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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sewing and RAK's

I decided to spend a little time at the sewing machine this weekend and made these little treat bags and pincushions. I have had these fat quarters of autumn fabric in my stash for several years and since I am all about autumn right now these practically jumped out of the cabinet. These are the perfect size for packaging a little gift (or pincushion), as a container for some small chocolates, or for using as an ort bag.
Glitter loves it when I retreat to the sewing room and takes up residence on this old comforter that I use in the kennel when Ziggy comes inside. If I am quilting she loves to sit on the sewing table and before I know it I am tugging and tugging at the quilt only to realize it won't move because she is laying on it! Yes, she is a handy little helper at times.
Now, for the RAK part. If you are a regular reader of my blog you know I like to send little random gifts. I enjoy sewing little things and giving them away. I like having giveaways here on the blog but I love surprises and think most everyone else does too. The problem is, I don't have your addresses. Random acts aren't really random if I have to ask for your address, are they? So dear readers if you would like to be a recipient of one of my random little gifts, please send me your address. (my email is in my profile) I won't promise anything but if you share your address with me, maybe someday when you least expect it a little sumthin' might just appear in your mailbox hoping to bring a smile to your face. :o)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Boo Two!



I am really pleased with this ornament. I substituted everything for Vikki Clayton's Hand Dyed Fibers that I had in my stash and it was a real pleasure to stitch. Since I can't decide which Halloween ornament to stitch next (yep, I am still wallowing in indecision), I am going to start on the LHN September sampler.

Happy Hump Day everyone! Only 2 more days until the weekend. :o)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Boo!

"Jack O Lantern"
Casey Buonaugurio Designs
JCS Halloween Issue 2010
Can you guess what arrived in my mailbox this week? I am in full on Halloween mode now and can't seem to stop. I stitched this little ornament first as I knew it would be quick and easy. Of course I had no orange fabric so I made a little date with Mr. Rit Dye and "oranged" some 28 count evenweave. It was only after I started stitching that I notice the dark orange spot where the dye didn't dissolve well but that didn't stop me from stitching on. I used DMC floss. I am currently working on "By the Full Moon" from the same magazine and there are 4 or 5 more that I really would like to stitch from this issue. My LHN sampler month charts have arrived as well but I am only wanting to stitch Halloween right now so September might be a little late in arriving at my house. :o)
In the garden we will pick the last of the tomatoes this week and might have bell peppers for another week or two. DH's watermelon vines are taking over and we have lots of these little melons just starting to develop. I need to get the tomato vines out so I can prepare to plant a fall garden.

This little guy seemed to think the watermelon blossoms were just yummy. Note the wee tiny watermelon off to the right.

Of course I couldn't be outside taking pictures without Lola's "music" to accompany me. Oh my aching ears! I have really noticed this week how the gray fur is starting to invade her face. I just tell her to "join the club girlfriend". (For the record, my gray hair is on my head - not my face. Thank you very much.) She is 7 years old this month so I suppose it is to be expected.

I hope you are all having an enjoyable weekend. I have no plans for today so I might just finish up that 2nd Halloween ornament. :o) Potatoes Au Gratin in the crock pot and a steak thawing in the fridge. Sounds like a fat, filling, and lazy day for me.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Is the weekend over already?

When I have to work on Saturday the weekend just seems to fly by. Who decided that the work week was to be 5 days and the weekend only 2? I think it should be the other way around, don't you? (With the same pay of course, ahem).

I am finding myself in a state of stitchy indecision. I want to start on a larger piece but I can't decide what I want to stitch. I want to do another patriotic piece but autumn things keep calling my name and Christmas is not so far away and the next LHN samplers will be here soon and then there is the JCS Halloween issue on the way .....argh! Do you ever find yourself in this quandary?

Thankfully I have the BBD Honeysuckle Manor book and managed to occupy myself with a couple of itty bittys found there. This is the Antique Pin Ball pattern using HDF 35 ct mystery linen and HDF BeGrimed Floss. I pulled out my paints, minwax stain, and shoe polish again and went to work on these napkin rings.
And the back side. :o) While working on the black one I had the idea these would make cute Christmas ornaments for the tree.

A little red paint and ribbon makes for a totally different look. :o)

I think I should have used something besides stark white linen but that is what landed in my hands. The next one will be tea dyed or something to make it look a little more aged to match the wood piece. I used HDF Perfect Red floss for this one.

"Autumn Minis - Cat"
Waxing Moon Designs
And finally to satisfy my hunger for an autumn design, this one seemed to suit. I used a combination of WDW and DMC floss on 28 ct tea dyed Monaco. Now I can't decide how I want to finish it.

So there you have it - a bit of everyday, Christmas, Autumn, and Halloween all rolled into a couple of weeks of stitching. LOL


We continue to harvest tomatoes from the garden along with plenty of fresh herbs. DH planted 3 watermelon plants very late in the season and lo and behold we have a 6 inch watermelon on one of the vines. I have never planted watermelons so I hope we have at least one make it to maturity. I am already thinking about what I want to plant in my fall garden, will have to get busy with that soon.

Enjoy what is left of the weekend my friends and I hope you have a fabulous week!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Photos

This is part of the reason my photos are never of very good quality. I embarked upon an outside photo shoot this morning. I "try" to set things up a bit so you don't get just a boring shot of my stitching. Well, obviously Miss Lola had other plans. She barked constantly the entire time I was trying to take pictures. She may only weigh 43 pounds but let me tell you she has a 100 pound bark. Talk about jangling the nerves! Hence the sometimes blurry, not quite centered photos. (Yes, I did play ball with her after my 2-1/2 minute photo shoot. 2-1/2 minutes is about all I could take of her barking!)
After finishing up Wash Day I felt the need for some fall/Halloween stitching. I finished up the piece for a private autumn exchange and moved right along to this Halloween Sampler by Lizzie Kate.
As you know, I recently traded for a copy of BBD Honeysuckle Manor. In this book there is a small sampler finished using a wooden frame from Hobby Lobby. I thought it was such a neat finish I immediately ordered some of these very reasonably priced frames. In the past I have dabbled in painting so out came the acrylic paints, brushes, and stain and I went to work as the frame was the perfect size for this little sampler. I am quite happy with this finish. I was a bit troubled because when I stacked heavy books on the piece to allow the glue to set, it smooshed the stitched piece and made it all wonky on the sides. Now that I have had time to look at it for a while I rather like the wavy, sorta spooky feel it gives to the piece.
We have been enjoying somewhat cooler weather here. Still not cool, but not 98 degrees either. I have a pork roast all rubbed down to go on the grill later today. My garden is still producing plenty of tomatoes and cucumbers so I think a big salad will be on the menu as well. I hope you are having a splendid Sunday filled with restful stitching. :o)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Rub-A-Dub-Dub

"Wash Day"
Carriage House Samplings
30 ct WDW Baby's Breath/DMC as charted

The final stitches were added late last night. It was only after awakening this morning that I realized I didn't stitch the "e". Arrgggh! Actually, I am pretty happy that I noticed it before I took a picture and posted it here - that is when I usually discover that I left out a few stitches. (Looking anxiously at my photo now to make sure all is well.) The only change I made was to stitch the "m" and the "s" in the darker terracotta floss to subtly make my initials prominent. This was a fast, fun stitch. Now the hunt is on for a suitable frame.

Last weekend, Carol of The Polka Dot Chicken contacted me concerning my WMHBlooms chart. It seems she has been trying to purchase or trade for this chart for quite some time. I could certainly relate as I looked and bid on ebay for a while before I was able to get mine. I could tell she wanted to stitch it as much as I did when I was in search of this elusive chart. We were able to work out a trade and I am just thrilled with what she offered me in exchange.

I have wanted this book since it first came out and it surely didn't disappoint me. There are lots of smalls inside as well as the gorgeous samplers. A big thank you to Carol for offering such a generous trade. I just didn't feel right trading one chart for this book full of them so I sent along a couple of goodies too. :o) Carol and I just chuckled and scratched our head (via email) as we watched the most recent ebay auction for a WMHB chart. It sold for $51.10.

I hope you all had a wonderful and restful weekend. We finally got some relief from the heat but along with it came clouds and drizzle all weekend. More perfect weather for stitching. Have you noticed that when it is really hot and sunny outside - perfect stitching weather. When it is rainy outside - perfect stitching weather. What weather isn't perfect for stitching? LOL
Next up - top secret Autumn exchange stitching so no stitchy pics for a while.