Living the dillydally lifestyle in my remote corner of the planet!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I Love Snow and Snowpeople!
After our recent Snowpocalypse...it takes courage to say that out loud, let alone post it for all of blogland to see! Yikes! But it is true ... I have and continue to ... love snow. Maybe it is because I grew up on a dairy farm in northern Minnesota ... perhaps it is because of my nordic heritage ... but I have always looked forward to snow and winter. I consider myself fortunate to feel that way ... because in my remote corner of the planet ... our longest season is winter! ;-)
And ... I love snowpeople ... like us, they come in all shapes and sizes. Have you ever noticed ... they are always happy ... when we see them, they bring a smile to our face ... they make us happy! I can't help but love what makes me happy!
I don't make many snowmen out doors any more ... but I love making the kind that don't melt! I save all my snow themed decorations to use in my home after the Christmas holidays! I surround myself with their cheerful whimsy from January through March! Over the past weekend, I continued working on these pleasant snowpeople ... here they are appliqued on their pieced backing ... waiting to be quilted and bound.
I used pearle cotton and did a large running stitch around each wool applique'.
I machine quilted "in the ditch" around all the piecework and in the border.
While finishing up this wall quilt on Sunday, I entertained myself by watching this movie! Recently Sister DillyDally gave me this copy ... you see, I was one of her Girl Scout leaders ... for 12 years! This movie came out when she was a Brownie, and we must have watched it ... oh, at least a million times! ;-)
When I finished the binding ... I liked it ... but it seemed to need a bit more ... it sort of looked like a cupcake without frosting. My first thought was to hand stitch some snowflakes in the black squares ... which would have been great, but at this point I was ready to be done with it ... the dillydally winds had already begun blowing in a different direction! I knew that I had collected snowflake shaped buttons over the years ... so I started digging. Can you believe it? I actually had beige colored snowflake buttons! And I had enough! It was destiny! I am sew happy that I hoard collect things without any intent in mind ... it is the dillydally way!
Now... back to snowpeople and their relationship to Girl Scouts ... yes, there is "sometimes" a connection within my dillydally thoughts.
These sweet little snowpeople were made as a Girl Scout activity ... when they were Junior level scouts. They are made with tube socks. Those of you who know Sister DillyDally ... even at an elementary age she was "glamorizing" things! I love how she added matching fringe to the pink scarf and fancy buttons! Wonderful memories!
Here is another pair of snowpeople we made ... when she was a Cadette scout! See how she added "lashes" to her snowmaid? I loved every moment of our Girl Scout experience ... wonderful girls ... terrific memories!
We spend our entire lives learning to accept what we can't control ... like the weather and the seasons. So my advice is ... embrace winter. Find whimsy where you can! ;-)