Tuesday, April 12, 2011


This is clipped from a very funny book called "Tottering-By-Gently" by English cartoonist, Annie Tempest.

The hilarious characters of the book are Daphne and Dicky. 
While dwelling at Tottering-By-Gently, they own dogs, pursue gardening, shoot clay pigeons, and gossip galore!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

SEWING: A Soft Linen Birdcage Cover

For Christmas, my children gave me 2 adorable little parakeets!!
They are such cheerful little creatures.  They sing and chirp and LOVE to listen to my daughters play their amazing piano ballads. 
We have a VERY musical family, so the birds are constantly puffed up and happy :)

Up until now, I have been covering the cage each night with whatever I have around the house...an old piece of flannel has been sufficing. 
I was trying to think of something that would be functional AND pretty and finally got this little version in my head.

I had purchased the linen awhile ago, you know, thinking it was soooo sweet and I'd find SOMETHING to make out of it!!  So when I started going through my fabric boxes, I knew I'd found the perfect project for it.  Doesn't it look sweet??

My girls have affectionately named the birds "Barry" and "Kiwi" :)

So when I drew up this design on paper, I knew I wanted a matching piping.  But when I looked at the ready-made options available, I was not happy.  They were too big and bulky and I wanted more of a mini piping.  Unfortunately, I didn't have enough of the fabric to make my own either.  So I had to come up with another solution.  I ended up buying a really small diameter cording and ready-made bias tape in the right color and made it out of that!!  It turned out great.

All of the details are simple, yet adorable. 

And the birds??  I think they like it too.

I'm so grateful for the opportunity to link this new blog to "Debbiedoo's Newbie Party" over at Debbiedoo's Blogging and Blabbing.  Isn't it such a neat idea.....helping us Newbies out??  THANK YOU, Debbie!!

  I'm also linking to Susan's, Between Naps on the Porch for "Metamorphosis Monday".  Which is a delightful place, like Debbie's, to find all kinds of fun talent!!  THANK YOU, Susan!!

That is of course.....if I can figure out how to do this linky thing.....I've only tried it once.  :/

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