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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Catching up


Wow! Where did this week go? I have felt UGH! all week long, still battling a bit of the flu. I did manage to do some stitching and finished this little guy into a frame today. He is from Oak Haven Designs. I joined the yahoo group and he is the first in a monthly stitch along. I just think he is the cutest with that little birdie on his head. He is stitched on Silkweavers 28 ct Ocean opalescent lugana with DMC threads. I took a $1.00 frame from the discount store, added a snowflake button and a bow and he was done!

Pollyanna gave me a fabulous blog award earlier this week. Thank you Polly! It makes me happy that someone actually reads my ramblings and likes looking at my stuff.

I am still trying to catch up with all my blog reading but duty calls. I have to do a little housework tonight so I can sit on my duff and stitch tomorrow. :o)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Flu and stuff


Thursday night I started with what I believe is the flu. I had the chills to the point that my teeth were actually chattering! I had on 3 shirts, sweatpants, socks, slippers, and was covered in a quilt and I was still cold. Up and down all night and more of the same with a headache on Friday. Today is the first day since Thursday I have felt human.
While in my sick, feverish stupor I managed to finish stitching this cute little snowman and made him into a pillow ornament today. The scan doesn't show the beauty of this opalescent fabric. It has tiny iridescent flecks in it that makes the fabric sparkle.
A big thank you to Erynne for the lovely free pattern. :o)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

This Is What Happens...


..when I stitch snowmen! LOL We woke up to about 2 inches of snow on the ground and more still to come. This picture was taken about 7 am and it didn't stop until we had between 3 and 4 inches on the ground. We didn't have any snow at all last winter so this was a big deal to us.

Lola had a good time but Ziggy didn't quite know what to think about it. I could tell he was trying to figure out how to catch all those white flying things. Yesterday, Ziggy gifted me with another mouse AND a mole. YUK!
In honor of the coming snow I started stitching another snowman last night. I know, I know, those of you further north and west are sick of it. I am loving it today, it will be gone in a couple of days and we may not get any more this year.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Snowbuds Finished



This charming couple told me they needed a quilt since it has been so cold here so that is what I gave them! LOL Nothing really fancy here - I just added a border of tree fabric, quilted straight lines around the center cross stitch, added a thin binding, star charm, wire hanger and bow and this piece was finished.

I started working on a little piece that has hearts for Valentine's Day. I changed all the colors in the original chart so it will be interesting to see how it looks when finished.

I received a wonderful email from Pokua this morning telling me I had won her giveaway. She was giving away the cutest pinkeep and I just had to put my name in the pot. I am so excited that I won such a lovely piece. Go have a look at her blog she does beautiful work.

The roast is in the crock pot and I am inside staying warm today, no plan to do anything but be lazy and eat and stitch and perhaps take a nap. Ahhhh, my idea of the perfect Sunday afternoon. Stay warm everyone!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Giveaway Winner!

And the winner is.......

Simple Stitches!

I am very grateful for all of you that visited my blog for the giveaway. Hearing about all your quilting/crafting plans for the New Year just brightened my days. Thank you!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Arrival from Poland!

My scissor fob from the Tiny Treasures Exchange arrived in the mail today. My partner was Iza from Lublin, Poland.
Isn't it gorgeous?! The scans just can't show the detail of the beading all around the edge and the flawless stitching. It truly is a tiny treasure. It also has a wonderful scent which I believe is lavender.

She also sent along a postcard from Lublin, a green light effects floss, and the cutest little linen stamped bag. I am just thrilled and can hardly wait for our next exchange.



Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Snowbuds

"Snowbuds"
Bent Creek Designs
28 ct Navy Lugana, DMC & Gentle Art Threads


Isn't this just about the happiest couple you have ever seen? Now I just need to decide how I want to finish them. I am leaning towards putting them in the center of a little quilt. I finished the stitching last night, appropriate since our temps are headed for the single digits tomorrow. Brrrrr! I don't know if I am ready for that kind of cold just yet.
I learned a lot from this design.
--- 1 is not the same as
--- an upside down triangle is not the same as a right side up triangle
--- my eyesight isn't as sharp as it once was (navy is dang hard to see when used as a background)
--- when they say to cut your fabric 3 inches larger all the way around, you really should. Or at least 2 inches all around anyway.
Yes, there are mistakes here but unless you have the chart beside you or you have stitched this one yourself I don't think they are noticable. I still think they are really cute!
Stay warm!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Secret Scissor Fob Revealed











Eileen sent me an email today to say she received the scissor fob I made for her for the Tiny Treasures exchange so it is now safe for me to share a picture with you. :o)
I had a lot of fun looking at her blog and getting to "know" her a bit so I could choose an appropriate design to stitch for her. A special thanks to Kate for answering my email questions when I couldn't figure out which birds in my chart might live in England. Gotta love this blogging community! I also found this tiny little pair of embroidery scissors to send along in the package.
I am looking forward to the arrival of my exchange and discovering who stitched a fob for me!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Just Stitching


Wow! I can't believe it has been a week since I have posted. It has been a pretty busy week. I have mostly been working on my cross stitch for the Seasonal Ornament Challenge - I really should take a weekly picture so I can track my progress. At any rate, I should have it finished up in a day or two and I will post a pic then.

Yesterday I made another Perfect Pouch. This time I made a large one which will be perfect for carrying the latest cross stitch or handsewing project. The purple zipper isn't quite as "in your face" as it appears in this photo although it is still purple.

Ziggy gifted me with his first mouse this week. He placed it directly in front of the food bowl so I would be sure to see it when I left for work Monday morning. I had to chuckle as the poor thing was only about an inch and a half long but oh was he proud of himself. He came running as soon as I came out the door and made sure to give it an obligatory swat so I could tell him what a fabulous hunter and protector he is. LOL Yep, I have to accustom myself to this outside cat thing.

A big thank you to all my visitors via the Whirl Into Winter giveaway. I have enjoyed seeing everyones ambitions for their new projects for the new year. I hope each and every one accomplish these and more.

I leave you with an action shot of Ziggy playing in the front yard with his stuffed mouse toy. (My husband says he's practicing.)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Cyber Fyber




CYBER FYBER EXHIBITION is an international fiber arts event at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, 808 Lady Street in downtown Columbia, South Carolina, on view from January 8th through 20th, 2009. The focus of this exhibition is to highlight the influences of Internet access for today's fiber artists.

I am so honored to have a postcard hanging along with those of such talented artists. If you have a chance, go see this exhibition. It will surely be full of some great works of art.

You can view the postcards online at http://cyberfyberonlinepostcards.blogspot.com/
(Mine is #44 on the page)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

First Finish of 2009


Ta Da! My first finished item for 2009. I really enjoyed stitching these cardinals. I finished it into a pillow ornament with matching cording for the hanger. I love birds and this booklet has 8 or 10 charts so they will be keeping me busy for a while. Not all of them are Christmassy (is too a word) but you know what? I think I would enjoy having all of them as pillow ornaments to hang on my tree next year anyway. My tree=My rules. LOL

I also finished my scissor fob for the Tiny Treasures Exchange last night. Just need to get it packaged up along with a goodie and it will be ready to go in the mail on Monday.


I hope you are all having a good weekend. I have had lots of new visitors here for the Whirl Into Winter Giveaway. Isn't blogland great?!

Friday, January 2, 2009

57 Comments!

Wow! 57 comments in 1 day. That has to be a record for me. LOL Keep those comments coming. I am really enjoying reading about everyone's new starts for the new year.

I found a couple of things that were left out of my prize scan that I will be adding to the mix - a Roxanne Needle Threader (for those of us with tired eyes), and a Bracelet Fastener (no idea why that is in the sewing room but it has never been used so in the prize package it goes).

I am busy stitching on my scissor fob for the Tiny Treasures Exchange. I can't show you what I am stitching or tell you who will receive it until after it arrives at it's destination. I am having fun with it and this will be my first cross stitch exchange.

Off to straighten up my sewing room so I can finish up my fob. Seems "someone" left lots of Christmas paper, tape, and stuff lying around. :o)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

A New Beginning

The past few days have been crazy here. Tuesday night I came home from work to find Ziggy limping on his right rear leg. He wouldn't put any weight on it at all. I examined him all over and couldn't find any wounds so I feared he had jumped from a tree or something and broken his leg. I made plans to take him to work with me on Wednesday to have him checked out.


Then, I got a call that baby Snowflake would be going to her new home on Wednesday. The rescue co-ordinator would pick her up at noon on Wednesday and drive her to Charlotte to her new home.


So at OH Dark Thirty Wednesday morning I loaded up a meowing cat and a crying puppy and off to work I went. After examination by the doctor (and with someone to help me hold Ziggy) we found a cut on the bottom of his foot that required 3 sutures. Since he has been an inside cat for so long, his pads haven't become tough like most outside cats. He spent Wednesday night at the hospital but is back home now.


Snowflake has a great new home and I'll admit I cried when she left me. She was a sweet puppy but I don't think I am quite ready for all the energy and work a new little one requires - I have too much cross stitching and sewing to do! LOL

The hog's jowls are boiling, the collards are washed and cut, and the blackeyed peas have been in the crock pot all day. Just have to pop the tenderloin in the microwave and the cornbread in the oven and we will be set for a New Year's feast!