Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Next Big One

Finished and framed! I know ya'll are probably tired of seeing this one but I just had to post a pic of it framed and on the wall. I thought this antiquey gold frame suited the piece and with the border I didn't feel it needed a mat. Lemme tell you the professional framers of the world don't have to worry about me taking their job. I used foam core board and pins to attempt to center it for framing and it took me FORRR-EVVV-ERRRR before I was satisfied. It is still a little wonky but I can live with it. There is a lot of debate about whether to use glass over your needlework. I did not use glass on this one. I figured if I decided I wanted to put glass in, I can always do that later and besides, I really like the no glare look without glass.

Now, for the next big project. My son gave me the $ to purchase this for Mother's Day. Isn't this painted linen gorgeous?! I fell in love with the chart the minute I saw it. It has trees, birds, and dogs - three of my most favorite things. :o) It will probably take me a year to finish this one as I am such a slow stitcher. I also get bored very easily so will be stitching lots of smalls in between working on this. I already know where I will hang it and I already know it WILL be professionally framed. LOL
I do not want to use the overdyed floss as charted and have been experimenting with Vikki Clayton silks. She sent me a sample and I am putting it to the test. (That run I had on Smell My Feet really makes me hesitate to use anything but plain old DMC) She also offers her silks in a premium floss which means I would only have to use one strand with no railroading for this piece. So far, I am very pleased with this floss. Once I have finished testing I will post my results here.
Only one more day until the weekend!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Fun, fun, fun!

"A Spot of Christmas"
Milady's Needle - JCS July/August 2009
32 ct Moss Green Lugana / DMC threads
I thoroughly enjoyed every stitch in this little ornament. I like stitching small things and my favorite themes seems to be Christmas and Halloween. I think the primitive look of the deer is really cute and the beads along the border just give it that extra oomph. I don't usually stitch something more than once but I may make an exception with this one because it was so much fun to make. Wonder if it will be as fun the second time around?

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Nineteen Days Later

What a difference 19 days makes in the gardening world. Here you can see the first photo I took on June 2 and I photo I took today. The cucumbers and squash are growing like mad. I picked my first cucumber today and had it with supper. I feel like a new mother with all my little babies growing in the garden.

Things to Trade

I have added a new section to my sidebar - "Things to Trade". When I stitch a design, most times I am not going to stitch it again so I thought I would post them on my blog to trade for something else I would like to stitch. Right now the only thing listed is the Bushel & A Peck chart. I am a slow stitcher so there might not be anything at all there but I might just have something you want.

I would be willing to trade for another chart you have that I might fancy or small pieces of linen or floss other than DMC or who knows what! If you are interested in something I have listed, email me and we can work something out. I would rather send these out in the world to be stitched again than to have them put to rest in a box somewhere only to be discovered 10 years later. (or 20 years later as evidenced by the Paula Vaughan piece I started).

Saturday, June 20, 2009

91 degrees, 56% humidity

What's a person to do but indulge in a little Ben & Jerry's!
I love these little tiny cups. I hardly ever eat a whole one in one sitting but they sure are good.

These little robins should have been finished up some time ago. Since spring is coming to an end I decided to finish them up today. I attached two eyelets, threaded some oak leaf buttons onto a length of jute and made a little pillow ornament.

If there are any fathers out there reading my silliness, I wish you the happiest of Father's Days tomorrow.

Friday, June 19, 2009

A couple of finishes

Perhaps I should label this post "the one in which Myra proves she is a dork". I finished the "Smell My Feet" piece by La-D-Da into a little pillow. It was only when I was stitching on the last bit of the cording around the edge that I noticed I totally left off about 25 stitches! What a dummy! I honestly believe this piece was doomed. First the dye running from the silk floss and now this. I thought (for about 5 seconds) about taking it apart and adding the stitches but with the dye run I decided to leave it. I'll just pile it up with other Halloween ornaments this year and maybe stitch it again (with different floss) next year. Yet another lesson learned. The purple fabric in the pic was used as the backing for the pillow.

I also finished Blackbird Designs "Petites Lettres Rouges" into a pillow. I found this perfect rose fabric in my stash. It matches the floss color perfectly and really looks pretty sitting on my old sewing machine table.

I started stitching a Christmas ornament from the latest JCS issue so will be working on that this weekend. I also have quite a bit of work to do in my garden this weekend, weeding and mulching, but with the temps predicted to be in the upper 90's I don't know how much of that I can stand.
Have a great weekend everyone! Take some time to do some stitching whether it's cross stitch, quilting, or some other creative vice. :o)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Stitching Finish

The stitching is finished! Now to find a suitable frame. I chose 32 count linen so it would fit in a standard 8x10 frame. I know what I want, I just have to find it. :o)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Tiny Treasure

This cute floss tag arrived in the mail from Renee, my partner in the Tiny Treasures Exchange. I think it is soooo cute! In her note Renee said she made it for me in honor and memory of my dear Bogey who recently passed away. I was very touched by her sentiment. :o) I will treasure this little piece of art.

I am thisclose to finishing the stitching on Bushel and a Peck and hope to finish it up today.

On the gardening front - I have baby cucumbers! I am so excited. Friday evening I checked on the garden and there wasn't even a bloom to be seen. Saturday morning I walked out with Lola and I not only had blooms but tiny little cucumbers! Gardening can be so rewarding. :o) I harvested Basil this morning so I can make some Pesto today. Yum!

Have a gr8, relaxing Sunday ya'll!

Friday, June 12, 2009

And the winner is...

If you will send me your address I will get this out to you early next week.
I am very happy for this to find a new home and hope it brings you many hours of stitching enjoyment!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Does anyone want this?

As I was organizing some of my old (and I do mean old) cross stitch stuff I came across this WIP. I am never going to finish this piece. There are too many other things I want to stitch and I am a slow stitcher. I started to just cut off the unstitched fabric and toss the partial stitching but it occurred to me that someone might like to finish it up.

This is a Paula Vaughn design and I have stitched about 25% of the design. The cut of fabric measures 24"x18" and I believe it is 28 count Lugana. It really is a beautiful design, it just doesn't suit my taste anymore. The chart shows some wear along the fold lines but it perfectly fine otherwise. You would need to supply the floss - it is charted for DMC.

If you would like this to come to your home so you can finish it up, please leave a comment on this post. If more than one person speaks up, I will do a random drawing Friday 6/12. I have included another picture of the cover of the chart so you have a better idea of the finished piece.

Both pictures should be clickable if you really want to take a better look. :o)

Saturday, June 6, 2009


I just couldn't leave well enough alone. I finished the stitching on "Smell My Feet" tonight and decided to rinse it in cold water to remove the wrinkles. Well guess what?! The (*&#@)! black silk floss bled all over! I am so upset. I even washed the floss before I used it and it didn't show any color loss in the water. I loved stitching with the silk, it was like sewing with butter but I doubt I will be using this brand again.

Lesson learned. I am just glad it is a Halloween piece and hope everyone will think it gives it more of a "spooky" look in the finish piece.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Great Mail

Hello friends! I received some wonderful goodies in the mail this week.

First, I won a giveaway on Cameo's blog. I won this lovely bracelet made of good luck beads, Chinese coins, wood beads, and Czech glass beads. Isn't it cool? I don't often wear bracelets but I will be wearing this. One could always use a little extra luck.

Then this beautiful angel arrived along with some fabric from Norma. She was my partner in an exchange on the Fabric In Altered Art board and has kept in touch with me via email. She had
some beautiful fabric that needed a home and she thought of me. (She is such a sweetie!) In the package with the fabric was Sophie the Spring Angel. Norma does beautiful Art Dolls and other things. Stop by her blog and have a look at her lovely creations. Thanks again Norma for making my day!

I have been spending a lot of time putting in my little garden which means I haven't had much time for stitching. I hope this little garden will produce some delicious tomatoes, cukes, squash, and peppers for me. So far I have a tiny little Banana Pepper. I am not fond of Banana Peppers but DH is, so I planted one plant for him.

I stumbled across this sampler today and am sitting on the fence as to whether or not I want to stitch it. It is such a huge project and so far I have only completed small things. I really enjoyed the Blackbird Designs sampler I stitched and
think I might want to stitch a larger this the
right one? It sure would be fun to stich along with everyone else. Hmmm, will have to think on this for a few days.

I still haven't been to the store to get the floss I need to finish Bushel and a Peck so I am stitching on the Witch's boots. They are coming along nicely and I just have to smile when I see those twirly toes!

Have a great rest of the week everyone!