Patchwork door mat and the backyard peacock update...


I made a patchwork door mat for my mother as part of her Mother's day gift this year.  Each squares of this mat measures 5 in x 5 in (12.7 cm x 12.7 cm).    My mom asked me if I can make her a kitchen mat also, so I better hurry up and finish it up so that I can send them to Japan over this weekend, or at the latest, by next Monday.  Otherwise, they won't be able to arrive by the Mother's day next weekend...!!


Another view here.  I really like the crisp blue/white color combination of this mat.


The close up of the patchwork.  I used acryl batting for this mat, instead of cotton batting, so that the mat dries faster even in the wet rainy season in Japan (in early summer).


The door mat is reversible, and the other side looks like this (navy bandana print from my stash).


I attached a handmade tag made of handcarved eraser stamps, to the back side of the door mat to add that personal touch.  I love adding these small details to my handmade projects!


By the way, let me give you an update of our peacock eggs in our backyard that we discovered about a week ago.   Today, we had two more peacock visitors, besides the mommy peacock (peacock no. 1) who literally lives in our backyard...

We're not sure how these peacocks no.2 and no. 3 are related to the mommy peacock, but they all seemed to be friendly to each other (although I'm not sure how peacocks express affection and friendship to each other...)  They just wandered around the mommy peacock and left quietly.   And they seem to come back several times during the day...


And the mommy peacock continues to warm her eggs in our backyard....  She's totally covered in the ivy bush, but can you see her in the picture below?  

 In our area, the weather is much colder than normal this year, with more rain with gusty winds, which is very unusual for April. With a harsh weather like this, we are all concerned about the well being of the peacock mom and her eggs... 

Few days ago, when it started raining in the middle of the night, I found my husband standing in our backyard, next to the peacock nest, with his umbrella in his hand, trying to cover the nest from the rain...!  I almost laughed when I first saw him standing outside in the rain in the middle of the night! Yes, protecting the peacock nest and the eggs is a major family concern in our household right now...  

Mommy peacock sitting on her eggs all day long...

Today, I was lucky enough to take a picture of her eggs.  Normally the mommy bird  literally sits on her eggs all day long, rain or shine, so it's almost impossible for us to see (and count) the number of eggs in her nest.  

As you can see here, it seems like we already lost one egg in just one week...: (  as there were five eggs originally).

 

We are continuing to cross our fingers for the safety of these eggs... so stay tuned!

6 comments:

PY said...

I love the colour combination of your door mat. Beautiful blue colour always has a soothing effect on me.The fabric for the reversible side is also very pretty.The navy bandana print would be perfect for making a blouse too.

chick chick sewing said...

Thanks, PY :) I love beautiful blue colors, too, and so does my mom (I think). I selected the dark-colored navy bandana print on the reverse side so that it can be used for the dirty feet, too ;)

Sam said...

Gorgeous door mat! I love the fabrics you chose, and I'm sure your mom will be over the moon with delight!

chick chick sewing said...

Thanks, Sam! My mom may be too heavy to float off the ground and into space (LOL)... but I hope she likes it ;)

Chris said...

Love the mat and the peacocks are amazing. How lucky to have them where you can enjoy them and learn about them up close!

chick chick sewing said...

Thank you, Chris, for your comments :) And yes, we are lucky to have wild peacocks living in our backyard... We just can't wait to see the babies! (We're guessing at least 2-3 more weeks...)

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