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RE: Mary Poppins

My son found this darling little lady that someone had discarded because she didn't have her umbrella.

Because I am a huge Mary Poppins fan and I just finished up my Parrot Umbrella frame, I had to find a way of saving her.  I decided to try to make a new umbrella for her out of Sculpey.  It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.  This was my first go at it.  It isn't perfect but I think it will do.  The handle of the umbrella is a toothpick LOL.

She now resides on top of my Umbrella frame and looks right at home there :0)
I think this was a case of serendipity!!

RE: Just a Spoon Full of Sugar

Hi Everyone,
I have been trying to finish up some UFO's before starting anything new (and believe me, there is a ton) so here is my next finished project.

When I was a child, my parents took my family to see Mary Poppins in the theater.  I loved the movie and even had an album of the sound track.  My sister, brother and I would put on scenes from the movie in our backyard.  I LOVED her parrot umbrella.  They did have a replica prop floating around years ago that had an articulated beak but I didn't have that kind of money until the Broadway play opened and Disney put out a reasonably priced umbrella.  I had it for a few years trying to think of a way to display it.  Because of the odd shape I just assumed I would have to custom build a case for it so it just sat :0(

Then one day, I saw a baseball bat display case on sale at Michael's!!!  Perfect!!!  So I covered the inside of the case with pink and white striped fabric (which reminded me of her Jolly Holiday adventure).  The case had a shelf for a baseball to go on so I decided to make a tape measure with the "Practically Perfect in Every way" and there is a small bottle and an antique spoon for the Spoon Full of Sugar.  I wanted to represent her hat so on the bottom I put a daisy and cherries.

The frame on the side is the advertisment that the children put in the paper.  A blog that I follow by Dave Lowe had a Christmas present he had made for his mom with the advertisment he had made up for it and he was kind enough to share it with all of us.  I am very grateful for it as I think it pairs nicely :0)

Sorry for the bad pictures.  I took them on a very rainy day :0(  I guess I really could have used that umbrella LOL

So happy to have another project off my work table :0)  Now onto the next :0)

RE: Christmas oldie but a goodie

Just another Christmas video to add. I thought this was very clever of the Vancouver Aquarium :0

Hi all,
I will be posting pictures in the next week or so. Just trying to get caught up on Christmas gifts.
In the meantime, I will post this video of the cutest little owl warming himself by a very festive fire. There isn't much action in this video but for some reason it makes me smile. It reminds me of the televised Yule Log that use to play on TV during Christmas. I don't know how regional that was but it was a program that just had a blazing fire in a fireplace that would play on a loop while Christmas music played in the background. It was great for those of us that didn't have a fireplace. I'm not sure if it is still going on.
But, in the meantime, here is "Snoopy" the Saw-whet owl just hangin out. I love the eye action going on :0)

Why does the little owl remind my of Pigwidgeon?


RE: A Boy and His Cookie

This is about the same reaction my son has when he opens a package of Jammie Dodgers. He LOVES them. We got a few packs of the Doctor's favorite cookie from the UK for Christmas and while there is nothing like the real deal, I had to find a way to fill the Jammie Dodger void until next Christmas.

I did come across this recipe http://www.thepinkwhisk.co.uk/2012/08/jammy-dodgers.html I made them yesterday and it turned out great.


I made the raspberry caramel too but I don't think I cooked it enough because it was very runny so I put plain raspberry jam in the cookies. I think I may keep looking for a better filling for them as we really like the chewy center the real Jammies have.

And for your enjoyment, here is more of the Doctor and his cookie:

RE: Just Awesome

I saw this on AOL and went to youtube to see if I could learn more. Here is what accompanied the video:

"Every night of the All State Choir conference at about 11pm, everyone comes out to the balconies of the 18 story Hyatt hotel to sing the National Anthem :)"

Just have a listen, it gives goosebumps!!

RE: A little late :0(

My computer was down this past week so I am a little late in my posts. Last week the next set of blocks were posted to Fandom in Stitches. I have been so honored to be asked to design a block and my block is the quote to the fabulous Wesley block designed by the awesome liljabs :0)
Here is my part of the set
Sorry Jennifer, I had to borrow my picture from your site. My computer lost alot of photos and this one was lost :0(
It has been so much fun being a part of The Princess Bride Stitch a long and I can't wait to see how everyone's blocks come together :0)

Please go to http://www.fandominstitches.com/ and check out all of the wonderful designs that are being added almost daily and please check out my block's partner liljabs wonderful Wesley block :0)
Hi everyone, for those of you who don't know me, my name is Linda (woozelmom) and I am kind of new to paper piecing. I was introduced to this way of making quilting blocks by my friend Jennifer (ofenjen) over at Fandom in Stitches.

Jennifer had started a block of the week called The Project of Doom or PoD for short. It was a paper pieced Harry Potter quilt and when all of the blocks were done and sewn together it made a fabulous book case with all of the books mentioned in the Harry Potter book series and some awesome magical objects as well. I wasn't sure if I was up to the challenge but I went for it anyway and it was one of the best experiences of my life :0)

I am telling you all of that to tell you this, Jennifer and her Fandom in Stitches Designers are presenting to you the As You Wish, a Princes Bride Quilt Along quilt.

Every two weeks, on Wednesdays between now and May 7, they will bring to you two patterns, one paper pieced and one hand embroidered, each designed by one of the Fandom in Stitches Designers. One will be a character from the Princess Bride and the other will be a quote from that character. When all of the blocks have been pieced and embroidered there will be a placement pattern given for the completed quilt top!!!!

Participants will be encouraged to share photos of their blocks so we can all "ohh and ahh" over the fabulousness (my favorite part is to see all of the blocks everyone is making) and if you post a picture of your completed blocks on the Fandom in Stitches Flickr group, your name will be added for a monthly drawing for a prize :0)

There is so much to say about this stitch along and The Fandom in Stitches website so please go and visit and read all about it http://www.fandominstitches.com/

So without further ado, the first set of blocks for As You Wish, A Princess Bride Quilt Along is Princess Buttercup herself and her quote block. Both are just wonderful. Please go and see them for yourself at Fandom in Stitches and join in today. Oh, and did I mention that all this crafty goodness is absolutely FREE!! Yup, I know, our day just got better didn't it ;0)

RE: Pictures of Christmas Projects

I am going to post pictures of the Christmas presents I made this year. I apologize right up front for the bad pictures. I don't have a camera at the moment so these were taken very quickly with my phone but you will get the idea :0)
These are dog toys that I made from polar fleece. I learned how to do a box braid and it was so super quick and inexpensive to make. I may make some extra next year and donate to the local animal shelter :0)

These weren't handmade but there was a definite theme to my crafting this year and they went along with the other items :0)
I made these Who things for my son. I had a box for #4. There was the scarf I knitted, a K-9 dog collar that I made from the fittings of an old collar for Milo and 2 packages of Jelly Babies. For #10, I gave Matt a Sonic Screwdriver and an Adipose that I made from Polar Fleece. For #11 I made him a Fez, Sonic Screwdriver and 2 packages of Jammie Dodgers. I also made the dogs a crocheted Jammie Dodger with squeaker inside.
It was very much a Who Christmas :0)
And just so Harry didn't feel left out
I made a box of Bertie Bott's Beans and filled it with Jelly Belly's. At least we don't have to worry about earwax or bogies LOL It's not as much fun though LOL

If anyone is interested in patterns or help with making any of these items, please let me know and I will do my best to help you :0)

It was nice to make so many things for the people I love.

RE: SQUEE Doctor Puppet!!!

I am a HUGE Doctor Puppet fan. For those of you who haven't seen any of the episodes, please check out Doctor Puppet on Youtube.
In the meantime, here is the most AWESOME Christmas Episode. Enjoy :0)