Thursday, April 1, 2010

Cool Crewel

This is one of my garage sale finds on Bainbridge Island last summer.  New to the area, I would pack the kids in the car with snacks galore and head off in search of garage sale signs.  I saw this crewel from the sixties and loved it.  It is close to four feet tall ... try walking across a busy street carrying this and trying to hold on to a 1.5 year old's hand and keeping the five year old glued to your side.  Who said garage sale-ing wasn't an adventure?!  When most people are tossing these crewels, I wanted to bring it home -- it just makes me smile. 

This huge piece of art found a permanent home on top of a freshly painted hutch I found on craigslist.  A perfect match!  ... Do you notice that red car in the photo album beneath?  Know where that picture was taken?  Hint: No, not Spoons, Washington ...  Post your guess!

Also, here is a my version of a pincushion I made from a pattern found in Anna Maria Horner's book, Seams to Me: 24 New Reasons to Love SewingI used up some scraps I had in my stash.  I am always trying to use up all my stash before I buy any more fat quarters.  Yea, like that works. 
 In the works today ... two Spring Chicken stuffed animals for my two little ones' Easter baskets, and a new Easter doll dress to put into an Easter basket too!  So, more on that soon...  But I thought I should blog something since one of my few followers, (ahem, big sister Jenny), was complaining I hadn't blogged for awhile.  If only my other sister, Jody, would send me the photos of our trip to Denver we all took last week including an adventure in the random snowstorm to see John Mayer (15 inches of snow in one night), Breckenridge Snow Village, Indian Cliff dwelling photos, and our amazing food pictures, too.  Yep, that is what has been keeping me from blogging.   If you have any sunshine like we do today ... I hope you take time to get outside and play on a wee (2 year old translation: a swing).


  1. That has got to be one of the cutest crewels I've seen. Normally they had an 'old' vibe to them. I also love the hutch and the variety of dishes in it! The truck? I have no idea...but I find it interesting that it is in a photo album.

    P.S. Thanks Jenny for giving the Pennington Girl a nudge!

  2. Hello Jaymie,
    You mentioned a need to find fabrics.
    Try or
    be sure to change the city name (i.e. Kingston) to your own city. It's a very large organization that recycles personal belongings (I have an old TV - rather than toss it out I post it and someone requests it - they pick it up) Great way to free up space in your home.There's always someone giving away fabrics.
    Also - talk to any Interior Decorators in your town/city. They always have sample catalogues of fabrics that are updated regularily and they usually throw the old ones out.Good luck, Happy stitching.
    p.s. I just discovered an item called The Quilt Basting Gun - uses little plastic pins to secure layers together until sewn.
    You have children - need I say more.