has something to do. THAT just may be the case for me. So today I figured I should finish something after making a few more quilt-as-you-go blocks. I started by binding a reject block from this quilt as I had somehow cut it half an inch too small. I thought about trying to cheat with the pattern when sewing it together, but changed my mind. I don't think making alterations to this quilt is going to make it come together any easier. I'll appreciate this when I have 35 blocks all the perfect size. I only have 10 more to make.
As I was digging around for some fabric, I found this paper pieced coffee cup I made a very long time ago. In fact, I think I made this when we were living in Burnaby, so that makes it nearly 2 years ago. SO! Since I was binding this other block, I made extra binding fabric and bound this one as well. I will also hang it in the kitchen.
Our kitchen is going to be full of quilty things. Yay!
Mike has been out gallivanting with Jason at a BC Lions game all evening and he will be bringing treats home. This is me waiting patiently for donuts. A raspberry filled jelly donut, to be exact.
WHERE ARE THOSE GUYS? SHEESH!