Well, I made the ultimate sacrifice today. I stayed inside in my robe all morning rather than going out in this freezing weather so I could complete another project (UFO). My doll size quilt now has a band and backing all tied into place. Oh the sacrifices I make *giggle.
Right now it is hanging on my wall above my bookcase so I can enjoy it a few days before it goes into the doll trunk stash. Looking at it as I bound it I was thinking it could make a really pretty pillow but decided to stick with my original plan.
I tied the front and back together just as my grandmother used to do her quilts, using the same golden thread as used for stitching the seams.
Below are a couple of plate ornaments that I purchased while on vacation. They are just the right size for the trunk collection, about 2 1/2" - 2 3/4" diameter.
They are shown again below with a few other pieces I have collected over the years including a silver coffee urn, some miniature clothes pins, a rhinestone crown, a couple of tiny boxes with floral motifs and a tiny camera. These aren't all appropriate for the Victorian era, but the clothes pins were too cute and I love the camera. I had one of these cameras when I was much, much younger. You could actually buy rolls of film for it and take photos! It is only about 2" wide x 1 1/2" high and made out of the same material as larger cameras.
As soon as I completed my mini quilt I rummaged through my stash of UFOs and decided to work on my bead journal project (BJP) from 2012. I experimented with bead embroidery by creating lace designs, some original designs and some fashioned following the design of actual pieces of lace.
I think I will put a stiff backing behind each and overlap them similar to how they are pinned in place here. I will then probably bind the outside edges and back the entire piece to make a hanging. That could all change once I get going on it. I'm not sure if I will stick with the fabric I've pinned along the edges in these pictures.
Hope you all have a wonderful New Year 2014. The new year will start off with a new moon this year. That's a good sign that it will be a fresh new beginning. Right?
I will be using my new word "FOCUS"! Do you all have an inspirational word chosen to guide you through the coming year?