Posts Tagged ‘toys’

Creativity with Clutter

October 18, 2017

I made a quilt with tea towels, because I needed to get creative with my clutter.

Scotland forever, warming up my toes

The towels were gifts, so I knew from the get-go that I could never dry the dishes with them. I still wanted to use them, but for the longest time couldn’t figure out how. The absurdities of aging gave me an idea. I very often have cold shoulders and hot feet, so I made a small snuggle quilt. It is also a good size for when my shoulders are hot and my feet are cold.

The borders and binding came from my blue and green fabric drawer. I pulled out the smallest pieces, the ones that were essentially cluttering up the drawer, cut them in strips and sewed until I was satisfied.

My guard hippo and lucky egg

This is one of the non-fabric collections that lives in the sewing room. I call it a decorative display. My family calls it clutter. My friend Bettina suggested I write a story about monsters hiding in the sewing room. I glanced around at my toy collection, and an idea was born.

What secrets does the black-eyed seal hide? Will the roadrunner tell?

I think my toys are cute, but those are the things that make horror stories even more frightening, yes? So, now I’m thinking of the stories as well as the quilts that can come out of my sewing room clutter. There are still a couple of weeks before Halloween, so maybe I’ll come up with something to celebrate, either in words or in fabric.

Luck and wisdom!

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Time To Play

May 13, 2015

This was the week to meet deadlines. I didn’t have time to play. “Self,” I said, “what did you expect when you leave things to the last minute? Get started on your next Progressive project now.”

A paw in progress

A paw in progress

It was easy to obey that command, because all I have to make is one simple 12″ block – a Bear’s Paw. Bear’s Paw got me thinking about teddy bears. That got me thinking about toys, and I was back to thinking about playing.

Stuffed toys at rest

Stuffed toys at rest

These are some of the stuffed toys I bought the kids when they were young. The kids grew up, and were ready to part with the toys. I wasn’t. They live on the top shelf of the closet. Don’t even think I’m saving them for grandkids. I’m saving them for myself.

A bull-riding dragon

A bull-riding dragon

These are toys I bought myself. The longhorn steer was acquired on a road trip to Texas. I wish I could say the dragon had been acquired on a road trip to Pern. To be honest, I’ve forgotten where I got it.

Stuffed sea lion with collar

Stuffed sea lion with collar

I remember this little guy, because my friend Sarah Ryan bought it for me in San Francisco. I was supposed to make a little shirt for it, but the gold fringe collar is as far as I’ve got. Yet another project on the stack, but a cute one.

Luck and wisdom!

Is There Joy In Organizing?

April 29, 2015

The bathroom remodel is finally done. The last trim pieces were installed, and the varnish on the vanity (and isn’t that a great name for a novel?) has cured long enough to organize the drawers and cupboard.

The vanity that Stewart built

The vanity that Stewart built

I should be thrilled, but I’m not. Storage in the old bathroom was minimal, so now that we have more room I’ll be moving items from other cabinets into the new bathroom. That means there will be holes on shelves all around the house. The sensible part of my brain tells me to look at the new-found space with a view to better efficiency. The selfish part of my brain says, “Stuff the shelves with overflow from the sewing room!”

The sewing room is looking pretty bad these days. The projects I left before heading out to Art Quilt Santa Fe did not magically make themselves. Also, I came back with more treasures.

Lani Longshore deer pin

This pin depicts deer in the desert, but I’m seeing reindeer that can go with my Space Viking series (don’t ask about the connection – it makes sense to me).

Thanks, Betty!

Thanks, Betty!

This is a piece of hand-painted silk Betty Busby gave me. I have many ideas, and some new silk batting to use.

Lani Longshore bird toy

This is a toy that Gale Oppenheim-Pietrzak gave me. It flashes different colors when you squeeze it. I had hoped to post a video of the light show, but technology has thwarted me. My ancient phone and camera aren’t compatible with the systems on our Linux-based computers. Perhaps someday I’ll be able to post it. And my sewing room will be tidy. And my projects will finish themselves. And pigs will fly.

Luck and wisdom!