Friday, February 25, 2011

Good grief!

I knew it had been a while since I had posted on my blog but I didn't realize it had been this long!  Our workplace has been hit hard by the flu bug and short staffed for the past two weeks.  I have been exhausted each day after work and reading your blogs is about the most I could manage.  I have been keeping up with all of you but you will have to pardon me for not always stopping and leaving a comment.  Hopefully, the flu bug will move along and I can get back to my regularly scheduled programming.  :o) 

I have to share with you some goodies that arrived from dear Lisa .
I made her a project pouch several weeks ago and she sent this wonderful pin pillow as a thank you.  I just love the saying and the finishing and fabric and lace is just perfect.  She also sent me the "Boris" chart because I admired her finish on her blog.  And look at that cute little dog on the card she enclosed.  :o)  Thank you so much Lisa, I will treasure the pin pillow and can't wait to get stitching on Boris.

 I have managed to squeeze in a bit of sewing time.  My carry all bag that I drag back and forth to work with me is starting to show some wear so I decided to make a new one.  This is a free pattern by Monica at The Happy Zombie called the Poochie Bag. 
I also completed my first contribution to the Pumpkin Patch and Co. breast cancer fund.  I made a stitcher's portfolio that I think would appeal to quilters as well as stitchers.   For more information on the auction and this worthwhile cause you can head over to the blog and read more.  I am hoping it will get lots of bids.  :o) 

That is it for now my friends.  I hope to be back soon with a finish or two and wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Winner

I thoroughly enjoyed reading how each of you celebrates (or doesn't) celebrate Valentine's Day.  I found that many of you have very sweet husbands and that many of you are very sweet to your loved ones.  I also enjoyed reading about everyone's snow or lack thereof.  I myself am wishing for one BIG snowfall here and then I am ready for spring.  I haven't had a chance this year to show off my falling sledding prowess and would like that chance at least once this winter.

Thank you all for the well wishes for Ziggy.  No need to worry, he is back to his normal self just with a freaky looking face.  Hopefully, he will stay close by for a while and stay out of trouble.

The random number generator chose lucky # 5  Kathy A. as the winner of the needlecase and stuffed pennie pocket.   Kathy, when your name came up I had a nice laugh as now you absolutely WON"T have to make one of these for yourself.  LOL

Since there were so many entries I decided to stuff another pennie pocket to send along to the second person chosen by the random number generator - #15 Elaine. 

Ladies, if you will send me your mailing addresses I will get these out to you on Wednesday.  (I know I said Tuesday but I wasn't thinking that I might actually need your addresses before I could mail them.  LOL)  I will be sending you an email right away.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit my blog and share a little of your life with me.  I enjoyed reading each and every comment and I am thrilled that some of you keep coming back to see what I have to show and say.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Frankenface and a Finish

 Ziggy is at it again! He went missing on Tuesday, January 25th. We searched high and low, rode around in the car looking on the roadsides, combed the fields and forests by our house, called the pound and the local police department to no avail. Still no Ziggy. After 5 days of worry I had almost resolved myself to the fact that he wasn't going to return. I headed out the front door on Sunday, January 30th and there he was on the front porch as if nothing had ever happened. @^$@^ Cat!

As you can see, he didn't go without harm in his absence.  Only Ziggy knows what happened but he returned with a golfball sized abscess on the side of his face.  I took him to work with me on Monday and after a little shave and draining of the abscess he was (almost) as good as new.  I am thankful he returned with no more than this small injury.  I can hardly wait to see what worry he can come up with for me next.  He has now been dubbed "Frankenface".

"Yankee Poodle"
Plum Street Samplers freebie

 I think I mentioned that I am trying to make some patriotic/summer ornaments so I can decorate a tree for the summertime.  Here is my first finish towards that end.  I giggled at this one when I first saw it on Paulette's blog and knew I would have to stitch it.  It has a dog in it after all.  :o)
 Of course the poodle had to have a patriotic bow on it's poof.  :o)
This bunting fabric in my stash made for the perfect backing.  I gave it a little coffee bath to tone down the bright white that it had in it's original state.  A bit of pom pom fringe and a wire hanger finished it up.

Time to go check on the ribs.  Are you ready for some football!?

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Be Mine :o)

To celebrate Valentine's Day I am having a little giveaway.  Up for grabs is one of the "I love to sew needlecases and scissor holders" I made, a pennie pocket stuffed with goodies, and nearly a fat quarter of the heart fabric you see in the background.

I would like to hear how you celebrate Valentine's Day (if you celebrate).  If you don't participate in Valentine's Day, tell me how much snow you have on the ground at your house.  :o)  Just leave this info in the comments and I will draw a name Monday night and get your goodies in the mail on Tuesday.  Hopefully they will arrive just in time for the big day.

Good Luck! 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

TUSAL & Pennie Pockets

It is time for my Totally Useless Stitch a Long Update.  :o)  I found a new ort jar and you can see I have managed to put a few new old ragged threads in it.  I am modeling it with some Valentine Pennie Pockets I whipped up in the sewing room this past weekend.  The recipe for the pockets can be found here.

I hope those of you that were bombarded with snow and ice are staying warm, safe, and dry.  I am still behind on my blog reading but hope to catch up soon.   I hope you all have a great weekend!