February 27 – gosh February has really flown by. The frigid cold has left and it might get up to 40 today – our snow banks have been melting the past few days.
In addition to getting another 2″ or so knit on my sweater sleeve, I finished off all four blocks on Wednesday night that will get attached to the sides the sides of this wooden pencil box.
I used a couple of the called for colors but substituted most of them for different colors I liked. I’m waiting for the last item I need – some chip board and sticky board – haven’t decided which I will use to mount these to the wood. Once I get the pieces all ready to attach to the wood, I’ll decide if I really want to paint the wood or not. I’m not fond of painting things like this and I think the stitching will take up most of the space but will wait to see what I think and if I need to order paint.
The four blocks I made were taken from this Prairie Schooler leaflet Book No.. .10, Prairie Christmas. And they are stitched on 20 ct Aida. The stitch count varies on some of them by 1 to 3 stitches so they are not all exactly the same size but will work just fine – they average about 2-1/4″. I made the house that is in the 3 o’clock position except I made the trees a different style – one as originally designed and one a bit smaller, different style. and there’s supposed to be a crescent moon that I left off. I made the camel but left off the stars in the background, the quilt design next to the camel, and the partridge in a pear tree.
Then I decided to start a new Easter design for a small project which I will finish as a little stuffed pillow. I love this giant leaping bunny — a chocolate bunny of course – mine is dark chocolate. 🙂
But I’ve made a few changes to this one. Isn’t that carrot fabric on the bottom cute – it looks like flannel in the picture – but I’m not adding any carrots to mine. That green scalloped part at the bottom of the stitched area is supposed to be grass with carrots growing out of it. I had found some little wooden Easter eggs from The Bee Company. (some of you may recall the Christmas trees I was embroidering and adding wooden buttons and charms to in the past — those wooden buttons also were made by The Bee Company – they do all kinds of wonderful little doodads for embellishing.) Anyway when I saw those I knew I wanted to add them to an Easter stitch. Then when I got this pattern, there are 6 eggs and 7 scallops on this design so perfect to put one egg between the scallops. So I changed the “grass” to a bluish color that I had that was closest to the egg color and got the scalloped all stitched Thursday night, and last night I started on the bunny which I’m close to finishing. It’s probably going to end up being a 8″ or 9″ long finished thing once sewn together (but won’t be square – mine will be rectangular) when all is said and done since I’m stitching it on 14 ct Raw Linen Aida by Zwiegart.
I will get back to working on Farmhouse Christmas later today and one of my long awaited Floss Packs for that ordered back in December, along with a little needle minder to match, HAVE FINALLY ARRIVED!!! So I don’t have to worry about running out of the Classic Colorworks floss I wanted to use.
And yes I know you’ve been waiting and wondering how my avocado keeper experiment went. I got the avocado keeper from Amazon. I wanted to be able to store half an avocado – I’m one person and if I cut an avocado for sandwich or salad I generally only use half of it and never had good results with any of the myriad of ways suggested to store them. If it turns brown, I simply cannot use it. But after thinking about the fact that I have an onion keeper – that keeps cut into onions fresher longer and doesn’t let any onion odor escape into the fridge (and of course it’s shaped like a large onion so very cute), I decided to look for an avocado keeper. IT WORKS!! You of course place the cut side down against the base and it has a depression in it to accommodate the pit and because it lets little air onto the cut side it didn’t turn brown. I meant to check it the next day but it was the second day when I remembered and it hadn’t turned brown. I’m not looking to store them for longer than that – I just don’t want to have to eat a whole one in the same day. So it was a very good buy and I bought a pack of two of them so will be sending the second one off to my Mom and Dad.
Now as for today – after refilling my coffee cup – I’ve got the kitchen to clean and then may head back into the sewing room to do a bit more rearranging in there – I keep getting side tracked from that task and do a little, then move on to something else – but eventually it will all get done.