Sunday, January 31, 2010

February Sampler

Finished! A Day Early! Ha! I finished the stitching last night and framed it up this morning. It took me a long time to find this frame. I actually went to Hobby Lobby to have a frame made. Bear in mine this frame has a 6" opening. I chose one of the mid range moldings ($12.oo on the back whatever that means) and they quoted me $52.oo for...just...the...frame! No foamcore, no mounting, no glass, nothing else. Of course they said they were going on sale the next day and they would give me the 50% off but wow. I just can't afford $26.00 for a frame this small.
I kept looking in their photo frames. They have them strewn everywhere, all around the store. I finally found this frame. It actually had a mat with a space for a 3" photo in it. This one was $13.99 on sale for $7.00. Much more within my price range and I think it is just perfect.

Now to dig out my Valentine things and start decorating!

Snowed In

Now I know many of you in the north and midwest are laughing right now but lemme tell you snow of any amount here in NC is a big deal. The fact that some areas got 10 inches of snow is almost unheard of in this area. We do not have the manpower or equipment to clear our roads as you can see by this picture of the road in front of my house. It is difficult to tell where the road actually is. Add about another inch of sleet and freezing rain to the snow and we aren't going anywhere! (At least I am not going anywhere, DH had to work all weekend and the 30 minute drive has been taking 90 minutes)

My 22 year old son decided he wanted to relive his childhood and make a few runs down the hill in our backyard on a tobaggan he had when he was about 8 years old. I laughed my head off (from the kitchen window) as Lola would try to jump on him as he was sailing down the hill.

I ventured out to the mailbox and nearly busted it 3 or 4 times so that was the extent of my adventures in the snow. The temps dropped really low last night and the wind chill was around 2 degrees. Ziggy became quite adamant about coming inside the house. I felt bad for the poor fellow so I brought Lola's big kennel inside and set Ziggy up with a bed, litter box, food and water and he stayed inside last night. He doesn't play well with other cats and since I have 10 year old Glitter in the house, he has to be kept seperated. I don't think he minds as long as he is warm.

Lola doesn't really enjoy the snow at all. She is a little lady after all and snow is cold and makes one's feet wet. :o)

I finished the stitching on my LHN February sampler and plan to put it into a frame today. I do believe it is time to put out my Valentine's display.

Have a great Sunday everyone and stay warm and dry!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Building A House

Happy Sunday! I have already started a fire and put a roast in the crock pot so I can settle in for a day of stitching and being lazy.

Here is a picture of the progress I have made on Where My Heart Blooms. I am finding this to be relaxing but maybe a bit boring now as there is so much of the white to be stitched. Surprisingly, I am now okay with the stiffer linen find the floss just fine although I had read some not so good reviews on the WDW and GAST flosses.

Part of the reason I haven't made more progress on the bigger piece is because I had to stop and stitch a little something for Valentine's Day. I try to make a seasonal ornament or small as it helps me get into the proper mood and I figure if I make at least one each year I'll be all set for decorating seasonally in a few years.

These pretties arrived this week and I can't wait to get started on them. I am a little late for January but I plan to start February today in the hopes it will be ready to display for the full month. This will be my first time using the Crescent Colors floss so I am hoping I will like it since I will be using them throughout the year on these monthly pieces. I think I am going to try to find one nice frame (may have to have one made as I will need a 5x5 or 6x6 opening) so I can just pop the monthly samplers in and out of it.

Time to go organize my floss a la Sharon (love this method by the way) and get to stitching!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Valentine's Day Exchange

Click to play this Smilebox collage: Valentine's Day Exchange

Becky let me know she received her package from me today. I stitched Brenda Keyes "Birds in a Bower" from The Sampler Motif Book. I used HDF 35 count linen and HDF silk floss and I finished it into a no sew cube. This was my first cube finish and I am quite happy with how it looks. I also made her a project pouch using some cute frog fabric and sent along some needles, a note pad, magnets, and a V-day lollipop. Becky seems very pleased with the exchange and that makes me happy. :o) I just mailed it yesterday so the USPS must have been working overtime to deliver it so quickly. Becky's pictures are so much better than mine so head over to her blog and take a look too.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Planning Ahead

Honestly, I think I could "do" Christmas as far as decorating goes year round. I just love all the pretty things you can make to spruce up your house.

While surfing blogland last weekend I clicked on a link, which led me to another link, and another (you know how that goes), and I finally ended up here. Oh, the pretties to be seen there! Since I received a Barnes and Noble gift certificate for Christmas I just had to order this book.

Now ya'll know how I love a bargain - I was able to order through the B&N website from an independent bookseller and I got this $25 brand new book for $2.47.

The photos in this book are gorgeous and many of the projects can be adapted for other holidays and seasons. I am particularly fond of the birds (big surprise) and am thinking of trying my hand at some of the pixie dolls. As cold as it has been here the wool slippers don't sound so bad either!

And since I don't have enough to do (cough), I am trying to decide which project from this book I want to try first!
Have a gr8 week everyone!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

A Start

While I am waiting for my monthly sampler patterns to arrive I decided to start this. I think I am going to love stitching this and plan to take my time with it. I'll stitch a bit on this, stitch a small or two, and then come back to this. The linen is very different for me after stitching on the Hand Dyed Fibers linen - this stuff is like cardboard - but the color is fabulous for the piece.

As you can see from my last post our fireplace checked out perfectly and we were enjoying the warm fire earlier this week. Our high has been in the lower 50's the past couple of days (finally!) so we haven't used the fireplace. I would really like to have a good snow that keeps me from going to work so I can sit by the fire and stitch all day. :O) I know some of your are cursing the snow right now but I really like a good snow or two in the winter and we have not had that just yet.

I have a spiral sliced ham in the crockpot for dinner, laundry is done, so I think I will settle in for a couple of hours of stitching. If you are looking for some good crockpot recipes visit this blog The girls at work have been raving about her recipes and have purchased her book as well.

Have a wonderful weekend friends!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Brave New Year

"A Brave New Year"
designed by Beth Twist of Heartstring Primitives
HDF 35 ct Mystery Linen -- DMC Floss

I put the final stitches in this little beauty this morning and I just love it! I had to relocate my initials because they were too wide for the area where charted. On the 35 count linen this should fit perfectly into a 5"x7" frame - now to find a frame. :o)

It has been sooooo cold here. (I know everyone else in the county is saying that too, I can relate!) Thus far we haven't lit a fire in our fireplace but that is about to change. We haven't because - #1, I have never had a fireplace and I am a little scared of having a real live fire in the house. #2, I am not 100% certain the chimney and such are safe in this new house. We had a home inspector in but truth is, they don't pay much attention to chimneys as long as they are standing and aren't crumbling. And #3, I am still a little afraid of fire in the house. I have a certified chimney inspector coming to visit this week and he will inspect and clean it if needed. I know I will feel a lot better about it after he comes and I am actually looking forward to being able to cozy up by the fire with my stitching.
Stay inside, stay warm, and sew or stitch a lot! Have a great week too. :o)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

January Ornament

Alphabet from Passione Ricamo
HDF 35 ct Mystery Linen
HDF Silk Floss - Gloss Green

Sunday, January 3, 2010

About 2010

Since I have made pretty good progress on "A Brave New Year" I thought I would post a picture. I am using the DMC as charted on HDF 35 count mystery linen. This is really turning out to be relaxing to stitch with enough color changes to keep it from being boring but not so many as to be aggravating.

It seems that everyone around blogland is listing their stiching/quilting/crafting goals for the New Year. Me? I can't really say as I have any "goals" so to speak. I might accomplish more if I were a goal setter but I am not. Never have been and probably never will be. There are some things I plan to accomplish this year with my stitching and crafting but we all know the old adage - the best laid plans...

With that in mind I plan to:

-Stich one Christmas ornament per month.

-Make more Halloween ornaments because I really enjoyed dressing up the house for Halloween this year.

-Finish "A Brave New Year".

Start on Blackbird Designs "Where My Heart Blooms" and finish it.

- I just ordered these Sampler Months and plan to complete all of them this year.

- Quilt at least one of the quilt tops I have stashed in a drawer.

-Participate in 3 or 4 exchanges.

So that is that. I plan to continue to enjoy whatever needlework I choose to do and not put a lot of pressure on myself. I plan to enjoy the journey more than the destination. :o)

Lola says it is time to get back to the Panther game now. Steaks on the grill for dinner - Yum!