Monday, July 30, 2012


What to do with two small scraps of a lovely, sweet and funny kitty fabric? Nu? Hm! Oh yes, of course! :-) 
This pretty pouch - actually it is big enough to be called a wristlet - is entirely pieced of small patches. Planning and sewing it took a whole day, but was really more like playing than working.

Front, back, pocket, strap and even one side of the lining are pieced. It might not be noticeable but the long checkered strips too are created from tiny leftovers. But not to worry, the seams are all secured, zoom in to see.

If one of the kitty ladies loves it like "must have it", it is for sale! :-) (It is gone!) (11" x 7.5" x 1.75" -  28cm x 19cm x 4.5 cm)

For now I am done sewing colored pouches, I am up to something more serious! :-)

Saturday, July 28, 2012


Let your Sunday morning be enchanted by this lovely composition included in Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt.

Sunday, July 22, 2012


Here is the result - five days of working and playing in a frenzy with those sparkling fabric strips - very practical and pretty zippered pouches in three sizes. 
The polka dot I will keep - It is my favorite!
I am very fond of this one too, here the middle strip was already pieced by my friend. For some reason she did not use it, I just bordered it. The strip was long enough for the front and the back.
Ah yes and here - the chicken coop under the bright sun! :-) There were only two small pieces of hen fabric. How lovely!

I found some ready pieced blocks among the remnants, probably leftovers from some quilting project, eight of them were just enough for each of those three pouches, they are very frolicsome!
Here is the purple one:
The red and orange are the happiest colors, the buttons add to their charm.

Those two are more serious and calmer:

Pink for the pink!
Brown hues and a lot of texture - I loved working with those fabrics especially!

I made fourteen and they are all different - I loved creating those little treasures, and I very much appreciate this gift from my friend. I have more scraps left, but for now I stopped sewing, I have other things in mind. Next week I will decide what to do with the rest.

Please click on the photos to see all the details.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


I think I am in a state of - no not mania - but hypo mania - at least experiencing the not sleeping thing and the increased energy thing! :-) And I am fully functioning too! Yes, very much so!

"Individuals in a hypo manic state have a decreased need for sleep, are extremely outgoing and competitive, and have a great deal of energy. However, unlike with full mania, those with hypo manic symptoms are often fully functioning."

My hypo mania was caused by a present from a dear friend, who is a terrific potter, and, believe it, a masterly quilter as well. She gave me a huge plastic bag full of the most colorful and explosive fabric remnants you can imagine! A real fire work! See for your self:

Actually I am a very tidy person. I got this in my genes from my father - Ordnung muss sein! But look at my workroom! Just zoom in and see the balagan!
(Balagan = a word in modern Hebrew for chaos or fiasco, for a messy, untidy state or place)

Aren't those scraps hilarious?

(Hilarious = from Greek hilaros, characterized by or causing great merriment, uproarious, happy, gay, jolly, joyous, cheerful joyful, jovial, mirthful.)

Hm, maybe they made me nevertheless a bit maniac? I am sewing fiercely using this intoxicating textiles to create something pretty, lovely and practical - and NO I don't clean up in between! I am too excited! Ha, this is going on for several days now. And nights! I get up in the middle of them, after four or five hours of sleep, because I wake up from a dream of woven pieces in all the colors of a rainbow dancing and luring me! And I tiptoe in my nightgown downstairs to my sewing room...

Only my back makes me stop after some hours, it is still hard to sit too long on this chair, bent over the sewing machine, or standing, cutting and ironing. The remnants are mostly strips and I just piece them together in a pleasing manner - I love doing this, playing with all those colors and textures. I am not taking any fabric from my own stash. I am determined to use the material from this gift exclusively for my little projects. 
Tomorrow, or the next days, I will show you some results. There is nothing particularly exciting about it, just nice enjoyable useful things...

Saturday, July 7, 2012



Thursday, July 5, 2012


Lovely and simple little messenger bag, very easy to create. This is very sturdy, it has no lining and no pockets. Totally unsophisticated! :-)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


There are people and circumstances who grip your throat, who rip away the floor from beneath your feet, who punch a black hole in your belly, who swipe the smile off your face, who make your heart flutter and your hands shake, who cause the sky to turn black and your food to taste bitter, who turn your world upside down and install into your soul fear and uncertainty, who throw you off balance, who make you feel sad and lonely, guilty, helpless, unworthy and sick, who push you in a corner, who freeze your spirit, disturb your breathing and rise your blood pressure and heartbeat.

Please you disturbing people and threatening circumstances - stay away from me, because if you don't, I will fight you mightily!


Crocheted and felted

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


I am crocheting with the air condition running and my legs up. I try to escape the scorching heat outside as much as possible. I still have a lot of that bargain wool left, enough for another two or three bags. I imagine cool winter days. And just now I refuse to remember that in winter I complain about the cold, even so it never gets really cold here, no minus degrees ever, except on Mount Hermon and the surrounding area of course. But for five more months it will be hot during the day, very hot, the sun providing fiercely, and the nights keep the heat and hold on to it stubbornly! But the early mornings are lovely. I get up with the first twittering of the birds and sit outside with a cup of coffee in my hands and enjoy the fresh air of dawn with deep breaths...

This felted, striped and quite big bag will be snugly and comforting in cold and rainy days. Imagine it on the shoulder of a beautiful coat in a snowy street! It has everything that is needed. A build in front pocket, another one on the back for glasses or cell phone. It is lined with a lion cotton print and has one inside pocket and a key swivel. The lovely handles with the wooden beads, and the nice buttons enhance it and declare it GORGEOUS! Don't you think? :-)

Tomorrow I show you the red one!

I am yearning for my sewing machine, but it still is hard for me to sit in front of it for a longer period of time. I am going to the physiotherapist once a week, and I am doing my back exercises at home. Some days are good and some are less enjoyable, but slowly I am getting better and I haul my spirit back too! In Arabic they say: Yom Asal, yom Basal - one day honey, one day onion! :-)