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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Snowy Ornament

"Snow Merry"
Homespun Elegance
2009 JCS Ornament Issue
HDF Grab Bag Linen, DMC floss


No snow here but I managed to finish this "snowy" ornament. I am working on finishing one more ornament before the year ends. I put the final stitches in it on Christmas Day and am working on sewing a beaded edge on it. I "told" myself I was going to use this last week of the year to organize my craft things and start "Where My Heart Blooms" on New Year's Day. All was going as planned until I saw this. Soooooooo, I started stitching this for the New Year instead of working on my organization. :o)

I hope I can finish it before Friday. (Not likely but one can dream. LOL)




Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

I hab uh code

Itchy, watery eyes. Runny, red nose. (I could pass for Rudolph!) Foggy brain. I have it all. It seems I get something about this time every year. I remember one year being so sick on Christmas day I had to lie on the sofa to watch the boys open their presents. I am glad it hit me this weekend instead of later this week. Hopefully, I'll be all better in a couple of days.

Despite my foggy head I managed to make a stocking for each of my boys yesterday. I have had good intentions of making a stocking for everyone for about 5 years now and finally! I did it! I had thought to "bling" them up a little more but really didn't feel up to it so this will have to do. I can always add some embellishments later.

Even though my boys are 22 years old now I really enjoy buying little candies and things to put in their Christmas stockings. Where it used to be Matchbox cars and Pez dispensers it is now boxer shorts and flash drives but still fun. Oh, and everyone always gets a new toothbrush in their stocking. LOL Does anyone else do that?


We had a bit of snow here on Friday and Saturday but it is all gone now. I suppose we got about and inch of snow but it was followed by rain which pretty much washed it all away.

I hope all of you are remembering to rest and take some time out for yourself during this busy season. Me? I am heading for a nice, warm, bubble bath right now.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Busy, busy, busy

Why do I seem so busy right now? I haven't really even started any Christmas shopping, it hasn't been overly busy at work, and I haven't had a spur of housecleaning to mention. Harumph! I have no idea but it seems I always have something I have to do that isn't necessarily what I want to do.

I received another ornament from my swap on The Quilting Bee. This one is from Evie and I was suprised and happy to see that it is a cross stitched one. I just love those tiny cinnamon sticks at the top - such a great finishing touch.

Last night we had our Christmas party for work at the local steakhouse. We stuffed ourself with delicious food and then played a rousing game of Dirty Santa. I contributed one of my Wonder Wallets to the mix and I believe it was the most stolen gift at the table.

No stitching to show as I am working on an exchange piece that you won't be able to see until February. I have also been sewing some project bags - pictures of those later this week.

I hope you all had a wonderful (not too stressful) weekend and will have an even better week!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Making Gifts

"Wonder Wallets"
Lazy Girl Designs
We are getting down to the wire now, not that many days left until Christmas. This weekend I sewed a slew of WonderWallets. I just love these little things and carry mine in my purse every day. I actually made eight of these but packed one up to mail before I remembered to take a picture. These are like eating potato chips - you can't make just one! After doing so much cross stitch it was nice to sit down at the sewing machine for a while. Now if I could just make myself quilt a couple of these quilt tops I have sitting around...

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Festive!

"Biscornu #346"
The Floss Box
32 Raw Opal Belfast
DMC Floss


I knew the moment I saw this biscornu that I had to add it to my holiday collection. I have a thing for cardinals and this is one of the prettiest designs for a biscornu I have seen. Check out Emily's other designs at www.theflossbox.com. You just can't beat her prices (90 cents for a biscornu pattern). I had to buy several as I loved so many of them. (No affiliation, just a happy customer).

Mini Ziggy has donned his Santa cap and gold bow and is sitting by the tree. We hope you all have a wonderful, creative weekend!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thirteen Years Later...

A couple of weeks ago Daffycat posted one of her first finishes on her blog and challenged the rest of us to show one of ours. Well I did and while I was digging around in my old cross stitch pieces I came across another one that I really don't understand why I never did anything with it. This particular piece was stitched in 1996 (I only know that because I put the date on the piece at the time).

So, this weekend I headed off to Hobby Lobby to find a frame and purchase foam core for mounting. I consulted Vonna's framing tutorial and $15.00 and an hour later I was done.


"December"
From Paula Vaughan's Quilts For All Seasons
28 ct cream linen (I think)
DMC floss


And a few close ups.




Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mine


And here are the ornaments I made for the Christmas ornament swap on The Quilting Bee forum. None of my swap partners visit my blog so I feel safe in posting a picture.

These look complicated but they are are not. The toughest part for me was drawing a 9 inch equilateral triangle. Thanks to Katrina for the wonderful tutorial found here. I opted for a small jingle bell instead of a button on the front. Wouldn't a tree full of these in sparkly Christmas fabrics be pretty?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Swapping

Stitchers call it exchanging, quilters call it swapping. :o) I am participating in an ornament swap at The Quilting Bee forum and my first ornament arrived today. Isn't he cute? This one is from Linda and she also made the gorgeous scissor/rotary cutter fob and sent it along too. I am just tickled pink. I have finished my ornaments - just need to get them packaged and on their way.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Preparing for Winter

I am trying to get ahead of the game and make myself a winter fob for my scissors. :o) This little cutie is barely an inch square. I had admired him from the moment I saw him in the JCS 2009 Ornament issue and knew he would be one of the first ornaments I stitched. A simple snowflake for the back of the fob added the finishing touch for this little guy. :o)



"Purple Penguin"
Casey Buonaugurio Designs
32 ct lavender evenweave
1 over 1 with DMC flosses




Sunday, November 15, 2009

Thankful

"Thankful"
Designed by Primitvebettys
HDF grab bag 35 ct linen
HDF Examplar Fried Pickles Floss

I Won!

Andrea over at The Craft Room had a drawing on her blog for one of her handmade ornaments. I threw my name into the drawing and just look at what I won! I am just tickled pink to have one of her ornaments - her stitching is flawless and the finishing with that beaded edge is just divine. Because of my crappy photo abilities you can't really see the little brass charm on the upper left that says "Made For You", such a nice personal touch. It will have a place of honor on my tree this year.

Thank you Andrea!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Waste Not


I just can't bring myself to toss those strips of linen left over after stitching a piece. As I was walking by my ironing board I noticed the pile of scraps and a light bulb went on in my little ole head.

I sat down at the sewing machine and starting pieceing the strips together. I found a template online for a gingerbread man, broke out the permanent markers, and what you see my friends is history. LOL He would be even cuter if the face, buttons and such were stitched but I was too lazy to do that this time.

He will make a cute little addition to my tree and the scraps didn't go to the wastebasket.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Humbug - No Bah!



I just crack myself up sometimes. LOL Here is the cutest little humbug I received from Lynne in the Tiny Treasures Exchange, Too. I just love the orange with the pink and coral - orange is becoming one of my favorite colors. Her stitching and finishing were wonderful and she also sent along some lovely green beads and a skien of satin floss. Thank you Lynne!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Peppermint Twist

While cruising the internet earlier this week I came across this tutorial on the Moda Bakeshop website. Since I had been trying to think of some little gift ideas for quilting friends I decided to give these a try. I found the instructions to be excellent and really like the weight the crushed walnut shells add to the pincushion. I think these would make cute little decorations for the holidays as well as being useful.

I hope you are all having a good weekend. It is cold here but at least we have sunshine. I have a Christmas ornament swap coming up so I suppose I will be working on those tomorrow as well as finishing up my humbug for the Tiny Treasures exchange.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

First Stitches

Bwahhahahaha! Ya'll are going to love this. Sharon (Daffycat) posted today about her first projects and boy could I relate. This little frog is one of my very first projects stitched with one strand DMC on 22 count Hardanger. As you can see he shared a piece of fabric with a Christmas Mouse at one time - the mouse was put into one of those gold plastic frames and made into an ornament. The little froggy never went anywhere because I didn't leave enough fabric to cut him out! Note the masking tape around the edge of the fabric to keep it from fraying. LOL This was stitched around 1980 when I was a junior in high school.
Another project from the same time period. This one is on 14 count Aida. Perhaps I should frame this one for my sewing room. It would be a good reminder when I am feeling a bit down and who wouldn't be cheery looking at those colors?

So - dig in those closets and baskets and show us some of your first projects. I guarantee they will coax at least one smile out of you!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Weekend Update


"By The Light Of The Moon"
The Primitive Needle
Silkweaver 40 ct Terracotta
HDF Floss

We have had a rainy, dreary, cool weekend here in NC. The sun came out for an hour or two yesterday and that was it. Our yard is full of wet leaves and the squirrels are scurrying to collect all the acorns that fell after the hard rains last night. It made for a perfect stitching weekend.

I have been working on this freebie by the Primitive Needle "By The Light Of The Moon". I saw her Halloween Revelry design in the JCS Halloween issue and knew right away I would eventually make it to add to my Halloween collection. I decided to do this smaller piece first as a companion to the larger design. I think they will be quite nice displayed together next year. This is my first time working with 40 count linen and it may be my last. My eyes just don't adjust well to the smaller count and I have to take frequent breaks to allow my eyes to rest. I love how the tiny stitches look but I don't think I am cut out for stitching on this smaller count linen.

Time to begin preparing myself for another work week. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Stay safe everyone. :o)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy Dancing!


I think it was about 3 months ago when I first saw this lovely design stitched up on someone's blog. For some reason this pattern just spoke to me and I decided I had to have it for my very own.

Well, as my luck seems to go when I began my search I discovered the chart was out of print and not available on any of the online stores. I then started watching ebay to see if someone might be offering this chart there.

I finally saw an auction for just the chart. I bid on the chart but the price was a bit more than I could afford to pay - it sold for over $20 for the chart alone. So I continued to save my pennies and check ebay a couple of times weekly.

Finally, another one was offered - this time with the linen and threads called for in the chart. I bid and there was someone else bidding but unfortunately, neither of our bids met the reserve price so it wasn't sold. The seller relisted it a week later and I bid - but no one else was bidding and again it didn't meet the reserve price. I emailed the seller to inquire about the reserve price and whether she might offer it to me as a second chance offer. She emailed me a day later to tell me she had offered it as a second chance to the highest bidder on the first auction (even though my bid on the second auction was higher but she didn't know that). Of course the high bidder on the first auction snapped it up and again I was left searching.

Are ya'll still with me? LOL Well, last week another one was offered again with the linen and floss. There was already a bidder at $8.00 with no reserve price. So, I placed my maximum bid (which was a little higher than the last auction. I HAD been saving my pennies you know!) and the price went to $8.50. I fully expected this one would run as high or higher as the last two but I watched it closely every day. No one had bid again. Last night, I sat at this computer and watched the last 5 minutes of the auction, again expecting someone to swoop in at the last minute and outbid me.

Well guess what? I WON! I got this wonderful pattern, the linen, and the floss for 8 freaking dollars and 50 cents!!! I am just ecstatic! I am just in love with this piece and love the saying "Home is where my heart blooms" because it is so true for me. Am I wrong to feel a little badly for the seller? I know even if she only paid cost for the items, she surely has more than $8.50 invested. I promise I will do the piece justice and display it proudly in my home once finished. :o)
If you read this far, thanks for sticking with me. My luck usually isn't the best and I am just amazed that I lucked out on this one that I wanted so badly and had to share it with you.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Twofer



Two posts in one day! Whooohooo! I decided to leave the whacked out dog on my La-D-Da Freebie Alphabet piece and finished it into a Christmas pillow. I used this plaid Homespun type fabric and made the tie from another piece of fabric since I didn't have any suitable ribbon in my stash. I added a key charm for a little extra "character". This is a larger pillow - about 8"x18". It will look nice on my hearth when the Christmas decorations come out.

Now, back to our previously scheduled Halloween stitching! LOL

Christmas Stitching

"Let It Snow"
Country Cottage Needleworks
2008 JCS Ornament Issue
HDF Silks and Linen
I took a little break from Halloween/Autumn stitching to make a Christmas gift. This one is for my friend Sheila who collects anything with snowmen. I loved stitching this one even though I had to frog parts of the tree twice! I also left off the wording at the bottom of the piece because I just liked the little snowman scene by itself. It is finished as a pillow ornament. I think Sheila will be happy to find this in her stocking this year. :o)
I hope you are all having a fabulous Sunday. It is cool and dreary here today - a good day for stitching and sewing.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Finish


"Sew Blue"
35 ct HDF linen, Caron Waterlilies Fiesta


I finished the stitching on Carol's "Sew Blue" and made it into a pinkeep. As you can see, I took a little artistic license with the chart and put my initials in. I wanted mine to have an autumnal "feel" to so I used a floss with those fallish colors that I love.
This little guy came home with me from the fall festival yesterday. It is actually one of those small round paper mache boxes that has been painted, placed on a dowel, and filled with rice. It was labeled as a "shaker" but I call it my Halloween wand. :o) He wanted to come home and join my Halloween display so I let him!
The ceramic pumpkin you see was made by my own two hands back in 1980 when I was all into ceramics. There was a lady nearby who had a studio in a barn outside her house and my mother and I would go there and take classes. I was a junior in high school at the time. We would paint and glaze the raw pieces and leave them for her to fire in her kiln. I have a few other pieces I made not the least of which is the set of dishes I use every day. This pumpkin always brings back fond memories of my mother and I sitting in that barn, painting and pondering life.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Fall Festival

Our little town had a fall festival today. It was chilly and overcast - the perfect day for a festival. There was lots of food, music, and "stuff". I was a lazy photographer and only took pictures of this display of primitive Halloween goodies.
I thought these were so neat. Halloweeny but not scary. The cats, candy corn, witches hat and boots were all made of muslin that had been sewn then painted. I just loved them. You can't see in the pic but the crow had legs and feet made of old forks that had been bent. Clever! I was a little disappointed there weren't more handcrafted items. Perhaps I should consider having a booth next year? Hmmmm.
I hope you are all having a fabulous fall weekend. Our temps have dropped considerably and it is supposed to go into the 30's tomorrow night. Brrrr. Practically unheard of here in the month of October.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Now I know my ABC's...

...tell me what you think of me. Uh, scratch that. LOL

I have been doing some stitching and thought it was time for an update. For some reason I am being drawn to alphabet samplers. Any and all of them, I just love 'em! So this is where I have been spending my stitching time when I should be working on Christmas things. :o)

The first one is "Sew Blue" by Carol. I was going for an autumn feel and used Caron Waterlilies fiesta on a piece of the grab bag linen from Hand Dyed Fibers. I see that Carol has now designed a "Sew Autumn"
to help feed my addiction. :o)

The second one is a La-D-Da freebie, "Alphabet w/Hare". Only I didn't want the hare so I tried graphing a dog instead. Yes, that freakish looking thingon the left is supposed to be a dog. I am debating whether to frog it and try again before I stitch the border. Oh well, I'll try to finish up "Sew Blue" and then decide. This uses a Carrie's Creation silk and another piece of the grab bag fabric.

That's all I have for now. I am itching to do some Christmas stitching but I want to finish these two before I start something else. I have enough quilting UFO's - I don't need to add any cross stitch ones to the mix.

In the crock pot: Scalloped potatos and ham
On the stove: Collard greens (Paula Deen's recipe, yum!)
To do when I get off this thing: Cornbread in the oven

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday my friends!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

And The Winner Is....

I had 12 entries and the random number generator chose #6 - Congratulations Carol!
A big thank you to everyone who takes time to visit my little blog and leave a comment. Your comments make me happy and I am so glad you stop by to see what the crazy lady in NC is doing now. :o)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Pumpkin Carving




There is a certain likeness here....that is if you overlook my crappy photography skills. :o)
Carving template found at www.bhg.com

Monday, October 5, 2009

Giveaway Time!

Mummy Ziggy is all decked out in his Halloween costume and says "It's time for a giveaway!"

It seems I missed my 1 year blogaversary (9/26) and my 200th post ( 8/27) so I am having a giveaway now just because I want to. :o) I tried to think of something to make that both my stitching friends and my quilting friends might enjoy.
I am giving away this Jack O Lantern Scissor Fob (Design by Casey Buonaugurio) and this pair of embroidery scissors. I will warn you - I put the last stitch in, cut the thread, then realized I forgot to stuff the darn thing! I personally think it is just fine without the stuffing and I wasn't about to attempt taking that whip stitching apart. (I knew I would probably demolish it and have beads flying everywhere if I even tried.)

Sooo, if you would like to win this unstuffed fob and scissors leave a comment on this post and I will draw a winner this Saturday, October 10th!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Dressing Up
























Even my scissors are donning a costume for Halloween. :o)



"Jack O Lantern Scissors Fob"
Casey Buonaugurio Designs
My dyed 32 count linen
DMC fibers and Mill Hill Beads

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Happy Mail



Looky what the mailman delivered Friday! It is one of Norma's Gypsy Cats all decked out for Halloween! Can you tell I am excited about this!!! I had a pretty crappy day at work Friday and this just made my day. This little thing is just irresistable, even my DH and my son (who rarely notice anything) commented on how cute and clever this was. Norma used a pop can tab for the hanger on the back - I just thought that was so inventive and very functional. She also sent me a lovely fall fabric postcard which I failed to photograph. Thank you so much dear Norma you are such a sweetie!

I plan to pull out all of my Halloween things tomorrow and place them about the house. Now to remember where I put them all...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

October

October's Party

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came —
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.
Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly “hands around.”
- George Cooper
One of my favorite poems. Happy October everyone!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Birthday Bounty

We finally had a little sunshine here today so I could take a decent picture of my birthday gifts from my dear friend Norma. I first met Norma a couple of years ago through the Fabric In Altered Arts group. I have not been active on the group in quite some time but Norma and I have kept in touch via email and through our blogs. She is such a talented fiber artist - you should go visit her blog and see all the wonderful things she creates.

She sent me a cute pattern for tote bags, a little shoe keychain from her recent visit to California, and she made me this wonderful felt needle/pin
book. I had to take a close up of the needle book so you could see her beautiful handwork. Thank you so much for all my goodies and for making me feel special on my birthday.

To top it off my sons gave me a Books A Million gift card and DH gave me a gift card to Hobby Lobby. Books and craft stuff - it doesn't get much better than that!
I want to say thank you to all my blogging friends who visit my little corner of the web. I appreciate all of your comments and encouragement. :o)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

46 Years Ago

Don't I look like a happy camper?! I think I was actually about a year old in this picture. It seems all the pictures of me as a teeny tiny baby do not involve clothes and since I didn't want to get into trouble with the blogger folks for posting a nekkid picture.... LOL


I can't decide if my expression indicates I was scared of the photographer or I needed to go to the bathroom. At any rate, I don't intend to be sad this birthday. I am hoping for many more.



Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Odd Socks


I managed to finish a Christmas stocking for my DH. He is an avid fisherman so I decided to use the Prairie Schooler Santa I stitched on his stocking. I need to find another small bobber to attach to the "line" at the bottom (I stole this one from DH's tackle box). The fishing lure at the top is an old one that my DH's father gave him when he was a little boy - it was well used by my father in law but my DH never used it. It has been curing in his tackle box for quite some time.


I have been working on a little autumn piece as well as a little Christmas piece. Some of you have asked about Dogs Day Out progress and I am sad to say it probably won't get much more attention until after the holidays. I realized it isn't long until Christmas and I better get busy with any Christmas presents I plan to make.


I just took an apple cake out of the oven and it is calling my name....


Have a great week!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Moving Right Along



"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..."

Come on, you can sing along with me if you like! LOL

These fabrics have been in my stash for quite some time just waiting to be made into a Christmas stocking. This morning, they became what they were supposed to be. Now I have several ideas for Christmas stockings one of which involves the Prairie Schooler Santa I stitched for DH. I am trying to figure out how to incorporate it into a stocking.

The basic pattern for this lined stocking comes from the book Fast Fun & Easy Christmas Stockings by Susan S. Terry. They really are fast, fun and easy. I didn't do any embellishing or anything on this one as the fabric seemed busy enough and has gold metallic highlights that don't really show in the picture.

Maybe I can make 3 more stockings before the Just Cross Stitch ornament issue arrives and I am sucked in to stitching lovely little ornaments. :o)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Almost Ready

Happy Halloween
My dyed black 28 ct evenweave
DMC floss
Okay, I think I am done with the Halloween stitching and ready to move on to Christmas. :o) This was a freebie from this blog http://lunedautomne.over-blog.com/. It appears that she has closed the blog and is no longer offering her free design. I am so glad I saved it when I came across it last year as it is such a cute design. This is a simple pillow finish. I was going to trim it in orange ric rac and then this crazy stuff caught my eye. It was a booger to sew but I really like the wild and crazy effect.