I am finally feeling better (at least for today) and it is sunny and above 50 degrees. This is where you picture me dancing around, at least I am picturing myself dancing around, even if my body doesn't show any actual movement! I have lots of fun to share today though so I better get started.
I went for a much needed walk yesterday to this little thrift store a few blocks away. All in all there wasn't much there, but I did find these two little treasures for under a dollar. I really have to blame Barbara over at Oodles and Oodles for my new obsession with thrifted things I would have normally overlooked. She has been doing this countdown for the last month to her self appointed start of yard sale season. And that day is tomorrow, April 18th. She keeps showing all the great little things she has found and has helped put me more in touch with this more crafty, feminine part of Stacy that has been hiding inside for so long. She also participated in a show and tell this Sunday (which led to to more great blogs) on vintage hankies. She has tons, and they are all beautiful. I have to say, as one prone to allergies, that the idea of using a cloth hanky, as an actual hanky kind of grosses me out. I suppose it is a flaw against the environment that I will just have to live with. But as a little piece of the past or a presentation of kindness between friends, I can totally jump on the hanky bandwagon! It was in this spirit that I spotted my two little hanky/dish towel treasures. They are a little big to be hankies and a little small for dish towel. I think I will call them dankies? Any way, check out the little "windows" in them filled with the tiniest embroidery and needlework! There is a bit of masking tape stuck to the back which I think I can pull off with a little effort, but otherwise they are the first in my hanky or danky collection!
So I stayed up late burning the Dear Jane oil. I was working on C-3: Rayelle's Fence which I have renamed "Cut up a bunch of tiny squares and painstakingly sew them back together". It was really good piecing practice for me, but it did take a lot of very delicate handling. And since the sun is finally starting to shine, I was able to take it outside for some real light shots. Woohoo!
C-3: Rayelle's Fence I cut the strips/pieces to the exact measurements Anina gave, and even trace the 1/4 in. seam allowance, but with a smidgeon here and a wee bit there, it has turned out a little small. What do I do? It is between 4 3/4 in and 5 in. Not that I couldn't use the practice making a new one, but I have lots of others to practice on so I am hoping I can make it work. All my others have been to big. I am just not quite sure how to make it bigger in a block like this without messing up the whole thing. Do I just make the outside pieces bigger? Any thoughts?
OK, is it me or is Blogger all wacky today? I have been trying to post this since 1pm but either the pictures wont load, or it wont save. I think we are really spoiled to have all this amazing technology at our fingertips but when you plan on it working and it doesn't...uhhh. I had more on my list but what with all the crazy blogger stuff, I am going to post this while I can. More soon, and possibility of something super exciting for Sat. Keep your fingers crossed!