It’s happened. I’ve hit the proverbial blogging wall. As a matter of fact, I’ve smashed right into it. I’m trying to figure out how to get around it or perhaps climb over it. Hopefully soon too.
So…this post is going to be a little of this and a little of that. My mom used to say “everything but the kitchen sink.” You never know…I may throw that in too.
What have I been doing?
I’ve been sewing. And sewing, and sewing and sewing. There are lots of new things in my Etsy shop so if you have time, take a look. I’m very excited about some new pieced grain sack pillow covers.
These pillow covers are not for the faint of heart. They are for the true grain sack lover. The stripes don’t exactly match. The color and textures of the pieces are very different. But when I put them together, it made me smile. I also made these little storage bins. It was trial and error for a while but by the third one I had it right! I’d like to add a few more sizes at some point.
One thing you might not know about these pillow covers is that they are very family friendly. I prepare the fabric before sewing so you can throw them right in the washer.
I made some more tote bags too.
I switched the handle material from grain sack to a sturdy twill. I thought the grain sack handles were too heavy. They made the tote fall over. The twill is nice and smooth on your shoulder and is much lighter weight.
I picked up this lovely piece of redwork the last time I was at my antique mall. It was originally a double pillow sham. It was shredded along the edges so by taking the best part from the middle I was able to make a generous tea towel.
OK…enough of that. Lest you think I chain myself to my sewing table, we really need to talk about Downton Abbey.
Oh. My. Gosh.
Along with the rest of America I was heartbroken that Matthew was killed in the last seconds of the season finale. For reasons beyond me, Dan Stevens did not renew his 3 year contract. Julian Fellowes defended his decision to do away with Matthew by saying this:
“Audiences across the world have been captivated by the ups and downs of Mary and Matthew’s relationship, culminating in their wedding. Fans have enjoyed what has become a solid and loving marriage. It is for this reason that the producers decided Matthew and Mary could not simply be estranged or parted, resulting in his untimely and tragic death at the end of the [Season 3] finale.”
Seriously? We could have totally handled a coma or some other sort of medical condition. At least it would have given us a shred of hope that Matthew and Mary would reunite. Season 4 should be very interesting.
Switching gears now.
Let’s talk hydrangeas. I have such a hard time getting mine to bloom. I’ve planted in all different places and used different brands. So far I haven’t had much success in the bloom department. I read somewhere that coffee grounds added to the soil helps with blooms. Is this true?
Here is one of my bushes. This was mid summer 2012 and there should have been mountains of blooms. Pretty sad actually.
Well was that random or what?
Rest assured that I’m trying to think ahead to spring. Easter is early this year and before I know it March will be half over. It’s hard to do when snow is flying and it’s freezing cold outside. I will get my act together soon. Promise. In the meantime, stay warm and don’t be too sad about the death of poor Matthew. I’ve heard they are lining up a hunky new love interest for Lady Mary. Truly something to look forward to.