Sunday, November 24, 2013

Winter has arrived, tip for working with your ironing board and a trip down memory lane

Winter has arrived, inside and outside! Yesterday we had snow and it stayed on the ground!  The poor little sparrows look cold...and hungry! I interrupted breakfast. The moment my back was turned they were back in the feeder chowing down!

And inside it's winter too! I finished the second season in my series of Tiny World Make-Do Pincushions. The pincushions are based on Mimi Kirchner's pattern. I have a draw running until end of day November 26 so if you would like a chance to win a pdf copy of the pattern just go here and leave a comment! For an extra chance follow me on Bloglovin!

I'm making each pincushion identical - same house, same tree and same bush so you can see the changes in the seasons! The pincushions sit in four tiny white Wedgewood cups that I found at the thrift shop. And here is Winter!

I have some tiny antique clear beads that have a little sparkle but they are at Mom's place. If I remember to bring them home I just might add some beads to the ground to make the snow sparkle.

Two seasons down and two to go. Hurry up Spring!

Today I plan on working on the appliqué pieces for my Love Entwined quilt. I like to have my ironing surface at a right angle to my work table so that the work area is an L shape with the ironing surface to my right. Did you know that you don't have to raise your ironing board to waist height? You can raise it so that it can be used sitting down. Unfortunately my sewing room is very small and I don't have the space for a full size ironing board beside my work table. But I do have space for an old child's ironing board.

I found this little gem, complete with a wooden iron, at a garage sale a few years back. I think I paid $5 . It is the perfect size for my work room and the work surface is large enough for working on small pieces. I use a travel iron or my little Clover iron. Here it is sitting on Love Entwined.

One of the things I would like to do when I have a few moments is set up a page for a Cast of Characters to showcase my dolls! Here you see a few of them reading a Beatrix Potter story.

If you are new to my blog you may have missed my three part story about Zebra Girls and the rotten cat from two doors down, Teetoo. It is a real cliff hanger! If you are interested you can read Part 1 here, Part 2 here and the Grand Finale here! The story was a little add on to the topic of the day so if you are just interested in the story scroll down each post! Hope the story puts a smile on your face!

Until I post again, keep warm and keep sewing and don't forget to enter my draw for the Mimi Kirchner pattern!


  1. Wonderful winter, well in a teacup at least. Outdoors however is another matter. These pin cushions really are just too adorable. And thank you for linking back to the story about Zebra Girls and Teetoo, it defnitely put a smile on my face.

    1. Thanks Paula! Maybe when I make the Spring pincushion the weather will warm up! I'm glad you liked the story! I'll have to link back to the Turtle Girls doing yoga next time!

  2. Love the story Karen! And the winter pincushion! Snow is here too-yuck.

    1. Thanks TFQ! At least we don't have enough snow that we need to shovel but it is cold and windy! Brrrrr!

  3. You've created another darling pincushion there. I'm so in love with these little worlds you make! :)