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Monday, April 6, 2009

Sap Buckets and Sweater Pillow

Weather Report: Sap is still running. No, not all over the ground. There are lids on those buckets. Yup, it's been windy. The snow is going fast.

My mother returned a sweater vest to me that I had given to her because she had given it to me. Are you still with me? I decided that there was no way that I wanted a blue stripe right across my mid-section with ducks swimming in it so was preparing to pop it into the Goodwill bag when I thought that I'd save the sweet buttons on it. Yes, they're sheep.

Then, just as I was preparing to take the first snips another thought. Whoa...Wait a minute, Chickie. You can do what Judy did right here. So I did, minus the felting. I remember that Manuela also did one...a red one...at her former blog. OOPS! Manuela informs me that the information is available right *here* . (My memory is shot! I actually did a search this morning, but must've been too specific.) I think she said something about not being too fussy so I wasn't too fussy following Manuela's good advice. It was the kind of project that wouldn't make any difference in appearance whether one spent 30 minutes or 3 hours. So there it is and, no, I'm not packing it away until next winter. Even though it's a sweater, it has a springy scene...apple trees, flowers, ducks swimming, and sheep grazing.

Enjoy your Monday, Dear Ones!


  1. Excellent idea, Vee. I love it! Now I wonder where all those old jerseys we once had went to??????

  2. That's the way: reduce, reuse and recycle! And, not only did you do a great thing - it's an adorable pillow! Yeah, the ducks going through the middle would give many 2nd. thoughts- kinda like a tattoo, what can be s teensy one on one person, could be a whole mural on another! Those ducks would be large and intimidating on MY middle for sure! LOL

  3. Wow! What a great idea. It looks great.
    I don't think I'd want a river running through my middle with duck swimming on it either. (especially after some pictures I saw of "said middle" this weekend.. sigh)
    It's snowing like crazy here today. The school buses were actually cancelled. It's supposed to be a bad week!

  4. Now I want to go looking for a pillow to do this with! I remember Manuela's red sweater, perfect at Christmas!

  5. Very creative, Vee! Gorgeous buttons and a lovely knitted scene, I love the pillow idea.

  6. That's a good idea, and one I'll have to remember.
    Thanks for visiting me recently. I'd hoped for more blogging time, to visit, but the hours just seem to vanish. Maybe good as I just want to get the the other side of my delivery date now.
    Bye for now

  7. Vee ...so funny, I had a near identical cardigan once. .I wore that thing to death until my beloved suggested it had . . .already had its day ..
    Oh so sad that mine made it into the goodwill bag .. we could have twin cushions.

  8. Vee,
    Loved the sweater especially the buttons, what a great idea to make a pillow! I always enjoy your wit! Blessings,

  9. I have a gift for you over at my blog...

  10. Oh do I love this!!! I'm thinking about a sweater I have hanging in the closet that has the prettiest little Cardinals and evergreen boughs with pine cones. What a great Christmas pillow that would make. I love the little sheep buttons on yours. You did a great job on yours! Hugs, Loretta

  11. How wonderful is THAT?! I just love this project Vee!! What a cozy addition to your beautiful room ~ Wishing you a wonderful week sweet friend! xxoo, Dawn

  12. Great idea Vee. This is much to pretty to give away.

  13. Very cute pillow, Vee. I think it looks perfect for this time of year.

  14. What a sweet pillow - love the buttons!

  15. Great idea for a snuggly pillow and I love, love repurposing!

    Mermaid Debbie

  16. I love recycling a sweater this way! You always find such clever ideas. Have a great afternoon.

  17. Hi Vee,

    You're too funny! I guess I wouldn't want a stripe across my midsection too! I made one last Christmas so it's on this blog.

    This is just adorable! It's such a cute cute pillow! I love those buttons too. I guess it's good you made that sweater into a pillow and stopped that cycle you had going with your Mom! Who know how long you two would have passed that sweater back and forth LOL!


  18. Vee, this is absolutely fabulous. My sister has been taking vintage fabrics and redesigning them into other designs. But this is truly amazing. I love it.

  19. It's so good to be back...and checking up on my bloggy friends. You always have one project or another on the go! Your sweater pillow looks great on your couch....and I like the buttons. I wouldn't be allowed to display a 'ducky' pillow in my house right about now (too many out on the pasture)...but sheep on the meadows are good. I've been reading backwards...and see I've missed a lot....and missed you too!

  20. I still don't understand why the sap buckets are lying on the ground, on their sides...

    And I updated my Mon. entry, to answer your question about, how is my Easter decorating coming? {Not much, I can tell you -grin-}

    'Aunt Amelia'

  21. That is so cute! I love that you left the opening and buttons going down the middle. It is a pretty pattern but I wouldn't wan that blue stripe in my middle either....lol! Good job!

  22. Your pillow is just adorable!

    Our sap has pretty much stopped running already. Can't say I'm sorry, though, because I love warmer weather.

  23. Hi Vee,

    I made a sweater pillow once too. I think its a great idea and a fun project,the pillow sweater will always remind you of Mom. I with you no strips around my middle allowed either. LOL.
    Have a fun and joyous day,

  24. HUH????? what the??? You mean those poor tree are bleeding to death??? Your southern friends are in the dark..... it just pour and pours...... I think I saw a stream of sap..... I see sap buckets all the time at First Monday..... for decorating.... those poor trees...
    LOve the pillow

  25. Your so clever Vee...

    It's late so I'll say, "Happy Tuesday"!


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