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Thursday, April 29, 2010

It's Berry Time!


Theirs...

Mine!

There is nothing quite like the first local strawberries of the season. It is a little early here but the farmers are saying we have had such nice weather they are coming in early. Color me berry happy. :o) I think I like theirs better than mine right now.

I was inspired by Terri's strawberries and decided to give it a go at making a few of my own. I filled these with crushed walnut shells and am not happy with the caps just yet but I had fun making them. I have about 10 more cut out so I can practice on perfecting the caps. LOL

My May/June LHN Samplers have arrived but I have picked up Where My Heart Blooms again. I am on a roll for now and enjoying the stitching in this one so I don't want to put it down just yet. It may be June before the May sampler is ready but that is okay with me. Since WMHB is a larger piece for me I better keep going while it is inspiring me. I tire easily with anything larger than 60 x 60 stitches, I like that almost instant gratification you know, and I would really like to finish WMHB by the end of the summer.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Do you clip?

Coupons, that is. I do. It seems the price of groceries just keeps climbing. I love to cook (and eat), and I have a young son at home so the grocery bill is a large part of my monthly budget. I was becoming frustrated with sorting through my coupons which were kept in an paper envelope in the depths of my purse. So....I went searching on the web for a pattern for a coupon organizer. This is what I made today.
Cute, isn't it? :o) You can find the pattern at http://ahappylittlefamily.blogspot.com/. The hardest part about making this was printing and cutting the tabbed dividers.
Chocolate Banana Cream Trifle
Recipe courtesy of The Pampered Chef


This is what I made earlier this week with some of my coupon savings. :o) Have a great week everyone!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

She shoots...

SHE SCORES!

And the crowd goes wild! :o)



I decided to stop in my local Goodwill today and boy was I glad I did. Let me introduce you to "Plain Jane". I almost overlooked her as she was stacked between two glass plates. I have been on a quest for one of these flower frogs for about 6 months and I was practically dancing in the aisles when I found her. I was even happier when I saw the .99 cent price tag. And...sitting on the same shelf was a little .99 cent candy dish which makes a perfect base. I know I don't have a lot of pretty scissors to display in her but this will help me keep the few I have corralled in one (pretty) place. It makes me happy. :o)

Now, will I stop looking for flower frogs everywhere I go? Nope! I would like to have another one and I know there are lots of you out in blogland who would like to have one as well. The quest continues...

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Winner!

And the winner is ...
Catherine!
Catherine, please email your address and I will get these out to you right away. :o)
Thank you to all who visit my blog and leave such nice comments and give me encouragement. I really appreciate each and every one of you.
I have nothing to show today. Not a thing. We have been working on our gardening space, mowing and weed eating this weekend so not a lot of stitching or sewing was done.
I wish each of you a wonderful week filled with happiness.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tax Day!


The deadline for filing your taxes is tomorrow. In honor of this joyous occasion I am giving away this pincushion and small pouch made by me. :o) The pincushion is made with a couple of orphan quilt blocks and stuffed with crushed walnut shells. The pouch is the smallest version of the Lazy Girl Designs Perfect Pouch measuring approximately 5"x7". If you would like to win this celestial themed pair, just leave a comment on this post. I will draw a name Sunday evening around 6 pm EDT.

Good Luck!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Framed!


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

While tidying my sewing room this weekend I found this frame tucked in a drawer. Hmmm, thought I. I believest I hath a finished piece which wouldst love to livith within it. (Yes, I really do speak to myself like that.) :o) Out came the foamcore and pins and voila! Another one finish, finished!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Red,White,& Blue

"4th of July - Quaker Style
HDF 35 ct Mystery Linen
DMC Blanc, 498, & 311
Signing up for the 4th of July exchange on the Holiday Exchange Blog reminded me that I don't have much in the way of patriotic stitching to display in July. I remembered this lovely freebie from Aury and my next distraction was born. :o)

I first thought about mounting it on a heart shaped pillow but in the end decided a star shape suited it better. I am not sure I am happy with the bow treatment, I first tried a red organza ribbon but it seemed too fancy. I will live with this one for a day or two and then decide if I want to change it. The stitched piece is finished and attached with brads so if I want to take it off and frame it or finish it into an ornament I can do so easily.
Back to the sewing room! I will leave you with the obligatory, gratuitous closeup. :o)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Playing Catch Up

It has been a rough week. Even Lola thinks so. :o) In the week that we have 3 days with 90 degree temperatures our heat pump decides to quit. I will admit, I am spoiled and when it is 85 degrees inside the house I don't function well. Sleeping this week was nearly impossible for me which made for some crazy days at work. It didn't help that the repair estimate is $1,400.00 either. I know there are much worse things that could happen but these unexpected repairs really knock me for a loop. It has cooled considerably now. Our high yesterday was 65 and our low last night was 37. Gotta love that unpredictable NC weather!
I did manage to get a few things planted in the
garden. I put in lettuce, broccoli, and bell pepper plants and planted seeds for basil, cilantro, spinach, and leaf lettuce. I am hoping my seeds sprout and my plants do well. Our pollen counts in this area are the highest we have ever seen. Everything is coated with yellow/green powder - even Ziggy. That crazy cat roams the fields and comes home just covered in pollen.
I did manage a tiny bit of stitching this week but most of it was for exchanges so they have to remain secret for now.
I plan to tidy up a bit in my sewing room today in hopes of having some finishes to show tomorrow. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend - that is my plan!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Awesome April!

Little House Needleworks
Monthly Sampler - April
28 ct Raw Linen, Crescent Colors Floss