Aug 21, 2011

A drawer, a jar, and an appetite

Hello everyone.  You probably expected to see France F completed!  Well, when I have a reduction in hot flashes, I have an increase in appetite and ADD.   Let's see.....which do I prefer.....being as sticky as velcro, or stuffing my face in a state of confusion.  Sticky.  At least I can still get my pants on when I dry out.

France is almost completed.....
Whenever I have these wacko eating days, I can't sit still or concentrate on one thing for very long.  Working on France would always be interrupted by an idea swimming in the menopool.   I started playing around with the little drawer.  I stitched on a tiny scrap of fabric that I was surprised to find since I normally would toss it.   It fit the entire top but while pressing it, I spotted this swatch of fabric and decided to mix them with this result...

Cute isn't it?  I edged it with jute, one of my favorite trims when using unbleached or natural dark linen, then painted and distressed the box.



 



It's only 4 inches wide and 2 1/2 deep.  I plan on doing the double drawer with a long pincushion roll on top.



I picked up France again and made some progress, then had difficulty trying to lift my scissors from the table with my thick arthritic fingers.  I decided to drop the stitching and come up with something that would allow me to easily handle them and also provide a safe storage place while protecting the blades. 

Here it is....


 My scissor jar.





I made a little center indented pillow, and used two layers of pinked-edge felt around the inside of the glass in case I miss the cushion.  It's not much, but for me it's practical.  I have a retractable ID clip that I attach scissors to when stitching but I wanted a place to keep them together and grab easily.  More importantly, I know where they are!


I was visiting blogs the other day and saw Nicole's Hawk Run stitching.  The designs in this series are wonderful but the completed piece isn't really my style.  Yet every time I see someone stitching a Hawk, I love it and would like to stitch a few.  Has anyone ever stitched these individually for ornaments on a Hawk Run tree?  I would like to try that, using different linen colors and a small twig or wire tree for display. 

France F will certainly be finished in a day or so.   There is another project hanging in the back of my brain that I will probably start and that's a Santa box.  These other little items are thrown together without a pattern or plan and if they don't end well, I burn them.  But painting Santa isn't something to throw together on a whim, so I need to make sure it's not an ADD day.   I found more Aida and even weave plus the afghan fabric so I will be stalking Amish women in parking lots again.  It's not easy to approach strangers and try to give them something without some apprehension on their part.  I'm still up in the air on the huge linen tablecloth, thinking I could use that beautiful fabric for backing, but it was meant to be a cloth gracing a large family table.  

Well boys and girls, I'm running out of potato chips, so I need to check on the cheese drawer, possibly hit the freezer for a fried glazed donut.  YES!!  Good idea.   I am so tired of the flashes but on days like these, I would welcome them.
Thanks for visiting!  Talk to you soon.... 

18 comments:

Viola di Nebbia said...

Fantastic! The needles box il so cute! Love it! *.*

The Evening Stitcher said...

Marly...you're making me hungry...I'm past the hot flash stage...but not past the "pigging out" phase! Love, love, love the little box...I knew you would think of something really cool to do with it. Love the colors..your sampler is coming along so nice..can't wait to see it completed!

Deb said...

You're cracking me up! Some potato chips sound mighty good right now - and I think I have some Nutella to dip them in. I'm past the flash stage too, but I still get those cravings.

Love your little box. Such a cute idea!! And Frances looks wonderful as well.

Gabi said...

Getting hungry now...lol.
LOVE your little box. And Frances looks great too.

Margaret said...

You're always so creative! I love what you did with that box! Wow! And the scissors jar -- very nice! Your Frances F is so pretty too. I love the colors in it!

Cathy Pavlovich said...

Love your stitching, finishing and your scissors storage! Great blog!

Bertie said...

Love the stitchery's Marly, and what a great idea for scissors, might have to copy you there lol.
Francis looks great, like the muted colours.
The needle drawer is fabulous!!
I try not to look at food LOL.

RuthB said...

Well I don't know -- your ADD seems to make you very productive... and a LOVELY stitcher. Mine only causes UFOs. :)

Congrats on the wonderful stithcing and your little needle box. I love the scissor jar.... Hmmm I might have to borrow that idea.

RuthB said...

Well I don't know -- your ADD seems to make you very productive... and a LOVELY stitcher. Mine only causes UFOs. :)

Congrats on the wonderful stithcing and your little needle box. I love the scissor jar.... Hmmm I might have to borrow that idea.

Patty C. said...

So creative !!

Penny said...

Pretty sampler. Love your little needle box and your scissor jar.

Mindi said...

I love your little needles box! Can't wait to see what you do with the double drawer one.

Rowyn said...

I came across your blog via Suzanne's blog. I am glad I did too, you do such beautiful stitching!

I have to say your 'about me' section gave me a chuckle too. Time sure does fly!

Siobhan said...

I only wish my ADD led me to create such wonderful things... mine leads me to piles and piles of charts, while I furiously write down plans of different things I want to make with them, only to fall back to doing the sampler-that-must-be-framed thing again. The box turned out sooo cute! Frances looks great, too.

I want to stitch Christmas at HRH but don't think I want to go to the expense of framing it to not display it year round. My plan is to make them into small pillows/pin cushions--the name of those things is totally escaping me at the moment--and put them in a basket. However, see the first paragraph--I keep on stitching samplers.

NIKY said...

Simply lovely..everything!

Akila said...

Now I have a craving for pringles with a cheesy dip!!
That's such a cute little drawer. Love the combination of fabrics. The idea of a jute trim is very innovative and adds a unique touch.

Dani - tkdchick said...

I really love how you embellished that little drawer

Suzanne said...

I really love that little drawer, it's very cute and makes a lovely display.

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