Monday, May 30, 2011

Sew Productive

I thoroughly enjoyed my extra day off this weekend and spent most of it in the sewing room.  First up - a couple of ornaments for my patriotic tree.
 I have no idea where this fabric came from.  It was discovered in the last clean up/organization of my fabric stash.  I knew the minute I saw him that he was destined to be fussy cut and made into an ornament.  Luckily, the fabric contained mirror images so I was able to cut another for the back so that both sides are the same.  Doncha just love "Air Force One"?  Makes me grin every time I see it.
 This was a paper pieced mini quilt from Quiltmaker many moons ago.  It has been pieced and sitting in a drawer for at least 5, 6, 7? years.  I made a little quilt sandwich and quilted it and then zig zagged the feathery yarn stuff around the edge.  I don't know if I am "feeling" the feathery stuff - I may take it off and do something else to the edge.

I had depleted my stash of little gifts so for the past week or so I have been sewing up a few little things here and there.  I like to keep some things to have on hand for RAK's or when you just need to give a little something to someone.  
 The Lazy Girl Designs Wonder Wallet is one of my "go to" little gifts.  This is the only wallet I have carried for the past 3 years and I just love it.  I have given them to relatives and friends and every time I see them they tell me they are still enjoying theirs too.
You might recognize this fabric from my trip with Faye to Lynne's.  I just had to make something with these bright, happy colors.  Jen of Miss Punkie Pie allowed me to borrow her Maggie pattern so I made some matching sets.  (Thanks again Jen!)  The larger Maggies are the perfect size for a camera or cell phone and the small ones would make a great scissor case or card holder.   

I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed a little time doing what you love!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Stoopid Blogger!

You have all been showing gorgeous creations this week.  I have been visiting your blogs and ooooing and ahhhhing and leaving lovely words of praise...make that TRYING to leave lovely words of praise.  Blogger asks me to sign in.  I do, but I am only recognized as anonymous and can't leave an anonymous comment either!   I sure hope they get this worked out soon.

I have been doing some stitching. Not on what I SHOULD be stitching (ahem, Shores) but I just have no willpower sometimes when it comes to new, fun, and beautiful designs.

Happy Owl-O-Ween
Barbara Ana Designs
32 ct Platinum Belfast/DMC floss

This was supposed to be stitched over 1 as a scissor fob but I don't do over 1 very well.  I am thinking this will end up as a little pillow.  I am a bit out of season but I couldn't resist all the fun colors and things in this design.  The cauldron with green slime, the spiders with their creepy red eyes, the cute owl with candy corn hatpins!  I just had to have this one.  Had to!

Then....this mystery sampler kept popping up on your blogs.  How could I resist when there is the word "Birds" in the title of the design?  I decided not to spend the $ on the WDW flosses, I only had 1 of them in my stash and am doing my own DMC conversion instead.  I have never converted a design this size to a different floss so I am hoping it turns out well.  I like what I have done so far.

  During this Memorial Day weekend please take a moment to remember those who have served and sacrificed so much for our wonderful country.  I am enjoying this 3 day weekend and hope you are as well.  Lots of stitching and sewing and gardening and grilling and spending time with family.  Baby back ribs and turnip greens from the garden are on the menu today with watermelon for dessert.  :o)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Red, White, and Blue

Do you have as much trouble coming up with a post title as I do?  I just can't think sometimes and want to get right to the "meat" of my post.

Thank you for all the comments on my "Tale of Me and The Coon".  Wouldn't you know that I haven't seen the darn feral cat since I brought the trap home.  So goes my luck.  :o)

I managed to finish another little ornament for my patriotic tree.  Dear Faye was kind enough to let me borrow this pattern and I couldn't wait to start stitching. 
"Happy 4th"
Threadwork Primitives
28 ct tea dyed Monaco/DMC floss
I stitched this little cutie 1 over 1 and finished it using some homespun fabric and a bit of cotton lace.  I just fell in love with this design when I saw it - I love the way the flag looks as if it has movement.  I rarely stitch over one but this was going to be too large for an ornament any other way.  Thanks again Faye for your generosity in letting me borrow this pattern!

It has been raining here off and on for the past 4 days.  I was awakened at 4 this morning by the rain pounding on the windows.  We planted tomatoes and cucumbers this weekend (in the rain) so they should be happily drunk by now.  LOL

I hope you have had a great start to your week!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

About Last Night...

We have been having problems with a feral cat who has decided to make our yard his new home.  He runs away as soon as he sees us so our attempts to "tame" him have failed.  Of course, Ziggy tries to defend his territory and ends up getting beat up...repeatedly.  This cat is about twice the size of Ziggy and Ziggy is not a small cat - around 12 lbs.  It has gotten to the point that Ziggy no longer hangs out in our front yard.  He would rather take his chances in the back yard with Lola in the fence than feel compelled to defend his territory all the time and end up with bites and scratches all over. 

I decided to trap this cat, take him to work and have him neutered and vaccinated and then try to find him a new home.  Having baited the trap with some yummy fish flavored cat food, I set it on our front porch and went to bed for the night.  This morning when I awoke, the first thing I did was look through the peephole on our door and check the trap.  Bingo!  Gotcha!

I stumbled to the kitchen to put on my shoes and my glasses and proceeded out the front door.  Guess what?  There wasn't a cat in my trap.

I caught a freakin' racoon!!!!  Now what the heck was I going to do with this?!  DH was at work, DS was still asleep, and I was just hoping that Ziggy wouldn't come around and attempt to pick a fight with this beast.  First things first...I went inside and got my camera.  LOL  I snapped the picture and when I leaned over to sit the camera on the porch this sucker charged the cage and hissed and growled!  Well, my legs were like rubber and I was shaking like a leaf and I nearly did a backflip off the porch it scared me so

I ran back inside and started a conversation with Lola.  "Lola, we've caught a raccoon.  What are we going to do?  I can't leave that thing in the cage, I need to turn him loose.  How am I going to do that?!  Where are my work gloves?  I have to find my work gloves because I am not about to put my unprotected hands near that cage.  Lola, what did I do with my work gloves."  Oh Lord, help me.  I checked all the closets and drawers and couldn't find my work gloves.  I found my gardening gloves and decided those would have to suffice.  Wait, I need a stiff drink of tea before I attempt this. 

So, here I go out the front door again and see Ziggy rounding the corner of the house coming to see what was going on.  I scooped him up and back into the house we go.  I put Ziggy in my bedroom, closed the door so he couldn't pick a fight with Glitter and Lola wouldn't try to eat him and back out the door I went. 

When I leaned over to pick up the trap I nearly wet my pants because the raccoon really started charging all sides of the cage, hissing and growling and lemme tell you that fellow was strong!  I honestly don't know how I managed it but I was able to pick up the trap and walk over to the edge of the woods.  Now, I had to unlatch the door and pull it up in order to release the racoon.  After a few jumps and screams I managed to open the latch.  Now to pull the door up.  Wait a minute!  If I pull the door up, he is going to come straight towards me.

I trudge back to the storage building on my jelly legs, trying to find some sort of stick or pole so I could stand to the rear of the trap and open the door.  The first thing I find is DH's fish net.  The handle on it is about 4 foot long.  It took me several tries to hook the pole under the door handle but I finally managed to pull the door open.  That raccon didn't waste any time getting out of that trap and running into the woods.  It took a couple of hours for my legs to stop shaking and my heartrate to return to normal.  I don't know if my nerves can take this again.   Ziggy may just have to "man up".  Whew!  Sometimes it just ain't easy being me.

If you have read this far, thank you!  I just had to share that adventure and thought you might all need a good laugh.  I can tell you I laughed afterwards but I was not laughing while this was happening.  I do have something pretty to show you.  :o)

 This gorgeous needlebook and floss winder arrived in the mail from Marylin earlier this week.  It is stitched on the tiniest linen and is so pretty.  I didn't know what the floss winder was and had to ask Marylin.  It has so much detail, it seems a shame to cover any part of it with floss.
 I love the little heart button she put on the back.  :o)
Thank you so much Marylin for such a wonderful surprise!  I will treasure it and think of you everytime I use it.

I have been busy in the sewing room this weekend and should have some more things to show you tomorrow.  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope you all had a wonderful day today, mother or not.  I had a great day spent being lazy and stitching.
"USA Heart In Hand"
The Prairie Schooler
32 ct Antique White/DMC floss

And I finished another ornament for my Patriotic tree!

I just noticed I now have over 100 followers.  Wow!  Thanks to all of you who take time out of your day to visit.  I sincerely appreciate all the kind words and encouragement and treasure all the friendships I have developed through this blog.  I am thinking a giveaway will be in order soon.  :o)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

TUSAL & A Finish

"Orts - A New Perspective"

LOL  Don't you just love it when I go all artsy on you?  I thought my TUSAL pics were becoming a little boring so I decided to change it up a bit.  I think they look much prettier when viewed from this angle.  :o) 

The blue ribbon trimmings in my ort jar were from this little freebie.  I finished the stitching a couple of weeks ago but just now completed it as a pillow ornament.  This was a really quick stitch and will make a nice addition to my tree.

I am happy to report that I am the proud new owner of a new heat pump system!  Gosh, I have been such a grump the past couple of weeks.  Who knew no A/C could do that to you?  I promise to return to our regularly scheduled programming, and blogging, and emailing now that my butt isn't firmly ensconced in front of the fan. 

I know there is lots happening in the world but please keep those here in NC and those in Alabama who were hit so severely by the recent tornadoes in your thoughts and prayers.  They are still digging through the rubble that used to be their homes.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

How Could I?

Post about a shopping trip and not show a picture of my purchases?  LOL  So many of you asked so I thought I best correct that oversight right away!
Two packages of Moda crochet trim, 3 yards of cotton ric rac, buttons, 2 pair of adorable stork scissors, and the lovely fabrics you see in the background. 

Some of you have noticed I haven't been visiting your blogs lately.  Our A/C went out last Sunday and with the heat we have had this week I have felt like a slug and moving about as fast as one too.  It doesn't help that our A/C at work is set to freezing temperatures. Then I would come home to a house that was 85 degrees inside. This makes for a very grumpy Myra. :o)  My time at home this past week was spent sitting in front of the fan and trying to stay cool.  Thankfully this weekend has been much cooler and a new A/C/Heat system is scheduled to be installed tomorrow. 

I did manage a small finish this week:

I think this will make a nice addition to my summer/patriotic tree.  I really need to get busy stitching up some more red, white, and blue things or else I am going to have a pretty bare tree.

I hope you all have a fabulous (cool) week!

Friends :o)

Yesterday I drove to Siler City to meet Faye for some serious bargain shopping.  We arranged to meet at Lynne's, a small fabric and trim shop with great prices.

When I arrived, Faye was already getting busy.  :o)

 This place is packed floor to ceiling with any kind of trim you can imagine. 
 There are also ribbons, zippers, buttons - you name it, Lynne's probably has it.  You might have to dig around a bit but I'll betcha it's there.
 She has upholstery trims and upholstery fabric as well as quilter's cottons such as Moda.  I love digging through the buttons.  Where else can you find a card of buttons for 60 cents?
 Lynne is an accomplished bow maker.  Most of the people coming in to her shop are there to have bows made.  She makes bows for mailboxes, doors, wreaths, weddings, and parties.
 After about 90 minutes, Faye and I were drunk on trims, fabric, and fun.  (What did I think was so funny???)
With our wallets a little lighter we headed to a nearby cafeteria for lunch.  Thanks Faye for a great morning filled with friendship and fun!  I am already looking forward to the next time we can get together.  :o)