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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Weekend Wrap Up

Saturday I had the pleasure of meeting another online friend in person.  I first "met" Vera through Peggy Lee's blog and although Vera doesn't have a blog, she and I have been exchanging emails and she has been commenting on my blog for the past few months.  She had let me know she would be coming to NC this week on business and staying with a friend for the weekend.  We made plans to meet and do a little fabric shopping and have lunch. 

I had the best time with Vera and her friend Leslie and Leslie's friend Marilyn.  It was like we had all known each other for quite some time.  We went to a couple of fabric warehouses that sold mostly upholstery and drapery fabric and trims.  I have never seen so many fabrics under one roof!  Although I don't do anything with upholstery fabric I had a blast looking around and listening to the other three planning and choosing fabrics for their projects.   I did manage to find a few cottons - these were $1.00 each and with the exception of the blue toile they are all at least a yard of fabric.
You know I couldn't resist the birds and I am a real sucker for gingham checks.  The brown print is a Ralph Lauren Home fabric that I think will make a nice tote bag for the fall.  I spent a whopping $4.00 but the fun time I had with these ladies was priceless.  We had lunch at a wonderful little diner and the Gyro I had was delicious.

And doncha know we came bearing gifts.  :o)  Sweet Vera gave me this wonderful Orange Spice Soap, a notebook full of sticky notes, and this wonderful spa cloth that she made.  Do you see the flying geese pattern?  There was a bar of dark chocolate but it didn't last long enough for a picture.  :o) 

Thank you so much Vera, Leslie, and Marilyn for making a ho hum Saturday spectacular!  I am looking forward to the next time we can all get together for another excursion.  :o)

I have been puttering around in the sewing room today putting together some things for my Valentine giveaway.  Hopefully I will have pictures to show tomorrow.  I hope you all have a fabulous week!

Friday, January 28, 2011

First Friend

Prairie Schooler
From Santas and Snowmen Book #151
32 ct Sage Jobelan/DMC floss

Ta Da!  My snowman has his first friend.  :o)  I had such fun stitching this one and even enjoyed the finishing.  I finished this one exactly like Carol finished the snowman ornament she gave me.  I really like this series of ornaments as the colors are a bit brighter than some of the PS designs.   I just love the lantern in this one and the way Santa looks a bit like "Vanna White" with his arm posed to showcase the message at the top.  :o)  The red fabric in the background was used as the backing.

I have put Shores away until February (only a few days away, where DOES the time go?) and am working on a patriotic piece.  I would like to have enough patriotic ornaments to decorate a tree for the summer.
I hope you all have a great weekend jam packed with doing something you love to do!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Winner

In all my busyness yesterday I forgot to choose a winner for the "Lucky" chart.  I used the random number generator (isn't that thing great?!) and the winner is Faye!  Congratulations Faye.  I will get this in the mail to you on Monday.

Thank you to everyone who entered and commented on my little pillow.  If you didn't win, don't despair - I have a Valentine's Day giveaway planned.  :o)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

1/12

Thank you all for the wonderful comments on my little "Love" pillow.  I apologize for not responding to each of you individually - I am a bit behind in my blogging and with work today and housework to be done - , never enough hours in the day.  I really appreciate all your visits and your comments just make my day.

I finished the first block of Shores!  :o)  Now I know all of you have seen eleventy seven versions of this and I don't blame you one bit if you want to move along now but I plan to do a happy dance for each and every block because who knows how long it is going to take me to finish this monster!  (Was that sentence long enough for you?)
 Raffaella and I are doing an informal stitch along on this one. She is sending me pics of hers and I am going to document our progress here on a (hopefully) regular basis.  Raffaella is stitching hers on 40 ct with silks and I am stitching on 32 ct with DMC.  I think it will be neat to see how different ours look in comparison.   I started with block 4 and she started with block 1.
 We both had a nice chuckle via email about Miss Sunshine's "Angelina Jolie" lips!   I think her stitching looks so neat compared to mine.  :o)

Thursday was a "cardinal" day at my house and a 2nd Christmas too!   Mary sent me a belated Christmas package chock full of beautiful cardinals.  The package contained two lovely hand towels, a cute LHN pattern that I have almost ordered bunches of times but didn't, and this gorgeous glass tray.  I have the towels in my kitchen now, cardinals aren't just for Christmas you know and I am using the tray in my craft room so I can enjoy it for a while until next Christmas rolls around.  Thanks again Mary for your thoughtfulness and generosity.
Well, the housework is still waiting for me to get off this computer.  I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend and staying warm wherever you are!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

~~Love~~

"Love Freebie"
The Stitcherhood
32 ct pink linen   DMC 4140
While I was distracted from Shores with the heart sewing cases, I was also distracted by this new freebie by The Stitcherhood.  I had recently ordered a grab bag of ornament cuts on clearance at 123 stitch and had this piece of lovely rose colored linen I was wanting to stitch something on in brown floss for Valentine's Day.  I don't know why it had to be brown on pink but that was stuck in my head and nothing else was going to do.  This free pattern was perfect. 
I had this backing fabric in mind and it seemed to work perfectly as well.   A little coffee dyeing on some tiny white pom pom fringe and I had a finish!

Last week I had gifted Maria of the Stitcherhood with a couple of my zippered bags.  She wanted something to as she said "drag her stitching around with her" and I was happy to make a bag for her to use.  In return, she gifted me with 4 of her charts. 

Aren't they great?  I will have some fun with these - Lola especially likes the "Girls Best Friend".  :o)  Thank you Maria, these will keep me busy for a while. 

I had another not so pleasant visit to the dentist earlier this week.  It seems I am not brushing well enough at the gumline and had developed 3 cavities at the gumline on teeth that already had crowns!  UGH!  Sometimes I think dentures might not be such a bad idea.  While I was there I also had a cleaning which meant 2 hours total sitting in that chair.  I could have made a lot of progress on Shores in those 2 hours if  only I could have seen what I was stitching.  :o)

I hope you have all had a pleasant week.  Tomorrow is Friday!!  Whooo hooooo!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Weekend Sewing

My long time blogging pal Jen of Miss Punkie Pie and a few of her colleagues sponsored a "Bee Mine Blog Tour" last week.  There were 6 blogs participating and each one offered a cute project complete with tutorial as well as wonderful prizes.  Now you know I am all about cute, fast projects and knowing Jen's style I knew I would love what they had to offer.  Well don't you know I found several projects that went into my files for the future but there was one I knew I had to try to make right away.
"I Love To Sew Needlecase and Scissor Holder" by Carol

This is a picture of my versions as I was too lazy  busy to prepare a patchwork background and decided just to free motion quilt some pretty fabric and give it a go.  I added a pretty silver heart button to the pink one as well as a white safety pin and a "made with love" charm.  The rose one was the recipient of a rather large old MOP button with a brass safety pin and charm.  You can really tell I like to vary my styles, can't you?  LOL

This is what they look like when opened.  There is a wool felt needlebook and a heart shaped scissor pocket.  Wouldn't these make great Valentine's Day gifts?  They were super easy to make and the tutorial was excellent.  Thanks again Jen for participating and for letting me know about all these great projects and a big thank you to Carol for the wonderful scissor/needlecase instructions.  Jen's little pillow is on my to-do list as well.  My followers can expect one of these to appear in a giveaway very soon. 

If you have a minute you should pop over to Jen's blog and take a look at all the cuteness that she creates there, especially her cute little girl.  While you are at it, take a cruise through the blog tour.  You just might find a project (or three) that you just have to try.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Lucky!

"Lucky"
Shepherd's Bush Kit
 Ta Da!  My first official finish of 2011.  Perhaps 2011 will be a lucky year for me.  This was a kit Jolene sent me last year after I had admired it on her blog.  I really enjoy celebrating St. Patrick's Day and wanted to add another stitched piece to my decorations.  I finished this one as a ruffled pillow.  You just have to love the internet - I have never made a ruffle that I can recall in my life (I have boys) so with the help of google and a few websites I managed this one.  It looks pretty good as long as you don't inspect it too closely.  :o)  Thank you again Jolene for gifting me with this cute little kit.
Since this one was gifted to me I would like to pass along the chart to someone who would like to stitch it too.  There are enough of most of the silk flosses left over to complete it with the exception of the grey and maybe the light green - you might need to sub those with one from your stash just to be safe.  If you would like to put your name in the proverbial hat, just let me know in your comment.  I will draw a name next Saturday and maybe send some luck your way.

Have a great Sunday!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow Days

We got the snow and ice they predicted - not to the extent they proposed but enough to keep me from going to work for the past two days.  The roads are very icy now as we had lots of sleet and freezing rain on top of the snow.  You would think I had lots of stitchy time but for some reason I couldn't sit down and focus for any length of time.  Oh, well - I'll get there eventually.

Do you ever become somewhat obsessed with wanting to stitch or sew something?  And why is it with me that the thing I desire usually involves a fabric that is no longer manufactured or a chart that is no longer in print?! 

First there was "Halloween Queen" by Notforgotten Farm.  I looked high and low, couldn't find it at any of my usual online shops.  I stalked the bay of evil for some time hoping I might find the chart there.  Finally, I found one online shop that had it listed on their site.  I ordered it and I waited....and waited...and waited....  The shop owner emailed me to tell me they were having trouble getting it.  After 3 months I had resigned myself to the fact it wasn't going to happen and then one day - voila!  the pattern arrived in the mail.  Now, I have yet to stitch the pattern but by golly I have it in my hot little hands when I am ready!

Then there was "Where My Heart Blooms" by Blackbird Designs.  Of course by the time I saw this and fell in love with it the chart was out of print and selling for exhorbitant prices on all the auction sites.  I bid on a couple of the patterns, up to my limit which was more than I had ever paid for a pattern of any kind and lost the auction every time.  Then, after about 6 months of this another one was at auction with floss and fabric .  The rest as you know is history.  I still have to get it framed but it remains my favorite of all the things I have stitched.

Finally, for Christmas Carol sent me the cutest snowman ornament I have ever seen.  I just loved everything about it but I think the thing that really gets me is that little candy cane looking border.  Becky had also stitched a couple of ornaments from this booklet and posted beautiful finishes on her blog.   I decided this Christmas I shall have a small tree with just the Prairie Schooler ornaments from this booklet.  Carol very kindly offered to let me borrow her pattern but I knew it would take me all year to stitch these and I really didn't want to take her pattern for such a long time.   So off I went with my surfing fingers to my usual online stores.  WAHHHHHH!  No one had it!  It was all sold out everywhere I looked.  I visited the bay of evil - nothing.  I dug deeper and deeper in the google results page.  Found a couple of sites that had it listed but upon an email inquiry - nada - didn't have it and couldn't get it.  Then I saw it listed on The Stitch Stores's website.  I ordered it fully expecting an email or a phone call telling me it was sold out.  They called...I thought oh no!...but....they needed my CC number as it didn't come through on the order form!   Happy Dance!
Here he is waiting for all his Santa & Snowman buddies to join him.  :o)

So, what pattern are you obsessed with right now?  Is it out of print?  Maybe I can help!  LOL

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Chicken dinner doesn't have anything to do with this post - I just wanted to say it. 

Before I announce the winner did ya'll see that Mrs. Paulette Stewart her very self stopped by and commented on my blog?!  And did you see that she posted a picture of my Hare's Christmas finish on her blog?   I have to admit I felt like a rock star for about a second, then it was back to washing dishes and scrubbing the toilets.  :o)  But what really made me feel like a rock star is the fact that I have gained about 10 new followers in the past week!  I don't often pay attention to that little gadget thing but I saw some new pictures up there.  I haven't had a chance to visit all your blogs yet but I will get there.  Thank you for stopping by and caring enough to hang around for a while.  I promise to try to put something up here now and then to keep you interested.  ;O)

Oh yeah, the winner.  Ahem!  The winner of the Hare's Christmas pattern is Pointed Stitcher!  Congratulations and I hope you enjoy stitching it as much as I did.  Please email me with your address and I will get it in the mail on Monday. 

What do you think of my new header?  I spent about a bazillion hours trying to figure out how to make the background on that bird transparent and then fit it on the background with the frame.  I really love it but gee whiz!  Did it really need to take me so long?  I do hope you like it because it is going to be a long time before I attempt to make another one.  LOL

The weathermonkeys are calling for a blizzard of epic proportions to make it's way here Monday night.  Tee, hee!  I am planning pulled pork for the crock pot tomorrow with plenty of stitching to prepare for the worst!  I hope you are all warm and safe and crossing an X or two this weekend!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

TUSAL

Here is my submission for the Totally Useless Stitch Along.  :o)  I still need to find a better container.  Since I started anew on December 31st, all of these are from my start on Shores.  Hopefully, this will have quite a few more in it by next month.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Fun with a friend

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Chris of Tot Hill Farm Stitches for breakfast.  I am so glad I stumbled across her blog a few months ago - otherwise I would have never known there was another passionate stitcher living just minutes from me.  I had a great time getting to know her, talking about our lives, and discussing our stitching plans for 2011.  I have never met any of my blogging friends in person before and this was a real treat.  Of course, we both had gifts for each other.  :o)  I was thrilled when I opened my package to see this:
The area where we live is well known for it's hand thrown pottery and this is from a local artisan.  Isn't it just the sweetest?!  Thank you so much Chris - our meeting and your gift just made my day.  The breakfast was really good too but I ate way more than my usual cereal bar with milk. :o)

Here is a picture of my progress on Shores.  I am stitching this with DMC on 32 HDF Light Coffee Linen and am very pleased with my choices so far.

I did a quick recap of my stitching and sewing for 2010 - I had 40 stitching finishes and 22 sewing finishes.  I didn't count multiples of the same thing as in when I made a dozen of the birds or 8 of the small project bags so my sewing number was probably a little higher.  I really didn't realize I had accomplished so much last year, especially in the sewing area.  I attribute a large part of this to you, my dear friends and readers for all the compliments and encouragement you have offered throughout the year.  Thank you!

I have enjoyed visiting all your blogs this weekend and seeing your new starts.  You are all so inspiring!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

And away we go...

The first day of 2011 is almost behind me and I am already tired!  I cooked the traditional New Year's Eve feast, took down all my Christmas decorations, cleaned a little, and did 2 loads of laundry.  I hope this isn't how the rest of 2011 will progress.  LOL

I am preparing to participate in the Totally Useless SAL Daffycat is hostessing.  For the past 2 years I had one container into which I put all of my ORTS and on December 31st I dumped it and started anew.  Here is what my jar looked like last night:
Not very fancy - I really need to find a more attractive container if I am going to be photographing this thing every month.

 Here is what they look like after dumping and fluffing.  LOL  Totally useless info and I don't blame you if you want to move along but that is what this is all about.  Join us in 2011, won't you?
 While digging through my scrap bin last week I found this hardanger ornament which had been stitched and nearly finished.  All I had to do to finish it up was stuff it, sew it shut, and add a hanger.  How it ended up in my scrap bin is beyond me but I am glad I found it.  It has probably been hiding in there for 10 years or more!
Remember this pattern?  Well since I have finished with it someone else needs to stitch it.  Would you like for that someone to be you?  If so, just comment on this post that you would like to have "Hare's Christmas" for your very own and I will draw a name next Saturday and send it on it's way.  I think you all know how much I enjoyed this pattern and I believe in spreading the joy.  :o)

I hope your 2011 is off to a good start.  It is going to be a good year for all of us, I just know it!