Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fun - Feathers - Frustration

What a year and it is almost half over. It is flying by. :O( The first day of a beautiful summer I hope.
Well I got some sweeeeeeeeeeet feathers in the mail today. Robin (The Cranky Crow) sent me these. She begged them off her niece and I am so glad she did. They are amazing. I don't even know what kind of feathers they are. I wanted to use them for some projects I have going but they are so pretty I am not sure now.
they came packaged all carefully in the TP roll and then in the tube. I was driving home from the post office pulling off the tape and thinking "I hope a moose doesn't walk out into the road, I don't have time to watch for them." Phew they didn't.
You know I have been known to wield a mean saw. I have built buildings and furniture and lots of other things. I can look at something and just build it. But... on that note.... I am not so great with a sewing machine and I have a great respect for those of you who can make these patterns.
I wanted one of the bonnets so decided I can do that. Well after several verbal outbursts I finally got one made that I like. I wanted the tail part longer but the next one will be right. I couldn't find a pattern anywhere so I figured I could just treat it like a piece of wood and cut and tuck. PROBLEM: You can't sand off your mistakes. Here it is anyway.
I will make another one with a longer tail but puffy like the second one. I will dirty them up probably but for now it is done.

My beautiful hybrid lilac. Smells sooooooooooo good.
there seems to be a little glitch in the hybriding. I am not sure what happend but part is pure white in this spot. Still beautiful.
Not sure what this is but Oh I love it. The green one beside it is the female that gets berries in the fall I guess. Just planted them last year so not sure. Anyone know?

A new hanger for the 4th. Vanna still not wanting to be in the picture. hehe
 That is about it for tonight. I hope you are all having a great week.
Enjoy the nights of summer.


  1. Great job on the bonnets Kat...I bought a pattern from Kim's Whims.. I have not made one yet but it is a nice pattern..

  2. Yea!!! So glad they finally made it there and hope you enjoy!! (Yeah - gotta love my creative packaging, hey? But - hey - I've never sent feathers through the mail before!!) ;o) Love your bonnets - wow - no pattern? not a seamstress? I beg to differ - they turned out awesome! Love your pretties too - did you do the hybrid-ing yourself?? That is so cool! Can't see for sure - but that white one sure looks like a mock orange to me....Love the 1776 hanger too - give Vanna a smooch for me! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  3. Kat,
    I think you did a wonderful job on your bonnets. Kudos to your for coming up with your own pattern.
    Your flowers are all beautiful ~ lovin' the lilac.
    Your hanger is prim perfect.
    Prim Blessings

  4. Wow great job for no pattern and Ronda thanks for sharing where to get pattern

  5. Good job on the bonnets Kat!! Love all the pretty flowers too!!
    Have a great day!!

  6. Kat
    Pretty Bonnets~ way to go~ terrific job!!!
    Wonderful Feathers from Robin!!
    I can smell the heavenly aroma of lilac~ Awe!!!

  7. Kat ... Wonderful results with those bonnets with no pattern yet! I've known a few people who can just look at something & make it. Drives me crazy ... lol! Congratulations on being so crafty! Love the lilacs too! Sorry ... can't help with the mystery plants. Blessings, Shirlee

  8. Kat,
    What unique feathers. Can't wait to see what you make with them. I love your flowers, so pretty. You did a great job on the bonnets you made, especially without a pattern.
    Have a nice day
    Country at heart

  9. Kat, Love the feathers. Robin is a doll and makes me laugh. Your bonnets are great. I need instructions for everything and GOOd ones at that. Wonderful job. Love the patriotic sign also. Thanks for sharing and have a great day.

  10. Kat -- I'm the niece -- the feathers are ring neck pheasant and turkey. Maybe a few other varieties, but I can't remember what Robin picked out. Hope you enjoy them! Tamara

  11. you did a great job with the bonnets!! I LOVE that hanger with the crow & 1776 sign!!! Wow your lilac season is behind ours...mine are already dead for weeks now! They're my fav!
    Moose? You see moose all the coool!!!

  12. Kat, your bonnets turned out prim perfect and I love all of your flowers, beautiful

  13. Hi Kat~

    You did a wonderful job on the bonnets & I love your Americana hanger!! We have the same lilacs & love them. I'm wishin they were still blooming. I miss the wonderful smell.

    Have a beautiful day~Becky

  14. The feathers are so pretty and your lilac is gorgeous!! I think they smell so wonderful.