Monday morning

It’s 7 a.m. and my kitchen smells of garlic and basil! Mondays I visit my mom. At 88 years old young, I worry about her eating properly. Even though she still ‘cooks’ for my brothers when they visit [a very good thing!], I like to bring her a prepared meal. A simple basil pesto/linguine is a sure thing…requiring only a few ingredients. Granted, not as delish as fresh-picked, but, pretty good when I use my preserved pesto, garden tomatoes and frozen feta goat cheese.

This past Saturday evening, Katie, The Hubs and I brought the birthday fix’ns to ma’s house to celebrate her 88th birthday. [From there], hubs went on to a business party, which I regretfully declined. Ma said I shouldn’t let him go alone because some young chick may make a move on him! Too funny!! While we were there ‘partying’, my nephew from Philly called Grandma to wish her a happy birthday! So sweet!

I finished my locker hook sheep project over the weekend. At the moment, it’s dark and rainy, making for poor lighting and picture-taking, but I’ll be sure to post a photo or two later. I’m having second thoughts on stitching [kind of like applique] it to my wet felted ‘piece’. Hmmm…must re-think.

The balance of my weekend was spent CLEANING, sorting through, organizing and tossing. We began [again] to work on the ‘workroom’ space in the basement [more on that later]. It’s good to go through a thorough cleansing, mind and soul, to help move on to new projects/stages of life! I easily spent half the day Sunday CLEANing our bedroom closet [which not only serves as clothes storage…but somehow over the years, has become a back-up CRAFT supply room!!!]. Sheeeesh!!! What was I thinking!!! EVIL EVIL JoAnn’s & Michael’s discount coupons…

Last, I’d like to leave you with an image of a wonderfully gifted young lady, Ariele. A talented and brave artist to be sure… and her latest do-over project!

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Perhaps I’ll use Ariele’s block cut pattern to inspire me for my next locker hook project??? Happy day!!

Salt Cellars

I found these salt cellars at the flea market the other day. 

According to Wikipedia, a salt cellar (also called standing salt) is a vessel, usually small and made of glass or silver, used on the table for holding salt. An individual salt dish or squat open salt cellar placed near a trencher was called a trencher salt. The use of salt cellars continued through the 1940s but has been in decline since, gradually replaced by salt shakers.

So, what do you do with salt cellars?

Another prim sheepy make-do pinkeep ?

You may think I’m obsessed with my sweet sheepies…but, I never have too many sheep!

I had fun making the last needle felted prim strawberry (an easy project), I had to make another larger strawberry make-do pinkeep…

Happy fiber’n!

Shetland lambs: Porthos and Bella update

Porthos, a ram lamb.

 

Hildy presented us with twin lambs on Easter Monday. They each weighed about 8 pounds. At one week old, they’re both about 10 pounds…perhaps the ram lamb, whom we named ‘Porthos’ is a bit heavier…and fears no one! Bella, his sister, is a bit more timid, but she usually comes around for her share of attention and snuggles. I could spend hours just watching them at play with all of their crazy antics!  

The Shetland sheep breed is both varied in their ‘markings’ and color —– and all in Shetland dialect!   

Bella - a ewe lamb.

 

When I’m not moving sheep and goats around…I managed to make a few sheepy make-do pinkeeps. 

A flock of make-do pinkeeps.

 

Now I really have to get after my gardens and yard work!!!!

{a touch of glass}

whimsical: adj [whimsy] , full of, actuated by, or exhibiting whims; a capricious or eccentric and often sudden idea or turn of the mind.

I had such a ~~~ turn of the mind ~~~ moment when I created these whimsical, what I’m calling  ‘TOUCH OF GLASS’ PINKEEPS. Somewhere along the way, I collected a few glass sugar bowl lids (without the accompanying sugar bowl bottom). Now, what was I thinking? How about inverting the top/lid and using it as a little base for something? Hmmm…perhaps a little pinkeep?

Made of 100% farm raised wool needle felted and embellished with a bit of novelty trim, they’re one-of-a-kind ~ oh yes, must have sheep ~ to keep your pins safely at hand. It’s nice to recycle/reuse a found item that otherwise may have been tossed?  

HOW-TO:

Tightly fold over itself a handful of wool roving several times and begin to needle felt to create density and size to conform to your base. Any base will do; look around the house for an old wooden thread spool, textile bobbin, candle stick…or sugar bowl lid? HINT: Depending on the project, I often use natural colored wool to create the size I’m after and then add a layer of hand-dyed colored wool…since the interior will not be visible anywho.

I applied a tiny bit of fabric glue to the base to secure my ‘pinkeep’ and various embellishments. Finally, embellish away to your heart’s content. Consider adding vintage buttons, novelty trim, ribbon, ricrac, string of pearls, doily…the sky is the limit! 

HINT: You don’t have to make sheep; needle felt a free-form design, flower or motif that appeals to you! I just completed a pinkeep with a field of lavender and a resting sheep in the center!  (They’ll probably be listed in my ETSY shop.) I have one more sugar lid in my stash to make.

Happy fiber’n!