6.01.2009

birdhouse



The busy-ness of school winding down in our house has left all of us scurrying here and scurrying there trying to get. everything. done.
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But I can find time to sew. And even tho I seem to have this love-hate relationship with fabric lately -- ugh -- I love the picking out of fabrics. The putting together of complimentary colors, but oh, the absolute physical reluctance to sew it into anything -- it has become such a love/hate relationship for me.

So, I will stick to smaller projects. Projects that make me smile with ease and not cringe with overwhelmingness -- is that a word?



Choosing pastel prints and trying to think of something pretty to applique, I decided on a birdhouse. I merely drew this from my head onto fusible web and ironed it to muslin.

And what's a birdhouse without wild roses winding their way around the post?



A gift for my sister-in-law. Her entry way is decorated with so many birdhouses. You just can't have too many birdhouses welcoming your guests when they enter your house. Right? Well, I hope she agrees!


A bit of simpleness with a vintage, white button.

A birthday birdhouse for not only for someone who is my sister-in-law, but for someone who has become a dear, dear friend.



20 comments:

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Oh, yes, overwhelmingness is a word! I experience it frequently! This wall hanging is so precious and I love the originality of your work. The fabrics you chose are so pretty. The fifth picture down just speaks to me, it's so simple and so beautiful seeing your straight lines of stitching and that old button on pink gingham, ahhh! Have a great week! Twyla

Michelle said...

My goodness! You are so talented! I just found your blog today and finished making your fabric flower by following your tutuorial. I look forward to reading more of you blogs and to creating things as well!
Thanks again for the inspiration today to DO something!

Dandelion Quilts said...

Those flowers are so pretty. I think I am in the same love/hate relationship! I have decided to stop my stash madness until I put a bit of a dent into it. I swear it. Maybe. Until I am tempted at least!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Very creative and very cute. Lucky friend.

ivoryspring said...

Dawn,

This is most darling! You did a marvelous job. I love how you did the silk embroidery - so very adorable. You have thoroughly impressed me!

willywagtail said...

Your ribbon embroidery is just too gorgeous, like yummy coloured icing. I understand too. I cut and match and sew all sorts of things in my head but just can't bring myself to touch the real things. Very frustrating. Cherrie

Evelyn said...

Oh my God!!! I want one like this one. It is wonderful.

Robyn said...

Dear lovely Dawn,
I reckon we all go through this sometime and you're so wise sticking to little things... we get them finished that way.
Your birdhouse is completely adorable... I really want to touch your little roses (ahem, excuse me *grin*).. it's just gorgeous!!!
Your SIL / friend will love it!!
You're such a clever girl... still love 'everything' you do!!!
Such an inspiration!!

I found my crochet hooks the other day...see what you made me do :p
hugs
Robyn xx

Robyn said...

Oh 'overwhelmingness' is currently residing in my house :O!!
It's definitely a word here!!

Cheryl said...

Very pretty. I really like your embellishments.

Knot Garden said...

Sometimes a small project is just enough. That is the prettiest thing ever! The colours, the embellishments, everything is just beautiful.

Jackie said...

What a most wonderful gift for a sister in law! She is sure to love it! sometimes small projects are just what the doctor ordered!

Tudy said...

That is so cute. I did silk ribbon embrodiery a long time ago. Thanks for reminding me I could do it again.

Connie W said...

This is so sweet and the colors are too.

Michelle said...

Hey "New Friend"! Just wanted to let you know I've posted about your tutorial on my blog! Have a great day!

QuiltedSimple said...

Love the birdhouse - it is perfect, she will love it.
Kris

jacquie said...

totally cute and sweet! i love a small project too...i'm with you on that word...overwhelmingness!

Yours Truly said...

All of your stuff is so gorgeous. Great job on this one too.

~~Deby said...

first time here and enjoying your blog very much..beautiful work...I will be back...
deby

AJ said...

That is so pretty! I love the buttons on the border.