Stashbusting

I’m still trying to use up bags of cuttings and used some to piece together this little bit of pink patchwork with applique leaves. It’s very pretty but hasn’t yet got a purpose so will have a think about what to do with it. In the meantime, it’s just a study of pretty in pink.

And how about these two cushion covers? More offcuts pieced together  in a quilty pinwheel. The dinky button in the middle of each just sets them off nicely.

The background covers were from my granny; the pinwheels give them a modern twist (pun!).

After making the Christmas Tree wall hanging (pics in last post), I had some triangles left over. I stitched them up, added a loop of ribbon and a jingle bell. There – a couple of hand made tree decs for Christmas.

I found a simple tutorial on a Debbie Shore You Tube on how to make these melted roses – very simple and a swathe of these on a Christmas wreath with a pretty string of LED twinkling lights would make for a gorgeous decoration. And I had the organza-type material in my cupboard so still using up old stash.

I have a gorgeous willow heart to decorate. Will maybe go with these melted roses or will master the burlap shabby chic ones – they look fantastic. Lots of hot glue involved though and as we crafters know, hot glue is like bloody Napalm. I’m very attached to my skin and reluctant to shred it in withered strips to make a wall hanging…

But as fast as the stash gets busted, I’m creating whole new nests of wools… this is just one bunch of many. Crochet has really got me hooked (pun again). I’m absolutely loving snowflakes (see Attic24 for a really pretty free snowflake pattern), granny squares (Sheruknitting.com – especially check out her YouTubes), flowers, leaves, hearts… I have bagfulls now. Lick-my-lollipops rainbows of colours. I’m deadly serious that when I catch programmes like ‘Hoarders, buried alive’ it makes me think where will it all end! I can see me in a sea of entropic loops; I was going to say ‘soup’ but ‘loops’ is more apropos.

Trouble is, there are always more gorgeous things out there to try which for me is Jolly Hooky Sticks, Hoorah! My next project is to make a snowflake garland. I really must be going to heaven because they say the devil makes work for idle hands and mine never stay still! Talking of the devil, there were a couple in the town last week with a stall and a placard with the words ‘Do you believe in Santa’? I thought, ”How ridiculous! Adults wanting to debate or philosophise on the reality, or otherwise, of a mythical being – then realised it said ‘Satan’ and thought ”’How ridiculous! Adults…..’.

But all this talk of cushions and no kittens?¬† Can’t embarrass¬† folk with wild and dangerous opinions on returning to the gold standard. (Harry Enfield) Ladies, Know your limits! So, in the natural order of gender division, I present to you, me, being a dear, sweet, fragile little thing, my pretty kitten in furry pyjamas- little Gracie lolloped across a chair in total abandon!

She doesn’t like the cold or the wet and ‘Yows’ at me in a very admonishing kind of way if the weather is all wrong! We’re actually having a very warm and sunny November, on the whole. The days do start quite chilly and damp and the temperature really drops by early evening but we’re generally getting some very nice day in between times. Still, I open the curtains and she jumps up to look out and I can feel her enthusiasm in a ‘Look, there’s a whole new day out there’ kind of way.

I popped out the other morning and the hedges were glistening with dewy cobwebs like this one:

You wouldn’t think there’d be many flies around now but still getting occasional stupid bluebottles droning in erratic flight paths around the house. Banging into the windows and buzzing about annoyingly. The cats see them as fair game for catching and they get very excited and chase about batting and jumping around after them. And if they catch them? They eat them… yes – ew. Furry Renfields. We even had a wasp yesterday. Managed to hoosh him out the house and not kill him. I like to give them a chance.

Anyhoo, must go now so be good and play nicely.

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