And this is my version:
Side - I was able to get the stripes to match up!
Close up of the zigzag around the anchor.
Originally I was going to topstitch the anchor (after fusing it to the fabric) like in the inspiration piece, but made a last-minute change. It was a little challenging going around the curved areas, but I had some moral support:
Stopped to let my racing pulse rest (it was nerve-wracking doing this part!) and Paco was immediately up and making sure everything was OK.
Part way through the zigzagging.
To say that I'm pleased with this would be an understatement. I even managed to do the red edge trim, which I talked myself out of many times over the course of this coming together. Quite happy I went for it as I think it really finishes the look of the pillow. Sewing is still very outside of my comfort zone, but I still have two more that I want to make to complete this set (it's for the guest bed in my son's NC place), so I'll be continuing on with this confidence-building endeavor.
Thanks to my friend Stephanie and her top-loading washer, I was able to felt the bowls I knitted! I love how they came out - the flower bowls were a new pattern and I'm going to play with yarn colors and weights a bit more, but overall, not bad for a first attempt:
Paco took time to stop and smell the flowers...
The round bowls - I love. They just make me happy:
I thought it was only appropriate to use one to hold some of my knitting supplies.
I promise this isn't completely turning into a craft blog, but hey, that's what the mishmash is all about - random things I've doing, or find entertaining, or (of course) pictures of Paco. Speaking of that dog, he's a mess. Last week he was playing in the front yard with his buddy Ginger...Jeff was doing yard work, and Ginger's human sister was watching them. Well, Ginger decided (as she is wont to do) to take off, and Paco went with her! Normally he hesitates when they reach the end of our street - I think he likes us so much that he really is torn about leaving - but this time, he followed her. He got several hundred feet away before Jeff saw what was happening and called him home. Ginger is a running fool and her people had to get in their car to go catch her - she's super fast.
Here's Paco posing by a new plant we put in recently:
See Mom? I be gud. You take all da picturs you want. Not going anywhere.
Here's my pretty pink calla lillies that we also planted - I don't have a lot of hope that they'll survive the summer, but the plant was super cheap, so I threw caution to the wind and tried one:
These are the second set of blooms - maybe it will surprise me and last. I go outside and encourage it every couple of days...hey, you never know!
Have a great weekend!