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Saturday, October 18, 2008

A sweet chubby bird &
a great magazine find!

I have had this little bird on my mind for the longest time! I've wanted to draw out a pattern and try it and this is what I ended up with!! It's not perfect but I'm loving the chubbiness of it and what's so cool is that I added a river stone to the inside before sewing the opening closed so he's a bit weighted. I placed a little pin about where his eye will be but I'm thinking of decorating him now....maybe with a little vintage lace? I need to change the pattern just a little bit here and there but he does look like what I had envisioned ~ plus drop cloth fabric isn't perfect for EVERY project, it frays pretty easily and that's not good when working with small pattern pieces.




I wanted to share with you a really neat magazine I found today. Now, I'm not a big Martha fan as her look is a little to stark and mod for me as I love more of a romantic/cluttered :) look but this magazine is chock full of ideas for Christmas gifts! I bought it especially because of the lamb pattern! I love lambs and am thinking this one would be so precious for the grandbaby!! Oh and we find out in only TWO weeks if we're having a boy or a girl!















I hope I showed you enough to give you an idea of all that's inside. And to be honest, I don't even remember there being any ads in it at all!

Sharing neat magazines with your friends?
It's a good thing! :)

I hope you have a great Saturday,
xxoo, Dawn

23 comments:

Creations from my heart said...

You need to start going to bed earlier. Saw the time on the post. I'm off to the flee market it's early morning, but I wanted to say thanks for your kind words about my article. It made me feel a bit better about it. Blessings...sherry

TattingChic said...

Very cute birdie! Can't wait to see what it looks like once you've embellished it, too! Thanks for the fun Martha pics.

Sally L. Smith said...

You're so smart to make your own bird pattern! He's a sweetie. Have fun with the embellishments--to me, that's the best.
Sally

kim said...

I love your little bird. It is precious. I hope you'll share the finished version with us. I too love magazines...

madrekarin said...

ACK!! You know that I am going to have to go off my magazine diet and get that copy of Martha's Holiday issue now!!
The chubby bird is darling!! I love seeing what comes from your creative brain. :)

Betty said...

I can't believe you actually made a pattern...it's wonderful! I can't even follow a pattern, so I'm duly impressed with your abilities. Your blog is so much fun for the creatively-challenged!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Cute Bird!

Thanks for telling us about the magazine. It looks wonderful. I'll look for it here in our neck of the woods.

Miss Sandy said...

I love your chubby little bird, he is adorable. I saw another new publication on the stands yesterday by Mary Engelbreit, It was called, Home Companion,Guide to Creative Living. It looked interesting but it had way too many adds and resource pages and not enough content for me. I'll wait and see if it improves before I buy it. Martha's looks worth checking out.

I am sure your little lamb will love the cuddly lamb. Boy or girl you will be thrilled with either.

Happy Saturday!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Hmmm, might be time to invest in a Martha Stewart magazine. Your little birdie is so cute...and about to be a whole lot cuter.

Diane said...

Dawn, you did great with the bird pattern you made. It's not easy to draw patterns for 3D items.

I like the last pg. of birds in Martha's magazine.

Diane

Michelle Palmer said...

Dawn~
Love, love your little chubby bird! What a sweet pattern you came up with...I've been working on a few birds with my daughter~ we're still playing with owls!
http://whitecottagedesign.blogspot.com/search/label/birds
This gal (link) has fun with her birds...got me inspired!
Thanks for showing the Martha book...
I made the birds (last pic.) with the tiny glass beads...BEAUTIFUL results~
Happy wishes,
Michelle

Charmingdesigns said...

Love your cubbie birdie. Can't wait to see it finished! Laurie

Deb said...

I love your little bird! He's precious. The Martha magazine looks very inspiring... I think I feel a trip to Barnes & Noble coming on. And what a shame it would be to go look at the magazine and not get a Pumpkin Spice Latte while I'm there! Now my afternoon is planned! Have a great weekend!

Lady Farmer said...

I love your beautiful, creative, generous blog! You always have terrific ideas that spark my imagination. But where do you get the energy? I am tired after just reading what you do everyday!:~}
Reading about your wanting to make the "little lamb" I remembered I had saved a similar one a few months ago, that I found wandering cyberspace. You can find it (free pattern)here:
www.patternbee.com/FREELAMBKIN.html
Blessings on your weekend
LF

Bambi said...

Dawn~ Love your little bird. And soon she's going to be so dressed up! Your grand certainly needs the lamb! What fun to start preparing for the arrival with things made by your gifted hands.

Pat Close said...

So nice to hear from you each morning. Can't wait to see your littl bird all dressed up. Thanks for the preview of Martha's new book. Have a wonderful weekend.
Smiles,
Pat

Viv (VivLyn) said...

Your little chubby bird looks so cute *naked* but I bet she will be a knock out when she gets embellished! I'll have to check out the stores for the MS mag. TFS!

Wish on a Whisker said...

Dawn~ Glad to see you are doing your normal sweet things! No mean people are allowed to trespass on your blog! ~Mandy

marie said...

Hi Dawn,
I love your sweet little fat bird ~ bits of lace will make it even more special!

I bought that Martha magazine last week. You're right ~ it has some wonderful ideas in it! I love those little photo charms you've shown.

I think my favorite idea is the little snowball gift box. I'm definitely making a few of those!

Have a blessed day!

Nita Jo said...

I love your little chubby bird! Reminded me I have a sweet little bird pattern somewhere around here... either a partridge or a dove.

The lamb in the Martha magazine is wonderful!

The next two weeks may seem very long while waiting to know if you have a little grandson or granddaughter, but what a blessing!

Nita Jo

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Elizabeth and I get this magazine every holiday season. Love it!
xoxo Nita

Relyn said...

Oh! I saw this magazine on our Friday night date night at the bookstore. I didn't buy it though, because I had to admit to myself that I could only enjoy the eye candy and never make anything. My hands just don't work that well. That's why I love the digital world so much. Love that chubby birdie. So glad you like your little guy. Happy Sunday.

sherri (Tied Up In Ribbons) said...

I may have to pick this up. I rarely buy Martha either. I like a couple things you've shown though...thanks.

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