Friday, May 24, 2019

Friday Finish!

This week I was behind since Bill had his cataract surgery, but all went well, so one more eye to go. It is so nice that it goes so quickly and easily and he won't need to wear his glasses anymore. When Bill is home, I never get much done, he distracts me too much, lol.

But, I decided to try a new piece for my beach display, a whale. I looked online for ideas and liked the more realistic look, so I redid the design a bit and enlarged it. I thought it was large enough for turning, but I was wrong, the tail would not go through and I ended up ripping more than a few loops. I had to slit open the entire back to turn it easily, but it is for me and no one sees the back, but the large slit made it sew up more tightly and turned his tail. I definitely have to rethink how I design something so it sews and turns easier. To fix the pulled loops on the tail, I used my ink marker and colored over the white, that was showing.

He is 6" long, so the next one will be bigger and thought out better. I would love to know how others turn small areas for shaped pieces, that are stiff like this. I was thinking I could sew by hand, by whipstitching the backing to the piece, so no turning.

I have also been making my yard more bird friendly. I bought a new house, a beach one and more peanut bricks, the birds love it. I learned that Robins and other species like an open house to build their nest on, so something to find for some future houses. I found this under my porch, the robin keeps leaving it, every time we go out there, so hopefully they will hatch.

And of course we got one last good weekend of glass hunting without the crowds. There is less glass to be found with everyone enjoying the nice weather, but I still found some nice pieces and a little plate of plastic corn. Nick went home with that one, he thought it was neat.

Tonight I watched the boys while their parents went birthday shopping. They are a handful, but we kept it calm most of the night. Tomorrow is their birthday party and then we will hit the beach for a little bit, before we go home. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend!


gracie said...

Sending good thoughts and wishes to Bill. You are so creative. Love the whale.

Saundra said...

A humpback whale pattern is on my to do list ever since one was seen breaching off an eastern shore beach. Yours is cute.

kelley said...

THe whale looks wonderful to me! It will go wonderful in your room...seems to me you can hook a pod of whales...glad Bill's surgery went well, one sister and one BIL each had theirs done earlier this year...hope you have a great weekend!

Fiona said...

I love your whale, the turn gives it a more realistic look and I bet it would be hard to do that on purpose! you see the detail but we don't. those eggs are such a lovely blue.... Enjoy the birthday party...

Rugs and Pugs said...

I, too, think the whale looks great.
Happy to hear Bill's surgery went well.
Happy Memorial Day weekend.
God Bless America 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

TheCrankyCrow said...

I think your whale turned out (no pun intended .... seriously) wonderfully.... You truly are too harsh in your judgments of your projects. Glad Bill’s surgery went well...My husband had both eyes done a few years back and I could not believe the improvement in his sight (nor could he....). Yes those Robins have unusual nesting quirks...we have had a two Robin families make their nests (double decker style) on our satellite dish for about 4 years now.... Cracks me up. ~Robin~

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Debbie,
Your whale is WONDERFUL!! Love the colors you chose and think he looks perfect!! Some things are definitely hard to turn right side out and slow and easy is how I try to do it!! I'm sure if you made it bigger next time, it would be a bit easier, too!
Happy your hubby's surgery went well with good results! Such a blessing to be able to have improvement in his vision!!
Those eggs are the most gorgeous color and hope they do hatch!! Birds really are "bird brains" when it comes to nests!!
Love your new batch of beach glass, too!!
Hope you have a great week!
Heart Hugs~
Julie xo

Carole said...

Lovely whale. I like your painted rocks. You are so talented. Cheers!