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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!