Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Handmade Muslin Fabric Flowers - Muslin Maybe's. And the antics of a lazy cat!


Muslin Maybe's from my Fluffy Goodness Collection
Hey everyone.  I haven't shown any of my handmade flowers in a very long time, so I thought I'd come and show you some of these wee beauties I've been making.  They are part of my Fluffy Goodness Collection and I've called them my Muslin Maybe's.  Aren't they gorgeous.....even if I do say so myself, lol.

I'm very proud to report that today in Northern Ireland it is a clear blue skied day and a sweltering (for us anyway.) 18 degrees.  18 whole degrees!  Thats a heat wave for Northern Ireland.  Ok so its to rain the rest of the week, starting tonight.  But for right now, its sunny and warm and beautiful......and my poor long haired fluff ball cat is moaning and giving off.  It took ages to get her out this morning.  If Nimbus could talk this is how the conversation went this morning (Obviously, Nimbus's grasp of the English language isn't perfect, but she's a cat after all so the language will be a little dodgy of course.)

Me:  Right Nimbus, its a beautiful day, time to get your furry ass outside and get some air about you.  Maybe the breeze will even take away some of your ridiculously large fur coat.

Nimbus:  Looking up at me from her comfy bed with one eyebrow raised.  Are you cereal?  Have you seen how hot its gonna be out der?

Me:  Looking down at Nimbus with an equally raised eyebrow.  Yes actually, I have. Its 18 degrees out there at the moment.  So get your furry butt out.

Nimbus:  Emmmm, HELLO!!  Can you not see the winter coat I be wearin'?  Daft human. I can't take off me coat when it gets warm you know.

Me:  I'm quite aware that you still have your Winter coat.  That's what happens when you have a winter that lasts 6 months.  But why do you think I brush you 3 times a day?

Nimbus:  Head titled to the side.....Cause you be me slave?

Me:  Hell no, I'm not your slave. Don't be so cheeky.  (Who am I kiddingI'm sooooo her slave) Come on now, get out of your bed and go out.  I'll brush you outside and we'll get rid of some of that fur of yours.  After all, you have started to shed and I'd rather brush you outside.  It'll feel all lovely and relaxing.  Come on you.

Nimbus:  Turns around in her bed and shows me her butt.  Nope I ain't movin nowheres.  I be very tired.  It's hard work chasin' dem der birdies you know.

Me:  What?  I look around to see if anyone just witnessed her turning her back on me.  It wasn't a request Nimbus.  Get up off your grey furry ass.  And anyway, when have you been chasing birds you lazy big lump?  You've been lying there all morning.

Nimbus:  Oh I be chasin' birdies all right.  You just don't see me, I be that good.  Nimbus then turns her head and looks at me with a bored stare, yawns and settles down to sleep.  

Me:  Oh hell no Misses, you aren't giving me the cold shoulder.  I'm the dominant one in this relationship (I think I'm trying to convince myself on that one!).  GET UP......

So now I am trying to physically pry her from her bed.  But Nimbus is very good at playing dead.  She goes completely limp and floppy with her head just hanging there in defiance.  She even closes her eyes and everything.  She manages to insert her claws into her bed and as I try to get her up, the floppy lump comes with the cat bed and all.  Now my cat is not small.....oh no, she was the extraordinarily large kitten in the litter.  When she was a kitten she had these massive clod-hopper paws that were out of proportion to the rest of her body and she was constantly tripping over them.  But the vet did warn us that she'd be a big cat when she got bigger.  So you try getting her out of bed in her limp, floppy, playing dead state.  It's not easy I tell you.

So I finally manage to get her pulled out of her bed and attempt to get her upright on the mat at the back door.  But no, now her legs don't work.  So I'm trying to lift her onto her feet, but she is still playing dead.


Me:  Oh for goodness sake Nimbus!  You'd think I was taking you to the vet or something.  Get up and go out and chase the bees.

Nimbus: Looks up at me with a scowl.... I ain't goin' nowheres.  It be too warm out there and I don't like chasin' bees.  They keep stingin me nose.

Me:  I said chase the bees Nimbus, not grab and try to eat them you twit!

Nimbus:  Nope, look me legs don't be workin' so I'm goin' nowheres.

Me:  Right you, enough of this.  You are going out that back door should I have to physically lift you and make you play.

Nimbus:  Now wriggling in my arms and trying desperately to get back into bed, starts whaling...Noooooo, I is not goin' nowheres......Nooooooooooo!  She's giving off so much you'd think she was being murdered.

Me:  Wrestling my massive cat into the back garden....You will go out and you will enjoy it.

Nimbus;  Ahhhhhhhhhhh, nooooooo it be tooooo warm.  Ahhhhhhhhh help meeeeeee/

We both collapse on the grass in a heap and Nimbus has a bit of a roll about, gets me to scratch her belly and under her chin.  She's now on her back, purring contently and looks up at me with her feet in the air and says.....

Nimbus:  Actually, it be quite nice out here you know.  Now.....brush me slave.

So after all that fighting, she actually enjoyed being out.  She got brushed and pampered and she lay on the grass lapping up the attention.  My Scrubby chased her around the garden and played with her which she absolutely loves.  She loves a good play.....once she's out.  Its just getting her out there that is the major problem, lol.

Anywho, enough of my antics with my lazy big cat.  Onto the flowers.....

 I've used a medium weight Muslin so they hold their shape really well.  I just love how the edges fray slightly, they look so shabby chic.  The centres are just some vintagy buttons I bought on ebay.
You can fluff them up to be as dimensional as you want or flatten them down for projects that you don't want dimension on, like on cards.

The buttons are beautiful.  These flowers are just under 3 inches wide, but thats at the very widest point.  So they aren't that big that they can't be used on projects.

They are so pretty.  The muslin is natural coloured so its a creamy colour.  But this fabric takes colour really well, so you could use your Cosmic Shimmers/Tattered Angels Sprays on them etc., and they's look delicious.
I love that button
The wee ones are smaller, just under 2 inches and are just as stunning as their bigger sisters.  They are made slightly different to the bigger ones and the petals are slightly more rounded too.  
They are made with the same muslin fabric and have teeny wee crocheted flowers and buttons in the centre.  They are stunning in real life.  I cut the crocheted flowers from a vintage crocheted table runner I bought on ebay.
Thats it from me folks for another day.  Enjoy that big ball in the sky whilst you can because it never hangs about for long.....not in Northern Ireland anyway, lol.  Rain tomorrow again....oh joy!

Toodles Noodles, Loops xx

14 comments:

  1. Thank you for making me giggle Lee lol! Now we need a photograph of Nimbus please, really want to see how huge she is! And surely you knew you are the slave - it's the only reason they allow us to keep them! Enjoy the rare yellow thing in the sky it won't be here for long! Gorgeous flowers you've made, as always hugs Karen x

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    1. Hi again Karen.....just so you know, I've added a photo of Nimbus to the right sidebar so you can see her. I really should have put some sort of size reference beside her, like a small car or van, lol. You can't really tell her size from the photo....but she was just brushed and looked all pretty. Lee x

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  2. Ooh for a cats life, You should get Nimbus helping with these gorgeous flowers. xxxx

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  3. Oh wow Lee I am in love with these beauties they are such vintage perfection love love love! Your cat story is a funny one too! Hugs Rebekah xx

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  4. Beautiful scrummy flowers Lee! That muslin is just perfect for the vintage look and I love the way you have added the little flowers cut from crocheted lace.

    We don't have any trouble getting lucky out the door, it's getting him back that's the problem lol! Don't know where he goes all day, he just turns up licking his lips at mealtimes. Oh it has been a gorgeous sunny day, wish we could have a few more of those.

    I have no idea how come I have a reply button and you don't. Next time I'm on blogger I'll see if I can figure it put and let you know.

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    1. Look, look, look Maddy......I gots me-self a Reply Button....woowhoo! I think its because I wasn't using Bloggers template before...but now I am. Its the little things that keep me amused, lol. Lee x

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  5. What a fun story!! You always make me laugh!! And your flowers are absolutely gorgeous!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  6. Nimbus really leads the good life! I love your flowers! They are so beautiful.

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  7. Hello Lee, so nice to see you about again and can see you must have been very busy making these beautiful embellishments.

    B x

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  8. How simply devine flowers and i so love what you create too, Luv Sam x

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  9. Really stunning flowers, I love the texture and the story about Nimbus made me laugh, sorry I haven't been by for a while, I have been a bit useless lately lol, hope you are well
    Lindsay xx

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  10. Your flowers are superbly made Lee, and such adorable centres, too! Hope you're doing fine! Take care, Ira xox
    irascreacorner.blogspot.nl

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  11. Flowers are beautiful, but I want to see Nimbus! :o) - Christine

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    1. Hi Christine....Lol, I have put a photo of Nimbus in the sidebar, just for you. Lee x

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Helloooooo! Anybody out there??!! Hey....there you are! Thanks for leaving a comment and stopping by my Blog. Lee x