repurposing vintage textiles

The first cut I made felt like a stinging stab.

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colored world

So, how was y’alls week?

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We had a mixed bag of weather again this week, nothing major – enough snow to be pretty, then it went away.

Father Cottage had surgery this week, which he came through with flying colors.

Earlier in the week, That Cat and I took a little walk in the snow.

First Stop is to watch the fish swim under the ice.

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Hello Mr. Owl, hope your head isn’t too cold.

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My studio remains quiet and under pad-lock, but oh so lovely in a blanket of white.  Don’t you think?

The last of the logs were hauled away this week, clearing the way for the excavation to continue.

If the weather would only allow…

Here’s the thing.

I’m wrestling with my colored world.

When all the changes come about to our little cottage, you guys might be surprised to know

that Coral Cottage will no longer be.  I mean our cottage will no longer be coral colored.

You know I love color, so it won’t be colorless, I can assure you of that!

My domain name expires soon and so will this blog.

I’m not sure where that leaves us.

I’ve been pondering this for a long time, but the answer hasn’t come to me.

Whether I should continue to blog.

Should I continue to blog under a new name?

I’ve really come to enjoy the conversations that I have shared with my on-line blogging friends and don’t really want that to end.

Sigh.  I’ll continue to ponder.

Meanwhile…

Later today the super bowl will be played, and tomorrow is groundhog day.  Personally I’d rather watch a groundhog look for his shadow – just sayin’.

A little February folk-lore.

• February 2 is also Candlemas Day. It’s no accident that Groundhog Day and Candlemas are celebrated together, for both signify the triumph of light over darkness, spring over winter. In the Christian tradition, it is the day when a year’s supply of candles are blessed. See more about Candlemas.

• February 2 is 40 days after Christmas and is known as the Feast of the Purification among Christians. “February” was the month for cleansing, when yule greens were removed from homes and churches and old brush and debris were burned to prepare the fields for the next sowing.

• February 2 is exactly halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, and the daylight is 1 hour and 2 minutes longer on this day than it was when winter began.

When is the spring equinox? See our First Day of Spring page here.

Oh, about those groundhogs: Expect 6 more weeks of winter either way!

I totally took all the above information from The Farmer’s Almanac.

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Cottage photos January 1-11 excavation

Hey you guys, it’s been awhile.

Everybody and everything here at the cottage has been ka-put, wonky, torn-up, broken, or sick.

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threads

Threads that bind us together.

Last weekend, Mr. Cottage treated me to a trip to a few craft and thrift stores.

Honestly it isn’t an easy undertaking and I’m really lucky that he is so patient with me.

New embroidery thread.

The colors make me swoon.

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I always lose the color codes, and end up with a tangled mess of thread,  so I’m finally trying to organize and write down the numbers.

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I used a craft punch to cut out the free artist pages from an old issue of  Somerset Studio magazine, wrote the color codes on the back and wrapped the thread as nicely as I could.

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A sewing project using all vintage materials, except the sparkly button is a new find.

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Each piece of old fabric scrap is sewn  to the piping and then the vintage buttons are hand sewn into place.

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Burlap, a few french knots, pom pom fringe

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The plan is to sew the finished piping on an old popcorn or chenille blanket that I plan to sew into a scarf.

Keeps my fingers busy and my mind in a good place.

I purchased this wool blanket from a thrift shop

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I paid just a few dollars, it is in excellent shape.  My intentions were to cut it up and use it in a project, but for now we (the cats) are enjoying snuggling in it so much I can’t bear to take that away from them.

Going to the craft store and seeing  on the cover of  Haute Handbags magazine a bag made by my talented friend Debra of Monnie Bean Folk Art.  She has been published many times.  It felt good to see her work front and center.

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Debra creates folk art that is very different from my glass art, but more in lines with  my mixed media work, and what my heart has been whispering to me to follow.  Debra crafts beauty with her words  and photography from her heart on her personal blog flowersmith-debra.  Her creations and her words have kept me inspired in the past few weeks. I can hear hear her whispering encouragement to me when I am sinking low and I know that her words are the threads to keep me going.

Coming home to a basket full of goodies from the girlfriends and these lovely orange Gerbera daisies.

So sweet.

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The threads that bind us together.  Feeling the love y’all.

See you later, Bye!

Kim