Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Bowl Fillers


Has anyone else been experiencing difficulty leaving comments on blogger? I've been having trouble with about half of the blogs that I visit. The trouble is the comment window won't open and when I try I get a blank page that remains blank. Nothing happens. I'm still reading the posts and haven't forgotten about you, I just can't leave a comment. If you've had this problem and have found a solution please let me know what you did to correct it.

I'm still trying to get my Christmas decorations put away. They've been taken down and rounded up and are ready to be packed up as soon as someone helps me get the containers down from the attic. This is what happens when you have to rely on others for the muscle, you have to work with their time table.

This month has been a weird one for me as far as getting anything in the creative area completed. I've spent a great deal of time getting my house in order and all is organized and neat and even dusted which is the one chore I loath. Now that everything is orderly I find myself not wanting to mess it up. Yesterday I decided that I really needed to start working on something so I made myself make a little bitty mess.

I pulled my good old sewing machine out from under the table and a box or two of fabric down from the top shelf and started looking for something suitable for making something for Valentine's Day decorating. I've never really decorated for this holiday but have been seeing some really nice things being made by some of you and decided to give it a go.

Here is my collection of pink or rose fabrics. It's a limited assortment as pink isn't one of my favorite colors. There's nothing wrong with it but I prefer red or green. Go figure.

Since the heart shape is big for this holiday I fooled around making several heart shaped patterns and finally decided on a shape and then I went about cutting and sewing and stuffing the little heart pillows.

Then I needed a bowl to display them and found an old wooden salad bowl that I've owned for nearly 50 years. I haven't used it in ages and had forgotten about it. It didn't look all that great so I set about giving it a face lift. This morning I took some pictures of the finished display.

The fabric used for these hearts is muslin. The patterned fabric is some that I sponge painted years ago for another project. A small contrasting heart is stitched by hand on the plain muslin. I know that three hearts would follow the rule of odd numbered elements in a grouping for a more visually appealing arrangement but I've made four hearts and couldn't decide which to leave out of the bowl so just pretend it looks just fine. That's what I'm doing.

I"m trying to decide what type of mess to make next. Since the sewing machine has been behaving itself I might make a small quilt or some pillow covers for the some of the pillows I've grown tired of. Then again, I might make some new dresses for a few of my dolls or maybe a new doll. That's what's so great about having so many supplies tucked away, all of the options of things to be created. 

Hope you're finding enjoyable ways of being creative.

As always, thanks for stopping by.


The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Miss Maddyrose,

Miss Mona is having the same problem with comments. I just tried to leave a message for Miss Polly and I could not. So something is going on....

Your hearts are "bee-u-tee-ful". Can't wait to see your next project.

Hi Bellamine, Hi Wendy.


Ascension said...

Si toda la ropa que haces te queda tan fantastica como esos corazones, ponte a trabajar y sube fotografias.....
besitos ascension

Erin Tame Designs said...

Very cute!

Linda in New Mexico said...

Hey you. I have noticed lots of folks having the same difficulty. Bird being the one that comes to mine most. Sorry, I've said it before and I'll say it again, Blogger is the devil.....likes messing with our minds.
Your hearts are fabu. I love being able to go into the stash and create on a whim. Good for you. The salad bowl idea was superb and looks great. I usually put up a Valentoonie tree but not this year. Too much mess right now to even try. I look forward to seeing your other endeavors.....Linda

colleens craft shed said...

Love how your hearts turned out! They look great in the bowl.
I have had the same problem with you , not everytime but enough. Sorry I don't have any to help you with on it.

Cobblestone Creations said...

Your hearts are perfect! They really compliment that room very well. Ah, heck ~ go make some red ones too! ;)

Crystal said...

These hearts are so adorable. You know I decorate for every holiday. In fact I have a area in my foyer that I alternate with holiday items. Right now its the hearts of course. I haven't had any problems with commenting, but I am just now getting back to myself after being sick for what seems like months...and yes, I am still putting away Christmas items. Two trees are still up but at least I got all the ornaments put up. :-)

Kays Kids said...

How frustrating not to be able to comment. I wish I could help, but I'm not a wizz on the computer.
I love your hearts. I don't seem to decorate for valentines, may be I should.
I think Wilbur would like a heart!!!!
Hugs Granny and Wilbur.

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Cute Hearts. I'm going to make a little doll quilt when I finish my samplers. Try hitting/holding the Esc key or sign out and use a different browser, i.e. if you're in Internet Explorer go to Firefox or vice versa. I use Google Chrome and I seldom have problems.
Hope this helps.

orchid said...

Dearest Maddy,
Oh, yes I have same trouble for a couple of my friends!!! For about a half of your friends? That's too many and so sorry that I don't have a clue to fix it and really irritating, isn't it☆☆☆
Thank GOD I could see your lovely comment for me♬♬♬
Oh, I LOVE your new heart pillows and look good in the bowl which got a face lift♡♡♡ Never knew about the number thing,haha. Your arrangement around the mirror is wonderful and SO GORGEOUS, my friend!!!
Much Love and Big Hugs to you, xoxo Miyako*

Mary @ Colony Mountain... said...

Lovely idea for a bowl filler...hearts are always wonderful! Everything in the picture is so neat and clean. I am a bit envious...must get to dusting!

Christel Hutson said...

Hi Maddy, this was happening to me a lot a couple of months ago..I found that when I uncheck the box, that says keep me signed in..I was able to leave messages..hope this helps xoxo Christel

Lois--Huckleberry Lady said...

Hi Maddy, Love your hearts. I too, am having problems leaving comments on just a couple of blogs I follow. Must be blogger???? There was one blog that wouldn't even come up???
Have a good one.


Katy Cameron said...

I hate to say it, but changing from IE to Chrome fixed the problem for me. It's people that have embedded comments under their posts, IE doesn't like it for some reason (was the result of a BLogger change a while back)

For the love stuff, there's some a fab wee paper pieced Love cushion you can make, remind me and I'll look out the link to the letters for you :o)

Crystal Cook said...

I love those hearts Maddy. :) My favorite colors and they have a wonderful cozy look to them.

And I have been having problems with leaving comments too. I switched my internet browser from internet explorer to Firefox and now I can leave comments. So I thought it was just my computer. I wonder if that would help you?

Mina said...

Hello sweet Maddy Rose. Yes, I have had the same problem commenting on some blogs. It is really annoying and unfortunately I don't have any solutions.

Your heart pillows are gorgeous! I love muslin. Actually, the entire display is really beautiful. The heart on the wall, the candles, plant...all very gorgeous together. Also, if you count the bowl as part of your display then you have an odd number. ;-)

I love taking out supplies that have been stored awhile. It is like a treasure hunt. I have missed my visits and want to thank you so much for yours as well as your sweet and loving comments on my blog. Hugs to you my precious friend. Mina

Leny said...

I love those hearts you have made!!

Love pink!!!

Happy Friday!!

Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

Thank you so much for visiting us. We hope you will come again soon.

I love your hearts. I've always liked anything with hearts. One of my favorite shapes!

I used to have this problem with leaving comments and various other problems. Someone suggested that I switch from internet explorer to Google Chrome. I did switch and it seems to have solved the problems.

I love your blog and will visit often.


Diane MacNaughtan * Dianie Mac * said...

Hi Maddy,
What a beautiful display. your home is gorgeous!!!!
Love the hearts :)

I finally got my Christmas down and into the storage shed, but like you, I have to depend on my hubby or son to do some of the tasks.. geez, it's crappy getting older when it comes to our muscle

Hugs to you :)