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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Jumping Ahead

LHN August Monthly Sampler
28 ct raw linen/CC flosses
Isn't that little bluebird the cutest thing?! I am well ahead for once. I enjoyed stitching the July sampler so much I launched right into August. I love the colors in these (except maybe for the green) and it was fun stitching with some seasonal colors.

It has been so dang hot here for the past week. Our temps were around 96 every day and not a drop of rain in sight. I fear if we don't get rain soon I am going to lose half of my garden. My cilantro has already flowered and is wilting and the basil isn't faring much better.

I counted 52 Roma tomatoes on this plant today. Granted, some of them are really small but will grow and make yummy spaghetti sauce.

And this is Ziggy surveying his kingdom. :o) I was really angry with him earlier this week as I came home to a baby bunny carcass with only the ears missing. Argh! I don't mind him killing the mice, moles, snakes, or lizards but I sure wish he would leave the birds and bunnies alone.

I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend enjoying whatever it is your heart desires. :o)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Ready for July

I finished stitching my LHN Monthly Sampler for July with absolutely no frogging. Yay, me!
Karen was my partner in the 4th of July exchange and just look at the cutie she stitched for me. :o) The design is by Erica Michaels - "A Slice of Freedom". I love the design as well as the fabric and ribbon she used for finishing. Karen does beautiful work - head on over to her blog and look at all of her wonderful creations. Thank you Karen for giving me another true treasure to add to my patriotic display.
It is 93 degrees here today so I am staying inside with the A/C and staying busy with my stitching. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Before & After

Don't you just love looking at those Do-It-Yourself magazines and comparing the before and after photos? I know I do and am usually amazed at how different some of those projects look. I am happy to report that I am feeling a little better today and decided to tackle one of those DIY projects myself.

I give you the before:

I purchased this little bench seat at an estate auction as part of a bedroom suite when DH and I were first married. It didn't look quite this bad when I acquired it. Glitter loved to use the front corners to sharpen her claws as it sat in the spare (junk) bedroom and became a catch all for anything and everything. I intended to recover the cushion when I bought it but you all know how that goes.

Now, I give you the after:

What a difference a can of spray paint and some fresh fabric makes! There were two layers of tapestry on the cushion - the first was tacked and the second was stapled. It took me an hour just to remove all the staples and tacks. It now matches my bedroom perfectly and I am so pleased with it. I have enough of the fabric left over to make a pillow or maybe a runner for the top of the armoire to match. The transformation even impressed my 22 year old son and that is saying something!

So, what did you do on this hot and humid day?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Summer Exchange

"Honeysuckle Harmony"
Samplers & Such
HDF 35 ct Mystery Linen / DMC floss


I had Raffaella as my partner in the Summer Holiday Exchange and decided to stitch this Honeysuckle piece and finish it as a long pillow for her. I was inspired by the Honeysuckle blooming all around my house this time of year and thought it a fitting theme for a summer exchange. There was a pattern for a matching fob as well and I added Rafaella's intial over 1 to the back.

I was thrilled to have Raffaella as my partner because she had spoiled me so well with the Valentine's exchange she sent to me. I stuffed her package with some extra goodies just as she did mine. :o)

I want to thank you all for the wonderful get well wishes. Your comments always make me smile. This mess has really kicked me in the rear. The medications from the doctor can kick in anytime now as this is my 4th day out of work and I still feel awful. I have laryngitis on top of everything else which is really aggravating. When I called in to work, they didn't recognize my voice nor could they understand half of what I was saying! The upside is that I am making good progress on the stitching of my July sampler. :o) I need to hurry and finish it so I can start on August! LOL

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sick!

I am battling what may be the worst summer cold I have ever had. It started Sunday night and shows no signs of stopping yet. I sound worse than a frog, my left ear is completely stopped up, my throat is sore, and I just generally feel like UGH! Okay, enough whining. Feast your eyes on Mini Ziggy all decked out for the 4th! :o)
Since I have so few stitched items with a patriotic theme, I decided to finally do something with these 3" quilt blocks that have been "curing" for oh, maybe 4 or 5 years. They are stuffed with crushed walnut shells and finished as little pincushions. They look really nice on display but I think they would look better as RAK's to some of my friends, don't you?

Here is a progress pic of WMHB. I have made a little progress in the past month, generally just stitching on this in between the LHN Samplers, exchanges, and those smalls I just have to do now. It has been tucked back into it's bag due to today's arrival of this:
I had said June was my favorite of the Monthly Samplers so far but I think August is about to replace it. I love both of these designs and the colors in the floss...just gorgeous and the type color palette I want to be stitching in this time of year.

Back to the sofa and my box of kleenex for now. I hope you all had a great start to the week!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Tasty!

Yesterday we picked the first blackberries of the season. These grow wild on the unoccupied property next door and the owner has given us free reign to the property. The bushes are absolutely loaded so I expect some freezing of berries will be in order.









It didn't take long for the pile you see above to be mixed up with batter, baked, and transformed into this cobbler.











An hour later with a bit of whipped cream and they became this yummy concoction. :o)














This morning I harvested a basket of lettuce along with some basil, oregano, and Italian Parsley. I have spaghetti sauce in the crock pot and we are well on our way to Sunday supper.














I hope you are all having a splendid weekend. Several severe thunderstorms rolled through here last night which kept us awake until around 2 am. I think a long nap might be in order for the afternoon. :o)



Saturday, June 12, 2010

Great Mail Week

Don't you just love great mail weeks? It is so fun to get something in the mail besides bills and junk mail. Kathy sent me this cute little bag she made. I just love the bright fabric and the unique construction of the bag. She also sent the gorgeous beaded fob with sewing machine charm. Isn't it just perfect for me? Thank you so much Kathy!

Roberta celebrated 3 years of blogging with a drawing and I won this fabulous chart. This is only my 2nd CHS chart and isn't it a beauty? I know I will enjoy stitching it. Thank you Roberta!
I want to thank all of you for your recent comments on my exchanges and patriotic fob. I really appreciate all of you and those kind, encouraging comments just make me want to sew and stitch 24/7. Since it is 93 degrees here today, I think staying inside and stitching is in order for the weekend. :o)
Stay cool!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

4th of July Exchange (from me)

I had the honor of stitching something for Casey for the 4th of July exchange. After perusing her blog, I decided to stitch "July" from A Prairie Year by The Prairie Schooler. I finished it as a pillow ornament but I felt it needed a little something more. I remembered those $1 house frames many of us found and went to work. I mounted some starry night type fabric in the "window" and attached a neat, old patriotic button I found in one of my button jars. It just seemed to complete the display. :o)

Summer Exchange Received


Just look at the beautiful pillow ornament that arrived today from Conny. Isn't it pretty? Conny said it is "Daisy, Daisy" by La-D-Da stitched on 32 ct linen using DMC threads of her choosing.It is stitched and finished just perfectly with a cute bow and flower button, velvet ribbon hanger, ric rac around the edge, and lovely floral fabric for the back. I really like the rich pink linen she used - it sets off the design so well.

Thank you so much Conny! It will have a place of honor in my summer decorating. :o)

Monday, June 7, 2010

A treat

Thank you for all the sweet comments on my tomato pincushions and on sweet Lola. I really appreciate your visits and love it when you take the time to comment.

Last week I received a small bonus at work and instead of spending it on groceries or to pay bills as I usually do I decided to treat myself to these Gingher Freedom scissors. I was surprised to find they were still available and at a great price.

Now you know I can't allow such a pretty pair of scissors to lie around nekkid so I stitched up this Prairie Schooler Freebie and finished it into a fob. As you can see, I added my initials to the back as well as a beaded tassel. I am just thrilled with the way it finished and am really going to enjoy displaying it with my other patriotic things for the 4th of July.





"Prairie Schooler Freebie"
35 ct HDF Mystery Linen - DMC fibers

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Look!...

...what I found "growing" in my garden.



Patriotic Tomato Pincushions! LOL Inspired by Faye's patriotic finishing frenzy, I sat down in the sewing room and made some RW&Blue pincushions. I thought this would be a fun and seasonally appropriate take on the traditional tomato pincushion.

The photography assistant gave her full tongued approval. ;o) (Gack! Isn't that football the nastiest looking thing?!)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

And the winner is...

I really enjoyed reading everyone's favorite summertime foods. Corn on the cob, strawberries, tomatoes, I am hungry just thinking about them!
I used the random number generator and the winner is lucky number 15...
Jan said...
Love your bag and I would love to be your twin! My favorite Summer food is corn on the cob with lots of butter please (one time when I just can't say "no" to butter!!!!) And can't forget watermelon!
Jan and I have been online friends for a looonnnggg time. Jan does an amazing (and I do mean amazing) amount of quilting for charity - especially Project Linus. Her husband sews and quilts as well. They give so much of themselves to others. Head over to her blog Quilter Jan to see her latest creations.
Jan, I have your address but if you would please shoot me an email so I can confirm it is still correct. I'll get your tote in the mail on Monday! Thanks!

Sweet Saturday!

It seemed to me as if the weekend took forever to get here! Now it is here and it is hot an humid. Great day to stay inside and putter around in the sewing room.

Just look what arrived this week. This is the pincushion I won from Faye's blog giveaway. Isn't it just the sweetest thing??? I love everything about it - the color, the fabric, the button, the stitching - but mostly that it was made by dear Faye. :o) She even sent along a set of pins she made - I love them too! Thank you so much Faye, I will treasure it always.
A couple of weeks ago I made a stop at the local Goodwill and picked up this cutting board and frame. The old grater came from my kitchen. :o) I forgot to take a picture of these before I started working my magic with them. The grater is old and rusted in places so I spray painted it black. I am thinking I'll do a little something else to it (not sure what yet) and it will end up as part of my Halloween display. The cutting board reminded me of the hornbooks you see with needlework displayed on them. It was scratched and dented from use. DH sanded it down for me and I painted it white. I then lightly sanded the edges and applied some black and brown shoe polish. I am thinking it will make a good mount for Notforgotten Farm's "Halloween Queen" if I ever get around to stitching it. :o) I haven't done anything to the frame - I like it just as it is.


That's it for my rambling today. I hope you all have a gr8 weekend and stay cool.