weekend bits

Matt and Katie came home this past weekend (quite unexpectedly). Needless to say, it was so good to have them home even though I accomplish very little… perhaps it’s a good excuse to just ‘visit’ instead.

I did fiddle with yarn bits and charms, ribbons and buttons. I managed to create a few brooches/pins. Perhaps it will hurry Spring along!

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A great stash buster… almost instant gratification!


Year of the sheep (goat).

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sheep brooch

You never know what those little bits of yarn and ribbon might inspire!

Winter Whites

It’s all about color. People are attracted to color. However, lacking color, add lots of texture – for interest!

Maybe talking about roses (Herb of 2012) led me to make this shabby chic, scrappy flower brooch today?

Pull out your fabric stash… I used about 1.5-inch wide felted & ripped natural wool, some with seam binding still in-tact, tea-stained wool, burlap, lace… get the idea? Start with a central knot and begin to wrap & twist, stitch or hot glue until desired size. (This one is 5-inches wide.) Tidy-up the back by hand-sewing/whip stitch a wool backing.

 Add a leaf or two, vintage buttons and… viola! A one-of-a-kind accessory!

RED would be really nice for a special friend for St. Valentine’s Day!

Dear Mom

My mom is 86-years old and a recent widow. She’s hard-working, talented, housewife, homemaker, gardener, a foreigner. She continues to mourn the loss of her husband, my dad, over a year ago. She is alone. Even though, between us kids (there’s five of us), we visit mom nearly every day, but, she is alone. Mom speaks of ‘joining’ dad regularly, even though, physically, she’s in relatively good shape!

There’s a hint of early dementia, primarily memory loss. My mom is an avid gardener, but, with winter coming on, I’m looking for hobbies for mom, to occupy her time. My mom is very skilled at sewing, knitting, crocheting… so, I recently asked for her ‘help’ with a crochet project. I’d love some LARGE crocheted flowers for accessories…a quick, BUSY, project. When I asked, she told me she forgot how to crochet…

My mom taught me to crochet many many years ago…all by example (and in German). I never really knew how to read a pattern, nor the proper terms for stitches. So, I pulled out a ‘how-to’ book and viewed a few video clips…and I muddled through.

Now, I can show my dear mom how to crochet… if she wants to.