Monday, April 30, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
They lived with their Mother in a sand-bank, underneath the root of a very big fir-tree.
'Now, my dears,' said old Mrs. Rabbit one morning, 'you may go into the fields or down the lane, but don't go into Mr. McGregor's garden: your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.' "
'Now run along, and don't get into mischief. I am going out.'
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
Laying on the sampler is a reproduction of the letter that Beatrix wrote to Noel containing the story of Peter Rabbit. I bought a game set years ago and this was in the set. I will share the adorable game set with you on Monday.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
"But the charm of the doll's-house food and furniture was irresistable. 'The little dishes are so pretty I am wondering if I have made enough of them? Shall I squeeze in another dish? Iregret the roast dick being left out!...I have bought a gilt bookcase for 8 1/2 d.; I wonder what is the colour of the Enc. Britannica, the advertisements don't say; it might be one of the things that would not go into the mousehole.' (And indeed, it is , as you will see if you look in the picture.)"
Monday, April 16, 2007
~~ William Morris ~~
I love this quote and so admire the work of William Morris. His fabrics are still being produced by Rose and Hubble and are very beautiful still to this day. I decided to make a stash challenge for myself lately and use up some of the many beautiful fabrics sitting in my stash cupboard. I have a tendancy to never use fabrics that I find are too beautiful to cut up. This fabric above was one of them. It is one of the William Morris fabrics from my collection. I made a quilt using many of his fabrics. Now I think it is time to use more of them and creating this plastic bag holder was a quick and easy thing to use up a half yard cut of fabric. What prettier way to store something that is an eye sore than in this. I have seen these in shops but they are rather small and not in fabric I liked. It is so easy to make one yourself, that I hope you too will take on the challenge with fabric you may have sitting around. Use it up and have a useful object in the process.....
Cut a piece of fabric 18 inch x 27 inch. I cut two as I decided to line this bag and then it also becomes reversible. Lining the holder is optional.
Note that this bag can be any length you choose. I liked the idea of it being long as we use plastic bags for our kitty litter. Adjust the length if you would like.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Margaret Lane goes on to talk about Beatrix's fears of the new books failure.
"A week before Christmas 1902 she ws able to send him a copy from Bolton Gardens. 'I send the little book. I hope that all events you will not think the story very silly...I undertook the book with very cheerful courage, but I have not the least judgment whether it is satisfactory now that it is done.'
Thankfully, her 'mouse book' as Beatrix called it, had been accepted by Norman Warne and we have the continued enjoyment of reading this wonderful Christmas tale that entertains children of all ages, like myself.
I will share a progress photo of my Beatrix Potter Quaker sampler on Monday.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
I had not used any of the various overdyed or varigated threads out there on the market. It was simply a fear of trying them out in a design. What started this was the free Quaker sampler you can see behind the jar. It was my very first SAL I had participated in which I stitched in DMC thread as I always did. Diane (who has since become a dear friend to me ~ waving hi Diane!) was using Carrie's threads for her sampler. As we shared photos of our developing samplers, hers was turning out more beautifully as she went along. The more she stitched, the better the colors of her thread were coming out. She told me about using the thread and I finally conquered my fear and ordered a skein after I found out there was a supplier here in Holland. They are great to stitch with and the colors are real fun. I still use my trusty DMC for many things but am also experimenting with designs that work for these overdyed threads too.
You can see and read about Carrie's Threads at:
if you don't know these threads.