Pretty Dice Bag

I visited family for Thanksgiving and went to one of my all-time favorite stores, Ben Franklins. Among other things, I scooped up a pre-made brown polkadot pouch and a pretty floral patch. Ta-da! A new pretty dice bag!

The patch is not iron-on, which lends itself to being scrunched up when the pouch is tied.

That did mean I had to sew it on, and I was delighted to find I had exactly matching threads. I love you, serendipity!

I love the patch itself – it is layered in a 3D effect and the threads really shine. It also gives me ideas for stumpwork!

And I guess I never posted about my old bag – I had a little velvet pouch lying around and added an old lace motif:

Pretty Birds Cardinal

A while back I was at a discount bookstore and picked up a book by Virginia Lindsay, Pretty Birds. It has very simple patterns to make a range of different little birds and was just the thing I needed to find an idea for the handmade ornament exchange my embroidery guild hosts. Since it is a winter holiday, I chose her cardinal bird and downsized it to 75%.

Don’t tell anyone, but I couldn’t find two buttons that looked like eyes, and that were the right size, and that matched… Really, though, if someone notices, it just adds to the handmade effect, no? :)

To dress up the wings, I added some rows of stacked fly stitches in a chunky pearl cotton.

I have a few ideas on how I might change this bird if I were to do it again. That is my real joy in making – always trying new ideas. People constantly tell me “you could sell these!” but tell me, where is the fun in that? Making the same thing over and over is a superbly boring idea to me. Let us not forget, too, that almost everything you see here is someone else’s pattern.

I know it will look great against an evergreen tree limb, though! I hope it’s new owner enjoys it:)

even more cacti

I made some more mini felt cacti (see the originals here, and my last round here). I needed a gift and it never makes sense to only make one since they are pretty easy so I was experimenting with a few options.

You’ll notice I tried painting the terra cotta pots. One includes the copper strip I have used before (once on a cactus, and also on my needlepoint V). I like the thickness and shine of house paint more than the acrylics I’ve used. It is also more fun to very their sizes. And, I dug out some scrapbooking supplies to add paper flower elements.

If you live in a place with actual cacti, you might see the obvious fact that I don’t really know anything about them and I just make mine to look cute. Which ones have big flowers, or small flowers, or fruit melons? I don’t know and didn’t care enough to google for facts. But, I did recall seeing cacti that look like little pickles attached to each other so I tried something to get that effect out of this type. I like the new design much better and I am always pleased that every rendition of these things gets cooler and cooler!