Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1Thessalonians 5:16-18

Monday, April 1, 2013

Two Finishes

Good Morning friends! The snow continues to melt and we have lots of robins about finally. We enjoyed wonderful family time yesterday at my mom's for Easter dinner. We all ate too much!

I made this the other day for Mabel. The basket we had used for the dog toys was very old and worn out.
I used the tutorial I found here. I changed up the size, to make it shorter and wider. Works great. Only problem is, I wasn't counting on Mabel thinking she could use it as a bed!! She drags it to where she wants it, and pulls out most the toys. Then plops her little self right in. Oh dear! That fusible interfacing is not going to hold up to repeated squashing. I hope this new fad wears off.

I also am glad to say I got the Paschal Lamb made into a framed flatfold before Holy Saturday. So I enjoyed my Lenten piece in it's finished state for one whole day before Easter Sunday when He arose!! I used Vonna's tutorial on a flatfold.
See the little toy lamb? That was my mother's when she was a girl. It is a Steiff. It is rather dingy and well loved, but it is precious to me.

I am going to make up a mug mat today. I finished the embroidery for it last night. It is a sweet, little pattern I have had printed out and waiting for me for two years! Glad it is finally stitched.

Oh, so many treats are calling my name! I simply must get on that treadmill, even if I move at a turtle's pace.

Have a wonderful day in the Lord my friends.

Stuffing my face with chocolates, stitching and praying,
Vickie

30 comments:

Margaret said...

Love Mabel's new toy basket! lol about her thinking it's a bed! I hope it holds up to her abuse of it. :D Love your lenten lamb finish too. And your mom's Steiff lamb! I love Steiff!

Honeybee said...

Maybe you should make another basket and put a cushion in the bottom... she'd probably still empty her toys and use that one! ;O)

Giovanna said...

The lamb is even more adorable made up like that - great work. And lovely basket for Mabel.

Emma/Itzy said...

Perhaps Mabel is telling you because it is so fabulous she wants a matching bed?? Hehe!

thank you for the link to the tutorial - I have always wanted to try a flatfold but never knew how to go about it, I will definitely try it soon :)

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Une bonne journée pour vous mon amie !

Have a good day for you

bisouxxxxxx from France

marly said...

How cute about Mabel's new bed!

Lesley said...

What a lovely basket. No wonder your Mabel has taken it for a bed:)

gracie said...

How wonderful to have the lamb from your mom. Your stitched pieced is very nice finished as a flat-fold...thank goodness for that tutorial that we all have used! As for Mabel, well she must really like that toy/bed basket a lot.

Annie said...

Mabel really knows how to re-purpose something great!

Annette-California said...

At least sweet Mabel has found a place where she feels comfortable:) That's a huge compliment to you Vickie! The toy keeper looks beautiful. no wonder Mabel wants to cuddle up inside:) Beautiful keepsake of your mom's - a precious lamb. Your mom's lamb looks to be in great condition - how perfect it looks next to your beautiful newest flat fold. love Annette

Mii Stitch said...

Lovely new toy basket for Mabel!... In pink of course! xx

cucki said...

Aww sweet new basket..so pretty..
Hugs x

Carol said...

I noticed the pink color right away, Vickie :) Is that Mabel's favorite, too? Even if she ends of squishing it, how nice that she loves something you created for her!! Your lamb looks beautiful all framed up and your mother's Steiff lamb is a real heirloom!

butterfly said...

A new basket , Pets always want to try some thing new !
you done a great job of it Vickie and the Lamb.
Hugs .

Michelle said...

Such a lovely toy basket - I don't blame Mabel for using it as a basket for herself - too adorable! Great job on the lamb.

Nicky said...

Two beautiful finishes Vickie, how sweet that Mabel wants to use the basket for herself....

Simply Victoria said...

Lovely flat fold! We need a picture of Mabel inside her toy basket! ;)

Varla Lee said...

Hello! I´m very happy to meet you and your sweet blog, it si so full of love!! I feel the tender when i read every post you puted here! Thanks for share the lamb cross stitch pattern, i will stitch it cause i love God too. The Psalm above is so beautiful... thanks!Hugs from Italy, a new follower.

Lillie said...

Awww...that's so cute of Mabel dragging the basket away. She must have thought it was made for her and not for her toys, LOL.

You finished the flatfold beautifully. The toy lamb is adorable and a treasure.

Jane said...

Bless little Mabel, if you had made that for me I would want to sleep in it too, it's very pretty and comfy looking, who can blame her!
I have a few of my Mum's stuffed toys which certainly don't look in the good condition your lovely sheep is but they mean so much don't they?
Your flatfold finish is lovely, I would love to attempt one but too scared, perhaps the tutorial will egg me on.
Have a lovely week xxx

Chris said...

Lovely finishes Vickie! It sounds like you had a great Monday...is the chocolate gone? :)

New York State Of Mind said...

You will have to either make Mabel a bed that matches or another place for her toys. LOL Really loved the lamb and the cross.

Marilyn

Parsley said...

I adore the toy basket! Precious!

Beautiful finish and the meaning behind the lamb and cross makes it even more beautiful.

moreofhim said...

I love your little basket for Mabel's toys! I also use a basket for my puppies toys. :) I can see why she wants to sleep it in...it looks very comfy! Your cross-stitch picture is so beautiful, too, and love your finish. You're so talented!!

Praying this finds you feeling better!!

Blessings - Julie

Catherine said...

What a sweet little basket!! How cute that Mabel does what she does ~ is there a way to make another one a little sturdier for a bed?
Your finish is darling and oh my, what a sweet treasure you have from your mom!! I love sheep, so I love this post!!

Sally said...

Wonderful finishes Vickie. Mabel's new toy basket is adorable and I laughed when you said she's using it as a bed. Bless her.

Anne said...

Such a sweet little basket for Mabel's toys! So funny that she's claiming it as her bed. Happy Belated Easter! I'm finally catching up on blog reading. Your lamb finish is darling and the little toy lamb is so cute!

Hugs!

Melanie said...

Love the lamb all done up.
He looks just perfect next to the Steiff one. :)

merumo said...

Is Maybel a playful toy poodle girl? Ms. Limo loves her toys :) Your framed Paschal Lamb piece looks so nice and perfect for this time of the year. I will have to remember to stitch Lamb before the next Easter ;) Thanks for a beautiful inspirations!

Trace4J said...

Hugs Prayers and Love to you Friend!