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Frozen Turkey and Pickled Rudolph

21 Dec

In case anybody thinks the above is a cranberry sauce substitute or a way of preserving venison I will explain. I have been having  another rummage ino the photo gallery of old projects. They are part of a group of apron designs by Daughter Number One.

They generally feature elves doing things that good little elves shouldn’t do. I guess that if you get to make and distribute all the presents there isn’t much of an incentive to be good all year or, in fact, any of the year. This is the aformentioned turkey with his feathers removed and feeling quite chilly. The elves appear to be adding herbs to an oil and lemon mix with which to anoint the bird. The humour is perhaps a little dark. I wonder if dark humour is hereditary.

The next one seems to show an elf doctoring Rudolph’s drinking water with something that is probably not a soft drink judging by the stars he is seeing, the bubbles coming from the dish and  the obvious attack  of wobbly leg syndrome.

Then we have the pyromaniacal elf who does not seem to be content with a light sprinkling of brandy and a quick ‘whoosh’.  He’s obviously looking forward to a visit from the fire brigade. He could, of course be a disciple of The big Cheese.  After all burnt toast seems to be the overriding smell in our house every morning.

Last but not least the attempted rescue of the elf in the pocket is about to be hampered by the appearance of the elf with the scissors.

There is one that is still unmade showing a sleeping santa having his boot laces tied together. Probably someelf  in the workforce objecting to the Boss not pulling his weght

The other thing I found was a table runner and matching mats.

This one is in three bits as it is so long it won’t photograph in one.

Santa is flying over the handlebars as the reins break and the reindeers stampede.

The mats are – We three pengkings.

All friends together.

This week I tried some Sue Box designs. I have never embroidered any of these before as generally they are not really my taste. However, I downloaded some of the free designs and the christmas ones are particularly good. They are well digitised and despite being mostly metallic threads, there were no breakages.  I have made a link to the web page. here are my versions.

I wish you all a lovely Christmas and a much improved New Year.


Resolving the New Year

16 Dec

If you have been following my blogs you will know I have spent a long time overseas and that I developed patchwork, applique etc as a necessary hobby. I deliberately didn’t mention quilting because I have done more of the former than the latter. Filling suitcases with quilts every time I came home was bad enough when they were just tops. If they had been quilted they would have been a nightmare. As a result I have a huge pile of tops ready to quilt. Luckily I had ten years of dollmaking in the middle or I wouldn’t be able to get in the front door. Bear in mind that the tops I have are left after I gave a pile to Project Linus to finish for me.

Just to give you an idea of the nature of my New Year’s resolution, take a look at this lot.


There are actually two piles.

Luckily I have done one of the Grace Frame courses at The Cotton Patch. I can recommend them to anyone who is feeling frustrated trying to use their frame or thinking of buying a new one. I am waiting for some extra bits to arrive from America at the moment but I shall be full steam ahead after Christmas. With that lot I should become an expert.

Enough of my problems. We have the tree up and dressed as they say. No room for lazy trees in our house. I have also done the customary window display. For all you people with large gardens full of trees and flowers I shall explain about my house.

It is on a narrow street running through the village. It is so narrow you will not find it on Google Earth as the car can’t get down it. If it did, getting out would be a long process followed by a trip to the panel beater. My large front window looks out onto the street and passers- by are practically in the front room. Normally we get over this by living on the top floor. At Christmas, however, with the tree downstairs we tend to live down there. In Winter it is a tad dark, courtesy of the two foot thick walls and therefore deep window reveals, so we put on the lights. This immediately lights up the room like a guide to a ship in the fog. We either spend Christmas waving at passers-by or block out the view. We choose to do the latter. I usually do a display of dolls and a few Christmas lights – as shown in the photo. It’s Christmassy and serves the purpose.

Close up.

Closer up.

The other thing I have been doing this week is a bit of embroidery. I had my machine serviced and so am ready for the New Year on that too. I made another decoration in the shape of a fairy embroidery – courtesy of Emlibrary of course. There are lots of other fairies too. Excuse the reflection as I have framed it and there are a lot of lights where I photographed it.

If you look carefully in the first one you can just see me.

Of course I had to add a few sparkles. I couldn’t help myself. After all if you can’t sparkle at Christmas when can you.

A Girl’s Best Friend

20 Sep

A little digression from my usual subject just to show you that I am not locked in the dungeon churning out quilts all the time. I am on occasions allowed a little light relief with other hobbies.

I’m not what you would call a sparkly sort of a person. I don’t wear dangling diamonds in my ears or sequins on my ball gowns – in fact it’s a while since I even wore a ball gown with or without sequins. Unlike my Daughters I do not wear sparkly dance shoes or crystal encrusted dresses but give me an embroidery and I can’t resist pepping it up with a few shiny things.

It all started last Christmas when I made the traditional Christmas gift. The tradition started four or five years ago when Daughter Number Two decided that as she now had a house and I always got stressed about the mess in mine over Christmas, that year we would have the celebrations at her place. I decided that I would make something christmassy for whoever hosted and as  she had it at her house three or four times she now has a selection of quilts and table toppers.

Last year she was in Australia so we had it at Daughter Number One’s flat. It wasn’t easy as it is tiny and the tree was huge but we managed. Daughter Number One is definitely into sparkle. The copious amounts of tinsel pinned to the beams in our house every Christmas were mostly down to her. She is the one with the  sparkly dance shoes and crystalled dresses so when I decided to do some embroidered pictures to add to her collection of decorations, I had to add crystals. I must admit they did look good in a christmas decoration sort of way. The trouble is that once I had seen the transformation a few shiny bits could do I had trouble stopping.

I had a few embroideries that I had done on fabric that was rather too thin and so I  cut round them as appliques and decided to make cards from them.  They looked fine as they were but I decided to try adding a few shiny buttons or flower centres and I couldn’t stop.

First of all Mrs Kangaroo who is actually a straightforward embroidery that didn’t need chopping up. She had lots of spots, what could I do?

Mrs K Ready for the Beach

As you can see I went a bit overboard with the crystals on this one. Good job I’m not trying to sell them for profit.

Close-up of Sparkly Bow


Bag ladies were never like this.

When the Going Gets Tough The Tough Buy Bags

More Bags


Shoes to Match


As it is my turn for Christmas this year and I make the Christmas Tradition items I am deciding what to make myself and shall I wrap it up do you think. The way my brain is going if I wrap something up long enough before Christmas and bury it under the other presents. I can’t remember what it is. That could be a plan but only if I do it now. I have ordered a McKenna Ryan – Chrissie Down Under- with hopes of doing that for Christmas. I have never done one of her designs so it depends how I get on and I think it unlikely I would forget making that.

Perhaps a couple of embroideries might be a good idea. That way I can add some sparkle. After all it is for Christmas.

In case you are wondering the embroideries are from Loralie Designs.