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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Santa Claus is Coming


Are you aware there are only 147 days until Christmas? Bwah ha ha ha! I knew you wanted to be told that today.

Here is the 1992 Prairie Schooler Santa I stitched on 28 ct Glass Blue Monaco w/DMC floss. This one is destined to be part of my DH's Christmas present as he is an avid fisherman. I think he will get a kick out of this Santa who looks a little like The Old Man of the Sea with his fish, lobster, corks, and pole.

I am adding this chart to my trade list if anyone is interested.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Fabulous Friday

While the refrigerator is defrosting is the perfect time to blog. :o)

It's Christmas in July! Actually, it is Christmas year round at my house when it comes to stitching. I really enjoy making new things for the holidays and Christmas followed by Halloween are my favorites for stitching and sewing.

I made this snowflake ornament for an exchange. My partner is a secret and I am pretty sure she doesn't visit my blog so it is safe to share with you today. The design is a freebie by Faby Reilly stitched on 32 count white opalescent linen with DMC and Krenik metallic ribbon. I added a little bling at the bottom in the form of a crystal and silver bead. This will go off in the mail on Monday.

In the garden my cucumbers are working overtime and I am now getting 5-6 per day. All these from 1 plant I divided into 3. Good deal I say. I picked my first 2 cherry tomatoes yesterday and popped them right into my mouth - sweet. I am anxiously awaiting the ripening of some of the larger tomatoes. They are the main reason I planted the garden.

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend filled with lots of stitching, sewing, and relaxing!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Catching up again

Let me begin by saying I have really ugly feet. Last week my boss gave all of the girls at work a gift certificate for a pedicure. I have a difficult time enjoying a pedicure because my feet are so darn ticklish but I managed to put that aside and this time I really enjoyed having a pedicure. I opted for the unconventional and went with Carolina Panther Blue. (I am really looking
forward to football season.) During the course of the pedicure I managed to make the entire row of 6 other ladies getting pedicures crack up because I was giggling from my ticklishness. Sheesh! I thought I was supposed to grow out of that. Anyway, now I can say I have pretty toes and my feet feel better than they have in a long time.

This is a floss tag I finished last weekend. The chart is an exclusive chat design by Tonia Pappan of Oak Haven Designs and is called "Spring Cup". You had to participate in one of her weekend chats in order to receive the chart.
I am taking a couple of days off work this week to try to get some things done around the house. It will be interesting to see how many of my "projects" I complete. :o) I really just want to sit and stitch all day.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Experimenting



Here is the result of my experiment with the Hand Dyed Fibers silks. I used the samples that Vikki sent me and I was glad to get this gorgeous strand of Indigo Ocean. I also got a sample of her Premium silk in white which I used in just a few stitches in the center of the butterfly. I stitched this free pattern from My Aunt's Attic on 28 ct linen with 2 strands of the ocean and 1 strand of the premium white.

I decided to really experiment and I didn't wash the floss before stitching. I washed the stitching as I do all of my pieces using warm water and Synthrapol. I then rolled it in a white towel and ironed it on the backside until dry. I was very pleased there was absolutely NO bleeding. The floss had great coverage using 2 over 2 with the ocean and 1 over 2 with the premium white. Needless to say, I have found the floss I will be using for my Dog's Day Out piece. I plan to order the conversion colors in the premium floss so I can stitch with one strand and not have to worry about 2 strands twisting and having to railroad.

Please note, this is just my experience. I am not affiliated in any way with Hand Dyed Fibers nor will I say you will get the same results. I conducted this little experiment for my own peace of mind after my experience with Smell My Feet using overdyed silks. Dogs Day Out is going to be a big piece for me and I wanted to make sure I wouldn't be disappointed with the end result after putting a lot of hours into it.

I also tried my hand at making some fancy pins for this pin cushion. I used plain straight pins and added a few beads and a bit of glue. What do you think? :o)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Girls



Dinner last night was a smashing success thanks to this trio. DH calls them "the girls" as in "Do you need help taking the girls to the grill?" or "Are the girls about done?" I only had 2 thrones for the queens so the one on the right had to be comfortable just sitting on its can. :o) It is always fun to spend time with the family while gorging ourselves on good food. After the meal DH and my son whipped out the guitars and we spent a couple of hours laughing, talking, and singing old songs way out of tune. Ahhh, family fun - life is good.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Floss Tag



Well, it has been almost a month and a half since I sent my partner in the Tiny Treasures Exchange her floss tag. I haven't heard that she has received it and I haven't heard that she hasn't received it. I think it is safe for me to post a picture either way.

This is a Bent Creek freebie called "Robin on Egg". I stitched it on 28 count Lugana over one. I'm not sure my eyes are cut out for over one stitching but I gave it my best. I stitched our initials and the year on the back.

I sincerely hope nothing untoward has happened to my partner and I also hope my tag isn't lost in the mail. I also sent some bird fabric and goodies along with the tag. I would just like to know one way or the other because if it is lost I want to stitch another one for my partner. I have always met my obligations in swaps and I wouldn't want anyone to think I didn't in this one.

The in-laws, niece, and nephews are coming over for dinner tonight. I am making beer can chicken, creamed corn, squash casserole, cucumber salad, rolls, and blackberry cobbler. I am proud to say the squash and cucumbers are from my little garden and the blackberries were picked from wild bushes which grow along our property. A good time will be had by all!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Sweet!

Isn't this design just the sweetest? I fell in love with it the minute I saw it. Since my DH has been pestering me about stitching Halloween and Christmas things, I thought I would stitch something summery.

"Bay View Estate"
By The Bay Needleart
Silkweaver mystery blue 18 ct Aida DMC floss

I believe I have found a favorite designer. (She has Halloween and Christmas designs too!) This little piece finished up at 2-1/2"x2-1/2" and fit perfectly in the opening for this frame. There is a lot of detail in this small design and the tiny little sheep on the grass are just beyond cute.



Now to decide which one of her designs I want to purchase and stitch next. :o)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Holiday Confusion


My husband was watching me finish this ornament today and told me he thought I was suffering from Holiday Confusion. LOL I am trying to get back in my habit of finishing one Christmas ornament per month and needed to make up for a month or two.
This one is stitched on the fabric I dyed with strawberries. I changed all the flosses on this chart and used a green and red DMC color variations floss along with white Rainbow Gallery Fuzzy stuff. The original chart had dove buttons but I decided to just use a star button on top of the tree. It is finished as a pillow ornament.
I went to the farmer's market this morning and bought fresh corn, tomatoes, and peaches. I had my first tomato sandwich of the summer and boy was it good! I made creamed corn this evening and cooked squash out of my garden for a squash casserole tomorrow.
After I returned from the farmer's market I went out to my garden
to do a little weeding. I just happened to look up and saw what appeared to be 2 large eyes staring back at me. I had to run back inside to grab my camera because I had never seen anything like this before. Does anyone know what kind of bug this is? He/She was on one of my tomato plants but didn't appear to be eating on the leaf. He/She is about 1-1/2 inches long. Pretty scary looking isn't it?

Friday, July 3, 2009

Have a Safe and Happy 4th!


"American Tribute"
Wallhanging completed in 2002

TGIF!


Whew! I am so glad this week is over. I am soooo ready for the weekend. It was very busy at work this week and I am ready for a little R&R.


I stopped in at the Goodwill store today and picked up a couple of goodies for 69 cents. :o) I know it isn't Halloween yet but one has to be ready when the time comes. I thought this basket with the bats swinging around was just cute and will be a nice addition to my decorations this Halloween. The frame isn't as gold as the lighting makes it look in the picture. It is more of a brushed nickel type finish on wood. The piece in it isn't of my taste but I can sure use the sweet frame for a bit of my stitching. For another 69 cents I just couldn't pass it up. It is a custom frame as it has the sticker from the frame shop on the paper on the back. The little easels are great for displaying pinkeeps and ornaments and I got a package of three of them for 99 cents. They are $1.50 each at my Hobby Lobby. I just love it when I find a great deal on something I can really use.
I hope to have a new finish to show you tomorrow. Have a great weekend everyone!