So, here are the fruits of my "labor". And by labor, I mean sitting on the couch stitching while watching "North & South" based on the book by Elizabeth Gaskell. It is not the miniseries with Patrick Swayze about the U.S. Civil War. If you have not read the book by Gaskell or seen the miniseries based on her book, you must (And don't argue with me)! Wives and Daughters is another of her books and also has a miniseries based on it. Both television productions are just lovely and are pretty true to the books. I find when a book is made into a miniseries, it is more accurate because the film makers have more time to devote to accuracy. Movies have to be 80 minutes or so. You know someone's favorite is going to be cut for that. My other favorite movies are Pride and Prejudice (the Keira Knightley one- even though it does not support my previous argument about miniseries) and the BBC series "Emma". Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell are my favorite authors. I have read all of the books by each author, some multiple times, and I am always saddened that both authors are deceased. That means I can't look forward to any more new books by them. *SNIFF!*
Ok, back to our stitchery story after that nice little detour. Wow, I blazed right off the beaten path with that "squirrel" moment. Sorry!
Well, the star is finished and at the top of my tree. Then, I made a pin cushion out of some osnaburg fabric and lace. I coffee stained it, baked it, and put it in a tin cup (That sounded like a nursery rhyme!). It looks a bit like a muffin that got too much baking powder, but it was fun to make. So, now I am hooked. I made another one that I will put in another post. That one I may try to sell. MAYbe... This may turn out to be another If You Give a Moose a Muffin moment.
I actually got this idea from a couple different places. One, is from my husband's grandmother. She was known for taking scraps and buttons and making beautiful things. She made crazy quilt pincushions, pincushions in tiny ceramic containers, sleeves that were bedeckled with buttons to hold rulers. I will have to show you some of her things in another post. Her things are so beautiful, she needs her own page. God blessed her with such creativity and a passion to use it!
I have also seen some great ideas on Pinterest and Our Pioneer Homestead . "Our Pioneer Homestead" has great patterns and tutorials you can use. She also creates beautiful prim goodies. The link above takes you to the page where she made a pincushion with an old pewter cup. It makes me want to find interesting old cups! I think that pewter cups would look especially sweet with some cross-stitch work in them. It would be a little more refined. More work, but cute! I can't do it. I can't sew in a straight line (LOOK AT THEM!). I love the work by my new friend, Christine, at Preferably Prim. Ugh! I think I would need a second job from looking at and buying the beautiful things people make and sell on their blogs! Such talent out there!
So there we have it. Shortish and sweet. Shocking, I know!
Coffee Talk for Today:
Today, you can choose your "flavor"-
- What is a make-do that you especially liked making?
- What are your favorite movies and/or books?
- Go on a "rabbit trail" of your own.