Stuffed Pumpkin

I love pumpkins. Pumpkin anything. Pumpkin everything. Pumpkin this. Pumpkin that. All pumpkin, all the time. Every Fall, it’s an obsession.

It’s only natural, then, that my daily fabric obsession would meet my Autumnal pumpkin obsession and make friends.

A stuffed fabric pumpkin!

Flowers are for Fall, too!

My fabric and pumpkin obsessions are well acquainted.

Many stuffed fabric pumpkins!

Lots of stuffed fabric pumpkins!

Best friends, even. I’ve  introduced them to my lesser embroidery obsession.

Many stuffed fabric pumpkins!

This is the detail of the embroidery in the background. It’s a design from Crabapple Hill called Autumn’s Harvest Pumpkin #304.

They all get along swell.

Imaginary obsession play-dates aside, I’ve been busy with Thanksgiving preparation. And by “preparation ” I mean “cleaning”.

We’re having a smallish Thanksgiving, just immediate family. Which will be great, but will still require the dining room table. When you use the dining room table as a work station, work gets interrupted when you need the dining room table for, you know, dining. So the dining room is getting fancied up. And the dining room table is getting cleared. And I’m counting our cranberry sauce cans carefully so that we have enough.

We have much to the thankful for this year. I hope that your Thanksgiving is just as blessed as ours is sure to be.

See you later, in the Christmas season! [Christmas Day is about a month away. Don't PANIC!]

The Easy Friday List, July 20

This is my weekly list (posted every Friday) of items that have made my life easier in some measurable way these last seven days. Maybe they can make your life easier too. Friday should be easy.

HSN: Shyeah, the Home Shopping Network. They very nicely managed to get my new computer here within a record-setting three business days. I didn’t have to pay extra shipping, either. To top it off, I even get to pay for the thing in four monthly installments, interest free. How cool izzat?

The Computer: We all knew the new computer would make the list this week. I really hate being obvious, but I put it here anyway; sometimes the obvious needs to be stated. The new computer is truly wondrous. It’s an HP P7-1235, if you’re looking for a new computer. I highly recommend it.

Derwent Inktense Water Soluble Pencils: I found these at Micheal’s recently and, after reading about them on an art review blog, decided to snap them up with a 40% off coupon. Even so, they were quite expensive and I wondered if I made a huge mistake. So I tried them out on an idea I’ve been brewing for a bit.

Bird painting on muslin by Janet Millsapps at fig+fence.

This is the under-painting for the bird embroidery on unbleached muslin. The scenery will be left alone.

I am completely in love with these pencils.

Bird painting on muslin by Janet Millsapps at fig+fence.

A picture of my work area (a.k.a the plastic folding table in the living room) just before I cleaned the area up. The original picture is on the left.

I  printed the original picture from a photography site I pinned two weeks ago.(Here’s the original blog post by Christopher Campbell. He has some amazing shots on his site. This one called to me – it’s a gorgeous shot.)

I’ve already started embroidering the bird.

The bird embroidery project by Janet Millsapps at fig+fence.

Here’s a shot of the Inktense pencils on my current workstation, the footstool in the living room, with embroidery supplies. The bird is partially embroidered at this point.

I’m so in love with these colors. Also note: M&Ms are important when embroidering as shown in the picture above. There are 8 M&Ms in the mostly empty baggie. Alas.

M&Ms: I need more M&Ms. Candy-covered chocolate makes everything easier!

Green Support Gloves: You can see one of them in the picture above. I have tendonitis in my right wrist, and these gloves have saved me some pain. Well, the gloves help – I also take regular breaks, squeeze and roll a stress ball, and have a heating pad handy. I was skeptical at first, but I do think that these gloves let me work longer.

At Dragons Gate

I finished the koi wall hanging!

At Dragons Gate by Janet Millsapps at fig+fence.

"At Dragons Gate"

I’m so happy with it, I’m silly.

At Dragons Gate by Janet Millsapps at fig+fence.

Tail detail: some of the beads swirl out onto the black area.

He’s so pretty.  I love the way the beads turned out, though it is a little hard to see them in the pics.

At Dragons Gate by Janet Millsapps at fig+fence.

Head detail: his eye is a sodalite coin bead.

His whiskers are hand embroidered.

I’m really happy with how detailed the appliqued curves turned out. Sometimes you can lose depth when appliqueing a deep concave curve. Also, the tight convex curves didn’t turn out all pointy – another common problem with appliqueing.  I really like this machine applique method even though it does use twice as much fabric as the traditional hand applique method. Though, I don’t have to buy the heat resistant plastic template material with this method.

All in all, I’m thrilled!

I’ll explain the legend of the koi in another post. I’ll post a pic of the back plate then, too; I was so excited about finishing, I completely forgot to take a picture of that.