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Friday, March 4, 2011

Roses In Winter

Hello my dear friends,

today I would like to share one of my new makings. I have been working on some new roses from a tutorial I had found at Anj's blog "Snowybliss".

Anj makes her roses from patterned fabric and I really like the way she created them - I just put my own little twist to them. I decided to use tea dyed muslin and I also added leaves to the stems. Being a hand quilter for many years, I prefer not to use a sewing machine when I craft, because I just love to sew by hand. It is so peaceful and rewarding for me.

This is the link to Anj's blog:


Why not go and take a look at her lovely creations and her great tutorials?

I am planning to make more of the roses soon. For my next bunch I would like to maybe dye the muslin with food coloring and see how they will turn out. Of course I will show you the result of this.

Another task for me is to fix my wee old bird cage. The swing needs to be rehung again and it also needs to have a new hanging hook. I would have loved to have used something old for this project, but unfortunatly the antique store that I was planning to visit had suddenly shut down. I ended having to buy new brass wire and I am hoping to  find something old and tatty hiding away in one of my boxes that I can incorporate in the project.  I do hope that with time the wire will age and tarnish to match the rest of this beauty.

I have also been working on a few other things this past week, which I am planning to make into small tutorials, if they work out. Hopefully I will be able to work a lot on this weekend and will be successful, so I can share something new next week some time.

And last but not least ...

I would like to share some old pictures from my collection with you.

                          A young woman working in a millner factory, threading large spools.

                                       Two younge victorian girls working hard in a sewing factory.

A little girl playing with her baby doll.

I love these photos because they are not staged in any way. They were taken in a moment of life and I find there is nothing better than that.

I hope you have a  peaceful and creative day,

Karen B.


  1. Hi Karen!
    I like your roses best, the running stich by hand makes them extra special. I love hand work too. Great old photo's!

  2. Lovely old photos. Thank you.

    And love your roses! Great job. May have to try them. =)

    barbara jean

  3. I am a new follower to your blog. Love your crafts that you display. I will definitely be back...Visit me at my new blog. Thanx, tiff

  4. What great roses! Thanks for sharing them.
    xo, Karen ;)

  5. Love lurking at your blog and all your beautiful creations. Your roses are so gorgeous, and I'd love to try to make some too!

  6. Love all your beautiful creations ,thanks for sharing!