Sunday, July 5, 2009

Secret Squirrel Stitching and a Dead Iron!

It's true......I killed the iron......!! I wasn't even using it at the time.....I was stitching away madly at my sewing machine when I heard some crackling......which sort of sounded like twigs snapping.....since there are no trees in the sewing room I guessed it was something else....quick aren't I!!!! LOLOL.......The iron had given up the ghost and smoke was pouring out of it in lots of interesting places while the crackling noise got worse......my first thought was "save the stash"....so I moved the dying applicance to the bathroom and put it on the tiles where it sputtered it's last......just goes to show though....don't rely on cut out switches - if you think you've left the iron on ...go back and check!!
I was in the sewing room finishing off my projects for the Christmas in July swap....the posting date is looming and I will be away next weekend so needed to get everything finished .........and I am pleased to say it is done.....! I can't show you the finished projects as it is a secret swap....so here is a sneak peek....................
I wonder whose feet these are....................


Of course working with Christmas fabrics in winter is something different .....and the Prince thought since I was stitching Christmas goodies he would bring me something we usually have on the table in December.......cherries.....all the way from California!! .......and they survived the trip really well......they were delicious.....!! ........and went well with the title of Natalie Bird's new book which I bought while I was on holiday......anyone who knows me knows that I love stitcheries so this was the perfect book for me.....

But....it is winter and I am enjoying the winter weather we have been having lately.......it seems over the past couple of winters we haven't really had many grey days with rain - we have had instead lots of frosts and clear sunny days....and we need the rain! This was the sky the other morning when I was leaving for work.......and more of the same this week.....which is great!!!



Whatever colour your skies are I hope you have a fabulous week!!

'Til next time....................Lorraine

13 comments:

Maree said...

Your Xmas Goodies look rather Cute...Irons they just don't make them like they use too....
Those Cherries look Delish...Love Cherries...
have a good week
cheers

Pat said...

Love what I see!! Someone is going to be very happy. I wish I could find a good iron..If you do please let me know!! Bing cherries! I love them. Once I start eating them I have no control! Have a great week.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Hey I like that quilt in your banner. :-)
You are sooo funny. I'm glad you saved the stash. But really, I could have sent you more.
The cherries look yummy and that book.........I need that. Does it have good stitchery in it?? Silly question huh??
Hugs!!!!
Shaz

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Forgot to say........cant wait to see who went with those feet. But I think I know.

Farmyard Crafts said...

OOOhhh... it's making me think I should throw my slowly dying iron out before that happens to me!!! Glad that you saved the stash!! Most important!!

Karen said...

I think I missed something. Where does the Secret Squirrel come in to play?
I'm glad your house didn't burn down. Nasty old iron!

Vivian said...

Glad you were around to take care of that iron. We had one sputter, smoke, and die in front of us at a weekend quilting retreat. Luckily it was winter, and someone grabbed the smoking monster and jammed it into a snow drift outside the back door.
All quilters think alike. Our first thought was "protect that fabric."

Kris said...

Nice secret stuff! I like! Irons are pretty dreadful these days. I average a new one every 2 years or so. (I do have kids that knock them to the ground quite frequently!) Although I have never had one die in such a spectacular manner. (Lucky you are so alert and vigilant! Think what might have happened had you not realised that there were no trees in the sewing room!) Mine usually just don't warm up any more!

Leanne said...

They just don't make iron to last any more. Love your Xmas stitcheries. It is(you know what) freezing here this morning. Bring back summer.

Lynda said...

Love your spotty fabrics - gorgeous colours. Looking forward to seeing the finished presents.

Stephanie said...

LOVE the sneak peek. I can certainly sympathize with the iron problem. I've had my share lately...smoke and all.

Granny Lyn said...

Oh, you are soooo lucky! I wish my iron would finally give up! I'm still ironing with my old GE, and it's older than dirt!! Just think of this as an opportunity to get one of those new-fancy-folds-the-laundry-for-you models!! whoo-hoo!

Cheryl said...

Wonderful peeks of Christmas goodies! What is it with irons. they just don't last like the use to. Happy time away to you :-)!