Saturday, November 28, 2009

Done.

I've been migraine-plagued and a bit blue these last few days, but nonetheless I pressed on with making the 24 little linen-and-pillowcase bags for my advent bunting.



Handsewing each one closed was quite soothing. I'm growing to love hand-stitching.




I've left them unnumbered. Perhaps I'll stitch or stamp some numbers on next December -  If I haven't decided to use the sweet little bags for something else by then.



I've also patched together the left-over pillowcase material onto some calico.  It was sitting there looking lonely and unloved. I'm not sure what this log-cabin-esque piece is destined for, but the process was very satisfying, sewing down one scrap after another onto the calico without thinking too much. All of the material is so soft and worn, I felt like laying my own head down and having a sleep...




And now, I'm going to disappear back into the headache haze, lying on the couch grateful for the
soothing sound of heavy rain, and silence from the boys' bedroom...

31 comments:

  1. DAMNATION! Can't stand those suckers that hit you right between the eyeballs (or thereabouts). Hope you're feeling much spiffier by the morning and readying to come over all adventy and festive-like. The kids are going to LOVE 'em.

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  2. They are just absolutely lovely, and very serene looking hanging from the bookcase.
    Maybe that lovely scrap log cabin could become a cushion cover for the couch so that you can actually rest your head?

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  3. I'm sorry to hear about your headaches. Are those tension related? I hope you will feel better again soon, Gina.

    I think the advent bunting is a great idea and those sachets are lovely.

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  4. oh those little bags are just gorgeous and the patchwork so pretty! I do hope you are feeling better soon, migraines are just the pits, thinking of you.

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  5. those are so pretty, and clever. feel better :( i wouldn't wish a migraine on my worst enemy. ok, maybe i would...:) feel better.

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  6. Sorry you are not feeling good Gina, hope you are better soon. Those little pockets make me smile, they're lovely.

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  7. Gorgeous! Worth all the effort x Now go have that rest!!

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  8. again BEAUTIFUL fabric, i like what you did with the scraps too, hope you're feeling better soon.

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  9. Oh Gina, sorry to hear about the migraines. I completely empathise with you, they are so horrible and debilitating.

    But good on you for soldiering on. What a beautiful idea for a bunting and christmas. So lovely, so clever, so Gina.

    Hope your 100% again soon. Take care xo

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  10. They're looking lovely, Gina! Can't imagine how you made them while you were feeling so poorly and wrangling two lively little fellas.

    Get some rest and banish those migraines.....

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  11. You know your right!! Wy would I want to make more things that look like buntings lol... BUT I can visit your blog an admire your wonderful work!!!! Well done!!!

    xo Steph

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  12. Just gorgeous Gina. Love them :)
    Totally in love with your remnant quilt too.
    K

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  13. Your advent calendar looks great. Really great. And your little patch work is verrrry sweet. I do hope your migraine goes away soon. I get them too and know how maddening they can be. Take care.

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  14. Hope that you are feeling better soon - I used to suffer from them too so am full of feeling for you!! Still loving your bunting and the quilting is great. x

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  15. hope you are feeling better.... I know what those are about.
    on a brighter note, LOVE your advent bags!

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  16. Hope the migraine is gone soon, and you can get back to regular crafting.

    I've fallen in love with hand stitching recently too.

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  17. BEAUTIFUL! Very cute... love it!

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  18. What a beautiful string of loveliness for your Advent. I'm imaging them with special fairy stones, or buttons or a perfect handful of beads to string into a necklace and similar treasures for your Advent days. Hoping they are headache free, but still nice and quiet!
    take care and rest well.
    - E xx

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  19. Oh Gina, I am sure u r so happy to have finished.Now to fill them.

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  20. What a gorgeous idea. I've been trying to think of a different advent "calendar" to make and use year-to-year with the grandies, and yours is just lovely. I love the way you used the scraps and I'm sure you're going to make something beautiful with the pillow-case-scrap-clad calico. Hope your head is much better today.

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  21. what about... pouches to hold seeds in as gifts for some kind of celebration in the year... you could even make up a family tradition... or you could use them as gratitude pouches and keep them in a box and when someone feels like giving a little handmade gift or card or something to another member of the family they put it in the pouch and hang it on their door or put it under their pillowcase to discover in the morning... just a thought. xo m.

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  22. I hope your woes are not scarf induced!
    Perhaps this will cheer you a little?
    http://warmwomen.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/generous/
    Thanks so much Gina.
    Claire : )

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  23. Sorry to hear you've been feeling lousy Gina, I hope things pick up soon. Headaches and the blues suck. The vintage pillowcases look awesome lining the advent bags, and in the cushion.

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  24. oh dear headaches are the pits - but what a fabulous project - I want one!

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  25. Hope you're all better now.

    Loving the combo of fabrics in your patchwork piece!

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  26. your advent is looking great. Oh how I hate the migraine and the time that is wasted waiting for it to go away!

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  27. Migraines are the pits, I totally feel your pain but well done for stitching on through. Your little bags look fabulous.

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  28. You poor thing, hope the nasty blues have dissapeared with the weather. And the sunshine has brought happiness along with it. Your calendar is gorgeous. Put some numbers on those lovingly hand sewn bags and keep them for all the years to come. Then you can look back and enjoy them year after year. I think they are fabulous! (just like you...)

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  29. Hope all is well in your space now Gina, I don't get migraines but they certainly sound hideous.

    Your advent is beautiful.

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  30. Gina these are too cool for school! Beautiful!

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  31. i hope you are feeling much better Gina. I get migraines that wipe me out for days at a time. i think your advent solution is the lovliest i have seen. well done

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