Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Shades of Blue

Tis the season - the blueberries are getting ripe.  We've already had a few handfuls from the bushes, way more than the birds have gotten since I wised up last year and spread netting over the blueberries.

It generally means that the strawberries get trashed, but it's a lot easier to get strawberries than the abundance of blueberries that we've missed out on to to the birds.

And speaking of birds, the other reason the berries are so abundant is that when I clean out the deep-bedded chicken coop in March, most of that bedding goes straight onto the berry bushes.  They really seem to thrive on it.

The strawberries actually seem to be holding their own this year, at least so far.  I'm sure I've jinxed them by saying this.

The other shade of blue I've just finished dealing with is a pair of keepsake bears that I made for a friend.  She's donated huge amounts of good fabrics to the cause and passed along her sister's school uniform.  I'd asked several times if I could make something for her, and she'd always turned me down, but she said that her sister was expecting her first grandchild and it would be nice if I could make something from the uniform that could be passed down.

Aside from the fact that I'm on a bear kick lately, I would have probably chosen to do that anyway, because the pieces (a navy wool blazer and a blue, green and gray plaid kilt) just begged to be cut up and made into a bear.

Or two, as it turned out.  When I was almost done the first bear, I realized that it was just too much for an infant, but I didn't want to "dumb it down" and remove the eyes and the National Honor Society pin that had come with the uniform.  So I made a "baby" bear (which illogically is bigger than the first bear).

I handed them over today, and I can't wait to hear the reaction of the grandma-to-be.


Little Hunting Creek said...

Those are very handsome bears! She will love them

Nancy K said...

Those bears are the perfect gift. Even without the personal significance they would be appreciated.

Mary Beth said...

I like that you post about any subject that moves you these days. Just saying :) sewing ain't all we do :o

The Slapdash Sewist said...

These are so cute! Love the idea of reusing the national honor society pin, it makes them even more special

Janet said...

A beautiful reuse of the uniform.