Tuesday, February 16, 2010

More Fobulous February

Look! I made it back almost as soon as I thought I might. This past week I finished a fob that was started who-knows-how-long ago. It has to be at least seven years, but there's no way to be certain unless I can attach it to another event. Apparently, I can't. You know how things seem to hide once they find their way to a WIP drawer. Or maybe you don't! That thought makes me feel rather lonely.

Anyway, this is a fob from a Sheepish Designs leaflet called Bee Keeper. I stitched it on 36-count natural linen, so it's a little small. Putting it together was harder than I thought it would be. It looked like it'd be easy, and then it surprised me. Note to self: never think finish finishing will be easy. Please don't examine my work too closely. It could be disappointing. And I promise that I'll run right upstairs and tweeze out the little tiny hairs I can see. Ew.

Yes, those little flower clusters are done with silk ribbon. It's been at least a decade since I've tried that, but it wasn't too, too bad. The little bee skep fob is attached to a pair of scissors (I treated myself!) from Yuko. I'm on the lookout for a little brass bee or two to stitch up toward the top. Hopefully, they'll be at my LNS soon.

Slowly but surely, I've been trying to put my house back in order. It's a wonderful feeling to be getting things back to normal (whatever that is), but I want it done now. Here's a pic I took this morning from the top stair. It kind of looks like doll furniture, doesn't it? My eyes think I could just reach in there with my fingers and move a few things around.

I still need to decide which plants (yes, I'm plant-crazed) will go back downstairs, and there are a few more items to be placed, but you get the idea. I have lots of baseboard painting to do, but that will be done here and there over time. The big summer project will be to paint the walls, so stay tuned for more shenanigans. I'll show pics of the dining area (complete with piano) and kitchen on my next post, along with another view of the living area.

My daughter Nikki had a baby shower on Saturday, thrown by her friend Maribel. We had a great time. As soon as I get her approval on some pictures, I'll share one or two with you. There'll be a new baby boy in the family in about a month. Maybe less! I've informed Nikki that it'd be most convenient for me if he could be born before March 19 so I could have my entire spring break (and maybe more) for some serious baby-holding time. As Doris Day would say, "Que sera, sera."

Make some fun.

25 comments:

Blu said...

Your fob is adorable! Can't see anything wrong, it looks perfect.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Love the fob! It looks perfect - let me know if you can't find a bee. I'm sure my bead store would have them.

Your living room looks wonderful - right out of a magazine!

Can't wait to see pics from the shower and I hope Nikki cooperates and has that sweet baby when you want her to!

VALIE said...

Looks very cozy. I can picture myself stitching in this corner of your house.
You must be very excited about this baby...

stitchinfiend said...

Lovely sissor fob. Your living room looks wonderful

Vonna said...

Your fob is gorgeous :) Yay you!
And your home is beautiful too :) Love those floors and the furniture is so chic!

FayeRaye said...

You will make the greatest Nanna!~~ Love the living room and fob too! YES< bring on spring break!lol

Jennifer said...

I love the new fob. A bee charm would look great on it.I love Bees as I know you do too. Your furniture looks great on the beautiful new floor What a great view of everything. I guess this time of year is good for home improvements as we are doing the same at our house. Exciting news about the new little baby boy Doris! I bet you will be starting the stocking soon! I hope it all works out that he is born so you can just sit and hold him and not worry about going to work!!

Carol said...

Your fob and new living room are both beautiful! I'm so happy for you about your new grandchild, Doris (and just a bit jealous, too :)

Lee said...

What a neat fob! And your living room looks so inviting. Plants will only make it better. They'll really suit that hardwood.

Anna van Schurman said...

I have that pattern. Haven't stitched it. So see? You're way ahead!

Giovanna said...

Very pretty fob, congrats!

Margaret said...

Love your fob, it's wonderful! And your livingroom is looking magazine ready! I love how the wood floors look with your furniture! I hope the new baby comes before your break so you can enjoy to your heart's content!

Susimac said...

I love love love your fob, its wonderful - there is nothing wrong with your finish at all it looks perfect.

Love the picture of your lounge it looks very inviting.

Maggie said...

Your fob look perfect to me:-)
Your living room looks very light and airy, and very tidy!, lol.

Will look forward to the baby shower photos, and i hope Nicki grants your wish before 19th March, how exciting to have a new baby in the house!

Take care

Deb said...

I love your fob Doris. It looks perfect to me! I hope that you find the little bee charms. They shouldn't be too hard to find. Your living room looks wonderful and wouldn't it be fun if you could just reach down and move things around until they were to your liking - they certainly look like doll house furniture from your picture.

And so exciting about the baby - hopefully you'll be able to post pictures of the shower soon, and the baby will arrive on your schedule!! I think you deserve a lot of baby hugging time!

Glenna said...

I love the fob! AND your room with the glorious floor. We removed most of our carpet and replaced it with hardwood. Now I just laugh when one of the six cats pukes all over it. (Well, no, not exactly laugh, but at least don't pull out my hair.)

Kellie said...

That fob is fobulous! Great job! A little bee charm would be perfect. I hope you are able to find one.

Your livingroom also looks fabulous! I agree with Terri...right out of a magazine.

Kellie said...

I meant to add to my first comment...

You are so not alone with the WIP drawer thing. I feel your pain! LOL! I know exactly what you are talking about. Only my WIPs no longer occupy a mere drawer... they reside in a rather large Rubbermaid tote at present. :)

Annemarie said...

What a sweet foblet, Doris! It's just perfect. Can't even see the hairs you were going on about!

Your house looks sooo lovely! And so neat. And uncluttered. I think I will print out this picture and put it in my special Whishful Thinking Journal.

All the best to Nikki!

Robin said...

The fob looks great and so do the floors!

Barbara said...

Congratulations on the upcoming baby boy! :D That's great news!!

Love your beekeeper fob - they pair up a treat with the scissors! :D

Katrina said...

Huge congrats on the grandson, I bet you can't wait.

Love the new floors and gorgeous fob too :-).

Brigitte said...

Looks reat, your furniture on the new hardwood floor.
Such a nice and interesting fob. I have never seen these stitches before, they look gorgeous on the beeskep. And believe me, I know what you mean about drawers holding stitched but unfinished pieces, lol.

Siobhan said...

A baby boy!! I hope all goes smoothly for your daughter and that the baby gets his timing right for his entrance into the world. ;) Your fob is adorable! That is just so neat. Well done, Doris. I love plants, too, especially since I've managed to not kill the ones I've had since we moved here. Yeah me! LOL Love the living room--share pics when you add the plants!

Barb said...

Love your new floor! Wood floors are the best. And I love the felted bags! I've done one and it took me ages to felt it. Lots and lots of boiling water and stirring around with a wooden spoon in the kitchen sink.